Virginia Mennonite Conference

July 2015

Conference Archives seeks church records for preservation

July 28, 2015
by Harold Huber
Conference Archivist

Conference Archives seeks church records for preservation

Congregations are busy with many activities that require their attention, but it is important for them to preserve the historical record of God’s work in and through their congregational life and ministries. Every congregation should have an historian who regularly collects, organizes and sends their records to the Virginia Mennonite Conference Archives for preservation and historical purposes. Although digital records are becoming more popular, at this point we still prefer paper copies. The most important kinds of records to send to the Archives are: Weekly worship bulletins Newsletters, including birthday …

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In action: How Harrisonburg District is making disciples

July 27, 2015
by Roy Hange
Harrisonburg District Minister and co-pastor of Charlottesville Mennonite Church, Charlottesville, Va.

In action: How Harrisonburg District is making disciples

The spiritual dance of disciple-making takes many forms in, among and beyond the Harrisonburg District churches: Invitations to faith and baptism—One of my greatest joys in walking with pastors is seeing the smiles on their faces when they tell the stories of persons coming to faith in Jesus Christ and recent baptisms. I have also heard stories of persons becoming a church member with the common phrase: “Finally I have found church where I can feel at home as a follower of Jesus.” Making disciples through invitation and welcome is …

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Continual transformation: Manantial de Vida coaches with discipleship classes

July 26, 2015
by Juan Carlos & Wendy Malvaez
Pastors of Manantial de Vida, Harrisonburg, Va.

Continual  transformation: Manantial de Vida coaches with discipleship classes

From this moment on, we face one of our biggest challenge as the Body of Christ; to make true disciples of Jesus. At Manantial De Vida (Fountain of Life), we are committed to walk through this process with any person who joins this ministry. The process of following up, teaching, and mentoring are key to spiritual growth. In discipleship, we teach the precepts of the Bible and Christian living which is a call to total rendition, holiness, an attitude and heart that worships Jesus in all aspects of life. It …

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Mara Chin connections culminate in Charlotte church

July 25, 2015
by Skip & Carol Tobin
Skip Tobin is USA Ministries Director, a shared position with Virginia Mennonite Missions. Carol Tobin contributed editing.

Mara Chin connections culminate in Charlotte church

Our Conference demographic has just experienced a change of no small significance. The Tennessee Carolina Kentucky District has recently welcomed a vibrant group of young refugee families whose passionate Christian faith has enabled them to endure the throes of transition from Burma to Malaysia to the US. The Chin are a large minority people numbering about three million, found mostly in the Chin State located in western Myanmar, but also in the eastern Indian state of Mizoram and in Bangladesh. Their homeland, the all but inaccessible Chindwin valley, serves as …

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A common purpose: our witness and our with-ness

July 24, 2015
by Jake Lee
Pastor at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA

A common purpose: our witness and our with-ness

Over the past couple of years, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church has sought become more, not less, religious. Religion gets a bad rap these days. We often hear people say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious”, or, “I’m for Jesus, but against religion.” But we believe that to be spiritual, to be “for” Jesus, is to embrace religion. The word comes from the Latin religare, which was used to describe sticks bundled together for fuel. It is where we get the word “ligament.” Essentially, it means to be bundled together for a common …

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Disciples are companions

July 23, 2015
by Isaac Villegas
Pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Disciples are companions

When I arrive at the Intensive Care Unit, the ICU, the doctor tells me that Cameron is unresponsive and that he would die soon, very soon, perhaps that night. I stare, through the sliding-glass door, at him, lying on a bed with tubes and wires connecting his body to machines and translucent bags of fluids—morphine and saline, the doctor briefs me, to keep him hydrated and to dull his pain. As I slide open the door, I hear a beep coming from a monitor suspended above him, a monotonous tone, …

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How we’ve learned to make disciples at Eastside Church

July 22, 2015
by Peter Eberly
Lead pastor at Eastside Church, Harrisonburg, VA

How we’ve learned to make disciples at Eastside Church

In March, we celebrated five years of ministry. I marvel at what has happened. As I look back here is what I think we got right. 1. Major in plagiarism I often joke about the church planting courses I avoided like the plague in seminary. I had no plans to be a church planter! Whoops! So when the call to plant came, it arrived with a profound awareness that I didn’t know anything about church planting! I had to become a learner! I recognized that I knew little, so I …

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