Newsweekly: 7/3/16

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Newsweekly for July 3

Local Events and Opportunities

This is the LAST CALL TO REGISTER FOR ASSEMBLY 2016- “Adopted: Peril & Promise in the Household of God” to be held at Park View Mennonite Church. The deadline, FRIDAY, JULY 1, is earlier than usual (by one week) because of the caterer’s meal count deadline. To register go to:

Cantore, a men's a cappella singing group, will perform a free concert on Friday, July 1, at 6:00 pm at Immanuel Mennonite Church (400 Kelley St, Harrisonburg, Va.) to benefit Living Waters Prison Ministries. Donations encouraged by offering; dessert and beverages to follow performance.

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.

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:

Mennonite Women of Virginia Prayer Breakfast will be held at Park View Mennonite Church on Saturday, July 23 at 6:45 AM. LaVonne Ramella, missionary in Kosovo will be sharing about her work.

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:

VA Care of Harrisonburg is seeking qualified applicants for 2 part-time positions: Finance Coordinator and Executive Assistant. For more information and a full job description, visit To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Susan Null, Executive Director at or 833 MLK, Jr. Way Harrisonburg, VA  22801.

AVA Care of Harrisonburg ( is a medical non-profit serving women facing unintended pregnancy since 1984. Their vision is that all women facing an unintended pregnancy would feel supported – no matter what they decide. Current needs include: diapers (sizes 3, 4, & 5), baby wipes, copies of What to Expect When You're Expecting (4th edition only), three HoMedics Sound Spa Sound Machines. They also have volunteer opportunities for a receptionist and support volunteer.

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.

Gift and Thrift, Inc. is looking for volunteers interested in supporting the mission of Mennonite Central Committee this summer. Volunteers are a vital part of our mission. We are currently in need of persons interested in sorting and tagging clothes, toys and office supplies. Booksavers needs someone experienced and interested in children’s books. Individuals or groups with any level of time commitment (3-4 hours daily, once a week, monthly, etc.) are welcome. To volunteer, or for more information contact Gift and Thrift at 540 433-8844 or email We would love to have you be a part of our volunteer community! Our goal is finding the right fit for you.

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.

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.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

July 3

Lift up tranSender Joyce Crissman and her work with the Celebrate Recovery program in Waynesboro, Va. Ask that God will continue to bring people to this program and that they will grasp His restoration.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA