Newsweekly for Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, January 6, 2019

Theme: Love Revealed – Epiphany Sunday: Light

Worship Leader: Dayna Olson-Getty

Song Leader: Greg Yoder

Prelude/Offertory: Greg and Kristina Landis Yoder

Children’s Time: Dayna Olson-Getty

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Bulletin: 010619 Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Fri, Jan 4               First Friday and CMC Piano Dedication, 4-8 pm, Sanctuary

Sun, Jan 6            Free Range Hymns Interactive Concert and Hymn Sing,

with Sopa Sol and Ken Nafziger, 3-5 pm, Sanctuary

Wed, Jan 9          Women’s Bible Study, 8:30 am, Room 109

Sat, Jan 12           Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Room 109. All are welcome!

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


CMC Events and Announcements

January First Friday and CMC Piano Dedication. Come out to CMC tonight, Friday, January 4, to enjoy the CMC Youth Art Show and Piano Dedication Concert as part of Harrisonburg's First Friday event! Doors open at 5:00 pm and the concert begins at 5:15 pm.

Potluck is this Sunday, January 6 after Sunday School. Please bring food to share as well as your own plates, silverware and cups.  We could use help with set up and clean up including washing dishes. Thanks!  –Jennifer Ulrich and Hospitality Committee

Free Range Hymns Interactive Concert and Hymn Sing with Sopa Sol and Ken Nafziger.  On Sunday, January 6 at 3:00 pm at Community Mennonite Church, Ken Nafziger—longtime music director at EMU and beloved song leader—will lead singing accompanied by Sopa Sol: Daryl Snider, Frances Miller and Nathan Bontrager. Sopa Sol will also perform selections from the Free Range Hymns album released in 2017. These are re-imagined hymns featuring unique instrumental and vocal combinations. Sopa Sol “skillfully employ an extensive cache of classical and global folk instruments in this… meditation on the gifts of communal song," Bradley Kauffman, The Mennonite. CDs will be available. All are welcome to enjoy the evening. Entry is free, with donations appreciated. Website: – Email:

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!


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

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 from December 2018. 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. Yule love it!

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!     Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Educating ourselves.  What do an Old Testament scholar, a pastor-handyman from West Virginia, and a Zimbabwean feminist have to say about climate change?  Discover this and more in the first episode ofShifting Climates”, a podcast/photojournalism project of EMU graduates Harrison Horst, Michaela Mast and Sarah Longenecker.  The first episode is now available; subscribe to this podcast for updates on the weekly series.   –Doug Graber Neufeld for the Green Congregation Committee


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

Annual Epiphany Messiah Sing Revived. After a short break, Park View Mennonite Church will again host a Messiah sing for fans of Handel's famous oratorio — on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. The conductor will be Ben Bergey and the organist John Fast. New this year is a 10-piece orchestra. The soloists will be Caitlin Holsapple, Sarah Hamilton, Les Helmuth, and Matt Hunsberger. End the Christmas season by singing this marvelous music together. Bring your Messiah score.

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

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.

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