CMC Newsweekly for Sunday, August 20, 2017

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CMC Newsweekly for August 20, 2017        

Worship this Sunday, August 20

Living Joyfully Through Music

Scripture: Psalm 98, Psalm 57, 2 Chronicles 5:11-14

Worship Leader and Song Leader: Jeremy Nafziger

Prelude:                   CMC Choir

Pastoral Prayer:    Dayna Olson-Getty


Link to the bulletin:



Upcoming CMC Events at a Glance (details below)

Aug 20        New Attenders Brunch following the worship service in the Dean House

Aug 20        CMC Green Congregation Initiative meeting following worship

Sept 3         Backpack Blessing during worship

Sept 3         Sunday school begins – Worship at 9 am, Sunday school at 10:30 am

Sept 22-24  CMC Retreat at Camp Brethren Woods


CMC Events and Announcements

New Attenders Brunch. Are you new, new-ish, or new-again to CMC? We'd love to get to know you better and help you get connected at CMC. The next New Attenders Brunch will be held following worship on August 20 in the Dean House. RSVP to Pastor Dayna ( or just come on over.

CMC Green Congregation Initiative. Everyone who has interest and time is invited to meet each Sunday in August for the hour following the worship service for planning toward the CMC Green Congregation Initiative from the CMC vision and discernment process. Come once or every week. Meet in room 109. If you need a ride home after the meeting (because the rest of the family has to get home), rides will be provided. Let me know if you want copies of the notes ahead of time. — Brian Martin Burkholder

Sunday School Begins September 3. The fall Sunday school quarter will begin on September 3. We will change to our fall-spring schedule, with worship beginning at 9 am and Sunday school at 10:30 am. On the first three Sundays of the fall quarter children and youth will be participating in lessons from the Circle of Grace and Our Whole Lives curricula, with a focus on healthy boundaries. The Shine curriculum will begin on October 1.

Sunday School Teachers for 2017-2018. The new Sunday school year will begin on September 3. We still have several slots open for teachers, assistants and music leaders and invite you to consider taking on one of these roles while also learning to know the children who are an important part of our church family. You may sign up for one quarter, two quarters or for a whole year. Please sign up on the Sunday school chart in the Fellowship Hall. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Monica Carlson or Joyce Peachey Lind. Thank you for your participation in helping guide our children on their faith journeys!

CMC Backpack Blessing (date changed to September 3, with apologies for yet another change). We will offer a blessing for all of those (students, teachers, academic staff) returning to school this fall during worship on September 3. If you'd like, you may bring your backpack or briefcase to hold as you receive a blessing for the coming school year.

CMC Annual Retreat.  CMC's annual retreat will be held September 22-24 at Camp Brethren Woods. Our keynote speaker will be Isaac Villegas, pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Church. The theme will be Love, Joy and Resistance: Practicing the politics of Mary in the face of empire. In addition to learning sessions with Isaac, we are planning hands-on learning activities for children and youth, story-telling and s'mores around a bonfire, Saturday Night Live (CMC-style), and free-time for outdoor activities. Come for part or all of the weekend. Registration will begin soon.

Volunteers for donut making at the MCC Relief Sale. We are looking for volunteers to help with the following:
1. Set up and tear down. A team of five people to help set up on Thursday, September 28 from 1-5 pm and then again, on Saturday, September 30 from 1-3 pm, to help tear down. The tear-down volunteers need to know where everything goes (we will be dead on our feet, barely able to even talk), so we’re requesting—pleading, imploring, begging—that we have the same people for both set-up and tear-down.
2. Donut makers! Shifts are 3-6 am, 6-9 am, and 9-12 noon. Would some CMCers like to sign up to work a shift together? If so, let Jennifer or John Murch know by August 27th, or contact them by email at:

Host homes for Goshen College singing group. Goshen College's Parables singing group will lead us in worship on October 15. We need several host homes for 2 – 4 students for Saturday and Sunday nights (October 14 and 15). Please contact Katie Derstine ( or 540-383-9500).

Short-term Housing Needed. A friend of mine is looking for housing during a time of transition, hoping to move as soon as possible. She is in her thirties and has a son who is almost two years old. She said she is in need of housing for 2-3 months while she takes care of some logistical things here in Harrisonburg before moving in with family in Manassas. She is able to pay some for rent, but not much, and was wondering if anyone might have a single room available.  — Aliese Gingerich, aliese.gingerich@gmail.com319-530-3161

Peace in the Valley. A cross-section of activities on the June-July CMC worship theme, "Living Peacefully," is the subject of the latest photo collage up and running on the bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall. Also, turn back the clock to Aug. 5, 2012 and see the congregation in worship and interaction on the theme, "Jesus said, 'I Am.'"  Bonus: A 5/26/07 "Bishop's Mantle" column that will either keep you awake or put you to sleep, "Night Sounds Provide Somnambulistic Serenade."  Good Menno Night! –Jim Bishop


Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

Sing Me High Music Festival. Come experience an incredible day of music, food, games, fun, family, and faith at the Sing Me High Music Festival on Aug. 25-26! Featuring the Walking Roots Band, Bittersweet Gospel Band, Southern Grace, and more. Special events include: Harvest Day; games for children, corn-hole tournaments, quilt raffle, arts/crafts vendors, and a raffle for a guitar made by local luthier Showalter Guitars. Celebrate music and faith with us Aug. 25-26. Proceeds from the event benefit CrossRoads Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. More information and tickets are available at or by calling 540-438-1275. Email with questions.

Volunteers Needed for Sing Me High. Want free tickets to Sing Me High Music Festival? We still need to add about 20 members to the Smurf Squad, our incredible volunteer brigade. See full list of perks and sign up at: Help us make this event a successful celebration of music and faith!

Cornhole Tournament. Attention Youth, Sponsors, & Cornhole Lovers! Come celebrate youth groups, service, and community with the CrossRoads Cornhole Tournament at Sing Me High Music Festival on Saturday, August 26. Teams of two compete for a prize of $500 to be paid to the winning team's youth group. Entrance fees include admission to the music festival. Proceeds benefit the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. For more information and to register, visit: Call 540-438-1275 or email with questions.

Fundraiser for (L)earn-a-bike Program. You are invited to an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser for the (L)earn-bike Program sponsored by Gift & Thrift.  The fundraiser is next Saturday, August 26 from 8-10 am and tickets should be purchased in advance at Gift & Thrift. More information on the (L)earn-a-bike program can be found at

New Hymnal Hymn Sing. Let your voice resonate! Join a regional hymn sing at 6:30 pm, Sunday, September 17, at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, for a glimpse into the work of the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee. Come add your voice in sharing hopes and dreams for a new hymnal as we sing praise to God!  Thanks! –Benjamin Bergey, Music Editor, Mennonite Worship and Song Committee

Children’s Donations for MCC Sale: The MCC Relief Sale will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Sept. 29-30. You can help the Relief Sale efforts now! We need donations of craft supplies, small treasures, books and kids toys for the Kiddie Corner. This is a sort of yard sale for kids. Donations can be dropped off at the Virginia Mennonite Conference office to a big bin inside the front door. Contact Greta Kreider at 540-432-9107 for more information.

Community Preschool. Community Preschool (which is located in the CMC building) has openings for fall classes for children turning 3 or 4 years old by September 30th.  Please call the preschool at 540-433-7974 for more information.

Bike Shenandoah. You are invited to participate in the 20th annual Bike Shenandoah ride on Saturday, September 16 at Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg, VA.  This family-friendly event includes rides of 5, 15, 30, or 62 miles in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  All proceeds benefit Virginia Mennonite Missions, MennoMedia, Mennonite Central Committee, NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, Our Community Place, and Roberta Webb Childcare Center.  Individuals and congregations can also participate by sponsoring riders.  Register online at or the day of the ride!

MHI Dinner. The Mennonite Hispanic Initiative Friends Dinner will be Friday, September 22, 7-9 pm, at Park View Mennonite Church. Join us for a Latino meal served by MHI people from three congregations. A special program will highlight MHI's accomplishments in the last year. There will also be opportunity to financially support the work and mission of MHI.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA