Call to prayer for Jamaica Mennonite Church

March 9, 2015
by Aaron Kauffman
President of VMMissions

On behalf of Virginia Mennonite Conference and Virginia Mennonite Missions, Clyde Kratz and I invite you to be in prayer for our brothers and sisters of the Jamaica Mennonite Church. Yesterday after delivering an impassioned sermon during JMC’s annual Assembly, Pastor Donavan Maitland collapsed and was taken to the hospital. An hour later, he was pronounced dead. He leaves a wife and two children. Also in attendance at the service were Executive Conference Minister Clyde Kratz, VMMissions staffer Lynn Suter, along with her husband Eldie, and VMMissions workers Caleb and …

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Potomac District Council meets at Washington Community Fellowship

March 4, 2015
by Sang Choi
Pastor of Fourth Street Community Fellowship

Potomac District Council meets at Washington Community Fellowship Potomac District Council met on January 10 at Washington Community Fellowship. Sixteen people gathered, including Potomac District Council Church pastors and delegates. After welcoming remarks and introduction, District Minister Luke Schrock-Hurst led devotional session. He shared Menno Simons’ message, “True Evangelical Faith Lie Dormant” in 1539. The message emphasized serving the poor neighbors: “It clothes the naked it feeds the hungry it comforts the sorrowful it shelters the destitute it serves those that harm it binds up that which is wounded has become all things to all people. Aaron Kauffman, …

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Kanagy examines VMC data at Winter Delegate Session

March 3, 2015
by Jon Trotter
Communications Manager

Kanagy examines VMC data at Winter Delegate Session As Virginia Mennonite Conference works among the debates affecting Mennonite Church USA (and many other denominations) over same-gender relationships in the church, one of the unexpected themes to emerge from Winter Delegate Session on February 7 was hopefulness. It may not be easy to see a path forward when 50% of credentialed persons responding to an August 2014 survey of Mennonite Church USA leaders support “progressive” positions on inclusion of LGBTQ persons in church membership, and 50% support “traditional” positions, those aligning with statements on marriage and church membership in …

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Renewing our Connections

March 3, 2015
by Clyde G. Kratz and Aaron Kauffman
Executive Conference Minister and VMMissions President, respectively

Renewing our Connections For the past 25 years, Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) and Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMMissions) have shared the publication, Connections. In this editorial, Clyde Kratz, VMC Executive Conference Minister, and Aaron Kauffman, VMMissions President, discuss the challenges and the dreams that have emerged about this communication tool. Clyde: I value the joint effort by VMC and VMMissions to put forth a quality publication in order to minimize the duplication of services and share the financial burden. One of the by-products of this joint adventure, however, is the confusion of identity that …

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Pastoral Leadership Consultation will explore “God’s Gift of Sexuality” with David and Shana Boshart

January 23, 2015
by VMC staff

Pastoral Leadership Consultation will explore “God’s Gift of Sexuality” with David and Shana Boshart Pastors and credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference are invited to the fourth Pastoral Leadership Consultation on May 15 at Mountain View Mennonite Church, Hickory, N.C. David and Shana Boshart will present from their research, writings and experiences on “God’s Gift of Sexuality.” David has been a Mennonite pastor for over 28 years. In 2010, he was appointed Executive Conference Minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference. David is also a member of the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA and has been nominated to become Moderator-Elect in 2015. David holds …

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