Newsweekly: 1/31/2016

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Newsweekly for January 31

Local Events

Come to the ACRS breakfast, February 8, 7:30 a.m. West Dining Room of EMU to hear Jan’s story of this visionary peacebuilding program. What is the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program which has brought cohorts of women from countries in Africa and the South Pacific to EMU for the past four years? Jan Jenner was the founder and first director of this innovative answer to the worldwide underuse of women’s knowledge and skills in preventing, transforming and healing conflict.
A history of Weavers Mennonite Church, How Firm a Foundation, written by Elwood Yoder, is available for sale at the church office of Weavers Mennonite. Call (540) 434-7758 for more information.
Come help Pleasant View, Inc., celebrate 10 years in our Harrisonburg Day Support Services building. Join an open house on Tuesday, February 2, 10:30am to 4:00pm at 151 Commerce Drive, Harrisonburg Va. This will be a normal working day, so all of our programs will be in operation. There will be tours of the building each half hour, display tables and representatives from in-home services, supported employment, Harrisonburg day program, community connections, social work, and pastoral program. Dave Gullman’s book, Teachers of the Soul, will also be available for purchase. Check out employment opportunities and enjoy light refreshments.
The Highland Benefit Auction and Scholarship Brunch is designed to subsidize camp tuition and provide scholarships for families in need. Save the date and join Highland Retreat on Saturday, February 13 at Eastern Mennonite High School. Contact if you have a new item, service, or baked goods you would like to contribute or see for details.
VMC Winter Delegate Session, February 6 at Waynesboro Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, Va. Cost: $15 for meal/expenses. See the agenda and register at
Engage with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery project at Eastern Mennonite University, February 15 through March 2. A traveling historical exhibit timeline created to educate and raise awareness among Mennonites and other Christians about the Doctrine of Discovery is on display in the Campus Center Greeting Hall from February 15-March 4. The Loss of Turtle Island participatory learning experience, depicting the historic relationship between European settlers – including Mennonites – and the Indigenous nations, is on March 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Greeting Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. Youth groups are invited.
VMC Senior High Retreat on “Peace & Nonresistance” with Titus Peachey and Earl & Pat Martin, February 19-21 at Highland Retreat. Learn more at
Annual Meat Canning for MCC will be February 22-26 at the Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, Hinton, Va. Virginia Mennonite Conference is responsible to provide help on Tuesday, February 23. (Help is needed from 5 am until 11 pm each day.) Friday, February 27 is scheduled as a community day and help is especially needed in the early morning. Anyone is welcome to come and help on any day! Funds are needed to purchase turkey for processing and for the ongoing operation of the Relief Center. If you would like to contribute to this project you can send a donation to the: Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, PO Box 519, Dayton, VA 22821. If you have any questions about this project you can contact Leon Rhodes at (540) 867-9751 or Gerald Knicely at (540) 879-2077. Thanks for your participation in this effort to feed the less fortunate in the world. See the attached flyer.
VMC Ministry Retreat on “Changing World, Everlasting Word,” featuring Dr. John Roth, February 26-28 at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Learn more at
Musikgarten at Eastern Mennonite University is now registering students for winter classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners (birth to age 5). Classes are offered at various times on Mondays. The ten-week session begins February 1. Classes will include folk songs, movement, making music with instruments, music games and more in a fun, educational environment. Call (540) 432-4277 for more information or visit
"Holy and Beloved" is a gathering for women who minister in many ways. Come to share your passions and encourage each other on April 16, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Discipleship Center, Eastern Mennonite University. The day includes worship, workshops and lunch. Cost is $20 and childcare is provided.

Job Openings and Volunteer Opportunities

MennoMedia is in the process of filling various paid and volunteer positions for Project 606, our project to produce a new Mennonite Church hymnal in 2020. Get details about the timeline and staffing needs at
MennoMedia seeks a Curriculum Project Director to oversee all aspects of Shine: Living in God’s Light, a multicomponent Sunday school curriculum for ages 3 through grade 8. Must have strong vision, planning, and oversight skills. Responsibilities include editing and writing with theological depth, awareness of multicultural diversity, and commitment to inquiry-based learning. A strong understanding of Christian education and curriculum is required. Full-time, salaried position for the duration of the curriculum, projected to be four to five years. For details and application, go to and click on Job Openings. Application review begins in March. Send application to No phone calls, please.

Virginia Mennonite Missions

Give thanks for the way Robbie and Anna* continue to grow and learn in their new North African home. Ask God to bless their young lives, that they will know the deep love of Jesus. (* names have been changed)

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA