Newsweekly: 8/23/15

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Newsweekly for August 23

Local Events and Opportunities

 Did you know there will be an election this November, 2015? Every 4 years, one year before the presidential election, Virginia citizens have the chance to vote for someone for state senator in their district. Our current senator is Mark Obenshain. However, April Moore is running against him for the Virginia State Senate. On Saturday, August 29, you are invited to a meet-the-candidate, drop-in breakfast featuring April Moore. It is sponsored by Ming Ivory and Carolyn Rothwell, and will be held at Ming Ivory's home at 3155 Flint Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood.  (This is directly across the street from Reta Finger's house.) The purpose of the breakfast is to introduce April Moore to the community. Everyone is invited, regardless of party affiliation. If possible, RSVP Ming at 540-564-1298.

You are invited to a delicious Ethiopian fundraising meal hosted by NEW (Nurturing and Encouraging Women) at Lindale Mennonite Church from 5:30 –7:00 PM on Friday, September 11, 2015. With Ethiopian women as its focus, NEW supports efforts in evangelism, counseling, education, healthcare, poverty and hunger reduction and small business development. RSVP to Leanne Benner at (540) 432-9064 or

The end of the fiscal year for Virginia Mennonite Conference and Virginia Mennonite Missions is August 31. As both agencies serve the church and the world as God has called them, please consider making a contribution online or by check. Learn more by visiting:

Stanley Green, Executive Director of Mennonite Mission Network, will be preaching at Weavers Mennonite Church on Aug. 30.  Stanley will also present during the Sunday School period for a group of combined Sunday School classes. Everyone is welcome to both the joint  Sunday School class and the worship service following. Sunday School is at 9:30am; Worship 10:30am

"Walking on Water: Trust that Jesus trusts YOU!" is the theme of VMC's Middle School One-Day Retreat, September 26, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Eastern Mennonite School (801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA). Based on Matthew 14:22-33, Rebekka Stutzman will be the featured speaker. Rebekka has a passion for young people and is currently on home assignment from her family's service in Germany with VMMissions and Mennonite Mission Network. Cost is $30 for the day. Contact Deb Horst at to sign up. Learn more at

The Annual Mennonite Women of Virginia Fall Retreat is October 30–Nov. 1 at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA. Early-bird registration deadline extended to 9/14. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Or

Our annual Friends of MHI Dinner is only a month away! Our event will be held Sept 25, 7 pm, at Park View Mennonite  Church. We have very much appreciated your support in the past and are eager to share with you the latest MHI happenings. Churches are invited to again host a table of 8, for a gift of $100. Luis Martinez, pastor of Iglesia Discipular Anabaptista, will be calling past supporters and friends to help us know who will be joining us for this important MHI event. Please RSVP your response to Luis Martinez at <>

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement has helped thousands of Christians to align their lives with God’s global purposes.  A rich menu of readings and fifteen interactive class sessions, with input from presenters sharing their particular expertise, combine to provide students with an understanding of four distinct dimensions of the missional challenge: Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. The course will be offered in Harrisonburg again this fall – Tuesday evenings, from Sept 1- Dec 8, at Grace Covenant Church.  For more information, check out the Perspectives website at or contact Carol Tobin at

Please join us for Pleasant View’s 6th Annual Community Pork BBQ on September 12 at Pleasant View's Day Support Services Building (151 Commerce Drive Harrisonburg, Va. 22802). Enjoy good food, music performed by Men of Zion and Friday Night Special, petting zoo, candle sales, raffles, and large bake sale while supporting Pleasant View, Inc. Prices: $8.00 BBQ Plate- Sandwich, 2 sides, dessert, and drink/ $3.50 per Sandwich/ $12.00 per Pound of BBQ.  (sides: potato chips, mac & cheese, baked beans, coleslaw)  Pleasant View supports individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community through a variety of residential and day support services.

“God Still Calls,” an Eastern District mission event begins Saturday, Sept 12, at 5:30 with an international potluck at Huntington Mennonite Church.  Join us & bring your favorite dish, local or foreign.  Drinks & serving utensils provided.  Experience an Ethiopian coffee ceremony; try on an international costume & more.  Following the meal will be a joint celebration with special guests, Linford & Janet Stutzman.  On Sunday at 4:30 pm, David & Rebekka Stutzman will share.  VMMissions mission offerings will be received at both services.  Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to hear how "God still calls.”  All events at Huntington Mennonite.

Join the 18th annual Bike Shenandoah on Saturday, September 19. Bike Shenandoah is a cycle for service offering five rides for all ages and abilities. The ride starts and ends at Eastern Mennonite School (801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, Va.) and supports NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, Our Community Place, Roberta Webb Child Care Center, MennoMedia, Mennonite Central Committee and Virginia Mennonite Missions. Visit or contact

Spare change can have a powerful impact with My Coins Count, a program of Mennonite Central Committee and Virginia Mennonite Missions, which will be counted at this year's Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale on October 3. Funds this year will go to Kids Club (Shenandoah Valley, Va.); Maranatha School for the Deaf, Jamaica; Joshua Center, Albania; a school for Sudanese refugees, Egypt; and the Village Altonodji, a school for vulnerable children, Chad. Learn more at

Discover what it means to realign with God’s vision as it is revealed to us, as we shift in perspective from “the church of God with a mission” to “the God of mission with a church." Missional Church: Vision, Learning, Refocus will be a four-day seminar featuring keynote speaker Dr. Darrell Guder. Join us from Monday, September 28, to Thursday, October 1 at various venues in Harrisonburg. Dr. Guder is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology. Learn more at

Come run or walk (or volunteer) with us at the 5K Race for Relief at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale on October 3 at 8:30am.  Proceeds go towards MCC.  Sign up online at

You are welcome to join in a transformative healing retreat. Tilda Norberg will be guiding another Opening to Grace Retreat at the Highland Retreat Center in Bergton, Va., on October  8-10.  If you know of people who may be interested in attending please forward the brochure; or if you are interested yourself, please fill out the registration form and send it, along with your deposit, to me at the address in the brochure.  Pat Hostetter Martin, for the Shenandoah Gestalt Pastoral Care Community of Practice.

MCC Bike PA 2015: Health for Nigeria – Join 40-50 other riders for a three day bicycle road tour through the beautiful forest and farmland of central Pennsylvania from Sunday, September 20 (all day) to Tuesday, September 22, (all day). Along with enjoying the ride with great company, you'll be supporting MCC's health work in Nigeria.  For more information, and to register, see  Or call Luke Schrock-Hurst in the Harrisonburg, VA based MCC office at (540) 437-1201.

If you are looking for a chance to attend the MEDA convention "Growing Business, Building Community" in Richmond, Virginia this November 5-8, here is an opportunity! The Shenandoah Valley MEDA chapter is excited to offer a scholarship to a young adult between the ages of 18 – 25. Check out the link for more details about the convention: www.  To apply, please submit a 500-word essay answering the question: Why do you want to attend the MEDA convention? Think about the following: What do you hope to learn or experience by attending the national convention? What is the significance of MEDA? Why is it important that men and women are coming together in faith, to pursue business solutions to poverty? Deadline for essay: Friday, October 2. Please submit your essay to:

Registration is now open for the upcoming Nazareth/Bethlehem Work Group (May 6-23, 2016) sponsored by VMMissions as a Partners in Mission program.  The work group will engage in work projects at Nazareth Village (Nazareth, Israel) and at Diyar Consortium, a ministry of Christmas Lutheran Church (Bethlehem, Palestine).  The group will be co-led by Dorothy Jean Weaver (Eastern Mennonite Seminary) and Lee Martin (Mount Clinton Mennonite Church).  Registrations will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis.  For more information, contact Dorothy Jean Weaver at (540) 432-4276 or at See the attached brochure.

Employment and volunteer announcements:

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a full-time Director of Advancement. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for the gospel, an active commitment to the church, strong skills in leadership, communications, and interpersonal relationships, and the ability to organize and motivate a team. Experience in the areas of fundraising and public relations preferred. Interested persons, please contact Dianna Lehman: More details at

Skysam International Academy seeks native English-speaking teachers for its campus in Suncheon, South Korea. See the "Inviting Native English Teacher.doc" attachment for details and contact Dr James Rhee at with additional questions.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a full time Assistant for Alumni and Parent Engagement. Responsible to provide administrative assistance to the director and to provide office support for alumni and parent programs and events. The position is also responsible for managing the electronic database for all constituencies of the Alumni and Parent Engagement department, and works in conjunction with the Development office to research and provide information and reports for other divisions and academic departments of the university. Bachelor’s degree preferred. 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 Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Eastern Mennonite University seeks qualified applicants for the Director of the Master of Arts in Biomedicine program. 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 in both graduate and undergraduate courses and serves on the Graduate Council of the university. An earned doctoral degree in a Biology-related discipline and teaching expertise in comparative vertebrate anatomy, bioinformatics, human physiology, and/or developmental biology is highly desirable. Experience as an educator, innovative administrator, program developer, researcher, and a strong fit with EMU’s core values is required.  Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and three letters of reference to: Dr. Jim Smucker, Vice President Graduate Dean Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or email  For more information:  Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution.

Eastern Mennonite University seeks qualified applicants for a full-time Academic Support Center Assistant. The Academic Support Center Assistant is responsible for delegated receptionist/secretarial work for the programs of the ASC, including Student Disability Support Services. Responsibilities include responding to requests of students, faculty, staff, and visitors; setting up and maintaining tutor schedules on electronic scheduler; filing and data entry; ordering of supplies; supervising work study students; and proctoring exams. Associates degree or equivalent experience preferred. Successful candidate must possess previous office experience, and strong organizational and computer skills. Submit application, resume, and contact information for three references to: For more information visit our website at Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach position. Responsibilities include assisting the head coach in all aspects of daily operations of the intercollegiate cross country and track and field program, with specific emphasis on recruiting student athletes, practice and meet planning for distance runners.  As a member of the athletic department, additional duties may be assigned by the Director of Athletics. He/she must be committed to the values and mission of the university and operate the program in adherence to the rules and regulations of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and Division III of the NCAA. Bachelor’s degree required. Full-time for 9 months. Submit application, cover letter, resume and three references to: For more information visit our website at Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Nurse Practitioner. Responsibilities include provides direct patient care to students, faculty and staff for acute episodic care, wellness physicals, and co-managing chronic health care conditions with student primary care providers. Nurse practitioner works in collaboration with contract medical director. Provides preventative and wellness programming on campus. Part-time. Master’s degree in nursing. 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 Persons who bring diversity are encouraged to apply. EOE.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

August 23           

Give thanks for tranSender Joyce Crissman and her desire to join in the ministries of Waynesboro Mennonite Church. Ask God to bless her and make her a blessing as she serves alongside this congregation in their community.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA