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Faith and Values A Source Guide of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Ministries, Programs and Places of Worship

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Make worship an integral Harrisonburg part of the holiday season Unitarian Universalists HUU is a lay-led, welcoming congregation offering a unique spiritual and moral witness in the Shenandoah Valley. Rather than creeds and confessions, what unites and inspires us is shared ministry, the work we do together as religious people: the work of sense-making, of finding meaning in a world of change and uncertainty, the work of care-giving, of connecting with compassion to the needs of others, the work of justice-seeking, of building a better world for the whole human family.

The hustle and bustle of the often hectic holiday season can make it easy to overlook religion during this special time of year. Come the holidays, adherents of Judaism celebrate Chanukah while

Join us for a Christmas Eve Candle Light Communion

December 24th at 7 pm!

HUU meets every Sunday (10:30 AM) at the historic Dale Enterprise School House on Route 33 West (just five miles from Court Square). Join us as we journey together searching for truth, working for community, Standing on the side of love for the whole human family. For more information call us at 540-867-0073 or visit our web site at http//

Sunday School 9:15 am • Community Worship 10:30 am

(540) 433-2456 (540) 433-0503 fax EMAIL - 501 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm PARKING – Visitor parking is available on the north side of the church where the playground is located. We also have street parking and a lot across from the church on Liberty Street. Handicap parking is available on the Liberty Street side of the church beside the playground. An elevator is located just inside the Liberty Street door for easy access to all floors.


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many Christians celebrate Christmas. Though different, the two holidays repentance and preparation for the grace and miracle of Jesus’ birth. share some similarities. According to, the word “advent” is derived from the In celebration of Chanukah, families gather for an eight-day Latin word “adventus,” meaning “coming.” Advent is a time to both commemoration to honor the rededication of the Second Temple of reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Much like Lent, Advent Jerusalem and a miracle in which a small amount of oil illuminated a is intended to be a season of fasting, prayer and reaching out to God. menorah for eight days. Perhaps because it falls during the holiday season, During the holiday season, houses of worship customarily host prayer Chanukah has become one of the most well-known Jewish celebrations, sessions and special holiday-related events. The faithful are encouraged even for those who do not adhere to the Jewish faith. to participate in these events in celebration of their faith. For devout Christians, Christmas isn’t about eggnog and Santa Claus. Prayer can help remove distractions during the holiday season, helping Christmas (Christ’s Mass) is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, individuals reconnect with the true meaning of the holiday season. who Christians believe is the son of God. Christmas is a day of great joy in the Christian faith because it marks the beginning of Jesus’ time on earth. Both Chanukah and Christmas, while joyous celebrations, are laced with solemnity. The Second Jewish Temple was desecrated by GreekSyrians, who had erected an altar to Zeus and sacrificed pigs within its sacred walls. At this point in time, Jews had to practice their faith in secret, reading the Torah underground and using dreidels to simulate games and confuse Greek soldiers. However, the Jews, led by a small group of rebels known as the Maccabees, persevered, marking the joy of Chanukah for years to come. The period leading up to Christmas known as Advent is a time for

Bear Lithia Springs Baptist Church

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2145 N. Eastside Highway Elkton, VA 22827

540-298-4715 or 540-298-1841 SUNDAY: Sunday School 10 AM • Worship 11 AM • Evening 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Service 7 PM Senior Pastor - Donald Leatherman Associate Pastor - Mark Leatherman

We wish everyone a most blessed Christmas Season!

Mt. Crawford United Methodist Church

360 N. Main Street • 540-434-9597

204 W Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827

540.298.1671 Call Today to Make an Appointment Lee Robertson, O.D.



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The origins of some beloved holiday traditions Christmastime is here. The presents are being purchased and wrapped. The stockings will soon be hung on the fireplace mantle. Mistletoe is pinned above the front entryway, and poinsettias add rich color to home decor. Tradition is integral come the holiday season. Throughout the month of December, traditions fill people’s days and comprise the many reasons why individuals decorate, celebrate and dine the way they do this time of year. But few may know the origins of some of the most beloved holiday traditions.

Christmas stockings The Christmas stockings of today may be a byproduct of various traditions. One such tradition dates back to a Dutch custom in which

children would leave shoes full of food to feed St. Nicholas’ donkeys, and then St. Nicholas would leave small gifts in return. Another origin Story of Christmas stockings can be traced to the 12th century, when nuns would leave socks full of nuts, fruit and tangerines for the poor. This is why some people still put tangerines in Christmas stockings.

Christmas tree Christmas Trees are everywhere this time of year. The use of evergreen trees predates Christmas and is associated with the pagan

festival of Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying and gift-giving. During the winter solstice, green branches served as a reminder that spring would arrive anew. Germans are credited with first bringing evergreens into their homes and decorating them.

was very generous and gave away his fortune to help the needy. He also did various other good deeds. St. Nicholas became infamous and began to be known by various names around the world. The Dutch called him Sinter Klaas, which was eventually transformed to Santa Claus. The jolly persona came later when 20th century advertisers — especially the artists responsible for Coca-Cola ads — portrayed Santa in a red suit with a big smile.

Santa Claus Mistletoe Santa Claus’ origin story can be traced to St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop who lived during the fourth century. St. Nicholas

Mistletoe is hung in doorways, and couples who stand beneath are encouraged to share a kiss. The tradition of hanging it in the house goes back to the times of the ancient Druids. Mistletoe was thought to bring good luck to a household and ward off evil spirits. The custom

Who We Are Emmanuel Episcopal Church is a broad minded, openhearted parish. Our

We invite you to join us for our Christmas Services

members come from different countries and backgrounds. Some of us have worshiped in the Episcopal Church our entire lives while many of us were raised in secular homes or in other faith communities. We are an inclusive congregation of the young and not so young, workers in and out of the home, married, divorced, and singles of all descriptions.

660 South Main St., Harrisonburg, VA

As Anglicans, we encompass wide-ranging traditions that are Catholic and Protestant, ancient and reformed, progressive and conservative. We believe praying and serving together is more important than sharing identical theological outlooks.

We believe God loves everyone. No exceptions. Emmanuel is a faithful Christian community that celebrates God’s presence in our worship, learning, fellowship and service to others. We serve others in many ways, including our weekly food pantry, and providing shelter and meals to the homeless in the winter through the Open Doors program. We would love to become your church home. Please join us for one of our regularly scheduled services. We have two Sunday services, one at 8:00 am, a shorter more contemplative service with communion and at 10:30 am, a more robust service with splendid music and communion. We offer education and social programs for adults and children. Choral Evensong is held on the first Sunday of the month at 5:00 pm from October – November and February – May. A Healing Service is held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm and on Friday mornings at 8:00 am, a Centering Prayer is offered.

We hope to see you.

(540) 434-2357

Christmas Eve, 4:30 pm:

Carols played and sung by Emmanuel’s youth

Christmas Eve, 5:00 pm:

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, family service The children will present the Christmas pageant

Christmas Eve, 8:30 pm:

Carols for instruments and voices

Christmas Eve, 9:00 pm:

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, with music

Christmas Day, 9:00 am:

Simple Morning Prayer with Holy Eucharist

God loves everyone.

No exceptions.


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WE WOULD BE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU JOIN US December 18, 7:30pm: Blue Christmas Service

For those who are not feeling joyful due to losses this past year

December 22, 8:30am & 11am: “The Winter Rose” Christmas Cantata December 24, 5:30pm & 11pm: BUMC Christmas Eve Services December 24, 7:30pm: Acts 11:15 Christmas Eve Service at the Sipe Center Bridgewater United Methodist Church 219 N. Main Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812


The holiday season is a special and spiritual time of year. It can sometimes be easy to get lost in the more commercial aspects of the holiday season, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with shopping for gifts that will show your loved ones how much you love and appreciate them. For those who want to focus back on the spiritual side of this special time of year, the following suggestions can help in those efforts.

informed her that she was to carry God’s son. At the time of Christ’s birth, all Jewish people had to be counted by Roman soldiers for tax purposes. That required people to return to their places of birth. As a result, Mary and Joseph set out on an arduous journey to Bethlehem. Upon arriving in Bethlehem, inns had no vacancies, but Mary and Joseph were given shelter in a stable where Jesus was ultimately born.

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The Gospels of Mark and Luke offer differing accounts of the birth of Jesus Christ. Both indicate that Jesus was born to Mary, who was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. Mary became pregnant through immaculate conception, as she was a virgin when visited by an angel who

Churches traditionally hold religious services on Christmas Eve and Christmas. These services are joyful expressions of faith, music and community spirit. But Christmas mass is not the only time to head to church. During Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas,

Garber’s Church of the Brethren

Thanks be to God for His wonderful Gift. II Corinthians 9:15 Join us for our Christmas Service on December 22nd at 10:00 AM 1275 Garber’s Church Road Harrisonburg, VA

Elkton United Methodist Church Church services 8:35 am Contemporary 11:00 am More Traditional One service at 10:00 am on 5th Sunday of month Christmas Eve Candlelight 7:00 pm Address 205 Warren Street Elkton VA 540-298-8348

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The story of the birth of Jesus Christmas traditions focus on several different aspects of family and spiritual life. While many stories are shared around Christmastime, perhaps none bears more significance than the origin of the Christmas celebration. Sharing the Christmas story is an integral part of holiday gatherings, reminding families that faith is foremost during this festive time of year. The Conception of Jesus Mary was a woman living in the Galilee area of Nazareth. She was engaged to a Jewish carpenter named Joseph. An angel visited the Virgin Mary and told her that she would conceive a child, a son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. When the son was born, she would name him Jesus. Mary questioned the angel, who reassured her that anything was possible by God and that Jesus would be God’s own son. Joseph was troubled when he found out Mary was with child and

even considered breaking their engagement, which was allowed under Jewish law. But God soon sent another angel, this time to Joseph, in a dream. The angel reassured Joseph that his marriage to Mary and the birth of this child were His will. Joseph awoke from his dream and tookMary as his wife soon after, ready and willing to raise the child despite the public humiliation he may experience. The Census During this time the Romans had control over many parts of the world, including where Joseph and Mary resided. Ruler Caesar Augustus decreed that every person living under Roman rule had to return to his town of origin to participate in a census so everyone could be taxed accordingly. Joseph, hailing from Bethlehem, had to return to this town with his very pregnant bride. They traveled for many days and, upon arriving in Bethlehem,

found that the inns were full and there was no available lodging. Mary and Joseph took shelter in a stable and prepared to welcome their son. Jesus’ Arrival According to the Gospel of Luke, Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son, while in the stable. She wrapped him in cloth and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths

and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. – Luke Chapter 2 -Many people visited the baby Jesus, including three wise men from the East who traveled by following a guiding star to bestow gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh on the baby king.

When Joseph and Mary had performed all the things necessary according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Nazareth with Jesus, who was growing strong in spirit and filled with wisdom and the grace of God.

The Holiday season is hard for those whose hearts are hurting. You are not alone.


is a gently contemplative service for those who are carrying pain or loss during this season of celebration.

Saturday, December 21st 1pm McGaheysville United Methodist Church, 10106 McGaheysville Rd., McGaheysville, VA 22840


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Aletheia Church

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801 Parkwood Dr. (EMHS Auditorium) Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-217-0131

Antioch United Church Of Christ 4107 Fort Lynne Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-833-5476

Asbury United Methodist Church 205 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-2836

Beaver Creek Church Brethren 5651 Beaver Creek Rd., Bridgewater, VA 22812 540-828-2767

Beldor Mennonite Church 3319 Beldor Rd., Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-9314

Beth El Congregation 830 Old Furnace Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-2744

Bethel AME Church 184 Kelley Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-433-5925

Bethel Church Of Brethren 3061 Armentrout Path, Keezletown, VA 22832 540-269-6031

Bethel Mennonite Church 15093 Grindstone Ln., Broadway, VA 22815 540-896-4292

Bethel United Church Of Christ 2451 Bethel Church Road, Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-1197

Bethlehem United Church-Christ 11923 N Valley Pike, Broadway, VA 22815 540-896-3975

Bible Holiness Church 127 Pine Street, Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-0477

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 154 N Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-434-4341

Blue Ridge Independent Church 38 Independence Rd., Elkton, VA 22827 540 298-9426

Bridgewater Baptist Church 5568 John Wayland Hwy. Bridgewater, VA 22812 (540) 828-2456

Bridgewater Church of the Brethren

Church Of Christ

Divine Unity Community Church

420 College View Dr., Bridgewater, VA 22812 540 828-3711

16004 Lone Pine Dr., Timberville, VA 22853 (540) 896-9614

182 Neff Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-751-8562

110 E. College Street Bridgewater, VA 22812 540-828-2442

Church Of Jesus Christ Of LDS

Donovan Memorial United Methodist Church

Bridgewater United Methodist Church

Church Of Solsburg

219 N Main St., Bridgewater, VA 22812 540-828-0890

14967 Rockingham Pike, Elkton, VA 22827 (540) 298-1567

Briery Branch Church of the Brethren

Church Of The Incarnation

3209 East Point Rd., Elkton, VA 540-298-8196

6628 Briery Branch Rd., Dayton, VA 22821 540-828-7139

265 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-432-5533

Edom Linville Fellowship

Broadway Baptist Church

Clinton Church of God

166 Mason St., Broadway, VA 22815 540-896-7218

6454 Mount Clinton Pike Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-867-5560

Bridgewater Presbyterian Church

Broadway Presbyterian Church 107 Lee Street , Broadway, VA 22815 540-896-3903

Brown Memorial Community Church

210 South Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-442-1985 or 540-433-2945

Clover Hill United Methodist Church 3457 Fulton School Rd., Dayton, VA 22821 540-879-9364

9843 Town Hall Road McGaheysville, VA 22840 540-289-9393

Community Mennonite Church

Calvary Mennonite Fellowship

Cooks Creek Presbyterian Church

6083 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (540) 867-9444

4222 Mt. Clinton Pike Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-867-5117

Caplingers United Methodist Church 20588 Criders Rd., Criders, VA 22820 540- 896-7653

70 South High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-2148

9788 Singers Glen Rd., Singers Glen, VA 22850 540-833-4041

East Point United Methodist Church

5290 Jesse Bennett Way, Linville, VA 22834 540-833-2800

Elkton Church of God 102 W E St., Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-0354

Elkton Pentecostal Church 16704 E Summit Ave., Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-2121

Elkton Presbyterian Church 104 Ashby Avenue, Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-1363

Elkton Seventh Day Adventist 20995 Blue & Gold Dr., Elkton, VA 22827 (540) 298-1801

Cornerstone Church of Harrisonburg Elkton United Methodist Church

Catholic Church-Holy Infant

197 Cornerstone Lane Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-433-9233

101 W Marshall Avenue, Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-1341

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Cedar Grove United Methodist Church

546 W Mosby Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-3051

Corner of Buffalo & Smithland Roads Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-810-6907

Crosslink Community Church

660 S Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-2357

4904 S Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-1540

Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Central Church of Christ 822 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-434-9770

Cherry Grove United Methodist Church 10459 Cherry Grove Rd., Linville, VA 22834 540-896-8688

Christ Gospel Church 290 Eastview St., Dayton, VA 22821 540-879-9856

Church Of Christ 50 Covenant Dr # F, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-432-9056

Dayspring Nazarene Church 235 N Main St., Mt. Crawford, VA 22841 540-568-1817

Dayton Church of The Brethren 202 Main Street, Dayton, VA 22821 540-879-9771

Dayton Mennonite Church 4887 John Wayland Hwy., Dayton, VA 22821 540-879-9655

Dayton United Methodist Church 215 Ashby St., Dayton, VA 22821 540-879-2102

205 Warren Street , Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-8348

2580 Panorama Drive,Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-2120

Evangelical United Methodist Church 513 E Spotswood Ave., Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-1767

Faith Community Church 1660 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-432-9911

Fellowship United Methodist Church 696 Fellowship Road, Rockingham, VA 22802

First Assembly Of God (HFA)

FAITH AND VALUES Grace Memorial Episcopal Church Iglesia Menonita El Calvario

1310 Garbers Church Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-8687

7120 Ore Bank Road Port Republic, VA 24471 (540) 249-4121

6083 Mt. Clinton Pike Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-820-2241

First Baptist Church

Grace Mennonite Fellowship

Immanuel Mennonite Church

209 Lacey Spring Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-442-6235

400 Kelly St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (540) 432-0711

Grace and Truth Reformed Presbyterian Church

330 Shen Elk Plaza, Elkton, VA 22827


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611 Broad St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-434-3969

First Baptist Church of Elkton 20913 Blue & Gold Dr., Elkton, VA 22827 (540) 298-1424

First Church of The Nazarene 1871 Boyers Rd.,Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540- 434-1092

First Presbyterian Church 17 N. Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-6551

First United Methodist Church 13902 Timber Way, Timberville, VA 22853 (540) 896-7168

Freedom Baptist Church 141 Pleasant Hill Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-5709

342 Neff Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (434) 509 8698

Greatest Freedom Ministries 3004 Twin Oaks Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-434-3012

Greenmount Church-The Brethren 4881 Greenmount Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-833-5251

Harrisonburg Baptist Church

Impact Ministries Islamic Center of the Shenandoah 1330 Country Club Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-433-8186

Jehovah’s Kingdom’s Hall 1766 Harpine Hwy., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-433-9276

John Wesley United Methodist Church 445 Sterling St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-828-3815

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McGaheysville United Methodist Church 10106 McGaheysville Rd McGaheysville, VA 22840 540-289-5445

Mill Creek Church Of The Brethren 7600 Port Republic Road Port Republic, VA 24471 540-289-5084

Montezuma Church-The Brethren 4937 Ottobine Rd., Dayton, VA 22821 (540) 879-2246

Mount Bethel Church of the Brethren 8550 Robinson Rd., Dayton, VA 22821 540-867-5326

Mountain Grove Church 12769 Third Hill Rd, Fulks Run, VA 22830 540-896-4508

Mountain Valley United Methodist Keezletown United Methodist Church Church

501 South Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-2456

1456 Indian Town Rd., Keezletown, VA 22832 540-269-8531

18132 Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA 22827 540-298-9896

Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren

33 East, McGaheysville, VA 22840 (540) 289-9809

Garber’s Church of the Brethren

315 S. Dogwood Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-8288

Life2us.Org Ministries

8601 Mcgaheysville Rd McGaheysville, VA 22840 540-289-9008

282 Neff Avenue in the Paint Store Dayton, VA 22821 (540) 421-3947

Mt. Carmel United Brethren and Christ Church

Lindale Mennonite Church

11466 Brocks Gap Rd., Fulks Run, VA 22830 540-896-1503

Full Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle

1275 Garbers Church Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-828-6251

Gospel Hill Mennonite Church 6179 Hopkins Gap Rd, Fulks Run, VA 22830 540-867-9051

Grace Baptist Church 2390 Grace Chapel Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-7674

Grace Covenant Church 3337 Emmaus Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9244

Harrisonburg Free Will Baptist Church 331 Vine Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (540) 433-8980

Harrisonburg Mennonite Church 1552 S High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-4463

Landmark Tabernacle

6255 Jesse Bennett Way, Linville, VA 22834 540-833-5171

Linville Creek Church of the Brethren 409 Brethren Road, Broadway, VA 22815 540-896-5001

Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists Linville United Methodist Church 4101 Rawley Pike (Route 33 West), Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (540) 867-0073

Hilltop Bible Church 21094 Dovesville Rd., Criders, VA 22820 540-434-1431

Holy Infant Catholic Church 101 W Marshall Ave (Rts 33 & 340 Elkton, VA 22827 (540) 298-1341

Holy Myrrhbearers Orthodox Church 2870-D S. Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-908-2094

5180 Kratzer Road, Linville, VA 22834 540-833-2800

Lion of Judah II Ministries 1054 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-292-1213

Mabel Memorial Chapel

11583 Mountain Valley Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-896-3424

Mountain View Fellowship Church

Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church 13375 Third Hill Rd., Fulks Run, VA 22830 540-896-2800

Mt. Clinton Mennonite Church 6954 Mount Clinton Pike Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-867-5885

Mt. Clinton Methodist Church 1595 Muddy Creek Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-867-9551

2025 Reservoir St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Mt Crawford United Methodist Church

Massanutten Presbyterian Church

360 N Main St., Mt Crawford, VA 22841 (540) 433-9597

50 Indian Trail Rd., Penn Laird, VA 22846 540-434-6194

Mayland Christian Church

Mt Horeb Presbyterian Church

4517 Rockfish Rd., 25 Maryland Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Grottoes, VA 24441 (540) 249-5141 540-896-3747

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Mt Horeb United Methodist Church 422 Hinton Rd., Dayton, VA 22821 540-363-2957

Mt Olive Brethren Church 2977 Pineville Road Mc Gaheysville, VA 22840 540-289-5592

Mt Olivet United Brethren in Christ 862 Freemason Run Rd Mount Solon, VA 22843 (540) 350-4250

FAITH AND VALUES Port Republic United Methodist Spring Creek Church 8863 Nazarene Church Road Church

Mt Vernon Mennonite Church 13188 Port Republic Road Grottoes, VA 24441 540-249-4684

Muhlenberg Lutheran Church 281 E Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-3496

New Beginnings Church 101 Pike Church Road Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-1555

On Eagle’s Wings Ministry 111 W Spotswood Avenue, Elkton, VA 22827 540-433-0357

Open Door Gospel 940 Chicago Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22804 540-434-0545

Otterbein United Methodist Church 176 West Market Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-7747

Park View Mennonite Church 1600 College Ave Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-434-1604

Peake Mennonite Church 8613 War Branch Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Peoples Baptist Church 3523 Spotswood Trl. Penn Laird, VA 22846 (540) 434-6554


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8525 Water Street Port Republic, VA 24471 540-249-4111

Bridgewater, VA 22812 540-828-3128

7013 Mountain Grove Road (Off Rt 33, 15 Penn Laird, VA 540-234-9222 or 540-421-0909

St John Lutheran Chapel

Valley Church Of Christ

Potters House Worship Center

North Mountain Rd Timberville, VA 22853

1570 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-434-0223

St Lukes United Church-Christ

Valley Friends Meeting

613 N Mountain Road Timberville, VA 22853 540-896-1183

363 High Street, Dayton, VA 22821

St Nicholas Orthodox Church

21806 Criders Road, Criders, VA 22820 540-852-9338

1911 W Market St Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-801-0519

Providence Baptist Church 1441 Erickson Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-4136

Mt Pleasant Church-Brethren 2788 Taylor Spring Lane Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-7755

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Rader Lutheran Church and Timberville Parish

7581 Rockfish Gap Tpke Greenwood, SC 29646 540-456-6981

Valley View Mennonite Church

Victory Baptist Church 521 Allegheny Avenue Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (540) 434-7868

17072 Raders Church Road Timberville, VA 22853 (540) 896-4241

St Stephen & The Good Shepherd

Ridgeway Mennonite Church

St. Jacob’s-Spaders Lutheran Church

546 East Franklin Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540- 434-3476

3555 Spaders Church Road Mt Crawford, VA 22841 (540) 433-2226

1723 Port Republic Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-3854

River Oaks Church

Sunrise Church Of The Brethren

Weaver’s Mennonite Church

51 G Burgess Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-801-0085

Riverside United Methodist Church 16174 Brocks Gap Road Fulks Run, VA 22830 (540) 852-3577

Rock Church 1639 Gravels Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-574-4628

7078 Rocky Bar Road, Elkton, VA 22827 (540) 249-4121

Vision Of Hope United Methodist Church

1496 S Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (540) 434-1773

2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-7758

Sunset Drive United Methodist Church

715 W.Wolfe St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (540) 434-9634

127 S Sunset Drive, Broadway, VA 22815 540-896-3970

West Side Baptist Church

Weyers Cave United Methodist Church The Holy Birth-Giver of God, the Holy 228 Houff Rd.,Weyers Cave, VA 24486 540-234-0401 Theotokos 61 S. Foxhall Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486 540-234-8767

The Upper Room Church

Wingfield Ministries Inc 2389 Grace Chapel Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-0769

Saint Stephen’s United Church Of Christ

14890 Rockingham Pike, Elkton, VA 22827 (540) 298-8000

358 South Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (540) 434-6290

Trinity Lutheran Church

131 Erickson Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (540) 433-9673

2119 Trinity Church Rd Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (540) 269-6600

Zion Mennonite Church

Sangersville Church-Brethren 26 Vance Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812 540-828-6008

Shalom Mennonite Congregation

Trinity Presbyterian Church 725 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-9556

801 Parkwood Drive at Eastern Mennonite High Harrisonburg, VA 22802 540-432-1659

Trinity United Church of Christ

Shepherd of The Valley Lutheran

Trissels Mennonite Church

229 Main Street, Dayton, VA 22821 540-879-3338

11246 Hisers Lane, Broadway, VA 22815 540-896-7289

161 Church Street, Timberville, VA 22853 (540) 896-3578

Word Ministries Christian Church

3260 Zion Church Rd, Broadway, VA 22815 540-896-7577


Wednesday, December 18, 2019


Harrisonburg, Va.



Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Harrisonburg, Va.

Christmas “As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’” —Luke 9:57-58 NIV hristianity is a religion of paradoxes, and one of the most paradoxical elements of Christianity is the incarnation, the idea that God became man, being born as a helpless child in the humblest of circumstances. Nativity scenes memorialize this event, showing a baby lying in a manger, which is nothing more than a feeding trough for domesticated animals. But Jesus’s birth is only the first of many paradoxes. At the other end of Jesus’s life is the paradox of the almighty God letting himself be taunted and tortured, and ultimately letting himself die an ignominious death by hanging on a cross. We do well to remember that Christianity turns many virtues on their head. Strength, pride and wisdom are replaced by weakness, humility and a kind of naivete or simple-mindedness. At this time of year when we celebrate Christ’s birth with lavish spending and gift-giving, we do well to remember that material things are golden fetters and that poverty makes us free to live a simpler, more spiritual life. The Son of God was born in a manger, and as He himself told a potential follower, he still had nowhere to lay his head. Jesus appears to be telling this man to count the cost of becoming his follower. Christmas might make us think that Christianity is nothing but sweetness and light when in fact it’s incredibly difficult to be a good Christian.– Christopher Simon


St. James United Methodist Church


Sunday School: 9:30 am • Worship: 10:30 am

As children of God, we at St. James UMC desire to worship, to praise and to serve God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit at all times, in all circumstances, and in all places, by being doers of the word and not hearers only, because of Christ’s unconditional love for all people.



4040 Early Road, Harrisonburg OTHER LOCATIONS: • Elkton • Lynchburg • Warsaw • Kilmarnock

Everence® Financial values giving back to our community. In October, we hosted the sixth annual Week of Generosity, where Everence members volunteered at their favorite charities and Everence donated money to the charity for their volunteer hours. Fifty-seven volunteers participated and Everence donated a total of $3,000 to 12 organizations. Learn more about how Everence lives out our values at


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Wednesday, December 18, 2019


You’re Invited To Visit Truth & Grace Fellowship


be kissed. When all the berries had gone, there could be no more kissing.

Christmas Bells

of kissing under mistletoe can be traced to England. Originally, a berry was picked from the sprig of mistletoe before the person could

Church bells ring for many special services, including Christmas mass. During Christmas midnight mass in the Catholic Church, the altar bells may be rung while the priest says the “Gloria.� Bells are part of caroling, and jingling bells are associated with sleighs and Santa’s reindeer. Christmas is rife with traditions that date back ages.


If you do not have a church home, we invite you to come and visit with us me. You too can experience the on that is possible when we meet on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM, at the Lacey Spring Elementary School in Broadway. Harrisonburg.

Truth and Grace Fellowship Christmas Service SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 10:00AM

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the Name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sin� (Matthew 1:21).

3021 John Wayland Highway Dayton VA 22821 Gatherings: Sundays at 10:45 am Studies: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm Prayer: Thursdays at 6:30 pm

ur purpose at Truth And Grace Fellowship is to love God and love people. Our focus is not on brick and ings and resources to be a blessing to those around us. Jesus said, as recorded in Mark 8:32, that if we hold to His teaching, we are really His disciples. Then we “will know the truth, and the truth will set us free.� We all want to walk in freedom don’t en, however, we take God’s truth and try to make people “eat it� without adding the necessary ingredient of grace. Truth without grace becomes law and places people in bondage. Truth, seasoned with grace, however, makes the truth palatable and leads to freedom and life. ed to teaching the truth of God’s word seasoned with His marvelous grace.

Come join us for a morning of praise and worship to the One who came to save us from our sin. *KUUCETKǪEGYKNNDGRQTVTC[GFVJTQWIJCRCPVQOKOGGPVKVNGF Ɵ6JG%TQUUƽRGTHQTOGFD[OGODGTUQHVJGEJWTEJ

The Trauma Center for the Soul

Following the pantomime, Pastor Tim Martin will bring a teaching entitled “Why Christmas?�

Lacey Spring Elementary School 8621 North Valley Pike, Harrisonburg


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Catholics prepare and repent. the season. Do good deeds for t Advent calendars help count down others, embrace peace and love and share special time with others. the days until Christmas.

Set out a nativity scene

Sing carols

Make a nativity scene the primary focus of Christmas decorations and encourage children to play with the figures and act out the Christmas story.

Spread the holiday spirit through song. Get together with a group of friends or neighbors and go door-todoor, or hold a caroling performance at a centralized location. Select religious hymns, but also include some secular favorites. Focus on gifts for good The holiday season is a great Families can focus their energies on faithful endeavors and the spirit time of year to reconnect with one’s of giving that’s synonymous with faith and spirituality.

Harrisonburg Mennonite Church Christmas Events 2019 To Those Who Receive Him: Us Combined Worship Service featuring our Christmas Cantata December 22, 9:40 a.m. No Sunday School or Discipleship Communities

1552 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-434-4463

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24, 10:00 p.m. To Those Who Receive Him: Magi Combined Worship Service December 29, 9:40 a.m. No Sunday School or Discipleship Communities

Wednesday, December 18, 2019



Wednesday, December 18, 2019


Christmas carol spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Holiday cheer is front and center in communities across the globe during the holiday season. This year, celebrants can make this joyous season even more special by singing some of their favorite holiday songs. One holiday season favorite is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” a familiar tune that audiences first heard when it was sung by Judy Garland in the MGM musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” in 1944. The song was a hit among American troops serving in World War II and remains a beloved staple of holiday celebrations today.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight ght Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yuletide gay, From now on, our troubles will be miles awayy Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore Faithful friends who are dear to us Gather near to us once more Through the years, We all will be together If the fates allow, So hang a shining star upon the highest bough And have yourself a merry little Christmas now Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yuletide gay, From now on, our troubles will be miles away Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore Faithful friends who are dear to us Gather near to us once more Through the years, We all will be together If the fates allow, So hang a shining star upon the highest bough And have yourself a merry little Christmas now Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Lyrics courtesy of

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Faith and Values - December 2019  

Faith and Values - December 2019