Newsweekly for Sunday, March 4, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, March 4, 2018

LENT III: Wisdom for living God’s promises

Worship Leader: Andrea Wenger

Song Leader: Jeremy Nafziger

Preacher: Dayna Olson-Getty

Children’s Time: Dayna Olson-Getty

Scripture Readers: Nicholas Murch and Paulson Kurtz

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Musicians: Angie Clemens, Katie Derstine, Luisa Miller

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17; John 2:13-22

Bulletin: 030418-Bulletin


Upcoming CMC Events

Sat, Mar 3         Paul Longacre Memorial Service, Visitation, 9 am;

Memorial Service, 11 am, CMC Sanctuary

Sun, Mar 4        Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, 12 noon

Tue, Mar 6        Lenten Prayers, 7:15-7:45 am

Wed, Mar 7       Women’s Bible Study, 8:30-10 am, Room 109

Wed, Mar 7       Kid’s Club, 6-7 pm, basement

Sat, Mar 10       Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Room 109

Sun, Mar 11      New Attenders Brunch, 10:30 am, Dean House


CMC Events and Announcements

Paul Longacre Memorial Service. The memorial service for Paul Longacre will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Community Mennonite Church.  The family will receive friends at 9 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service at CMC.

Lenten Prayer on Tuesday Mornings. During the 6 weeks of Lent, all CMCers are invited to a time of contemplative prayer. We will gather every Tuesday morning during Lent from 7:15 – 7:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. Consider this an opportunity to begin your day by listening and consenting to the Spirit of God within you in the company and presence of brothers and sisters. We will begin by listening to one of the Lenten scripture texts, followed by 15-20 minutes of silence. Instruction will be included for those who are new to Centering prayer. Please join us – entering by the ramp door. Keaton Shenk, Kathy Hochstedler and Jane Peifer

CMC Women’s Bible Study. CMC is sponsoring a women’s Bible study on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-10 am.  Our Bible study and conversation relates to the scriptures included in the previous Sunday’s worship service. This series (Feb 14-March 21) will focus on Lent.  Childcare is provided.

CMC Kids’ Club. Children ages 4-grade 5 are invited to come to Kids’ Club on Wednesdays at 6 pm. If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer, please contact Pastor Jason at or 540-433-2148.

New Attenders Brunch. Are you new, new-ish, or new-again to CMC? We’d love to get to know you better and help you get connected at CMC. The next New Attenders Brunch will be held following worship, beginning at 10:30 am, on Sunday, March 11 in the Dean House. RSVP to Pastor Dayna ( or just come on over.

TIME TO FILL THE BOXES! For the next 3 weeks we will have the boxes for the post-high, young adults in the Fellowship Hall.  Please consider putting some little treats, snacks, messages, office supplies, etc., in the boxes to remind them how much CMC cares and prays for them.  The 5 years after high school are a very important time in our young adults’ lives!  There are 25 boxes this year! Thanks, Sheri Smucker

Van Needed for Bible Quizzing Team. This year the CMC Bible Quizzing team will participate in the year-end tournament. It’ll take place in Archbold, Ohio during the weekend of March 16th through 18th. In preparation for this trip we’re looking for an 8 passenger van. If an 8 person van doesn’t become available, then we’re also interested in a 7 passenger van. If you’re willing to lend your van to the ONLY Bible Quizzing team representing Virginia in the tournament, contact Pastor Jason (

Hosting Singers for Mennonite School Music Festival. CMC has been asked to host around 40 students from Dock Mennonite Academy (formerly Christopher Dock High School) during the Mennonite School Music Festival the weekend of April 6-8. This entails hosting students overnight Friday and Saturday night, providing transportation for them to EMU, providing breakfast and possibly a packed lunch. Please be in touch with either Jennifer North Bauman ( or Katie Derstine ( to let them know how many students you can host, and if you have a gender preference. Thank you so much for considering this!

Sunday School Connection. Below is a weekly note for families of children (age 4 and up) who use the Shine curriculum. Each Sunday you will find faith nurture ideas that coordinate with the weekly Sunday school session plans.

John 13:1–20: “Jesus washes the disciples’ feet” Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story. (1) Read John 13:3–5. Picture Jesus kneeling down before you and washing your feet. How do you feel? (2) Talk about which household chores you like the least. The best? (3) What family service project can you do this week?
Did you know? Jesus calls us to [unscramble the words] reesv heca toher.
Prayer for the week: Thanks for hands, thanks for feet. Thank you for this food to eat. Thanks for work and thanks for fun. Thank you for the day that’s done. Amen.

Update from Giles and Amy Eanes. Giles and Amy Eanes have sent an update about their work in Colombia with MCC. It is posted on the Missions Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.

Register for Community Preschool. Registration is now open at Community Preschool for families of CMC members. Classes meet for 2 days in the morning, 3 days in the morning, or 3 days in the afternoon. Please contact Eliot Swartz ( if you have any questions.

Sojourners Articles. On a shelf at the back of the sanctuary is a copy of the March 2018 Sojourners magazine. On the cover is a red cap with the words, “Make Babylon Great Again,” followed by “How to Handle a Power-Hungry Narcissist: Tips from the Book of Daniel.” A very clever article by William Barber II. Inside is another article called “The Politics of Revelation: John’s Christology of the Lamb,” by Reta Finger.  Help yourself, but please return the magazine when finished.

Compassion Funds. Financial hardships in our congregation arise for a variety of reasons:  medical bills, job loss, unexpected major expenses, counseling/therapy. CMCers generously support the Compassion Fund for mutual aid among members, so that we can ease these hardships among our households.  If you or a CMCer you know has a financial need, Grants Committee will review your need through a brief application available on our website. CMC households are eligible for up to $600 twice annually in Compassion Funds as administered through the Grants Committee, which maintains confidentiality. In situations of higher need the process includes a recommendation from Grants Committee to Council.  Please contact Grant Committee Chair, currently Shannon Sneary (, with any procedural questions.  –Pastoral Team

Looking for a Small Group? The CMC Small Group Committee has created a small group opportunity called the Open Circle. It will meet monthly on Second Saturdays at 6 pm in room 109 of the church. Our next meeting is Saturday, March 10. This group invites folks who are looking for a way to connect with others in the church through fellowship, discussion and mutual support. So if you are new to the congregation, new to the idea of small groups, or are not currently in a small group and are looking for a way to connect, you are invited. The circle is always open! Children are welcome and there will be snacks. Contact Adam Yoder for more information at or 540-810-3376.

Cracked Pots or Treasures in Clay? A double-poster photo college covering the whirl of activities that was Epiphany Season, January 2018 remains on display yet this Sunday on the “Community Mennonite Church: Today” bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall. Also posted – a Lenten reflection, “From Introspection to Life With New Meaning” from the Feb. 20, 1996 Gospel Herald magazine and a congregational report for Nov.-Dec., 2017, from Mennonite World Review.    Jim Bishop

Yesterday Once More. Across the way, on the “Community Mennonite Church: Yesterday” bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall, you’ll find photo collages with comings and goings from February 2011 and Epiphany season 2015. These posters will be replaced next week with Lent-to-Easter archival displays.    Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Educating ourselves.  While 35 degrees F may not be unusual in Virginia in February, it is unusual for the North Pole, where it was recorded this week.  In fact, that’s 50 degrees F above normal for the North Pole, and that’s…weird.  As the highly acclaimed and entertaining series “Global Weirding” explains this week, the crazy climate things happening in polar regions matter for a variety of surprising reasons.

House for Sale. 3 BR 2 BA brick ranch about 1 block from EMU. Bonus room upstairs, small garage, TONS of storage and a fish pond out back.  Also, free to a good home: little black shih tzu – friendly, quiet (rarely barks), good with children or older adults.  Please contact Carmen Wyse at 540-246-9935 or at for more info (this is my parents’ house).

Notes from Everence:

Retirement account gifts. You can use your retirement savings to make year-end donations. If you withdraw money from your account for retirement income (known as a distribution), you can give these dollars tax-free to our church or a charity. Learn more about gift options at



Events and Announcements from the Broader Community             

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference. Please note that announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference are now accessible on the Conference website at

Come join us for a Concert to Benefit Bridge of Hope on Friday, March 2, 7-9 pm at Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg. Featuring the Walking Roots Band with opening band Low Volume, tickets are $15 and available from Court Square Theater’s website: Harrisonburg).

Lenten Hymn Sing on March 4. CrossRoads | Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center hosts a Lenten hymn sing focused on Discipleship on Sunday, March 4, at 7 PM in the log house on the CrossRoads campus. Join song-leader Ben Bergey (member of the Resonate hymnal project committee) for an hour of singing and reflection on what it means to be following Jesus in the 21st century. Bring a blue hymnal worship book and purple/green supplements if you have them. A free-will offering will benefit the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

A Capella Concert on March 9. Come enjoy performances by three local “mostly Mennonite, mostly a cappella” singing groups, Cantore, Shekinah and Good Company, on Friday March 9th at 7:30 pm in the Park View Mennonite Church Sanctuary. There is no charge for admission but an offering will be collected to support the development of a new Mennonite hymnal. For more information contact Steve Carpenter at

Eastern Mennonite High School Senior Class presents the play “Excellent Trouble” by Ted Swartz and Ingrid DeSanctis March 9 & 10 at 7:30PM in the EMS Auditorium, 801 Parkwood Drive.  “Excellent Trouble” explores the relationships of your favorite biblical characters who find themselves in trouble of an excellent nature……A mix of drama and comedy, “Excellent Trouble” hopes you find yourself in these characters of Biblical proportions….Tickets available at the door: $7 adults; $5 students/senior citizens.

International Women’s Day March in Harrisonburg. Join the 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Celebration and March on Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 am. Meet at City Council building and march to the rally at Court Square. #PressforProgress.

Come help make urgently needed comforters for Mennonite Central Committee.  MCC needs 1,760 by the end of March to fill their partner requests.  A community knotting bee will be held March 12 & 13, 9-2 p.m. at Shady Oak, Weavers Mennonite Church.  Snacks and drinks provided; bring a sack lunch.  Everyone is welcome.

An Invitation Open to All. An invitation to enjoy Ted and Company and also benefit Gemeinschaft Home. Ted and Company is performing “The Jesus Story” as a fund raiser for Gemeinschaft Home.  Date and Time: Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 PM.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Place: Divine Unity Community Church, 1680 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg, VA.  Suggested donation of $15.00 per ticket.   Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Centennial Histories Symposium. EMU’s History Department is planning an event at it’s Centennial Histories Symposium.  ACRS participants are encouraged to attend the Centennial Histories Symposium on Saturday, March 24.  Registration is necessary and can be found at this link. Faculty and students reps from Bethel, Hesston, Bluffton, Goshen, and EMU will be in attendance, along with former presidents and authors.  We’d love to see folks from ACRS there as well!

Volunteer with MDS. MDS has many urgent volunteer needs and several job opportunities. Please pray for those considering service with MDS and for the volunteers as they travel to and from locations, handle tools, repair and build homes and bring hope to disaster survivors. Consider being an MDS volunteer or applying for one of the job opportunities listed on the MDS website:

MCC service opportunity in Ethiopia. Serve with SALT. Not sure what to do after graduating from college? Tired of your current job? MCC’s SALT positions for young, single adults (18-30 years) serving overseas are being filled. Come teach English in beautiful, rugged Northern Ethiopia and work on a team with MCC Ethiopia Reps Bruce Buckwalter and Rose Shenk, from this congregation. Submit your application today! Follow the links below for more information: or

Sign a Petition demanding an end to retaliation against Cargill union supporters and the immediate reinstatement of three unjustly suspended workers. Nelly Mencia, Graciela Ortiz and Ernestina Castillo are three long-time Cargill employees who were unjustly suspended for being union supporters.  Terminating or otherwise disciplining employees who express support for a union in their workplace is a serious violation of the National Labor Relations Act. The petition calls on Cargill Dayton to cease and desist all retaliation against Cargill employees who express support for the union and to immediately reinstate Nelly Mencia, Graciela Ortiz and Ernestina Castillo. Copies of the petition and or script can be obtained by emailing Michael Snell-Feikema at

Invitation to Take HRCSB Survey. Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board aspires to better understand how our community hears about, accesses and experiences behavioral health and developmental services.  We are very interested in hearing from clients, stakeholders and “the general population” about current experiences with us, possible gaps in services, and a means to measure the effect of changes we have made in the future. How do we know what our community needs?  We believe that asking a large number of clients, family, stakeholders and citizens might give us a better indication of what the barriers are to accessing services and even what seems to be missing. Please find the survey in English, Spanish and Arabic at Thank you for taking a moment to complete this survey by March 15, 2018

Grief and Loss Support Group. Support groups for those experiencing the loss of a significant other begin April 3 and 4. Support groups are held in a safe and confidential environment, and led by a trained facilitator provided by Sentara Hospice Services. Advance registration required. To register and for more details, please call Jennifer Mann at 540-564-5833 or email






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