Upcoming Events
11/26/2017 - Childrens Ministry
11/26/2017 - Worship
11/26/2017 - Hispanic Church
11/29/2017 - Praise Team Practice
11/29/2017 - The Gathering
11/30/2017 - Jesus Girls Bible Study
12/1/2017 - Reserved

› Nominations slates for 2018 roles are in mailboxes. Please review in preparation to vote on their approval on Sunday, Dec. 10.

› Our Daily Bread devotional books for December/January/February are by the mailboxes – everyone is encouraged to take one! Or visit the App Store to download Our Daily Bread for your mobile device!

› The Gathering – This Wednesday, Nov. 29. All are invited to Grace for a time of fellowship & Bible Study every second & fourth Wednesday. The evening begins with a provided meal at 6 pm, followed at 6:30 by several Bible Study groups to choose from: Lighthouse – video series for all ages/genders; Grace Girls - Jr. & Sr. High girls; Men’s & Boys’ Bible Study – for all ages; A children’s lesson is provided for grades K-5.

› Youth Group/Boys & Girls Club Pizza & Movie Night – Fri., Dec. 1, 5:30-8 pm. Pizza and popcorn provided, bring a side or dessert to share. Watch Cars 3 or Case for Christ. Let Pastor Kinley know if you'll be coming!

› Safe Church Congregational Meeting – Sun., Dec. 3, following the fellowship meal. This presentation by the Collins Center is one hour in length, and will focus on the core elements of a “safe church”, including developing a policy that fits our congregation on a practical and theological level; screening and training volunteers; education for children, parents and others about how to keep children safe in the world of school, sports, community and church; working with known offenders; and utilizing the wisdom of adult survivors of abuse in our congregation to raise awareness of the need to protect children. All adults in the congregation should plan to attend. It is important for as many in the congregation as is possible to hear this presentation, as it will help to prepare us for the various aspects of implementation of the Safe Church program. Childcare will be provided.

› Warm Up Winter Program – Thanks to everyone who is participating! Gifts are due back to Tracey Layman by Dec. 3.

› Christmas Program – Sun., Dec. 10. Save the date, more details to come!

› Boys & Girls Club Gingerbread Houses – Sun., Dec. 17. Save the date, more details to come!

› Youth Group Christmas Party – Sun., Dec. 17. Save the date, more details to come!

› Encouragement Café is coming to Fredericksburg, Sat., Jan. 27. It will be a day of laughter, encouraging speakers (including Grace’s own Dawn Mast), a prayer room & wonderful vendors. Ladies, bring your friends and family to this one day event. Tickets are just $20, already on sale at https://www.itickets..com/events/389196, get yours before they sell out!

› 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.

› 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 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.

› 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 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.

Virginia Mennonite Conference & Area Announcements

GIVE THANKS AND SING - Join us on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 PM, for a Thanksgiving and harvest hymn sing in the 1829 Weaver-Brunk Log House with Steve Landis, VMRC chaplain. We'll sing from the blue Mennonite and Brethren hymnal praises and songs of thanksgiving to the loving God who cares and provides for us. Bring your own copy, or sing from one of the books provided. 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, 22801. A free-will offering will be received to support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

Don't miss OCP's November "Coastal South Night Out" on Monday, November 13. OCP Kitchen Manager Randi B. Hagi stirs together cuisines from the American low country on down to the Caribbean islands. Learn more and make your reservation at ourcommunityplace.org/no.

The annual area Thanksgiving Day Service will be Thurs, Nov. 23 at Trissels Mennonite Church (11246 Hisers Lane, Broadway), beginning with fellowship and refreshments at 9:30am. Service at 10am will include hymns of thanksgiving, brief meditation by Jim Musser, and time of open sharing of thanks. An offering for Mennonite Disaster Service will be received; Rich Rhodes from the MDS Shenandoah Valley Unit will share updates on MDS’ current work.

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).

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 dianna.lehman@vmmissions.org or call (540) 434-9727. See the job description at http://vmmissions.org/development-associate-position/ 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 shalommc.org/hiring. Please submit questions or your cover letter and resume to the search committee at hiring@shalommc.org.

MennoMedia is hiring for multiple staff and contract positions: financial officer, digital marketing manager, and editor for Leader magazine. Find out more about each at www.mennomedia.org/JobOpenings.html.

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 sarafretzgoering@gmail.com or igh.dc.us@gmail.com

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 info@vbmhc.org with questions or to learn more about the log house.

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for an Outreach Educator for EMU at the Harrisonburg, Va., campus. The Outreach Educator will provide programming at schools, community centers, preschool and special events by presenting to groups, setting up hands-on exhibits areas, teaching science lessons primarily during the school day, along with some non-teaching responsibilities. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Two years of administrative assistant experience required. Submit application, resume and three references to: hr@emu.edu. For more information visit our website at http://emu.edu/hr/openings/ . 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: hr@emu.edu. For more information visit our website at http://emu.edu/hr/openings/ . 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 earlychurchva@gmail.com, and we will be glad to share the vision and invite you to partner with us.