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Bulletin notes

Sunday, June 16, 2024


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Virginia Mennonite Conference

NEW! Mt. Clinton Mennonite Church is celebrating 150 years (1874-2024)! Come join us as we celebrate God’s faithfulness on June 30th for a Sing-Along with the Cantore Singers at 6 pm. Stay tuned for more events to follow!

NEW! Harrisonburg area churches: Struggling to know how to bring a faithful Christian witness to the political realm as we approach the 2024 election? Join us on Friday, June 21 at 1pm at the VMMissions Training Center (the Barn) to learn about how the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) is fostering meaningful change at the state level in Richmond. Sheila Herlihy Hennessee, Faith Organizer for VICPP, will join us to share about how our churches can get involved to support VICPP’s work of promoting racial equity, economic justice, affordable housing, civic engagement, health equity, and criminal justice reform.

Pre-Assembly RECORDED Webinar. Did you miss the webinar with Craig Maven, Chair of the Denominational Affiliation Work Group (DAWG) for a question and answer time about the motions that we will be voting on at this Summer Delegate Assembly? If so, you can view the recording at virginiaconference.org/delegates. Delegates are highly encouraged to attend/view this webinar so they can begin discerning how to best represent their congregation.

Living Stones: 2024 Summer Delegate Assembly will be held at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church July 18-20. Zoom registration opens June 1. General Registration closes July 8.  virginiaconference.org/events

  • Workshops @ Living Stone 2024: Open to anyone, VMC is hosting 12 workshops on July 18 from 9 – 3. Topics include: Race, Faith and Finance, Inner Healing, Celebrate Recovery, Will Our Children Have Faith? The workshops are free, but registration is requested. virginiaconference.org/events.
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The VMC Team is looking for volunteers to serve at Summer Assembly July 17-20, 2024. We are looking for volunteers to help set up, tear down, usher, and handle registration, etc. If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Sarah Layman at [email protected]

Creation Care networking event will be held at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Saturday, June 22, at 7 pm in the outdoor pavilion (or in the Fellowship Hall in the event of rain). We hope this will be an opportunity for people from different creation care groups to meet and hear about what others are doing to care for the earth. We will provide drinks but encourage attendees to bring a light snack or dessert. Hosted by VMC’s Congregational Life Commission. Please RSVP to [email protected]

The Soil and The Seed Project‘s free ORDINARY TIME CONCERT SERIES is for KIDS, FAMILIES, and EVERYONE seeking a beautiful place to listen to beautiful music that helps us all recognize God in the ordinary. (In the church calendar year, Ordinary Time is the season between Pentecost and Advent.) The next concert is on June 29 featuring musicians from The Soil and The Seed Project and includes music from the newest album release. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic dinner (as you wish), and lots of friends to share the evening with in the serene natural beauty of the amphitheater at the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center.  View more details and the full summer line-up!

Pathways 10.1 is now online. Look for hard copies in your mailbox or at your church. https://virginiaconference.org/read-pathways/

Mennonite Church USA

NEW! Cooked: Survival by Zip Code: From June 15- July 15, congregations can stream the film Cooked: Survival by Zip Code for $50 (a 50% discount) through a partnership with Interfaith Power and Light. The film delves into the story of the worst heat disaster in U.S. history in 1995 in Chicago, when 739 residents—mostly elderly and Black—died over the course of one week. With summer 2024 predicted to be the hottest on record, the film offers a timely look at how issues of climate, structural racism and poverty are linked in devastating ways. Consider hosting a screening and discussion with your congregation!

On June 18 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, join Nancy Kauffmann, Mennonite Church USA interim denominational minister of Church Safety, Michael Danner, MC USA associate executive director for Church Vitality and Ben Woodward-Breckbill, associate pastor at Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, Kansas, as they address topics related to Safe Church protection policies and navigating through a crisis. Register here: mennoniteusa.org/webinar/registration-safe-jun18. View the PowerPoint slide here: mennoniteusa.org/slide/safe-webinar-june  View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/pdf/safe-webinar-june

NEW! Lead/Follow, a podcast for pastors and leaders | In this episode, MC USA’s Glen Guyton interviews Rolando Sosa-Granados, a child and adolescent therapist at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center in Goshen, Indiana, on fostering resilience in young people. Watch it on our YouTube channel here.

Reminder! For those participating with The Corinthian Plan (TCP), the new Wellness Incentive year began March 1, 2024 (through February 28, 2025). To learn more about steps toward good health and how to earn $300 per participant and spouse go to TCP Wellness Incentive webpage.

Representatives of Native Mennonite Ministries, a Mennonite Church USA Indigenous assembly composed of three congregations in Montana and Oklahoma, recently gathered for their biannual business meeting in Billings, Montana. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/native-menno-ministries

Peaceful Options for Training and Careers (POTC) has launched a website where young adults across the U.S. can find information about non-military careers, service and training opportunities. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/potc-website/

Mennonite Church USA’s Safe Church ministry is strengthening its commitment to ensuring safe spaces for all members by offering background checks for church employees and volunteers through an agreement with Safe Hiring Solutions. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/background-checks

Read and subscribe to Equipping, Mennonite Church USA’s quarterly resource newsletter for pastors and ministry leaders. View the most recent issue here: mennoniteusa.org/equipping-april-2024 Subscribe to Equipping here: mennoniteusa.org/equipping-subscribe

Mennonite Church USA is launching two new podcasts, aimed at encouraging and equipping today’s pastors and congregational leaders. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/podcasts

Agencies

NEW! Save the date for the Virginia Mennonite Men’s Fall Workshop on Saturday, November 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. Mark Sensabaugh will lead the workshop “Achieving Relational Wholeness.”  Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to explore how to develop life-giving, Christ-centered relationships. Link to sign up coming soon!

Preorders are now open for the Anabaptist Community Bible. The commemorative study Bible, releasing in January 2025, will be available in three editions: genuine leather, soft touch, and hardcover. While presales last, discounts are being offered for all three editions. Purchase at mennomedia.org.

AMBS: Spiritual Direction: Foundations. Strengthen your skills in offering spiritual direction through the first level of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s supervised spiritual direction program. This course, which consists of weekly Zoom meetings and additional work done online, will help you grow in confidence and competence as a spiritual director. The seminar begins Sept. 3; apply by July 15 to save $200. ambs.edu/seminars

The Shenandoah Valley MDS unit has been investigating local projects. First is a house we plan to refurbish North of Harrisonburg. Secondly we are looking into building houses lost in forest fires in Virginia and West Virginia. If you would like to bless people financially mark your giving MDS and give through your local church. If you would like to help on the projects contact your church contact person or Woody Driver  (Shenandoah Valley MDS chair) at 540-820-9676.

Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir Auditions. If your child enjoys singing, they will love being a part of the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir!  We are a nationally acclaimed children’s choir based in Harrisonburg, VA that values education, fun, musical excellence and community.  SVCC is now holding auditions for performing choirs (ages 7-18).   Call 540-432-4650 or email [email protected] for more information and to schedule an audition!  Visit our website, www.svcc.org

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