Bulletin notes

Sunday, March 26, 2023
Bulletin notes


Virginia Mennonite Conference

Springdale Mennonite Church is looking for 15 – 30 Sing the Story song books. If your congregation has any to donate or sell, please contact the Springdale office: office@springdalemennonite.org or 540-949-8945. Thank you!

Peaceful Practices: April 21, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church 9-3:30 | Practicing healthy dialogue is an important part of our call to be peacemakers as a relevant Anabaptist witness to today’s world. In this workshop, Jes Stoltzfus Buller, author of MCC’s Peaceful Practices curriculum, will use stories and interactive learning to teach skills for understanding and engaging dialogue across difference. Register at virginiaconference.org.

Harrisonburg Events

NEW! Zion Mennonite Church Senior High youth group is holding a cornhole tournament on Sunday, April 30th, to raise funds for #MennoCon23 in Kansas City, MO. Starts at 2pm at ZMC ballfield. $30 for a team of 2 (pay by check or cash day of tourney)Please RSVP to lynaemaust@gmail.com by April 23rd to join in the fun!

UPDATE! Monday, April 3, 8:15 a.m.: Final Family Visit Day at EMS for students entering grades 6-12 in fall of 2023! Student visitors will shadow a current student till noon for classes, chapel and lunch. Parents will tour and learn about financial aid, curriculum, and school culture, wrapping up by 9:45 a.m. Contact Marsha Thomas, admissions counselor, to register or with questions, admissions@easternmennonite.org; 540-236-6021.

NEW! The Gospel Project: Wednesday, April 5. A theatrical journey through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, performed by actor Justin Poole and musician Perry Blosser. Donations at the door. Part of the proceeds to benefit Roberta Webb Early Education Center. Immanuel Mennonite Church. 400 Kelly St

Mennonite Women of Virginia invite you to a day of supporting missionary women, locally and globally, on Annual Missions Day. Grace Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va will be hosting this event April 22, 2023 beginning at 9am with breakfast. Women serving through VMM with local colleges will be sharing stories of their work. The day provides many opportunities to give to various projects and mission’s needs. Lunch will then follow. Childcare is provided. For questions regarding childcare, please contact Sharon Arbaugh at (540) 292-1085. Please RSVP for yourself and any children at mwvsecretary@gmail.com by April 8th.

Estás invitado al día de misiones anual de las mujeres menonitas de Virginia. El evento ocurrirá el 22 de abril 2023 a las nueve en la iglesia Gracia Menonita en Harrisonburg, Virginia. Es un día para donar y apoyar a las misiones locales y mundiales. Hay muchos proyectos y necesidades en el campo misional en que puede ayudar. Mujeres quien sirven, entre VMM, a los estudiantes en los colegios darán cuenta de sus experiencias. Habrá desayuno primero en la mañana, y almuerzo después de las oradores. Cuidado de niños está disponible. Confirma si está participando y si necesita asistencia por sus niños, antes que el 8 de abril por correo electrónico a mwvsecretary@gmail.com. ¡Todas las mujeres son bienvenidas a asistir!

Easter Sunrise Service at the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center. Come join us on our beautiful hilltop overlooking the Shenandoah Valley for an outdoor worship service Easter morning at 6:30 am! Caleb Schrock-Hurst, Racial Justice and Equality Minister of the Virginia Mennonite Conference, will share a meditation, and special music will be provided by a brass ensemble from Lindale Mennonite Church. Please dress warmly and bring a lawn chair for seating. An offering will be taken to support the Heritage Center. For more information please visit https://brethrenmennoniteheritage.org/sunrise.

NEW! Lindale Mennonite Church invites you to a Benefit Auction April 1st at Shady Oak Fellowship Hall (Weavers Mennonite Church). Proceeds to benefit current renovation efforts of the Lindale Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Concession type food served (by donation) and silent auction begins at 5:30pm. Live auction with Colonel Jack Bowman at 6:30pm. Items include: furniture, quilts, crafts, etc.


NEW! SAVE THE DATE: The annual Mississippi Fish Fry, supporting the ministry of Lezha Academic Center in Lezhe, Albania, will be Friday, May 5, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Park View Mennonite Church. Order meals for take-out or dine-in, consisting of fresh farm-raised Mississippi catfish, hush puppies, baked beans, coleslaw, and dessert. Meals are by donation.

What happens the first weekend in June? Motorcycle for Missions! It’s time to roll that motorcycle out of hibernation and get it tuned up! Save the date and enjoy the fun and fellowship on June 2-3, and raise awareness and support for VMMissions. Have to work? Ride just one of the two days! Learn more at vmmissions.org/motorcycle-for-missions/. Registration will open soon!

tranSend is a one-year to two-year VMMissions placement designed to help you discern your spiritual giftings and give you the opportunity to put them into practice. The program functions more like an internship or apprenticeship, and gives you a chance to explore your calling and learn from established ministry mentors while you consider your own future steps in joining God’s mission to the world. The next cohort application deadline is April 30. Learn more about the program, see open service opportunities, and apply at vmmissions.org/tranSend/

Join VMMissions in participating in the Great Community Give on April 19th. Our goal is to raise $10,000 that will allow us to recruit, train, send, and support workers who share the difference Christ makes, around the world. Gifts can be given online from 6:30 AM to 8 PM on April 19th. All are welcome to visit our office at 601 Parkwood Dr. in Harrisonburg between 11 am to 1 pm to drop off a donation and enjoy free food, fellowship, and fun with our staff and mission workers.


Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA is seeking nominees for its 2023 #BringthePeace awards. The annual award is given to two honorees: a legacy peacemaker in recognition of their life’s work and a young peacemaker (age 16-25), who can help inspire other young leaders. Submit your recommendations for nominees by completing this form by April 14: mennoniteusa.org/btp-nomination

#MennoCon23 Registration is open. MennoCon23 will be held in Kansas City, Mo., July 3-6, immediately followed by the Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly and the new Youth and Young Adult Climate Summit. View a MennoCon23 slide: mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/MennoCon23.pptx

Subscribe to MC USA’s PeaceMail weekly newsletter for the latest updates. Mennoniteusa.org/peacemail View a slide for PeaceMail: mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/PeaceMail-slide.pptx

Upcoming Events

April 21, 2023 – Peaceful Practices with Jes Stoltzfus Buller – Location TBD
July 3-8, 2023 – MennoCon ’23, MC USA National Assembly
July 13-15, 2023 – VMC Summer Assembly