Bulletin notes

Weekly Bulletin Notes

Sunday, February 25, 2024
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Virginia Mennonite Conference

Updated Link! Beyond the IDI: Receiving, Accepting, and Adapting, with Karl McKinney, Intercultural Leadership Minister for LMC. February 25, 7pm, Park View Mennonite Church sanctuary and live streamed at this new link. Over the past year and a half VMC has led its credentialed leaders through the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a training designed to give leaders better language and goals for their own and their congregation’s interracial and intercultural relationships. Pastor McKinney’s presentation will help pastors and leaders keep us moving towards racial justice, using language from the IDI in pursuit of just and healthy congregations, reminding us that we as Christians need “to intentionally learn how to relate to the cultural differences between ourselves and other people.” All people interested in racial justice are welcome to attend even if they are not familiar with the IDI.

NEW! The 2024 Global Voices Tour, sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Anabaptist Climate Collaborative (ACC), features voices from around the world speaking on how climate change is affecting the global south. Join us on February 29th at 7pm in the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church fellowship hall (come in the west entrance) to hear how MCC partners in Cambodia and Zimbabwe are addressing the impacts of climate change in their communities, and how communities in North America can take action.

Updated! VMC Youth Leaders Brunch, sponsored by VMC Youth Council, will meet March 2, 2024 from 10am to noon at Immanuel Mennonite Church. Contact Maren Hange for information. [email protected].

Potomac District Night of Worship will be held at Daniels Run Peace Church on March 3 at 7pm featuring EMU Chamber Choir.

New! VMC Leadership Weekend. Boundary Lines in Pleasant Places: Formation for Ethical Practices in Ministry, hosted by Sarah Bixler and Gerald Shenk on March 15, 16 & 17 at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. The retreat is open to pastor, credentialed leaders, lay leaders and their spouses. Register at virginiaconference.org/events.

Save the Date! VMC Youth Council will host the MYF Retreat on April 5-7 at Highland Retreat. More information soon.

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study Join for fellowship, bible study, and worship Tuesday mornings at Park View Mennonite Church. Breakfast 6:45am, study 7:00am. Livestream of the event is available here.


Mennonite Church USA

Employment: Development Representative (1.0 FTE – In office, Hybrid or Remote in Elkhart, Indiana or East Coast area). The Development Representative provides a role in developing, maintaining, and growing relationships with Mennonite Mission Network’s financial supporters, donors, and churches to ensure that organization continues to thrive and fulfill its goals.

NEW! Learn more about Safe Church, Mennonite Church USA’s newly formed abuse prevention ministry here: mennoniteusa.org/safechurch. View the PDF here: mennoniteusa.org/safe-church-resources

In celebration of Black History Month (February), Mennonite Church USA invites you to discover the people and events that have helped shape our denomination. Visit MC USA’s African American Mennonite History Timeline here: mennoniteusa.org/african-american-mennonite-history-timeline/ 

Mennonite Education Agency announces BIPOC scholarships. Up to $4,000 in scholarships is available to a student or students at each MEA-approved school for the 2024-25 academic year. Scholarship information, requirements, and the application form are available online at https://www.mennoniteeducation.org/schools/mea-scholarship-for-bipoc-students/. Questions can be directed to Jolene VonGunten,  [email protected] or 574-343-1310.



Updated! Q&A: on March 18 at 7:30pm for anyone interesting in traveling with Mennonite Men and MennoPIN (Mennonites in Palestine and Israel Network) February 12-27, 2025. They will travel to Palestine and Israel to plant olive trees, meet Palestinian peacemakers, and connect the land to Jesus’ way of peace. Want more information about the trip? Register here for a zoom Q&A.

“Religion Otherwise: A Lyric at the End of Time” – Join us for the 2024 Augsburger Lecture at Eastern Mennonite Seminary with Dr. J. Kameron Carter, Prof. of Comparative Literature, Religion, and African American Studies.  How does a  culture grieve, and what happens when a culture refuses to grieve the violence it hosts? Feb. 27, 2024, 7:00pm, Martin Chapel. This event is free to the public.

Updated! Fiddler on the Roof, an EMHS theater department production. This production promises a captivating blend of humor, heart, and reflections on the human experience. Dress rehearsal Thursday, February 29, 7 p.m.  Pay-what-you-will, General admission, first come first serve. Ticket Performances on March 1-2 at 7 p.m. and March 3 at 3 p.m. in the EMS Auditorium. Visit our website to purchase tickets, or Purchase Tickets HERE!

NEW! A Chorus of Peace: Songs of Lament and Hope: Come hear the Eastern Mennonite University Chamber Singers for a beautiful concert, exploring the range of emotions surrounding our desire for peace. This concert is free of charge, with donations gratefully accepted toward their touring expenses. Concert locations and times include: Hyattsville Mennonite Church 3/3, 11am; Daniels Run Peace Church 3/3, 7pm; Waynesboro Mennonite Church 3/5, 7pm; First Mennonite Church Richmond 3/8, 7pm; Charlottesville Mennonite Church 3/9, 7pm

NEW! VMMissions: Regional Youth Leader Breakfast Fellowship on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the VMMissions’ Mission Training Center (The Barn). Our goal of this event is to build friendships among youth leaders and initiate conversations on how we can equip local churches and youth groups to engage in God’s mission. Our aim is to listen to what you see God doing in your lives and churches, and to discern together how we all might partner together in ministry and mission. This event has limited space, so reserve your slot using this link, ASAP!

[Note: Not to be confused with the VMC Youth Leaders Brunch on March 2 at Immanuel Mennonite. See above.]

VMMissions Save the Dates! Great Community Give on April 17, 2024; Putt for Missions on May 18, 2024; Motorcycle for Missions on  May 31-June 1, 2024.

VMMissions has office space for lease. A 213 sq. ft. office with outside building access is available beginning February 1, 2024. If you are interested, please contact Melanie Sherer at [email protected] or (540) 434-9727. Starting rent is $300/month.

New! AMBS: Take a summer course at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary! Hybrid courses (combining online work and one week on campus) include Christian Leadership in the 21st Century and History of Christian Spirituality. In-person courses (also open to auditors) include Biblical Storytelling; Spiritual Practices: Trees of Life; and The Trail of Death: A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation. Nonadmitted students get 50% off their first three credit hours! Register by April 29. ambs.edu/upcoming-courses

New! AMBS: Online Short Course: Biblical Interpretation Across the Two Testaments: April 10 – May 21. Explore the harmful claim that the New Testament supersedes the Old Testament. How can we as Anabaptists read our Scriptures faithfully, creatively and respectfully? Instructors for this six-week AMBS Online Short Course are Mary Schertz, PhD, and Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, PhD. No grades, no papers! CEUs available. Sign up by March 20 to save $50. ambs.edu/online-short-courses

New! AMBS: Fully online seminary degree. Check out Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s fully online Master of Arts: Theology and Global Anabaptism! The 46-credit-hour academic degree program can be completed in four years of part-time study and offers a global approach to Anabaptist theological education. ambs.edu/matga


Upcoming Events

Feb 25     Beyond IDI

Feb 27 Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study

Mar 2 VMC Youth Leader’s Brunch

Mar 3 Potomac District night of worship

Mar 15-17 2024 Leadership Retreat

Apr 5-7 MYF Retreat

Apr 20 Tennessee-Kentucky-Carolina renewal meeting

Jul 18-20 2024 Summer Delegate Assembly