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Taking our faith seriously with formation ministries

In September, my wife Eunice and I traveled to Pennsylvania to celebrate our forty-fifth class reunion. We were classmates at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. I attended from fall 1970 through spring 1974. (VMC members Willis Hunsberger, Knoxville, Tenn., Barbara Weirich, Ted and Sue Swartz, and Rosemary Landis, all of Harrisonburg, Va., are also members…

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Register for Missional Partnership events with Dr. Elaine Heath

  Wednesday, November 20 10:10-11:10am EMU Convocation: “Reclaiming An Apostolic Soul” (Lehman Auditorium) 7:00 – 8:30pm Main Lecture: “Is There Good News for a World in Trauma?” (Seminary Martin Chapel) What does it mean to be a missional church that is good news for neighborhoods and individuals who have experienced trauma? How can healthy Christian…

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Top ten reasons for Sharing Our Surplus at the Relief Sale

VA Relief Sale

The Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale’s Sharing Our Surplus (SOS) Campaign was launched two years ago to solicit cash donations for Mennonite Central Committee in addition to money raised through auction, food and other sales. So far the effort has raised over $75,000, and has been designated specifically to meet the growing needs of refugees around…

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Christian formation throughout the life course

Sarah Ann Bixler

Christian faith does not look the same in every season of life. Each season brings particular opportunities for Christian formation, and these vary in every individual. As we in the church walk alongside one another on the lifelong journey of faith, we can be attentive to one another in different seasons of life: childhood, early-…

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Mennonite Junior High Retreat is October 11-12

Join Junior High groups from area Mennonite churches for two days of worship and fun, October 11-12, 2019! Experience great games and camp activities, enjoy time with friends, and more. Carmen Miller of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church will be the speaker, and a group of high school youth will be leading worship times. See the Junior…

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Feeling like Job: rebuilding after a disaster loss

  After they saw that tornado warnings had been rescinded in their area of Amherst County, in southwestern Virginia, Frank and Mary went to bed. When the twister hit their home in the small town of Elon, they found themselves several dozen yards away from their home in a debris field down a hill. Miraculously,…

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Annual volunteer award given at VMRC

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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The church in service at the Relief Sale

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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Support the VMC Partnership Home Project for the Walker family

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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View photos from Conference Assembly

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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