Newsweekly for Sunday, July 22, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, July 22, 2018

Worship Leader: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Song Leader: Danny King

Children’s Time: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Preacher: Jordan Luther

Prelude/Offertory: Scott Barge

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32; Hosea 12:2-6           

Bulletin: 072218-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Fri, July 20         CMC Office Closed

July 19-21          Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly, Hampton, VA

Wed, July 25     Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement

Fri, July 27         CMC Vacation Bible School, 7-8:15 pm

Sat, July 28        CMC Vacation Bible School, 9 am-3 pm



CMC Events and Announcements

CMC office closed Friday. The CMC office will be closed on Friday, July 20. Pastor Jason and Pastor Jennifer will be attending Virginia Mennonite Conference assembly in Hampton, along with pastoral intern Jordan Luther and CMC delegates Mike Brislen, Elena Histand Stuckey, Matt Carlson and Joyce Peachey Lind.

Newsweekly Announcements. If you would like to include an item in the Newsweekly, please email your announcement to by noon on Thursday.

CMC's Vacation Bible School is coming soon! Our 2-day bible school, "Peace Lab," will be held Friday, July 27 (7pm-8:15pm) and Saturday, July 28, (9am-3pm). A reminder: VBS is for children age 4 through 5th grade, and your child is welcome to bring a friend or two! So that we may plan for enough supplies and plenty of food, please click here to register by Tuesday, July 24.

Moving Help Needed. Dave and Sue Cockley are moving to 1571 Pine Court (on VMRC campus) from 487 S. Mason Street the end of July.  We would like help moving an empty chest freezer and lots of boxes on Saturday, July 28, 8:30 – 11:00 am.  We will have a small pick-up but a second one would be great! If you can help, please contact Sue Cockley at or Dave Cockley at

Fifth Sunday Offering for Dean House Renovations on July 29. CMC’s Fifth Sunday Offering on July 29 will go toward covering costs for renovations being done in the Dean House in preparation for opening a Voluntary Service Unit. Our goal is $10,000. We have openings for 1 or 2 more VSers, so spread the word and contact Jason Gerlach if you know of someone who may be interested in serving. We ask for your generous financial support on Sunday, July 29 as we prepare the Dean House for this new ministry.                                                                                             

On Sunday, August 12 at 4 pm the Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Choir alumni choir will give a benefit concert at CMC to support the ongoing ministry of CMCers Jay and Sheri Hartzler in Romania.

CMC Children and the Walking Roots Band. What a wonderful summer opportunity!  Saturday, August 18th from 9-11 am, The Walking Roots Band (Greg Yoder and Seth Crissman) are offering a morning for CMC children (rising 1st through 5th graders) to plan a CMC worship service using music and drama.  The service will focus on the story of Jonah. On Saturday, parents can drop off children at the CMC building at 9am and pick them up at 11am.  The next morning children and The Walking Roots will lead our worship service.  Please RSVP to the CMC office ( if children from your family will participate and indicate their age or grade.  Greg and Seth are both approved adults through the Safe Church program.

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.

Community Preschool openings. Community Preschool, located in the CMC basement, has openings in their 3-day afternoon class for 3 and 4 year-olds. Afternoon preschool classes are from 12 noon-2:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in September. For more information, call 540-433-7974.

Mental Health First Aid Training. CMCers are invited to participate in a local grant-funded public education and training program through the Community Services Board.  The Mental Health First Aid training will be Tuesday and Wednesday, August 21 and 22 from 8 am-12 noon both days.  (A total of 8 hours.)  Four years ago CMC sent a cohort of 5 participants to this training.  Only two of these participants are still active at CMC.  Being a peace church where everyone is welcome, we want to respond appropriately to one another when we have mental and emotional struggles.  The training will include risk factors and warning signs for mental illness and information related to specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.  For more information visit their website at Please contact the church office by August 6 if you are able to join Pastor Jennifer and other CMCers for this training.  There is limited number of openings.    –Pastoral Team

CMC Summer Reading. Anita Amstutz, Mennonite pastor and author of Soul Tending: Journey into the Heart of Sabbath was CMC's guest preacher on July 1st.  Anita will also be our resource person for the CMC Retreat (Sep 21-23).  We are circulating several copies of her book prior to retreat.  If you're interested in borrowing a copy for a few weeks, please contact the church office at or 433-2148. –Pastoral Team 

CMC Piano. The CMC piano has been in declining condition for some time. Recently we were told by some piano technicians that its mechanical problems are beyond repair. A group of CMC keyboard players has been tasked with looking into replacement options, and this process has led us to the Baldwin piano that is on loan from Gary's Pianos for several weeks this summer.

Pastoral Gifts?  Do you know someone who is spiritually sensitive and demonstrates good discernment in their lives?  Do you know CMCers who care about the life of our congregation and have leadership gifts?  Gifts discernment is receiving names of members who might serve on Pastoral Team beginning in 2019.  Our continuing pastoral elders are Mike Brislen and Matthew Hunsberger, so please consider CMC women who might serve well in a 3-year term on our team of pastors and pastoral elders. A job description for the pastoral elder can be found on the CMC website.  Pastoral Team will also appoint a young adult to serve a 1-year term beginning in 2019.  Who are the gifted young adults at CMC who might serve with Pastoral Team?  Please share names with Brendon Derstine, chair of gifts discernment committee.

Breeze Reminder. Are you signed up for Breeze, CMC’s new directory system, yet? It is quick and easy to set up and use. Please take the time to sign up and check your information. If you aren’t signed up already you likely received an invitation email from Breeze in the last couple of weeks. If not, please contact Joyce Peachey Lind in the church office ( or Aili Huber (

To use the directory go to

Once you have created your account and signed in:

  1. Click "My Profile" at the top to see what information we have for you.
  2. To add or update any information, put your mouse on the gray box at the top of that section (it will say something on it like "Main" or "Family."). When your mouse is on the box, text should appear that says "Click to edit section." Click it to reveal a form that you can edit. When you're done, click the green "Save" button at the top of the section.
  3. Add your birthdate by following the instructions in step 2 to edit the "Main" section. Other members of the congregation won't be able to see this, but it is very helpful to the office staff to be able to search people by age.
  4. Add your picture. Click in the big gray box with a person outline on it in the top-center area of your profile page. A box will pop up where you have the option of uploading a picture from your computer. Click "Upload image," navigate to the picture you'd like to use, and click "Open." Once the image has uploaded, expand the cropping rectangle and move it around so that your face is included. Then select "Set as Profile."
  5. Edit your Family–you should have the ability to edit/correct information for any member of your household by going to their profile page. If there are people in your household who don't show up under "Family" on your profile page, please let me know so I can fix this.
  6. Play around. You should be able to use the search box on the top left of the page to look up other CMCers. You can also check out "Tags," which is a way of organizing people; right now, we have only church leadership and small groups, but this will be expanding. "Events" doesn't have anything right now, but soon, that will be a place where we'll host event registrations.
  7. Get the app. If you have an Android or iPhone, search for "Breeze CMS" in the app store to install the mobile app.
  8. Offer feedback. Is there something that's not working? Let me know. Is there a piece of information that it would be helpful for your commission or committee to be able to track? Let's talk.

Confused or have more questions about Breeze? That's okay. Feel free to contact Aili Huber at


CMC Lending List. Did you know that CMC maintains a list of items that members are willing to share? Items available to borrow include pick-up trucks, sports and camping gear, tools and kitchen equipment. The list is available on the CMC website. If you have an item that you’d like to add to the list, please contact Michael Ann Courtney at –Pastoral Team

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 (

Apartment Needed. We're looking for an apartment in or near Harrisonburg on behalf of friends who are expecting their first baby. Any leads will be greatly appreciated. Paulson and Shirley Kurtz, 540-209-2239.

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

CMC: 'Fast Forward' into a 'Sacred' Summer . . . with a new photo collage posted on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall. It features the final Sundays of our "Journey Forward" worship series and the start of an emphasis on "S is for Sacred . . . and Summer." To the right, you'll find a reflective essay, "Amazing Love Never Quits" (HealthQuest magazine); a Virginia Ham column (3/30/2000) on the importance of humor in daily life and a CMC 'congregational report' for Mar.-Apr. in Mennonite World Review. So, stop, look . . . and enjoy!  – 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 : Speaking Out.  Climate issues have taken on an increasingly partisan nature, but the Climate Solutions Caucus is one example of where Republicans and Democrats are working together.  Although many want the caucus to be more vocal, it is encouraging to see more such as Virginia’s Bobby Scott joining recently, bringing the group up to 84 Congressional members.  This is one example of a way we can encourage our public officials to depoliticize sustainability issues.  


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

Pray for Virginia Mennonite Conference as they meet for their annual gathering in Hampton, Virginia, and for South Central Mennonite Conference as they meet in Yoder, Kansas, both the weekend of July 19-21.

The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center hosts "Worship in the Woods" each Sunday at 7 PM until Aug. 12. 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.

Taryn Zander’s MST and VMMissions are hosting a dessert fundraiser on the evening of July 26 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.  This event is a “donations accepted” event and any money raised will be used to finish out the modest balance needed for Taryn’s remaining MST budget and to start a “diversity grant” fund to help persons of color participate in next year’s E3 trips.  The evening will also be an opportunity for the Jordan teams to share what they’ve recently experienced and for the Greece team to share what its expectations and prayer requests are. We especially welcome those interested in participating on an E3 team next year! As a courtesy to Taryn’s MST, please let Melanie Sherer know if you are planning on coming, at or (540) 434-9727.

On Sunday, August 12 at 4 pm in the Ix Art Park in Charlottesville, an event called "The C'ville Sing Out!" will take place.  Everyone in the community and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a positive celebration of the City of Charlottesville to promote love and brother/sisterhood among all races, cultures, and beliefs.  Website:  Contact:  Pastor Alvin Edwards, Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church.



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA