Upcoming Events
2/21/2018 - Council Meeting
2/21/2018 - Youth Group Wednesday Waffles
2/23/2018 - Reserved
2/24/2018 - Reserved
2/25/2018 - Childrens Ministry
2/25/2018 - Worship
2/25/2018 - Hispanic Church

Memory Verse Challenge Week of Feb. 18: John 15:7 (NIV) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

› Beginning in March, all children & youth will need to be registered in order to participate in Children's Church, Nursery, Youth Group and Boys & Girls Club events. A link to the form can be found on the “Services” page of the Grace website. Click on Child Registration Form under 10:00 am Worship Service. If you do not have access to the website, or have questions, contact Jenny Steinbach or the church office.

› Youth Group Wednesday Waffles – Feb. 21, 6-7:30 pm at Grace. All youth are invited, bring a friend

› Men’s & Boys’ Retreat – Mar. 9 & 10 at Grace Mt. Retreat. Please sign up in the hall if you plan to go. See Pastor Brad for more info.

› Weekday Religious Education Concert – Sat., Mar. 10, 4 pm at EMU’s University Commons. Many children from our congregation take part in this choral presentation.

› Safe Church Congregational Meeting – Sun., Mar. 11 following the service. Intended for all adults in the congregation who want to protect children and teens in the church, family, and community from sexual harm. It includes an overview of the 5-step grooming process offenders often use to engage children in a trusting relationship prior to sexually exploiting the child, information about various types of sexual offenders, and why children often don’t tell anyone what is happening to them. Attendees will learn how identifying and interrupting the grooming process serves as a key element in the preventing sexual abuse before an offense can occur. Teens age 13 and older are encouraged to attend, and to discuss with parents or church staff what they learn. Not suitable for younger children.

› Youth Group Lock-in – Mar. 16-17 for all jr. & sr. high youth, bring a friend! Drop-off Fri. 7 pm and pick-up Sat. 9 am. See Pastor Kinley with questions.

› Congregational Planning Retreat – Sat., Mar. 17, 9 am–3 pm, mark your calendars with this important event, more information to come.

› ASP Ham Pot Pie & White Bean Fundraiser – Sat., Mar. 24, pot pie $6/qt., beans $5/qt. More details to come. Contact Tam Strickler, 560-0160, with questions.

› Many adults are needed this year for providing leadership for Children’s Church, during the service each Sunday. If you missed Jenny Steinbach’s announcement, please see her for more information. Pick up a sheet by the mailboxes to sign up to be a teacher or helper.

› Support Grace Youth through the Wall of Giving. 1. Choose an envelope from the display in the hall. 2. Take out the youth’s name card and return the envelope with your donation to the offering plate. 3. Pray for that youth and be an encouragement to them as you feel lead. See display for more info.

› See above for this week’s memory verse challenge. A new verse will be in the bulletin each week through 2018, and also posted on the Announcements page of the Grace website.

› In the event of inclement weather, check whsv.com/closings 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.

› 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.

› If you need hearing assistance during the service all you need is a smart phone! (See the sound person if you need to borrow one of the extras that we keep on hand.) Download the "Audio Everywhere" app and connect to Gracewifi (password “Jesussaves), then link to either hearing aids that have Bluetooth, or regular headphones with Bluetooth or that plug into your phone. See the sound booth person for assistance.

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

› 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 gracemennonite.net. 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.

› 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.

Virginia Mennonite Conference & Area Announcements

ISRAEL, PALESTINE & THE BIBLE CONFERENCE THIS WEEK - Does the Bible have anything to say to us about Israel? How should the Church respond to what's happening in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank? What does justice look like for Palestinian refugees? And whose side is God on anyway? These questions and many more are the subject of a weekend conference taking place this Friday-Sunday, February 9-11 at Greenmonte Fellowship (Mennonite) in Stuart's Draft, VA. Join us as we explore some of the most pertinent and important questions of our time with guest speakers Doug Hershey and Michael Onifer. There is no charge for this event. A free will offering will be taken. Learn more at http://www.greenmonte.com/israel-palestine--the-bible-conference.html

"Where is My Neighbor?" Nathan Hershberger and Kaitlin Heatwole recently completed three years of service with Mennonite Central Committee in Iraq. Kaitlin worked as MCC Iraq program coordinator and Nathan taught English at three church institutions in Erbil. They will deliver the 16th annual Kennel-Charles Anabaptist Lecture, Monday, February 12, at 7 pm in the EMHS Auditorium (801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg). The lecture is free and open to the public. They will work from the story of the Good Samaritan.

Join Highland Retreat for a Benefit Auction on Saturday morning, February 17 at Eastern Mennonite High School. The auction helps subsidize camp tuition for all camper families and provides scholarships for families with greater need. Doors open at 7:45am and the kitchen will close by 12:30pm. We have some great items and experiences for auction this year; see www.highlandretreat.org for a growing auction list and other details. There will also be a scavenger hunt and special drawing for children. Stop by for a tasty meal and baked goods, or stay for the whole auction – we'd love to see you there!

Register for "Joy in the Journey: A Focus on Re-creation," the 2018 VMC Ministry Retreat, Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:00 pm – Sunday, February 25, 2018, 12:00 pm at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center, 9301 Barnes Rd, Toano, VA 23168. There will be activities and input from Bob Briscoe, WCRC Director. Bob began serving at WCRC in 2000 as the Assistant Program Director and has held the roles of Program Director, Operations Director and since 2008, Executive Director. His life was changed by Jesus in high school through a Campus Crusade for Christ ministry and shortly after that he was “led into the wilderness” at a camp in Colorado. There, his heart was captured by the simplicity and impact of camping ministry. Room check-in will be from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Friday. (Dinner on your own.) The first session will begin at 7:00 p.m. Learn more and register at http://virginiaconference.org/news/joy-in-the-journey-2018-ministry-retreat/

A Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar will be taking place February 23-24, 2018 at Grace Mennonite Fellowship. We will begin around 1:00pm on Friday 2/23 and end by 4:00pm on Saturday 2/24. The two day training typically costs $400, but will be subsidized by Lilly grants offered through Everence, so that the cost is only $50 per congregation with 3-4 participants. This includes a training manual, Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and snacks. Here’s what Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director of MC USA has to say about the program: "I highly recommend attendance at the seminar called 'Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity,' sponsored by the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving and presented by Everence. On the one hand, I found the material to be a sobering picture of the changing reality of the church. On the other hand, I was invigorated by the generous possibilities it presents for congregations that are willing to adapt to these realities. I would like to see many of our congregations and conferences take advantage of this resource." To register or receive more information contact Teresa Boshart Yoder at teresa.boshartyoder@everence.com

2018 MCC Turkey Canning Project: The Annual Meat Canning is scheduled for February 26-March 2, 2018 at the Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, Hinton, VA. Virginia Mennonite Conference is responsible to help provide help on Tuesday, February 27. Help is needed from 5 AM until 11 PM each day. Friday, March 2 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) 820-5443 or Gerald Knicely at (540) 478-4203. Thanks for your participation in this effort to feed the less fortunate in the world.

Come join us for a Concert to Benefit Bridge of Hope on Friday, March 2, 7-9 pm at Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg. Featuring the Walking Roots Band with opening band Low Volume, tickets are $15 and available from Court Square Theater's website: valleyarts.org See the attached poster (IMG_1622.jpg).

Lenten Hymn Sing - Discipleship. Join us on the CrossRoads Heritage Center campus for a hymn sing featuring songs of discipleship. In the Lenten season, join us in reflecting on what it means to follow Jesus, what it meant to our spiritual ancestors, and what it will mean to future generations. Sunday, March 4, 7 PM at the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center (1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801).

Women’s Community Bible Study to be offered at Harrisonburg Mennonite using Beth Moore’s study Stepping Up: Psalms of Ascent. It will be offered for seven weeks on Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 6:30-8:15 p.m. March 6 - April 24. Registration and $20 member book fee is due by February 20th. Call Jeannie Smith with questions or registration. (540-434-4361) We will not meet March 27.

Come enjoy performances by three local “mostly Mennonite, mostly a cappella” singing groups: Cantore, Shekinah and Good Company on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 pm in the Park View Mennonite Church Sanctuary. There is no charge for admission but an offering will be collected to support the development of a new Mennonite hymnal. For more information contact Steve Carpenter at SteveC@MennoMedia.org

Pastors: Those interested in learning more about Jesus communities should attend Sent 2018, May 4-6, in Chicago, and gather with diverse leaders for worship, inspiration, resourcing, networking, and empowerment to take risks that nurture the birth of missional communities that express the Anabaptist vision. Mennonite Mission Network is pleased to be able to bring together practitioners and theologians to share ideas and resources with each other. Register at Sent 2018 Registration.

Studying for a healthcare profession? Is service part of your studies? Consider a 4-week or more term of study in an underserved mission location in a cross-cultural setting. This program is for medical students, dental students, Masters in Nursing students, physical therapy students, Masters in Social Work students and other students in healthcare-related fields at the masters or doctoral level. Educational grants available for Anabaptist students! The Student Elective Term (SET) program's application deadline for 2018-19 academic year is May 15, 2018. For more information and application form, see http://mennohealth.org/SET/ or contact MHF by phone or email: 888-406-3643 or info@mennohealth.org

Area Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Rob and Donna George have roots in Richmond and are missionaries now in Germany with Church Resource Missions (CRM), based in Anaheim, CA. They hope to be in Harrisonburg, VA, on home leave this fall and are looking for a 1-2 bedroom place to stay for a 6-9 month period between September 2018 and May 2019. Ideally they would like to be near downtown or JMU campus, where their daughters will be students, but they are open to other options in the area. If any churches have missionary housing or other creative options, that would be welcome, but they could do a budget up to $1100 with utilities included. Please contact Rob and Donna at robdonna4@gmail.com if you have options for them to consider.

Lady Latte needs summer time volunteers! A couple is needed to come to the beautiful rural town of Istog. Kosovo, from May 15 - September 1 (flexible) to give temporary oversight to a recently opened coffee shop just for women! Responsibilities include baking American treats for the shop, simple daily bookkeeping, and connecting with three local employees who are operating the business. These roles have flexibility and do not require you to speak Albanian (the language of Kosovo). For more information, contact martin.rhodes@vmmissions.org

Gift and Thrift, Inc. is looking for volunteers interested in supporting the mission of Mennonite Central Committee. The Silent Auction area of our retail store needs a person to help manage the bidding process and restock the area after items are sold. Availability for several hours three times a week is preferred. To volunteer, or for more information contact Gift and Thrift at 540 433-8844 or email volunteer.here.first@gmail.com.

MennoMedia seeks a full-time Executive Assistant to support to the executive director and publisher, manage print purchasing, create daily financial reports, and manage day-to-day finances for the Shine curriculum project, as well as providing general office, finance, and fundraising support. Read the position description at http://www.mennomedia.org/JobOpenings.html.

Warwick River Christian School in Newport News, Va., is seeking a Principal to begin Summer 2018. Established in 1942, WRCS offers full time Preschool – Grade 8 programs and on-site child care with annual enrollment of 100-200 students. Applicants must have a vision for Christ-centered education in harmony with the Mennonite Church, along with relevant experience in education and administration. If interested or for more information, contact Linda Clark, Business Manager at lclark@warwickriver.org or call 757-877-2941.