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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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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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
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
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
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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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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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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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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Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

Spring Lecture

  The Burkholder-Myers house on the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. The widow Rebecca Burkholder is known to have harbored young men escaping conscription into the Confederate army in this house.

The Burkholder-Myers house on the CrossRoads campus of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. The widow Rebecca Burkholder is known to have harbored young men escaping conscription into the Confederate army in this house.

Join us for an engaging lecture from Nick Patler, a history professor at West Virginia State University. Professor Patler will share research and reflections from his current work on the Brethren (and by extension, Mennonite) “Underground Railroad” during the Civil War. Prof. Patler is currently working on the compilation of a book based on his research, and he will share his findings and entertain discussion on the topic.

Come join us for this discussion of history surrounding young men and communities of faith and conscience dealing with a context that presented immediate and pressing challenges to their faith.

A free-will offering will be received to support the mission of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

CrossRoads | VBMHC - (540) 438-1275 | www.vbmhc.org

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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

"This Evil Thing": WWI Conscientious Objector Play

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THIS EVIL THING is the compelling, inspiring and rarely told story of the men who said no to war; and the men and women who supported them; involving a dizzying journey from a chapel in Yorkshire to the House of Commons; from an English country garden to a quarry in Aberdeen; from a cell in Richmond Castle to a firing squad in France.

With military conscription still in force in many countries today, and prisoners of conscience still languishing in jails, the questions posed by THIS EVIL THING are as relevant and urgent as they were one hundred years ago.

Michael Mears – ‘The Fringe-First Award winning master of the one-man show’ (The List), portrays a gallery of characters from conscientious objectors to army generals, from Prime Ministers to world-famous mathematicians, with breath-taking physical and vocal dexterity, in a highly original piece of storytelling - using verbatim testimonies and interacting with an intricate soundscape. At its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 it received four-star reviews and acclaim from audiences and press alike:

  • 'A moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story' (The List)
  • 'An inspirational and disturbing work' - (Festmag)
  • ‘Magnificent storytelling’ - Amnesty International 

THIS EVIL THING explores the courage it took to be a pacifist in the First World War, one hundred years ago – following two men in particular : Bert Brocklesby, a young schoolteacher, and preacher at his local Methodist church; and Bertrand Russell - one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription in 1916, their worlds are turned upside down.

This performance is sponsored and underwritten by CrossRoads | Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, Community Mennonite Church, and Park View Mennonite Church, and our gracious host for the evening is Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. The event is free and open to the public.

1552 S High St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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Lenten Hymn Sing: Discipleship
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Hymn Sing: Discipleship

This Lenten season, VBMHC invites you to join in singing songs that turn our attention to the act of following Jesus. What does it mean to truly live as a disciple of Jesus? How do the hymns of our predecessors in faith point us toward a path of discipleship and seeking to follow Jesus? Join us in the log house on the CrossRoads campus for a hymn sing that will be a time of reflection and encouragement for all. A free-will offering will support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

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Log House Pancake Breakfast
Feb
10
8:00 AM08:00

Log House Pancake Breakfast

  • CrossRoads | Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center (map)
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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.

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Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Meeting - with Saulo Padilla, MCC Immigration Education Office

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.

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Christmas at CrossRoads
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Christmas at CrossRoads

  • CrossRoads | Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center (map)
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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:

- Cookies
- Taffy
- Fudge
- Hot Drinks
- Popcorn
- Wagon Rides
- Shoemaker
- Blacksmith
- Father Christmas
- Christmas Pageant
- Paper Chains
- Christmas Card Baskets
- Cookie Decorating
- Stringing Popcorn/Cranberries
- Taffy Pull
- Candle-making
- Pine Needle Sachet
- Cloves and Oranges
- Wreath-Making
- Pine Cone Ornaments
- Organ
- Caroling
- Live Christmas Music

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students age 6 - college, and FREE for children 5 and under.

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Sing We Now of Christmas: Advent/Christmas Hymn Sing
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

Sing We Now of Christmas: Advent/Christmas Hymn Sing

  • Eastern Mennonite Seminary - Martin Chapel (map)
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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.

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Hymn Sing: Harvest & Thanksgiving
Nov
12
4:00 PM16:00

Hymn Sing: Harvest & Thanksgiving

  • Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center (map)
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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.

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Fall Lecture: Carol Lena Miller, Earth Care
Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

Fall Lecture: Carol Lena Miller, Earth Care

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

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Sing Me High Music Festival
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Sing Me High Music Festival

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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.

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Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

WWI Centennial Quilt Exhibit

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.

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Concert Series: The Crissman Brothers - Garbers Church of the Brethren
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Concert Series: The Crissman Brothers - Garbers Church of the Brethren

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.

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Memorial Day Hymn Sing: Songs for Remembering
May
29
6:30 PM18:30

Memorial Day Hymn Sing: Songs for Remembering

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This Memorial Day, May 29, at 6:30 PMCrossRoads | 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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Apr
23
4:00 PM16:00

Lecture Series: Matthew Bucher, Welcome Your Neighbors

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.

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Apr
16
6:30 AM06:30

Easter Sunrise Service

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!

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Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Concert Series: "How Can We Keep From Singing?"

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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.

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