Bulletin notes

Virginia Mennonite Conference
Join a Pastors’ Enrichment Event, Tuesday, March 29 from 4:00-9:00pm at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. This is a joint initiative of the VMC Leadership Enrichment Committee and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Masks will be required indoors. Dinner may be served outdoors if weather conditions permit.

4:00-6:00 pm: Reflection and respite for pastors: COVID’s impact on leaders, congregations and their theology
6:00 pm: Dinner provided ($10 per person)
7:00 pm: Lecture by Dr. Nancy Bedford, Argentinian Mennonite theologian, on “What’s the Matter with Theology? Materiality”

Learn more at https://virginiaconference.org/events/augsburger-lecture-series


Virginia Mennonite Missions
Do you enjoy riding motorcycles? Want to use your hobby to further Christ’s Kingdom? VMMissions will be holding the 10th Annual Motorcycles for Mission ride on June 3 and 4. Through nine years, riders from churches across the East Coast have come together to raise over $94,000 to support the work of VMMissions. Save the date and get ready to ride! Contact: David Gingerich at (540) 434-9727 or david.gingerich@vmmissions.org

Does your New Year’s resolution need encouragement? Do you need to form a new healthy habit during Lent? We have the solution! Start training today for the 5K for Missions fundraising event. Ask people to sponsor your “K’s”, get in shape while raising funds to share new life in Christ with your neighbors near and far through VMMissions. The event will be virtual and run from April 1 to April 30, with a possible ‘in person’ 5K run on April 30. Learn more and register.

Who is the gospel for? Everyone. VMMissions is pursuing God’s vision of A Church of Many Cultures. Join us in raising $3 million for new initiatives through Business for Transformation, Global Church Planting, and a Mission Training Center. Learn more about how to get involved at campaign.vmmissions.org.


All are invited to hear Osheta Moore — pastor, podcaster and author — at Eastern Mennonite School, Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Moore’s most recent book is titled, Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace. All are welcome to the school’s auditorium, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, for input and conversation. Doors open at 6:30 with opportunity to purchase books and have them signed. More details at easternmennonite.org/news


Hesston College Bel Canto Singers are performing in Harrisonburg on Sunday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Lindale Mennonite Church, and at 4 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church. The 18-voice mixed chamber choir, under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, will present a program entitled “Deep Peace.” The program is inspired by this year’s theme verse at Hesston College, Ephesians 4:2-3, in which Paul calls Christians to lift each other up in community: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” The concert features a cappella and accompanied works with special music by soloists and small ensembles.


The Shenandoah Valley Mennonite Historians will have their annual meeting on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 pm at Mount Clinton Mennonite Church. The featured speaker is Jo Anne Krause, an independent scholar and author of Holy Experiment: The Warwick River Mennonite Colony, 1897-1970. She will speak on the topic of the history of the Mennonite settlement on the banks of the Warwick River in eastern Virginia. She will have copies of her book for sale.


Pastors and congregational leaders are especially invited to the Park View Mennonite Church sanctuary on March 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. for The Bible and Christian Nationalism presented by Dr. Drew Strait, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, IN). This seminar is sponsored by EMU Faith and Spiritual Life.


Celebrate Women’s History Month at EMU with Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby, co-authors of Cousins: Connected through Slavery. Encounter their story of discovering their past and each other in convocation on March 23 from 10:10-11 a.m. on the EMU Facebook page or in Lehman Auditorium. Book sales. Masks required.


Join the Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the Massanutten Regional Library at the downtown Central Library (174 South Main St., Harrisonburg) for an author event with Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby on March 24 from 7:00-8:30. In their new book, Cousins: Connected through Slavery, Betty and Phoebe recount discovering their family connections and embarking on a path toward reconciliation and reparation. Their presentation will draw on lessons from their book and will offer ways that you too can reach across the racial divide and work toward racial reconciliation, whether or not your family has connections to slavery.


