Newsweekly for Sunday, February 3, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, February 3, 2019

Theme: Fear Not, Little Flock – God delights in providing

Worship Leader: Dave Smucker                                       

Song Leader: Angie Clemens

Prelude/Offertory: Brad Lehman, Kathryn Schmidt

Scripture Reader: Anna Bishop

Preacher: Jason Gerlach

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Luke 12:29-32; Psalm 84

Bulletin: 020319-Bulletin.docx



Upcoming CMC Events

Today                    Monthly potluck, 11:45 am, Fellowship Hall

Wed, Feb 6         Women’s Bible Study, 8:30 am, Room 109

Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement

Sat, Feb 9            Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Room 109. All are welcome!

Sun, Feb 10         Bible Quizzing, 1:30 pm, Sanctuary


CMC Events and Announcements

CMC’s Monthly Potluck is this Sunday, Feb. 3 after Sunday School.  Please bring enough food for your family and some to share, along with your own plates, cups and silverware. We could use 3 or 4 people to wash dishes at the end of potluck and 3 or 4 to help make sure the tables and chairs get put away.

Contact Jennifer Ulrich, if you can help.


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!


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.


40 Days at the Border. A delegation of five people representing Park View Mennonite Church, Shalom Mennonite Congregation and CMC (and New Bridges) spent a week at the San Diego/Tijuana border with a group called Sanctuary Caravan and their "40 Days at the Border" campaign. The group (Moriah Hurst, Valerie Showalter, John Stoltzfus, Abby Bush Wilder and Kent Davis Sensenig) plans to have a sharing/reporting back time on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 PM in the Park View Mennonite Fellowship Hall (they are also inviting local organization reps like "Faith Allies" and COSPU to give little shout-outs at this event, too). The group maintained a blog during the week (and beyond), so if you are interested in learning about the trip and their experiences/learnings visit –Kent Davis Sensenig


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.


Patchwork Pantry is looking for a couple of people to fill some key positions.

1) Greeter. This person comes at 5:55 and opens the church for clients to wait in the sanctuary.  They greet clients and supply them with a ticket so we can serve clients in the order they come.  At 7 pm they assist in lining up clients to enter the Fellowship Hall. Generally they are finished around 7:30 but may need to stay later depending on the size of the crowd.  We are looking for someone to commit to once a month on the 3rd Wed. of the month.  At times there is the need to switch shifts.

2) Wednesday night lead supervisor. We need someone to be the lead supervisor once a month.  This person comes at 5:45 and is responsible for set up, pantry operations and clean up.  If the person can work the 3rd week (which is ideal) they would have support with 3 other trained supervisors.  Training will be supplied.

Contact Jennifer Ulrich, or 540-383-9050 if you might be 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:


LOVE REVEALED – Before galloping too far into the new year, take a moment to reflect upon and recall the magic moments, the messages and the memories of CMC's Advent services and related events. Check out the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the south wall of the fellowship hall for a double photo collage bursting with images of the congregation anticipating and celebrating the coming of Jesus, God's righteous love revealed. And, at no extra cost or obligation – a photo review from the January 6 Epiphany service with loads of music and communion. Hope yule love it!              Jim Bishop


LOVE REVEALED – Take a moment to reflect upon and recall the magic moments, the messages and the memories of CMC's Advent services and related events. Check out the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the south wall of the fellowship hall for a double photo collage bursting with images of the congregation anticipating and celebrating the coming of Jesus, God's righteous love revealed. And, at no extra cost or obligation – a photo review from the January 6 Epiphany service with loads of music and communion.        Jim Bishop


Greening CMC : Getting personal.  We find hope and encouragement in being part of a larger community of Christians working for creation care.  Mennonite Creation Care Network is bringing together Mennonite congregations in a call for intergenerational dialogs on climate change during the first six months of 2019.  Or if you’re looking for ideas for personal actions, look at Creation Justice Ministry’s 52 Ways to Care for Creation.


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.


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 10th Annual Groundhog Day Feast and Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Park View Church Fellowship Hall gathering at 5:30 pm for all persons who have Pennsylvania Family roots.  Bring generous portions of your favorite PA foods to add to the 18 different pies, smoked sausage and scrapple from the PA Amish Butcher.  Music will be in the air by the Walking Roots Band, sketches from Ted Swartz, group singing, reading by Millard Showalter and groundhog weather predictions by Elmer Kennel and a closing hymn singing of “Gott is die Liebe” in the slow tune.  Mary Ann Heatwole  and Lee M. Yoder


Beldor Church (Elkton) invites you to a gospel bluegrass concert on Sunday, February 3, with Clifford Shifflett & the Grass Associates. A light snack will follow.


The Eastern Mennonite University Emulate Chamber Ensemble with Dr. Ryan Keebaugh, director, will perform a Choral Evensong from The Feast of Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar (1274) on February 3, 5:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 660 South Main St., Harrisonburg, VA. Evensong services are free and open to the public, with donations gratefully received. A reception follows the service.


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.


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