Local Events and Opportunities
Join Highland Retreat next Saturday, February 13 at Eastern Mennonite High School. The Highland Benefit Auction and Scholarship Brunch is designed to subsidize camp tuition and provide scholarships for families in need. The auction is a fun event and for a great cause! Even if you can only stop by for brunch, we’d love to see you there! See www.highlandretreat.org for details and a growing auction list including rare coins, sports collectibles, gift certificates, hand crafted items, tools, fresh baked goods and much more.
A history of Weavers Mennonite Church, How Firm a Foundation, written by Elwood Yoder, is available for sale at the church office of Weavers Mennonite. Call (540) 434-7758 for more information.
The Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University presents the film series “Across Cultures: Profiles in Courage and Resilience,” featuring 12 films of various genres, including fiction and documentaries, about human rights, environmental and social justice leaders. The series is moderated by Dr. Bob Bersson, visiting Jewish scholar at CIE. The films will be shown on Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Room 123. Admission is free for all films and the public is welcome. For more information, email email@example.com
The 14th Annual Kennel Charles Anabaptist lecture will be February 8 at 7:00 pm in the Eastern Mennonite School auditorium. Author John E. Sharp will tell stories from the life and times of Orie O. Miller, one of the most remarkable Mennonites of the twentieth century. His book is My Calling to Fulfill: The Orie O. Miller Story, published by Herald Press in 2015. All are welcome to attend this free event.
Join Highland Retreat next Saturday, February 13 at Eastern Mennonite High School. The Highland Benefit Auction and Scholarship Brunch is designed to subsidize camp tuition and provide scholarships for families in need. The auction is a fun event and for a great cause! Even if you can only stop by for brunch, we’d love to see you there! See highlandretreat.org for details and a growing auction list including rare coins, sports collectibles, gift certificates, hand crafted items, tools, fresh baked goods and much more.
OCP’s February Night Out with La Morena is Saturday, February 13, 5pm-8pm. Our Community Place (a non-profit community center welcoming the least of these) is transformed into a fine-dining restaurant featuring a delicious 4-course meal. Suggested donation is $25. Enjoy a wonderful meal and support your local community. http://ourcommunityplace.org/no/
Engage with the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery project at Eastern Mennonite University, February 15 through March 2. A traveling historical exhibit timeline created to educate and raise awareness among Mennonites and other Christians about the Doctrine of Discovery is on display in the Campus Center Greeting Hall from February 15-March 4. The Loss of Turtle Island participatory learning experience, depicting the historic relationship between European settlers – including Mennonites – and the Indigenous nations, is on March 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Greeting Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. Youth groups are invited. dofdmenno.org
Join theologian, activist, blogger, and author Drew G. I. Hart at Eastern Mennonite University Martin Chapel February 18 at 7pm and EMU Lehman Auditorium chapel February 19 at 10am for a discussion on racial reconciliation and the work of the church. Both events are free and open to the public. Hart is the author of “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” published by Herald Press. See attached flyer for details.
Attention MEN! Every day couples are making decisions regarding their unintended pregnancy. The father of the baby plays a critical role in that decision. At AVA Care of Harrisonburg, volunteer male mentors care for these men by encouraging them in their role as new fathers. Training is scheduled for Sat. 3/12. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-434-0685 to learn more.
Skyline Literacy will hold its Play for Literacy Scrabble Tournament on February 21st from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at Skyline Middle School. This will be Skyline’s first fundraising event in 2016 and we are hoping to start the year off with a great response from the community. Tickets: Teams $50, Individuals $20. This is a TEAM PLAY tournament. Bring your team of 3 or come on your own and join a team at the event and make new friends! Prizes will be awarded in several categories! Please come and be a part of this fun event and support literacy in our community! Click here to see Rules of Play for the Scrabble Tournament! Play for Literacy T-Shirts and Totebags now on sale at the Skyline Literacy office! T-Shirts are $10, Totebags are $5.
Senior high youth and sponsors are invited to VMC Senior High Retreat on “Peace & Nonresistance” with Titus Peachey and Earl & Pat Martin, February 19-21 at Highland Retreat. Exploring “Peace & Nonresistance,” the content will cover both big picture peace/violence questions and registration with Selective Service and military enlistment questions. Learn more at virginiaconference.org/ministries/youth-ministry/2016-senior-high-retreat/
Annual Meat Canning for MCC will be February 22-26 at the Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, Hinton, Va. Virginia Mennonite Conference is responsible to provide help on Tuesday, February 23. (Help is needed from 5 am until 11 pm each day.) Friday, February 27 is scheduled as a community day and help is especially needed in the early morning. Anyone is welcome to come and help on any day! Funds are needed to purchase turkey for processing and for the ongoing operation of the Relief Center. 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) 867-9751 or Gerald Knicely at (540) 879-2077. Thanks for your participation in this effort to feed the less fortunate in the world.
VMC Ministry Retreat on “Changing World, Everlasting Word,” featuring Dr. John Roth, February 26-28 at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Learn more at virginiaconference.org/news/2016-vmc-ministry-retreat/
Come and enjoy an evening of fun and facts about what God is doing through Rehoboth Mennonite Church’s prison ministry at the Rehoboth Jail and Prison Ministry Banquet, March 5, 4:00 pm at Mountain View Mennonite Church 55 Love Road, Lyndhurst, Va.
Leading into the Common Good: an Anabaptist Perspective is a conference for practitioners, scholars and students. Come join us to discuss a future leadership paradigm. The workshop topics are Emergent Leadership, Leading Innovation, People Management Ethics, Developing Resilient Organizations, and Authentic Leadership. The first session begins Thursday, April 7 and continues through noon Saturday, April 9. For registration and more information: emu.edu/leadership-conference
“Holy and Beloved” is a gathering for women who minister in many ways. Come to share your passions and encourage each other on April 16, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Discipleship Center, Eastern Mennonite University. The day includes worship, workshops and lunch. Cost is $20 and childcare is provided. www.emu.edu/seminary/women-in-ministry.
Job and Volunteers Opportunities:
MennoMedia is in the process of filling various paid and volunteer positions for Project 606, our project to produce a new Mennonite Church hymnal in 2020. Get details about the timeline and staffing needs at www.MennoMedia.org/hymnal.
MennoMedia seeks a Curriculum Project Director to oversee all aspects of Shine: Living in God’s Light, a multicomponent Sunday school curriculum for ages 3 through grade 8. Must have strong vision, planning, and oversight skills. Responsibilities include editing and writing with theological depth, awareness of multicultural diversity, and commitment to inquiry-based learning. A strong understanding of Christian education and curriculum is required. Full-time, salaried position for the duration of the curriculum, projected to be four to five years. For details and application, go to www.mennomedia.org and click on Job Openings. Application review begins in March. Send application to email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
Virginia Mennonite Missions Prayer Request:
Lift up Brent and Alisha Justice as they transition into life in Uganda. Pray that they will find ways to minister through healing, teaching, and reclaiming the lives of the broken, hurting and lost.