See the announcement about plans and changes for this year’s Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale.
Learn about the 2020 My Coins Count projects.
Last call! Congregations, if you have not yet filled out the Delegates & Statistics form for VMC, please do so as soon as possible. This is essential because it gives Virginia Mennonite Conference your delegate names—those who will be receiving the invitation for participation in our July 18 Conference Assembly—and gives an accurate record of your congregational data for the annual report. Thank you for providing this information to the Conference!
MennoMedia is offering another Adaptive Church Webinar, “Expanding Our Witness: Equipping Ministry for Anti-Racist Change” on Thursday, July 9, 2 pm ET. The church has been awakened and reawakened to racial injustice in our midst after the death of George Floyd. There is no room for racism, inequality, or injustice in God’s reign. Yet ours is a broken world and people are crying out “no justice, no peace.” Join the next Adaptive Church webinar as we unpack together the work our churches have to do to bring about God’s vision of shalom. What does dismantling racism, racial justice, and “no justice, no peace” mean in our congregations? This successful webinar series has been aimed at being responsive to the needs of pastors and congregations in this time of pandemic and seismic societal change. Dennis Edwards will serve as moderator. He brings pastoral experience in the Mennonite Church and now in the Evangelical Covenant Church, as well as teaching and writing experience. Panelists Delonte Gholston, Leah Fulton, Jerrell Williams, Johise Namwira, and Chantelle Todman bring a wide range of experience and expertise in ministry and academia, and all are Anabaptist or Anabaptist-oriented. All of the panelists for this webinar are Black so that this conversation on anti-racist change will have a specific focus on the experience of Blacks in this important #BlackLivesMatter moment.
MennoMedia’s first webinar on Preaching to the Screen held last month had more than 250 registrants and featured Osheta Moore, Bruxy Cavey, Meghan, Good, and others. (Find the recording here.) Their second webinar on Pastoral Care at a Distance was held two weeks ago with over 200 registrants and featured David Augsburger as the facilitator with caregivers, pastors, and counselors. (Find the recording here.)
Welcome all women! Mennonite Women of Virginia Virtual Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 11 via Zoom. We encourage you to prepare your coffee, tea, or breakfast and join us online as we anticipate having VMMissions workers sharing with us on “Experiencing God Through COVID-19.” If you do not currently receive Virginia Mennonite Women’s emails and would like to be a part of this event, please click here to join our email list and you will receive a link to the event in July. Note: This event is being planned the Saturday before Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly.
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/
A Healthy Boundaries: Fundamentals Training will be Thursday, July 16. Trainers Lonnie and Teresa Yoder will lead an online FaithTrust Institute course via Zoom. The course will be divided into two online sessions: 10a-12p and 1-3p. Cost is $50 per participant. Note: Credentialed leaders in VMC are required to take this training. Register at https://virginiaconference.org/events/healthy-boundaries-training/
Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly is July 18 and will engage the theme “Living As Those Made Alive In Christ,” based on Colossians 3:12-17. Assembly will feature keynote speaker Ron Byler, Mennonite Central Committee Executive Director, as MCC celebrates 100 years of relief in the name of Christ. There will be a commissioning service of blessing for those being sent in ministry from Virginia Mennonite Conference and VMMissions, and missional stories sharing what God is doing across the street and around the world. Registration is free for delegates (registration starts July 3) and portions of the event will be live-streamed on Facebook.
Eastern Mennonite High School is seeking homes for five male international students beginning mid August. Hosts provide a home away from home, learn about another culture, and are generously compensated for costs incurred. Read further details and learn about the application process at easternmennonite.org/host
Join a special Bike Shenandoah 2020 ride in memory of Steve Leaman on Saturday, September 19. Steve loved biking, and worked with Bike Shenandoah for several years in his role with VMMissions. In honor of Steve, a double portion of proceeds will go to VMMissions. The Other beneficiary agencies are MennoMedia, Mennonite Central Committee, NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, Our Community Place, and Roberta Webb Childcare Center. Bike Shenandoah is an annual family-friendly fundraising event which includes rides of 5, 15, 30, or 62 miles in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This year, non-bikers can also participate by walking or playing golf, one of Steve’s other favorite sports. Register at bikeshenandoah.org Email questions to: email@example.com. See the event poster.
Service and Employment Opportunities
Eastern Mennonite Missions is searching for a collaborative, mission-hearted change leader to be its next president. This person will be spiritually passionate about living a life that is being transformed by Christ. The president will serve as a collaborative leader who can work with teams and a broad constituency. The EMM presidential search team will be receiving applications through July 31, with a goal of recommending a candidate to the EMM Board by November. Learn more about this opportunity at EMM.ORG/PRESIDENTIALSEARCH.
Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure is still happening in the fall and there are plenty of openings! Check out MennoniteMission.net/ServiceAdventure to learn more and sign up! Mennonite Mission Network is still taking MVS applications for the 2020-2021 year. Please visit MennoniteMission.net/MVS for the most up to date unit and placement information.