› Women's Fellowship will meet Thurs., Oct. 19 at 11:00 am at Wood Grill Buffet. Please note the change of time, just for this month. Women of all ages are invited to enjoy this time of fellowship!

› The Faith Community Nursing Team will host Registered Dietitian Vanessa Heatwole from Sentara RMH to give a presentation on Healthy Eating/Diets. Thurs., Oct. 19, 6 pm in the sanctuary.

› WRE Benefit Auction – Sat., Oct. 21, 9 am at Shady Oak at Weaver’s Mennonite Church. Bake sale & silent auction Fri., Oct. 20, 5:30-7:30.

› Apple Dumpling Fundraiser - Help raise money for Grace Debt Elimination! Order sheets are by the mailboxes & due to Esther Harman by Oct. 22. Ask friends, family, co-workers—sell as many delicious apple dumplings as possible! They are $3.50 each & will be available for pick-up Thurs., Oct. 26 by 5 pm, Sunday morning Oct. 29, or contact Esther to make arrangements.

› The Faith Community Nursing Team will host Luann Long, Manager of Patient Care Services LIC Recovery Programs, and Tena Bibb, MSN, RN Director, Behavioral Health Service Line, from Sentara RMH to give a presentation/discussion on Stress, Anxiety & Depression. Thurs., Oct. 26, 6 pm in the sanctuary.

› Come join friends of Highland Retreat at the Annual Highland Banquet on Thus., Oct. 26, from 6-8 pm in Eastern Mennonite School’s main dining hall. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a program featuring significant moments in the history of Highland Retreat. You’ll also hear updates from Highland’s past year and exciting news about the year ahead. Child care (with pizza dinner) for children and youth is available. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Highland. For more information, or to register to attend, contact Mary Jo Veurink, 246-6898. More info is available at

› Trunk or Treat – Sat., Oct. 28 at Grace. Kids dress up, adults decorate your trunk! More info to come.

› Wycliffe Associates Banquet – Nov. 4, 6 pm, at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg. Call toll-free 1-800-475-1062 for reservations. Contact Paul Mishler for more information, 244-6482.

› Mennonite Women of Virginia’s Fall Retreat - Nov. 10-12. Registration forms are by the mailboxes. There will be a group going from Grace, see Melinda Armentrout with questions.

› 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

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.

Tickets for EMU’s Centennial Play for Oct 13-14 are on sale now. The production will appeal to many who remember the tender years of college and to those interested in EMU’s story of transformation, both past and into the future.

ACRS Memoir 4 release coming at EMU Homecoming. Join the authors of the fourth volume of ACRS Memoirs series for a book signing and celebration on October 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Eastern Mennonite Seminary's Martin Chapel. Fifteen Mennonite and Brethren writers who have made a difference—often worldwide—through service, tell their stories of integrating faith, life, and thought in Anabaptist perspective and draw on Eastern Mennonite University connections. See the attached flyer.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, together with Harrisonburg Public Schools and NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, present A Celebration of Latin American Cultures, Oct 13, at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. An evening of music, dance, and food starts at 6:30 pm with a film screening and talk back with producer Eduardo Lopez at 7:45. Free and open to the public.

Join Massanutten Presbyterian Church (50 Indian Trail Rd, Penn Laird, VA) for a Community Worship Service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Sunday, October 15, at 3:00 pm. A message will be delivered by Dr. Michael A. King, former Dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and current president of Cascadia Publishing House. Event sponsored by Keezletown Methodist Church, Massanutten Presbyterian Church, St. Jacobs Lutheran Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church.

A half-day workshop on racial equity will be Saturday, October 21, in Martin Chapel (EMU) to thoughtfully explore the structural nature of racism, the characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, and the relationships between people, communities, and racial inequity. Sponsored by Faith in Action and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham NAACP. Register:

Healthy Congregations is a November 3-4 workshop in Irmo, South Carolina, designed for pastors, church councils, and lay leaders interested in becoming more effective stewards of their congregations. This is coordinated by Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, Lombard, Ill. The workshop is especially helpful if a team made up of both clergy and lay leadership from a congregation attends the event together. Hosted at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow Street, Irmo, SC, the workshop runs Friday evening and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, 2017. See the brochure and discount forms attached. More information is also available at Please note that the deadline for an early-bird or church group discount for the Healthy Congregations workshop is October 20.

Bridge of Hope's Annual Locavore Luncheon is Saturday, November 11, at Park View Mennonite Church. Doors open for silent auction at 11, meal begins at noon. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Bowl of Good with all locally sourced ingredients! Tickets are $25 individual or $175 for a table of 8 and are available at the door or by reserving your space by calling 478-2356. Gather your friends & family to eat, laugh, and do some Christmas shopping while supporting homeless and at-risk women and children in this community.

Mennonite Women of Virginia’s Fall Retreat registration forms are available. Women of all ages are invited to this special weekend, Nov. 10-12. Brochures with registration form are available at

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

Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks a full-time Development Associate. This staff role represents VMMissions to individuals, businesses, and churches, promoting the cause of missions and soliciting support, primarily for the general Mission Fund. The position is supervised by the Director of Public Relations. Load may be up 100% time. Begins January 1, 2018. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for the gospel, an active commitment to the church, knowledge of VMMissions’ constituency, and the ability to cultivate donor relationships and invite support. Interested persons should contact Dianna Lehman at or call (540) 434-9727. See the job description at for more details.

Shalom Mennonite Congregation is hiring an Administrative Assistant for a quarter-time salaried position beginning as early as December 1, 2017. Shalom's Administrative Assistant provides financial, administrative, and communications support to Shalom Mennonite Congregation and its pastors. Qualifications include the ability to manage a wide range of administrative tasks and details, including basic accounting and budget management, proficiency with a computer (Office, Google Apps, Quickbooks or other accounting software), ability to work independently, and to maintain confidentiality and trust regarding sensitive information. Some regular work hours are needed, though some flex scheduling is also possible. For a more detailed job description visit Please submit questions or your cover letter and resume to the search committee at

Volunteers needed: As MennoMedia prepares to move its offices later this fall, the organization needs help scanning old files during business hours. This simple scanning will be done using a photocopy machine. If you have time to contribute, please contact Dorothy Hartman at or 540-908-2438.

Volunteer Opportunity in Washington DC at the International Guest House: The practice of hospitality to those who come to us as strangers and leave as friends is at the basis of our faith as Mennonites and Anabaptists. We are in particular need of twelve-month host volunteers beginning April 2018. (Those serving a full year receive a monthly stipend and health insurance while all other volunteers receive full room and board.) Rotating duties include cleaning, maintenance, baking, gardening, and interacting with guests at breakfast & the evening tea. The three-pronged focus for volunteers is on hospitality to guests, being in community with one another, and your own personal time exploring our historic city. We are located in a friendly, established neighborhood with easy access to public transportation. Former volunteers at the International Guest House in Washington have found it to be a life-changing experience. This 50 year-old Christian ministry is under the auspices of the Allegheny Conference. For information or application, please contact Sara at or

CrossRoads | Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center invites individuals, Sunday School classes, small groups, and families to consider donating gifts to "Light Up the Log House" at CrossRoads. The 1829 log house building on the CrossRoads campus is nearing completion, with a number of $150.00 lights being one of the last pieces needed before the house is fully functional. Gifts are welcomed in honor of those in your lives who have modeled light shining in the darkness. Send us a note about the person/people you would like to honor with your gift, and send along with check made payable to VBMHC and mailed to "Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, P.O. Box 1563, Harrisonburg, VA 22803." Memo: Log House Lights. Contact with questions or to learn more about the log house.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for a part-time Administrative Assistant for the Department of Counseling and CoachLink Services. The administrative assistant for Counseling and CoachLink Services will fulfill general office duties including overall customer service, including inquiries and intakes, scheduling, office maintenance and organization. Bachelor’s degree preferred. General knowledge of Microsoft Office components, office organization skills, budgeting, keeping confidentiality, and knowledge of best practices of customer care and service necessary. 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 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.

Attention Musicians! During the last decade over 10 different songwriters and musicians from the Early Church community have composed over 50 original songs of worship. From that collection we have chosen around 20 of our favorites that are regularly sung in our community, and are presently recording them to make an album that we can share with others within the church and our community. But, to really make this project helpful to other musicians, we want to produce sheet music that would be made available with the album. This is where you can help! If you are proficient in music notation, would you be interested in partnering with us in our project by writing out the notation of a few of our songs? If so, please contact us at, and we will be glad to share the vision and invite you to partner with us.