Bulletin notes

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Virginia Mennonite Conference

NEW! Kindergarten EMES: Parents or guardians with children who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2023 are invited to attend an Open House at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School on Thurs., Oct. 13 or Tues., Nov. 1 from 9 to 10 a.m. Parents are invited to meet without their children to observe, ask questions and learn about the admissions process. Register by emailing   admissions@easternmennonite.org or phoning 540-236-6021.  easternmennonite.org/visit

NEW! Eastern Mennonite School is grateful for the ways you support our school and the EMS  students in your midst. We are seeking international student host families to provide host family respite homes this year, and homes for the 2023-24 academic year. Respite hosts provide a home for students when their host families are unavailable. Full host families provide emotional and practical support, and are reimbursed $625 per month. New and returning international students typically arrive in the United States in mid-August. Learn more  at easternmennonite.org/host or reach out to our new international student officer, Patrick Nafziger at (540) 236-6020.

NEW!  Mennonite Jr. High Retreat on October 28-29! This time of worship and fun will run from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon and will be held at Highland Retreat. Youth, please contact your church’s youth leaders to talk about registering! Youth leaders, visit highlandretreat.org/jr-high-retreat/ for more details and the initial registration form; due by October 3 for group registration. Organized by VMC Youth Council.

Set My Spirit Free: Jazz Music’s Soul Connection is the title of a combination concert, worship service, storytelling and poetry event at Eastern Mennonite School, Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4:00 p.m. The free 90-minute program will contextualize the uniquely American art form of jazz music and celebrate its place in the worship traditions of the Black church. Rev. Edward Scott of Allen Chapel AME, professional musicians, Dr. Joanne Gabbon (Furious Flowers Poetry), and EMS students will be part of the program. All are welcome. More at easternmennonite.org/jazzSponsored in part by VMC’s Racial Justice Task Force. 

Join women at a Weekend Retreat for Women of All Ages on “Speaking the Truth in Love” based on Ephesians 4:14-16. This November 11-13 retreat at Richmond Marriott Short Pump, Glen Allen, Va., will feature Sara Wenger Shenk as presenter, and Rachel Stutzman as music leader, and is sponsored by Mennonite Women of Virginia. See the retreat brochure.

Join the Fan the Flame fall auction for Eastern Mennonite School, online and/or in person. Online auction runs Sept. 17 to 26. Bid on everything from home baked items (many by Kendal Bauman!), to family portrait sessions, landscaping, international group meals (Low Boil by Adam Yoder!), and getaways. In person event: Fri., Sept. 23 at Cross Keys Barn with music by The Rain Pickers and auction of a small selection of high interest items. Proceeds go toward purchase of a bus to upgrade the EMS fleet. Preview items, get a bid number for online bidding, and/or tickets for in-person event at easternmennonite.org/auction

Virginia Mennonite Missions

Updated! Explore God’s Heart for Justice on the U.S.-Mexico BorderOctober 23-28. Border Perspective, a VMMissions E3 Collective, is an immersive and educational service learning trip that will offer participants a first-hand connection with immigrant leaders serving families on the U.S.–Mexico border. Learn more at vmmissions.org/service-opportunity/border-perspective/ Deadline to Register Monday September 19. 

Updated! Join the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course this spring (held on Tuesday evenings, January 3 to May 2, 2023, at Faith Community Church, Harrisonburg). Register Now!  at vmmissions.org/perspectives  or contact kierston.kreider@vmmissions.org


VMC Congregations

Daniels Run Peace Church (formerly Northern Virginia Mennonite Church) in Fairfax, VA is celebrating its 45th Anniversary on Sunday, September 25 during the morning worship and lunch.    Please email the church at office@drpc.church for more information.


Updated! Trissels Mennonite bicentennial celebration includes a Homecoming Concert on Sat Oct 22 at 7pm by two with roots in Trissels – Madeline Bender and Jerry Derstine/JD Martin.  Madeline Bender, an international opera singer who founded and directed the annual Voices of Hope Opera Gala raising money for MCC’s Global Family Program, begins the musical evening, likely enlisting the talents of her operatic bass husband and 13 year old son (who debuted as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in May). Then Jerry Derstine/JD Martin, whose songs appear in our hymnals and also include many Number One and Top Ten country and pop hit singles, will tell stories as he presents his heart-centered music, supported by a signature keyboard sound. Info on the weekend celebration at trisselsmc.org.


Note!  Thank you to all who sent cards celebrating Virginia Weaver’s 100th birthday. Virginia passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 20.  Thank you to all who sent cards.

Beyond VMC

NEW! All are welcome to the 56th Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale Sept 30 and Oct 1 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.  Things get started at 4:30pm Friday with a pork BBQ dinner (and a few other food options).  At 6:15 in the auction building, the Youth Choir of the Russian Baptist Church will perform and we will hear from MCC’c Hyacinth Stevens as part of our dedication service before the start of the auction at 7pm.  Saturday starts with breakfast at 7am and a 5K run/walk at 8:30.  Hyacinth will once again speak followed by a prayer and start of the auction at 9:30.  There are also MANY more things to do and people to see.  Please give generously to the great work that MCC does throughout that world.


The Sharing Our Surplus (SOS) Committee of the Virginia Relief Sale is anticipating an outpouring of generosity for MCC refugee relief needs this year. If you are unable to attend this year, your generous investment can be made at any time at https://vareliefsale.com/donate/ (checking the SOS option), or a check can be made out to Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale (with SOS on the memo line) and mailed to Relief Sale, 601 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.


NEW!  New Exhibit Opening at the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center
On October 9 at 3pm the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center will open a new exhibit and building: “Friends of a Feather: Mennonites and Brethren in the Valley Poultry Industry,” housed in a replica turkey brooder house on the Heritage Center’s campus.  Hobey Bauhan, president of the Virginia Poultry Federation, will give an address, and light refreshments will be served.  For more information, visit: https://brethrenmennoniteheritage.org/events.

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