Newsweekly 4/26/15

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Newsweekly 4/26/15

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Registration for Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly is open! Join us June 11-13 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church for a weekend of work, worship and stories of "Built into a Spiritual House," based on 1 Peter 2:4-10. Learn more and register at

The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence Community Service Award, is to be bestowed this year to PAX of MCC on April 26.  We hope you will plan to attend, bringing friends and family to celebrate this important part of your life’s experience.  We are honored that the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence at James Madison University should recognize PAX in this way.  Your presence will contribute to that honor. Check the website,,  or Facebook PAX for any updates to plans and events. The meeting space and ceremony with take place in the Highlands Room which is located on the ground floor in the Festival Conference and Student Center at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.  Please let me know if you will attend. RSVP by sending an email to

Enjoy a Taste of India meal in support of VMMissions/EMM workers Michael & Ruth and family on Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., Lindale Mennonite Church fellowship hall, 6255 Jesse Bennet Way, Linville, Va.  Hear about their ministry and how you can support them with resources of finances and prayer.  Reserve your meal by April 27 with Tracy Clark, or (540) 820-5372.

Mennonite Mission Network Day of Prayer is May 1. Pray with us, pray for us, pray for our world! Help us celebrate Mennonite Mission Network’s Day of Prayer on May 1 and join us in prayer for the mission and ministry of each person, congregation, conference and Mennonite Mission Network. Visit for individual and congregational resources like: Prayer Vine, a monthly prayer calendar, a 24-hour prayer vigil sign-up sheet, and more!

Mennonite Women of Virginia's Annual Missions Day will be May 2 at Trissels Mennonite Church, Broadway, Va. Eve Knepp will reflect on the importance of trusting God, as experienced through her family’s ministry with VMMissions at Maranatha School for the Deaf, Jamaica. Registration begins at 9 am. A business meeting will follow the Mission Needs Auction, and lunch will be served.

All leaders holding ministerial credentials in VMC are invited to: “God’s Gift of Sexuality”: a Pastoral Leadership Consultation on May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountain View Mennonite Church, 5252 North Carolina 10 Hickory, NC 28602. Transportation arrangements to and from the Harrisonburg area are in the works. Speakers are still to be decided. RSVP to Anieta McCracken, Administrative Services Manager, at 540-434-9727 ext 135 or via email to:

Come out to Pleasant View, Inc.'s 18th Annual Golf Tournament to support individuals with intellectual disabilities on Friday, May 15, at Spotswood Country Club (1980 Country Club Road in Harrisonburg, Va.) This will be in a Captain's Choice format. Registration will begin at 8:00 am, with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. Team prizes, contest prizes, and door prize drawings will be awarded after lunch. Fees are $100/golfer or $380/team of 4. There will be team prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Mulligans, power balls, and 50/50 will be offered at registration. We will also have closest to the pin and longest drive contests. Lunch will be provided.

Songs and Sheaves: An Evening in the Barn will be May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the Showalter Barn ( 4702 Klines Mill Road, Linville, VA 22834). Join us for an evening of desserts and music with VMMissions workers Steve Horst and Bethany Tobin as we rejoice over their first term in Bangkok, Thailand, and look forward to what God will do in their next. Featuring Good Company a cappella singers, Seth Crissman, and local bluegrass musicians. Kids activities provided. A freewill offering will be taken. To reach the barn, take Rt. 42 north, go 7 miles past Harmony Square, turn left on Kline's Mill Road, and turn right at 4th driveway.

Family Life Resource Center’s Fundraising Dinner will be Saturday, May 16, at 6 pm at VMRC’s Hartman Dining Hall. Judy H. Mullet, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Eastern Mennonite University will speak on the importance of restorative relationships. Special memorial tribute will be given to Jim Glanzer, one of the founders of FLRC. RSVP by May 7 to or by calling 540-434-8450.

Save the date on Friday, June 5. At 6:00 pm, the men’s a cappella singing ensemble Cantore will have a benefit performance for Living Waters Prison Ministries at Immanuel Mennonite Church (400 Kelley St., Harrisonburg). Dessert and beverages will be served following the performance. This is a free concert with a free will offering collected.

Would you like to learn more about Spiritual Formation for Congregational Discernment? Or are you interested in Sustaining Practices in Congregational Worship? Maybe you want to explore Spiritual Guidance in Life and Practice?  All three of these courses and others are part of the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, June 15-26. Classes are held Mon-Fri of those two weeks. For more details on the courses, to see the schedule, and to register online, please go to: You are welcome to join the teachers and learners who experience God's presence each summer through this Institute. – Director Linda Alley, 540.432.4698

Save the date for the annual MHI Friends Dinner event, Friday, September 25, from 7-9pm at Park View Mennonite Church. This is MHI's main fundraiser event of the year and features a deliciously prepared Latino meal provided by Hispanic members of the different congregations related to MHI as wells as a bilingual worship experience.

Job Openings:

Springdale Mennonite Church (Waynesboro, VA) is seeking a half-time Associate Pastor to work in cooperation with the Lead Pastor in a variety of ways.  To a large degree, this position will focus on:  1) Equipping people within the church for ministry; and 2) giving direction to Springdale’s ministry with youth.  The ideal candidate will approach faith from an Anabaptist perspective and will have training and/or experience in Christian ministry.  Contact Krista Powell (Chair of the Search Committee) at for more information or to submit a letter of inquiry.

Do you know a young man or woman, ages 18+ who would make a good camp counselor, has a passion for mentoring kids, loves the Lord and is energetic?  If so, please send them our away.  Highland Retreat Summer Camp still has salaried positions available for male and female camp counselors. Those interested can apply at or call 540-705-0512 for more information.

VMMissions is looking for volunteers to spend the summer (June 1-late August) teaching English in Egypt through Partners in Mission.  As a way of building trust and relationships, the Coptic Orthodox church in Egypt offers English classes for both Muslims and Christians. Volunteers are needed for a summer children’s and youth English program for children ages 6-15.  Both couples and singles are encouraged to apply.  To apply or learn more, contact Martin Rhodes at or (540) 434-9727.

Is God calling you to learn more about missions in Asia and/or ministry in the slums?  Consider participating in a 6 week Re-Imagine Internship in Jakarta, Indonesia, this summer through a partnership with VMMissions’ Partners in Mission program and Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor.  The internship would include 1 week of orientation, a 4 week home-stay with an east Asian slum family, and 1 week of debriefing, running July 20-August 30.  Both singles and couples are encouraged to consider. Application deadline is May 20th.  Contact Martin Rhodes for more information at and check out

Grace Mennonite Fellowship in Lacey Spring, VA, a non-traditional congregation with their core values rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite faith tradition, is seeking a half-time Youth Pastor.  Grace Mennonite Fellowship, a growing congregation of approximately 250 with an active youth population of approximately 40, is community-oriented church that strives to be mission-focused both locally and globally.  For more information and application instructions please visit the announcements page at

Roberta Webb Child Care Center has an opening for a Director. This is a 30-40 hour administrative position. Bachelors Degree Required and experience in early childhood necessary. Please send resume to or call (540) 434-8699

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request

April 26

Gracie and Yugo Prasetyo's neighbor has stage four cancer and cannot afford medical treatment. Pray with them for God's mercy in the midst of deep physical need and poverty.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA