Virginia Mennonite Conference

April 2016

Asheville Mennonite Church volunteers serve veterans

April 30, 2016
by Charles (last name withheld)
Member of Asheville Mennonite Church, Asheville, N.C.

I have been helping to serve dinner at the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville, N.C., with other volunteers from Asheville Mennonite Church. As veterans come through the serving line, interacting with them is enjoyable but usually very hurried and brief. I find that refilling their drinks afterwards allows me to meet them on a more personal level and hear their stories. I can relate to them and understand their stories and their choices on some level because I, too, am a veteran. Many, but not all, are at the Quarters …

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Patchwork Pantry: a ministry of multiple congregations serving the food insecure

April 28, 2016
by Jennifer Ulrich
Serves with Patchwork Pantry and resides in Harrisonburg, Va.

Patchwork Pantry: a ministry of multiple congregations serving the food insecure

Every Wednesday evening, people from many walks of life come together to help provide food to persons who are food insecure in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area of Virginia. Patchwork Panty’s mission is to provide a three-day supply of food for its clients. Virginia Mennonite Conference congregations in the local area have been strong supporters of Patchwork Pantry since its beginning. Community Mennonite Church has housed the pantry since its opening in 1992, because its founding director, Sheri Hartzler, attended the church. The pantry uses the sanctuary, fellowship hall, kitchen and …

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