Bulletin notes


Beldor Church hosts an evening of bluegrass gospel music featuring Raymond Stepp & Mountain Melody, March 1 beginning at 6:00. There will be a light snack afterwards.

The Shenandoah Valley Men’s Chorus will present a concert Sunday, March 1, 7pm at Weavers Mennonite Church. This a cappella men’s chorus is led by director Jared Stutzman. The diverse sacred music repertoire includes hymns, gospel songs, anthems, spirituals, and contemporary songs. All are welcome and a free will offering will be received to support VMMissions’ E3Collective ministries with Syrian refugees.

All are welcome to a Knotting Blitz for MCC, March 5 and 6, 9-3 p.m. at VMRC Village Hall. Snacks and coffee will be provided; please bring a lunch if you plan to come during that time. If you have a sewing machine you could bring to help hem the knotted comforters that would be great. Contact LuAnn Bender (bender.luann@gmail.com) or Deb Layman (laymans4@gmail.com) with questions.

Join Highland Retreat for a Benefit Auction to support Highland summer camps. The event will be on Saturday, March 7 at the Eastern Mennonite School dining hall. Doors open at 8am for the silent auction and breakfast buffet; all donations for the breakfast will go to the camp scholarship fund. The live auction will begin at 9:30am. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt activity (with prizes!) during the auction. We’d love to see you there! See highlandretreat.org for more details, or head straight to charityauction.bid/HighlandRetreat for the online auction (March 1-6). Most of the gift certificates will be online-only items this year, so make sure to go online to place a bid or two. Plus, anyone who registers to bid online will get a free donut at the live auction!

Eastern Mennonite Middle and High School Visitation Days: March 27. Shadow a current student. Parents join informational session and tour facilities. To register or ask questions: 540-236-6021 or admissions@easternmennonite.org. Morning drop in options (7:30 to 9 a.m.): March 10, April 15, May 6.

The VMC Senior High Retreat is happening at Highland Retreat, March 13-15. Join senior high youth groups from area Mennonite churches for a weekend of worship and fun. The theme is: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you.” Three workshops on Saturday will focus on the theme of peace: personal, relational, and systematic. See the schedule and more details, and register at highlandretreat.org/sr-high-retreat/

Mini-golfers of all ages will join in friendly competition at Sandy Bottom Park in Bridgewater, Virginia, for VMMissions’ second annual Putt Fore Missions tournament on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Teams will putt to win the champion green “jacket” t-shirt. Not a golfer? No problem! Join us under the tent for a delicious meal. More information to come.

Take a Circle Processes training with Kay Pranis, a leading expert in the field, March 13-15. Contact Janelle Myers-Benner at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU at bennerj@emu.edu for information.

Save the Date for Motorcycle for Missions, June 12-13. Join this VMMissions fundraiser ride in Harrisonburg or Powhatan, Va. Learn more at vmmissions.org/motorcycle-for-missions.

Save the Dates for Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly, July 16-18, 2020. A Healthy Boundaries training will take place on Thursday, July 16, from 8 to 4 with Lonnie Yoder & Teresa Boshart Yoder (Location TBD). Assembly begins with evening worship on Thursday, July 16, at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church (HMC). A Mennonite Women of Virginia breakfast is at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday. Delegate sessions will be at Eastern Mennonite School; worship location is HMC. Registrations will be due by July 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. More information to come.

Trips and Service Opportunities

VMMissions has openings for several E3 Collective trips this summer:

  • Amman, Jordan: July 18 – August 1, 2020. Join a collective assisting with a soccer camp for children and youth. Teachers and soccer players are needed.
  • Amman, Jordan: August 1-15, 2020: Join a collective working with refugees at a medical clinic in Amman.
  • Lesvos, Greece: September 5-19, 2020: Join a collective working with refugees at the Moria refugee camp.

Contact Martin Rhodes at martin.rhodes@vmmissions.org or (540) 434-9727. Learn more at vmmissions.org/e3collective/