Bulletin & Newsweekly for Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, June 23, 2019

Snakes & Ladders – Envy & Contentment

Worship Leader: Aili Huber
Song Leader: Nancy Heisey
Prelude & Offertory: Matthew Hunsburger
Scripture Readers: Andrea Wenger, Anna Showalter, Larry Miller, Elaine Stolzfus, Wayne Teel, Ray Horst
Children's Time: Dayna Olson-Getty
Preacher: Dayna Olson-Getty
Bulletin: 190623 Bulletin

Upcoming CMC Events

This evening!                       CMC Seniors Potluck, 5:30pm, Morrison Park Shelter
This evening!                       Contemplative Worship Service, 8pm, Sanctuary
Save the date                      Church Retreat,  Sept. 20-22, Camp Brethren Woods

CMC Events and Announcements

David and Sophie Lapp Jost shared powerful reflections about their year in Nazareth in our service on June 9th;  if you missed it, the sermon is available on the church website.  They appreciate our prayers for their family here in Harrisonburg and for their transition this fall to Bammental, Germany where they will continue with Mennonite Mission Network.  David and Sophie's most recent update letter with photos is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.  If you'd like to receive their prayer letters and updates, they will be happy to send them to you.  Their email address is lappjost@gmail.com.   – Outreach Commission

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.

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 silver ware.  If you have a plastic table cloth that will be handy. Bring camping chairs if you desire.  – Joan Kauffman (kykauffmans@yahoo.com)

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 rocktown82@gmail.com 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 janjenner@gmail.com or  (540)421-8696

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 (yodera@yahoo.com) on behalf of the Contemplative Service Discernment Group for additional information.

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

Please join us in welcoming Jay and Sheri Hartzler and John and Glenda Leonard back to Harrisonburg!  Drop by to say hello and chat this coming Sunday, June 23, from 5:30-7 at our home (650 Parkwood Drive).  We'd love to have you stay for a house concert by brothers Seth and Jon Crissman beginning at 7pm.  Seth is known for his music with The Walking Roots Band, and Jon is a classically trained guitarist.  You are guaranteed to hear a variety of musical genres played both individually and with the brothers together.  Bring your own beverages and snacks and a donation for the musicians.  Questions?  Call 540-434-3369.  Sue and Ted Swartz

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond
The local TPS (Temporary Protected Status) committee cordially invites you to a fundraiser meal on Sunday June 30 from 5-7pm at the American Legion Post 188 at 350 Waterman Dr Harrisonburg. Salvadoran food will be served and you will learn more about TPS efforts in the Valley and nationally. Suggested donation $20. Contact Harold Shenk at morshenk@gmail.com or 830-5313 for tickets.

Join us for "Worship in the Woods," the summer vespers series of the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center, Sundays at 7 PM at 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg. This week Worship in the Woods features the John Kline Riders. This group rides in on horseback, sings songs, and tells stories about Brethren elder John Kline. Come for the horses, stay for the faith formation! This is a great event for children and a wonderful opportunity to learn about one of the Valley's most passionate and influential peacemakers. –Greg Yoder

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is seeking a new Executive Director.  LMPC provides speakers and education resources for churches of all denominations on biblical peace and justice issues, as well as conflict transformation skills training and training for church leaders grounded in family systems theory. We also provide mediation and consultation services for churches, schools, and other organizations. Please email all questions and correspondence to: searchcommittee@lmpeacecenter.org For information about LMPC, consult the web site — www.lmpeacecenter.org

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 Beitzel (beitzetd@jmu.edu)

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.com/harrisonburg. 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 complementary 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 highlandretreat.org for more details. To reserve a free campsite or A-frame cabin for the BBQ weekend, contact the office at info@highlandretreat.org 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 assignment 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; glorialehman67@gmail.com. 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 office@cmcva.org)

We need housesitter from August 22 – September 29.   Watering plants and caring for our very energetic dog, Lucy are the primary responsibilities.   Contact Jan Jenner at 540-421-8696 or janjenner@gmail.com.

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.