› Help is needed for Children’s Church! Please see pink forms by the mailboxes if you are interested in being a teacher or helper for the new school year. Return the form to Kelly Gingerich by Aug. 27. Thanks!

› Pulled Pork Fundraiser – See order forms in the bulletin to order pulled pork sandwiches, sides or meals to be picked up Aug. 26 or 27. All orders are due to Chet or Miriam Young by Aug. 23, see form for details. Proceeds will go toward the budget for the upcoming 20th anniversary celebration.

› Youth Group to Rockingham Co. Fair – Mon., Aug. 14. See Pastor Kinley for detals.

› Women's Fellowship will meet Thurs., Aug. 17 at 11:30 am at Skyline Buffet. Women of all ages are invited to enjoy this time of fellowship!

› Youth Group Tailgating at BHS Football Game – Fri., Aug. 25. Watch for more info to come!

› Youth/Parent Pizza & Informational Meeting – Sun., Sept. 10 following the service, making homemade pizza and sharing information for the upcoming school year. All Jr. & Sr. High youth and parents welcome!

› Do you live in Broadway, Timberville or New Market? Are you hoping for a connection with church families outside of Sunday service? The Alley family is heading up another home group beginning the week of Sept. 24-30 (exact day TBD). We are interested in having 1 to 2 more families join us, at our home, in New Market, 6:30-8 pm, twice monthly (as schedules allow). Email or call 421-6625 to let us know of your interest!

› Pastor Alfonso (pastor of the church that meets in our basement) has missed several months of work because of surgeries to his eyes and now to remove the tumor that was in his abdomen. He has a part time salary, but it does not cover these expenses. If you would like to give to help their family with these needs, donations can be put in the offering plate with “Alfonso” on the memo line. Please be in prayer for Pastor Alfonso’s health & finances.

› We want all attendees to be represented with a photo on the Grace Family Tree in the fellowship hall for the 20th anniversary celebration! Beth Crites will be collecting updated and new photos. Submit a 5x7 print (place in Beth’s or Mary Jo Veurink’s mailbox), or email a photo to by Sept. 15. If you need your photo taken, various photographers from our church family will be staying after the service several Sundays between now and then, dates to be announced.

› Grace Cookbooks for Sale! We are selling 1999 Grace Mennonite Fellowship Cookbooks, filled with favorite recipes from our church family, for $15 each. The money will be used towards our 20th Anniversary Celebration. Please see Tam Strickler for yours today, while supplies last!

› The Hispanic Church, Iglesia Menonita Monte Moriah, meets from 3-5 pm every Sunday in the children's church classroom downstairs. Other activities and events will not be scheduled in the fellowship hall during this time.

› Receive youth group announcements on your phone! Text “@youthgm” to 81010, or use the Remind app. See Pastor Kinley with questions.

› Parish Nursing Program – As Grace’s Parish Nurse, Kim Dean will now be doing: health promotion & advocacy, disease prevention-based holistic care, integration of health & faith, health education, personal health counseling, & acting as referral agent. She can check blood pressures & glucoses, as well as educate about medications & answer health questions. Contact Kim with needs or questions, 746-2969.

› Support Grace Mennonite Fellowship Learning Center in the Philippines! If you are interested in being paired with a student for the 2016-2017 school year, the commitment is $20/month ($240/year). See pink flyer by mailboxes for more info or contact Mary Jo in the church office.

› Easy Tithe online giving is available on See the bottom of any page on the website for “My Online Donation.” You do not need to register to use this giving tool, but you can set up an account if you wish. Either a credit/debit card or your bank account can be used to make your donation. Contact the church office or Keith Bly with questions.

› Interested in joining a small group? Or just want to know more about small groups? Pick up a brochure by the mailboxes or contact Kay Kibler, 820-2331 to find out more about this important ministry at Grace.

› See the bulletin board for items available through the Grace Sharing Project! Please contact the church office if you are interested in adding anything to the list.

› The Clothing Closet, located downstairs, is open every Sunday after the service and by calling the church office. Everyone is welcome to use this resource so that there is space to put new arrivals!

› If you have an announcement that needs to be made on Sunday morning, even if the worship leader will give it, please have it to the church office by Thursday at 11:30. Avoid approaching the worship leader on Sunday morning as they are preparing their heart & mind to lead worship.

› When planning a fundraising event please contact Mary Jo in the church office to complete a Fundraising Event Request Form 4 weeks before the event.

› In the event of inclement weather, check or watch WHSV for the status of church events. Announcements will also be made via email and on Facebook if events or services are cancelled.

Virginia Mennonite Conference & Area Announcements

You can help the Relief Sale efforts now! We need donations of craft supplies, small treasures, books and kids toys for the Kiddie Corner. This is a sort of yard sale for kids. Donations can be dropped off at the Conference office (601 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg) to a big bin inside the front door. This is a great way to let kids contribute to efforts, both by donating and buying. Contact Greta Kreider for more info at

The Sing Me High Music Festival will be August 25-26. The two day event is even bigger and better than the successful inaugural 2016 effort, and now that the line-up is set, we're looking for more volunteers, sponsors, and guests! Be one of the first 500 ticket-holders to get early bird pricing and some festival giveaways. Visit for information about tickets, volunteering, or business sponsorships. Hope to see you at #singmehigh2017! About 20 volunteers are still needed for the Sing Me High Music Festival on Fri. Aug. 25 and Sat. Aug. 26. Volunteers get free tickets, free T-shirts, and food. See full details and sign up today at:

Calling all children and young families! Come to the Harvest Day activities from 10 AM - 3 PM as part of the Sing Me High Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26. Enjoy period costumes and old-time fun with the blacksmith, carpenters, animals, basket-weavers, doll-makers, bread-bakers, game-players and more! Tickets for children 5 and under are FREE; students 6-18 are $8. Entrance is included in the Sing Me High Music Festival. Tickets are available at or by calling 540-438-1275. Email with questions.

Attention youth, sponsors, and cornhole lovers! Come celebrate youth groups, service, and community with the CrossRoads Cornhole Tournament at Sing Me High Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26. Teams of two compete for a prize of $500 to be paid to the winning team's youth group. Entrance fees include admission to the music festival. Proceeds benefit the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. For more information and to register, visit: Call 540-438-1275 or email with questions.

Auditions for the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir will take place on August 30 and 31. Children ages 8-18 who love to sing are encouraged to audition for the 2017-2018 season. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at Eastern Mennonite University. Instructors: Janet Hostetter and Joy Anderson. For more information, call (540) 432-4650 or visit

Calling all bicycle enthusiasts, small and tall! You are invited to participate in the 20th annual Bike Shenandoah ride on Saturday, September 16 at Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg, VA. This family-friendly event includes rides of 5, 15, 30, or 62 miles in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. All proceeds benefit Virginia Mennonite Missions, MennoMedia, Mennonite Central Committee, NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, Our Community Place, and Roberta Webb Childcare Center. Individuals and congregations can also participate by sponsoring riders. Register online at or the day of the ride!

The Shenandoah Valley Mennonite Historians are tentatively planning an Old Order Mennonite Tour in Rockingham County on September 16. It will begin at Weavers Mennonite Church at 9 am and end back at the church around 3 pm. It will include a visit to one of the churches, a school, buggy shop and a full lunch prepared and served in one of the Old Order Mennonite homes. The approximate cost will be around $45 per person including the transportation, tour guide and lunch. Please email Jim Hershberger at or call/text (540) 908-8005 if you are interested.

Let your voice resonate! Join a regional hymn sing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, for a glimpse into the work of the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee. The new hymnal is projected for release in 2020. Benjamin Bergey will lead the singing of your heartsongs, as well as introduce new music being considered for the collection. Bergey is the music editor for the Mennonite Worship and Song Collection. He is a doctor of musical arts candidate at James Madison University and is director of music at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. An offering will be received to support the production phase of the new collection. An opportunity to honor a loved one with a line in the hymnal will be presented. Come add your voice in sharing hopes and dreams for a new hymnal as we sing praise to God!

Engage with pastor Mandy Smith as she comes to Harrisonburg for a series of chapels, forums and lectures on “Being Human in Ministry,” September 19-20, 2017. Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a contributing editor for Leadership Journal and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book is The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP). Her books will be available for purchase. These events are sponsored by Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia Mennonite Conference, and Virginia Mennonite Missions. See the schedule of events and learn more at

The Mennonite Hispanic Initiative Friends Dinner will be Friday, September 22, 7-9 pm, at Park View Mennonite Church. Join us for a Latino meal served by MHI people from three congregations. A special program will highlight MHI's accomplishments in the last year. There will also be opportunity to financially support the work and mission of MHI.

The Singers Glen Music and Heritage Festival will feature three performances of Alice Parker's opera Singers Glen on September 23 and 24. The opera features lots of great choral hymn singing, and you're invited to join the choir—all ages welcome, no audition needed. Rehearsals will be held at Donovan United Methodist Church in Singers Glen on Sunday afternoons from 3-5 beginning August 13. Additional rehearsals for the entire cast will be scheduled the week prior to the performance, likely including Thursday and Friday. Because of the size of the stage, the size of the choir will be limited to about 30, so please sign up in advance. The festival and opera are only done every five years, so don't miss your chance. We also need soloists for various roles large and smaller. Auditions will be held at Donovan on August 5 and 6. For more information or to sign up for the choir or a solo audition, contact Jeremy Nafziger at or (540) 209-3767.

Celebrate 100 years with EMU as we welcome alumni and friends back to campus during Centennial Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 12-16. Enjoy a lineup of special events, including The Steel Wheels and a commissioned play written and directed by Ingrid DeSanctis ’88 and Ted Swartz ’89, MA ’92. Check out our full list of events at and register today at Please direct questions to the Alumni and Parent Engagement Office at or 540-432-4589.

Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale has launched a new S.O.S. (Sharing Our Surplus) initiative to multiply this year's sale income. A table will be set up for generous cash, check and credit card donations for MCC refugee relief efforts in addition to raising money though the auction and other sales. For more information check the relief sale website

Want to give your child the gift of joyful music-making? Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir Music Explorers classes are active, fun, game-based experiences for children ages 5-8. Based on the acclaimed Kodály approach to music education, Explorers classes use songs, games, dances, instruments, story books, and creativity to teach music fundamentals and develop music reading and aural skills. Explorers classes meet Monday evenings for 10 weeks each semester and are non-auditioned and non-performing groups. Instructors: Joy Anderson and Maggie Hagy. Call (540) 432-4650 or visit

Nazareth/Bethlehem Work Group 2018. Registration is now open for the upcoming Nazareth/Bethlehem Work Group (May 11-28, 2018) sponsored by the Partners in Mission program of Virginia Mennonite Missions. This work group will be co-led by Dorothy Jean Weaver (Community Mennonite Church) and Phil Kanagy (Weavers Mennonite Church) and is open to all interested participants on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information consult the attached brochure and/or contact Dorothy Jean Weaver at (540) 432-4276 (o) or at (540) 433-3336 (h).

Mennonite Arts Weekend seeks to encourage creative expression in Mennonite communities, to provide exposure for artists working in different facets of the arts, to provide a setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas, and to bring together practicing Mennonite artists and others interested in the arts. In addition, Mennonite Arts Weekend is a gathering that brings Mennonite artists together in an effort to help artists reclaim their identity/relationship with the church. There will be a theatre troupe show, poet/cellist improvisation, lectures, art gallery, seminars, workshops, performances, congregational singing, informal interaction, dining, and worship.

The Mennonite Arts Weekend will celebrate its 14th biennial gathering of artists and those interested in the arts from Friday evening, February 2, to Sunday morning worship, February 4, 2018, at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45213.

Participants include: Theatre of the Beat, Stouffville, Ont; Sofia Samatar, James Madison University, writer; Eugene Friesen, Berklee College of Music, cellist; Karen Newe, Pasadena, artist/illustrator/designer; Brenton Good, Messiah College, painter/printmaker; Sarah Kathleen Johnson and Carl Bear, South Bend, Ind., worship and music planners; Jim Heiks, Iola, Wis., conductor, song leader, educator; Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Longy School of Music, singer/songwriter; Paul Buxman, Sweet Home Ranch, Dinube, Calif., farmer/painter; and Becca J.R. Lachman, Athens, Ohio, poet. Sponsored by Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship and the Mennonite Arts Weekend planning committee, which organizes the event. Visit for more information or call 513.351-8785

Area Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Eastern Mennonite University seeks applicants for a Director of Counseling Services in the department of Counseling Services. The Director of Counseling Services is responsible for administrative coordination of all counseling services provided to students, faculty and staff. The director provides direct clinical services as well as oversees general operation of the counseling center, crisis intervention; consultations; coordination of educational programming; maintaining budget and records and evaluation of all services. The director maintains professional collaboration with the MA in Counseling Director of Clinical Training for provision of clinical services. A Master’s degree or higher in counseling, social work or clinical psychology required. Licensed as a mental health professional in Virginia required. Position is .75 FTE. For more information visit: Submit application, resume, and three references to: EMU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a full-time Custodian for Facilities Management. Responsible for routine and special coverage in any of your team’s buildings as assigned by the team lead custodian. A twelve month position, mainly Monday through Friday, with occasional extra or weekend time required to cover special events. Qualifications: High school diploma required. Custodial experience helpful. Ability to perform cleaning procedures in a dependable and conscientious manner. A team player, able to work with others or alone as the situation demands. Good communication and relational skills needed in relating to other staff and building users. May be exposed to chemical, mechanical or electrical hazards. May be exposed to dust, fumes and odoriferous working conditions. May be required to lift, push or pull up to 50 pounds. Will need to be on feet most of work time, and be able to use both hands unhindered. Submit application, resume and three references to: For more information visit our website at . EMU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a Program Associate for Admissions and Recruiting for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. The full-time program associate will have responsibility for admissions and recruitment support with primary focus on performing administrative and logistical tasks associated with admissions and recruitment for the graduate program, Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI), Strategies for Trauma Awareness (STAR), and Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership program (WPLP) at CJP. Mastery of office management and administrative skills, including work processing and other computer applications. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Accepting applications through July 21. Submit application, resume and three references to: For more information visit our website at EMU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a part-time Open House and Group Visit Coordinator. Responsibilities include planning and organizing campus visit programs and group visits and providing leadership to the Royal Ambassador Program. Experience with event organization such as open houses or conferences. Ability to relate well to high school and college-age youth, ability to communicate well with prospective students and internally across departments. Bachelor’s degree required. Willingness to work evenings and weekends required. Submit application, resume and three references to: For more information visit our website at EMU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.