Bulletin notes

Updates

Virginia Mennonite Conference offices closed: In response to recommended guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Virginia Mennonite Conference offices are closed until further notice. If you have Conference business or questions, you can contact Executive Conference Minister Clyde G. Kratz or Communications Manager Jon Trotter .

In response to the coronavirus, the VMMissions offices are closed to the public until further notice.

Many things have changed in the ministries of VMMissions as events and travel have been disrupted. To reflect these changes and new prayer requests, VMMissions has created an updated version of the VMMissions prayer calendar for April.

VMMissions has launched the Coronavirus Immigrant Care Fund: Many immigrant families, Latino and otherwise, depend on their weekly check for meeting the needs of their families. Unfortunately, the present coronavirus emergency has left many families jobless or with their work hours reduced to a minimum. VMMissions invites you to help share God’s love with our immigrant neighbors in need. Learn more and donate at https://vmmissions.org/cicfund/
 
Events

The Keep Your Distance 5K Virtual Run/Walk is a fundraising event for VMMissions that encourages people of all ages and abilities to enjoy physical activity and some friendly competition for those who want it. Walkers can tag VMMissions on Facebook, or send us pictures of yourself outside and enjoying exercise as you walk to raise money for VMMissions! Pictures can be sent to our Facebook, or to Event Coordinator, Abe Hartzler at abe.hartzer@vmmissions.org Runners will have the entirety of the event, Monday-Saturday to clock their best 5K run, and tag VMMissions in the run. To be counted for the competition, the run must be GPS tracked via the Strava App. Treadmill runs will not be counted. Otherwise, runners are encouraged to find an area where they feel that they can run their fastest. Runners will submit their 5K on Strava by adding VMMissions via the “Add Others” button. This will create a leaderboard for the duration, and after the event. Heats will be organized by age bracket and gender. Each heat will have a first and second place winner. Register for the event at https://vmmissions.org/how-to-help/giving-projects/keep-your-distance-5k/. All participants will receive a T-Shirt.

Beldor Church’s bluegrass gospel concert with the Sheads Family, formerly planned for April 5, is now set for Sunday, May 3. More information to come.

Save the Date for Motorcycle for Missions, June 12-13. Join this VMMissions fundraiser ride in Harrisonburg or Powhatan, Va. Interested sponsors should contact Abe Hartzler, Event Coordinator, at abe.hartzler@vmmissions.org. Learn more at vmmissions.org/motorcycle-for-missions.

Save the Dates for Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly, July 16-18. A Healthy Boundaries training will take place on Thursday, July 16, from 8 to 4 with Lonnie Yoder & Teresa Boshart Yoder (Location TBD). Assembly begins with evening worship on Thursday, July 16 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. A Mennonite Women of Virginia breakfast is at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday. Delegate sessions will be at Eastern Mennonite School; worship location is Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. Registrations will be due by July 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. More information to come.
 
Service and Employment Opportunities

Grace Mennonite Fellowship (Northern District) is hiring a part-time (15-20 hours/week) church administrator. A full job description is posted on our website, gracemennonite.net, under the Announcements tab. If you or someone you know may be interested in applying for this position, please send a resume to gracemennofellowship@gmail.com. Start date: May 11. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

VMMissions has openings for several E3 Collective trips this summer:

  • Amman, Jordan: July 18 – August 1, 2020. Join a collective assisting with a soccer camp for children and youth. Teachers and soccer players are needed.
  • Amman, Jordan: August 1-15, 2020: Join a collective working with refugees at a medical clinic in Amman.
  • Lesvos, Greece: September 5-19, 2020: Join a collective working with refugees at the Moria refugee camp.

Contact Martin Rhodes at martin.rhodes@vmmissions.org or (540) 434-9727. Learn more at vmmissions.org/e3collective/