Newsweekly for Sunday, February 17, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, February 17, 2019

Theme: Beauty in Brokenness

Worship Leader: Aili Huber                                                           

Song Leader: Dorothy Jean Weaver

Prelude/Offertory: Scott Barge

Scripture Readers: Sher Waidelich, Dave Detrow

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 6:12-26

Bulletin: 021719-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Feb 17                         New Attenders Brunch, 10:30 am, Dean House

Tues, Feb 19                       Monthly Gathering, 6 pm Taco Supper, 7 pm LIT

Wed, Feb 20                       Women’s Bible Study, 8:30 am, Room 109

Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement

Fri, Mar 1                             First Friday Art Event, 5-8 pm, Fellowship Hall


CMC Events and Announcements

February Monthly Gathering. The CMC Monthly Gathering will be Tuesday, Feb 19, with taco bar supper at 6 pm ($3 suggested donation), followed at 7 p.m. by LIT (Learning Interesting Things). The topic will be a report from a delegation of Harrisonburg faith leaders – including CMC's own Kent Davis Sensenig – who recently spent a week learning and serving on the US/Mexico border with Sanctuary Caravan ( We'll also hear from some CMCers who are working with organizations that support recent immigrants here in Harrisonburg. (The Pipeline Learning Tour LIT has been moved to March 19.)

Sunday School Needs. Once again a new Sunday School quarter is approaching!  Starting in March, the children's Sunday School program is in need of the following:

Teachers (to teach in rotation with others)


Music Leaders

Thank you to those of you who have dedicated time to nurturing and challenging our CMC children over the past months.  The time you have invested in building relationships is greatly appreciated.  If you are able to participate in the coming months (even one month is appreciated!), please be in touch with Monica Carlson ( as soon as possible.

Drivers for VANITA. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer driver for VANITA (Valley Area Network for Immigrant Transportation Assistance), please join us on Saturday, Feb. 23 (2:00 PM) in Room 109 (CMC).   We will provide information, answer questions, and share our driving experiences.  Email Tina Beachy ( with any questions.

MYF Fundraiser. Instead of a church potluck on Sunday, March 3rd, the senior high youth group will host a fundraiser meal. Proceeds will go toward the youth group's trip this summer to Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City.  –Jason Gerlach

CMC Cares. If you're wanting to send a word of encouragement to Tim Jost while he's hospitalized at UVA, consider this UVA e-card service: –Pastoral Team

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!

Attention parents of EMS students and Mennonite college/university students:  It's time to fill out the application for EMS and/or Mennonite college/university students for church matching grants/financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year. As of the 2019-2020 school year, CMC will provide $2000 each year ($1000 per semester) to qualified students who attend a Mennonite Church college or university. In addition, CMC provides financial aid to EMS students who qualify. In order to be considered for these grants/financial aid, please fill out the applicable google form below no later than March 17, 2019.

Eastern Mennonite School financial aid form

Mennonite College/University grant form

If you have questions about qualifications, please visit CMC's website or send an email to Shannon Sneary Alabanza at Thank you!

Eastern Mennonite School welcomes applications for a new Leadership Scholarship for students grades 9-12. Recipients will receive up to 50% off of the regular high school tuition rate. Applicants must be new students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and who wish to develop their leadership skills through contributions to the school. An interview and essay are required. Contact Marsha Thomas at 540-236-6021 or go to

Weekly Lenten Devotional Email List – CMC collaborates every year on a daily Lenten devotional reflection, written by folks at Community, Shalom, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill Mennonite congregations. If you would like to have your name added to the email list, sign up here, or let the office know if you would like a printed copy in advance. Daily postings will also be listed on CMC’s Facebook page.

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 pm 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

Everence Sharing Funds provided $3000 in matching funds to support special needs in our church last year. Wayne Hochstedler serves as the Everence advocate for our congregation. For more information about sharing funds contact Wayne at

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.

Church Midweek Parking. If you come to the church during the middle of the week, CMC parking spaces are now designated 1) beside the ramp entrance and 2) in the spaces between the handicapped parking and the steps that go down to Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone rents parking spaces from CMC, and they park on the north side of the parking lot and the spaces along the playground wall. Parking spaces along the front of the church are reserved for Community Preschool parents. If you are not sure if you have parked in the right space, feel free to check in with the church office. Thanks!

'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

Registration for MennoCon19 is open now at! Register by April 30 and receive a convention t-shirt, three days of lunch and servant project opportunities.

The Delegate Assembly at MennoCon19 provides the opportunity for MC USA to assemble for worship, fellowship, and understanding and deepening our commitment to Christ and each other. Find resources for appointing delegates at

"The Cost of Discipleship," a blog series based on a sermon given on MLK weekend by Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate director of Operations for MC USA, is up now on the Menno Snapshots blog:

Call for Art Submissions at Mennonite Church USA Convention. The MC USA convention will be held in Kansas City this summer. The Peace and Justice Support Network is calling for submissions of painting, drawing, graphic arts or sculpture that challenge us to greater acts of peacemaking. Artwork will be displayed at the PJSN booth in the convention hall. A silent auction of the art works will operate, with proceeds going to support peacemaking across the church. You don’t have to be a professional to participate! Like the priesthood of all believers, this art show is open to everybody! Interested? Contact Jason Boone at PJSN by clicking here.

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

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, February 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.

EMU Music Concerts for February: The Jazz Ensemble will hold its next concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 21 in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium, and the Wind Ensemble present "Music from France" at 7:00pm Sunday, February 24, in Lehman Auditorium.  Both concerts are free, with donations accepted for EMU’s music scholarship fund.  For more info, visit

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. A retreat intended for adult male survivors will be held Thursday, February 21 from 6-9 pm, and the other for adult female survivors will be held Saturday, March 30 from 9 am-2 pm.  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,

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.


All are welcome to the Shenandoah Valley Men's Chorus concert at Weavers Mennonite Church, March 3 at 7 pm. Jared Stutzman, Eastern Mennonite School music department, is the director. The special offering this year will benefit Lezha Academic Center, in Lezhe, Albania. This school, now in its 9th year, has experienced growth and blessing. Jim and Pam Beachy, who have been teachers at LAC, will present their vision and the story of this adventure. They plan to return to Albania again in the fall.  Albania Christian Education Foundation supports the administrative interests of LAC, while VMMissions sends the personnel from the US.

A two-day all-area knotting bee is planned for March 7-8.  It will be at Village Hall on the VMRC campus.  Come join in the fun when it works for you, Thursday or Friday, or both!  LuAnn Bender and Deb Layman will have comforters ready to knot, provide snacks and all of the needed supplies.  Please bring a sack lunch if you are staying over that time.  We look forward to seeing you and enjoying each other's company as we make much needed comforters for MCC. Invite your friends!  And if you have any supplies you'd like to donate – tops or backs, you may bring them. Email if you have questions.

Join Highland staff and friends on Saturday, March 16 at Lindale Mennonite Church for the Highland Benefit Auction. The auction helps subsidize camp tuition for all camper families and provides scholarships for families with greater need. Contact before March 1 if you have something you would like to donate: a new item, service, collectible, or baked good. See for more details.

Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse Is Making Our Kids Dumber. Joe Clement and Matt Miles, educators and authors of a book by the same title, present at Eastern Mennonite School, March 20, 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Area educators, parents, pastors, and those interested in childhood development are especially invited to this free presentation and Q&A on the impact of technology on children's' brain development. Presented in partnership with James Madison University and WVPT and with sponsorship support from EMU, Park View Federal Credit Union, Everence, Shirley's Popcorn and Brian Mayes Studio. See full article for more details.


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