Newsweekly for Sunday, April 29, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, April 29, 2018

Worship Leader: Larry Miller

Song Leader: Matt Hunsberger

Prelude/Offertory: Malia Bauman, Monica Carlson

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture Reader: Nikita Stoll

Children’s Time: Laurie Yoder

Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty

Scripture: John 15:1-8

Bulletin: 042918-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Apr 29         CMC/Otterbein Blood Drive at Otterbein United Methodist Fellowship Hall

from 9:30 am-12:30 pm (sign up at

Sun, Apr 29         Monthly Potluck, 12 noon (no potluck May 6)

Wed, May 2        Women’s Bible Study, 9-10:15 am, Room 109

Wed, May 2        Kids’ Club, 6-7 pm, basement


CMC Events and Announcements

Fifth Sunday Offering. Our Fifth Sunday Offering this Sunday, April 29 will go toward support for long term MDS workers from CMC.  Our first long term MDSers will be the Murch family, who will be working in Puerto Rico from May through August.  Let's support this important ministry with our offerings on April 29. Donations can also be made here (choose the “Mennonite Disaster Services” line), or checks can be made out to CMC with “MDS long-term support” on the memo line. –Dennis Showalter, Outreach Commission, and Aili Huber, Council Chair

CMC Blood Drive. CMC is partnering with Otterbein United Methodist Church (corner of Route 42 and 33) for a blood drive this Sunday morning, April 29 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm in the Otterbein fellowship hall. To sign up go online to:, or contact Susan Pollard at 828-4562. Appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome. Donate after the CMC worship service, then come back to church for the CMC potluck! Free “thank you” tote bag for all participating donors!

CMC Potluck Sunday, April 29. The next CMC Potluck is this Sunday (yes, that's correct, Sunday April 29).  Please bring food to share, plates and cups and silverware.  We could use help with washing dishes and clean-up.  We will not have potluck on May 6.  –Jennifer Ulrich for Hospitality Committee

Bird Walk During CMC Adult Ed/Sunday School Hour. For the next three Sundays (April 29, May 6 and May 13) Matt Gingerich will be leading a bird walk during the adult education/Sunday school hour. All ages welcome (children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent). Wear walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the ramp entrance after the worship service to car pool. If you have questions contact Matt Gingerich at or 540-908-9204.

CMC Women's Bible Study–Spring Series. Bring your Bible and bring a friend to a women's Bible study.  Wednesdays in May (May 2-30) from 9-10:15 am.  Pastor Jennifer will lead this series following the scriptures that were in focus the previous Sunday–so a few passages from the Gospel of John, the Pentecost story from Acts, and additional scriptures relevant for the church today.  Bring you little ones!  Childcare provided.

Wednesday Morning Childcare. We are in need of one more person to do childcare on Wednesday mornings in May from 9-10:15 am. This is a paid position. Must be 18 or older. Please contact the church office (540-433-2148 or for more information.

CMC Kids’ Club. Children ages 4-grade 5 are invited to come to Kids’ Club on Wednesdays at 6 pm. If you are interested in helping out as an adult volunteer, please contact Pastor Jason at or 540-433-2148.

EMS Middle School Play. Eastern Mennonite School will be presenting the middle school production of Anne of Green Gables at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th.  Come out and support Anneka, Ava, Mac, Natalie, Ravi, and Silas. Hope to see you there!

CMC Seniors. This is a reminder of the CMC seniors’ activity/event for April. On Friday evening, April 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 p,m, the CMC seniors will be hosted by the CMC senior MYF.  We will meet in the church fellowship hall.  This is the 5th year that the CMC seniors and the CMC MYF have enjoyed an evening together.  I trust many of you can join in the fellowship and fun. –Joan Kauffman, Larry Miller, Dick Stoltzfus

Moving help request. Lucy and Nate Malenke need a few strong people who can help them move from their rental house to their new home on Saturday, April 28. We will convene at 455 E. Elizabeth St. at 11 a.m. that morning, load the moving truck, then unload it at 815 Lee Ave. We will provide pizza for lunch and hope to be done with the heavy lifting by 3 p.m. Please call Lucy at 814-360-2699 for more details.

Shenandoah Valley Church of the Wild will be meeting on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm at the Hone Quarry campground, #6. Here’s a link to the event on Facebook, and a description as follows: These next months, we will spend time walking through the four directions, reconnecting ourselves to the cyclical patterns of nature and human development. Coming out of an extended time focused on the stillness of winter, darkness, and grief, we begin facing East. Here we step into the symbols and archetype of new beginnings, the rising sun, resurrection. What does this process of change really mean as embodied creatures connected to a web of life much larger than our own private worlds? All are welcome. Please bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on, walking shoes, reusable water bottle, and journal/pen. Any questions, or for directions, contact or call Valerie at 540-405-9201.

A Commissioning Service for the upcoming Nazareth/Bethlehem Work Group (May 11-28) will be held on Tuesday evening, May 8, 7:30 PM, in the sanctuary at CMC.  This trip is a ministry of Virginia Mennonite Missions and will be led by Dorothy Jean Weaver and Phil Kanagy (Pastor, Weavers MC).  Dorothy Jean, Jane Wenger Clemens, and the other travelers welcome you warmly to join them for this service of commissioning.

I’d Like to Buy an Enemy. Ted Swartz and Tim Ruebke will be performing I’d Like to Buy an Enemy on May 17 @ 7:00 pm at CMC. After the show, Ted & Co will facilitate feedback around potential new scenes, and changed scenes, to specifically address racism and religious intolerance. These feedback shows will help with the creative process for a new Enemy show in 2019. Admission is free. Here’s a link to the event on Facebook – please share! Look forward to seeing you there.

Become an Approved Adult. An Approved Adult training is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 from 9 am-noon at Park View Mennonite Church. Contact Marsha Thomas or Jason Gerlach to sign up, or for more information.

Highland Retreat Summer Camps. It’s time to start thinking about summer camp registration for Highland Retreat! CMC will contribute $75 per camper to Highland to help with registration costs for CMC families. When you register your child online at, you will be asked for a coupon code and a transfer code. The code is on a flier in mailboxes, or contact the CMC office and ask Joyce for CMC’s code. After you enter the code, the $75 will be deducted from your total. If you need additional financial assistance, Highland has some scholarship funds available. For scholarship information, call Highland at 540-705-0554.

Parents of 4 year olds through 5th graders:  mark your calendars for CMC’s Vacation Bible School on Friday evening and Saturday, July 27-28! Want to lead a station or assist in this enjoyable event? Speak with Marsha Thomas or contact her at

Free garden space available!   Dorothy Jean Weaver has vegetable garden space that is available for free at 1514 College Avenue for the first comer/comers who promise (1) to treat the garden well, (2) to keep it weeded, (3) to plant some tomatoes for her in one corner or another, and (4) to rake the yard leaves onto the garden next fall . . . .  Please respond ASAP to Dorothy Jean at (540) 433-3336 (h), (540) 432-4276 (o), or

Mennonite Higher Education. CMC supports Mennonite higher education—undergrad and grad programs—in our annual budget and we also support individuals who are members or children of members who are choosing to advance their education at Anabaptist/Mennonite schools.  We have a $500/semester grant for undergrad and a small fund for graduate students that we disburse annually.  So, if you are considering Mennonite higher education, please be in touch with the chair of the Grants Commission, currently Shannon Sneary (  –Pastoral Team

RESURRECTION REDUX – Relive and celebrate Easter once more with the latest photo collage featuring Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday activities that is posted on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall. To its right, a reflection on "How to Build Community," several Bishop blatherings and a 'congregational report' for Jan.-Feb. 2018 from Mennonite World Review. — Jim Bishop

APRIL IS THE CRUELLEST MONTH . . . So sez T.S. Eliot, but you can try to prove him wrong with a kindly springtime stroll to the "CMC: Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall to check out two archival posters with photo collages from April 2008 and April 2012.  — Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Getting personal.  There are encouraging indications that younger generations are the most concerned about climate change, and that the issue is less partisan for millenialsAt EMU, a group of students are taking the initiative to increase solar energy campus, organizing everything from fundraising to installation.  Students are looking for more donations to finish the solar project at its intended scale; you can contribute at the student solar project crowdfunding site.

Interested in exploring your carbon tax rate? Visit

Sunday School Connection. Below is a weekly note for families of children (age 4 and up) who use the Shine curriculum. Each Sunday you will find faith nurture ideas that coordinate with the weekly Sunday school session plans.

Numbers 27:1–11: “Sisters solve a problem” Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story. (1) Read Numbers 27:5–7. Why did Moses change the inheritance rule? (2) Look online or at the library to find stories of people who work for justice. (3) What rule do you think should be changed to make things more fair?
Did you know? Of the daughters of Zelophehad, which one’s name means “she is my delight”? Tirzah
Prayer for the week: God, give us strength to work for justice and courage to speak up. Amen.  


Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

Annual Missions Day for Virginia Mennonite Women will be held on Wednesday, May 2, at Springdale Mennonite Church, 170 Hall School Rd., Waynesboro.  Dinner will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a program that raises up women and the importance of the work they do.  NOTE: A bus will be leaving from the Virginia Mennonite Conference Center parking lot at 4:45pm to take you to/from Springdale for just $5.  If you wish to reserve a seat on the bus, contact Dianna Lehman at  A $5 donation is also requested for the meal.

Pleasant View, Inc., will hold its 21st Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 4, at Spotswood Country Club. They are looking for individual players, teams, and sponsors interested in playing golf and supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.  For more information, contact Pam Miller at or go to

The Annual OCP Plant Sale is once again on the horizon; If you find yourself in need of plants or compost this spring, save the date: Saturday May 5th, 9am-1pm.  As you prepare – thinning/clearing flowerbeds, making cuttings and dividing perennials- please remember us. If you end up with plant babies you no longer want nor need, we can help find them new homes! Email OCP – or give us call at 540-442-7727.

Join Good Company for their spring concert, "Secure: Songs of Comfort, Assurance, & Hope" on Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church. Good Company is a 6-member a cappella group based in the Shenandoah Valley. Admission by donation. For more information, visit

The 2nd annual Mississippi Catfish Fry will be held at Shady Oak (Weavers Mennonite Church) on May 11. The serving time will be from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The fundraiser will benefit the operations of Lezha Academic Center (LAC) in Albania. Bring your family and friends for an evening of great food and desserts. LAC is supported by VMMissions and sponsored by the board of Albania Christian Education Foundation (ACEF), and depends on generous partners.

Highland Retreat Serve and Play, May 11-13, is a special family-friendly service weekend where participants serve 6-8 hours on Saturday and enjoy a quiet spring weekend at Highland Retreat. Saturday lunch is provided. Families, groups, and day volunteers are welcome! Camping and A-frame cabins are free to participants; cottages are available for just $25-35 for the whole weekend. For more information, or to let us know you are coming, visit or call 540-705-0554.

Parents of Missionaries Event. Join other local parents of missionaries for an evening of encouragement and fellowship led by Ann Hershberger on May 17, 6-7:30 pm. Location: 601 Parkwood Dr, Harrisonburg, VA. RSVP to Mindy Schwartz at or 540-434-9727.

Social Work Volunteers Needed. Our Community Place is exploring the possibility of being a host cite for social work practicums. Social work interns must be supervised by a licensed social worker, so we are putting out a call or any licensed social workers who would be interested in volunteering in this capacity. The commitment would be one hour every two weeks. If interested, please contact Sam Nickels at, or 540-442-7727.

Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg Rockingham is hiring for one part-time (20 hours/week) position. Neighborhood Resource Specialist – Responsible to provide case management and support services for 4-6 families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness and foster relationships with Neighboring Volunteers, engaging both parties throughout their 12-24 month participation in Bridge of Hope’s program. For position summary and qualifications of position, please contact the board chair at:  Submit a letter of application, resume and three (3) personal references to the board chair at the email address above.  Submission deadline: position open until filled

MDS has many urgent volunteer needs and several job opportunities. Please pray for those considering service with MDS and the volunteers as they travel to and from locations, handle tools, repair and build homes and bring hope to disaster survivors. Consider being an MDS volunteer or applying for one of the job opportunities listed on their website at

Highland Retreat is hiring! Highland Retreat is still seeking summer staff, especially those 18 or older. We have our highest to-date enrollment in 20 years, plus excellent counselors and junior staff who are already eager to serve this summer – but we are encountering waitlists because we need more counseling staff (aged 18+). We also still have job openings for several leadership roles, a lifeguard, and two camp nurses for specific weeks in July. Find job descriptions and the online application at, or call the Youth Office (540-705-0512) for more info.

A China Learning Tour sponsored by Mennonite Partners in China is being organized for October 5-26, 2019. The tour will be led by Myrrl Byler. If you are interested or have questions, email Myrrl Byler at Deadline for registration is May 1, 2019.

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference are accessible on the Conference website at



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