In the face of fear, division, and despair for many, VBMHC invites you to join with people of different faith expressions in celebrating our common commitments to seeking Jesus and working to bring about God’s love and justice for all God’s children. Where forces of fear want us to see only differences, let us reflect the Body of Christ and join together to sing and celebrate the things we share.
Join us in the Log House for an early February Pancake Breakfast! Pancakes, sausage, coffee, hot chocolate, board games, card games, fire in the fireplace, fellowship and community are all part of this wonderful event. If there is snow on the ground, please bring your sleds and slide down our fantastic sledding hill!
Breakfast donations will support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.
Join us for our annual meeting and dinner on Saturday, February 3, at 6:00 PM. A catered meal and input from our director, board president, and guest speaker Saulo Padilla help to kick off the 2018 year for the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. Guests will hear updates from around campus and inside scoops on what is to come in the year ahead, and all attendees should plan to make contributions toward the 2018 operating budget.
Christmas is a busy season, so mark your calendars now and come out to Christmas at CrossRoads, a wonderful event for children, families, and people of all ages. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Shenandoah Valley and lots of fun activities on the beautiful 24-acre hilltop campus including:
- Hot Drinks
- Wagon Rides
- Father Christmas
- Christmas Pageant
- Paper Chains
- Christmas Card Baskets
- Cookie Decorating
- Stringing Popcorn/Cranberries
- Taffy Pull
- Pine Needle Sachet
- Cloves and Oranges
- Pine Cone Ornaments
- Live Christmas Music
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students age 6 - college, and FREE for children 5 and under.
The Advent season is an important time in the Christian calendar. A time of waiting, stillness, darkness, and hope, Advent is the pre-dawn calm just before the brilliant light of Christmas. Join us for an afternoon of singing songs of Christmas and Advent, celebrating the waiting and the promise of Immanuel -- God with us.
Ken Nafziger and others lead this hymn sing in the beautiful Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
A free-will offering will be received to support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.
Join us on the CrossRoads campus for an afternoon of singing hymns of harvest and Thanksgiving. At a time that seems fraught and we can see much that is wrong in the world, join brothers and sisters in faith in coming together to be reminded of God's faithfulness and lift voices in thanksgiving.
A free-will offering will be received to support the mission and vision of CrossRoads | Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.
Carol Lena Miller is an active mom, wife, member of Montezuma Church of the Brethren, and employee of the Center for Global Engagement at JMU. However, her life passion is for the outdoors and wild places. She has worked for and volunteered with several non-profit organizations working to preserve or advocate for the natural world, and inevitably finds herself stumbling to the wild when life comes too hard and too fast.
For this presentation, Carol Lena will take a glance at the current state of our natural world, and how Christians have responded to the degradation of the environment. And then, we'll consider together: Why and how should we care and respond? Just what does faithful stewardship of God's earth look like as an integral part of our daily walk?
Join us for this lecture and Q&A with Carol Lena Miller at 4:00 PM on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA
Join us for the annual Sing Me High Music Festival celebrating music and faith in the Shenandoah Valley. This year's expanded festival features the Walking Roots Band, Southern Grace, Bittersweet Gospel Band, Ears to the Ground Family, Good Company, the Clymer-Kurtz Band and more! Friday evening's festivities include a pie auction and a number of the featured performers from the full Saturday line-up. In addition to music, Saturday's events include Harvest Festival activities, children's games and activities, food trucks, pulled pork sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn, corn-hole, quilt raffle, guitar raffle, storytelling and more. Early Bird ticketing starts March 15 at singmehigh.com. Find more information about the line-up, schedule, sponsorship, and volunteering at singmehigh.com.
CrossRoads | Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center will host an open house with WWI quilts and textiles as part of the Virginia Quilt Museum's centennial commemoration of the beginning of WWI, Friction, Fray, and Fabric: Textiles in the First World War. See WWI textiles displays in the 1829 Log House from 1-4 PM, and hear stories of those persecuted for their faith at 2 PM. Admission: $5. Weekend passport for Friction, Fray, and Fabric available at the Virginia Quilt Museum, 301 South Main Street, Harrisonburg (540-433-3818) or on the Quilt Museum website at www.vaquiltmuseum.org.
The Family Field Trip has been cancelled. Please visit the Harvest Day activities at Sing Me High Music Festival to experience some of the same activities:
- Doll making
- Marble painting
- Apple cider press
- Churning butter
- Baking bread
- Knotting comforters
Born and raised in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, the Crissman Brothers share a lifetime of musical companionship. Join them for an evening of collaborations and solo selections on classical guitar, two guitars, and clawhammer banjo.
Dr. Jonathan Crissman is a classical guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and folk musician who holds a doctoral degree in classical guitar performance from Arizona State University. Dr. Crissman has toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well as in the UK, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, India, and South Korea. Dr. Crissman currently serves as an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University and as the Assistant Director of the non-profit organization Lead Guitar.
Seth Thomas Crissman is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and performer with the Walking Roots Band, a folk/americana band based in the Shenandoah Valley. Seth and his wife Theresa are Virginia Mennonite Missions workers and directors of Kids' Club projects in partnership with local churches in Harrisonburg, McGaheysville, and Waynesboro. Seth is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
Join us in Augusta County for our annual Harmonia Sacra singing at the historic Hildebrand Mennonite Church. Come for the singing and stay for the singing; this building is an acoustical gem.
This Memorial Day, May 29, at 6:30 PM, CrossRoads | VBMHC offers a hymn sing in which we remember and celebrate people and places who have been formative to our faith. We invite you to submit requests for this hymn sing, and we'll offer time for you to share the significance behind the hymns you choose. The intimate 1829 Log House on our own CrossRoads campus will be an ideal setting for this time of sharing and celebrating the people who have gone before us in our faith. 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. A free-will offering will support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.
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In August 2015, Immanuel Mennonite Church pastor Matthew Bucher wanted to share a simple message with the neighborhood around his church in Harrisonburg, VA. In the midst of a rather negative national dialogue about immigrants, Bucher joined with his church to put a hand-painted sign saying, “No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor,” in the building’s front yard, in the three main languages spoken in the neighborhood.
Over the following months, Bucher shared the message with other local Mennonite pastors, and together they created the first design for the tri-color yard sign. The sign, designed to be brightly visible during campaign-sign season, spread locally around Harrisonburg as more people decided to share the message of welcome. Bucher and other members of Immanuel Mennonite Church printed up 200 signs to sell at the Virginia Mennonite Relief sale and started a Facebook page to help get signs to those in other locations. They also posted the PDF free on their website.
Since that time, interest has continued to grow. The original idea sparked many people in many places to print signs and become local points of connection for those willing to make this simple statement of welcome. From its beginning in a conversation on a Sunday morning, to its global reach today, the movement serves as a tangible signpost encouraging us to reach out to our neighbors, build bridges of connection, and practice hospitality through the open doors of our communities.
Pastor Matthew joins us for a lecture and question & answer session around the theme of welcoming neighbors. Come be part of the conversation at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 23 at Sunrise Church of the Brethren, 1496 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. A free-will offering will be received to support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.
Join us for our annual Easter Sunrise service. Watch as the sun rises over the Shenandoah Valley, and join us in celebrating the resurrected Christ. This year, join us for a John 21 fish and bread breakfast appetizer immediately following the service. And, of course, we'll be done in time for you to make it to your regularly scheduled church service!
The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center (VBMHC) invites Brethren, Mennonites, and all people of faith to join their voices for How Can We Keep from Singing?, a unity hymn-sing featuring songs of hope and peace on Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 PM. In a time that is full of fear, division, and despair for many, VBMHC invites you to join with people from different faith traditions in celebrating that which we hold in common: commitments to seeking Jesus and working to bring God’s love and justice for all God’s children. Where forces of fear want us to see only differences, let us reflect the Body of Christ and join together to sing and celebrate the things we share. Mennonite and Brethren song-leaders and pastors will lead us together in an evening of singing hope and peace in response to God’s faithful love. Join us at Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren, 315 S. Dogwood Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801. A free-will offering will be received to support the unifying mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.
Join us for the Annual Meeting at 6 PM on February 3, 2017 at Park View Mennonite Church. The Annual Meeting is a celebration of the work done at the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center (VBMHC) in 2016 and an invitation to support and join in the work of carrying out the mission and vision of the center in 2017 and beyond. The guest speaker for the evening, Dr. Dale Stoffer, Professor of Historical Theology at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ohio), has been described as a walking encyclopedia of church history. Guests at the annual meeting are invited to enjoy the complimentary (and compliment-worthy!) meal prepared by Marjorie Rohrer Shank free of charge. Please RSVP by Jan. 27 to reserve your seat. To RSVP, call 540-438-1275, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out this form, and please be sure to indicate how many are in your party.
Every December, hundreds of residents of Harrisonburg City and the surrounding Rockingham County make Christmas at CrossRoads a 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 10 from 3 PM to 7 PM. Admission fees (adults - $7, students - $5, children 5 and under - free) support the ongoing work of the Valley 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.
Enrich the soul and relax to music that praises God through lifted voices in this concert from Good Company. The evening features songs spanning all genres and eras, including fan favorites such as "Awake My Soul" and "Dobbin's Flowery Vale." Come support the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center while taking in an evening of beautiful music!
The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center presents "The Politics of Anabaptism," with Dr. Steve Longenecker, professor of History at Bridgewater College, Sunday, October 30, at 4 PM. Dr. Longenecker discusses the political behavior of American Anabaptists in the past and identifies patterns and trends. The lecture asks how the Anabaptist political past is still useful and how the politics of Anabaptism remain relevant in the current environment. In a season of intense politicization, take a step back and participate in an historical accounting of Anabaptism and politics. This lecture is hosted at Community Mennonite Church, located at 70 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA. A free-will offering will be received to support the work of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.
The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center presents a fall concert of Harmony & Hope featuring Into Hymn and REscored, Sunday, October 16, at 7 PM. Into Hymn, an all-female group, strives to share "Christ's message of love through the performance of a cappella music," and they have reached the broader community with their single, "Mary Did You Know," featured in local stations' Christmas line-ups. REscored, their all-male counterpart, expresses their Christian faith and love for music at JMU and in the surrounding communities through a diverse repertoire featuring both Christian music and pop tunes. The two Christian a cappella groups from James Madison University share the stage at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, located at 420 College View Dr., Bridgewater, VA. All proceeds from the event support the work of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. [Suggested Donation: $10]