Bulletin & Newsweekly for Sunday, June 30th, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, June 30, 2019

Snakes & Ladders – Greed & Generosity

Worship Leader: Brendon Derstine
Song Leader: Scott Barge
Prelude & Offertory: Angie Clemens
Children’s Time: Jennifer Davis Sensenig
Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig
Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty

Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Jun 30                      Contemplative Worship Service, 8pm, Sanctuary
Mon, Jul 1-Sat, Jul 6        Pastors at #MennoCon19, Kansas City
Thu, July 4                       Church Office closed for holiday
Fri, Jul 5                            Frist Friday Art Opening, 5-7pm, Sanctuary
Sun, Jul 14                       Bridges Community Potluck, 5-7pm, Purcell Park
Tue, Jul 17                       Monthly Gathering, 6-8, Morrison Park

CMC Events and Announcements

First Friday Art Opening – Anna Westfall is creating a collection of luminaries to grace CMC's sanctuary for the next two months. Come see her work, inspired by the glowing morning light in the space. Our opening celebration will feature music by local favorites Cahoots. Join us for refreshments and celebration! Event details and updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1116644361863549

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.

Farewell Party for Pastor Dayna and Family – Please mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug 4th when we'll celebrate Pastor Dayna's ministry with CMC during worship and at the potluck at Morrison Park to follow.  Church Council

ANYONE INTERESTED IN A TRIP TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM:  The CMC seniors have been working with Ed Bontrager on a day trip to visit the African American Museum in Washington D.C. The trip is Monday, September 23.  We leave Park View Mennonite church parking lot at 7:00 a.m. sharp, return between 6 and 7:00 p.m. The price is $35.00 per person for the bus fare, the ticket is free.  Lunch is on your own. We have 6 spaces available and we are inviting anyone in CMC to join us.  If you want to join us email Dick Stottzfus: erstol@comcast.net before 12:00 noon Monday, July 1st. – Joan Kauffman, Seniors planning committee

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.

COME SWOON ON THE LAST DAY OF JUNE – D'ooogh!! We've moved to our 10 a.m. start time for worship services at CMC as you lay awake at night worrying that you'll be too late to see the latest photo collages on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the south wall of the fellowship hall. Fret not, meine freunden! These displays of activities post-Easter Sunday through Pentecost are still up and running and awaiting your summer daze gaze. To their right, check out an assortment of photos from a recent Kids' Club evening, several resurrected literary marvels including a Fourth of July/Independence Day reflection on our freedoms (Daily News-Record, 6/29/02) 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. Come a few minutes early and ketchup this visual feast with relish. Would July to me?   – Jim Bishop

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)

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.

School kits currently needed – MCC is currently in need of school kits! Items such as notebooks and pencils are treasures for families who struggle to afford basic school supplies. School kits often are requested after disasters and help bring normalcy to children whose families have been forced to flee their homes. Last year, MCC shipped 78,035 school kits to Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Zambia, Ukraine, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Canada and the U.S. For a full list of school kit contents and information on where to drop-off completed kits or kit items, visit mcc.org/kits.

MCC Alumni & Friends Summer Picnic (Harrisonburg, VA) – Join MCC for an alumni and friends summer picnic at Shady Oaks of Weavers Mennonite Church (2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801) on June 29, 2019 to learn more about MCC's work in climate change! Hear from Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube, national coordinator of Compassionate Development Service, an MCC partner agency in Zimbabwe on the topic, "Who is under your carbon footprint?” We will begin with a 6 p.m. outdoor picnic (weather permitting), with food provided by MCC, and then move inside for the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information, and to RSVP by June 25, visit mcc.org/events and contact Luke Schrock-Hurst, Virginia Representative & EMU Liaison, at (540) 746-8844 or LukeSchrockHurst@mcc.org.

Need & Plenty (submit to office@cmcva.org)

Does anyone have a golf cart or similar vehicle that we could borrow for Sing Me High Music Festival, August 23-24? – Greg Yoder (gjyoder@gmail.com)

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.

I’m looking to borrow the gadget that can digitize photo slides. -Sheri Smucker (sheri.smucker@gmail.co)

I’m looking to borrow the gadget that can digitize old VHS recordings from the CMC archives. -Ben Bailey (office@cmcva.org)

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.