Bulletin notes


Our Community Place, supported by a number of Mennonite churches, serves those who are homeless and marginalized in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham community. OCP is holding its fall Gala concert and dinner on Sunday evening, September 22, at 5pm at Park View Mennonite Church. To see details and reserve a table, RSVP to OurCommunityPlace.org.

Join a 7-mile Prayer Walk for MCC World Relief – Sunday, September 29, to show support for the October 4-5 Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. A group will leave at 1 pm and another at 2 pm from the Virginia Mennonite Conference Center to walk together to the Fairgrounds. Participants are invited to solicit sponsors to give online https://vareliefsale.com/donate/ or at the SOS Giving Table at the Sale, with checks being made out to Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. For more information, or to sign up, contact Mark Keller Mkeller123@gmail.com 540 820-4387 or Harvey Yoder harvyoder@gmail.com.

You are invited to come and support the Chaplain position at the Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail. All you have to do is EAT PANCAKES! This Pancake Breakfast in support of Jason Wagner’s chaplaincy will be Sunday, September 29 from 8- 9:45 am at Our Community Place, 17 E. Johnson St., Harrisonburg. There will be a brief presentation about Jason’s work at 8:45. $5.00 suggested donation; all checks should be made payable to Virginia Mennonite Missions with Jason Wagner in the memo line. We hope to see you there!

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/. See the bulletin insert flyer

Gather on Indigenous Peoples’ Day at EMU, Monday, October 14, for a Ted & Company TheaterWorks production of We Own This Now starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne. General admission for the 7:30 p.m. performance is a suggested donation of $10-$20 cash at the door. The EMU University Commons MainStage Theater doors open at 7 p.m.

Homecoming Concert at Eastern Mennonite School, Sat., Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Featuring the Junior and Senior Choirs, Band, Orchestra and special combined choirs and student orchestra with professional musicians and harpsichord presenting selections from Haydn’s Creation and Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth. All are welcome. No charge.

A wonderful Mennonite Women weekend retreat is planned for women of all ages on Oct. 25-27. Plan to join your sisters at Short Pump Marriott (Richmond) for rest and renewal. Our theme this year is “Rooted in Christ” presented by Deb Horst, pastor at Lindale Mennonite Church. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register.

Harvest Celebration and Auction to benefit Eastern Mennonite School, Friday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m. At On Sunny Slope Farm with meal by Hank’s Grille & Catering, live auction and concert by The Walking Roots Band. Tickets are $35 for individuals and $225 for a table of eight. Plan to attend or support through online auction leading up to the event. See easternmennonite.org/auction

As VMMissions celebrates 100 years of making disciples, we invite you to our Centennial events, November 2-3, at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 Park Rd., Harrisonburg, Va. Saturday, November 2 at 10:00 am is our Worker, Board & Staff Reunion Brunch: A brunch and time of sharing for current and former VMMissions workers, board and staff. On Saturday, November 2 at 5:30 pm is a Centennial Banquet: A special thank you banquet for prayer partners and donors. A Centennial Program will follow at 7:00: Stories, songs, and a centennial video celebrating the past and looking to the future. On Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 pm, join us for Festival of Praise: An a capella concert in support of VMMissions. RSVPs are needed for the Worker, Board & Staff Reunion Brunch and the Centennial Banquet. Register at 100.vmmissions.org/register or by contacting Melanie at melanie.sherer@vmmissions.org or (540) 434-9727. No RSVP is needed for the centennial program or the Festival of Praise concert.

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!

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.

11th Experience Ethiopia Tour, Feb. 4 – 22, 2020 – In the coming cold dark days of winter, take this chance to escape and “experience Ethiopia” with us on our well-received 18-day tour! Think of this exotic land that boasts of “13 months of sunshine”! Discover its rich culture and be intrigued by remnants of ancient Semitic history reaching back 3000 years to the legendary Queen of Sheba and Moses’s ark of the covenant! Learn something of the sacrifice of the first Mennonite missionaries, (many of them from Virginia) who faithfully planted the Meserete Kristos Church from the mid-40s to the mid-1960s. Be spiritually uplifted by meeting some of the half million Ethiopian Mennonites and hearing their stories! Try to comprehend how they grow their fast multiplying churches in conditions of extreme poverty and persecution! Fly to Kenya to see the animals in the famous Maasai Mara Game Preserve. For more information contact: Destiny Kreider at destiny.joy.kreider@gmail.com ph. (540) 810 8460, or Carl Hansen at carlverah@yahoo.com ph. (540) 830 0902.

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.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Food Service Manager position at Highland Retreat. Visit highlandretreat.org/food-service-manager for a detailed job description and the application form. There is also a short-term opportunity for some paid work while Highland is constructing a bridge. Questions should be directed to Kent Kauffman at executivedir@highlandretreat.org or 540-705-0554.