Newsweekly: 5/1/16

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Newsweekly for May 1

Local Events and Opportunities:

Rebecca’s Herbal Garden Tea Party, May 7 – CrossRoads Heritage Center, 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg.  Honoring all mothers and their families and friends.  Adults $12; children under twelve $8.  Information and tickets available at

The Rockingham Male Chorus will present a benefit concert of Sacred Music on Sunday, May 15th at Weavers Mennonite Church located west of Harrisonburg at 2501 Rawley Pike. The program will begin at 7:00 P.M. There is no admission charge however a free-will offering will be received for the benefit of The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

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.

Ladies: Remember the MWV Annual Missions Day event, Thursday, May 5, Mt. Clinton Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, 6pm.  We are changing the event this year to an evening dinner and fellowship followed by the missions gifting process.  To make a reservation for dinner (yes, it's free!), please contact Dianna Lehman at 540-810-2706 or by email at:  If you are coming from a distance, Dianna Lehman will also take your reservations (yes, free!) for spending the night in a local home, if you prefer that to driving home late. NOTE: We have learned that our event is the same evening as one of Park View Federal Credit Union's annual events – so mom, let dad take the kids and you can join us for dinner and fellowship!

If you are a pastor or layperson who is interested in learning more about the criminal justice system in our community, consider participating in an ecumenical, day-long learning tour on May 6. Come hear from different people working on a variety of aspects in criminal justice system and participate in workshops to learn what you can do to help. The event will be based at Community Mennonite Church and begins at 9am. The event is free and includes lunch, but please RSVP to by April 29 if you would like to participate. Sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee, the Episcopal Church, and the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

Join Highland friends for the Serve and Play weekend, May 6-8. Serve and Play is a special family-friendly service weekend where participants serve on Saturday and enjoy a spring weekend at Highland Retreat. Families, work groups and day volunteers are welcome! For more information, go to or call 540-705-0554. Busy for the Serve and Play weekend but want to help? Contact us about serving another spring weekend and ask about ½ priced lodging or free camping.

The Young Artists’ Recital, sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, will take place in Harrisonburg on Saturday, May 7, at 3:00 PM, in Martin Chapel, in the Seminary Building on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University. This free concert is open to everyone.

Virginia Mennonite Missions' Auction & Family Missions Festival will be May 13-14 at Eastern Mennonite School (801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg). Join us on Friday at 5 pm for a Hispanic meal catered by Mennonite Hispanic Initiative ($10 plate), with a live auction following at 6:00 by Ministry Support Teams to benefit mission workers. The fun continues on Saturday (11:30 am to 3:00 pm) with the Family Missions Festival! Visit booths highlighting our work and workers around the world! We'll have many children's' activities and fun things for all ages, including model airplanes and drone, a soccer tournament, balloon animals, bouncy house, great music, and more! A hot air balloon will be onsite both evenings from 7-8 pm. Learn more at To donate auction items, contact Steve Leaman: or (540) 434-9727.

Mark your calendars to come together to knot comforters for MCC! This was traditionally started by Betty Brunk and Louretta Wilson, and is being carried on. The sewing room at Shady Oak has been reserved for two days, July 7 & 8 (Thursday/Friday), 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Please come, and invite your friends. We will take a lunch break at 12:00 so bring a sandwich. Coffee and cold drink provided. We are looking forward to seeing you again.

Mark your calendars for Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly, July 21-23 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg. The theme is "Adopted: Peril and Promise in the Household of God," based on Ephesians 2:19-20. In addition to delegate sessions, there will be workshops and evening worship times open to the public. New credentialed leaders will be commissioned on Friday as part of worship.

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

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Residence Director position. The selected individual will work closely with the Associate Dean and Assistant Director to help provide leadership for the Residence Life department, while having primary responsibility for a residence hall of 180 students. The Residence Life dept. is committed to providing a safe, secure and comfortable living and learning environment in the residence halls, which is conducive to a Christian lifestyle, the pursuit of academic excellence and the personal growth of students. Master’s degree or related experience required. 9.5 month (August 1- May 15), full-time, live-in position, supervising eight community advisors, and an Assistant RD. Selected candidate will be of Christian faith and support the mission and policies of EMU. Submit application, résumé and three references to: For more information visit our website at Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Mennonite Voluntary Service is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year! Opportunities to serve and live in community with others are still open in a variety of placements and locations, including teaching in Puerto Rico. Ages 20+ can apply at, or contact for inquiries.

Next year EMU will welcome two Spanish Language Assistants through MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) and is looking for hosts. There is no “ideal” host – some are young families, some are middle-aged and some are retired. Hosts develop their own unique relationships with IVEP participants. This is a wonderful opportunity for families with children who are learning Spanish. We hope that the IVEP participant will become part of the family. IVEP is a year-long work and cultural exchange opportunity for young, Christian adults. Every year 60 participants come from more than 25 countries around the world to volunteer in the U.S. or Canada, where they live with a local person or family. EMU IVEPers arrive mid-August and leave for summer placements the first week of May. Contact Gretchen Maust at for more information.

Looking for a house sitter, or to receive some compensation for your furnished home while away for several months?  A VMM missionary family of four is looking for a furnished house or apartment Dec. 2016 through May or June 2017.  This time frame would be ideal, but maybe even for snowbirds going south for the winter. Preferred location is in the Waterman School district, but other locations will also be considered. Please email or call Sandi Good, MST leader, for more information or 540.820.6241.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

May 1

Ask that God will continue developing the leadership skills of Michael and Ruthy in South Asia so they will effectively equip and empower others, and also as they apply these skills as parents to their four children.




Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA