Newsweekly: 3/20/16

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Newsweekly for March 20

Local Events and Opportunities:

Easter Sunrise Service on the hilltop at CrossRoads beginning at 7 a.m.  Phil Kanagy, pastor of Weavers Mennonite Church, will bring a meditation entitled Easter In A Good Friday World.  An offering will be taken to benefit the work of the Heritage Center.  Bring your lawn chairs and dress warmly.

The 2nd annual Mother's Day 5k for Peace will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 until 11:00 p.m.  You can sign up teams or individuals at or by sending the attached registration form along with payment to Montezuma Church of the Brethren.  All proceeds go to Nigeria Crisis Response.  Registrants will receive a race shirt on race day, and the top runners in each gender and age group will be eligible for some great prizes.  If you have questions, please contact Peter Barlow at or call 540-214-8549.

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:

Springdale Mennonite Church will be hosting a “Hymns of Praise and Celebration of God’s Mission” event on March 20, beginning at 6:00 pm. We will hear musical selections from Southern District congregations, as well as stories of local ministries affiliated with Virginia Mennonite Missions. A free-will offering will be taken for Virginia Mennonite Missions.

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

You are invited to an evening of musical entertainment featuring Matthew Stearn, Jeremiah Padilla and Tara Davis, Saturday evening, April 9, 2016, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church.  Tickets are $15 at door and refreshments are provided.  Proceeds will benefit Virginia Mennonite Missions workers Steve and Bethany Tobin Horst.

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, under the direction of Janet Hostetter, will present “Rising on Wings of Song" Sunday, April 10, 4:00 p.m. at EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. The concert will feature hammered dulcimer player, Timothy Seaman and celtic harpist, Ann Robinson from Williamsburg, Virginia.  Tickets are available on-line at or by calling 540-432-4582.  Admission is $15 for adults/$12 for seniors and students and $7 for children age 12 and under.  Young singers (ages 5-18) wishing to participate in the programs of SVCC should call 540-432-4650 for more information.

A Folk Instrument Workshop featuring hammered dulcimer player, Timothy Seaman and Celtic harpist, Ann Robinson will take place on Saturday, April 9, 10:00-11:00 am in Eastern Mennonite High School’s auditorium.  Seaman and Robinson are quality musicians from the Williamsburg area who capably play a variety of instruments including dulcimers, fiddle, penny whistles and more.  The workshop is sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir and is open to the public.  Donations will be accepted at the door.

"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.

Small Church Big Impact is a workshop to address the unique challenges for small and/or rural VMC congregations (100 active members or less), Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Shady Oak Fellowship Hall (part of Weavers Mennonite Church), 2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, Va. David Boshart, Moderator-Elect of Mennonite Church USA, will be our plenary speaker. Learn more and register at  See the attached flyer.

Plan to attend Virginia Mennonite Missions' Auction & Family Missions Festival, May 13-14. Join us on Friday at 5:30 pm for a Hispanic meal catered by Mennonite Hispanic Initiative, with an auction following at 6:00 pm by Ministry Support Teams to benefit mission workers. The fun continues on Saturday (11:30 am to 3:00 pm) with Family Missions Festival, including tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), model airplanes and drone, a soccer tournament, balloon animals, bouncy house, great music, and more! Visit booths highlighting our work and workers around the world, and get your 'passport' stamped for a prize!

Register Now for Kaleidoscope Summer Camp!  Camps are available for ages 7 to 18 and run from June 26 through August 4. Fun activities, great counselors, Christ-centered worship, amazing food and new friends! Information is on the web at or call us at 866-566-9272.

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

 Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Eastern Mennonite School is seeking a Dining Hall prep cook and dishwasher position. This position is part time with benefits, working approximately 30-35 hours when school is in session, with occasional evening and summer work for catered events and banquets. Job is available immediately. Applicants must be able to lift 40+ pounds and spend a large amount of time on feet. A complete job description and downloadable application are available at or email

The Board of Virginia Mennonite Missions is seeking nominations for three at-large Board members. The 15-member Board of Directors is made up of a representative from each of the nine districts of Virginia Mennonite Conference, as well as six at-large members. This diverse group of men and women represents a range of vocational callings, both rural and urban communities, and various racial and ethnic backgrounds. They share a common commitment to steward the vision and resources of VMMissions to make disciples in the way of Christ. VMMissions is strongly committed to building a board that better reflects the racial, cultural and gender diversity of God’s global community. Learn more at

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

March 20

Praise God for Laura Campbell’s work with her church’s Sunday School program in Montenegro. Ask for continued wisdom for her and also that God would raise up a leader to work with her.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA