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Virginia Mennonite Conference Winter Delegate Session – Congregational delegates, plan to join the Winter Delegate Session on February 6 from 8:00 am to noon. This will be an online Zoom meeting. We look forward to a devotion on Racial Justice from Sarah Bixler, entitled “From Servant to Friends.” We will also hear stories from other voices on this theme. VMC will launch the Racial Justice Initiative and will introduce the Racial Justice Task Force. Up for delegate actions are the proposed by-law changes and approval of the Strategic Plan. Please register in advance; registration opens on Saturday, January 9. See the agenda and learn more here.

The Annual MCC Meat Canning, scheduled for February 2021 at the Hinton Mennonite Relief Center (Hinton, Va.) is CANCELED due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in replacement of the canning project, we plan to pack two tractor-trailer loads of MCC Bucket Relief Kits. This project will consist of nearly 3,000 five gallon buckets full of essential personal care items. To purchase the supplies for these kits and for the ongoing operation of the Relief Center, we need $70,000. If you would like to contribute to this project you can send a donation to the: Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, PO Box 519, Dayton, VA 22821. If you have any questions about this project you can contact Leon Rhodes at (540) 820-5443 or Gerald Knicely at (540) 478-4203. Thanks for your participation in this effort to feed the less fortunate in the world.

Bike Shenandoah is seeking a Chairperson for the board. This will be a voluntary position that plans and facilitates board meetings that include representatives from six local agencies as well as at large community members. The Chairperson, along with the Board members, will also plan and coordinate an annual bicycle fundraising event that includes 4 different rides. If you are organized, enjoy meeting people and developing/maintaining relationships, would be comfortable promoting the vision of Bike Shenandoah to local businesses and churches to seek financial support, have a few free hours each month, and would like to continue and expand the tradition of Bike Shen we would like to speak with you. For more information about Bike Shenandoah visit BikeShenadoah.org. For more information about potential responsibilities please visit here. If you are interested in getting more information/applying, please submit a resume and statement of desire to bikeshencycle4service@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 30 2021.

Eastern Mennonite School invites prospective families to learn about openings in grades 6 to 12 for fall 2021 through 9 a.m. Thursday virtual “Coffee Chats” with host Marsha Thomas, admissions counselor. Grade 6 to 8 chats: Feb. 4, March 11, April 22 and April 29. Grades 9 to 12: Jan. 28, Feb. 11, March 25, April 1 and May 6 at 9 a.m. Register and read more at easternmennonite.org/visit. K-5 is filled to capacity in most grades as of Jan. 10, 2021. Parents who remain interested are invited to apply to the wait pool.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Announcements

AMBS Pastors and Leaders 2021: Thriving Together. Meeting online March 1–4! How can congregations and their leaders thrive in this time of unprecedented disruption? Our speakers — Cynthia L. Hale, James Nelson Gingerich, Marvin Lorenzana and Drew Strait — will offer their best insights into how to lead well in today’s world. ambs.edu/pastorsandleaders

Pastors and Leaders 2021 workshop proposals. AMBS is seeking proposals for workshops for this upcoming conference, to be held online March 1–4. Proposals should speak to experiences or practices that have helped you thrive as a leader, as a congregation or as a community. Due date: Jan. 15. ambs.edu/pastorsandleaders

Employment Opportunities

Racial Justice and Equality Leader
Hiring! Virginia Mennonite Conference is seeking a Racial Justice and Equality Leader (0.25 FTE), who will lead and facilitate the conference’s Anti-Racism mandates: to equip members, to learn about existing racism, to develop leadership strategies, and to equip conference leaders. Visit virginiaconference.org/job-openings for a full job description, or contact Clyde Kratz (clyde.kratz@virginiaconference.org) for more details.

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a Director of Operations at up to 100% FTE. This individual will give oversight to the support services of VMMissions including finance and investment management, human resources, risk management, insurance and legal compliance, and facilities, all with a view to undergird VMMissions’ efforts to make disciples of Jesus from many cultures (Matt. 28:19). Qualified applicants should demonstrate an active faith in Jesus Christ, a commitment to the church, and a passion for God’s mission. Contact Melanie Sherer at melanie.sherer@vmmissions.org. More details at https://vmmissions.org/now-hiring/.

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a Human Resources Manager at up to 60% FTE. If full-time work is desired, additional responsibilities may be added according to applicant’s qualifications. This individual will be the primary human resources officer for VMMissions, handling employment applications, coordinating employment hire and termination events, managing payroll, and administering benefits, all with a view to undergird VMMissions’ efforts to make disciples of Jesus from many cultures (Matt. 28:19). Contact Melanie Sherer at melanie.sherer@vmmissions.org. More details at https://vmmissions.org/now-hiring/.

Highland Retreat has year-round job openings for a Facilities Manager (in charge of maintaining and developing Highland’s buildings and grounds) and for a Hospitality Manager (overseeing food service and housekeeping at Highland). See https://highlandretreat.org/job-openings for more details. If you know someone who would be an asset to Highland in one of these roles, please share this opportunity with them! Anyone interested in applying is invited to email a resume to Kent Kauffman (kent@highlandretreat.org).

Highland Retreat seeks a Hospitality Manager. This is a half time position with opportunity to work additional hours and the option of on-site housing. Start date for this role would be no later than May 1, 2021. The Hospitality Manager will primarily oversee food service and housekeeping at Highland Retreat. Qualifications: Proven cooking and cleaning experience, exhibit organizational and leadership skills, and be thoroughly committed to the mission statement and core values of Highland Retreat. See highlandretreat.org/job-openings for more details. Anyone interested in applying is invited to email a resume to Kent Kauffman (kent@highlandretreat.org).

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