Newsweekly for Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Worship Leader: Andrea Schrock Wenger

Song Leader: Ray Horst
Children’s Time: Matt Gingerich
Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig
Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty
Bulletin: 051919 Bulletin

Upcoming CMC Events
This evening!                 Contemplative Worship Service, 8pm, Sanctuary
Tues, May 21                 Monthly Gathering, 6pm, Fellowship Hall|
Wed, May 22                 Kids’ Club, 6pm, Basement


CMC Events and Announcements
The CMC Monthly Gathering will be Tuesday, May 21, with taco bar supper at 6 pm, followed at 7 p.m. by LIT (Learning Interesting Things). This month’s LIT will feature Andrew Jenner (son of Jan and Hadley Jenner) speaking about his work in co-founding The Harrisonburg Citizen, an independent online source of news for the people of Harrisonburg that is devoted to telling important and interesting stories that are otherwise un- or under-covered in our community. Andrew has spent most of his career as a journalist in the Shenandoah Valley, working as a freelancer for the past decade. He returned home to Harrisonburg in 2018, after three years living and writing in Brazil.

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

Thanks to everyone who contributed gloves for migrant apple pickers who work in our area. We collected 66 pairs of gloves! In addition, we collected sweaters, hats, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes, deodorant, hand sanitizer, and shampoo.

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!

We will be suspending the Open Circle Small group for the summer.  It may start again in the fall if there is interest.  –Jan Jenner

RESURRECTION WONDER – The latest photo collage on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the south wall of the fellowship hall resurrects highlights from the first three Sundays (Apr. 28, May 5 & 12) of the new Easter season worship series. So, wonder as you wander from there to the "CMC Yesterday" display board on the east wall of the fellowship hall. Up and running there – a bevy of images from May 2015, featuring the worship series, "Enjoying What God Value$," Mother's Day, the 2015 EMHS Touring Choir and some CMC folks who have moved on. Time, O time, where did you go . . .? Jim Bishop

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.

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
Drivers for VANITA. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer driver for VANITA (Valley Area Network for Immigrant Transportation Assistance), please join us on Saturday, June 1 (10:00 AM) in Room 109 (CMC).   We will provide information, answer questions, and share our driving experiences.  Email Tina Beachy ( with any questions. 

Now is a great time to register a camper who has never attended Highland Summer Camps before, especially if you know someone (not a sibling) who is a returning camper this year. Just make sure you’re both registered by June 1st, and mention the person who referred you when you register online at or call 540-705-0512. Both the new camper and the returning camper will receive a $25 certificate to use in the Highland camp store!

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 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.

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.

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.

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