Giving opportunity

December 19, 2014
by VMC staff

Giving opportunity [dropcap]Equipping[/dropcap] and nurturing the leaders of congregations is at the heart of Virginia Mennonite Conference’s work. We seek to grow towards the way of Christ not only in our personal life, but in our community connections that seek to represent significant impulses to be the body of Christ at work in the world. A charitable gift to VMC keeps the discipleship formation vision alive among our churches, ministries and partnerships. Donations designated for VMC may be sent to the Conference Office at 901 Parkwood Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or contributed …

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Middle School Retreat: Timeless stories of God’s transforming power and grace

December 19, 2014
by Brad Kolb
Youth pastor at Grace Mennonite Fellowship, Lacey Spring, Va.

Middle School Retreat: Timeless stories of God’s transforming power and grace [dropcap]The[/dropcap] weather was nearly perfect when middle school students, youth workers, and youth pastors from Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Retreat Center in Wirtz, Va., on September 20 and 21 for the conference’s annual Middle School Retreat. With full sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50s, both the youth and the adults enjoyed a leisurely Saturday afternoon of kayaking, canoeing, soccer, basketball, frisbee, archery, rock climbing on the climbing wall, playing card games, relaxing and laughing. At night, we were treated to a campfire, snacks, …

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A great cloud of witnesses

November 23, 2014
by Clyde G. Kratz
Executive Conference Minister

A great cloud of witnesses The writer of Hebrews states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 [NRSV]) The …

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Leaders needed!

November 22, 2014
by Clyde G. Kratz
Executive Conference Minister

Leaders needed! As part of the Listen and Learn Initiative, whereby I sought to visit with each lead pastor in Virginia Mennonite Conference, I had a startling discovery: two-thirds of the 60 lead pastors whose birth date is on record in my office will turn 70 in the next 15 years. Broken down in five year increments, I calculated the number of current pastors who will turn 70 or be beyond that age: In 2014-2019: 13 pastors In 2020-2024: 15 pastors In 2025-2029: 15 pastors 43 of the 60 pastors leading congregations …

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Eastern Carolina congregations collect ‘alternative taxes’ for CPT peace work

November 21, 2014
by Dave Nickel
Chaplain and member of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Eastern Carolina congregations collect  ‘alternative taxes’ for CPT peace work District congregations do not always agree with one another. Along with discussing how we may be at variance with one another, the district council for Eastern Carolina District decided to focus on one way our congregations are united: we are called to live Christ’s peace, and we are frustrated by our complicity in the United States military industrial complex. Using Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) materials, the council chose to educate the congregants through a series of bulletin inserts which showed that almost 50% of our federal tax dollars go to …

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