Newsweekly for Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, January 20, 2019

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

Worship Leader: Matt Carlson

Song Leader: Matt Hunsberger

Prelude/Offertory: Kathryn Schmidt

Scripture Readers: Traci and Jared Stoltzfus

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty

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

Bulletin: 012019-Bulletin



Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Jan 20                          Bible Quizzing, 1:30 pm, Sanctuary

Wed, Jan 23                        Women’s Bible Study, 8:30 am, Room 109

Wed, Jan 23                        Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement

Sun, Jan 27                          Small Group Informational Gathering, after worship, Balcony


CMC Events and Announcements

Interested in connecting with a Small Group at CMC?  You are invited to attend a brief informational gathering directly following the worship service next Sunday, Jan 27th. We will meet in the church balcony. Come learn about some exciting new groups that are forming and hear about what the existing groups are up to as they spur one another on in the faith. –Heather Harris

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

CMC Writers. Pastor Jennifer is recruiting writers for an online Lent devotional that we jointly produce with writers from several other Mennonite congregations.  Please be in touch if you would like to be a contributor this year, reflecting on one of the Lent scriptures.  All writing is due by Feb 11th.  –Pastor Jennifer (

Open Doors. Community Mennonite Church is responsible for the Open Doors shelter from February 11-18.  We will need folks from CMC to sign up to prepare both evening meals and breakfast, enough to serve 50.  We will need various supplies for the week.  We will also need to have 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, as our building does not meet code.  Please consider being part of this effort.  A sign-up sheet will be available during coffee time after the worship service each Sunday over the next month.  Contact Jim Yoder ( or Ben Wyse ( for details.

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!

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. Join a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Grace (Schrock-Hurst; niece of CMCer Andrea Wenger) and Yugo Prasetyo and their sons Simeon (3) and Jeremi (4 1/2) who will be traveling from Indonesia to Harrisonburg for furlough in July. Cost of airfare will be approximately $6,000. The Prasetyo's are jointly appointed by Virginia Mennonite Missions and Servants to Asia's Urban Poor. Breakfast will be served from 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. on Sunday January 27, hosted by Early Church at Our Community Place, 17 E. Johnson Street in Harrisonburg.  –Andrea Wenger

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.

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

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 participated and noted that folks appreciated having coffee cake and muffins that were donated. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please sign up at the following link for dates you can volunteer:

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



Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

Eastern Mennonite University invites you to our Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events. Our speaker is Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou ( of St. Louis, Missouri, an author, documentary filmmaker, musician, and activist who organized on behalf of local groups after Ferguson and Charlottesville. He will be speaking on Monday, January 21, 2019, at 10:00 am.  For details and event listings:

There will be a free film screening for EMU’s MLK Day of Learning and Service, Monday, January 21 of Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine at 7:00 pm in the Seminary Building, room 123. Dr. Bob Bersson, Center for Interfaith Engagement visiting Jewish scholar, will introduce the film. An African-American gospel choir is the Greek chorus for a Palestinian play on Martin Luther King Jr. which tours the West Bank preaching nonviolence. At the end of their tour reality will astonishingly mirror the play on MLK, a man who died for his beliefs. This film screening is part of the Voices From the Holy Land Film Series’ Film Partnering Program, which works with faith-based organizations to explore the complex and emotional issues preventing peace in the Holy Land.

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.

Musikgarten is an exciting music program held at EMU for children from infants to age seven. This year we are excited to be offering a new class, “God’s Children Sing,” with teacher Hannah Shultz. Visit or call (540) 432-4277 to enroll for the winter session.

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

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.

Mennonite Women of Virginia Event:  Women Encouraging Women…through Prayer (formerly known as Annual Missions Event ) is Thursday, February 21, 2019 (Note the change in date!) 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.  More details to follow – but keep this date open so you can be part of this inspiring event. Call Gloria Lehman for more information: 540-421-2122.

Evento de Mujeres Menonitas de Virginia:  Mujeres Apoyando Mujeres …A travez de la Oración (antes conocido por Día Anual de Misiones) es Jueves, 21 de febrero, 2019 (¡Anote el cambio de fecha!) Este evento no es solo para grupos de coser, es para todas las mujeres que atienden las iglesias de VMC y sera presentado en ingles y español. Hay más detalles por venir, pero mantenga ésta fecha abierta para que pueda ser parte de este evento inspirador. Llame a Gloria Lehman para mas información: 540-421-2122.

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

Position opening: Content Editor – Shine: Living in God’s Light is a cooperative curriculum project of MennoMedia and Brethren Press. Shine is accepting applications for a part-time contract content editor. Contract content editors report to the project director, work closely with curriculum writers, and edit manuscripts in accordance with Shine editorial and production guidelines. Must have excellent editorial and writing skills, understand faith formation and developmental stages, and operate well in a collaborative environment. Must be well-grounded in Anabaptist beliefs and practices. Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in theology or education preferred. Application documents are available online at Applications will be received through January 31st.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA