Newsweekly: 9/27/15

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Newsweekly for Sep. 27

Local Events and Opportunities

Don't miss the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale's Skeet Shoot Event. This year's Skeet Shoot fundraiser welcomes individuals and teams of four. Some people say it like "Noisy Golf!" The event runs continuously at the Flying Rabbit (¾-mile south of Rockingham County Fairgrounds), Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 1-3. You may drop in anytime from 10 am to dusk. You'll have a blast! A poster with more information is attached. Contact James Åkerson at (540) 421‐4577 with any questions.

Blue Ridge Ministries is offering their annual leadership luncheon October 15 at Traditions Restaurant with conversation around the book, The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening. Authors Don Clymer and his sister Sharon Clymer Landis will share their insights and stories as pastors and lay leaders from various denominations dialogue around the table on the topic. Come join others in the conversation. Register at the lower cost by October 1.

Discover what it means to join in God’s mission and the paradigm shift in becoming a missional church. It is not the church of God that has a mission in the world, but the God of mission that has a church in the world. Missional Church: Vision, Learning, Refocus will be a four-day seminar featuring Dr. Darrell Guder. Join us from Monday, September 28, to Thursday, October 1 at various venues in Harrisonburg. Dr. Guder is the author of the book Missional Church, The Continuing Conversion of the Church and others which deepen and enrich our understanding of the missionary calling of the church. Learn more at

Charge up your video camera or phone! The Everence Money Talks video contest starts taking entries Oct.1. It’s open to everyone ages 15 to 25, and you can win the top award of $2,000, split between you and your selected charity. There are also prizes for second and third place. Visit for details and guidelines. The deadline to enter is Nov. 15. Contact Teresa Boshart Yoder with questions 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

Rewilding the Way” author Todd Wynward will be the author in residence at Eastern Mennonite University October 2 – 9. Check the EMU events calendar for a complete listing of events including presentations, chapels and book readings. Wynward will also be bringing the message at Shalom Mennonite Church Sunday morning Oct 4 at 10 am. Come hear this wilderness guide, author, educator, and founder of a wilderness-based public charter school from New Mexico share inspiring stories of ecological movements and positive social changes.

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

“Our Stories, God’s Story,” Mennonite Women of Virginia’s Fall Retreat, is October 30 to November 1 at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, Harrisonburg, Va. Speaker Sharon Clymer Landis, spiritual director and co-author of The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening will provide input. Music will be led by a team from Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. There are scholarships available and day-only registration is available. Register by October 5. Contact Sylvia Yoder at (540) 337-8660 or

Bridge of Hope's 5th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show will be Saturday, November 7, at Park View Mennonite Church. Doors open at 11 am for the silent auction with a meal provided by Bowl of Good, followed by a fashion show featuring clothing from Gift & Thrift and accessories from Ten Thousand Villages. You will also have the opportunity to meet the couple behind the Teeny Tiny Spice Company, and a chance to purchase some of their unique spice blends to try at home! Tickets are $25 per person, or inquire about sponsoring a table! For information please contact .

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:  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

Searching for a college? Don't miss EMU, which is close to home but a world away! Attend the Oct. 16-17 visit planned especially for Mennonite students. Join Mennonites from across the country who are flying and driving in to learn more about EMU. Attend all or part of the events as your schedule suits. Questions? Contact David Yoder,; see details at

Job and Volunteers Opportunities:

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

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a full time Administrative Assistant for the Undergraduate Dean’s Office. Responsible to provide essential support services to the Undergraduate Dean’s Office. Assists in preparing and developing the undergraduate academic division budget; manages the faculty salary/contract process; plans events; coordinates the summer school program. Provides first-line response to questions  addressed to the undergraduate dean’s office; fields phone calls; sorts mail; schedules meetings as requested by the undergraduate academic dean. Collaborates in planning, coordinating and implementing the personnel, information, calendar and events components of the undergraduate academic program of the university. Bachelor’s degree required. At least 3-4 years’ office experience required. 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 full time Structural Supervisor for the Physical Plant Department. Supervises and implements repairs and maintenance of the building structures on campus. These jobs involve carpentry, masonry, locks, cabinetry, painting, and door and window hardware. Plans and coordinates work in the shop and structural repair work for buildings. Assists in developing cost estimates and plans for remodeling projects Individual is responsible for fire safety compliance as it pertains to building use and code. High school diploma required. Seven years of experience in construction or general building maintenance. Must have knowledge of current building construction materials and tools. Must have extensive knowledge of building products and application. Must be able to read blueprints and have knowledge of fire codes. Must be skilled in the use of hand and power tools. Must be computer literate. 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.

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

September 27

Give thanks for the preschool and after school ministries of the Joshua Center in Albania, directed by Norma Teles, that resumed this month for the new school year. Pray that God would use the Joshua Center to bless the children and their families and plant seeds of faith.


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA