Virginia Mennonite Conference

March 2014

Historians preserve and promote Valley Mennonite stories

March 26, 2014
by Jim Hershberger
Chair of SVMH and director of the Church World Service Refugee Resettlement program in Harrisonburg, Va.

Historians preserve and promote Valley Mennonite stories

The Shenandoah Valley Mennonite Historians (SVMH) is a group of persons interested in preserving and promoting the stories of the Mennonites of the Shenandoah Valley. This is our twenty-second year and we are looking forward to some great projects in the next years. We are working with the Historical Committee of Virginia Mennonite Conference to write a history of Mennonites in Virginia. Together we have formed a committee chaired by Elwood Yoder to carry this project forward. Stephen Nolt, history professor and author at Goshen College will begin the project …

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Northern Virginia Mennonite Church installs new pastor

March 25, 2014
by Earl Zimmerman
Newly installed pastor of Northern Virginia Mennonite Church, Fairfax, Va.

Northern Virginia Mennonite Church installs new pastor

Northern Virginia Mennonite Church in Fairfax, Va., pulled out all the stops as it installed Earl Zimmerman as pastor on November 10, 2013. Bishop Luke Schrock-Hurst, of the Potomac District, officiated in the installation. The three other congregations that worship in their church building participated in the service. The Iglesia Menonite Hispana Vida Nueva congregation offered several music selections and a liturgical dance. A choir from the Harvest Chinese Church sang. A pastor from the Korean Virginia Logos Church offered a prayer. Mel Schmidt, retired pastor of the Hyattsville Mennonite …

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Mission impulses and unity

March 24, 2014
by Clyde G. Kratz
Executive Conference Minister

Mission impulses and unity

The Jerusalem Council described in Acts 15 is the second key leadership text for my work as Executive Conference Minister. This story highlights the activity of the leaders of the faith community discerning appropriate responses to the tension between “circumstances and conviction.” (1) The circumstance in the text is the awareness that Gentiles are coming to Christ, assured of their salvation by the missionaries, and are baptized into a covenant relationship with God and the community of faith. The conviction at stake is that these new converts are not being …

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