Newsweekly for Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, January 13, 2019

Theme: Fear Not, Little Flock – Do Not Be Afraid

Worship Leader: Matt Carlson

Song Leader: Matt Hunsberger

Prelude/Offertory: Kathryn Schmidt

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty

Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 12:29-31

Bulletin: 011319 Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Sat, Jan 12                           Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Room 109.

Sun, Jan 13                          New Attenders Brunch, 10:30-11:30 am

Tues, Jan 15                        Monthly Gathering, 6 pm, Fellowship Hall

Wed, Jan 16                        Women’s Bible Study, 8:30 am, Room 109

Wed, Jan 16                        Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement


CMC Events and Announcements

New Attenders Brunch. Are you new, new-ish, or new-again to CMC? We'd love to get to know you better and help you get connected at CMC. The next New Attenders Brunch will be held this Sunday, January 13 following worship, beginning at 10:30 am in the Dean House (across Water Street). All are welcome!

Racial Equity & the Church. Thanks to your commitments, we have a class of 50+ persons who are attending 6 of the 8 adult ed sessions in Jan and Feb.  We're meeting in the sanctuary promptly at 10:30am on Sundays.  We invite participants to read one of the following books for Feb class discussions and our collective journey in recognizing and resisting systemic racism:  The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander; White Fragility, Robin Di Angelo; The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone; Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, The Trouble I've Seen, Drew Hart; Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi.  Class Facilitators:  Kim Copeland, Mike Brislen, Tim Seidel, Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Monthly Gathering Game Night! Our January monthly gathering on Tuesday, January 15 will feature an opportunity for fun, games and conversation with fellow CMCers.  Bring your favorite board or floor games to share….and consider inviting someone who is new to CMC or doesn't regularly attend Monthly Gathering. Taco bar begins at 6 pm, $3 suggested donation per person, followed by games from 7-8 pm.

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

Casa de Gloria Congregation. CMC welcomes Casa de Gloria, a Pentecostal congregation that is regularly renting space at CMC. The congregation worships on Sunday afternoons/evenings and they have reserved the sanctuary, Room 109 and the fellowship hall each Sunday from 4-8 pm. The worship team will rehearse in the sanctuary each Monday evening from 7-9 pm and they will meet in the Dean House for Bible study each Thursday evening from 7-9 pm.  Please make them feel welcome!

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.


Join the CMC Ushering Crew. We are needing to replace 2 ushers who come off the ushering crew at the end of January. There are 12 ushers who rotate opening and closing the church on Sunday mornings (1 time per quarter) as well as the regular ushering role on Sundays. The two year commitment begins at the end of January and comes with training. Please be in touch with Matt Ruth ( or Jennifer North Bauman ( if you are interested.

An update and prayer letter from David and Sophie Lapp Jost has been posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.  David and Sophie appreciate prayers and support from CMCers as they serve with Mennonite Mission Network at Nazareth Village and Nazareth Hospital.   Their email address is  If you'd like to receive the Lapp Jost prayer letters and updates, they will be happy to send them to you.  For more information about the ministries of Nazareth Village & Hospital visit:  –Keaton and Betty Shenk

Thank You. Dear CMC friends: Thank for the beautiful poinsettia, prayers, and words of support and care as our family held the loss of my father and as we are living into this new stage of life together.  –Linda Martin Burkholder

Apartment Wanted. I’m looking for an apartment to rent by the end of January. I have a steady job but not a high salary so I need a place with a fairly low rent. I’m fine with a studio/small place for one, or someone interested in having a housemate. Contact me at+15408104698 or email me at Thanks.  Alex Clemens

LOVE REVEALED – Whoa!  Wonder where Advent went? 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, just added at no extra cost or obligation – a photo review from the January 6 Epiphany service with loads of music and communion. Yule love it!              Jim Bishop

YESTERDAY, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG – Or so it appears, with photo collages of January 2011 and January 2013 activities at CMC now playing visual tricks on you on the "CMC Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall. Have an Epiphany? Thanks, I just had one!).   Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Educating ourselves.  STILL HERE: A Friendly City Benefit for Direct Resistance to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Fundraiser for tree sitters in Elliston, Virginia– Yellow Finch Blockade– who've been preventing MVP tree felling for over 4 months.  Friday, January 11th, 7:00PM at Pale Fire Brewing Company, 217 S Liberty St, Suite 105, Harrisonburg, VA. Music, art raffle, pie silent auction, pipeline stories. Admission is free. Cash donations preferred. Featuring: Grayling Skyy, Kira Young, Zooanzoo, Mara Eve Robbins of Preserve Floyd, Chris Howdyshell.  –Mary Jo Bowman for the Green Congregation Committee


