Everyone Welcome Building Project

Beginning in August, our building is undergoing major renovations to become more accessible.

Here is some information on the whole project. Weekly updates will be posted below.

Searching for Stained Glass Artists!

September 7, 2016 by alisha.huber

CMC stained glass poster

Once more, dear friends

July 21, 2016 by Jeremy Nafziger

It was a great temptation, after the celebration of the building dedication, to declare victory on the renovation project and move on. But it turns out it doesn't work that way, and that a number of items still remain to be finished. Many of them are small, and a few have been completed recently: the speakers to the fellowship hall, nursery, and room 109 are working, for example. We have a new fence around the Water Street side of the playground. We also have a good bid, within budget, for improved lighting in the sanctuary.

But the two big things left, and on which we need your help, are these:

  • Painting the basement
  • Contributions

The basement. The basement is a story that concisely sums up the vagaries of trying to fix one thing in an older building. The initial plan was to simply replace the carpet for about $12,000. It turned out there was asbestos tile under the carpet, which had to be removed ($16,000). It looked like the mastic (the stuff that holds the tile to the floor) would also have to be removed because it frequently also contains asbestos. Then, tests showed no asbestos in the mastic. There was much rejoicing, because that stuff it hard to remove. Then, it turned out that new carpet glue and old mastic don't get along, and in fact tend to combine to form what is technically known as ooze or gloop, which eventually works its way through the new carpet. Fortunately, the asbestos removal bid involved removing the mastic, too. Then it turned out that the mastic was nearly impossible to remove completely; removing it was either unsuccessful, or involved wrecking the concrete in the process. The solution is to pour a thin layer of self-leveling concrete over the old concrete and remaining mastic ($6,000). Oh, and when we tore off the old base cove, it left big clumps of old glue, so that either has to be removed or worked around... so we're using wood baseboard.

All told, the carpet removal and extensive work in the north hall of the basement left a big mess, and we're going to paint the entire area. In a short amount of time, so that Sunday schools and the preschool can start their years in their normal, nice, new spaces on good, nice, new carpet.

Painting in earnest will begin as soon as the new concrete is dry: Tuesday, July 26. The carpet installation will start August 8, so the goal is to paint as much as possible before that. Sunday school begins August 26.

This will take a lot of volunteer hours, there is no doubt about it. But school is still out, you've probably already taken your summer vacation (or are totally willing to postpone it because of this), and certainly have tons of free time (!). Football doesn't start for months, and preseason doesn't count.

And Tom Sawin has agreed to organize the painting work, and I'm very grateful for that. Please sign up for shifts in the regular place, here. It can be done. Make it a small group meeting, a replacement committee meeting, collect random strangers, and so on. Thanks.

Contributions. We made a very good start on pledges, and this will all get paid for in the long run. In the short run, though, some bills are payable now. If there's a way to pay your pledges ahead of schedule, or to add to them in the next month or two, that would be helpful. As always, mark checks as "Everyone Welcome Campaign" and put them in the regular offering. Suitcases full of cash can go directly to the church office. Thanks again.

Sermon and Party, 06/26/2016: Guided by the Spirit

July 4, 2016 by alisha.huber

On June 26, we held the official dedication for our newly renovated building. During the service, Jeremy Nafziger shared some history of the church building, including an intriguing bulletin from the 1930s, which declared that "Everyone is Welcome" here. He and daughter Augusta led the children in singing "The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock," and then the kids got to build LEGO churches throughout the remainder of the service. The CMC Brass played in celebration of the commissioning of one of their own, Jon Nofziger, who, with his wife Grace Hercyk, is moving to Liberia to support its developing democracy.

Pastor Jennifer preached a sermon on building a church—not just the literal structures, but a church that lasts longer and goes farther.

And afterward...well, afterward, we partied.

The party included a LEGO guessing jar (Jessica Hostetler was the winner!), a slideshow of the renovation project, cake, and a fantastic musical performance by a CMC ensemble.

Here are some videos and photos, courtesy of Jim Bishop, Jack Rutt, and Alisha Huber.

Sing along!

A little Menno-Hasidic Reggae

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Support for Everyone Welcome Campaign

June 30, 2016 by alisha.huber

With you, we celebrate the many improvements that have been made to our facilities at Community Mennonite Church during the past year. Many people have shared their insights, their time, and their financial resources to make these improvements possible.

As a Development Committee, we have reached out to more than 160 households to enlist financial support. To date we have received 113 pledges totaling almost $420,000. We have also allocated $70,910 from other sources to meet costs. Our total expenses – including a commitment to give $50,000 to external projects identified by the Outreach Commission – amount to $778,000. So, we need to generate another $287,090. (See the table below.)

As you know, the Building Committee made some major adjustments when serious deficiencies were found during the renovation process. Reports of these changes can be found here.

You can help Community Mennonite Church address the $287,090 gap in these ways:

  1. Make a pledge to CMC’s Everyone Welcome campaign if you have not already done so.
  2. Accelerate the payments on your Everyone Welcome pledge. For example, pay off your pledge in two years instead of three years.
  3. Extend your pledge. If you are giving monthly, add another three, six, or nine months to your pledge payments.
  4. Increase your pledge by an additional 10, 20, or 30 percent.
  5. Double your birthday offering or add a 0 to your birthday. For example, if you are celebrating a 50 th birthday, give $100 or $500 instead of $50.
  6. Designate an Everyone Welcome gift for the external projects (identified by Outreach Commission).

As your CMC Development Committee, we welcome your additional suggestions. We also invite your prayers, continued volunteer efforts, and generous financial support. These improvements will help us better fulfill our commitments to each other, to our community, and to our world.

Thank you for being part of us!

-- CMC Development Committee (Stuart Showalter, Dave Smucker, Ruth Stoltzfus

Jost, David Stenson, and Jennifer Davis Sensenig)


Everyone Welcome Campaign Summary

June 30, 2016


Project Costs $728,000

Beyond Ourselves (Outreach) $50,000

Total Costs $778,000


Cumulative Pledges $420,000

Unpledged Gifts Received $15,337

CMC Reserves $53,279

Birthday Offerings (Jan-June) $2,294

Total Resources $490,910

Amount Needed $287,090


May 31, 2016 by Jeremy Nafziger

The railing is installed on the new ramp (pending a few adjustments), and the fellowship hall carpet is coming in a few short weeks, but last week was highlighted by the amazing accomplishments in the basement. There, a crew installed concrete pads and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams under the coat room and kitchen; cut and poured concrete pads in the floor for steel columns that will support the north hallway floor; and framed and put up drywall around the ductwork on the north wall of the basement Sunday school rooms.

That's a lot for one week, which makes it even more amazing that it was done in one day. And the astonishing part is that it was all donated labor: 32 volunteers from CMC and from the local Guild did it. (The Guild is a group of local carpenters and builders who give one day each month to work on a project for a nonprofit or charity; there are several CMC people in the Guild.)

Jack Rutt took pictures (and supplied captions), which you can see here. There is even a video of the people in action. With jackhammers.

Jack says it was a "CMC version of an Amish barn-raising" that was worth at least $10,000 in labor costs, which is incredible. Others helped last week, including a small group that came in to paint for an evening, and Joan Kauffman who made lunch for all 32 of the people on Guild day. I tried to do a rough estimate of volunteer hours on the project before last week, and came up with 1,300 hours, which I'm almost sure is low, and positive that those hours would have cost at least $30,000.

That's a lot of time and the building committee is very grateful.

We're grateful, of course, for the care and quality of work our paid contractors have done too. But as we start to use the whole church again as the work is finished, there will be something like a halo, to my eye, around the walls people built and finished as a gift.


Just one of Jack's pictures--go see the rest. But this is an LVL; it holds up the coat roam, it has to be installed in a small space; you need a laser level to do it right; and you need to bring concrete in there in buckets to fill the wood form at the bottom of the picture, then install a column to support it.