Newsweekly for Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Worship this Sunday, May 12, 2019

Theme: Resurrection Wonder – Eyes opened
Worship Leader: Andrea Wenger                                      
Song Leader:
Matt Hunsburger
Preacher: Dayna Olson-Getty
Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach
Scripture: Revelation 7:9-17, Acts 9:36-43
Bulletin: 051219 Bulletin

Upcoming CMC Events
This evening!                     Contemplative Worship Service, 8pm, Sanctuary
Wed, May 15                     Kids’ Club, 6pm, Basement
Tues, May 21                     Monthly Gathering, 6pm, Fellowship Hall

CMC Events and Announcements
This Sunday, May 12, is the final Sunday to bring donations for the seasonal apple pickers who come to Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties from August through November.  The following donations are appreciated: coats, sweaters, sweatpants, gloves (heavy duty leather work gloves), hats, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoos, deodorants, loofas, sponges, body wash, shaving cream, razors,etc.  You can bring items up front during the offering and place them in the apple crates.  The three crates are 1/2 full, so hopefully, we can fill them this Sunday!  -Dennis Showalter, Outreach Chair

For the month of May and June 2, the children's Sunday School will be following the Shine curriculum's theme of "Enough for All" but with a different format.  Grades K-6 will be rotating to three stations–Biblical Storytelling, Creating, and Community building/singing.  Please note the locations where your child should be after recess (around 10:20 a.m.):

  • Ages 2/3/4–G 17 (usual singing room)
  • Grades K/1–G 11 (usual Kindergarten room)
  • Grades 2-6–G 20 (usual Gathering space)

Adults will rotate with children throughout the hour.  Please pick up your child by 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Ages 2/3/4–G 17
  • Grades K/1–G 11
  • Grades 2/3/4–G 21 (usual classroom for grades 4/5)
  • Grades 5/6–Sanctuary

Mennonite Undergraduate Grants–Through a special offering in the first quarter CMC raised 40% of our goal to increase the amount of our Mennonite Undergraduate Grants to $2000 per year for each student from CMC.  We still hope to raise about $6000 to benefit our undergraduate students who choose Mennonite education.  If you are able to contribute and help us complete this goal, please include Mennonite Undergraduate Grants in the memo line of your check or give online from our website and designate as a Fifth Sunday offering.

You are welcome to join the Contemplative Worship Service weekly on Sundays at 8 pm at CMC. This service is an invitation to deepening our everyday connection to God, ourselves and the community through healing, action and contemplation for the sake of the world. The service will be a time for contemplative silence, embodied practice, and a space that welcomes and affirms everyone. Please note children are welcome, however there will be no childcare provided during the service. Contact Adam Yoder ( on behalf of the Contemplative Service Discernment Group for additional information.

Faith and Finances (Adult Ed Class). This week the Faith and Finances for All Ages and Stages class will hear from Stuart and Shirley Showalter about “Leaving a Legacy.” Please feel free to join us in Room 109!

Pastor Jennifer is leading Bible Study at Park View Mennonite Church. Everyone welcome!  On Tuesdays (April 30-May 21) from 7-8:15 am the men's Bible study at Park View is inviting women.  Enjoy an early morning, breakfast, scripture and table conversation.  This 5-week series is called Women Who Made (Biblical) History II and we'll study anointing women of the Gospels, the Woman clothed with the sun (Revelation), Huldah, Tamar, and a few others.

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 2020.  Our continuing pastoral elders are Veva Mumaw and Matthew Hunsberger, so please consider CMCers 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. Please share names with Brendon Derstine, chair of gifts discernment committee.

Come help Micah Jost, Hannah Witmer, and baby Arthur with their yard and garden work on Saturday May 11 at 9am. RSVP to Peter Dula (

Greening CMC : Speaking Out.  Opponents of the Union Hill compressor station, a part of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, have organized a series of marches May 17 & 18 in Richmond and Leesburg.  These marches focusing environmental justice follow a large rally on environmental justice in Feb, and feature the Rev. William Barber, II, and Karenna Gore.

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond
Micah Jost and Hannah Wittmer are looking to hire a few people to help care for Arthur overnight. Hours either 9p-5a or 10p-6a. Pay is $13/hour. No medical background required, just looking for people who are extremely conscientious and diligent. Great opportunity for anyone looking to read a lot or study on the clock. Coverage wanted 7 nights a week from 2-3 different people. If you or someone you know is interested, send resume to

The Valley Playhouse will be presenting The Diary of Anne Frank — a retelling of the story of a Jewish girl who goes into hiding with her family in WWII to escape the Nazis — at Court Square Theater. JP Gulla is directing, and the cast includes several members of our congregation: Robin Vogel, and Jonathan and Jennifer Murch. Showtimes are Thursdays – Saturdays, May 2-4, and May 9-11 at 7:30 pm, and Sundays, May 5 and 12, at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

There is an ACRS gathering featuring Ervin Stutzman on Monday, MAY 13th 7:30 am, Park View Mennonite Church.  He will frame his discussion on his writing and the challenges and successes of portraying Native Americans in the Hochstetler Story.   We hope this will raise questions and comments related to peace/justice and racism in the Mennonite Church and beyond.

Shekinah women’s vocal group presents a CD release concert, “By and By,” on Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm at Community Mennonite Church. Admission by donation, light refreshments following. More info at

Andrew Peterson, a singer-songwriter and recording artist who has released more than 10 records over the past 15 years, will be on the Resurrection Letters Tour and play at EMS Auditorium Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. On this tour, Andrew will be with Band & Special Guest Taylor Leonhardt. This concert is organized by SONGS FOR THE VALLEY. Members of EMS Touring Choir will get the opportunity to sing on one of the songs. General Admission Tickets are $20 + processing fees. Go to Contact with questions.

The Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser to benefit Lezha Academic Center (grades 1-12) in Lezhe, Albania, will be held at the Shady Oak facility of Weaver’s Mennonite Church. Help VMMissions and the LAC board of directors support this school with your attendance on Friday, May 17 from 4–7 p.m. Suggested donations: ADULT: $20, CHILD UNDER 12 years: $10.

On Saturday, May 18th HHS students traveling to Costa Rica this summer with David Shenk and Eliana Tejedor will be making and selling homemade chicken and vegetarian tamales as a fundraiser.  Half Dozen=$12.  One Dozen=$24.  Orders must be placed in advance.  Orders must be picked up at CMC from 1 to 3pm on Saturday the 18th or can be delivered within Harrisonburg on Saturday afternoon for a $5 delivery fee.  Email if you're interested in ordering or simply fill out the Google Form on the link below.  Thank you!

Faith in Action is co-sponsoring an event with the Harrisonburg/Rockingham NAACP and the Center for Interfaith Engagement at EMU. It is called Groundwater Workshop: Racial Equity, A Local Perspective on Saturday, May 18 from 8:30-12:00 at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church.  The workshop will introduce participants to the structural nature of racism, the characteristics of modern-day racial inequity and the relationships between people communities and racial inequity.  Please register at this link. –Art Stoltzfus (

The Collins Center will be offering an Approved Adult Training on Saturday May 18th from 9am-noon at Park View Mennonite Church (1600 College Ave.), breakfast provided.  Any new volunteers that have expressed interested in working with children or youth in your congregation are welcome to attend this training!  It would be helpful to have a rough headcount before the presentation so that Ross and I bring enough materials for everyone, so please send us that number ahead of time if possible. RSVP to Child Protection Committee Chair, Marsha Thomas (

Enjoy tacos and support VMMissions workers in Central Asia! On Sunday, May 19, there will be a drop-in taco bar fundraiser from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. VMMissions is delighted to have worker J.W. present at the fundraiser.

Host families needed: Eastern Mennonite High School is seeking host families for international students for the 2019-20 school year. Hosts receive a monthly stipend of up to $625 per month. The school provides support and training. Contact to apply.

In preparation for MennoCon19, we continue to invite you to use the Pathways study guide to consider how the commitments to follow Jesus, witness to God’s peace and experience transformation, are at work in your life and community. Find it at

Check out the latest MennoCon19 newsletter for info on featured seminar speakers, squads, special events and activities:

The Shenandoah Valley Mennonite Historians are hosting a tour of new churches in the Valley on June 1. Saturday from 9 until 1 pm.  The focus is on new ethnic and language groups. The tour will include tours and conversation with leaders of 3 new churches, including Swahili, Spanish and Laotian speaking churches. The three groups are in Harrisonburg or within several miles.  We are asking participants to drive to the three locations and will not be furnishing a bus. The tour will begin at 9 am at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and end at noon with a lunch served by one of the churches. The cost is $25 per person including the hearty lunch.

MennoMedia seeks a full-time managing editor in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to oversee editorial operations for various imprints, including Herald Press and Third Way website. The job requires strong writing and editing skills. Read the position description at Submit a cover letter and resume to by June 1, 2019.

Eastern Mennonite School is seeking candidates for fifth grade teacher, kindergarten assistant, peacebuilding curriculum teacher, Dining Hall team manager and Athletics Director. Go to for details.

Eastern Mennonite University is currently seeking faculty applicants in the following undergraduate departments: Nursing, Psychology, Teacher Education and Intercultural Programs. For more details go to

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for two Residence Director positions. For more information visit our website at

VMMissions has one or two office spaces for rent. One is 213 sq. ft. and the other is 133 sq. ft. If you are interested, please contact Dianna Lehman at

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA