Newsweekly: 12/7/14

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Newsweekly 12/7/14

Local Events

Join Good Company-A Cappella on Sunday, December 7 at 7pm at Park View Mennonite Church for an evening of great music as they celebrate both the beginning of the holiday season and the official release of their debut album, "Awake". This concert will feature some of their favorite selections from "Awake" in addition to brand new Christmas music that they're excited to share!  Admission is by donation ($5 suggested per person), and a festive reception will follow the concert. CDs will be available for purchase, so plan to stock up on Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for all of the music-lovers on your list!

The EMU Chamber Singers and the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir will celebrate the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 7. The children's choir will performs “A Celtic Christmas,” its 23rd annual Christmas concert in EMU's Lehman Auditorium at 4 p.m., while the Chamber Singers will perform in Advent services at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church at 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. The Chamber Singers will also perform during the 5 p.m. Evensong service at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. All events are free and open to the public.

ACRS breakfast presentations will be on Monday, December 8, from 7:30-8:45 a.m. in the West Dining Room in Northlawn at EMU. Lisa Schirch, director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Connects policymakers with global civil society networks, facilitates civil-military dialogue and provides a conflict prevention and peacebuilding lens on current policy issues.  Here at EMU Lisa serves as Research Professor in CJP. She has given her presentation the title: “Navigating the Path to Peace in the Pentagon.” Lisa will trace the evolution in the field of peacebuilding, from small-scale efforts by MCC to what is now a global movement, an industry. She asks:  Can an institution created to wage war play any role in peace?  What are the dangers and dilemmas?  Schirch will describe new initiatives and trends at the Pentagon to support training for the military in how to engage with civilians, and she will lay out her vision for the role of the military in supporting peacebuilding.

All are invited to the annual EMU all-campus and community Advent-Christmas Service on Monday, December 8, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium. Enjoy special music from the EMU Chamber Singers, congregational singing, Scripture and readings on the theme "Wake us to see a new world!"

Shekinah <> and Cantore <> invite you to their fourth annual Christmas Coffeehouse at Park View Mennonite Church's fellowship hall.  These a cappella groups come together to share two concerts on Friday, Dec. 12 and Sat. Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere with refreshments provided.  Concerts are by donation, and all proceeds will go to Our Community Place.

Registration is open for the VMC Youth Workers' Retreat, January 23-25, 2015 at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center (9275 Barnes Rd., Toano VA 23168). Rachel S. Gerber, Mennonite Church USA Denominational Minister of Youth and Young Adults, will provide resources on "The Changing Face of Youth Ministry." Register by January 16. Learn more at

Save the date: Winter Delegate Session will be February 7 at Waynesboro Mennonite Church, beginning at 8:15 a.m. and ending by 3 p.m. There will be a $10/person cost to cover the meal.

Save the date: The Virginia Mennonite Conference Ministry Retreat on "Learning from the Early Church" with Alan and Eleanor Kreider will be February 27-March 1 at Willamsburg Christian Retreat Center, Toano, Va. 


The Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office has created a resource page on President Obama's recent executive action announcement concerning immigration. Many of these resources are available in both English and Spanish. The most helpful one is the very first one on the list, the USCIS page.

Click to view the online VMC calendar <|month-3+22874+22918+22904> .

Job Openings:

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for an Adjunct Instructor in Biology. Teaching load (5 SH) as an instructor of Biological Explorations, an undergraduate introductory, non-majors biology course. Responsibilities include teaching lectures and laboratory sessions as well as maintaining weekly office hours. Spring semester. Interest in teaching, experience desirable. Doctorate in biology (ABD acceptable) preferred or minimal of 18 graduate hours of biology. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable at first), recent course evaluations and two letters of reference to: Tara Kishbaugh, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. For more information visit our website at <> . Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Eastern Mennonite University seeks qualified applicants for an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Hygiene Officer. Teaching load (18 SH) in the chemistry department as well as administrative load (6 SH) to develop and implement the chemical hygiene plan. Courses include chemistry, non-majors chemistry, as well as upper level courses in the area of the candidates’ expertise. Doctorate in a field of chemistry. Previous safety training, knowledge and use of GHS, MSDS and experience in working with potentially hazardous materials. Position to begin in the 2015 academic year. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable at first), recent course evaluation (if applicable) and three letters of reference to: Tara Kishbaugh, Professor of Chemistry, Department Chair, Biology and Chemistry, Eastern Mennonite university 1200 Park Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802. For more information visit our website at <> . Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Everence Financial has a full-time job opening in their Harrisonburg office for a Member Services Representative (MSR) to professionally represent the credit union in processing member transactions and service requests; opening new memberships/accounts; and promoting Everence products and services to individuals, organizations and businesses. Everence is an established, highly trusted, financial services organization.  We are an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and benefits.  For more information about this position and/or to apply, visit our web site, <> .

Virginia Mennonite Missions

December 7
Give thanks for the new life of Nathanael Lynn Stutzman, born on Thanksgiving day to VMMissions' workers Dave and Rebekka Stutzman. Pray that God will knit this family together in a new and special way.




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70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA