Newsweekly: 9/6/15

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Newsweekly for Sep. 6

Local Events and Opportunities

Has someone you trusted harmed you sexually? Are you trying to make sense of its impact on your life?  You are welcome to join other sexual abuse survivors and their loved ones who gather monthly in Harrisonburg, VA to help each other heal in a safe, confidential, self-help environment. Meeting ground rules available at

WHEN:  1st Thursday of every month, 6:00-7:00 pm

WHERE: Contact Barbra at 540-214-8874 for meeting location and more info


*The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is the world’s oldest and largest support and advocacy group for sexual abuse victims and their loved ones. Even though “Priests” is in its name, SNAP is open to all persons who were sexually violated by anyone inside or outside a faith community. Email Anabaptist Mennonite Chapter of SNAP at

A monthly community Taizé service is held on the first Wednesdays of most months, beginning this coming Wednesday, September 2, at 8 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church. It is a contemplative and ecumenical evening prayer service, patterned after the Taizé community in France, structured as a time of prayer, scripture, singing, and silence, with opportunities to gather around the cross for silent prayers. All in the community are welcome to participate. For more information, contact PVMC at 434-1604.

Park View Federal Credit Union is hosting a Warehouse Yard Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2 – 6 pm, and Saturday, Sept. 12, 7 am – noon at 160 Waterman Dr, Harrisonburg. Items for sale include: bathroom fixtures (mirrors, hooks, toilet paper holders, shower rods, grab bars, shower curtain rods, etc), gas & wood burning fireplaces, fire extinguisher cabinets, and restaurant equipment. See attached poster.

ACRS breakfast: September 14, 7:30 -9:00 a.m. in the West Dining Room: Speaker Dr. Ervie Glick, Professor Emeritus of German & English: Ervie titled his talk PAX Romana i Anabaptista: Friede auf Erden. Ervie will reflect on his own pivotal experiences in PAX, a program which altered directions and/or generated significant change in the Mennonite Church. Dr. Ervie Glick’s interest in German blossomed during his Post-War Service in Europe with the PAX Program of Mennonite Central Committee.   Ervie will talk about growing up in North Dakota, the influences of his family, his education, serving in PAX, and how his life was deeply influenced by church, family, travel, language, education and the many persons who touch his life.

Christian Musical Employment Opportunity:  Weekday Religious Education will hire a Music Director for Rockingham Country school students. This a part-time paid position during school hours. Please call our office at 438-9997.

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. 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

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 are at Huntington Mennonite Church.

Enjoy Second Saturday Night Out! (Featuring: Chef Praserth of Beyond restaurant) on Saturday, September 14, 5pm-8pm. Our Community Place (a non-profit community center welcoming the least of these) will be transformed into a fine-dining restaurant featuring a delicious four-course meal. Suggested donation is $25. Enjoy a wonderful meal and support your local community. Learn more at

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

Can we as business and organizational leaders remain fully committed to our Anabaptist values yet work each day with the ambiguous realities inherent in our everyday work world?  Is it possible that business and organization leaders can do more to affect positive change in people and communities than church or government organizations? The local Shenandoah Valley MEDA chapter is pleased to invite you and your family to hear Jim Smucker present on Business and Kingdom Building. Jim will draw on his 27 years of experience as a business and community leader. The event will be held on Thursday, September 24, in the Eastern Mennonite University Science Center, room 55, beginning at 7:00 PM. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. If you would like to attend please RSVP to by Monday, September 21.

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.

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 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

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

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

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

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

September 6

Raleigh, Opal, Robbie and Anna (pseudonyms) leave for North Africa tomorrow. Pray that God would provide for them and guide them as they establish a new way of life and begin language and culture learning.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA