Virginia Mennonite Conference

December 2014

Conference to host retreats for youth workers and pastors

December 26, 2014
by VMC staff

Conference to host retreats for youth workers and pastors

Virginia Mennonite Conference is hosting two upcoming retreats, both at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. If you are a youth minister or sponsor, we encourage you to consider attending “The Changing Face of Youth Ministry,” with Rachel S. Gerber. If you are a credentialed minister in a VMC congregation or constituency, we invite you to “Learning from the Early Church,” where Alan Kreider will guide us through lessons and insights to be gained from first- to third-century examples. . Youth Workers’ Retreat • January 23-25, 2015 • Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center …

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In the beginning!

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

In the beginning!

The biblical account of creation opens with the proclamation “In the beginning God….” (Genesis 1:1). The affirmation that God was present in the beginning, engaged in purposeful creation, bringing order out of chaos, is not lost on biblical commentators 1. When Jesus teaches his disciples and subsequently all disciples how to pray, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10), God’s continuation of presence and re-creation of the world is affirmed. Equally important in both the Genesis account of creation and the Lord’s Prayer is …

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Church at the water’s edge

December 22, 2014
by Tami Nice
Leader of Outlet 10.27, a house-based church in formation in Graham, N.C., with her husband Keith

Church at the water’s edge

In summer, our Outlet 10.27 gatherings move from our house to our backyard. Summertime means food, fellowship and pool time. It makes for a great gateway for families to come get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to summer fun-time, we use this time to lead a discussion with the kids (and adults looking on). This year I decided to lead the kids time in the “Seven Signs” in John, encouraging the kids to spend time each week reading the stories in John, and then reading …

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Bridging community, making connections

December 21, 2014
by Alicia Horst
Executive Director of NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center

Bridging community, making connections

In August, a young woman described a difficult housing situation to Jaime Miller Gonzalez, our Case Manager. She and her husband moved their belongings into a double wide trailer with the intent of living there the next day. Unfortunately, a fire burned the majority of the trailer on the night of the move. The young couple had paid for the trailer in full, but had not secured property insurance and was unable to afford demolition costs. Through the Mennonite Builders’ Guild, Jaime was able to contact Partners Excavating, who donated …

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Third Conference Pastors’ Leadership Consultation

December 20, 2014
by VMC staff

Third Conference Pastors’ Leadership Consultation

Pastors and credentialed leaders from throughout Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered on Friday, November 14, for the third Pastors’ Leadership Consultation. This consultation was entitled, “The Role of the Bible in the 21st Century,” discussing Scripture’s authority and the wide spectrum of biblical interpretation in an effort to understand varying points of view. Weavers Mennonite Church, in Harrisonburg, Va., hosted the event at the Shady Oak facility.

Giving opportunity

December 19, 2014
by VMC staff

Giving opportunity

Equipping and nurturing the leaders of congregations is at the heart of Virginia Mennonite Conference’s work. We seek to grow towards the way of Christ not only in our personal life, but in our community connections that seek to represent significant impulses to be the body of Christ at work in the world. A charitable gift to VMC keeps the discipleship formation vision alive among our churches, ministries and partnerships. Donations designated for VMC may be sent to the Conference Office at 901 Parkwood Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or contributed …

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Middle School Retreat: Timeless stories of God’s transforming power and grace

December 19, 2014
by Brad Kolb
Youth pastor at Grace Mennonite Fellowship, Lacey Spring, Va.

Middle School Retreat: Timeless stories of God’s transforming power and grace

[dropcap]The[/dropcap] weather was nearly perfect when middle school students, youth workers, and youth pastors from Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Retreat Center in Wirtz, Va., on September 20 and 21 for the conference’s annual Middle School Retreat. With full sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50s, both the youth and the adults enjoyed a leisurely Saturday afternoon of kayaking, canoeing, soccer, basketball, frisbee, archery, rock climbing on the climbing wall, playing card games, relaxing and laughing. At night, we were treated to a campfire, snacks, …

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