Eastern Mennonite Seminary invites you to hear Nancy Elizabeth Bedford during EMU’s annual Augsburger Lecture Series, Mar. 29-30. She is author of many books and publications and is currently a Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She will speak to us on the malleability, materiality and mission of theology. Learn more at: https://emu.edu/bible/augsburger-lecture-series


Mennonite Church USA

Visit the resource page for the 2022 Special Session of the Delegate Assembly here.
Webinar recording | “2022 Special Session of the Delegate Assembly: What it is and why it’s so important” | View it here.
PDF | Delegate Process for May 2022 Special Session of the Delegate Assembly
PDF | Frequently Asked Questions | Preguntas frecuentes (en español)

Webinar schedule

April 5 | Expectations of the Special Session of the Delegate AssemblyRegister here
May 2 | Call to Prayer and FastingRegister here


Employment Opportunities

Agencies

A Childcare and Homeschool Assistant is needed in northeastern Thailand. Empower pioneer missionaries through child care and home-school help. Experience with caring for young children and previous cross-cultural experience preferred. There is a two-month minimum commitment, up to one year, with open-ended start and end dates. Travel with the family, assist with homeschooling, and have a front-seat experience of a pioneering cross-cultural mission. Learn more about the assignment here.


Eastern Mennonite University seeks candidates for a number of positions.


Eastern Mennonite School is hiring a Front Office Manager in the upper building (grades 6-12). This person manages incoming and outgoing communications, connects people, and problem solves, juggling multiple tasks independently with frequent interruptions. This is a full-time 12-month position with benefits, including tuition discount. See the job description and apply at easternemennonite.org/employment


Everence has an open position for a Member Services Representative as part of our credit union services. The ideal person is bilingual (Spanish and English), can provide strong customer service skills, and has knowledge in or an interest to learn credit union operations. Interested candidates will find a team and organization built on mission, with an interest to serve with a faith-centered perspective, strong benefits and work environment, and caring colleagues who support and invest in you along the way. More about this opportunity can be found at everence.com/careers or at: Member Services Representative in Harrisonburg


Highland Retreat is seeking a Hospitality Manager to help us continue to provide clean, comfortable guest facilities and organized, delicious food service. If you know someone who would excel at a job like this, please share this opportunity with them! Learn more about this position at highlandretreat.org/job-openings or email a resume to kent@highlandretreat.org.


Mennonite Central Committee SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) is hiring summer Job Site Coordinators and Meals Coordinators for Kimball, WV and Harlan, KY, as well as longer term Location Coordinators for Hindman, KY. Please go to swap.mcc.org to read about the positions and to apply.


Would you like to use your vocational skills and spiritual gifts in your place of employment? Mennonite Mission Network may be the place for you. Join us in sharing the good news of Christ across the street and around the world. Visit MennoniteMission.net/Employment to find all open positions.


Pleasant View Employment Opportunities: We have 2nd and 3rd shift Direct Support Professional (DSP) positions open in Harrisonburg and Broadway. We also have an opening in Harrisonburg for an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position. You can access our applications on Indeed, through our website http://pleasantviewinc.org/Career-Opportunities.html, or simply go to www.workatpv.com. Working at Pleasant View helps individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities to live in and enrich their communities.


Congregations

Asheville Mennonite Church, Asheville, NC, seeks a half-time pastor. Please send inquiries to Julia Burdette (jburdette8511@gmail.com).


Durham Mennonite Church, Durham, NC, seeks a quarter-time pastor. Please send inquiries to Cheryl Van Horn, search committee chairperson, at vanhornsc@nc.rr.com.


Greensboro Mennonite Fellowship, Greensboro, NC, is seeking a quarter-time pastor. Please send inquiries to John Bender at gmfgreensboronc@gmail.com. See church information on Facebook.


Harrisonburg Mennonite Church is seeking a Pastor of Community Life. Seeking a half to full time pastor to help foster our life of discipleship together through Anabaptist learning, mutual support and care, and ministry together in our local community. We are looking for applicants that work well in a team, are passionate about the Person and Way of Jesus, and who have a heart to demonstrate and proclaim the Good News in our local and global communities. Those interested should contact Pastor Jake Lee at jlee@harrisonburgmennonite.org.


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