Newsweekly: 5/8/16

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Newsweekly for May 8

Local Events and Opportunities:

May 9, 7:30 a.m. – West Dining Room.  The last ACRS Breakfast for this season will feature David L. Myers, Director of Homeland Security's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, on the topic, “Reflections on the Anabaptist vision as a force for change within or outside of the government.” Following the presentation, you are invited to stay for conversation about the future of ACRS presentations and projects.– For More Information (future and past programs), click on: Terry R Burkhalter for ACRS Program Committee, Margaret Foth & Vernon Jantzi

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

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 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 8

Pray that tranSenders Tyler and Kendra Yoder will find a good summer routine that includes leading a Bible study and maintaining relationships focused on discipleship in their Harrisonburg, Va., neighborhood.


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA