Newsweekly for Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, August 26, 2018

Worship Leader: Hadley Jenner

Song Leader: Jeremy Nafziger

Children’s Time: Amy Czajkowski

Scripture Readers: Marsha Thomas, Laurie Yoder

Preacher: Jeff Mumaw

Prelude/Offertory: Sheri Hartzler

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Scripture: Jonah 4; Matthew 5:43-48

Bulletin: 082618-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

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

Sun, Sept 2        Worship begins at 9 am

Jr. High, MYF and Adult Education begin at 10:30 am

Drop-in SS Open House for parents and children ages 2-grade 6, 10:30 am

Sat, Sept 8        Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Fellowship Hall

Sept 21-23         CMC Annual Fall Retreat at Brethren Woods


CMC Events and Announcements

Backpack Blessing. On Sunday, August 26 we will offer a blessing during worship for all those returning to school this fall. You and your children may bring your backpack or briefcase to hold as you receive a blessing for the school year.

Fall Worship Schedule. Beginning Sunday, September 2 worship begins at 9 am. 

A Drop-in Sunday School Open House for children ages 2-Grade 6 and their parents will be held next Sunday, September 2. Parents and children are invited to visit their child’s classroom together between the end of the service and 11 am. Church recess, gathering time and Sunday school classes will begin Sunday, September 9. There are still many openings for teachers and assistants! If you are willing to teach Sunday school or assist, please contact Traci Yoder Stoltzfus (623-432-4164 or or Monica Carlson (433-3252 or

Grades 7-8 and MYF will begin meeting for Sunday School on Sunday, September 2. Grades 7-8 meet on the second floor in Rooms 201 and 204, and MYF meets on the second floor in Room 202.

Adult Education classes begin Sunday, September 2. Class descriptions are attached to this email and are posted on the CMC website at

Monthly Potluck. The next Monthly Potluck will be Sunday, Sept. 2 after Sunday school. Please bring food to share, as well as plates, cups, and silverware.  Bringing your own tableware saves time for those cleaning up. We generally have help with set up, but could use help with clean up including wiping down tables and putting chairs and tables away.  We also will need persons each month to wash plates and cups after potluck. If you are willing to help out in this capacity, contact Jennifer Ulrich at

Since we're talking about Jonah this month, 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

Worship Leaders for September. If you are interested in being a worship leader during the month of September, please contact Greg Yoder at

Open Circle Small Group. If you are new to the congregation, new to the idea of small groups, or are not currently in a small group and are looking for a way to connect with others at CMC, you are invited to be part of the Open Circle Small Group. It meets monthly on Second Saturdays at 6 pm. The next meeting is Saturday, September 8 in Room 109. Connect with others in the church through fellowship, discussion and mutual support. The circle is always open! Children are welcome and there will be snacks. For more information contact Heather Harris at

Piano Survey. If you have not yet responded to the CMC piano survey, please go to the following link to fill out the survey: The deadline for submitting your survey is Sunday, August 26 at 11:59 pm.

CMC Seniors Ice Cream Social. The CMC Seniors will be having a homemade ice cream social on Sunday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

Fall Retreat. CMC's Annual Fall Retreat will be held September 21-23 at Camp Brethren Woods. Registration details will be coming soon!

Thank you! Thank you, CMC, for your love and support in so many ways for us and for our work in Romania.  The use of the church space for choir rehearsals, leading up to our fundraiser concert was greatly appreciated.  Thanks especially to Joyce, Jason, Kent, Craig, Jennifer U., Delbert and the admin team for making all aspects of this possible.  Our event was a success beyond our expectations and we thank each of you who came, and who donated.  If you'd like to be added to our (2-3 times a year) email newsletter, send your email address to  If you still wish to donate, checks can be written to CMC with memo line, Romania.  We leave Sept. 5 and look forward to seeing you again when we return home for Christmas.  – Jay and Sheri Hartzler

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. Next week these items will be taken to Gift and Thrift, so if you think your item may be there, please claim it.

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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

Household Items for the Dean House. This is a reminder that a number of items are needed in the Dean House for the VS unit starting in early September.  Please go to the Google doc at and follow the instructions if you have, or want to purchase, items you would like to contribute.  Contact Pastor Jason ( if you have questions. Thank you very much for your support of the VS unit!  –Dan Beachy for the VS Committee

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

The Murch Family returns to VA in less than 2 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.

Patchwork Pantry is looking for one or two people to be on the supervisors team for Wednesday evening operations. We are especially in need of someone to take the lead position at least once a month starting in January (so the other lead supervisor isn't working all four weeks). The lead supervisor comes at 5:45 pm to open and starts getting ready for the evening. The two other supervisors come at 6:15 pm or 6:30 pm to help out with set up and other tasks. Supervisors stay to help clean up until about 8:15 pm or so.  Training is provided.  It would be good if the person could start training this fall.  Mostly the time commitment is one or twice a month, although supervisors do trade schedules and fill in for others at times. Contact Jennifer Ulrich – if you might be interested.

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. Watch for a new photo collage with the August "Jonah" worship service next week. Meantime, there’s more – a reflective essay, “House Rules: 'Shalts, Shalt Nots'" (HealthQuest magazine) and a Virginia Ham column, "Come Early for a Back-Row Seat" (2-14-99) from Mennonite Weekly Review. 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 : Getting personal. The Green Congregation Committee hosted a Black's Run clean up project near the Little Grill Collective on Sat., Aug. 11 resulting in collecting 5 large bags of trash weighing approximately 500 lbs. The small group that gathered enjoyed fellowship while making a difference in this section of the run. This project was part of the summer river clean project of Mennonite Creation Care Network.


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

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

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!

SOS Band (Sharing Our Surplus). A newly formed "SOS Band" will highlight a special youth event at the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Wednesday evening, September 19. It will start with free hot dogs at 6:30 in the pavilion and will be followed by lots of music and a brief presentation highlighting world refugee needs and promoting the S.O.S. (Sharing Our Surplus) cash giving campaign for MCC at the October 5 & 6 Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. Contributions can be made at this event as well.

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.)

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

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA