Virginia Mennonite Conference

November 2014

A great cloud of witnesses

November 23, 2014
by Clyde G. Kratz
Executive Conference Minister

A great cloud of witnesses

The writer of Hebrews states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 [NRSV]) The …

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Leaders needed!

November 22, 2014
by Clyde G. Kratz
Executive Conference Minister

Leaders needed!

As part of the Listen and Learn Initiative, whereby I sought to visit with each lead pastor in Virginia Mennonite Conference, I had a startling discovery: two-thirds of the 60 lead pastors whose birth date is on record in my office will turn 70 in the next 15 years. Broken down in five year increments, I calculated the number of current pastors who will turn 70 or be beyond that age: In 2014-2019: 13 pastors In 2020-2024: 15 pastors In 2025-2029: 15 pastors 43 of the 60 pastors leading congregations …

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Eastern Carolina congregations collect ‘alternative taxes’ for CPT peace work

November 21, 2014
by Dave Nickel
Chaplain and member of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Eastern Carolina congregations collect  ‘alternative taxes’ for CPT peace work

District congregations do not always agree with one another. Along with discussing how we may be at variance with one another, the district council for Eastern Carolina District decided to focus on one way our congregations are united: we are called to live Christ’s peace, and we are frustrated by our complicity in the United States military industrial complex. Using Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) materials, the council chose to educate the congregants through a series of bulletin inserts which showed that almost 50% of our federal tax dollars go to …

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Youth workers to explore “The Changing Face of Youth Ministry” with Rachel S. Gerber

November 3, 2014
by VMC staff

In the movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, Galadriel the elf queen says a classic line about the changes happening in Middle Earth. She says to Frodo, “The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.” In a similar way this is also true about our time: the world around us has changed. Our youth are growing up in a society that in many ways looks, acts, and interacts differently than the ones we grew up in. …

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