Newsweekly for Sunday, August 5, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, August 5, 2018

Worship Leader: Sue Swartz

Song Leader: Jay Hartzler

Biblical Storyteller: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Prelude/Offertory: Sheri Hartzler

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Jonah 1

Bulletin: 080518-Bulletin


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Aug 5         Monthly Potluck, 11:45 am, Morrison Park

Thur, Aug 9       Church Council, 7 pm, Room 205

Sat, Aug 11        Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Room 109

Sun, Aug 12      Benefit Concert to support the work of Jay and Sheri Hartzler

in Romania, 4 pm, CMC Sanctuary


CMC Events and Announcements

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Middle Eastern Snack After Worship. Prior to their assignment with Mennonite Mission Network, David and Sophie Lapp Jost hope to tell CMC members more about their upcoming work. In addition to commissioning on August 12, they will offer a Middle Eastern snack in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday, August 5 immediately after church and prior to the potluck in the park that day. They will offer information about their work and an invitation to support.

CMC’s Monthly Potluck will be next Sunday, August 5 at Morrison Park behind Waterman Elementary School.  Please bring food to share, plates, cups and silverware.  We will provide water to drink and serving spoons.  You may want to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on as well.  We'll get started about 30 minutes after worship is over. See you at the park!

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 $3,654 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. Contact Pastor Jason or the church office if you have questions.

Plastic Bags for Patchwork Pantry. Patchwork Pantry is in need of plastic bags. If you have extras to donate, please deliver to the CMC Kitchen.

Ride Needed. David Shenk, Eliana Tejedor and Kaleth are looking for a ride from the Amtrak train station in Martinsburg, WV to Harrisonburg on Saturday, August 4th at 11am. Please call or text them if you're interested in helping. 540 383 9011 (David).

Skyline Literacy Fundraiser. Skyline Literacy is holding a Raffle Ticket Fundraiser. Enter for your chance to win a 49” HG TV. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and may be purchased at the Skyline Literacy booth at the Hispanic Festival on Sunday, August 5. The drawing will be held at 4:30 pm on August 5. The Hispanic Festival will be held at the Smithland Soccer Fields.                                                                                                  

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,

Mental Health First Aid Training. CMCers are invited to participate in a local grant-funded public education and training program through the Community Services Board.  The Mental Health First Aid training will be Tuesday and Wednesday, August 21 and 22 from 8 am-12 noon both days.  (A total of 8 hours.)  Four years ago CMC sent a cohort of 5 participants to this training.  Only two of these participants are still active at CMC.  Being a peace church where everyone is welcome, we want to respond appropriately to one another when we have mental and emotional struggles.  The training will include risk factors and warning signs for mental illness and information related to specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.  For more information visit their website at Please contact the church office by Monday, August 6 if you are able to join Pastor Jennifer and other CMCers for this training.  There is a limited number of openings.    –Pastoral Team

CMC Children and the Walking Roots Band. What a wonderful summer opportunity!  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!

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

Community Preschool Openings. Community Preschool, located in the CMC basement, has openings in their 3-day afternoon class for 3 and 4 year-olds. Afternoon preschool classes are from 12 noon-2:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in September. For more information, call 540-433-7974.

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 a new 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, "Amazing Love Never Quits" (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 family 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.

Elder Exhange. On Thursday, August 9 from 6:30-8:00 pm all are invited to attend the first Elder Exchange, a monthly academic forum discussing issues of faith and life at Detwiler Auditorium at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center (VMRC). James Mullenex will present on “Where is God? Do the Math!”

Everence Youth Savings Week. Area residents are invited to join Everence Federal Credit Union® for its annual Youth Savings Week, August 6-10, at 841 Mount Clinton Pike, Suite B, in Harrisonburg. This year’s Youth Savings Week features the theme Science of Savings and is designed to encourage adults to help their children and grandchildren start saving early and teach the advantages of saving money for short- and long-term goals. More information is available by calling Everence Federal Credit Union at (540) 437-0672.

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.

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.

Women Doing Theology 2018 has extended the deadline for proposals for both papers ( and workshops ( Submit all proposals by Monday, Aug. 13. Women of color are especially encouraged to submit.

Pray for Allegheny Mennonite Conference as they gather for their annual assembly in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and for Mountain States Mennonite Conference during their annual assembly in Taos, New Mexico, both the weekend of August 3-5.

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.

Roberta Webb Child Care Center is in need of a full time lead teacher in the 2 year-old classroom.  Previous experience and training in Early Childhood (CDA, Associate, or Bachelor degree) required.  We are also in need of an afternoon assistant teacher from 3 – 5:30.  For more information please call 540-434-8699.




Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA