Newsweekly for Sunday, August 12, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, August 12, 2018

Worship Leader: Jan Jenner

Song Leader: Angie Clemens

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Prelude/Offertory: Angie Clemens

Pastoral Prayer: Esther Stenson

Scripture: Jonah 2

Bulletin:  081218-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Aug 12               Cântăm pentru România (We Sing for Romania) – Benefit Concert to

support the work of Jay and Sheri Hartzler in Romania,

4 pm, CMC Sanctuary

Tue, Aug 22               Monthly Gathering, 6 pm, Morrison Park

Sun, Aug 26               CMC Seniors Homemade Ice Cream Social, 5:30 pm,

Fellowship Hall

Sept 21-23                 CMC Annual Fall Retreat


CMC Events and Announcements

Newsweekly Announcements. If you would like to include an item in the Newsweekly, please email your announcement to by noon on Thursday.

Jonah:  The Story of a Rebellious Prophet who Hates God for Loving Enemies  If you missed worship with CMC last Sunday, here is a short video that gives an (entertaining) overview of the Jonah story that will be in focus during the rest of the month of August.

Since we're talking about Jonah, supplement your worship services with more stuff on "the prophet who got everything wrong."  See my four-lesson series on Jonah here:  See also the article, "Jonah at Sea," in the July 2015 issue of Sojourners magazine.   –Reta Finger

Join the CMC Green Congregation Committee to clean a section of Black's Run on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 8-10 a.m. followed by brunch at The Little Grill. This is part of the Mennonite Creation Care Network River Clean-up summer project. Meet in the parking lot just north of The Little Grill to be ready to begin at 8 a.m. Trash bags and some gloves will be provided. Contact Brian Martin Burkholder to sign up or for more information.  ( or 540-746-6419)

Cântăm pentru România (We Sing for Romania), a program of music and stories, will bring together more than 50 alumni of Eastern Mennonite High School touring choirs to sing, directed and accompanied by Jay and Sheri Hartzler. This benefit concert will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 12 at Community Mennonite Church. Hartzlers will also share stories, pictures and videos of their experiences living in Sighisoara, Romania for the past five years.  A dessert reception will follow the program. Contact Sheri Hartlzer with questions,

CMC Children and the Walking Roots Band. On Saturday, August 18th from 9-11 am, The Walking Roots Band (Greg Yoder and Seth Crissman) are offering a morning for CMC children (rising 1st through 5th graders) to plan a CMC worship service using music and drama.  The service will focus on the story of Jonah. On Saturday, parents can drop off children at the CMC building at 9am and pick them up at 11am.  The next morning children and The Walking Roots will lead our worship service.  Please RSVP to the CMC office ( if children from your family will participate and indicate their age or grade.  Greg and Seth are both approved adults through the Safe Church program.

Food Prep and Servers Needed for Sing Me High. A group of churches is planning to make and serve the Friday meal at the Sing Me High Festival on Aug. 24th. CMC has agreed to provide potato salad. We are looking for help to prep the potato salad on Thursday evening, Aug. 23 as well as a few persons to help serve on Friday, Aug. 24. Prep will be Aug. 23 from 5:30 to ? Serving will be Aug. 24 from 4:30-5:45 pm and 5:45-7 pm. Please Contact Lee Good or Jennifer Ulrich if you are willing to help.

Sing Me High Music Festival. The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center invites you to celebrate music and faith in the Shenandoah Valley at the 3rd Annual Sing Me High Music Festival on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. Festivities include: slip 'n slide; food trucks; scavenger hunts; lawn games; homestead activities; camping; food trucks; a church-picnic style dinner; raffles for guitar, stained glass, and more; artisans; a new play from Ted & Co.; and, of course, music from the Walking Roots Band, John Schmid, Good Company, Reunion Vocal Band, Willow Run Band, Sadie Gustafson Zook and Ethan Setiawan, Southern Grace, and more. Tickets and information at (Parents, use promo code 12DAYS to pay only $.50 for your students from Aug. 1-12 when buying a qualifying adult ticket.) We look forward to seeing you at the end of August!

Getting to Know the New Breeze Directory—and CMCers. What do Otis Bailey, Jakob Gerlach, Rachel Bowman, Mark Metzler Sawin and Lee Snyder have in common? They all figured out how to add their  photo to the new Breeze directory.  It’s a breeze! Many more photos have been added to the Breeze directory since the last time you looked at it. Check out your name in the directory and see if a photo of you was uploaded from the church photo archives. Don’t like the photo we chose? Upload one of your favorite digital selfies from your phone or your computer.

We are setting up a “Breeze Lab” on Sunday morning August 12 following the worship service for those who have not yet set up their Breeze account or who would like assistance adding a photo. OR Try adding a photo at home by following these instructions:

To add a photo of yourself, go to

  • After you login with the password you set, go to *My Profile.
  • Click in the big gray box with a person outline on it in the top-center area of your profile page. A box will pop up where you have the option of uploading a picture from your computer.
  • Click "Upload image," navigate to the picture you'd like to use, and click "Open."
  • Once the image has uploaded, expand the cropping rectangle in the upper left corner, and move it around so that your face is included.
  • Then select "Set as Profile."


Win a prize in the Breeze Scavenger Hunt! Find the following in the photos in the Breeze directory: someone wearing a hard hat, an elephant, a strawberry, a violin, someone using a cooking pan for a hat, a donut, a baby, a tree climber, a mountain, and someone in Greece. The first person to email Joyce at with the correct names wins a fabulous prize!

Financing our Vision for a VS Unit. Still wanting to support CMC's efforts to being a VS unit, but missed the offering at the end of July?  We are hoping to raise $10,000 and we've raised almost $4,000 so far.  Please make additional gifts in the month of August, so that we can complete the work.  To donate, please write “VS Project” on the memo line of your check.  Thank you!  –Pastoral Team

Housewarming Gifts for the VS Unit. As we anticipate the arrival of the VSers at the Dean House in September, we are encouraging members of the congregation to contribute housewarming gifts that will be used to welcome them and make them feel at home. Please visit the Google doc at to view a list of items needed. Donations can be dropped off in the church office. Contact Pastor Jason ( if you have questions.

Coordinator needed for Indian Food Stand at the Relief Sale. A volunteer is needed to take charge of Indian food at the MCC Relief Sale.  Basically the job includes lining up help to serve, and supervising from 7 am to about 2 pm on relief sale Saturday. Contact Tim Jost if you are willing at


New Beginnings – Spiritual Practices for Children. Children are headed back to school! Beginning a new year is a good thing, but can carry more anxiety than we as caregivers realize. Doing a simple ritual at the beginning of the year can help your children know that you recognize that this is a big deal, and that God goes into this new year with them. Check out this back to school ritual idea from the Mennonite Early Childhood Network blog “Building Faith”:

CMC Summer Reading. Anita Amstutz, Mennonite pastor and author of Soul Tending: Journey into the Heart of Sabbath was CMC's guest preacher on July 1st.  Anita will also be our resource person for the CMC Retreat (Sep 21-23).  We are circulating several copies of her book prior to retreat.  If you're interested in borrowing a copy for a few weeks, please contact the church office at or 433-2148. –Pastoral Team

Pastoral Gifts?  Do you know someone who is spiritually sensitive and demonstrates good discernment in their lives?  Do you know CMCers who care about the life of our congregation and have leadership gifts?  Gifts discernment is receiving names of members who might serve on Pastoral Team beginning in 2019.  Our continuing pastoral elders are Mike Brislen and Matthew Hunsberger, so please consider CMC women who might serve well in a 3-year term on our team of pastors and pastoral elders. A job description for the pastoral elder can be found on the CMC website.  Pastoral Team will also appoint a young adult to serve a 1-year term beginning in 2019.  Who are the gifted young adults at CMC who might serve with Pastoral Team?  Please share names with Brendon Derstine, chair of gifts discernment committee.

Looking for Small Groups to Host First Friday. CMC hosts a "First Friday" art opening every other month. We're looking for Small Groups to volunteer to host them. Host duties include providing refreshments and being on site to welcome the artists and musicians, assist them and members of the public if needed, and manage cleanup. If your group would like to sign up for one, please contact Matt Carlson ( 

CMC: 'Fast Forward' into a 'Sacred' Summer . . . with the latest photo collage posted on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall that continues the July "Sabbath" worship theme, "S is for Sacred . . . and Summer." To its right, a second display features the final Sundays of our "Journey Forward" worship series and the start of the "Sabbath" emphasis. But wait, there's more – a reflective essay, "Facing End-of-Life Gives One Paws" (HealthQuest magazine); an obituary-tribute to the late Ray Gingerich from Mennonite World Review (7/2/18) and a CMC 'congregational report' for Mar.-Apr. in MWR.  So, stop, look . . . and enjoy!  – Jim Bishop

Summertime . . . and the viewing is easy . . .  Another visual feast awaits you on the "CMC Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall with posters of activities from August, 2012 and late July – early August 2014. Seems like only yesterday! –  Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Speaking Out.  Climate issues have taken on an increasingly partisan nature, but the Climate Solutions Caucus is one example of where Republicans and Democrats are working together.  Although many want the caucus to be more vocal, it is encouraging to see more such as Virginia’s Bobby Scott joining recently, bringing the group up to 84 Congressional members.  This is one example of a way we can encourage our public officials to depoliticize sustainability issues.  


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center hosts "Worship in the Woods" each Sunday at 7 PM until Aug. 12. Bring your families to the beautiful natural amphitheater at the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center for Worship in the Woods. A free-will offering will be received to support the mission and vision of VBMHC. 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

On Sunday, August 12 at 4 pm in the Ix Art Park in Charlottesville, an event called "The C'ville Sing Out!" will take place.  Everyone in the community and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a positive celebration of the City of Charlottesville to promote love and brother/sisterhood among all races, cultures, and beliefs.  Website:  Contact:  Pastor Alvin Edwards, Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church.

During the months of August and September, MC USA is encouraging churches to commit to learning more about immigration justice in the United States. Join a webinar on Monday, August 13. Learn more through a webinar panelist discussion about the experiences of immigrant families, how local Mennonite churches and organizations have been responding and strategic ways that people can join efforts to bring change. Webinar panelists include Sarah Jackson, founder of Casa de Paz in Denver, Colorado; Anton Flores, co-founder and resident of Casa Alterna; Tina Schlabach, co-pastor of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship in Tucson, Arizona; Rosio Calderon, co-coordinator of the Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program; and Sandra Montes-Martinez, pastor of Monte Horeb Mennonite Church in Dallas, Texas and moderator of Iglesia Menonita Hispana. Read more about our webinar panelists here.  The webinar will take place on August 13, at 6-7:15 p.m. EDT / 5-6:15 p.m. Central / 3-4:15 p.m. Pacific, and all are invited to attend. Email to register. A recording of the discussion will be available to watch on YouTube.

Harrisonburg – An Evening of Climate Storytelling on Saturday, August 18, 5:00-8:00pm at Beyond Restaurant, 50 W. Water St. Harrisonburg 22801. Please RSVP. Join us for an evening of music and storytelling to connect, celebrate and be inspired by the individuals in the Shenandoah Valley and their stories of climate justice. Invite others through the Facebook event or by sharing the event flyer. For more details, please contact Mariam Inam at or 540-820-9258.

Musikgarten is an exciting music program for infants to children age seven and is held at EMU. This year we are launching a new class, “God’s Children Sing”! Visit or call (540) 432-4277 by August 23 to register for the fall session.

Calling all bicycle enthusiasts, small and tall!  You are invited to participate in the 21st annual Bike Shenandoah ride on Saturday, September 15 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. And this year we have included the opportunity to support MCC by assembling relief kits. Individuals and congregations can also participate by sponsoring riders, and by volunteering to assemble relief kits the day of the ride. A free lunch will be available to all riders and volunteers. Register today at!

How Then Shall We Live?  A week-long immersion in the wild to bring out the deep wisdom, fierce joy and sacred strength of men. Come wade into the wilds of New Mexico! Highlights include homemade meals in an adobe hacienda, visiting Taos Pueblo, plunging into the waters and canyons of the Rio Grande Gorge, wilderness solos, songs and campfires, morning meditations and biblical analysis in wild places—all designed to open radically new possibilities for men seeking a wilder way of fierce love for God, humanity and our precious earth. Guided by Todd Wynward for adventurous men 18+ in Taos, New Mexico, September 8-15, 2018. For registration information on this Mennonite Men experience, visit

Rooted and Grounded Conference. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will host the fourth Rooted and Grounded Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, Sept. 27–29, 2018 in Elkhart, Indiana. Keynote speakers are: Valerie Bridgeman of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Karenna Gore of Union Theological Seminary, and Randy Woodley of Portland Seminary.

VMC Women’s Retreat. A wonderful weekend retreat is planned for women of all ages on Oct 26-28. Join your sisters at Short Pump Marriott, in Richmond. Our theme this year is “Experiencing the Journey” presented by Sue Miller. She and her husband, Gordon, attend Lynside Mennonite, where he is pastoring. Scholarship funds are available by calling Gloria Lehman, 540-420-2122. Registration form found on the Mennonite Women page on the VMC website.

Women Doing Theology 2018 Registration is now open for WDT18, Talking 'Bout a Revolution: Dialogue, Practice and the Work of Liberation, Nov. 8-10. Submit proposals for presentations and find up to date information at (scroll down past the speakers to find the info tabs).

A Women’s Community Bible Study to be offered at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church using Beth Moore’s study David: Seeking a Heart Like His. It will be offered for ten weeks on Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 6:30-8:15 p.m. September 11 – November 13. Registration and $20 member book fee is due by August 26. Call Jeannie Smith with questions or registration at 540-820-0136.

Help bring some hope to an inmate at the Rockingham Regional Jail by becoming a pen-pal for an inmate. Jason Wagner, the chaplain serving through VMMissions, is looking for pen-pals for seven men. If you're interested, please contact Jason at

Eastern Mennonite School K-12 is seeking an experienced development associate to join our advancement team. Full-time, 12-month with benefits. Join an enthusiastic team in a lively environment! Full description and application at: Contact Andrea Wenger, director of advancement, at or 540-236-6026.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA