"This Is My Story: Personal Stories from People of Faith" - Shirley Showalter & Fred Swartz
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

"This Is My Story: Personal Stories from People of Faith" - Shirley Showalter & Fred Swartz

This Is My Story is an evening of personal stories from people of faith, and this year’s storytellers are Shirley Showalter of the Mennonite tradition and Fred Swartz of the Church of the Brethren. The format for the evening is four distinct 5-minute personal stories from each storyteller, without interruption or comment, with time for fellowship and connection over the stories at the conclusion of the event. The storytellers are invited to share stories connecting to any of the four themes of the Heritage Center: Peace, Covenant Community, Alienness / Non-citizenship, Neighborliness.

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Fall Lecture Series: "The Brethren Service Center: Standing on Holy Ground"
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Fall Lecture Series: "The Brethren Service Center: Standing on Holy Ground"

Join us for a part two of the Fall Lecture series on the theme of Service. This second installment features Miller Davis, a director at the Brethren Service Center from 1971 - 1998. Miller Davis started at the Brethren Service Center as a volunteer through Brethren Voluntary Service. In 1971 he became Director of General Services, and in 1977 became Director of Center Operations. With the name change to Emergency Response / Service Ministries, Davis took the title of Manager. He served through 1998, and he has since served on the boards of such groups as Heifer Project International and the Interchurch Medical Assistance.

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A Heritage Christmas
Dec
14
2:00 PM14:00

A Heritage Christmas

Every December, hundreds of residents of Harrisonburg City and the surrounding Rockingham County make A Heritage Christmas part of their Christmas traditions. The small strength and beauty of candles in the still and silent darkness allows visitors a respite from the hubbub of commercialized Christmas chaos as they reflect on the experience of Advent preparations as they might have taken place 100 years ago. Join us this year on December 14 from 2 PM to 6 PM. Admission fees (adults - $10, students - $5, children 5 and under - free) support the ongoing work of the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center.

In addition to the traditional candlelight tour, this year's celebration includes hands-on family crafts, live music and singing, and wonderful holiday refreshments.

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Youth Connect
Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Connect

Brethren and Mennonites share values, heritage, and history. At the Youth Connect, youth from both Brethren and Mennonite churches get together to share service work, food (hot dogs and popcorn), worship, fellowship, and game playing on the Heritage Center campus.

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Fall Lecture Series: "Reflections from a Life with MCC," Ann Hershberger
Sep
22
4:00 PM16:00

Fall Lecture Series: "Reflections from a Life with MCC," Ann Hershberger

Join us for a two-part Fall Lecture series on the theme of Service. This first installment features interim associate director of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Ann Hershberger. A former professor of nursing at Eastern Mennonite University, Hershberger has served on MCC boards since 1996, including 10 years from 2009-19 as board chair of MCC US.  She served with her husband Jim as MCC representative in Nicaragua from 1985-90 and again in 1999-2000. Her first service with the organization was in 1983 in El Salvador. She recently accepted a new position with MCC as interim associate director.

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4th Annual Sing Me High Music Festival
Aug
23
4:30 PM16:30

4th Annual Sing Me High Music Festival

The Sing Me High Music Festival celebrates music and faith in the Shenandoah Valley. Join festival hosts Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center and the Walking Roots Band for the 4th annual Sing Me High Music Festival, August 23-24, 2019, to listen, sing, laugh, eat, and play — all while celebrating family, friends, and faith, whatever your tradition.

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Worship in the Woods - Mountain High Rise
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods - Mountain High Rise

This week Worship in the Woods features music as meditation from Mountain High Rise.

Mountain High Rise is an Americana/roots/modern bluegrass/”play what they like the way they like it” band. Mountain High Rise formed in 2015 when Craig Landes, Walter Grooms, Joel Geisert and Jeff Patterson bonded over their shared love of bluegrass harmonies, blues riffs and rock rhythms. They didn't know of any band they could join that combined all those sounds, so they decided they'd better start one.

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Breneman-Turner Mill Open House
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Breneman-Turner Mill Open House

Tour the historic Breneman-Turner Mill just north of Harrisonburg, VA on the 4th Saturday of every month from May 25 - October 26. Explore the only pre-Civil War mill remaining in Rockingham County with all its grist mill equipment still in place. Corn-grinding demonstrations and tours run from 10 AM to 3 PM.

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Worship in the Woods - Ron Wyrick (with Vocal Chords)
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods - Ron Wyrick (with Vocal Chords)

This week Worship in the Woods features meditation from Ron Wyrick and music from Vocal Chords.

Ron and Karen (Adams) Wyrick live in Rockingham County and attend the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. They are the parents of Ben, Kimberley and Jonathan Wyrick. Ron’s full-time ministries included pastorates at the Keyser (WV), Montezuma, and Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren congregations, as well as the Church of the Brethren General Board and Juniata College. He served as interim district executive minister for the Shenandoah District and as interim pastor at the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren. Currently Ron volunteers with the Bridgewater Area Inter-Church Food Pantry and with Karis, a consignment furniture store and luncheon spot in Mt. Sidney. He enjoys Bible study and participates in the Men’s Bible Study held in the Park View Mennonite Church.

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Worship in the Woods - Larry Aikens, Jr.
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods - Larry Aikens, Jr.

This week Worship in the Woods features music and meditation from Larry Aikens, Jr.

Pastor Larry Aikens has been trying to follow a call to serve Jesus since 1986, entering the ministry full-time in 1992—first as a music and youth minister, then transitioning to the role of a lead pastor in 1995. He holds three seminary degrees, the most recent an M.Div. from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 2016.

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Worship in the Woods - Joanna Friesen (with Cathy Cupp)
Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods - Joanna Friesen (with Cathy Cupp)

This week Worship in the Woods features meditation from Joanna Friesen.

Joanna Friesen is an embodiment of the shared Brethren and Mennonite experience. Raised with a Mennonite background, she currently works as an intern at First Church of the Brethren in Harrisonburg. Joanna is originally from Sellersville, PA, and she has been living in Harrisonburg with her husband, Tim for the past two years.

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Worship in the Woods - Robbie Miller (with Senior Sound)
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods - Robbie Miller (with Senior Sound)

This week Worship in the Woods features meditation from Robbie Miller and music from Senior Sound.

After graduating from Bethany Seminary in 1980, Robbie Miller served the Oakton Church of the Brethren for 3 years. After a 2 year hiatus on a construction crew in Richmond, Miller served as campus pastor at Eastern Mennonite College from 1988-1990. In the fall of 1990, he became chaplain at Bridgewater College, where he continues to serve nearly 30 years later. Robbie is married to Terri Gladwell Miller and they have two children, Rebekah and Stephen. Join us for his meditation at Worship in the Woods!

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Worship in the Woods - John Kline Riders
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods - John Kline Riders

Join us for "Worship in the Woods," the summer vespers series of the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center, Sundays at 7 PM at 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg. This week Worship in the Woods features the John Kline Riders. This group rides in on horseback, sings songs, and tells stories about Brethren elder John Kline. Come for the horses, stay for the faith formation! This is a great event for children and a wonderful opportunity to learn about one of the Valley’s most passionate and influential peacemakers.

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Breneman-Turner Mill Open House
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Breneman-Turner Mill Open House

Tour the historic Breneman-Turner Mill just north of Harrisonburg, VA on the 4th Saturday of every month from May 25 - October 26. Explore the only pre-Civil War mill remaining in Rockingham County with all its grist mill equipment still in place. Corn-grinding demonstrations and tours run from 10 AM to 3 PM.

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Harmonia Sacra Sing - Hildebrand Mennonite Church
Jun
2
6:30 PM18:30

Harmonia Sacra Sing - Hildebrand Mennonite Church

Join us for the 6th annual Harmonia Sacra singing at Hildebrand Mennonite Church in Augusta County on SUNDAY, JUNE 2 at 6:30 PM. This event is a highlight of the year, with rousing a cappella singing in the Harmonia Sacra tradition in the oldest Mennonite church in Augusta County. The acoustics are stunning, the setting is authentic, the surroundings are picturesque, and the company and singing are unparalleled.

Hildebrand Mennonite Church
538 Hildebrand Church Rd.
Waynesboro, VA 22980

Come early to tour the historic Hildebrand Cemetery, and stay late to enjoy the spontaneous singing that always continues after the meeting has officially concluded. A free will offering will go toward maintenance and care for the Hildebrand Church.

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CAPTIVE! Presentation and Book Signing - German POWs from WWII Working on Mennonite Farms in Lancaster County, PA
May
11
4:00 PM16:00

CAPTIVE! Presentation and Book Signing - German POWs from WWII Working on Mennonite Farms in Lancaster County, PA

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Join us Saturday, May 11 at 4:00 PM in Strite Auditorium at VMRC in Harrisonburg for a presentation and book signing with author Donna Stoltzfus.

Everything is about to change for John, a 13-year-old boy who goes to live and work on a Mennonite neighbor's farm during WWII. John's father is fighting in Europe, and John finds himself impatient with Sarah, a daughter of the family, who doesn't believe in war. To make matters worse, a group of German prisoners of war arrives to work on the farm. John always keeps a sketch pad handy for drawing whenever he has a spare moment. How can John remain loyal to his father and hold onto his anger at the enemy when a POW begins to encourage his art, noticing John's talent in a way no one ever has before? Unexpectedly, his drawings force him to make difficult decisions involving POWs, his father, and his dreams.

Donna Stoltzfus enjoys combining her love of history with writing--through novels, non-fiction or poetry. Donna was born in Harrisonburg, but grew up in New York City. She often visited Lancaster County, PA where she had extended family of both Mennonite and Amish heritage. Donna earned a bachelor's degree from Goshen College, and a master's degree from New York University. She and her husband have raised their three children in Lancaster County.

Donna has worked for over ten years for Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade retail organization, which inspired her to author a picture book,In The Trunk of Grandma’s Car. The book tells the story of the founder of Ten Thousand Villages, Edna Ruth Byler. 

The author will share family photographs and stories of German POWs who came to the United States during WWII and worked in Lancaster County.

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Easter Sunrise Service
Apr
21
6:30 AM06:30

Easter Sunrise Service

The Easter Sunrise Service is an annual tradition hosted by the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center in partnership with Weavers Mennonite Church and Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren. Join us just a bit before sunrise for this peaceful and reflective service in a beautiful natural setting. The service is short so those attending can also attend the regular services of their own congregations.

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Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods

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Join us for Worship in the Woods every Sunday at 7 PM from June 17 to August 12 in the beautiful hilltop amphitheater of the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. Check back for more information about each week's speaker, musicians, and theme!

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Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods

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Join us for Worship in the Woods every Sunday at 7 PM from June 17 to August 12 in the beautiful hilltop amphitheater of the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. Check back for more information about each week's speaker, musicians, and theme!

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Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods

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Join us for Worship in the Woods every Sunday at 7 PM from June 17 to August 12 in the beautiful hilltop amphitheater of the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. Check back for more information about each week's speaker, musicians, and theme!

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Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

Worship in the Woods

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Join us for Worship in the Woods every Sunday at 7 PM from June 17 to August 12 in the beautiful hilltop amphitheater of the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. Check back for more information about each week's speaker, musicians, and theme!

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