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

ACRS Breakfast Presentations. Park View Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, 1600 College Ave, Harrisonburg will be the site for the ACRS breakfast presentations starting on January 14, at 7:30 am.  Please enter through the main entrance of the church on the College Avenue side (West Entrance).  This will be the meeting place for all of the ACRS breakfast presentations this spring.  The January 14 breakfast will feature Steve Thomas and Will Hairston, from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chapter of “Coming to the Table.”  Visit

Men’s Chorus Opportunity. Shenandoah Valley Men’s Chorus announces the beginning of the 2019 season of men’s sacred choral music, directed by Jared Stutzman. If you enjoy singing men’s a cappella music, you are invited to join this group. Our diverse sacred music repertoire includes hymns, gospel songs, anthems, spirituals, and contemporary songs. We ask that you participate consistently in the practice sessions, and be available to sing in the February 24 and March 3 concerts. Regular Sunday afternoon practices will be in January and February at Eastern Mennonite School. First rehearsal is January 6, 2019 at 2 pm. Invite your singing friends! Questions or comments? Contact one of the SVMC Committee members: Rick Bell (433-7233), Chad Beery (908-1438), David Martin (289-5567), Roman Miller (383-0281), Elwood Schrock (908-6396).

The 50th annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite University, “Thriving in the Stormy Seas of Change” is January 14-16, 2019. Pastors and church leaders are well aware of the tumultuous seas in which we serve. Significant changes and conflicts in contemporary politics, churches and denominations and in our personal lives present challenges and opportunities for preaching and leading the church today. Church leaders riding these waves of change yearn for deep communion with God’s Spirit and for inspiring worship with other leaders in order to thrive in ministry. School for Leadership Training 2019 will provide this worshipful and renewing encounter through the narrative of Jesus’ crossing the stormy sea with his disciples in Mark 4:35-41. Keynote speakers are Sue Park-Hur, John Pavlovitz and David Evans. For more information and to register

Eastern Mennonite School Student Visitation Day is Monday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. Come learn about exceptional choral opportunities, competitive athletics and academic excellence in a faith-based environment at Eastern Mennonite School! Middle and high school students are invited to shadow a current student. Parents can participate in an informational session, tour the facilities and more. Download a registration form.  Located at the school: 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg.

Glen Guyton: "My Journey, My Ideal" The new Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA will give a free 35-40 minute lecture with a time for questions from the audience. Join us Thursday, January 24, 7:00 PM at Lindale Mennonite Church, 6255 Jesse Bennett Way, Linville, Va. Glen has over a quarter of a century of experience serving in the denomination at various levels. After the completion of four years as an officer in the United States Air Force, Glen felt the call to ministry, which was in large part due to the peace ministry of Mennonites in Virginia Mennonite Conference. After leaving the military, Glen worked for Mennonite Mutual Aid (now Everence), and on the ministry staff of Calvary Community Church (C3) in Hampton, Va. Glen and his wife, Cyndi, live in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to the lecture, Glen will speak to Eastern Mennonite School students on January 24 and 25. Everyone is invited to his two chapels, 9:30-9:49 AM each morning in the school auditorium.

Eastern Mennonite School presents The King and I, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, 2019 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. A talkback with the director and actors, facilitated by Ingrid DeSanctis, will be held following Friday’s show. Tickets on sale at the school office (M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), online ( and at the door. $15 Reserved seating, $12 General admission, $10 Students and seniors.

Ready, Set… Kindergarten Already? This free event on Tues., Jan. 29, 6 p.m. at Eastern Mennonite School, is for preschool parents offering information and a Q&A session to help prepare you and your child for the transition to kindergarten. A local pediatrician and an early childhood education professor will discuss signs to look for as you determine your child's readiness for the school environment and a kindergarten classroom. It's free, open to the public and childcare is provided with registration. Please register by January 25, 2019. Located at the school: 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg.

CrossRoads | Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center invites you to the Annual Meeting and Dinner, Friday, February 1, at 6:00 PM at Community Mennonite Church. This year, 2019, marks 20 years since the founding documents were signed, and we are celebrating with a new logo and tidied up brand name! Come join us for the unveiling, and enjoy the keynote address from long-serving board member, and Brethren historian, Carl Bowman. The meal is catered by Marjorie Rohrer Shank and is provided free of charge. Bring a friend, and come ready to give generously in support of the sharing of our stories of faith in the Shenandoah Valley. RSVP by January 27 at or call 540-438-1275 (or email

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

Mennonite Disaster Service is looking for volunteers to go to Ponce, Puerto Rico to help rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Weekly volunteers are needed January through March of 2019. At this point, the work is mostly demolition and hard labor, though skilled labor is always welcome, too. While volunteers are responsible to pay for their own travel costs, MDS does contribute two hundred dollars towards the cost of the plane ticket. To sign up, go here (make sure to specify the Ponce location in the comment section of the application), and if you have questions, contact Jennifer and John Murch at, or Deanna Frey of MDS at 1-800-241-8111 or email  –Jennifer Murch

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA