Newsweekly: 2/1/15

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Newsweekly 2-1-15

Local Events

It is Jump-Rope-For-Heart time again and Ava Grace Flory is helping raise money for the American Heart Association.  This is her last year so she is hoping to once again reach her $1,000 goal.  Last year with your help she raised $1,100 for this worthy cause.  Ava will be in the Fellowship Hall the next 2 weeks if you would like to make a donation to the American Heart Association.

Join us for the 6th Annual Pennsylvania Groundhog Day Fest on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Park View Church Fellowship Hall. Gathering at 5 p.m. and Meal at 5:30 p.m. this invitation is for anyone with Pennsylvania roots, spouses are included! Please bring a generous portion of an old-time favorite Pennsylvania dish that can be shared with others. We will supply fresh Belleville sausage and scrapple butchered by Amish farmer. Las year we had 13 different pies! Come prepared to have a good time visiting with friends and sharing memories of good old PA food from yesteryear! We will also have singing and storytelling. Table service and drinks will be provided. There will be a donation basket available to cover expenses for this event. You may pass this invitation along to friends that have Pennsylvania roots. Any questions contact: Mary Ann Heatwole at or 540-434-7678 or Lee M. Yoder at or 540-209-1180.

An End-of-life train the trainer event will be hosted at VMRC and led by Beryl Jantzi, Everence director of stewardship education, March 17 (snow date is March 19) from 9:00 – 3:00 with registration starting at 8:30. The fee is $15 payable at the event and covers the 40-page manual, snacks and lunch. For more information and to register contact Patty Skelton at or call 540-437-7422. You must register in advance and space is limited.

Faith at an Intersection in Nigeria—February 6, 6:30 p.m. The CrossRoads Heritage Center Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting and dinner at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren on Friday, February 6, at 6:30 p.m. Join us in celebrating the successes of the past year and glimpse plans and events for 2015 while enjoying a delicious meal prepared and served by the Rhodes Family. The General Secretary of the Church of the Brethren, Stanley J. Noffsinger, will speak on “Faith at an Intersection in Nigeria,” providing attendees with an update on the plight of Nigerian Brethren as they face the horrors and violence of Boko Haram. There is no cost for the meal–donations will be accepted to support the CrossRoads Annual Fund. Reservations are required for the dinner. Reserve your seats online at or by calling 540-438-1275.

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:

ACRS breakfast presentation on Monday morning, February 9th, 7:30-9:00 AM in the West Dining Room in Northlawn at EMU. Our speakers are Pat Hostetter & Roy Hange. Each spent a significant number of years in their twenties and thirties living outside the United States. Roy lived in Egypt (‘82-‘85), with his wife Maren in Syria (‘91-‘97), and in Iran (‘98). Pat and her husband Earl lived in Vietnam ('66-'69 & '73-'75). They lived ('79-'82) with their three children, in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, in the large southern island of the Philippines, Mindanao. Their experiences in societies so different from their childhood Mennonite communities and culture opened up for them new ways of looking at the world and at themselves. Pat and Roy will share some of the experiences that transformed them and how new truths have emerged in their interface with the "other." For More Information (future and past programs), click on: Terry R Burkhalter for ACRS Program Committee, Margaret Foth & Vernon Jantzi

Gingerbread Pancake Breakfast at CrossRoads—February 14, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your sweetie for a delicious pancake breakfast at the CrossRoads Heritage Center, browse our Gingerbread Village display and see the winners of our contest. You can still participate in the voting! Stop by at any time during our open hours (Wednesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and vote for your favorites. Each vote is $1. Cost for the February 14 breakfast is $5/person; children ages 4 and under are free.

The Virginia Mennonite Conference Ministry Retreat on "Learning from the Early Church" with Alan Kreider will be February 27-March 1 at Willamsburg Christian Retreat Center, Toano, Va. Register at
You are welcome to join in a transformative healing retreat. Tilda Norberg will be guiding another Opening to Grace Retreat at the Highland Retreat Center in Bergton, Va., on March 5-7. If you know of people who may be interested in attending please forward the brochure; or if you are interested yourself, please fill out the registration form and send it, along with your deposit, to me at the address in the brochure. Pat Hostetter Martin, for the Shenandoah Gestalt Pastoral Care Community of Practice. Attached is the brochure with registration information.

MCC Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) is pleased to announce Church Leadership Week on March 23-28, 2015. This week has been set aside for pastors, youth leaders, ministers and others who will potentially be leading groups who have not previously been to SWAP. Participants are invited to come to Appalachia to experience a typical SWAP week and learn more about the home repair program. The fees to participate with SWAP have been waived for this event, so those attending would be responsible only for their own transportation to and from the SWAP site in Hindman, Ky. If you're interested or would like more information, please call our SWAP office at 606.633.5065. More details about SWAP are available at

All leaders holding ministerial credentials in VMC 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:

Come out to Pleasant View, Inc.'s 18th Annual Golf Tournament to support individuals with intellectual disabilities on Friday, May 15, at Spotswood Country Club (1980 Country Club Road in Harrisonburg, Va.) This will be in a Captain's Choice format. Registration will begin at 9 am, with a shotgun start at 10 am. Fees are $100/golfer or $380/team of 4. There will be team prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Mulligans, power balls, and 50/50 will be offered at registration. We will also have closest to the pin and longest drive contests. Lunch will be provided. Team prizes, contest prizes, and door prize drawings will be awarded around 3 pm.

Join us for Celebrate Recovery! – a Christ-centered 12-step recovery group that deals with hurts, habits and hang-ups, including but not limited to, depression, anger, lust, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, workaholism, abuse, anxiety, etc. Come discover the path to freedom. Children are welcome too! Infants to 5th graders will also learn what recovery is about in a way specifically designed for them. Every Tuesday at 6:30pm at Asbury United Methodist Church which is diagonally across the street from the Library downtown. For more info contact Bob at (540) 421-2500 or at

Other news:

Over 170,000 EYN (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) church members are known to be displaced in Nigeria, while 8,083 members have been killed, and 1,390 (of 2,280) local churches destroyed. VMMissions & VMC invite you to join with us in supporting our Nigerian brothers and sisters in prayer, fasting, lament and bearing witness to the power of Jesus Christ in the midst of crisis. For up to date information on the situation or to make a financial contributions, visit:

VMMissions is grateful for the generous outpouring of support for the Shalom congregation in Palermo, Italy. In late December, the congregation experienced a devastating break-in and theft. The more than $5,000 contributed will provide new equipment for the congregation.

To member congregations of Mennonite Church USA: Here is a link to an information sheet that outlines the process for selecting delegates for the Kansas City 2015 convention.

Please encourage your delegates to register early, so they can participate in a survey of delegates sponsored by the Executive Board, starting early February.
Click to view the online VMC calendar.

Job Openings:

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) invites qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track, continuing faculty position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding to begin Fall Semester 2015. The faculty member will teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in restorative justice, conflict analysis and community assessment, design of interventions into conflicted relationships and systems, and basic skills for working with individuals and groups in conflict. Faculty member will work closely with a team in providing leadership in core courses, explore new courses and majors in the restorative justice field, and will engage in mentoring and supporting graduate students and traditional undergraduate students in practicums and professional fields. PhD and three to six years of field experience required. Application review begins February, 2015. Some applicants will be asked to respond to questions specific to EMU’s mission after the initial inquiry. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and three letters of reference to: Dr. Jim Smucker, Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or For more information, visit our website: EOE

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Requests:

February 1     

As VMMissions' workers Shawn and Laura Green gather with Mennonite church leaders in Palermo, Italy, this weekend, pray that there would be good fellowship and that each person would be encouraged and excited by what the Spirit is doing among them.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA