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MCC’s relief sale continues successful annual run

If engaged in a bidding war for a bag of kettle corn at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, Jalyn Sneary knows how high she would go. “Probably $10,” the 11-year-old Harrisonburg resident said. Meanwhile, if it’s Laotian egg rolls on the ...More


Sunny skies for 1,000 volunteers behind Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale

The calendar declared that it’s autumn, but Mother Nature decided to stick with summer at least one more weekend, providing a warm backdrop for heated bidding and buying at the 47th annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. Sunny skies prevailed and temperatures topped out at 85 degrees by the height of the sale early S ...More


Helmuth Named Valley Fundraiser of the Year

Phil Helmuth sees no contradiction between his two longtime professions: ordained Mennonite minister and fundraiser for Mennonite-backed causes. Both roles are relationship-based and mission-oriented, he says. Phil grew up in Arcola, Ill., where his father owned a farm-machinery business. He enrolled in Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) for 1972-73, married fellow undergraduate ...More

Doughnut Sales Pay For Mennonite Missions

One Sweet Fundraiser By Rachel Bowman, Daily News-Record Eastern Mennonite University junior Marissa Benner cuts out doughnuts at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale on Oct. 4. Photo by Tyler Coblentz ...More

VA Mennonite Relief Sale Raises $307,000

Economic woes apparently took a back seat to spectacular weather that helped draw an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 10,000 to the 42nd annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale held Oct. 3-4 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. This year’s sale raised approximately $307,638 in total receipts for Mennonite Central Committee. This does not include some pledges in matching funds from ind ...More