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Worship this Sunday, April 28, 2019

Theme: Resurrection Wonder
Worship Leader: Dayna Olson-Getty                                        
Song Leader: Jared Stutzman, Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Choir
Children’s Time: Dennis Showalter
Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig
Scripture: Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31
Bulletin:  042819-Bulletin

Upcoming CMC Events

Fri, Apr 26                  CMC Seniors, 7pm, Fellowship Hall
Sun, Apr 28               Contemplative Worship Service, 8pm, Sanctuary
Wed, May 1                        Kids’ Club, 6pm, Basement
Fri, May 3                            First Friday Art Opening, 5-8pm, Fellowship Hall
Sun, May 5                          Monthly Potluck, 11:45pm, Fellowship Hall

CMC Events and Announcements

This Sunday, April 28, there will be a children's story, sharing how CMC can help the seasonal apple pickers that come to Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties.  They are in the community from August through November, and come with only the most essential items for travel.  The Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program (SVMEP) is asking for donations of the following items: heavy duty work gloves, coats, sweaters, sweatpants, hats, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoos, deodorants, loofas, sponges, body wash, shaving cream, razors, etc.  On May 5 and 12, we will try to fill several apple baskets with supplies for the workers.  -Dennis Showalter, Outreach Chair

Come out to Community Mennonite Church on May 3, 2019, from 5:00-7:30, as part of Harrisonburg's First Friday events. Paul Cook will be exhibiting a collection of oil and graphite works entitled, Contrasting Visions: Two Paradigms on the Same Canvas. Refreshments will be provided; musical performance by Lightning Lucas. Artist's talk at 6:00pm.

The bake sale organized by Caroline Murch and planned for Saturday, April 27th has been cancelled.

You are welcome to join the Contemplative Worship Service weekly on Sundays at 8 pm at CMC. This service is an invitation to deepening our everyday connection to God, ourselves and the community through healing, action and contemplation for the sake of the world. The service will be a time for contemplative silence, embodied practice, and a space that welcomes and affirms everyone. Please note children are welcome, however there will be no childcare provided during the service. Contact Adam Yoder ( on behalf of the Contemplative Service Discernment Group for additional information.

Faith and Finances (Adult Ed Class). This week the Faith and Finances for All Ages and Stages class will hear from Lana Miller and Jackie Painter (Everence Financial Advisor) about “Emergency Savings and Investing.” Please feel free to join us in Room 109!                                                                                                                          

CMC Seniors. The CMC Seniors group is meeting on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. (tonight!) in the church fellowship hall.  Wayne and Kathy Hochstedler and Duane and Joan Kauffman will share their SOOP experiences they had in 2018. Wayne and Kathy were working in N.M. with the Navajo Nation.  Duane and Joan were engaged in Festival Sales out of Petitcodiac, New Brunswick.  Bring finger foods to share.  Coffee and hot tea will be available. –Joan Kauffman

Pastor Jennifer is leading Bible Study at Park View Mennonite Church. Everyone welcome!  On Tuesdays (April 30-May 21) from 7-8:15 am the men's Bible study at Park View is inviting women.  Enjoy an early morning, breakfast, scripture and table conversation.  This 5-week series is called Women Who Made (Biblical) History II and we'll study anointing women of the Gospels, the Woman clothed with the sun (Revelation), Huldah, Tamar, and a few others.

New CMC Church Administrator.  CMC is grateful for Joyce Peachey Lind and her excellent service as our church administrator.  The Personnel Committee has selected Ben Bailey as the new church administrator; he began work on April 25. We reviewed many resumes and interviewed several highly qualified candidates.  With multiple internal candidates well-suited for the position, we also solicited the perspective of an experienced person outside of CMC, who reviewed resumes with the names removed.  Thanks to the congregation for supporting this shared ministry of CMC through generous giving, tapping shoulders, and applying for this position.  We're blessed to have Ben joining our staff team in this 3/4 time role.  –Personnel Committee:  Jeremy Nafziger (chair), Aili Huber, Larry Miller, Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Pastoral Gifts?  Do you know someone who is spiritually sensitive and demonstrates good discernment in their lives?  Do you know CMCers who care about the life of our congregation and have leadership gifts?  Gifts discernment is receiving names of members who might serve on Pastoral Team beginning in 2020.  Our continuing pastoral elders are Veva Mumaw and Matthew Hunsberger, so please consider CMCers who might serve well in a 3-year term on our team of pastors and pastoral elders. A job description for the pastoral elder can be found on the CMC website. Please share names with Brendon Derstine, chair of gifts discernment committee.

New or Gently Used Children’s Books Wanted for Kids’ Club. Most Wednesday evenings children who attend Kids’ Club are given the chance to choose a book to take home to keep. If you have new or gently used, quality children’s books that need a new home, please consider donating them to the CMC Kids’ Club. Books may be dropped off at the church office or contact Hannah Hall at

Meals for Kids’ Club. Thank you so much to all of the small groups who have brought food to Kids’ Club so far! We are in need of more simple Wednesday meals if it works for your small group or family. Generally we have 10-15 kids a week (sometimes more). Please email Hannah Hall, if there’s a Wednesday that works for you!

FROM PSALM SUNDAY TO EASTER – The latest photo collage on the "CMC Today" bulletin board at the south end of the fellowship hall is featuring Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday activities on the worship series theme, "Blessed Hunger, Holy Feast." To the right, you'll find a second photo display from March to early April on the same Lenten theme. Taste and see!   Jim Bishop

MAY EYE?  –  Then, cast ye corporate gaze eastward to the "CMC Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall. There you'll find a photo display of images from May 2012 and a second collage of CMC activities. singin' and swingin' into late spring 2013. Check out these "timeless" photographs and memories.  Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Educating ourselves.  The proposed Green New Deal has generated plenty of discussion, much of it centering around whether its broad approach is too ambitious, or is a needed combination of ideas.  For good analyses on both sides, read the case for the Green New Deal as the only way to move forward in the current situation, and the alternative case for scaling it back to focus only on climate.

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

Eastern Mennonite Middle School presents the drama Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Based on the book by Roald Dahl and dramatized by Richard R. George, the comedic play follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join a small group of contest winners who get to tour the magical factory of eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. All involved discover the meaning of teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem. General admission tickets: $7 adults, $5 students/senior citizens. Prospective students and families may receive a complimentary ticket. Purchase at the door, call 540-236-6025 or purchase online

The Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative Noche de Salsa is next Saturday, April 27! Still need to buy tickets? Share the Facebook event with your friends? Forward this email to your friends and family? Don't miss this celebration of SLI’s significant and positive impacts on the lives of its scholars!

Register for MennoCon19 by April 30 at to make sure your registration includes lunch, t-shirts and a servant project. This is the last day to receive these additions and benefit from a lower registration rate.

The Valley Antiwar Coalition will show the award winning documentary film, “Chavez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” on Thursday, May 2, at 7pm, at CMC in the Sanctuary. Discussion will follow. In 2002, an Irish film crew doing a documentary on former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unexpectedly finds themselves in the middle of an attempted military coup by the opposition to Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution. It is a rare glimpse into the social and political dynamics of the Bolivarian revolution from a non-corporate media perspective. We will use it as a springboard for discussing the current US intervention in Venezuela. – Michael Snell-Feikema (

The Valley Playhouse will be presenting The Diary of Anne Frank — a retelling of the story of a Jewish girl who goes into hiding with her family in WWII to escape the Nazis — at Court Square Theater. JP Gulla is directing, and the cast includes several members of our congregation: Robin Vogel, and Jonathan and Jennifer Murch. Showtimes are Thursdays – Saturdays, May 2-4, and May 9-11 at 7:30 pm, and Sundays, May 5 and 12, at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Fore the Flames Golf Tournament, May 3 at Heritage Oaks Golf Course, will benefit Eastern Mennonite School student financial aid and athletics program. $100 registration fee per person includes: greens fees, cart, range balls, door prizes and lunch by Hank’s Smokehouse. The morning flight begins at 8 a.m. and the afternoon at 1 p.m. Register as individuals or a team of four. Contact Trisha Blosser with questions, 540-236-6024, or register at

Musikgarten Classes: Registration is now open for a 3-week session of Musikgarten at EMU! Classes for ages 0-5 will be held May 14, 21, & 28, and will include folk songs, movement, making music with instruments, music games and more in a fun, educational environment. Register online ( or call 540-432-4277 by May 3 to join us and discover your child’s love of music!

Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir Auditions: If your child enjoys singing, they will love being a part of the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir! SVCC is a nationally acclaimed children’s choir based in Harrisonburg, Va that values education, fun, musical excellence and community.  SVCC will hold auditions for performing choirs (2nd-12th grade) on May 8th and 9th, from 4-7pm.  Please call 540-432-4650 or email to schedule an audition!  For more information about SVCC, please visit SVCC's website at

Pleasant View’s 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament: Come out to support individuals with intellectual disabilities on Friday, May 10, at Spotswood Country Club 1980 Country Club Road in Harrisonburg, Va. Format: Captain's Choice; registration will begin at 8:00 AM, with a shotgun start at 9:10 AM. *Fees if you pay with cash or check: $100/golfer, or $380/team of 4. If paying with PayPal: $103/golfer, or $389/team of 4. Team prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Mulligans, power balls, and 50/50 will be offered at registration. We will have closest to the pin and longest drive contests. A delicious BBQ buffet lunch catered by Hank's Smokehouse Southern Grillery will be provided in the Spotswood Country Club starting at 1:00 PM. Team prizes, contest prizes, and door prize drawings will be awarded after lunch. To register call Pam Miller at 540-896-8255 or email her at

Shekinah women’s vocal group presents a CD release concert, “By and By,” on Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm at Community Mennonite Church. Admission by donation, light refreshments following. More info at

Andrew Peterson, a singer-songwriter and recording artist who has released more than 10 records over the past 15 years, will be on the Resurrection Letters Tour and play at EMS Auditorium Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. On this tour, Andrew will be with Band & Special Guest Taylor Leonhardt. This concert is organized by SONGS FOR THE VALLEY. Members of EMS Touring Choir will get the opportunity to sing on one of the songs. General Admission Tickets are $20 + processing fees. Go to Contact with questions.

The Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser to benefit Lezha Academic Center (grades 1-12) in Lezhe, Albania, will be held at the Shady Oak facility of Weaver’s Mennonite Church. Help VMMissions and the LAC board of directors support this school with your attendance on Friday, May 17 from 4–7 p.m. Suggested donations: ADULT: $20, CHILD UNDER 12 years: $10.

The Collins Center will be offering an Approved Adult Training on Saturday May 18th from 9am-noon at Park View Mennonite Church (1600 College Ave.), breakfast provided.  Any new volunteers that have expressed interested in working with children or youth in your congregation are welcome to attend this training!  It would be helpful to have a rough headcount before the presentation so that Ross and I bring enough materials for everyone, so please send us that number ahead of time if possible. RSVP to Child Protection Committee Chair, Marsha Thomas (

Enjoy tacos and support VMMissions workers in Central Asia! On Sunday, May 19, there will be a drop-in taco bar fundraiser from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. VMMissions is delighted to have worker J.W. present at the fundraiser.

Join Putt Fore Missions, a mini-golf tournament and meal fundraiser for VMMissions on Thursday, May 23, 5:30PM – 9:30PM. There will be two waves of the tournament, with teams of four. Registration is $100 ($25 per person), and includes 18 holes and 4 meal tickets. Deadline: May 13. Everyone is invited to come! Not a golfer? Come just for the dinner (suggested $10 donation) and enjoy a fun, family atmosphere and support missions! Learn more at

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, provides free summer experiences for children from low-income New York City neighborhoods. Sign up today to host a child! Trip dates for this summer are July 8-15, July 8-22, and July 24-31. For more information call Jennifer Murch at 833-4161, or Shannon Sneary at 209-1234.

The Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) is a Harrisonburg-based nonprofit organization that creates college opportunities for first-generation Latino high school students through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, supportive mentorships and scholarship awards. SLI has served more than 80 scholars since 2012 at Harrisonburg High School and John Handley High School in Winchester, awarding $116,000 in SLI college scholarship awards and $24,000 in SLI computer awards. It has also paid more than $9,000 in tuition support for students to enroll in college dual enrollment courses while in high school. For more information, please visit or contact Christopher Clymer Kurtz (director of development) at or 434-299-2549.

For anyone interested, Matt Carlson has elderberry canes available, free for the taking. If interested, be in touch with him (

Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg-Rockingham is currently looking for a Neighboring Volunteer group of 6-10 committed people that would like to walk alongside and encourage a family in our program.  Bridge of Hope works with single-parent families (children under 18) facing homelessness in our community.  The program lasts 12-24 months.  Initial training, ongoing relational support, and planned monthly gatherings will be provided.   If you have questions, you can ask any of CMC’s former neighboring group which included Sue Swartz, Andrea Wenger, and Shirley Showalter. Please contact Chris Hoover Seidel, Director, at or cell: 717-602-0871 if you are interested.

Costa Rica Trip for High School Students. Eliana Tejedor and David Shenk will be facilitating a cross-cultural experience for high school students this summer in Costa Rica and are still looking for 2 or 3 more students to join the trip. The dates of the trip are from June 10th to 29th and the total cost is $1,600. Please contact David or Eliana asap if you know of any interested families with rising 9th graders or high schoolers! 540-383-9011 or 540-208-4541.

Join Eastern Mennonite School Discovery this summer! Students currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade who are interested in a month-long, cross-country group learning experience about land and water resources are invited to apply to join the 2019 Eastern Mennonite High School Discovery trip June 4 to 29. Led by Lee Good, science teacher, and other faculty and staff, participants will travel by bus coach, sleep in tents, eat, laugh, learn, play and pray together. Contact for more info or to apply. Details at

Love Crosses Borders: A Mennonite Men immersion experience with immigrants. Love is the greatest of all virtues. But what does love look like in times of cynicism and polarization? Borders are not only social constructs, they’re also spiritual ones. Who’s included? Who’s excluded? How do we reconcile God’s call to welcome the stranger with so much fear-filled rhetoric and policies? What can unwelcomed immigrants teach the Church about love? How can the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement inform and inspire us to a love that crosses borders? July 28 to August 3, 2019 Mennonite Men will provide a week-long immersion experience with immigrants to engage these issues. To register or for more information, visit or contact Steve Thomas at

Travel to Ethiopia and learn about the impact of MCC’s partnerships in the region that bring food security, watershed rehabilitation, conservation agriculture and peace to many communities. Included are stops at Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana, and Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This two week learning tour is scheduled for Jan or Feb 2020. See the flier on the bulletin board near the coat racks for more information.

You are invited to join Myron and Esther Augsburger on an “Anabaptist Heritage Tour” to Germany, Austira, and Switzerland, May 13-23, 2020. It is also the decadal year when the Oberammergau Passion Play is being given. A few of the places visited are Zurich, Lucerne, Trachselwald Castle, Anabaptist Cave, Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck and more. For a detailed brochure contact Ed Bontrager, tour coordinator, at, or call 540-574-3833.

Check out the new Mennonite Women of Virginia blog at! It's a place for women to share their stories and connect with one another across the conference. If you have interest in writing for the blog as a regular contributor or even as a guest on occasion email us at

Save the Date!  Bike Shenandoah will host their 22nd year to "cycle for service" on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Come bike the beautiful Shenandoah valley and enjoy the vibrant fall colors while raising funds to support Virginia Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Central Committee, MennoMedia, Our Community Place, Robert Webb Child Care Center and NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center. Family friendly rides of 62 miles, 30 miles, 15 miles and 5 miles will be offered for bicycle enthusiasts. Even if you do not cycle, consider sponsoring a rider. $50 registration donation, $25 for students and minors, $10 for 5-mile riders. Tax deductible receipts are available for all donations. For more details, visit

Pray for Franconia Conference & Eastern District Conference as they gather for a joint Delegate Assembly on May 4.


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