Newsweekly for Sunday, July 1, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, July 1, 2018

Worship Leader: Brendon Derstine

Song Leaders: Matthew Hunsberger

Scripture Readers: Lonnie Yoder, Teresa Boshart Yoder, Matt Ruth, Kara Miller

Children’s Time: Joyce Peachey Lind, Aili Huber

Preacher: Anita Amstutz

Prelude/Offertory: Carol Snell-Feikema

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Mark 2:23-3:6; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Psalm 139:1-18; Exodus 20:8-11

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Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, July 1           Monthly Potluck after the worship service at Morrison Park

Wed, July 4         CMC Office closed for the July 4th Holiday

Fri, July 6              First Friday Art Opening, 5-8 pm, Fellowship Hall

Sun, July 8           Intercultural Potluck Picnic, 4-7 pm, Hillandale Park, Shelter #12

Sat, July 14          Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Dean House

July 27-28            CMC Vacation Bible School



CMC Events and Announcements

Monthly Potluck. The CMC Monthly Potluck is this Sunday, July 1 at Morrison Park, behind Waterman Elementary School.  Please bring food to share and plates, cups and silverware.  We will supply water to drink and have some serving utensils.  You may want to bring blankets or chairs to sit on.  We will get started about 30 minutes after worship is over. See you at the park!

The CMC office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 for the July Fourth holiday.

First Friday Art Showcase. Please join us on Friday, July 6 from 5:00-8:00 pm as CMC hosts the Arts Council of the Valley's First Fridays series. Our featured artist will be Rhoda Miller. Rhoda's installations will include a series of mandalas that are connected to her studies at EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Drop in when you can and leave when you must. Light refreshments will also be provided.

An Intercultural Community Potluck Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 8 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Hillandale Park Shelter #12. Bring your friends and family and a favorite food to share (no pork, please). If possible, please bring your own table service. Also, lawn chairs and/or blankets would be helpful if we need to expand beyond the shelter. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and making new friends. Everyone welcome! (In case of rain, the event will be held in the CMC Fellowship Hall.)

[The planning team has decided to name this effort 'Bridges.'  The planning team is currently comprised of CMC members, members of Valley Friends Meeting in Dayton, and several intercultural members of the Islamic Association of Harrisonburg. We are an inclusive intercultural, interfaith collaboration dedicated to nurturing friendship and mutual appreciation among all members of our community. For more information or to support this initiative contact David Kreider or Betty & Keaton Shenk.]


Listening for Grace. Ted & Co presents the original play, Listening for Grace on July 20 and 21 at EMU’s Lee Eshleman Studio Theater at 7:30 pm. The play will be videotaped and seating is limited. Tickets available to purchase for $15 at this link or at the door. Listening for Grace, written by and starring CMCer Ted Swartz, with music by Justin Yoder and Phillip Martin, uses Ted's distinctive humor to give voice to our fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around sexuality and same-sex relationships. It’s about a father’s journey, a church’s struggle and a search for commonality.

Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Choir alumni are invited to sing in an alumni choir — directed by Jay Hartzler — for six weeks this summer, beginning July 3. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. at Eastern Mennonite School. The week of August 12, the choir will give a benefit concert to support the ongoing ministry of CMCers Jay and Sheri Hartzler in Romania. If you can commit to at least three of the six rehearsals, please come! Indicate your interest by filling out this Google survey so Jay knows how to plan. Contact Sheri Hartlzer with questions,

Breeze Reminder. Are you signed up for Breeze, CMC’s new directory system, yet? If you didn't receive an invitation by email, or if you have questions, please contact Aili Huber ( for assistance. Once you are signed up, log in to Breeze to verify and personalize your own information, and use it to look up CMC members’ contact information. Log on at Breeze will eventually replace the directory on the CMC website, so we want it to be as up-to-date as possible.

Looking for Small Groups to Host First Friday. CMC hosts a "First Friday" art opening every other month. We're looking for Small Groups to volunteer to host them. Host duties include providing refreshments and being on site to welcome the artists and musicians, assist them and members of the public if needed, and manage cleanup. If your group would like to sign up for one, please contact Matt Carlson (

Patchwork Pantry Volunteer Needed. Patchwork Pantry is looking for someone to take charge of purchasing personal hygiene items including toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and diapers.  The person checks supplies, assesses the needs, purchases the items and puts them away either for use on Wednesday or for repackaging.  We have been purchasing at Walmart and it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours a week.  We'd like to have someone start ASAP. Contact Jennifer Ulrich –  or 540-383-9050 for more information. Thanks for considering!

Apartment Needed. My daughter, Alcinda Brubaker, is looking for a studio or one bedroom apartment between Downtown Harrisonburg and EMU. She will be attending school in the fall and working part time. She has a pet cat, but he can live at home on our farm if needed. Please contact her at 540-246-1484 or Her current lease is ending so she’d like to sign a lease for a rental starting in July or August.  –Wayne Teel

Looking for a Filing Cabinet. COSPU, an organization of the Salvadoran Community in Harrisonburg, is in need of a 4-drawer file cabinet with a lock. We're not having any luck with Gift & Thrift, etc., in finding one with a lock. If you have one available to donate, please contact Nelly Shenk Moreno at

Prayer for Those Who Have Been Targets of Sexually Offensive Behavior. Laura Sider Jost asks for prayers for those who have been targets of sexually offensive behavior by members of our church body. Especially when offenders are publicly lauded, it can be difficult for those who have been harassed or assaulted to reconcile the offensive behavior with the perpetrator's reputation and authority. They often believe they were the only one targeted, or that it was somehow their fault, or that they should minimize it or accept it as normal. Perpetrators overwhelmingly target many people over many years. Many perpetrators never get the therapy and broad accountability they need–and that their communities need. Laura encourages anyone who has information about members of our community who have sexually offended–lay or ordained, living or deceased–to contact The MAP List ( for support, which need not include public naming, only whatever support is desired. Laura has joined a new group of MAP List volunteers working to strengthen restorative accountability in the church.

CMC: Fast Forward . . . The latest photo collage up and running on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall features the final Sundays of our "Resurrection Life" worship series and the start of an emphasis on the "Journey Forward" process with Mennonite Church USA. To the right, you'll find a reflective essay, "Just for Today," and a CMC 'congregational report' for Mar.-Apr. in Mennonite World Review. And, it's all free for the looking. Can you possibly take it all in? – Jim Bishop

Summer Better Than Others:  Another visual feast awaits you on the "CMC Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall with a poster of activities from July, 2013 on the theme, "Citizens in God's Kingdom" and a one-day Summer Bible school collage from July 27, 2013, "God's BIG Backyard is a Blast." Indeed it is! — Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Getting personal.  This year we had the warmest May on record in the U.S., and Harrisonburg broke the rainfall record for May, reminding us of the reality of climate change.  At CMC we’re taking personal responsibility with our new voluntary carbon tax program.  Calculate your carbon tax with this calculator, and look for more information on when and where to contribute your carbon tax.  Talk with members of the CMC green congregation (Jared Stoltzfus, chair) for more information.



Virginia Mennonite Conference and Harrisonburg area events

Come enjoy an evening in support of MCC, featuring music by Willow Run Band, Perry Blosser, Andry Stutzman, Lightning Lucas, and Caleb Schrock-Hurst, and stories of MCC by Earl Martin. Freewill offering to support Caleb's upcoming MCC SALT Assignment in Vietnam will be taken. EMU's Martin (Seminary) Chapel, Friday, June 29th, 7pm.

Beldor Mennonite Church invites you to an evening of bluegrass gospel music this Sunday, July 1, 6 PM, with the Sunnyside group. A light snack will follow.

Gain confidence and clarity about moving to Medicare with guidance from Everence. Attend Everence's workshop on Thursday, July 5 at The Gathering Place (parking and entrance behind Everence office), 841 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA. Learn your key steps to get Medicare, how to move from current coverage, and enrollment details and deadlines. RSVP: (540) 437-7422 or

Register for Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly at C3 (Calvary Community Church) in Hampton, Va., July 19-21. Dr. Natalie Francisco, author and co-pastor of C3; and Glen Guyton, Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA, will bring messages during evening worship. Learn about the ministries and partners of Virginia Conference and VMMissions through missional stories, workshops, and agency displays. Register at

The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center hosts "Worship in the Woods" each Sunday at 7 PM from June 17 – Aug. 12. This Sunday, July 1, Roy Good of Gospel Hill Mennonite Church tells Bible stories in the first person, and Harrison Jarrett (Shenandoah District COB Youth Minister) leads music. Roy inhabits Biblical characters in a way that brings them to life and is engaging for people of all ages. Bring your families to the beautiful natural amphitheater at the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center for Worship in the Woods. A free-will offering will be received to support the mission and vision of VBMHC. 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Service Opportunity. The ministry of the Clothes Closet at Trinity Presbyterian Church has existed for over 50 years (including some time when it was housed at CMC).  They have a diverse population of clients who come to the Closet, making the experience a rich, rewarding, and interesting one.  They are looking for different groups that can help out on one Wednesday this summer. The Clothes Closet will ensure that a volunteer from the Clothes Closet Mission Team will be on hand to “lead the way”. Basically, a smile and a willing pair of hands are all that is needed.  The closet is open every Wednesday, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Volunteers would arrive by 6:15, and leave by 7:45.  If your family or small group would like to volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact Janet Slough, Trinity Clothes Closet Mission Leader, at 433-2296.

Next year EMU will welcome two Spanish Language Assistants through MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP).  IVEP is a year-long work and cultural exchange opportunity for young, Christian adults. Every year 60 participants come from more than 25 countries around the world to volunteer in the U.S. or Canada, where they live with a local person or family. We will be looking for host families for Maria Rene Saucedo Osinaga/age 20 from Bolivia, and Otoniel Suero Escalante/age 23 from the Dominican Republic.  All hosts must be:  active in their church community, open to learning from others, willing to share their lives with the IVEP participant, and intentional about checking in with the IVEP participant, just like you would with your own family members.  A host family must be able to:  provide a private bedroom in their house and host for full or half of the IVEP year starting in late August 2018 through July 2019.  Interested?  Contact Vi Dutcher, Professor & Department Chair, Language & Literature, EMU at 540.432.4316 or email

Everence will have an IVEP worker beginning August of this year.  We are looking for a host family.  It is a young woman from Zimbabwe, her English language is very good and she is described as well-grounded, mature, dependable musical and trustworthy. I believe she also really enjoys being around children.  Please contact Teresa Boshart Yoder @ Everence if you may be interested and I can give you more information.  Everence office 540-437-7422.



Broader Mennonite Church

MDS in Puerto Rico needs you! Mennonite Disaster Service and Puerto Rico needs you! MDS has rebuilding projects underway, there is a labor shortage on the island, and many "regular" MDS volunteers are busy as builders and farmers over the summer months. CMC's own Murch family (John, Jennifer, Jonathan, Rebekah, Caroline and Nicolas) are stationed at Ponce giving oversight to one of the MDS house projects. Several other sites need volunteers too. MDS is covering travel and onsite expenses. All you need to offer is time and sweat! Skilled workers are highly valued, but they are happy with people who are willing to work hard with unskilled labor. To find out more, go to this website and fill out the form indicating timing and skills. If you don't have specific answers, add a note about your schedule and interests. MDS will contact you to work out a plan that serves everyone's needs. You can note at the end that you know the Murch family and would be glad to work at their site if possible. Regardless, the Murches will try to come to other sites to visit CMC MDSers. Can't go? Maybe you know someone who can! Share this information with friends and family far and wide, Mennonite and other traditions. The best way to get your questions answered is to be directly in touch with MDS, though you can chat with Joe Yoder, Sam Miller and Andrea Wenger who have also been in touch with MDS.


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA