Clyde G. Kratz

Help the Conference Support Leaders and Congregations

As 2021 comes to an end, I want to thank you for remembering your pastoral leaders and Conference leaders in your prayers. The pandemic has been very difficult for pastors who rely on personal interaction as part of their leadership activity as it has restricted personal contact. Throughout the pandemic, my work has been to…

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Watch the Moderator Transition & Commissioning Service of Sara Wenger Shenk

07:10 – Welcome – Clyde Kratz 07:54 – (sounds starts) 10:10 – Be Thou My Vision 13:20 – Overview Leadership Transfer – Clyde 15:19 – Tribute and Blessing for Richard – Jim Hershberger 23:20 – Overview Leadership Affirmation – Clyde 27:09 – Tribute for Sara – Aldine Musser 29:11 – Vision for our Time –…

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Join a Webinar with Michael Danner on the MC USA Special Delegate Session

Conversation on May 2022 Special Delegate Session with Michael Danner December 6, 2021 | 7:00 pm | Zoom At their most recent meeting on November 18, the Virginia Mennonite Conference Council strongly encouraged Virginia Mennonite Conference leaders who will be delegates to the 2022 Special Delegate Assembly of Mennonite Church USA to prepare for that…

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You are Invited to the Commissioning Service of Moderator Sara Wenger Shenk and to Commemorate the Service of Richard Early

A worship service is planned to commission Sara Wenger Shenk as Virginia Mennonite Conference Moderator and commemorate Richard Early’s tenure as VMC Moderator on Sunday, November 21, at 2:00 pm at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church (in person and via livestream).

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Prayer Request for Glen Guyton, Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA, and His Family

Please join Mennonite Church USA and Virginia Mennonite Conference in prayer for Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, and his family. It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Glen’s mother, Manetta Guyton, 93, of Kosciusko, Missouri, died on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Manetta was a long-time Sunday school teacher…

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Eastside Church Awarded JoinHands Building Grant

Eastside Church, a Virginia Mennonite Conference congregation in Harrisonburg, Va., embarked on a building purchase and complete renovation at a bad time. As building materials skyrocketed in the pandemic, the project suddenly cost much more than budgeted and raised. “It is likely no surprise that a building project during the pandemic, with greatly increased material…

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Register for the VMC Leadership Enrichment event “From Scarcity to Abundance”

A narrative of scarcity pervades our lives. There is a growing disparity between rich and poor, and we are surrounded by messages of “not enough.” Throughout this day, we will examine both our personal and congregational stories of scarcity and abundance and imagine how we might (more fully) live into a narrative of abundance. Together,…

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Healthy Boundaries Training is November 17

A Healthy Boundaries: Fundamentals training, hosted by Virginia Mennonite Conference, will be a virtual session on Zoom with Lonnie and Teresa Yoder on November 17 from 10a-12p and 1-3pm. The session is open to anyone. Healthy Boundaries: Fundamentals is a training designed by FaithTrust Institute, and it is a required training for all credentialed leaders…

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Harriet Tubman

Reconciliation and Transformation

As followers of Jesus in the Anabaptist tradition, Northern District is working toward reconciliation with God, each other, and the world. We believe the Racial Justice Task Force is an important part of this work. Recently, Northern District funded a tour of the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center in Harrisonburg, VA. for District pastors and their…

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Clyde G. Kratz

Takeaways from My Sabbatical

In the final week of a three-month sabbatical, I was surprised how excited I was to return to the work of Virginia Mennonite Conference. Looking back to the beginning of the sabbatical, I realized the extent of my exhaustion and fatigue, and my somewhat fragile emotional state. The timing was perfect to undertake my sabbatical…

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Sara Wenger Shenk to Begin as Moderator on November 1, Following Resignation of Richard Early

Sara Wenger Shenk will serve as the next Virginia Mennonite Conference Moderator, to begin November 1, 2021. She is transitioning to this role early in light of the resignation of current VMC Moderator Richard Early due to his increased family commitments, effective October 31. In acceptance of the new position Sara writes, “I have often…

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Open Enrollment for The Corinthian Plan is Nov. 1 to Dec. 31

The Corinthian Plan has Open Enrollment From November 1 to December 31, 2021. Congregations participating with the Corinthian Plan through Virginia Mennonite Conference recently received their 2022 renewal packets in the mail. If your church participates, but has NOT received your packet, please contact Duncan Smith, Director, at (316) 400-9937 | duncans@mennoniteusa.org or James Miller,…

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