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EMU Music Faculty Concert Series, featuring Jacob Roege, violin, and Kathryn Schmidt, piano, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in Martin Chapel. A recital of works by Schubert, Poulenc, Amy Beach, and Jason Haney. Free admission; donations welcomed for EMU’s Music Scholarship fund.

EMU will be holding its second Open House on Friday, November 15th. EMU’s campus open house events for prospective students allows individuals and their families to experience campus in a personal way. Talk with faculty about academic opportunities, coaches about athletic interests, take a tour of campus, eat in the dining hall, talk to a financial aid representative and attend classes. A day full of activities and opportunities, we hope you will join us! Visit to register.

Eastern Mennonite University Theater presents Kate Hamill’s new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, November 15-23 in the Mainstage Theater, University Commons, 1307 Park Rd., Harrisonburg. Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, and 3 p.m. on November 17. A talkback follows the Nov. 16 performance. Visit or call 540-432-4582 between 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. weekdays.

Elaine A. Heath, PhD, will speak at the annual Augsburger Lecture Series, in partnership with Virginia Mennonite Missions, Virginia Mennonite Conference, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and Park View Mennonite Church, on Nov. 20-21. Dr. Heath is an author, speaker, consultant and president of Neighborhood Seminary. On Wednesday Nov. 20, she will speak at 10:10 am at EMU Convocation on ‘Reclaiming Apostolic Soul’; at 7:00 pm, on ‘Is There Good News for a World in Trauma?’; and on Thursday, there will be a breakfast for area pastors at Park View Mennonite Church at 8:00 am. At 11 am in the Seminary chapel, Elaine Heath will speak on Wilderness Credentials. Register for the breakfast and/or other pastors’ events

Join VMMissions for Celebrating Latino Ministries, celebrating God’s work through VMMissions’ Latino Ministries during the past year on Friday, November 22, at 6:00 pm at Park View Mennonite Church. Hear stories and testimonies from our Latino church planters and their partners in the work of the gospel with a great fellowship time and great food! Let’s celebrate together the church of many cultures that God is building up among us. There will be an opportunity to give financially to VMMissions Latino Ministries at the event. RSVP before November 8 by emailing

Eastern Mennonite University’s University Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Benjamin Bergey, presents Land: Journey and Home at 7 p.m., Nov. 24, in Lehman Auditorium. Free admission; donations welcomed for EMU’s Music Scholarship fund.

Registration is open for Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s annual School for Leadership Training, January 13-15, 2020, “Shalom in the Streets: Recapturing God’s Vision in Ordinary Places.” The biblical narratives beckon us to discover shalom in genuine relationships with the people in our neighborhoods, communities and cities. In the flourishing of the places where we live, we flourish as well (Jeremiah 29:7). Leroy Barber will be the Monday evening speaker. For more information and to register Scholarships are available for pastors to attend. See the website for more information.

Join Clinical Pastoral Education faculty, students, alumni and friends as we celebrate the past 20 years and envision CPE at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in the future. This special event is taking place during Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s School for Leadership Training. On Tuesday evening, January 14, a special dinner and celebration will be held. Sara Wenger Shenk, former associate dean of EMS, will be our guest speaker. For more information and to register


Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

MDS volunteers are needed to finish the house begun this summer at Conference Assembly for the Walker family. To finish the house, MDS requests two trim carpenters (on-site preferably November 13-15), two framing carpenters and two painters (on-site the week of November 18.) Estimate is about two days of work for each volunteer. Transportation to and from Clendenin, WV, is provided, as is lodging and meals. Contact Sam Miller, project coordinator, by phone or text at 540-434-7169.


Trips and Learning Tours

Come celebrate Christmas and Epiphany in Egypt. Join Julian Turner and Matthew Bucher in “Walking the Nile, ” January 3-21, 2020. This is a learning tour that will include ancient holy sites, meeting people and building relationships, experiencing current Egyptian life and worshiping with the church in a Middle East context. For more information contact Matthew Bucher at or go to Visit Egypt. See the flyer.

11th Experience Ethiopia Tour, Feb. 4 – 22, 2020 – In the coming cold dark days of winter, take this chance to escape and “experience Ethiopia” with us on our well-received 18-day tour! Think of this exotic land that boasts of “13 months of sunshine”! Discover its rich culture and be intrigued by remnants of ancient Semitic history reaching back 3000 years to the legendary Queen of Sheba and Moses’s ark of the covenant! Learn something of the sacrifice of the first Mennonite missionaries, (many of them from Virginia) who faithfully planted the Meserete Kristos Church from the mid-40s to the mid-1960s. Be spiritually uplifted by meeting some of the half million Ethiopian Mennonites and hearing their stories! Try to comprehend how they grow their fast multiplying churches in conditions of extreme poverty and persecution! Fly to Kenya to see the animals in the famous Maasai Mara Game Preserve. For more information contact: Destiny Kreider at ph. (540) 810 8460, or Carl Hansen at ph. (540) 830 0902.

Registration is now open for the “E3 Collective: Nazareth and Bethlehem,” May 8-25, 2020. This trip will focus on varied work projects at Nazareth Village, Nazareth, Israel, and at Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church, Bethlehem, Palestine. The trip will be co-led by Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor Emerita of New Testament, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and Craig Maven, Lead Pastor, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. For more information and/or a brochure, please contact Dorothy Jean at (540) 432-4276 (o) or at (540) 433-3336 (h).