Newsweekly for Sunday, January 27, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, January 27, 2019

Theme: Fear Not, Little Flock – Strive for God’s Kingdom

Worship Leader: Brian Martin Burkholder   

Song Leader: Nancy Heisey

Prelude/Offertory: Angie Clemens

Scripture Reader: Lydia Haggard

Preacher: Dayna Olson-Getty

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Luke 12:22-34; Isaiah 62:1-5

Bulletin: 012719-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Jan 27                      Small Group Informational Gathering, 10:15 am (after worship), Balcony

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

Wed, Jan 30                     Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement

Sun, Feb 3                      Monthly Potluck, 12 pm, Fellowship Hall

Piano Recital by Anna Showalter, following potluck


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 this 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

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 (

Retirement Celebration. During worship on Sunday, February 3, CMC will recognize those who have recently retired or who anticipate retiring in the next year. If you would like to included – or you know of a fellow CMCer who may appreciate being included – please let Pastor Dayna know ( or 540-433-2148).

Anna Showalter Piano Recital at CMC. On Sunday, Feb 3 immediately following the potluck, Anna Showalter will offer a piano recital performing the works of Beethoven, Janacek and Messiaen. The music features the cacophony of bird song, the fog of grief and nostalgia, and the serenity of an idealized countryside. All are also welcome to hear the program the following week at the Forbes Center Recital Hall at 1 pm.

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).

Contact Information for Crystal Yoder. Crystal Yoder, recently broke her leg while sledding and will have to stay off her feet for a significant amount of time while it heals. Crystal and Jon would welcome prayer, meals, cards and visits. Her contact information is below:

Crystal Yoder, 7741 Mill Creek Church Rd, Port Republic, VA 24471; 540-908-7565;

Jon also passed along this link to a meal calendar that has been set up by one of Crystal's friends and invited those who'd like to bring a meal to use it to sign up:

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!

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

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 on Monday evenings from 7-9 pm and they will meet in the Dean House for Bible study on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm.  Please make them feel welcome!

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.

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

Grocery Bags for Patchwork Pantry. Patchwork Pantry is running low on grocery bags. If you have extra paper or plastic bags you would like to donate, you can deliver them to the CMC Kitchen. Thank you! –Patchwork Pantry

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

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 : 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

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

A benefit meal for Lezha Academic Center will be Sunday, February 3, 12:15 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church's Fellowship Hall. Enjoy Bonnie’s ham loaf, oven-roasted potatoes, green beans, green tossed salad, homemade breads and cakes, and coffee/tea. $10 per person is suggested (but more is appreciated). Deadline to reserve is Sunday, January 27. Email or text your name and number attending to 540-421-7166.

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.

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.

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.

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