Newsweekly for Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, June 10, 2018

Worship Leader: Dave Smucker

Song Leader: Matt Carlson

Children’s Time: Ruth Stoltzfus Jost

Scripture Readers: Hannah and Ben Bailey

Preacher: Jason Gerlach

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Prelude/Offertory: Carol Snell-Feikema

Scripture: Micah 6:6-8; Matthew 5:38-48


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, June 10       Sunday School End-of-the-School-Year Celebration, 10:30 am

Sun, June 24       New Attenders Brunch, 11:30 am. See Pastor Jennifer or Pastor Jason for details.

CMC Events and Announcements

Hermeneutics Sunday School Class. This Sunday, June 3 the Hermeneutics Sunday school class in Room 109 will continue to discuss, "How to get along with people we don't agree with" on issues of gender and sexuality and on the importance of proper biblical interpretation. For more background, see the last three lessons (Lessons 20-22) on the hermeneutics series at this link: –Reta Finger

Sunday School End-of-the-School-Year Celebration. On Sunday, June 10 during the Sunday School/Adult Education hour we will have an end-of-the-school-year celebration for all ages. Plan to join us for popsicles, the bounce house and other activities. All are welcome!

Summer Worship Schedule. Beginning June 17, CMC worship will begin at 10 am. Sunday School and Adult Education classes will not meet during the summer.

CMC Women's Bible Study–June Series. Please feel welcome to join us for a Bible study (focused on the scriptures from the previous Sunday) Wednesday mornings in June.  Pastor Jennifer will lead us as we gather around the Word from 9:00-10:15 am with coffee and tea.  Childcare provided.  Questions?  Please contact Pastor Jennifer at

Childcare for Bible Study. We are in need of childcare providers for the women’s Bible study on Wednesday, June 13. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Jennifer or call the church office.

Journey Forward–Resource from MC USA. If your commission, committee or small group is interested in further conversation regarding the MC USA "Journey Forward" themes during worship this month, check out this resource with activities and discussion related to three core commitments:  Follow Jesus; Witness to God's Peace; and Experience Transformation.  Pastoral Team.

Highland Retreat Summer Camps. It’s time to register for summer camp at Highland Retreat! CMC will contribute $75 per camper to Highland to help with registration costs for CMC families. When you register your child online at, you will be asked to use a coupon code and a transfer code. If you don’t have the code, contact the CMC office at or 540-433-2148. After you enter the code, the $75 will be deducted from your total. If you need additional financial assistance, Highland has some scholarship funds available. For scholarship information, call Highland at 540-705-0554.

Summer Camp Assistance. If your child is attending a church camp other than Highland Retreat, CMC will contribute $75 per camper to help with registration costs. Contact the CMC office at or 540-433-2148 for more details.

Chicken, It’s What’s for Dinner. Dear Fellow CMCers, I am taking orders for pasture-raised chicken which will be available during the week of June 18th.  The cost is $16 for a whole, processed chicken.  Please talk to me in person, email my parents, or call us.  Thanks! – Jakob Gerlach

Highland Retreat’s Annual Steak BBQ will be held at Highland on Saturday, June 23. The day will feature a summer staff commissioning service (1:00), a pool party time with games and activities to celebrate Highland’s 60th year (2:30), and a tasty steak BBQ dinner (5:00), followed by music from The Walking Roots Band. Highland will provide rib-eye steaks, as well as hot dogs, Boca burgers, baked potatoes, and birthday cake! Bring a side dish or salad to share, and a donation to support Highland. Visit for more details. To reserve a $10 campsite or A-frame cabin for the BBQ weekend, contact the office at or (540)705-0554.

Walking Roots Music Camp. Greg and Seth of the Walking Roots Band invite all rising 3rd – 6th graders to join them for Walking Roots Music Camp, June 18-22. Check out the link for more information!

New Attenders Lunch. Are you new, new-ish, or new-again to CMC? We'd love to get to know you better and help you get connected at CMC. The next New Attenders Lunch will be held following worship, beginning at 11:30 am, on Sunday, June 24 in the Dean House. RSVP to the church office ( or 540-433-2148) or just come on over.

Parents of 4 year olds through 5th graders:  mark your calendars for CMC’s Vacation Bible School on Friday evening and Saturday, July 27-28! Want to lead a station or assist in this enjoyable event? Speak with Marsha Thomas or contact her at

Missing Your Favorite Travel Mug? Your Barbie doll? Your hat? Or your favorite pan? Take a look in the lost and found cabinet under the church mailboxes. Lost and found items will be taken to Gift and Thrift in early June.

End of Life Planning and CMC Memory Garden. Do you have preferences or plans for your funeral and the care of your body after death? CMC pastors would like to have updated versions of this information on file for all CMC members and regular attenders. You may use CMC’s End of Life Planning Form or use your own format to record your preferences.  If you are interested in internment of cremains in CMC’s Memory Garden, please contact the church office for information about purchasing a plot.

CMC: Fast Forward . . . from the hopeful albeit soggy post-Easter season into early signs of summertime warmth with the latest photo collage just posted on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall.  This display 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. The journey, the journey might be long, but also more doable and exhilarating when we share it together. Just do it! — Jim Bishop

In Tune with June.  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 late spring 2013 and a June 2014 collage that includes the installation of associate pastor Dayna Olson-Getty, Pentecost Sunday and communion. Come, for all things are now ready. — Jim Bishop

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's and would be glad to work at their site if possible. Regardless, 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.

Greening CMC : Speaking Out.  The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) reports on successful lobbying efforts to help pass the PREPARE Act.  This act helps the nation respond to natural disasters due to extreme weather, such as Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which a recent study suggests was responsible for nearly 5000 deaths.  Join FCNL’s advocacy voice by subscribing to their “Inside the Greenhouse” and other updates.

Broader Mennonite Church

Journey Forward. Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA, reflects on Mennonite Church USA’s Renewed Commitments that emerged from the Future Church Summit last year, and the denomination-wide Journey Forward process. This post is adapted from a presentation Iris gave at the April meeting of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC).

Addressing violence on the Colombia-Ecuador border, the three Mennonite conferences in Ecuador are calling their national government to work for peace and to respect the human rights of all people. Delicia Bravo Aguilar and Peter Wigginton of Mennonite Mission Network ask us to join our brothers and sisters in praying for peace.

Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

June 10
Mennonite Mission Network requests prayer for Service Adventure participants who are ending their assignments in Albuquerque (New Mexico), Anchorage (Alaska), Colorado Springs (Colorado), Jackson (Mississippi), and Johnstown (Pennsylvania). Praise God for all they gave and received during the past 10 months. Pray for them as they integrate this year’s learnings into their life choices.

June 17
Laura Schlabach of Mennonite Mission Network is transitioning into the interim executive director’s role with JCS, the consortium of mission agencies through which Mennonite Mission Network serves in Mongolia. Pray for wisdom and peace for Laura as she takes on these new responsibilities.

June 24
Join Mennonite Mission Network in praising God for strong peacebuilding ministries in South Korea and throughout the Northeast Asia region. Pray for God’s Spirit to move among leaders as they discuss the future of North and South Korea, and nuclear disarmament.
Need help with yard work? Daniel (Monti) Montgomery, who has recently begun attending CMC, is interested in lining up a few odd jobs for the summertime.  If you'd be interested in his help mowing your lawn or other yard work please contact him at (540) 705-8271.  If you don't know Monti, feel free to contact Pastor Jason.

How Then Shall We Live?  A week-long immersion in the wild to bring out the deep wisdom, fierce joy and sacred strength of men. Come wade into the wilds of New Mexico! Highlights include homemade meals in an adobe hacienda, visiting Taos Pueblo, plunging into the waters and canyons of the Rio Grande Gorge, wilderness solos, songs and campfires, morning meditations and biblical analysis in wild places—all designed to open radically new possibilities for men seeking a wilder way of fierce love for God, humanity and our precious earth. Guided by Todd Wynward for adventurous men 18+ in Taos, New Mexico, September 8-15, 2018. For registration information on this Mennonite Men experience, visit


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