Newsweekly for Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, June 17, 2018

Worship Leader: Jason Gerlach

Song Leader: Angie Clemens

Children’s Time: Greg Yoder

Scripture Reader: Sharon Showalter

Preacher: Jordan Luther

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Prelude/Offertory: Danny King

Scripture: Ephesians 3:7-13; Mark 4:26-34

Bulletin: 061718-Bulletin


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, June 17     Worship begins at 10 am; no Sunday School or Adult Ed.

Tues, June 19   Monthly Gathering Picnic, 5:30 pm, Morrison Park

Wed, June 20   Women’s Bible Study, 9-10:15 am, Room 109

Sun, June 24     New Attenders Lunch, 11:30 am, Dean House

Sun, June 24     CMC Seniors Picnic, 5:00 pm, Morrison Park (Rain location: CMC Fellowship Hall)


CMC Events and Announcements

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

Recycling Prayer Request Inserts. Each week prayer request inserts are in our Sunday morning bulletins. If your prayer card is unused at the end of the service, you are invited to return it to the basket on the hymnal rack so that it can be re-used. Thank you!

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

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 on Sunday, June 24 following worship, beginning at 11:30 am in the Dean House (across Water Street). RSVP to the church office ( or 540-433-2148) or just come on over.                                                                                                                            

CMC Seniors Summer Picnic. The CMC Seniors will have a picnic on Sunday, June 24th starting at 5:00 p.m. at Morrison Park. Meat, buns and drink will be provided. Bring a chair and your table service as we enjoy our annual summer picnic and fellowship. (Rain location: CMC Fellowship Hall.)

On Friday, June 29 at 6 pm Barnes & Noble Harrisonburg is welcoming author Anita Amstutz into the store from 6 to 8 pm. She will be signing copies of her new book Soul Tending: A Journey into the Heart of Sabbath. Anita will also be preaching at CMC the following Sunday, July 1.

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.]

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? Sign up in the fellowship hall or contact Marsha Thomas at

Note from Wilma and Larry Miller. Wilma Miller has been diagnosed with lung cancer. She has undergone a biopsy and testing and will be embarking on a drug treatment program. You can keep updated and follow her journey on Wilma and Larry and their family appreciate your prayers.

Gratitude and Thanksgiving. Dear friends at Community Mennonite Church: Words cannot express the gratitude we feel to you for the shoulders to lean on, the hugs that embraced us, and the prayers that carry us as we walk this difficult journey of saying "goodbye" to Matt.  "Grief is love with no place to go," but your gentle gestures to us over these weeks have been such a healing gift to us and we want to express our deep appreciation for your presence with us.  May God bless you richly as you continue to be the arms and heart of Christ to those around you. Trusting the mercy of God, Ray and Brenda Martin Hurst

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

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

CMC Women’s Facebook Page. If you are interested in connecting with other women at CMC, you are invited to join the CMC Women’s facebook page. Contact Tina Beachy or Hannah Bailey if you have questions.

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

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

African American Festival. Plan to attend the 24th Annual Harrisonburg-Rockingham African-American Festival on Saturday, June 16, 11 am-6pm at Harrisonburg's Ralph Sampson Park!  Enjoy a day of entertainment, fellowship, family fun, crafts, art, music, food, exhibitors and more!

A Porch Show with The Walking Roots Band will be held on Sunday, June 17, at 6 PM at 264 Old South High St., Harrisonburg. Join us for an evening on the lawn! The Walking Roots Band will be sharing music and we'll have some light refreshments to snack on. Worker Rachel Yoder will be sharing a little about what she has learned over the past year as a ministry resident in Fredericksburg as well as what's coming up next with her work in Harrisonburg! You'll have the chance to join Rachel as she shares the gospel and disciples college students and young adults in Harrisonburg.

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!

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.

A Mediterranean meal fundraiser for Virginia Mennonite Missions workers Steve and Laura Campbell will be June 28, at 6:00 pm at Lindale Mennonite Church, 6255 Jesse Bennett Way, Linville, Va. Dinner will include kabobs, salad, hummus, etc.  The Campbells will share a few stories in a program following the meal. There will be an opportunity to financially support their work in Montenegro.

Gain confidence and clarity about moving to Medicare with guidance from Everence. Attend Everence's workshop on 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


Broader Mennonite Church

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.

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.

Mennonite Mission Network. 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.

Pray for these Mennonite Conferences as they travel and fellowship at their annual gatherings the weekend of June 21-23: Central Plains Mennonite Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, Central District Conference in Goshen, Indiana, and Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference in Boise, Idaho.

Rooted and Grounded Conference. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will host the fourth Rooted and Grounded Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, Sept. 27–29, 2018 in Elkhart, Indiana. Keynote speakers are: Valerie Bridgeman of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Karenna Gore of Union Theological Seminary, and Randy Woodley of Portland Seminary.

Conference planners for the third Women Doing Theology (WDT) conference are taking submissions for both papers and workshops on the WDT18 webpage through July 16. The conference takes place Nov. 8-10 in Elkhart, Indiana. Find guidelines and submission forms at



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