Newsweekly for Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, June 16, 2019

Snakes & Ladders – Pride & Humility

Worship Leader: Hannah Hall
Song Leader: Angie Clemens
Prelude and Offertory: Scott Barge
Scripture Readers: Betty Shenk, Norah Gerlach
Children’s Time: Hannah Hall
Preacher: Seth Crissman
Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty
Sending Blessing: Melody Zimmerman
Bulletin: 190616 Bulletin

Upcoming CMC Events
This evening!                       Bridges Community Gathering, 5pm, Purcell Park
This evening!                       Contemplative Worship Service, 8pm, Sanctuary
Tue, June 18                        Monthly Gathering, 6pm, Morrison Park
Save the date                      Church Retreat,  Sept. 20-22, Camp Brethren Woods

CMC Events and Announcements
Did you know that some bat guano sparkles? It looks like it has glitter mixed in, although it's really the hard exoskeletons of the insects they consume every night. If you went up to the attic at CMC, you'd see piles of sparkly bat poop. We have a colony of bats living in our belfry, and occasionally visiting evening meetings–perhaps you've met one of them. While CMC adores the only winged mammal, sharing our building with them poses significant health risks, as well as structural concerns for the building. Church council has received an estimate of $10,000 to safely and humanely remove the bats from our building. We'll be holding a special fifth Sunday offering on June 30 to cover these costs.

Virginia Mennonite Conference has partnered with the Partnership Home Project in West Virginia to build a home for a family who lost theirs in a flood. Harrisonburg Builders Guild volunteers will construct a portion of the house in the Lindale Mennonite Church parking lot during the VMC Summer Delegate Session. VMC congregations are invited to contribute $40,000 to the cost of the house. Church Council has decided to include this project in the fifth Sunday offering on June 30th.

Faith in Action You're invited to attend the Faith in Action Campaign Celebration for local criminal justice reform this Monday, June 17 at 7:00 at Immanuel Mennonite Church at 400 Kelly Street.   Come and learn more about the campaign progress we've made as 24 congregations. Plus eat some great homemade ice cream.

CMC SENIORS SUMMER POTLUCK on Sunday, June 23 at 5:30 at the Morrison Park Shelter.  If it rains we will meet in the church fellowship hall. Meat and drink will be provided.  Bring a dish for sharing, your own plate, glass, and silverware.  If you have a plastic table cloth that will be handy. Bring camping chairs if you desire.  – Joan Kauffman (

TWO NEW SMALL GROUPS are forming this summer.   Here's what you need to know:

  • HIKING SMALL GROUP – This will combine hikes around the area in addition to sharing together.  The initial organizing meeting will be held at CMC on Sunday, June 23 right after worship in Room  For more information, contact Zach Pennington at or (540) 478-2378.
  • YOUNG ADULTS SMALL GROUP – For more information, contact Jonae Hochstetler at jonae0@gmail.comor (218) 401-0362.

For general questions or information about Small Groups, contact Jan Jenner at or  (540)421-8696

The MYF is in need of two minivans w/ drivers for our trip to the Charlottesville airport on Tuesday 9:30 am departure), July 2nd AND home from the Charlottesville airport on Saturday, July 6th (7:45pm arrival).  Or, we'd be happy to borrow two minivans and park them at the Charlottesville airport during the time that we're at Mennonite Church USA Convention.  Please contact Jason Gerlach if your minivan or you and your minivan are available.

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.

Our next Bridges Community Gathering will be on Sunday, June 16 (Father’s Day) from 5:00-7:00 pm. Come to Purcell Park, Shelter #2 (the shelter nearest the large parking lot, restrooms and Kids Castle), bring a dish for the potluck and join in playing (or watching) a variety of outdoor and table games. Bridges is an interfaith, intercultural collaboration with the goal of building bridges of connection with our neighbors. All ages welcome! Rain date: Sunday, July 14, same place and time. — Betty Shenk

RESURRECTION WONDER, NOCH EINMAL – If you missed the last photo collage on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the south wall of the fellowship hall with highlights from the first three Sundays of the new Easter season worship series, fret not. It's been moved just to the right to make room for a new display that resurrects the final worship services (May 19 and 26), culminating with images from "Pentecost Sunday," June 9 (sorry for the Apostle Paul sentences). Also for your viewing pleasure at no additional cost or obligatory obligation – an assortment of photos from a recent remarkable Kids' Club evening, several resurrected literary marvels including a "Father's Day" reflection and a congregational report for March-April, 2019 from Mennonite World Review.  From there, point your proboscis to the "CMC Yesterday" display board on the east wall of the fellowship hall where you'll find a double-poster collage of photographic artistry from Tom Sawin of a "Block Party" held mid-June several years ago.  Again, mea culpa for this pathetic effort to eschew loquacious verbosity.     – Jim Bishop

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond
MCC is seeking a host family (Fall/Winter 2019) for an IVEPer named Waega who has been placed in our community.  He is a young man from Tanzania with a bachelor’s degree in education who will assist the Gandhi Center at JMU with the Mobile Peace Library, and various other projects. The newly acquired library consists of approximately 400 books and will circulate through the various city elementary schools and middle schools and Waega will help with the library and in developing and implementing curriculum connected with the library for the students. A $350/month stipend is provided. – Terry Beitze (

Patchwork Pantry provides a supply of food once a month to those in our community who need food support.  We are in need of volunteers for the summer months. Volunteers fill grocery orders, help pass out produce, take food out to clients cars, and interview clients.  We have a particular need for persons who could interview clients.  It does require some training as we have moved to using computers.  We are also in need of persons who speak Spanish who can help translate.  Our website provides some information about how you can be involved. (check it out, it's new!) Please contact Jennifer Ulrich  Thanks for your support.

KREIDER MOWING BUSINESS This neighborhood-wide lawn business will provide lawn mowing for college ave. and greystone st. residents

  • competitive pricing based on your lawn
  • environmental electric mower used
  • if your regular lawn service is not available please contact me to see if I can help

Contact me at 540-432-9107 -ADRIAN KREIDER

Come out for Everence Night with the Harrisonburg Turks, June 22 at 7 p.m. Cheer on your local baseball players with your family and friends. For your free tickets, visit Everence members can receive concession vouchers.  This would also be a fun youth group activity. If you would like to bring a group, please RSVP to 540-437-7422 to reserve your complimentary tickets.

Highland Retreat’s Annual Steak BBQ will be held at Highland on Saturday, June 22. Join us at 1:00 for the summer staff commissioning service; at 2:30 for an afternoon of activities including the pool, new climbing wall, and a disc golf tournament; or at 5:00 for a tasty steak BBQ dinner followed by music from The Crissman Brothers. Highland will provide rib-eye steaks, as well as hot dogs, black bean burgers, and baked potatoes. Bring a side dish or salad to share, and a donation to support Highland. Visit for more details. To reserve a free campsite or an A-frame cabin for the BBQ weekend, contact the office at or (540)705-0554.

Mennonite Women of Virginia Prayer Breakfast Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:45-8:15 a.m., The Commons, Eastern Mennonite School. Breakfast catered by A Bowl of Good. Multiple “Tobin sisters” will be joining us and sharing in word and song around the theme of "Blessed to be a Blessing.” Hosanna, Bethany, Melody, and Jessa are presently serving or preparing for assignments with VMMissions.  Here is an opportunity to hear how God has given each of these sisters a unique call to live into this core operating principle of God’s family. We will have prayer together for ministries near and far, and an offering received for MWV ministries. Come and join us for this time of "Sistering!" To register for the Prayer Breakfast, call or email Gloria Lehman:  540/421-2122; Please register by July 15. Let us know of any dietary restrictions. Pay $10 at the door for breakfast with cash, credit card or check made payable to MWV.

Need & Plenty (submit to
This new section of the Newsweekly is for CMCers to coordinate sharing. Make a request to the community when you have a practical need, like a post-hole digger, a book about potty training, or someone to walk your cat while you’re away.  Or offer your excess to the community when you are blessed with bounty, like extra Irises, an empty seat on your trip to PA, or an old basketball hoop that your kids have outgrown.

Also, don’t forget about our lending list for large, weird, or banal items that you don’t know you need or are afraid to ask for.  The password is greenstreet. To add things to the lending list, email Michael Ann Courtney (

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