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1-4-15 Newsweekly

Local Events

Join us for OCP's Second Saturday Night Out, featuring Mike Comfort of Clementine Cafe, on Saturday, January 10, 5 pm-8 pm. Our Community Place (non-profit community center welcoming the least of these) is transformed into a fine-dining restaurant. Mike Comfort of Clementine Cafe is cooking a delicious 4-course meal. Suggested donation is $20. Enjoy a wonderful meal and support your local community. Learn more at

Join the Shenandoah Valley MEDA chapter on January 22 at 7 pm to hear Lauren Good, a senior consultant/project manager for MEDA, speak about his work with the Tanzania Cassava Seed Champion project. The event will be held in the Campus Center 105 Strite Conference Room at Eastern Mennonite University. A dessert bar will be provided with a small suggested donation. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Patty Eckard at

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

Making disciples through Life Transformation groups workshop: Interested in exploring a deep, reproducible yet simple way of making disciples within your congregation? Tired of talking about becoming missional and eager to gain traction in the disciple-making task?  VMC pastors, congregational leaders & those interested in developing a discipling culture within their congregations are welcome  to Join us Saturday, January 31 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Park View Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Sponsored by Virginia Mennonite Missions and Mennonite Mission Network. Lunch is included in the registration cost of $10. RSVP to Sarah Showalter at <> or (540) 434-9727 <tel:%28540%29%20434-9727> .

Delegates: 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. RSVP to Anieta McCracken, Administrative Services Manager, at 540-434-9727 ext 135 or via email to: <>

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. Register at <>

All credentialed leaders assigned to a VMC congregation are invited to: “God’s Gift of Sexuality”: a Pastoral Leadership Consultation on May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountain View Mennonite Church, 5252 North Carolina 10 Hickory, NC 28602. Transportation arrangements to and from the Harrisonburg area are in the works. Speakers are still to be decided. RSVP to Anieta McCracken, Administrative Services Manager, at 540-434-9727 ext 135 or via email to: <>

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Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

 January 4
The Shalom congregation in Palermo, Italy was robbed last month and lost all of their music and sound equipment and other accessories. In a congregation where many people struggle to find work or be paid adequately for the work they do, this was devastating. If you would like to help in buying new equipment for the congregation, please send donations to Virginia Mennonite Missions, memo “Italy-Shalom Congregation.” Pray that Shalom may come to this church and city.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA