Mennonite Church USA Launches “Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of Poverty” Initiative

Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) has launched “Learn, Pray, Join: Cost of Poverty,” an initiative to raise awareness about the impact of the pandemic on poverty in the United States and how Jesus calls his followers to respond. During September and October, MC USA will seek to engage people in the initiative by offering resources,…

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Virginia History Book Project Kicks Off Again as Groups Agree to New Parameters

From left: Gerald Brunk, Harold Huber, James Rush, Jim Hershberger, (standing) Simone Horst, and Elwood Yoder. Joining via Zoom are Tim Jost and Ken Seitz. Representatives from the Virginia Mennonite Conference Historical Committee and the History Book Committee met with the Shenandoah Valley Mennonite Historians at Eastern Mennonite University’s Sadie Hartzler Library on August 27…

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Community and Collaboration for Youth Ministry

This blog is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Faith Formation Roundtables series. What an amazing time it is to be leading students! While it’s easy to identify the challenges that come with this new COVID-19 driven climate, it’s also rewarding to think about the possibilities that are before us to reach students, right where they…

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Back to the Fairgrounds for the 2021 Relief Sale

The 2021 Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Relief Sale is scheduled for October 1 and 2. After the 2020 virtual Relief Sale, we are hoping to be back at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds this year. The extent the relief sale can be in-person will depend on safety guidelines at the time. We may, for example, have…

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MEDITATION ON ISAIAH 61:4-9 – God Still Promises to Restore

They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will…

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EMU, VMC Youth Council Hosts MYF Gathering

1) Moriah Hurst, a member of the VMC Youth Council, gives youth instructions for the photo scavenger hunt. | 2) Brian Martin Burkholder, University Chaplain and Director-Office of Faith and Spiritual Life at Eastern Mennonite University, welcomes the youth. | 3) Youth look for a clue at the EMU water tower. | 4) A small…

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MEDITATION ON ISAIAH 61:1-3 – What If We Are The Losers?

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day…

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Delegates Approve Nominees for Leadership Positions at Summer Conference Assembly

Sara Wenger Shenk CONFERENCE MODERATOR-ELECT “I would love for the conference to be known for our open-hearted hospitality, trustworthy communication and non-anxious, courageous faith,” Sara Wenger Shenk writes. 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…

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Called to Serve

Without congregations, Virginia Mennonite Conference cannot exist. Our bottom line is serving the church. In a strategic planning meeting last fall, I was working with Clyde and Jon to understand who and what we are. One of the duties of Conference Council (by-law Article IV, 3.3) is to project vision, define direction, and promote unity….

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Delegates Approve Three Departures and Welcome New Congregation at Conference Assembly

Virginia Mennonite Conference said goodbye to three congregations at its annual Conference Assembly held virtually on June 12, 2021, and welcomed a new congregation into full membership. Delegates also approved the nomination of Sara Wenger Shenk as Moderator Elect, beginning September 1, and several other leadership roles. The congregations choosing to leave Virginia Mennonite Conference…

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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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