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September 1, 2017
by VMC Staff

Resources

September 1, 20170
by VMC Staff

. Conference Council Mission: Virginia Mennonite Conference equips pastors, lay leaders, and congregants to support worship, mission, and service for Jesus Christ and to bring Good News to the world in which we live. Vision: The Spirit of God enables Virginia Mennonite Conference to empower communities of faith to follow the way of Jesus Christ. Constitution & Bylaws (updated 2014) Congregations in Formation Procedures VMC Taskforce Final Report 2013 District Report Form Embracing Faithfulness, Discerning Our Differences VMC Delegates discussion of MC USA Healthcare Access Project . . Congregational Life …

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Developing Intercultural Competence

April 12, 2017
by VMC Staff

Developing Intercultural Competence

  A Credentialed Leaders Consultation on “Developing Intercultural Competence” will be May 5 and 6 at Shady Oak (Weavers Mennonite Church), featuring Ertell M. Whigham Jr., one of 17 qualified administrators and coaches across Mennonite Church USA for the Intercultural Development Inventory, as lead facilitator. Shady Oak is located at 2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Registration begins at 8:00 am; session begins at 8:30. Note that two dates are reserved: May 5 will be English-only, and May 6 will be bilingual, with Spanish interpretation available. Both days will have …

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Winter Delegate Session 2017

February 10, 2017
by VMC Staff

Dr. Art McPhee gives a presentation to delegates on The Mission of the Church. . At Virginia Mennonite Conference Winter Delegate Assembly on February 4, delegates engaged in worship, reflected on the mission of the church through a presentation by Dr. Art McPhee, met Eastern Mennonite University’s new president, heard reports from Virginia Mennonite Missions and other agencies of VMC, wrestled with ongoing issues of polity, were updated on the findings of and response to the D. Stafford & Associates report, and voted with regret to release a congregation from …

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Annual Missions Day Event 2017

January 26, 2017
by VMC Staff

Annual Missions Day Event 2017

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM First Mennonite Church 601 E. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23227 Spend the day together: We are planning something extra this year that we hope will encourage you to be a part of this annual event! We have reserved a coach bus to travel from Harrisonburg-Waynesboro-Richmond and back again. Plan to get lunch and spend some time at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens before returning home.   Speaker: Moriah Hurst Moriah Hurst joined the Park View Mennonite Church pastoral team in May 2016 after finishing an …

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Ministry Retreat to look at “Life as a Pilgrimage”

November 15, 2016
by VMC Staff

Ministry Retreat to look at "Life as a Pilgrimage"

  As we live in times of busyness, times of mounting tensions and conflict within the church and world, and exhaustion from schedules, pastors are invited to come away for rest, meditation upon biblical pilgrimages and stories, laughter, and sharing. How do you sense God in your own life’s pilgrimage? There will be four sessions where you can experience God’s presence in multi-sensory ways. Each session will be built from both Old and New Testament passages. Presenters Sheryl Shenk and Ted Swartz will do dramatic interpretation of scriptures. Come and …

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2016 Credentialed Leaders’ Summit

June 20, 2016
by VMC Staff

2016 Credentialed Leaders' Summit

Credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference can register now for the 2016 Credentialed Leaders’ Summit on “Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse.” . Ross Erb will be resource person for the Summit. He is Child Advocate at The Collins Center & Child Advocacy Center, which “strives to eliminate sexual violence and its impact in our community.” Ross has worked with children and youth in Canada and the United States since 1992. He graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and began …

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Our Stories, God’s Story: Mennonite Women of Virginia retreat

January 19, 2016
by Jean Oswald
Co-chair of the Mennonite Women of Virginia retreat committee and a member of First Mennonite Church, Richmond, Va.

  “My story is as sacred to God as God’s story is sacred to me. Nothing is lost on the breath  of God,” became a familiar refrain by the end of Mennonite Women of Virginia retreat, October 30-November 1. A crisp fall weekend at Massanetta Springs Resort, near Harrisonburg, Va., provided a perfect setting for relaxation and renewal. Women from as far away as North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania joined women from Virginia to celebrate God’s stories. Through the story of Hagar (Genesis 16), Sharon Clymer Landis, spiritual director, co-author …

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Small Church, Big Impact

January 8, 2016
by VMC Staff

Small Church, Big Impact

Virginia Mennonite Conference is offering a workshop called Small Church Big Impact to address the unique challenges for small and/or rural VMC congregations (100 active members or less), together with the Cultivate resourcing program of VMMissions’ USA Ministries. This workshop will be Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Shady Oak Fellowship Hall (part of Weavers Mennonite Church), 2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, Va. David Boshart, Moderator-Elect of Mennonite Church USA, will be our plenary speaker. Since congregations of these sizes and contexts often have similar needs, David …

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Pastoral Consultation: Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship, Lifestyle

September 28, 2015
by VMC Staff

November 9-11, 2015 Lindale Mennonite Church (location) . Schedule MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015 3:00 p.m. Vision for the Consultation and welcome: Clyde Kratz 3:05 p.m. “The Role of the Church in Culture” – Craig Maven Craig will provide an overview of how the church and culture intersect for the health of both. As culture changes and adapts to contemporary challenges, the church has a dynamic role to both inform culture about its own values and develop ways for religious constituency to engage in the contemporary challenge with integrity. 5:15 p.m. …

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