By Jim Bishop “I’m walkin’, yes, indeed, I’m talkin’, ‘bout you and me . . .” -Fats Domino Harvey Yoder of Harrisonburg probably doesn’t have this 1957 Fats Domino song ricocheting down the cobwebbed corridors of his mind while out on his daily constitutional, but there’s a determined look on his face to keep time with his pace. The 81-year-old pastor, family counselor and community activist is walking at least a brisk mile every day for a hundred […]
Sharing Our Surplus (SOS) Campaign receives over $31,000
The total funds raised at the 2018 Relief Sale for the SOS (Sharing Our Surplus) Campaign was a gratifying $31,508.22, with gifts ranging from collections of change from several families to a single gift of $10,000. Everence Financial provided volunteers for the giving table, and since there were no expenses incurred with this effort, the entire amount went directly for aid to needy refugees around the world. Contact SOS chair Harvey Yoder at [email protected] if you have ideas for how we […]
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Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale Nets Preliminary $370,000
The rains came down and the floods came up all summer long in the Shenandoah Valley. But at the 52nd annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale the weekend of Oct. 5-6 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, the sun came out as the auction bids went up. Preliminary figures indicate this year’s sale raised about $370,000 for the worldwide relief, service and peacebuilding program of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Last year’s effort raised $360,000 (preliminary), with actual final proceeds of $393,467. “Once […]
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Sharing Our Surplus (SOS)
Sharing Our Surplus is an initiative to dramatically increase the money raised for MCC refugee relief by encouraging everyone to spend generously for food, auction and other items at the Relief Sale, then to match or multiply that amount with a donation. In this way we can add significantly to the $41,000 SOS giving in 2017. In the light of the desperate needs of the 1 in 110 of the world’s men, women and children who have been forced from their homes by famine, […]