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 - 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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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 - 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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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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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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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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Jul
15
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
8
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
1
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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Jun
24
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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Jun
17
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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May
28
4:30 PM16:30

Memorial Day Hymn Sing & Picnic

Memorial tree planted at the MCC Material Resource Center in Ephrata, PA in celebration of the life of Don Ranck, grandfather to CrossRoads | VBMHC's executive director, Greg Yoder.

Memorial tree planted at the MCC Material Resource Center in Ephrata, PA in celebration of the life of Don Ranck, grandfather to CrossRoads | VBMHC's executive director, Greg Yoder.

In November, All Saint's Day is an opportunity for us to remember loved ones who have passed on from this world. Memorial Day is widely recognized as a day to celebrate and honor men and women who have fallen in service to their country. As people whose primary allegiance is to the kingdom of God, Mennonites and Brethren might find it meaningful to honor and celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us in faith, people who dedicated their lives to building up God's kingdom and seeking God's peace.

This Memorial Day we will gather on the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center for a picnic potluck and hymn sing, sharing and songs and stories that help us remember and celebrate the lives of faithful Jesus followers who have gone before us.

Come after 4:30 PM to share in the picnic, or come at 6:00 PM to join in the singing. Those coming to picnic, bring food for yourselves and some food to share.

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Quilting Day

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Quilting has been an important part of Brethren and Mennonite life for 100s of years. Quilts also play a prominent role in the support of disaster relief agencies for both Mennonites and Brethren.

Join us Saturday, May 12, between 10 AM and 3 PM on the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center to quilt, knot comforters, try out various home textiles projects, and fellowship. There will be special quilts and projects for children to work on, as well as quilt-related craft activities for kids of all ages.

PLUS - add some stitches or knots to projects that will go for auction at the VA Mennonite Relief Sale and the Shenandoah District Disaster Ministries Auction!

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful views of the hilltop CrossRoads campus. Quilters and would-be quilters of all ages and abilities welcome!

ADMISSION IS FREE, and donations will be accepted.

CrossRoads | VBMHC - (540) 438-1275 | www.vbmhc.org
1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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