Newsweekly for Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, June 24, 2018

Worship Leader: Kent Davis Sensenig

Song Leaders: Matt Hunsberger

Children’s Time: Sheri Hartzler

Preachers: Jay and Sheri Hartzler

Prelude/Offertory: Jim Clemens

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; 16-18

Bulletin: 062418-Bulletin                   


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, June 24       New Attenders Lunch, 11:30 am, Dean House (across Water Street)

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

Wed, June 27     Women’s Bible Study, 9-10:15 am, Room 109

Wed, June 27     Kids’ Club, 6-7 pm, Basement

Thurs, June 28   Visitation for Ray Gingerich family, 6-8 pm, Fellowship Hall

Fri, June 29         Memorial Service for Ray Gingerich, 11 am, CMC Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall


CMC Events and Announcements

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.

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!

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.)

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.  Questions?  Please contact Pastor Jennifer at

Ray Gingerich Visitation and Memorial Service. The visitation for the Ray Gingerich family will be Thursday, June 28 from 6-8 pm. The memorial service for Ray Gingerich will be Friday, June 29 at 11 am followed by a lunch.

Lodging for Gingerich Family Members. The Gingerich family is in need of lodging for a few more family members for Thursday and Friday night, June 28-29. If you have beds available, please contact Wilma at 540-434-6876. Thank you!

Cookies and Brownies for Memorial Service. We would like to serve cookies and brownies at the lunch following Ray Gingerich’s memorial service on Friday, June 29. If you are willing to bake and contribute some cookies or brownies, please contact Jennifer Ulrich,

Helping with set up and clean up for Memorial Service. We are in need of volunteers to help with some tasks related to the memorial service on Friday. We need people to: help with food prep before the memorial service, arriving at 9:45 am (3-4 people); help with cleanup and doing dishes after the lunch (3-4 people); and help with table/chair setup and take down before the service and after the lunch (3-4 people at each end). If you are able to help with any of these tasks, please contact Joyce in the church office at 433-2148 or email Thank you!

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

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!

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 (

Help Wanted. I am in need of someone to help me with a job that requires digging and lifting heavy things, for 2-4 hours early next week. Please contact Tim Jost at 540-421-1529. Thank you.

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

Chicken, It’s What’s for Dinner. Dear Fellow CMCers, I am taking orders for pasture-raised chicken, which is available this week. The cost is $16 for a whole, processed chicken.  Please talk to me in person, email my parents, or call us at 540-271-1036.  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

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.

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 up and running 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. To the right, you'll find a reflective essay, "Just for Today," and a CMC 'congregational report' for Mar.-Apr. in Mennonite World Review. Can you possibly take it all in? — 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

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.

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, June 29th, 7pm.

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

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.

Pray for these Mennonite Conferences as they travel and fellowship at their annual gatherings the weekend of June 22-23: 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

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


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA