Carolyn Nowlin and her late husband, Pres Nowlin, were named by Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) as recipients of this year’s Claude Hess Distinguished Service Award. The annual award is given to the volunteer(s) who “Builds Community Spirit at VMRC through Faithful Christian Service.” Carolyn shares her thoughts on volunteerism in this Q&A. Some of…

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Volunteers make pancakes for the Relief Sale breakfast in 2018. Photo: Jim Bishop   Arriving early on a brisk fall morning to beat the breakfast rush at the annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, I marvel at how many people were here before dawn to ensure that the donuts are fresh, pancake batter is mixed, and…

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Credit: Video shot and edited by Terry Burkhalter and shown at Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly, July 19, 2019.   Virginia Mennonite Conference is working with Mennonite Disaster Service to build a house for the Walker family of West Virginia, whose home was destroyed in a 2016 flood. With your help, the Walker family (Daniel, Darla,…

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Photos from Thursday evening worship: VMMissions Centennial Celebration   Photos from Friday evening worship: “Cultivating Good Soil” through Mennonite Disaster Service   Photos from Friday and Saturday Delegate Sessions

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Riverside Mennonite Church flood of 1985

When the Dry Fork River in West Virginia rose to record levels in November 1985, the Riverside Mennonite Church flooded, and the church suffered much damage. Randolph County, W.Va., got over a foot of rain in two days, and the 40-50 Riverside members needed help to clean up and fix their building. At flood stage,…

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