Newsweekly: 3/1/15

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Newsweekly: 3/1/15

Local Events

  • 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. 
  • 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
  • The Highland Retreat Auction in support of Highland Summer (youth) Camps will be held Saturday, April 11, at the Eastern Mennonite School dining room. Contributed donations which can be auctioned are appreciated: baked goods, new merchandise, collectibles, hand crafted items, firewood, gift certificates, and services. If you would like to contribute, contact the camp office by calling 540-705-0554 or e-mailing prior to March 15. Thank you!
  • This spring, Community Mennonite Church will be hosting Financial Peace University under the leadership of John and Jennifer Murch. This is a 9-week, money-management class. The class is full of practical, life-changing (for real!) advice covering topics such as cash-flow planning, dumping debt, and savings. Classes will be held at CMC from 6:30-8:30 every Tuesday evening from March 24 through June 2 (omitting April 21 and May 19). Childcare will be provided. Cost for the class is $93 per household; partial scholarships are available. To sign up, contact the church office at 433-2148 or the Murches at
  • Hesston (Kan.) College invites Virginia area churches and alumni/friends to attend "I Go On Singing," a multi-media documentary concert of the life, words and songs of Paul Robeson, performed by professional baritone and Hesston College Artist-in-Residence Anthony Brown. This story of an American hero, athlete, scholar, star of stage and screen and champion for justice comes alive in this performance. Kimball Theatre, 428 West Duke of Gloucester, Williamsburg, Va., Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg,7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21st. $30 per person. Call 888-9657254 for reservations. Go to for a video preview and more information.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 Fellowshiphas 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
  • 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.
  • Host Families Needed for MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program: Next year EMU will welcome two Spanish Language Assistants through MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP).  They will arrive on campus in mid-August and leave for a summer assignment the first week of May.We will be looking for host families for Juan Pablo (19 yrs old), from Colombia, and Kersy (24 yrs. old), from Dominican Republic.  Juan Pablo is completing his second year of college, studying Spanish, Greek, Latin and Philology (the study of languages). He enjoys reading, baseball and Bible studies. Kersy juggles full-time work and college where he studies psychology.  He enjoys playing guitar and piano and works with youth at his church.For more information about hosting one of these young men, contact Gretchen Maust at Find more general info on IVEP hosting at

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Virginia Mennonite Missions

March 1
Pray for renewal efforts in the South German Mennonite churches. Pray that the network begun by Dave and Rebekka Stutzman can be a place of support and resourcing for those involved in missional initiatives.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA