A half-serious lament

December 2, 2010

With a bit of sadness this summer, I witnessed the final decisions associated with dissolving Ohio District of Virginia Mennonite Conference. It made sense since the district had essentially become an “empty set” as Conference Minister Owen Burkholder put it. Chestnut Ridge, the last remaining congregation, had transferred amicably to Ohio Conference earlier. Still, since […]

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First international tranSenders finish well

December 2, 2010

“We’re here to honor Dino & Mara for their service among us this year.” With these words, Centro Koinonia’s usual mid-week meeting suddenly burst into a surprise farewell party! After listing their many accomplishments, we gave them a hearty round of applause, words of appreciation, incomparable party delicacies, plus many embraces and kisses, Italian-style! Here’s […]

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Vision becomes reality for Albanian Christian School

November 18, 2010

Albanian Christian School (ACS), a vision of Klementina and Dini Shahini and an initiative supported by Virginia Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite Missions, will open its doors in Lezhe, Albania in September 2011. A Vision Support Team is providing oversight to the school. Klementina Shahini, an Albanian and American educator, will serve as executive director […]

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Educating for faith and life in the world

November 18, 2010

On Sunday evening October 10, Park View Mennonite Church hosted a community celebration of the many educational endeavors that have been associated with the Virginia Mennonite Conference. It was one of the events in a year-long series commemorating the 175th anniversary of Virginia Mennonite Conference. Park View Mennonite Church was chosen since it had its […]

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On the death of two bishops

November 18, 2010

Lloyd S. Horst died October 7, 2010 at the age of 97. Truman H. Brunk, Jr. died October 8, 2010 at the age of 79. At both funerals, I heard the descriptor “Encourager.” And, “gentle.” Each of these men was ordained in Virginia Mennonite Conference. Lloyd served as pastor and ordained bishop in VMC and […]

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Mennonite Publishing Network & Third Way Media plan to merge

November 11, 2010

Dynamic, innovative, fully integrated and multimedia—that’s the goal of a new organization to be formed out of an integration of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media (formerly Mennonite Media), a department of Mennonite Mission Network (MMN). Their merger will bring together strengths in publishing, video, radio, and the internet. The planned merger, approved […]

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Lutherans reconcile with Virginia Peninsula Mennonite congregations

November 1, 2010

In response to an invitation from Reverend Frederick Guy and the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation in Newport News, Va., representatives from four local Mennonite congregations attended a “reconciliation” service and reception on Sunday, October 3. Eighteen persons from peninsula Mennonite churches—Huntington, Providence, Warwick River and Williamsburg—were warmly welcomed by Trinity Lutheran as, “our sisters […]

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“We could never do this on our own”

November 1, 2010

“We could never do it on our own.” These or similar words express the sentiment of everyone at VMMissions—our staff, our board and our workers. We constantly receive reminders that we are involved in something far larger than ourselves. Sometimes we lead. Sometimes we follow. Sometimes we just get out of the way! VMMissions continues […]

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