Newsweekly for Sunday, February 10, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, February 10, 2019

Theme: Fear Not, Little Flock – Vocation Among the Nations

Worship Leader: Dayna Olson-Getty

Song Leader: Jeremy Nafziger

Prelude/Offertory: Jacinda and Isaac Stahly-Dahl

Preacher: Adam Blagg

Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty

Scripture: Romans 8:31-38, Luke 12:29-32

Bulletin: 021019-Bulletin


Upcoming CMC Events

Wed, Feb 13 Women’s Bible Study, 8:30 am, Room 109

Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement

Sun, Feb 17 Bible Quizzing, 1:30 pm, Sanctuary


CMC Events and Announcements

Pulpit exchange. Pastor Jennifer is participating in a pulpit exchange with Pastor Adam Blagg from Otterbein United Methodist Church this Sunday morning.


Meals for Kids’ Club. Thank you so much to all of the small groups who have brought food to Kids’ Club so far! We are in need of more simple Wednesday meals for the winter/spring if it works for your small group or family. Generally we have 10-15 kids a week (sometimes more). Please email Hannah Hall, if there’s a Wednesday that works for you!


February Monthly Gathering. The CMC Monthly Gathering will be Tuesday, Feb 19, with taco bar supper at 6 pm, followed at 7 p.m. by LIT (Learning Interesting Things). The topic will be: Mountain Valley Pipeline: Frontline stories from our Learning Tour. Hear stories and see images of the MVP from CMC’s learning tour in November. Learn about the big picture of fracked gas pipelines in Virginia, with an overview provided by activist Joshua Vana, coordinator of RAPTORS of the Valley. Take home resources for further study and action. Sponsored by CMC's Green Congregation Committee. For more info, contact Brian Martin Burkholder (brian.burkholder@emu.edu540-746-6419) or Mary Jo Bowman (bowbro@juno.com540-383-7792).


CMC Women's Bible Study. Pastor Jennifer is leading a Bible study, focusing on scriptures from the previous Sunday's worship service.  We meet Wednesdays, 8:30-9:45am.  Coffee, tea and childcare provided.  You're welcome to bring a friend!


Bridges Community Gathering. On Sunday, March 3, CMC will be hosting another Bridges Community Gathering, an interfaith, intercultural potluck with music and dancing. The oft-heard response after our November gathering was, "When can we do this again?!"  Music and dances will start at 4 in the sanctuary with the potluck about an hour later in the fellowship hall, followed by more music/dances until 7:00. Join in or watch from the sidelines! This is a chance to welcome our neighbors into our space. Bring a dish and join the fun!    –Betty Shenk


Open Doors. Community Mennonite Church is responsible for the Open Doors shelter from February 11-18.  We need folks from CMC to sign up to prepare both evening meals and breakfast, enough to serve 50, and various supplies for the week.  We also need 2 volunteers each night to sleep at the shelter.  As in other years, we will be using the Asbury United Methodist building for the week.  Please consider being part of this effort.  A sign-up sheet will be available during coffee time after the worship service each Sunday for the next few weeks.  Contact Jim Yoder ( or Ben Wyse ( for details.

Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg-Rockingham is currently looking for Neighboring Volunteer groups, groups of 6-10 committed people that would like to walk alongside and encourage a family in our program.  Bridge of Hope works with single-parent families (children under 18) facing homelessness in our community.  The program lasts 12-24 months.  Initial training, ongoing relational support, and planned monthly gatherings will be provided.   Please contact Chris Hoover Seidel, Director, at or cell: 717-602-0871 if you are interested.


WITH Ministry. RISE is grateful for the volunteers who have made it possible to open the RISE building (60 W. Market St.) every Saturday morning since September to offer a smile, a hot cup of coffee, and listening ear for those who are waiting to visit their loved ones at the jail.  Visitors seem to especially appreciate the space now that the weather is so cold! Ben Wyse has participated and notes that folks appreciate having donated coffee cake and muffins. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please sign up at the following link for dates you are available:

'FEAR NOT LITTLE FLOCK,' HE SAID SHEEPISHLY . . . for behold, the "CMC Today" bulletin board at the south end of the fellowship is featuring a new photo collage that launches the first worship series in 2019 focusing on the Luke 12:29-32 theme verse for this year. To its right, check out a photo review from the January 6 Epiphany service featuring loads of music and communion, also some heart-felt reflections on Valentine's Day themes and a 'congregational report' for Nov.-Dec., 2018 from the 1/21/19 issue of Mennonite World Review. Enjoy!         Jim Bishop
WILL THE REAL ANABAPTIST PLEASE STAND UP – Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine gets set to late January – early February 2014 with photo collages on themes of  "Anabaptist Identity." They're up and running on the "CMC Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall. (He could have been an Anabaptist but wanted to live a little Luther).
Jim Bishop


Greening CMC : Educating ourselves.  While many are dismayed by the lack of action on climate change,  there is good news in a sharp uptick in the number of Americans who believe climate change is happening and express concern about its impact on their lives.  Most commonly people cite extreme weather events influencing their views, and nearly half support a carbon tax.


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

Check out the latest MennoCon19 newsletter, full of info on registration, meals, the schedule and more at!

Youth, ages 16-21, are invited to join the delegate sessions at Mennocon19 in Kansas City through the Step Up program. Learn more at

New resources are available for exploring and engaging with MC USA's structure. Read MC USA Executive Director Glen Guyton's three-part series on "The Little Green Dove" at and watch the new video series at


Gift and Thrift donated $217,291 to MCC in 2018. Interested in what else is happening at Gift and Thrift? Take a look at the Gift and Thrift February newsletter, attached to this email.


Would you like to open your home and your heart to a Mennonite Central

Committee international volunteer?  Please consider hosting an EMU foreign language assistant for the 2019-20 academic year.  The department of language and literature is seeking Harrisonburg hosts to provide native speakers of Spanish with private bedrooms, packed lunches for weekdays, other meals at home, transportation to and from campus during the week and church on   Sundays, and emotional support as they serve the EMU community. Compensation for host families includes a monthly stipend and rich international friendships. (You can read about the program at  To explore the possibility of hosting, please contact Vi Dutcher at  


Family Life Resource Center (FLRC) seeks board members. FLRC is a non-profit counseling center in Harrisonburg that works from a Christian perspective, committed to helping people pursue health and wholeness as individuals and in their relationships. If you have 2 hours every other month to share your leadership knowledge and fundraising skills, FLRC would like to speak with you. Counseling experience is not essential. Please contact Marie Bradley at 540.434.8450 or for more information. To learn more about FLRC visit


The next ACRS Gathering is February 11 at the Park View Mennonite Church. Steve Thomas and Will Hairston from Coming to the Table will be the speakers (re-scheduled from January 14). For more information, click on: 

Elder Exchange. On Thursday, February 14 at 6:30 pm, Jim Hershberger will be speaking on “Refugees: Toward a Biblical Response to a Human Crisis” at VMRC’s Detwiler Auditorium. Dorothy Jean Weaver and Vernon Jantzi will provide responses.


Not Made for This. A performance about the life of Jourden Banks who was born enslaved in Rockingham County will be shared at the Lucy Simms Center on February 16 at 7 pm, 17 at 4 pm, and at Court Square Theater on March 16 at 7 pm. Art Stoltzfus.


Vigil of Solidarity. Faith in Action and the Northeast Neighborhood Association invite the community to join in solidarity with individuals and families directly impacted by local incarceration on February 16, 10:30 am at Court Square. Art Stoltzfus.


Mennonite Women of Virginia Event:  Women Encouraging Women…through Prayer (formerly known as Annual Missions Event ) is Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6 pm at Ridgeway Mennonite Church, 546 E. Franklin St., Harrisonburg.  Veronica Sanchez and Angelina Pardini will be speakers. This event is not just for sewing or quilting groups – it’s for all women who attend VMC churches and will be presented both in English and Spanish. Call Gloria Lehman for more information: 540-421-2122.


Shenandoah Valley Men’s Chorus will perform concerts on February 24, 7:00p at VMRC Detwiler Auditorium, and March 3, 7 p.m. at a Location TBD. Concert free will offerings will benefit Lehza Academic Center in Albania, a project of Virginia Mennonite Missions.


2019 MCC Turkey Canning Project: The Annual Meat Canning is scheduled for February 25-March 1, 2019 at the Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, Hinton, VA. Virginia Mennonite Conference is responsible to help provide help on Tuesday, February 26. Help is needed from 5 AM until 11 PM each day. Friday, March 1 is scheduled as a community day and help is especially needed in the early morning. Anyone is welcome to come and help on any day! Funds are needed to purchase turkey for processing and for the ongoing operation of the Relief Center. If you would like to contribute to this project you can send a donation to the: Hinton Mennonite Relief Center, PO Box 519, Dayton, VA 22821. If you have any questions about this project you can contact Leon Rhodes at (540) 820-5443 or Gerald Knicely at (540) 478-4203. Thanks for your participation in this effort to feed the less fortunate in the world.


The Collins Center is offering two retreats for survivors of sexual abuse in the coming months. One retreat is intended for adult male survivors and the other for adult female survivors.  These retreats are opportunities for attendees to build community and reflect on their journeys of healing.  If you would like more information, please feel free to reach out to Margaret at the Collins Center, A flyer for each retreat is attached to this email.


FREE Medical, Dental and Vision Clinic, Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3, 2019, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA. This RAM (Remote Area Medical) clinic will be offering free medical screenings; women’s health visits; dental hygiene, fillings and extractions; and vision exams (with glasses made on-site). First come, first served. Tickets will be given out at 3 a.m. at the Fairgrounds; doors will open at 6 a.m. No identification or insurance required! To learn more, visit Questions? Call or text 540-820-2996. This endeavor is financially supported by the RMH Foundation, the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, the James Madison University College of Health and Behavioral Studies, Holtzman Oil and the Harrisonburg Community Foundation.  


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA