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Ode to Joy is a German Winter Fest supporting the church planting and networking ministry of Dave & Rebekka Stutzman in Mannheim, Germany, hosted by their MST at 6:30 pm on January 31 or February 1 at the StutzHaus, 1083 Smith Avenue, Harrisonburg, Va. Book a seat as an individual, or invite your small group, friends, family, or co-workers. Seating is limited and reservations are first-come, first-served. A suggested donation of $50 per person will benefit the Stutzmans’ ministry. To book spaces, indicate which day you prefer and how many persons will attend by emailing Melanie Sherer at melanie.sherer@vmmissions.org or call (540) 434-9727.

Eastern Mennonite Elementary School Building Celebration is Tuesday, January 28, 4 to 6 p.m. All are invited to celebrate the renovation of the former MennoMedia building into an innovative learning space. 4 p.m.: Ribbon cutting outside the building, comments, prayer of dedication. 4:30 to 6 p.m.: Tour the building, talk with teachers, enjoy refreshments. Park in the gym parking lot below the campus’ Upper Building. Walk across the covered bridge to the gathering. Spaces for those with accessibility needs are available next to the elementary building, directly off of 42.

Eastern Mennonite Elementary School prospective family Open Houses: Tuesday, Jan. 28, (especially for parents) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and Tues., Feb 4, (bring the whole family) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come see our newly renovated building, light airy rooms and rooftop garden. Observe classes and talk to current parents and teachers. To register or ask questions: 540-236-6021 or admissions@easternmennonite.org. .

Eastern Mennonite Middle and High School Visitation Days: Jan. 20, Feb. 21, March 27. Shadow a current student. Parents join informational session and tour facilities. To register or ask questions: 540-236-6021 or admissions@easternmennonite.org. Morning drop in options (7:30 to 9 a.m.): Feb. 20, March 10, April 15, May 6.

Join us for a special “Love Your Neighbor” event this Valentine’s Day, February 14, at 7:30 pm at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave., Harrisonburg! In partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service, Ted & Co presents the original play, The Jesus Stories: Faith, Forks & Fettuccine, starring Ted Swartz and Jeff Raught, in conjunction with a unique, fun, and participatory auction of theme-filled buckets. All auction proceeds will benefit the good work of MDS, restoring and rebuilding hope and homes in communities ravaged by natural disaster. Admission is free and open to the public. Please come prepared to bid on auction items! Cash, check and credit cards accepted. This is a family-friendly event – bring your loved ones, your date, your Uncle Harold and spread the love. This event is hosted by Park View, Lindale, Community, Weavers and Harrisonburg Mennonite churches and the Shenandoah Valley MDS Unit.

“Resilient Ministry in Turbulent Times” is the theme of Virginia Mennonite Conference Ministry Retreat with facilitators Drs. Carl & Carolyn Stauffer, February 28-March 1. Sessions include Compassion Fatigue–How Our Bodies Keep Score, Costs of Leadership–Institutional Harm & Healing, and Communities of Care–Igniting Spiritual Renewal. Learn more at virginiaconference.org/events/ministry-retreat/

SAVE THE DATE for Mennonite Women of Virginia “Women Supporting Women…In Adversity,” featuring stories from VMMissions workers in Albania who experienced the recent earthquake, a special offering for Albanian earthquake relief, and a Missionary Love Gift “Auction” on February 20, 2020 (inclement weather date: Feb. 27) at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church/Iglesia Disipular Anabaptista. Join us at 6:00 pm for dinner.

Register now for Shaping Faith in a Digital Culture at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary: March 2–5. Join fellow faith leaders at a joint conference of Pastors and Leaders 2020 and Deep Faith on the AMBS campus in Elkhart, Indiana. You’ll think and reflect theologically together about living, worshiping and playing in digital spaces. First-time attenders get 25% off! ambs.edu/pastorsandleaders

The VMC Senior High Retreat is happening March 13-15. We will be at Highland Retreat for a weekend of worship, rest, and fun with others from our denomination. More information coming soon.

Save the Date for Putt Fore Missions, a family-friendly mini-golf tournament and meal fundraiser for VMMissions on Thursday, May 21, 2020, 5:30PM – 9:30PM. More information will come soon.

Check out the Mennonite Women of Virginia blog for some special Advent meditations and a recipe for Cranberry Apple Pie! Find it at: https://mwva.home.blog

Trips and Service Opportunities

There’s still time to sign up to join the Mennonite Mission Network Alumni & Friends Service-Learning Tour. From March 7-14, we will serve alongside our Service Adventure partners in Jackson, and our SOOP partners in Meridian and Mashulaville, MS. We will also be taking in Civil Rights experiences by hearing from an activist and going to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, as well as other sites. Email AlumniTrip@MennoniteMission.net for more information.

Registration is now open for the “E3 Collective: Nazareth and Bethlehem,” May 8-25, 2020. This VMMissions trip will focus on varied work projects at Nazareth Village, Nazareth, Israel, and at Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church, Bethlehem, Palestine. The trip will be co-led by Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor Emerita of New Testament, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and Craig Maven, Lead Pastor, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. For more information and/or a brochure, please contact Dorothy Jean at (540) 432-4276 (o) or at (540) 433-3336 (h).