John Horst: A music man for all seasons

Sadly, the live voice is now silent. Happily, his recorded voice, and the music he promoted so earnestly, remains in his wake. John L. Horst, Jr., of Park Village, Harrisonburg, died Sept. 16 at age 82 at the University of Virginia Hospital from aftereffects of a subdural hematoma suffered during a fall. He leaves behind…

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VMC now hiring Racial Justice and Equality Leader

Hiring! Virginia Mennonite Conference is seeking a Racial Justice and Equality Leader (0.25 FTE), who will lead and facilitate the conference’s Anti-Racism mandates: to equip members, to learn about existing racism, to develop leadership strategies, and to equip conference leaders.

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Meet Richard Early, new VMC Moderator

Richard Early

My journey My journey began on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1953. I was born in Lancashire, England, at Burtonwood Air Force Base, where my father was stationed during the Korean War. In 1955, we moved back to my dad’s grandparents’ house in Pleasant Valley, Virginia. Abe and Cora Early were members of Pleasant Run Church…

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Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Ron Byler

Mennonite Central Committee was featured at the 2020 Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly as Executive Director Ron Byler gave two presentations on MCC’s work, past and present, to VMC delegates. MCC is celebrating its centennial year in 2020. The following article is based on his presentations. Watch the videos from Assembly. All photos captured from video…

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Racial justice and equality

Clyde G. Kratz

The Conference Council of Virginia Mennonite Conference is forging ahead with a leadership initiative on racial justice and equality. This leadership initiative emerged following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent and ongoing cultural awakening to the realities of systemic racism in American society and the church. Alicia Manning, a member of C3 (formerly…

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Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale announces preliminary results

The 2020 Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale was unlike any other. While a lot of favorites were missing from the fairgrounds this year, what I missed the most was seeing everyone gather and enjoy being together. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is celebrating 100 years of helping others around the world in the name of Christ in…

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