Newsweekly for Sunday, July 29, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, July 29, 2018

Worship Leader: Joyce Peachey Lind

Song Leader: Monica Carlson

Children’s Time: Jordan Luther

Scripture Readers: Olivia Smucker, David Kreider

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Prelude/Offertory: Matt Carlson

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Scripture: I Samuel 19:1-18

Bulletin: 072918-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

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

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

Wed, Aug 1    Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement

Sun, Aug 5      Monthly Potluck, 11:45 am, Morrison Park

Thur, Aug 9    Church Council, 7 pm, Room 205

Sat, Aug 11    Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Room 109

Sun, Aug 12    Benefit Concert to support the work of Jay and Sheri Hartzler

in Romania, 4 pm, CMC Sanctuary


CMC Events and Announcements

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CMC's Vacation Bible School is Friday and Saturday! Our 2-day Bible school, "Peace Lab," will be held Friday, July 27 (7pm-8:15pm) and Saturday, July 28, (9am-3pm). VBS is for children age 4 through 5th grade, and your child is welcome to bring a friend or two! To register, please contact Marsha Thomas at

Moving Help Needed. Dave and Sue Cockley are moving to 1571 Pine Court (on VMRC campus) from 487 S. Mason Street.  They would like help moving an empty chest freezer and lots of boxes on Saturday, July 28, 8:30 – 11:00 am.  If you can help, please contact Sue Cockley at or Dave Cockley at

Meals for Penningtons. Zach and Megan Pennington, Israel and Elijah welcomed baby Hazel into their family on July 5. They would appreciate some meals next week as they adjust to life with a new little one. Please visit to sign up to provide a meal for the family. Recipient last name: Pennington; password: Pennington.  Or click on this link: Pastoral Team

Fifth Sunday Offering for Dean House Renovations on Sunday, July 29. CMC’s Fifth Sunday Offering this  Sunday, 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.

HELP THE HOOVER SEIDELS—with their move this Sunday, July 29th after church, from Shenandoah St to Rockingham Dr. Please email (Chris) or (Tim) for more info. Refreshments will be provided!

Ride Needed. David Shenk, Eliana Tejedor and Kaleth are looking for a ride from the Amtrak train station in Martinsburg, WV to Harrisonburg on Saturday, August 4th at 11am. Please call or text them if you're interested in helping. 540 383 9011 (David).

CMC’s Monthly Potluck will be next Sunday, August 5 at Morrison Park behind Waterman Elementary School.  Please bring food to share, plates, cups and silverware.  We will provide water to drink and serving spoons.  You may want to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on as well.  We'll get started about 30 minutes after worship is over. See you at the park!

Food Prep and Servers Needed for Sing Me High. A group of churches is planning to make and serve the Friday meal at the Sing Me High Festival on Aug. 24th. CMC has agreed to provide potato salad. We are looking for help to prep the potato salad on Thursday evening, Aug. 23 as well as a few persons to help serve on Friday, Aug. 24. Prep will be Aug. 23 from 5:30 to ? Serving will be Aug. 24 from 4:30-5:45 pm and 5:45-7 pm. Please Contact Lee Good or Jennifer Ulrich if you are willing to help.

Skyline Literacy Fundraiser. Skyline Literacy is holding a Raffle Ticket Fundraiser. Enter for your chance to win a 49” HG TV. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and may be purchased in the CMC office, the Skyline Literacy office or at the Skyline Literacy booth at the Hispanic Festival on Sunday, August 5. The drawing will be held at 4:30 pm on August 5. The Hispanic Festival will be held at the Smithland Soccer Fields.                                                                                                   

Benefit Concert for Romania Ministry. On Sunday, August 12 at 4:00 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.

Coordinator needed for Indian Food Stand at the Relief Sale. A volunteer is needed to take charge of Indian food at the MCC Relief Sale.  Basically the job includes lining up help to serve, and supervising from 7 am to about 2 pm on relief sale Saturday. Contact Tim Jost if you are willing at

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 

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.

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 (

CMC: 'Fast Forward' into a 'Sacred' Summer . . . with the latest 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); an obituary-tribute to the late Ray Gingerich from Mennonite World Review (7/2/18) a Virginia Ham and a CMC 'congregational report' for Mar.-Apr. in MWR.  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

Mennonite Women of Virginia’s Fall Retreat registration forms are available. Women of all ages are invited to this special weekend, Oct. 26-28. Early registration (and discount) ends Aug 1.  Scholarship funds are available by calling Gloria Lehman, 540-420-2122.  You can download the registration form from the MWV page of the VMC website, or email Deb Pardini ( for an electronic copy of the registration form.


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.

Elder Exhange. On Thursday, August 9 from 6:30-8:00 pm all are invited to attend the first Elder Exchange, a monthly academic forum discussing issues of faith and life at Detwiler Auditorium at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center (VMRC). James Mullenex will present on “Where is God? Do the Math!”

Everence Youth Savings Week. Area residents are invited to join Everence Federal Credit Union® for its annual Youth Savings Week, Aug. 6-10, at 841 Mount Clinton Pike, Suite B, in Harrisonburg. This year’s Youth Savings Week features the theme Science of Savings and is designed to encourage adults to help their children and grandchildren start saving early and teach the advantages of saving money for short- and long-term goals. More information is available by calling Everence Federal Credit Union at (540) 437-0672.

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.

It’s been estimated that one in five people sitting in church pews on Sunday morning struggle with mental health issues. Find reflections and resources on addressing mental health in church from Denise Reesor on the Menno Snapshots blog. Visit:

MDS has a number of volunteer openings. Visit for more information about service opportunities.

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA