Newsweekly for Sunday, August 19, 2018

      Comments Off on Newsweekly for Sunday, August 19, 2018

Worship this Sunday, August 19, 2018

Worship Leader: Sue Swartz

Song Leader: Walking Roots Band and CMC Children

Prelude/Offertory: Walking Roots Band and CMC Children

Pastoral Prayer: Mike Brislen

Scripture: Jonah 3


Upcoming CMC Events

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

Piano Survey: If you have not yet responded to the CMC piano survey, please go to the following link to fill out the survey: A hard copy of the survey is in the back of the sanctuary and can be returned to the church office when completed. Thank you!

Monthly Gathering. All are invited to attend CMC’s July monthly gathering potluck picnic this Tuesday, August 21 at 6 pm at Morrison Park. Bring food to share and table service. Water provided. See you at the park!

Food Prep Needed for Sing Me High. We have a few people who have agreed to help prepare potato salad on Thursday evening. We could use a few more. We'll meet at 5:30 pm at church on Thursday the 23rd. Thanks! –Jennifer Ulrich

Potato Donations. We would welcome donations of potatoes for the potato salad.  We need about 75 lbs of potatoes.  We are looking for small ones and they can be red or brown, but welcome whatever you can bring.  Please bring to church kitchen on Sunday. Contact Jennifer Ulrich if you have questions.

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!

Mulch for the CMC Playground. Community Preschool begins their new year in September and they need new mulch on the church playground before school begins. If you are willing to donate mulch for the playground, please contact Jennifer Runion at or the church office at Thank you!

Lost and Found Items. Are you missing your afternoon tea set? Your dog leash? Rubber boots, umbrella, Harry Potter book, baby blanket or travel mug? Please check the lost and found cupboard under the church mailboxes to locate your items. We also have a small collection of jackets hanging on the coat rack. In the next couple of weeks these items will be taken to Gift and Thrift, so if you think your item may be there, please claim it.

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 on Sunday, August 5, 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

Getting to Know the New Breeze Directory—and CMCers. Many more photos have been added to the Breeze directory in the last two weeks. Is yours there? 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” again this Sunday morning August 19 following the worship service for those who have not yet set up a Breeze account or who would like assistance adding a photo. 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."
  • Expand the tiny cropping rectangle in the upper left corner, and move it around so that your face is included.
  • Then select "Set as Profile."


Thank you!  Thanks so much to everyone who helped us move. A difficult job is made so much easier with friends to help! –Dave and Sue Cockley

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 a little more than $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

Ice Maker in the CMC Kitchen. The Ice Maker in the CMC kitchen is not working at the moment and is in the process of being repaired or replaced. There will be some ice in the CMC freezer for CMC events.  If you need ice for an event you may want to bring your own.    –Jennifer Ulrich, Hospitality Committee

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”:

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.

Keep up with the Murch family serving with MDS in Puerto Rico. Follow this link to read Jennifer’s latest blog entry:

The Murch Family returns to VA in less than 3 weeks after a summer in Puerto Rico with MDS. I would like to welcome them back by cleaning up their flower beds which are looking quite overgrown! If you can help with that task, please contact Michael Harnish at or 908-9885. Thanks!

Free Mirrors! CMC has 2 large mirrors in the basement that need a new home. The sizes are 8' x 3'4" and 6'8" x 4' (they were hanging in the old bathrooms before the CMC renovation).  Please contact the church office at if you want them.

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

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

Donations for Relief Sale Kiddie Corner. Everyone can help in the effort to collect items for the Relief Sale's Kiddie Corner!  It's Easy!  We take not only toys but also craft supplies, nature items like shells, back packs and bags, games and puzzles, room decor, piggy banks, and books, pet supplies, etc!  Easy drop off in the bin by the front door at the Virginia Mennonite Conference Center.  Nice, clean items are of greater value. Thank you for helping kids be part of the giving and fun!  Contact Greta Kreider for more information or to help at

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!

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.

Strength in Peers will hold a free training in “Caring for Trauma” on Saturday, September 29 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market. This training will help primary care and social service providers engage with people who have a history of trauma. The speaker is Dr. Allison Jackson. To register go to or call 540-217-0869 for more information.

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS)* and HMC CCG**   invite you to join us on Sunday, September 30, 6 pm at the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church Pavilion or Fellowship Hall. Speakers from El Salvador, Zimbabwe and Nepal will describe the substantial climate change impacts being felt now in the global south.  Come for learning, discussion, and light refreshments!

(*A collaborative initiative of Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Mennonite Central Committee to lead Anabaptist efforts to respond to the challenges of climate change.)



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA