Newsweekly: 2/21/16

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Newsweekly for February 21

Local Events and Opportunities:

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

The Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale will be celebrating its 50th sale this year!  If you have pictures of some of the early sales that you would be interested in sharing, please email

Ongoing: The Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University presents the film series “Across Cultures: Profiles in Courage and Resilience,” featuring 12 films of various genres, including fiction and documentaries, about human rights, environmental and social justice leaders. The series is moderated by Dr. Bob Bersson, visiting Jewish scholar at CIE. The films will be shown on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Room 123. Admission is free for all films and the public is welcome.  For more information, email

The traveling history exhibit “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery” is currently open at Eastern Mennonite University’s Campus Center through March 2. Mennonite Central Committee, which sponsors the exhibit, will also be on campus Wednesday, March 2, for a chapel presentation in Lehman Auditorium at 10 a.m. and a participatory workshop, “The Loss of Turtle Island,” from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Greeting Hall. The discovery doctrine is the controversial concept of international law set by the US Supreme Court in 1823 that supports the way in which colonial powers claimed land belonging to indigenous peoples.

EMU Music Faculty and Alumni Concert: Martin Chapel on Saturday, February 27 at 7 p.m. A collaboration concert between EMU music professors, students, and alumni, the program includes a Telemann concerto for four violins and harpsichord led by Joan Griffing, accompanied by John Fast; original compositions by Sam Kauffman performed by a men’s quintet; EMU’s vocal ensemble Emulate under the direction of Ryan Keebaugh; Chamber Singers under the direction of Ken J. Nafziger; and a Maurice Ravel four hands piano piece performed by Anne Waltner and Jonathan Keener. Suggested $12 donation at the door will support Encore, the music department’s alumni support network.

Eastern Mennonite University invites you to Amazed with Grace, a program of Medieval and Contemporary scripture, poetry, and song on Friday, March 4, 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 7882 Main St., Middletown, VA. The Emulate Chamber Ensemble is an intimate vocal ensemble, specializing in jazz; modern, and contemporary concert literature, both secular and sacred. The ensemble was founded and directed by assistant professor of music, Dr. Ryan Keebaugh.

Come and enjoy an evening of fun and facts about what God is doing through Rehoboth Mennonite Church's prison ministry at the Rehoboth Jail and Prison Ministry Banquet, March 5, 4:00 pm at Mountain View Mennonite Church 55 Love Road, Lyndhurst, Va.

Hear two very talented singing groups at a Bridge of Hope Benefit Concert, Friday, March 18. The Walking Roots Band, a Harrisonburg-based folk/bluegrass roots band, and Into Hymn, JMU's only all-female accapella Christian singing group, will perform! The concert will be held at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 a piece and all proceeds will benefit Bridge of Hope, a local ministry serving homeless & at-risk single mothers and their children in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Co. area. For ticket information please call 540-478-2356.

Leading into the Common Good: an Anabaptist Perspective is a conference for practitioners, scholars and students. Come join us to discuss a future leadership paradigm. The workshop topics are Emergent Leadership, Leading Innovation, People Management Ethics, Developing Resilient Organizations, and Authentic Leadership. The first session begins Thursday, April 7 and continues through noon Saturday, April 9.  For registration and more information:

EMU leadership conference to create a new paradigm of “Leading into the Common Good.” Author and speaker Peter Block headlines a list of notable speakers for “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective,” a conference for practitioners, scholars and students April 7-9, 2016, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Block, a well-known expert on organizational development, community building and civic engagement, will address the conference live via video. Many other speakers and workshop leaders will provide input over the two days. Learn more at

"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.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

February 21

Give thanks for tranSenders Mitch and Lauren Yoder as they continue to follow God's call to offer up their lives and home as they minister to teenagers in Nicaragua.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA