Newsweekly: 5/15/16

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Newsweekly for May 15

Local Events and Opportunities:

Business As Mission (BAM) lunch discussions will be held at VMMissions from 12-1 May 18, 19, 25, & 26. Enjoy a Central Asian meal of rice pilaf and shish kabobs and join us in exploring an authentic model for relationships building and community transformation in the Muslim world. James W., long term worker in Central Asia will share about 2 businesses that are blessing their communities economically, socially, and spiritually. Explore with us different models of sending, funding, and decision making for BAM. RSVP at (540) 908-9613 or

Shekinah celebrates 13 years of a cappella singing with a Reunion Concert featuring past and present members on Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s Martin Chapel in Harrisonburg. Admission is by donation. CD sales and a light reception will follow. Shekinah is a female vocal ensemble based in Harrisonburg. More information is available at

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.

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 Program Director MA in Biomedicine and MA Healthcare Management and Tenure-track continuing faculty position. The Director is responsible for the vision, vitality, and every day functions of a successful and innovative master’s program in Biomedicine and a new MA in Healthcare Management. The Director is responsible for on-going program development and growth, recruiting, advising incoming MA candidates, planning and evaluating curriculum, and formulating and managing budget within the program. The Director also teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses and serves on the Graduate Council of the university. Earned doctoral degree in a Biology-related discipline or a terminal degree or master’s degree with significant healthcare management experience wanted. Position begins as early as January 2017. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and two letters of reference to: Dr. Jim Smucker, Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802,  For more information and a complete job description visit our website at Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Mail Service Supervisor for the Post Office. The supervisor of mail service is responsible for all university mail services. This includes incoming, outgoing, and inter-department mail. The mail service supervisor is also responsible for outgoing and receiving UPS, DHL, and Federal Express shipments. Supervisor is also in charge of sending department and personal faxes. Two years of college required. Numerical aptitude necessary. Organized, detail oriented, self-motivated and able to work with many interruptions. Computer knowledge. Friendly and helpful to EMU and community customers. Submit letter of application, resume and the contact information for three references to: Human Resources, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, For more information visit our website at Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

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 15

Pray that Steve and Bethany Horst and their family in Thailand will have courage and perseverance in stepping out in new relationships, and for protection against discouragement.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA