Newsweekly: 3/27/16

      Comments Off on Newsweekly: 3/27/16

Newsweekly for March 27

Local Events and Opportunities

Free Film–Sunday, April 3: On the anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, the MLK Jr. Way Coalition will present "Moving Mountains – Memphis 1968 – Harrisonburg 2016 – Faith, Community and Labor United: A Force for Change" at Court Square Theater. Doors open at 1:30 PM, film at 2:00 PM. "At the River I Stand" is a powerful documentary of King's last days in Memphis and the struggle of the sanitation workers for recognition of their union. A panel discussion featuring local poultry workers will immediately follow the film. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.  Come and honor Dr. King and support the poultry workers.

Valley Playhouse is proud to present a romantic comedy Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley, Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony-award winning author of Moonstruck and Doubt at Court Square, 41 Court Square, Harrisonburg. Performances will be Thursdays – Sundays, April 14 -16 and April 21 – 23 at 7: 30 pm and Sundays, April 17 and 24 at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door and $10 in advance for seniors or groups of 10 or more, $12 at the door.

Restorative Justice in Harrisonburg: What does Restorative Justice (RJ) look like in Harrisonburg?  How can RJ help our community?  How can I access RJ in Harrisonburg?  Fairfield Center is hosting free public information meetings. Tue, March 29th 5-6:30 (Massanutten Regional Library) and Thu, April 14th 5-6:30 pm (Simms Center).

Syrian Refugee Crisis Fundraising Event: Eastern Mennonite University's (EMU) International Student Organization (ISO) cordially invites you to its Annual Spring Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday, April 9, 6 p.m. in EMU’s Martin Greeting Hall (Campus Center).  The ISO hosts an annual event to raise awareness of a specific current tragedy. This year we have chosen to reach out to and support Syrian refugees. We are saddened by the idea of families being forcibly driven out of their homes and having to flee to foreign lands, becoming refugees and essentially starting over, all in hopes of saving their lives and the lives of their children. At the fundraising event, a number of speakers will share their stories, similar experiences and knowledge of the Syrian War. In addition to a delicious meal and informative speakers, there will also be a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to Refugee Resettlement. We would appreciate your presence and participation in this important event! Entrance admittance is $10.00 per person. Please RSVP by Friday, April 1st to We look forward to seeing you there!

EMU athletics director and parent, Dave King, recently co-authored a new book “Overplayed: A Parent’s Guide to Sanity in the World of Youth Sports.” The book launch party is Sunday April 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the President’s Reception room in University Commons at EMU. Author comments will be at 6 p.m. Books will be available for $15. Refreshments will be served. There may also be a surprise or two. All are invited!

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

You are invited to an evening of musical entertainment featuring Matthew Stearn, Jeremiah Padilla and Tara Davis, Saturday, April 9 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

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 27

Lift up Richard Bowman and Katrina Schmid as they co-teach a Bible class to interested students in Lezhë, Albania.  Pray that the students can deepen their understanding of the Bible and who Jesus is.

Please pray for Shawn and Laura Green and their three boys as their service reappointment to Italy has been delayed because of lack of funding.  The Italian Mennonite Church is anxious for their return to ministry.  Pray that adequate support can be raised for their release. The Greens serve with Virginia Mennonite Missions.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA