Newsweekly: 2/22/15

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Newsweekly: 2/22/15

Local Events

  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Way Coalition will be hosting a community forum on the film, Selma, Monday, February 23, 6:00 PM at the Lucy Simms Continuing Education Center. Brief clips from the film will be shown and discussed in terms of the history it portrays and the realities we face today.  The MLKJR.Way Coalition seeks to engender a deeper understanding of Dr. King's way of non-violent social transformation and its profound relevance for the challenges we face in building the beloved community in Harrisonburg, nationally and globally.   For more information contact Michael Snell-Feikema 540-830-1431 or
  • Eastern Mennonite School will be hosting the 2015 MSC Orchestra Festival on Feb. 26-27. We are in need of host homes for students from Lancaster Mennonite, Christopher Dock and Shalom for the night of Feb. 26. If you are able and willing to host two or more students, please email and let us know how many and what gender.
  • Women’s Bible Study Spring 2015: Join us at Park View Mennonite Church for a 10 week session on “WOMEN of FAITH in the MARKETPLACE” starting Wednesday Feb. 25. Come to hear 10 local women share how their faith and work intersect as they use their gifts in the business world in our community. Hear their personal journeys of the joys and challenges they face. Enjoy warm fellowship and meaningful conversations. See attachment: wbs_spring2015
  • 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 org/news/2015-vmc-ministry-retreat/
  • Life-changing connections between German POWs and Augusta County Mennonites:  You are invited to view the film, “In this Land: the Camp Lyndhurst Saga (German Prisoners of War in the Old Dominion),” at Springdale Mennonite Church on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m.  This 52-minute documentary was filmed in 2014 at a location near Sherando Lake and tells the fascinating story of a camp built there during the Great Depression.  Its first occupants were Civilian Conservation Corps workers who constructed the Sherando Lake Complex and worked on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was next used to house conscientious objectors who worked in Civilian Public Service camps.  In 1944, during the Second World War, it became home to German prisoners of war.  Some of these POWs worked on local farms, including the farms of Galen Heatwole and Ruel Driver.  The film includes POW Karl Baumann’s story of the impact on his life by these Mennonite families who broke the rules in order to feed and talk to these men. James Overton, producer and director of the film, will be present to lead discussion and answer questions following the film.  Snacks will be provided for a time of fellowship afterwards. Please join us!
  • 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. Opening_to_Grace_Brochure_March_2015
  • 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. See attached flyer.
  • 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 633.5065. More details about SWAP are available at
  • Mennonite Women of Virginia's Annual Missions Day will be May 2 at Trissels Mennonite Church, Broadway, Va. Eve Knepp will reflect on the importance of trusting God, as experienced through her family’s ministry with VMMissions at Maranatha School for the Deaf, Jamaica. Registration begins at 9 am. A business meeting will follow the Mission Needs Auction, and lunch will be served.
  • 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 8:00 am, with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. Team prizes, contest prizes, and door prize drawings will be awarded after lunch. 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.
  • 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
  • Robert Bersson's "Israel/Palestine Conflict in Film" course is now being offered free of charge to the Harrisonburg community. The film class meets Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm in EMU's Seminary Building, Room 123 (first floor). This film course offers an excellent opportunity to learn about Israel and Palestine and the history of the conflicts in the region. See for more information. Please see the attachment for the list of films being viewed: EMUFilmCapsules

Other news

  • Mennonite Women of Virginia is seeking executive board members willing to serve. Please contact MWV President Sylvia Yoder at, indicating your interest in a position. Openings are for Treasurer, Vice President and Mission Needs Secretary.
  • New Song Anabaptist Fellowship has moved and is now meeting in the Alive Recording Studio room at the MennoMedia building on Route 42 near EMHS. Visit Pastor Basil and Diane Marin and their multi-cultural congregation Sunday mornings at 10am.
  • The Table Fellowship has changed meeting time and location.  Our small congregation now meets in the Dean House, at 110 Old South High Street in Harrisonburg, across from Community Mennonite Church.  The group gathers on Sundays around 4:00pm, and begins worship at 4:30, with a shared supper following the service.  All are welcome to join us for worship and the meal afterward.  Find more information at or send inquiries to

Click to view the online VMC calendar.

Job Opportunity:

  • 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:
  •      Job openings available at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center:

Part Time Food Service Manager needed to serve with the ministry of WCRC. Ideal candidate will be ministry minded and have experience in Food Service and supervision, with excellent people and management skills, and be able to train other staff in food service. Must be energetic and organized with basic computer skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks. Must be able to manage inventory, place food orders, lift 30 pounds and schedule staff. Part-time year round. Possibly full-time summers.

Part Time Cook needed to serve with the ministry of WCRC. Ideal candidate will be ministry minded with experience in food service and supervision; good people and management skills, able to train other staff in food service. The job involves preparation, serving and clean-up of meals for 20-150 people. Must be energetic and organized with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and directions. Mostly weekends with some Sundays. Possibly full-time summers.

Kitchen Assistant needed to serve with the ministry of Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Ideal candidate will be ministry minded willing to serve guests. The job involves set up of dining room, serving and clean-up of meals for 20-150 people. Must be energetic and organized with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and directions. Mostly weekends with some Sundays. Almost full-time summers.

Part Time Housekeepers needed to serve with the ministry of Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Housekeepers are responsible for cleaning guest rooms in our 3 lodges and other buildings on grounds. Applicants should possess basic cleaning skills and an attitude of service.
For more information on any of these positions contact
Guest Services Director at 757-566-2256 or by email.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

February 22   

Pray for tranSenders Caleb and Roni Kiefer, as they teach and work at the Maranatha School for the Deaf. Ask God to make them a blessing to the children and youth they interact with on a daily basis.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA