Christmas Greetings from the Executive Conference Minister

Members and friends of Virginia Mennonite Conference, As we close out this calendar year, a year that was like no other in my lifetime, I am continually reminded “God is Love.” All of our pastors, congregational leaders, leaders of conference ministries, and leaders of conference endorsed ministries have demonstrated a high level of resilience during…

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Caring Leaders

I have a collection of coffee mugs. I have one from Michelin Tire, from the time when I changed truck tires for Moyer Packing Company, the largest beef packer on the East Coast. I have a series of coffee mugs of major league baseball teams that I purchased at games. I have Eastern Mennonite College…

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VMMissions Sees Hope Amid the Hardships

The coronavirus has upended lives in countless ways and has lasted much longer than anyone would have hoped. Even so, the staff members at Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMMissions) note a number of ways the pandemic has been an opportunity to learn and even thrive in ministry. Mission workers have turned obstacles into opportunities. Several international…

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Augsburgers Still Going 90 Miles an Hour

He is 91, she’s 90. But their ages are misleading. Myron Shenk Augsburger and Esther Kniss Augsburger are only slowing their fast pace long enough to celebrate 70 years of married life. The couple was married Nov. 28, 1950 in Elida, Ohio, the ceremony postponed two days due to a raging snowstorm. Seventy years later,…

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Samuel S. Funkhouser Named Executive Director of Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center

The Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Samuel S. Funkhouser as the new Executive Director beginning January 1, 2021. Sam grew up in the Wakeman’s Grove Church of the Brethren (near Edinburg, Va.), where his great-great grandfather had served as the congregation’s first ordained minister. Sam…

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Eastern Mennonite School student Rahel Lema ‘21 and Paul Leaman, Head of School, work together during the EMS solar barnraising on October 10, 2020. See article on page 3. Photo by Andrea Wenger

EMS: With Deep Commitment and Diligence

Reaching the midpoint of any academic year is reason to celebrate. This year, however, brings with it relief, awe, and gratitude at Eastern Mennonite School. Administrators, faculty, and staff launched the year on August 25 amidst pandemic-related unknowns and a slew of new plans, protocol, and procedures for safely welcoming “every student every day.” The…

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Virginia Conference Welcomes June Miller

Virginia Mennonite Conference is delighted to announce our new Office Manager and Marketing staff person, June Miller. While June’s academic portfolio demonstrates a penchant for an acting career in a theatre, she has utilized her gifts and skills in various roles in a congregation, mission agency, and a conference. June worked for Mennonite Church Canada…

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Taking Action on Affordable Housing

Everyone, regardless of economic and social background, deserves an opportunity to attain the comfort and security of a place they can call home. But with the spiraling cost of real estate and related problems, that desire often winds up becoming “the impossible dream.” But, wait, there’s hope. Faith In Action (FIA) is a local grass-roots…

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VMRC seeking full-time Vice President of Human Resources

Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC), a Virginia Mennonite Conference-Endorsed Ministry, is seeking qualified candidates for Vice President of Human Resources. This position is responsible for leadership of the Human Resources service line consistent with VMRC’s faith-based vision and values and its mission of being a community of hope, meaning and growth for persons to age…

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John Horst: A music man for all seasons

Sadly, the live voice is now silent. Happily, his recorded voice, and the music he promoted so earnestly, remains in his wake. John L. Horst, Jr., of Park Village, Harrisonburg, died Sept. 16 at age 82 at the University of Virginia Hospital from aftereffects of a subdural hematoma suffered during a fall. He leaves behind…

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VMC now hiring Racial Justice and Equality Leader

Hiring! Virginia Mennonite Conference is seeking a Racial Justice and Equality Leader (0.25 FTE), who will lead and facilitate the conference’s Anti-Racism mandates: to equip members, to learn about existing racism, to develop leadership strategies, and to equip conference leaders.

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Richard Early

Meet Richard Early, new VMC Moderator

My journey My journey began on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1953. I was born in Lancashire, England, at Burtonwood Air Force Base, where my father was stationed during the Korean War. In 1955, we moved back to my dad’s grandparents’ house in Pleasant Valley, Virginia. Abe and Cora Early were members of Pleasant Run Church…

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