Local Events and Opportunities:
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 emu.edu/box-office 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.
"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. www.emu.edu/seminary/women-in-ministry.
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 virginiaconference.org/news/small-church-big-impact/
The Wild Geese Baroque Ensemble will present a benefit concert for the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg on Sunday, April 17, Asbury United Methodist Church, 4:00-5:00 pm. A fable will be presented about a family of Irish geese, who, missing the annual migration, attempt to find their own way south, complete with a bit of poetry and a dash of humor. Admission is free, and donations for the 24th annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, slated for June 12-19 in Harrisonburg, are welcome at the concert or online at emu.edu/geese/
The Gemeinschaft Home's Annual Banquet is Friday, April 22 at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave., Harrisonburg. The Gemeinschaft Home is a therapeutic community that helps prepare non-violent, non-sexual offenders for re-entry into their communities following incarceration. Banquet events will include a keynote address by Levar Stoney, Secretary of State for the Commonwealth and a JMU alumnus, as well as a silent auction and music. Doors open at 5pm for silent auction, dinner served at 6pm. Please RSVP by April 15 to Sharon Ringgold, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-434-1690.
Plan to attend Virginia Mennonite Missions' Auction & Family Missions Festival, May 13-14. Join us on Friday at 5 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 www.wcrc.info 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 email@example.com.
Employment and Volunteer Opportunities:
Gift and Thrift, Inc. is looking for volunteers interested in supporting the mission of Mennonite Central Committee. Many volunteer opportunities are available including donation receiving, electronic and furniture cleaning and repair, pricing and tagging of household items, sorting, hanging and tagging clothing, sorting and scanning books for retail and online sales, customer services and more! Individuals or groups with any level of time commitment (daily, once a week, monthly, etc.) are welcome. To volunteer, or for more information contact Gift and Thrift at 540 433-8844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:
Pray that Kids Club ministries in various VMC churches will continue to grow and impact the people helping, the children attending, the children's families, and entire communities.