Newsweekly: 4/17/16

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Newsweekly for April 17

Local Events and Opportunities

Life in a slum, a first-hand account of ministry on the ground – Monday, April 18, 7 p.m., University Commons 211, Eastern Mennonite University: Grace (Schrock-Hurst) Prasetyo, (EMU culture, religion and mission alum) and her Indonesian husband, Yugo, are on leave from their life in a slum on the outskirts of Jakharta. They live among Muslim neighbors who make their living picking through the city's trash heaps. They learn from their neighbors a joy of life that is an inspiration and challenge to all. Come hear about their ministry with neighborhood children, young mothers and a TB treatment program. Learn about international ministry, urban slums, downward mobility. Questions and conversation will supplement their story telling and pictures. Refreshments will be served! Grace has been named as the young alum of the year for homecoming 2016. She won't be able to be here for the event, so this is your chance to learn to know the Prasetyo family in person.

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

Mark your calendars for Roberta Webb Child Care Center's dinner and auction on Friday, April 29 at First Presbyterian Church.  Doors will open at 5:45 pm, dinner starts at 6 pm, and the auction will start at 7:15.  Sonny Henkel will be the auctioneer.  If you have items you would like to donate for the auction (including a silent auction), please call 540-434-8699.

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!

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:

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

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

April 17

The Jesus' Deaf Church in Orange Walk, Belize, is holding baptisms today. Previously baptized members will be invited to recommit their lives. Pray that the Holy Spirit gives them courage to be faithful to their promises.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA