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Dr. Scot McKnight leads “Kingdom vision as a way of life”

August 23, 2016
by VMC staff

Dr. Scot McKnight, author of The Kingdom Conspiracy, will speak in a series of events in Harrisonburg, September 28-29, 2016. Hosted by a partnership of agencies (Eastern Mennonite University, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Park View Mennonite Church, Virginia Mennonite Conference and Virginia Mennonite Missions) and co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University’s Augsburger Lectureship, Dr. McKnight will lead the following events: Kingdom Vision as a Way of Life: EMU Chapel: Love as Commitment Church and Community: A Fellowship of Differents and the Challenge of Slavery Pastor’s Breakfast: Mission from a Network of Friends …

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Kingdom Vision as a Way of Life with Scot McKnight

August 18, 2016
by VMC staff

Kingdom Vision as a Way of Life with Scot McKnight

  Dr. Scot McKnight, author of The Kingdom Conspiracy, will speak in a series of events in Harrisonburg, September 28-29, 2016. Hosted by a partnership of agencies (Eastern Mennonite University, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Park View Mennonite Church, Virginia Mennonite Conference and Virginia Mennonite Missions) and co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University’s Augsburger Lectureship, Dr. McKnight will lead the following events: Kingdom Vision as a Way of Life: EMU Chapel: Love as Commitment Church and Community: A Fellowship of Differents and the Challenge of Slavery Pastor’s Breakfast: Mission from a Network of …

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Youth Workers’ Summit explore “Yearning to Know and Be Known”

August 12, 2016
by VMC staff

Those working with upper middle school students to younger adults (ages 13-19) are invited to participate in a Youth Workers’ Summit: “Yearning to Know and Be Known: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality,” October 7-8, 2016, with speaker Debra Hirsch. She is the author of Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality. This event is sponsored by Virginia Mennonite Conference, EMU Campus Ministries and Eastern Mennonite School. In conjunction with an EMU faithful sexuality series, Debra Hirsch will speak on Friday at an EMU Chapel service and Eastern Mennonite …

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2016 Youth Workers’ Summit

August 12, 2016
by VMC Staff

2016 Youth Workers' Summit

  Those working with upper middle school students to younger adults (ages 13-19) are invited to participate in a Youth Workers’ Summit: “Yearning to Know and Be Known: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality,” October 8, 2016, with speaker Debra Hirsch. She is the author of Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality. This event is sponsored by Virginia Mennonite Conference, EMU Campus Ministries and Eastern Mennonite School. Debra Hirsch will keynote the one-day event at Eastern Mennonite School, along with times of worship and various workshop opportunities. Sunday …

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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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Spring 2016 Credentialed Leaders Consultation

April 11, 2016
by VMC staff

Spring 2016 Credentialed Leaders Consultation

Credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference are invited to the Spring 2016 Credentialed Leaders Consultation on “A Restorative Approach to Broken Boundaries in Congregational Life.” The vision for this consultation is to provide pastors with a biblical-theological rationale and ministry practices for working at broken boundaries in a restorative approach. The focus of this consultation is on members and friends of a congregation that have broken trust boundaries as a result of their behavior. Such boundaries might span a broad spectrum of ethical conduct, including financial misconduct, sexual abuse, and …

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Building frameworks of Christian formation at Huntington

January 25, 2016
by David Mishler
Pastor of Huntington Mennonite Church, Newport News, Va.

Building frameworks of Christian formation at Huntington

For over six months, the new Christian Formation Team (CFT) at Huntington Mennonite Church has been wrestling with what an Anabaptist Christian formation “framework” might look like. The task assigned to our group comes from newly-formulated congregational guidelines with the following purpose statement: “Building on the foundation of the life and teachings of Jesus, [CFT] shall encourage a growing personal relationship with God and others and the development of mature character and faith. The CFT shall coordinate spiritual formation themes through teaching, mentoring, and modeling.” Like many congregations, we have …

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Serious Sunday School

January 22, 2016
by Ryan Ahlgrim
Pastor of First Mennonite Church, Richmond, Va.

Serious Sunday School

A proposal to bring seminary level content to adult classes I have a proposal for strengthening spiritual formation for adults: let’s make adult Sunday school more like seminary, and let’s get seminary into adult Sunday school! What are the essential classes every Christian should take in order to become a mature and effective disciple of Jesus? For many years I have been developing (and partially implementing) a “core curriculum” for adult Sunday school. This would include: Old Testament survey New Testament survey How to interpret the Bible The teachings of …

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Faith formation in the congregational life

January 21, 2016
by Elroy Miller
Conference Moderator

Faith formation in the congregational life

At 19, I left the farm and my family near Goshen, Indiana, and traveled to Costa Rica, Central America, to engage in voluntary service during the Vietnam War. I was five months into my 26-month stay, crazy homesick, and in a real spiritual crisis. My childhood and youth of attending three church services a week, participating in regular family devotions and in dozens of youth group projects and singing with a multiple-church Mennonite youth choir had not prepared me for the pain of thinking and feeling like God had abandoned …

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