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Local Events and Opportunities

 The 14th annual Festival of Praise, a praise-filled concert of men's singing groups and combined chorus, will be Sunday, November 1 at 4 pm at the Eastern Mennonite School auditorium, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg. Featuring 11 singing groups each performing two songs and then combining into a mass chorus for the finale, this concert will raise funds for the ministries of Virginia Mennonite Missions.

Eastern Mennonite University is hosting Dr. Malinda Elizabeth Berry for the annual Augsburger Lecture Series. Dr. Berry, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, is speaking on Mennonite Higher Education As Mission. The public is welcome to attend Seminary Chapel on Tuesday, November 3, 11-11:45 a.m. in Martin Chapel and University Chapel on Wednesday, November 4, 10-10:30 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium. For more information, please visit

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

Shekinah celebrates the release of their new CD, "Songbird: Music for the Young at Heart," an album of cheerful, diverse tunes for all ages. They will have a CD Release Concert on Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. Freewill admission. CD sales and light reception to follow the concert. Shekinah is a female vocal ensemble based in Harrisonburg. For more information about the group, please visit

“Thinking of Mennonite higher education in the future: issues and vision” Dr. Vernon Jantzi will lead a panel of Dr. Shirley Showalter, Dr. Lee Snyder and Dr. Loren Swartzendruber (who would have guessed that a last name beginning with “S” was critical) past and current presidents of four Mennonite colleges, as they offer their reflections and thinking for those who gather in the West Dinning Room on November 9 at 7:30 a.m.  Reflections on the past continue to offer light for today and tomorrow.  For More Information (future and past programs), click on:  You are encouraged to view the ACRS website for all updates and be sure to check out the added features. Terry R Burkhalter (810-1246) for ACRS Program Committee, Margaret Foth & Vernon Jantzi

"To the Ends of the Earth," a Wycliffe Associates Banquet, will be November 17 at 7 pm at Eastern Mennonite School. Jeewan Rai, from Nepal, will be the speaker. Come hear how God is using new translation methods and technology to help take Scriptures to the ends of the earth. For more information and to make reservations, contact Ray & Naomi Ressler (540-433-5987) or James & Ruth Stauffer (540-574-6141). RSVP by Sunday, November 8.

Northern Virginia Mennonite Church (Fairfax, VA) will have a workday on November 14 beginning at 9 am or when volunteers are able to arrive. Come and join the the work, fellowship and fun of helping to prepare the space on the 2nd floor of our church building where our new worship sanctuary will be built. The only skill you need is a willingness to work. It will be helpful if you are able to bring along a few simple carpentry tools. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to let us know if you are able to help, contact our pastor Earl Zimmerman at:

Pleasant View invites you to the 21st Annual Banquet.  Join us for a delicious meal, captivating fellowship, and an inspirational program 6:00pm Saturday November 21, 2015 at the Eastern Mennonite High School Dining Room 801 Parkwood Dr., Harrisonburg, Va.  The program, Teachers of the Soul, will be presented by Dave Gullman and our Pleasant View Worship Team.  Please RSVP by November 11, 2015 to Pam Miller at 540-896-8101 or  A free-will offering will be received to support individuals with intellectual disabilities served by Pleasant View.

Windward: exploring your missional call. Steer into the wind with a 24-hour (evening to evening) retreat offering a space to discern what God is saying to you about your missional call. Leaders Linford and Janet Stutzman will share expertise as cross-cultural mission workers and as leaders of university students sailing and studying in the lands of the Bible. Join us December 4-5, 2015 at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, 712 Massanetta Springs Rd, Harrisonburg, VA. RSVP and find more information at> Cost is $60/person or $100/couple for all sessions, including meals and lodging.

Experience one of the world’s 'best kept secrets.' Ethiopia is sometimes referred to as the tourist world’s “best kept secret”. Designed to lift the covers, our next Experience Ethiopia Tour is open for you.  Be our guest and we will introduce you to the unique and little known history, culture, and religions of Ethiopia!  You won’t be disappointed! This tour is sponsored by Meserete Kristos College, directed by Darrell & Florence Jantzi, and interpreted by Carl & Vera Hansen.  Plan now to join us February 2-20, 2016 for an experience of a lifetime!  For more information contact Darrell Jantzi at or phone (519) 669 4356, or Carl Hansen at or phone (540) 830 0902.

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

Job and Volunteers Opportunities:

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks an Administrative Assistant to be employed up to 80% time. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for the gospel, an active commitment to the church, be professional and organized, and have a gracious and cheerful disposition. Interested persons, please contact Dianna Lehman: Learn more at

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a Director of Public Relations to be employed up to 60% time. 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.  Interested persons, please contact Dianna Lehman: Learn more at

Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center is accepting applications for Program Director.  The Program Director is part of the leadership team and oversees our summer camp ministry, our challenge course, our pool, and some non-summer programmed retreats.  Desirable qualifications and experience include: Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent experience, experience in program design and ministry, experience in a leadership role at a summer camp, certifications necessary to lead/teach in ropes course operation and aquatics/lifeguarding. This is a year-round position, weekends required. Compensation is dependent upon experience and includes benefits. On site housing is provided and is required. Interested? Submit a resume, cover letter, and completed application to Bob Briscoe:  Application is online at

Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:

November 1

Pray that God's Spirit would be at work preparing staff and resource persons for the Windward Retreat next month, a VMMissions retreat to help people explore God's call on their lives. Pray that participants would be responsive to the Spirit's leading.


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70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA