CMC Newsletter For June 8, 2022

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
June 12
Jesus calls for Justice

Luke 4:16-21
Sermon by  Pastor Jennifer
Parent-Child Dedication
Second Hour:
High School Grad Recognition

June 19
Welcoming Everyone

James 1:27-2:8, 14-17
Sermon by Pastor Jason
Second Hour: 
MCC Report by Rose Shenk & Bruce Buckwalter AND Potluck at the Park


A Word from Pastor Jennifer

Are you distraught by the injustices that are baked in to our society?  So was Jesus.  His first century ministry addressed a range of justice concerns, in a range of ways–building alternative community, prayer, sharing vision, demonstration, confrontation, personal sacrifice, and playful stories and theater.  This week we begin a summer worship series on Seeking Justice Together.  We begin with Jesus’ anointing for justice ministry, and in subsequent weeks we will also draw from his ancestors and later followers–women and men who stood for justice in their own time and place.  Our worship series will include some “wicked problems” in our society.  Look forward to Sundays with rich spiritual resources for living like Jesus in light of twenty-first century concerns such as LGBTQ inclusion, intercultural competency, economic justice, land acknowledgement, abuse prevention, reparations, and more.  As always, we will pray with and for each other, sing our faith, listen for the Spirit’s direction, and practice being church.  If you’d like a quick (6 min) cartoon take on Biblical justice check out this video. Join us in person whenever you’re in town or connect via livestream if that’s a better option for you.  
  • Pray for Violet and Ray Horst as they are grieving the death of Violet’s brother.
  • Pray for healing and strength for Sara Hartzler who has a broken collar bone and a broken wrist.
  • Pray for Joy Kreider as she works to create spaces for healing and reconciliation in her ministry with people who have experienced harm.
  • Pray for CMC’s high school seniors who have graduated or are graduating this weekend.
One of the ways CMCers can support one another at a distance is through prayer. If you have a prayer request to share with the pastors or with the congregation, click on this Prayer Link.

Wednesday, June 8
Silas Roth Sawatzky

Saturday, June 11
Lois Ropp Kauffman

Monday, June 13

Matt Waidelich
Celebrating our High School Graduates!
This Sunday, June 12 during the second hour CMC will celebrate our graduating high school seniors. After worship please visit the tables in the Fellowship Hall dedicated to our graduates. There will be baskets for cards and note cards will be available to write words of blessing and encouragement. Cake will be served outside on the playground to celebrate this milestone in their lives!

This year’s high school graduates are:
Malia Bauman
Micah Cessna
Ava Grace Flory
Ravi Holsinger
Anneka McDonald
Caroline Murch
Atticus Nafziger
Evan Graber Neufeld
Silas Roth Sawatzky
Eli Stoll
Jacob Stoltzfus
Jill Yoder
50 Years in Pictures!
For two Sundays (Pentecost, June 5th, and the following Sunday, June 12th) hundreds of pictures taken by our beloved Jim Bishop are on display.  The poster boards on display are about one-third of the total poster boards Jim created.  Some years Jim created 17-19 poster boards.  We're so grateful to have these poster boards!  (Special thanks to Jason Gerlach, Roveen Yoder, and Rhoda Derstine for organizing the displays.)
Watch for these poster boards to show up again at church retreat, September 16-18!
—- CMC NEWS —- 
Finance Committee welcomes Krista Powell to our team!
We are fortunate to have so many numbers-minded individuals in our congregation who are willing to give of their time. Welcome Krista!
Finance Committee met last week and reviewed our year to date numbers. So far we are running about $43,000 behind expenses for the year. It's difficult to compare this with the last two years as we can safely say those were not normal years by any stretch of the imagination.
There is also some room to make up on the AV equipment which is still reporting around a $7000 deficit. Finance will continue to meet throughout the summer and fall to prepare additional updates. Please reach out if you have any questions and I'm sure Delbert will be happy to answer them! 🙂
-submitted by Heidi Hoover


June Potluck!
The next CMC potluck will be June 19 at Morrison Park. There will be activities for all following the potluck. More details will be in next week's newsletter.
CMC Picnic on the Playground on Sunday, June 26! 
On Sunday, June 26, there will be activities for all ages during the second hour, followed by a picnic on the CMC playground at noon! The picnic lunch will be provided by the CMC Hospitality committee.  Please sign up at this link by Sunday, June 19 if you would like lunch–we want to be sure we have enough food for all.
Camp Scholarships for CMCers
Are you considering camp for your child this summer? CMC offers a $37.50 scholarship to CMC children and youth who participate in a camp at Highland Retreat or Laurelville Retreat Center. Laurelville camps are sponsored by Allegheny Mennonite Conference.
CMC participates in Highland Retreat’s Church Match program that will provide a $37.50 discount when you register your child. To receive the discount, contact the CMC church office ( before registering to receive the CMC code, then enter the code during the registration process. Questions? Contact Rachel Miller at or call 540-705-0554 x104 on a Tuesday or Friday.

Registration for Summer Camping is now open!
Go to Laurelville’s website to get details, dates, costs, etc. as Allegheny and Laurelville
again co-sponsor the overnight camping program for 2022. Expect an unapologetic
Anabaptist flavor for your children, focusing on discipleship as an alternative to high-pressure campfire conversions. We look forward to learning with you this year – “Climbing the Mountain: Reaching for Wholeness”.
To receive the scholarship for Laurelville, contact Pastor Joyce at
CMC Stephen Ministry Training Begins in August
We all experience challenges in life–times when we could benefit from care and support. Stephen Ministers are trained to provide emotional and spiritual care for those facing a crisis or difficulty. 

CMC’s Stephen Minister training will begin in August, with weekly meetings throughout the fall. The training will be led by Pastor Jason and Pastor Joyce, who recently finished training to be Stephen Leaders. 

A Stephen Minister is. . . 
  • A caring individual who walks alongside someone who is hurting.
  • A congregation member who is selected to serve in this role because of their caregiving gifts.
  • A layperson with 50 hours of training in providing Christian care.
  • A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
  • Someone who meets weekly with their care receiver for as long as there is a need.

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or want more information, pick up a brochure on the kiosk in the fellowship hall or talk with Pastor Joyce or Pastor Jason.
Join us for CMC’s first ever Green Garden Tour, Sunday afternoon, June 12! 
(Rain date: June 26)

The tour showcases three different settings that provide an environment to attract pollinators and birds crucial for a sustainable eco-system. Come get ideas to implement in your own spaces. Join us at all locations or just for one or two. Here’s the schedule
Shalom–Park View–Community Bible Study
This summer, you're welcome to dive into scriptures that challenge assumptions about a male-centered Bible.  All genders are welcome; all who believe and all who doubt are welcome; and there is no prep or pre-knowledge necessary for discussion. We're following scriptures from:  A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church.  Come as you are and come when you can. 

There will be TWO options for joining:
Zoom only Wednesdays at 7 pm
In person only Thursdays at 10:30 am, at Community Mennonite Church, room 109.
The study will start on June 15 & 16 and we hope to see you there!"  Pastor Georgia Metz (Shalom) and Pastor Jennifer (Community) will lead some sessions as well as others.
Sherill Hostetter’s published memoir is available!
      My life was upended by trauma. Overwhelming uncertainty engulfed me. My faith and trust unraveled. What do you do when your God image and self-image crumble?  How do you risk again? We all too often desire certainty in our understanding of God and ourselves and God’s interactions with us. We want promises of security in every aspect of life.
     Wild Ride is the story of my journey of transformation. When accepting a call to serve in West Africa involved intense suffering, I questioned what I signed up for. As my sense of control and certainty in life crumbled, I was left with doubts, fears, questions, and laments. My journey led me through my broken childhood in living with an untreated mentally ill mother, my struggle to be good enough, my processing trauma from an overseas mission assignment, my wrestling to make sense of it all in light of my faith, and my courage to risk again. 
Wild Ride is available through Wipf and Stock ( and Amazon (…/dp/1666741590/) for $19 and For those at CMC, you can email to request a signed copy for $15 and I will get it to you when the order comes in. In addition, you can check out my website and read poems that have shaped me ( 
-Sherill Hostetter

Come and See what's up with Faith in Action
(Tues. June 14th, 6:30 PM)

 Faith in Action has been building power within its 25 member-institutions through the creation of Core Teams, with the goal of becoming the largest force for change in the Shenandoah Valley.  Over the past 4 months, FiA members met with 800 city and county people (and counting) to hear what our neighbors care about.  On Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 PM at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, our coalition of congregations will share what we've heard; vote on 2-3 problem areas in our community (2 votes per congregation); and kick off research-action teams to identify doable, right-sized, local, unifying, and systemic change-actions we can take for the common good.  We can all be leaders (and followers!) in our congregation and community, so I invite any CMCers to join us.  Attending doesn't commit anyone to next steps, but issue groups will convene at the end of this gathering, to get the ball rolling and begin discerning our small, shared part of the solution!     
-Kent Davis Sensenig (on behalf of CMC's FiA Core Team)


Register for Webinar: "Dementia and Congregational Care"

Thursday, June 16, 1 pm ET, noon CT, 10 am PT 
Dementia affects individuals, their family members and the congregation. Many times, we want to offer support but we do not know where to start. We often back off because we don’t want to do the wrong thing. This webinar will help you understand basics of dementia and learn how to reach out. We will offer communication tips and practical ways to stay connected. 
This webinar will be led by Heddie Sumner, RN, BSN, and co-hosted by Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries and Anabaptist Disabilities Network.
Visit our website to register and learn more at this link:
Aili Huber is thrilled to be opening Merry Wives of Windsor at the Richmond Shakespeare Festival June 3
 Aili isn't the only CMCer involved; Robin Vogel is playing Dr. Caius and Anne Page. You can get tickets at . If folks are interested in carpooling, contact Aili and she'll help you find each other. Aili also wants to say thank you to the congregation for their unflagging support of her work.
Volunteer Opportunity| MWUSA Ambassadors
Mennonite Women USA ( brings together women sharing faith. Inspired by one another’s testimonies we find grace, resilience and joy for the journey through a variety of media and gatherings. All women are welcome, and there is no membership boundary, but there is a new opportunity to help by connecting women through the resources MWUSA provides. Are you interested in serving as a link between women in your community and the ongoing resources and traditions MWUSA provides? Email Suzanne (, MWUSA’s East Coast Representative, to receive periodic eMail updates to forward along to your congregation and local networks as you are able.
Registration is now open for Skyline Literacy’s Volunteer Recruitment Campaign.
During the month of June 2022, Skyline Literacy is running a campaign for promoting the importance and need for volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of Skyline Literacy as they allow Skyline to provide affordable programs for adult students in the Shenandoah Valley. Volunteer teachers, assistants, and one-on-one tutors are essential to the success of our students’ education. Your time, dedication, and experience can make a direct impact on our learners. Click here for more information.
Job Openings at Our Community Place
Our Community Place is immediately hiring a Kitchen Coordinator and a Case Manager. For more info see or call Sam Nickels at 540-476-4180.
Walking Life's Journey
Join Everence for an innovative and interactive six-week series designed for people of all ages, to help you think and talk about important – and complex – decisions about your final acts of love and legacy. Click here for more information and to register for the online webinars. (Register by August 12)
Menno Snapshots
In times that “try our souls,” it is easy to be tempted into the narrative that there is a good and a bad side. In her Menno Snapshots blog, Carolyn E. Yoder wrestles with what it means to be an Anabaptist in times like these. “These are the times that try our nonresistant/nonviolent souls. May they also be the times that accelerate the rising consciousness of another way to meet evil in the world.” Read more here:
The Poor People’s Campaign “follows the spirit and analysis of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in identifying and combatting the ‘evil triplets’ of systemic racism, poverty and the war economy, along with attendant ecological devastation and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism.” Rod Hollinger-Janzen, administrative assistant for Church Vitality in Mennonite Church USA, walks through the reasons why he is an avid supporter of the campaign. Read more, including how you can be involved in the Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls, on Saturday, June 18:
In her Menno Snapshots blog, Kate Wentland discusses her experience cooking traditional Ukrainian foods with friends. “My friends and I cooked together to eat in solidarity, to talk about the war and what it means to offer a peaceful witness, and to donate together.” Read more here:
Peace Vigil: End the War in Ukraine Now: We Need Negotiation Not Escalation! We meet  every Saturday morning at 11:00 AM at LOVEworks (also known as Love Park) located next to City Hall, 311-331 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA.  Come and be a witness for peace in our world!
Be in touch with us!

Jennifer Davis Sensenig, Lead Pastor

Joyce Peachey Lind, Associate Pastor

Jason Gerlach, Associate Pastor

Sher Waidelich, Church Administrator

Community Mennonite Church
70 S. High Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA