Newsweekly: 7/24/16

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Newsweekly for July 24

Local Events and Opportunities

The offices of Virginia Mennonite Conference will be closed on Monday, July 25 following Conference Assembly.

Empowering Women: Money, Health and Faith is a Mennonite Women USA resourcing event that will take place on August 12-13 at Peace Mennonite Church in Aurora, Colorado, just east of Denver. In previous years, this kind of event was called PREP (preparing, resourcing, encouraging, praising) and was held specifically for area-conference women leaders. This year, this event is being opened up to all women, because, let’s be honest – who among us doesn’t need to be empowered with regards to our understanding of money and our personal health? We will experience and enjoy networking, friend-making, worship, inspiration, nurture, eating, education and our favorite word: empowerment – that’s what you can expect on Aug. 12-13. Rhoda Blough, of Denver, and Teresa Boshart Yoder of Harrisonburg, VA, will present. As staff of Everence, they bring passion, experience and tools for us to understand our relationship with money and our personal health.  These professionals will provide handouts, books, journals and other resources. Register at:

Former students, faculty and staff of the Park School (1918-1967) are invited to a reunion at Park View Mennonite Church's fellowship hall, September 4, 4:00-7:00 pm. A meal will be catered by Macado's. Cost is $15. Learn more and register at or call Miriam at 540-478-5524.

The Shenandoah Valley Mennonite Historians are sponsoring a local Old Order Mennonite Tour led by Phil Kniss, September 10, from 8:30 am to 2 pm. Contact Jim Hershberger for registration/information at (540) 833-8033 or (540) 908-8005 or

Join the MHI Friends Dinner “Making Disciples as We Go!” on September 16 to celebrate Mennonite Hispanic Initiative’s accomplishments in the last year and recognize and thank our many partners in mission. A delicious Latino meal will be served! Special Guest Ying Kai will speak.  The event will be at 7 pm at Shady Oak (Weavers Mennonite Church), Harrisonburg, Va. Tables will be available for $100.00 (includes 8 people). Churches can RSVP and send up to 8 people representing the congregation. Also, individuals can RSVP and invite 7 more friends to participate. Finally, if you don’t have a party, you can RSVP and we will accommodate you with other people around a table. RSVP to 540-209-1450 or to to reserve a table before Sep. 9.

A T4T ‘Training for Trainers’ event will be held September 17-18 at Shady Oak (Weavers Mennonite Church), Harrisonburg. Learn the story behind the world’s fastest-growing church planting movement and how it can happen in your community with trainer Ying Kai. Cost is $60 per person (includes the T4T training, materials and Saturday lunch). Sponsored by Mennonite Hispanic Initiative and VMMissions. Learn more and register at:

Mennonite Women of Virginia Annual Women's Retreat will be held October 28 – 30 at the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center in Natural Bridge, VA. Marlene Bogard, MWUSA president, will gather our thoughts around John 15 and the theme "Remain in Me: Finding God in the Ordinary."

Volunteer and employment opportunities:

Gift & Thrift, Inc. (Harrisonburg, VA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of full-time general manager. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing oversight of three divisions (Artisan’s Hope, Booksavers, and A World of Good Thrift Shop), visioning for future growth and development, collaborating with division managers, and overseeing the financial and budget needs. The general manager reports to a board of directors whose vision is to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee. Qualifications: bachelor’s degree preferred, 3-5 years’ experience in the retail environment, supervision, as well as a commitment to the mission of serving others. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to or mail to Gift & Thrift, Attention: Personnel Committee, 731 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

MennoMedia, Inc. seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant. We’re a book and curriculum publisher seeking a friendly, competent part-time administrative assistant for a wide variety of office support services. The job includes clerical and financial tasks, volunteer management and assisting visitors.  We need someone with good people skills and at least two years of experience with Word, Excel and databases, who is eager and willing to learn new tasks and software programs.  This job has great growth potential for the right person. 20 hours per week, hours are somewhat flexible.  Email resume and cover letter to No phone calls, please.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Program Coordinator for the Interfaith Peace Camp for the Center of Interfaith Engagement. This position is responsible for Coordinate Interfaith Peace Camp (IPC) projects and activities at a local and national level. Work closely with and liaise between the Center for Interfaith Engagement, Interfaith Peace Camp planning committee, and Interfaith Peace Board. Position will provide leadership and administrative support for the IPC planning committee and maintain publicity. Position will also work closely with board to raise funds to support the sustainability of IPC and support planning, implementation, and follow-up of annual Interfaith Peace Camp program locally. AA degree required and BA degree desired; nonprofit leadership experience is a plus. Part-time, grant funded position. 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.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Student Success Coordinator for the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP). The WPLP student success coordinator manages WPLP’s student support, curriculum design, and program monitoring and evaluation. Works closely with WPLP director to initiate data-driven changes to program design and to design new programming in response to grants. Oversees the success of WPLP students and ensures the integration and support of WPLP within CJP and EMU systems. Bachelors degree required. Fulltime, grant funded position. 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.

The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center ( invites applications for the position of full-time Executive Director. The successful candidate should have expertise in program visioning, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, administration, public relations, volunteer coordination, and interpreting the vision of the Center to the church and community. The Director should be committed to the heritage which Brethren and Mennonites share, especially in the Shenandoah Valley. Salary and benefits as determined by the Board of Directors. Send letter of application, resume, and three recommendations to J.D. Glick, Chair, Search committee, 14 Joseph Court, Bridgewater, VA 22812 ( Position open until filled.

Herald Press is seeking a Marketing and Sales Assistant. Qualified candidates will be creative, detail-oriented team player to assist with book sales, marketing and advertising.  Requires marketing savvy and strong writing, organizational and financial management skills. Must be experienced in Excel and Word and willing to learn new software. Excellent growth potential for the right candidate. See complete job description at, click on Job Openings. Submit a cover letter and resume to No phone calls, please.

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.

Home for Sale:

Home for Sale: 1920’s Brick home, 2.5 story, ½ acre. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths. 2 bonus rooms, 2nd floor laundry, New kitchen with large pantry, Lots of oak and character. Gas hot water radiators, 2nd floor AC/heat pump. Single garage, shed, dry basement storage, new wiring, nearly all new windows.  251 West Gay St., Harrisonburg. Price $325,000. Contact: Mark or Julie Smith at 540-433-9177 or Mark cell: 540-280-9211 and Julie cell: 540-810-5415. or

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

July 24

Pray that the Partners in Mission team will have servant hearts and be filled with joy as they assist the Mennonite Church of Trinidad and Tobago with its Vacation Bible School this week.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA