Bulletin notes

Sunday, November 27, 2022
Bulletin notes

Virginia Mennonite Conference

Advent-at-home 2022: “Restoration is Near!” Mennonite Education Agency has released their 2022 home curriculum. Engage as a family. The guide offers weekly and daily scriptures, worship rituals, prayers, activities and background information to help individuals and households of all ages prepare for Advent through Epiphany.  Download at  https://mennoniteusa.org/adventathome.

Three Christmas Concerts at Eastern Mennonite School All are welcome! Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., EMS hosts The Walking Roots Band to benefit Mennonite Central Committee. Dec. 13, 7 p.m., instrumental concert; Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Lessons and Carols. More information here. All programs are free in the school’s auditorium at 801 Parkwood Drive.

Save the Date

Dec 2-10 – Listening Circles with Gilliam & Associates
Feb 4, 2023 – VMC Winter Delegate Assembly
Feb 17-19, 2023 – Worship, Singing, Scriptures & Prayers – Pastors & Credentialed Leader Retreat with Ben Bergey
July 3-8, 2023 – MennoCon ’23, MC USA National Assembly
July 13-15, 2023 – VMC Summer Assembly

Virginia Mennonite Missions

VMMissions is pleased and excited to announce that with the support of 268 donors, churches and businesses, we have reached our goal of raising $3M in gifts and pledges for the Church of Many Cultures campaign. Thanks be to God for the generosity of his people! If you would still like to participate in this work, additional funding we receive above the $3M goal will be distributed to the campaign initiatives as needed.

Thank you for your prayers on behalf of God’s work through VMMissions! View the VMMissions Prayer Calendar for December.

This Christmas, join VMMissions in offering God’s gift of peace and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Your donation helps us call, equip, send and support ambassadors of reconciliation. We know there are many worthy causes to support this Christmas season. Please consider a one-time gift or a monthly commitment as we share God’s greatest gift with neighbors near and far.

VMMissions believes that the gospel is still good news for all people and the answer for our broken and hurting world. We lament that more than 3 billion people today remain unreached by the gospel. Even where the church is present, many people have yet to experience the new life of God’s kingdom. Jesus sends us to reach them. Join us on Giving Tuesday, November 29, in partnership with God and God’s church with an impact that will multiply over time, until all people everywhere have the chance to know and follow Jesus. Learn more and give at vmmissions.org/giving-tuesday/

Join the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course this spring (held on Tuesday evenings, January 3 to May 2, 2023, at Faith Community Church, Harrisonburg). Register Now!  at vmmissions.org/perspectives  or contact kierston.kreider@vmmissions.org

Beyond VMC

The African American Mennonite Association (AAMA), a recognized racial ethnic group of Mennonite Church USA, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Virginia, have teamed up to provide scholarships for Black ministry leaders interested in completing EMS’ new graduate certificate in faith-based peacebuilding. The deadline for the spring semester is Dec. 31, 2022. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/aama-ems

Highland Retreat will be holding a work day on Saturday, December 3 to stock the woodsheds for the winter. This is a great service opportunity for families, small groups, or individuals. There will be tasks for school-age children and adults, and a tasty (FREE!) lunch provided for all volunteers. More details and a sign-up form online at highlandretreat.org/wood/.

The Walking Roots Band, in partnership with the VA Mennonite Relief Sale, presents Singing Light,  a Christmas music benefit concert to support MCC’s relief and development efforts around the world. This concert will be held Sunday, December 11, at 6:30pm in the Eastern Mennonite School auditorium.  All are welcome. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.  Thank you for generously supporting MCC’s work, and we look forward to joining with you in singing light into the darkness.

Anabaptism at 500 is looking for five hundred study groups from a broad spectrum of Anabaptist communities to participate in creating the first-ever Anabaptist Bible. Volunteers can form their study group and register https://www.mennomedia.org/reading-scripture-together/. Each group will be assigned three passages and asked to meet four times to read and study together, following a simple format. The reflections and questions generated by these groups, supplemented by insights from biblical scholars, will appear as marginal notes in the Bible. All groups are asked to register by March 2023. To learn how you and your congregation can be involved in Anabaptism at 500, visit https://anabaptismat500.com/.

Mennonite Church USA

MennoCon23, Mennonite Church USA’s largest faith formation gathering, will be held July 3-8, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. There will be programming for all ages, including a one-day Climate Summit for youth and young adults. See the tentative block schedule here: mennoniteusa.org/mennocon-scheduleSave the date! Hope for the Future, an annual gathering of Black, Indigenous and people of color leaders from across Mennonite Church USA, will be held February 3-5, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more here: mennoniteusa.org/hopeforthefuture.