Bulletin notes


Come celebrate Christmas and Epiphany in Egypt. Join Julian Turner and Matthew Bucher in “Walking the Nile, ” January 3-21, 2020. This is a learning tour that will include ancient holy sites, meeting people and building relationships, experiencing current Egyptian life and worshiping with the church in a Middle East context. For more information contact Matthew Bucher at mbucier@gmail.com or go to Visit Egypt. See the flyer.

The Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony will hold auditions for new members on September 16 and 22, 2019. Conducted by Dr. Yi-Ping Chen, the Youth Symphony provides a high-level ensemble experience for advanced junior and senior high students who play woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments. Visit www.emu.edu/svys, call 540-432-4277, or email prepmusic@emu.edu for more information or to schedule an audition time.

The EMU Preparatory Music Program is registering students for the fall semester! Musikgarten classes for children ages 0-7 will include folk songs, movement, making music with instruments, music games and more to nurture your child’s love of music in a fun, educational environment. Private music lessons with highly qualified teachers are also available for students of all ages and levels in the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, flute, and double bass. Visit www.emu.edu/musiclessons, www.emu.edu/musikgarten, or call 540-432-4277 for more details!

The SOS (Sharing Our Surplus) campaign at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale will again raise money for worldwide refugee relief by encouraging attendees to match their generous spending at the Sale with a cash, check or credit card gift. Over $75,000 in additional money has been raised at the past two relief sales through this effort. Checks are to be made out to Virginia Relief Sale, with SOS in the memo line, and SOS giving can also be done online at https://vareliefsale.com/donate/. [Note to church secretary: Please duplicate and distribute copies of the flier as bulletin inserts or for church mailboxes]

Friends and participants of the Bike Shenandoah rides will have the opportunity to participate in an MCC service project on Saturday, September 14, assembling relief kits in 5 gallon buckets. Volunteer to serve! Also, make plans to ride in the 22nd annual Bike Shenandoah ride on Saturday, September 14. Register online at bikeshenandoah.org.

Harrisonburg Mennonite Church is offering a community ladies Bible Study, Sept. 10-November 19. We will be studying Beth Moore’s JESUS THE ONE AND ONLY. Get to know Jesus intimately as Beth leads you on a life-changing journey through the hills of Galilee with the Teacher, across the lake with the Master and finally on the road toward the cross with the Savior. Studies will be offered Tuesdays 9-11 a.m. and 6:30-8:15 pm. Contact Jeannie Smith 540-820-0136 for registration details.

Save the Date: The JYF Retreat is Oct 11-12 at Highland Retreat. Junior High Youth and leaders welcome. More info coming soon.

Registration is now open for the “E3 Collective: Nazareth and Bethlehem,” May 8-25, 2020. This 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).

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Virginia Mennonite Conference is seeking a quarter-time bookkeeper. It is an hourly position with flexible work schedule. Experience with QuickBooks essential. Key tasks include accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. Immediate hire is possible. Contact Executive Conference Minister Clyde Kratz to indicate your interest and secure a job description at clyde.kratz@virginiaconference.org or 540-434-9727.

Roberta Webb Child Care Center, 400 Kelley St. Harrisonburg VA, has a full time opening for Executive Director beginning Aug. 1. 2019. This is an opportunity to participate in providing quality and affordable child care for children from diverse families to prepare children for school readiness and life-long learning. The center holds as a model, Christ’s care for the children, “Let the children come to me”. Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and administrative experience desired. Please send resume to robertawebbcc@gmail.com. For inquiries, call the Center at 540-434-8699.

EMU Early Learning Center has spaces available for two- and three-year-old children in our preschool, located in Park View Mennonite Church. For information call (540)433-4002 or visit emu.edu/education/elc.

Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir Auditions: If your child enjoys singing, they will love being a part of the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir! SVCC is a nationally acclaimed children’s choir based in Harrisonburg, Va that values education, fun, musical excellence and community. SVCC will hold auditions for performing choirs (2nd-7th grade) on August 21 and 22 from 4-7pm. Please call 540-432-4650 or email svcc@emu.edu to schedule an audition! For more information about SVCC, please visit SVCC’s website at www.svcc.org