Pleasant View’s June 50th Anniversary Activity: 50 Miles for 50 Years

Join Pleasant View, Inc. in the month of June for Pleasant View’s 50 Miles for 50 years activities. Pleasant View’s 50th Anniversary Committee invites individuals we support, staff members, friends, family and community members to participate in our June 50th Anniversary Activity: 50 Miles for 50 Years. Help us keep the 50th Anniversary celebration going…

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Sara Wenger Shenk Nominated as Virginia Mennonite Conference Moderator-Elect

Sara Wenger Shenk has been nominated to be the next Virginia Mennonite Conference Moderator. She is currently retired after serving in theological education as teacher and administrator, most recently as president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, 2010-2019 and earlier at Eastern Mennonite Seminary as Associate Professor of Christian Practices and Associate Dean from…

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Virginia Mennonite Conference Hires Caleb Schrock-Hurst as Racial Justice and Equality Leader

Caleb Schrock-Hurst has been hired as the Virginia Mennonite Conference Racial Justice and Equality Leader, a new quarter-time position. In this role, Caleb will support the work of the Racial Justice Task Force as they facilitate the Conference’s anti-racism mandates: to equip members, to learn about existing racism, to develop leadership strategies, and to equip…

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After 33 Years, Elwood Yoder Is Ready to “Re-Wire”

  After 33 years of teaching history and Bible classes at Eastern Mennonite School, Elwood Yoder is ready to “re-wire” — not retire — for a new chapter of history making. In this chapter, Yoder will focus full time on his loves of research, writing, and church history. He will partner with historian Steve Nolt…

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Do You Understand the MC USA Resolution Process?

There is often a lot of anxiety when it comes to preparing for our biennial Delegate Assembly. Of course, this anxiety is related to the potential resolutions. And yes, our processes have not always been easy to follow nor our leadership transparent, but we hope to journey forward better. The general sense is that the…

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Mennonite Church USA Updates Ministerial Misconduct File Sharing Protocols

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has updated its ministerial misconduct file sharing protocols to allow MC USA agencies and related entities to inquire about past misconduct of credentialed leaders, according to Michael Danner, Mennonite Church USA Associate Executive Director of Church Vitality. The previous MC USA policy, introduced in 2017, allowed denominational staff to share…

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Online Pastors and Leaders Event at AMBS Explores How to Thrive in the Pandemic

  (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — A year after the COVID-19 virus reached the shores of North America, leaders of churches and church institutions continue to imagine new ways of ministering amidst the difficulties and demands of living through a pandemic. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, sought to give these leaders an…

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Ted Talks: Cultivating Creativity Amid the Coronavirus

No one likes to be upstaged, no matter how well-meaning and worthwhile the activity that is being outdone. This feeling especially rings true for veteran actor and playwright Ted K. Swartz of Harrisonburg, who has dealt with frequent unexpected script changes in his 34-year career. In 1987, Ted, then a student at Eastern Mennonite University,…

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Learn More About the VMC Racial Justice Task Force

Learn about members of the Racial Justice Task Force and see stories and other content shared about the Racial Justice Initiative at Winter Delegate Session, February 6, 2021.

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Volunteerism Fuels Patchwork Pantry Food Ministry

Every Wednesday morning, you’ll likely find Sam Moore at the same location doing a bevy of tasks – all out of love of service to others. On this particular day (Feb. 24), Sam, along with Len Carroll and Daryl Peifer, were unloading and checking some 6,000 pounds of food from Blue Ridge Area Food Bank…

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Amazed at God’s Provision and Blessing

  Here at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center, we have been continually amazed at the ways the Lord has continued to bless our organization throughout this unique year. We had a very successful summer camp season and have experienced a high level of donor support. In each department, our staff have learned how to adapt and…

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The Importance of Relationships and Community at Pleasant View, Inc.

During a pandemic, how do you safely celebrate fifty years of growing supports for individuals with disabilities from a six-person group home to the multifaceted supports we provide to over 160 individuals throughout Harrisonburg and Rockingham County? How do you come together as a community and foster the important relationships that helped Pleasant View become…

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