Newsweekly: 3/6/16

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Newsweekly for March 6

Local Events and Opportunities

The 23-voice Bel Canto Singers from Hesston College, and director Russell Adrian will present the program “Transform Our Lives” on Sunday, March 6, 10:30 a.m., Lindale Mennonite Church, and 2 p.m., Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA. Alumni and friends are invited to attend and a free will offering will be taken for the Spring Break Tour costs. Go to for complete tour details.

Rise Up Singing Show: Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, creators of the iconic songbook 'Rise Up Singing' are coming to Harrisonburg with their newest work, 'Rise Again.' These people were close friends with Pete Seeger. This is a must-see event for the whole family!  Join us March 15 at the Church of the Incarnation (292 N Liberty St, Harrisonburg, VA). Please reserve your seat by buying your ticket online for $10 at or as a free-will offering of $10-$15 at the door (5$ for kids). Doors open at 6:30. Show at 7:00.

Shenandoah Valley Men's Chorus: You are invited to attend the following concerts featuring a variety of men’s a cappella music: hymns, anthems, gospel songs, and spirituals. Sunday, March 6, 7:00 P.M. at Strite Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (1475 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, VA). Proceeds from free-will offerings will benefit the mission service of Richard & Elsie Bowman, serving with Virginia Mennonite Missions in Lezhë, Albania.

Jerry Holsopple, EMU Visual and Communication Arts professor, is exhibiting at the Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery through March 4. Holsopple's project is in response to the serial sexual abuse by John Howard Yoder and the legacy of pain he left behind. (Yoder was an American theologian and ethicist best known for his defense of Christian pacifism.) The title "Seven Times Seven" is a twist on the biblical text about forgiveness (seventy times seventy).

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

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.

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.

Diane Marin from New Song Fellowship is starting a new ministry called “Biblical Story Telling” and will have a video/audio taping at Alive Studios in the MennoMedia building, Sunday, March 6 at 2 pm. Children ages 5-100 are welcome to be part of the live studio audience. Doors will close at 1:50 to begin taping.

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 and 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.

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

Register Now for Kaleidoscope Summer Camp!  Camps are available for ages 7 to 18 and run from June 26th through August 4th. 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.

Does your Sunday school class or small group desire some interesting and serious Bible study material? Herald Press has published Creating a Scene in Corinth by Reta Halteman Finger, which uses simulation to recreate a house church of slaves, masters, and ordinary workers who listen to the letter we call First Corinthians. It’s full of juicy topics—leadership problems, sex, lawsuits, marriage, food fights, raucous worship services, and much more. Not everyone will agree with Paul—which makes for a lively discussion. Not sure how to get started? Reta lives in the Harrisonburg area and is happy to introduce your study group to the book and help you understand how this informal role-play works. It will work best with at least eight participants. You will never read First Corinthians the same way again! Contact Reta at or find the book at

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities:

AVA Care of Harrisonburg, a Christian, life-affirming medical non-profit serving women facing unintended pregnancy, is hiring for a full-time Director of Nursing (RN). For more information and a full job description, visit To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Susan Null, Executive Director at or 833 MLK, Jr. Way Harrisonburg, VA  22801. Position open until filled.

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 6

Pray for God's presence in the Life Enrichment Church in Det Udom, Thailand. They recently conducted a funeral for a young woman who died of AIDS and had just been baptized at Christmas.  The testimony of the multi-day funeral made a huge impact on the villagers. Pray for the follow-up as some are very interested in learning more about Jesus.



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70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA