Newsweekly for Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, May 20, 2018

Worship Leader: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Music Leaders: Jared Stutzman and Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Choir

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Acts 2:1-12

Bulletin: 052018-Bulletin.docx                                                        


Upcoming CMC Events

Wed, May 23     Women’s Bible Study, 9-10:15 am, Room 109

Wed, May 23     Kids’ Club, 6 pm, Basement

Mon, May 28     CMC office closed (Memorial Day)


CMC Events and Announcements

Become an Approved Adult. An Approved Adult training is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 from 9 am-noon at Park View Mennonite Church. Contact Marsha Thomas ( to sign up or for more information.

Flame colors for Pentecost. Worship Commission invites all CMCers to wear flame-colored clothing to worship on Pentecost Sunday, this Sunday, May 20.

Compassion Fund Offering this Sunday, May 20. We will be collecting funds on Sunday, May 20, to replenish the CMC Compassion Fund. Compassion Funds are available to CMC members and regular attenders for unexpected or urgent financial needs. For more information, contact Pastor Jennifer (

Welcome Jordan Luther. Jordan Luther is joining the CMC pastoral staff as a pastoral intern from May 21-July 31. Jordan just finished his second year at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He attended CMC while he was a student at EMU, and looks forward to reconnecting and building new friendships. Welcome, Jordan!                                                                                                      

The Adult Education class on biblical interpretation meeting in Room 109 will be discussing Lessons 18 and 19 from the online hermeneutics series: Lesson 18 on "Inflammatory Words in Romans 1:24-27" will be continued from last week, since we had a special speaker instead. See: Lesson 19 will deal with the last three NT texts where our translations lead today's readers to assume that all same-sex sexual expression is sinful: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:9-10, and Jude 7. See: Everyone is welcome!

Church Mailboxes Rearranged. The church mailboxes have recently been rearranged and include new attenders. If you can’t find your mailbox, or if you don’t have a mailbox and you would like one, please contact the church office ( or 540-433-2148).

CMC Women's Bible Study–Spring Series. Bring your Bible and bring a friend to CMC’s women's Bible study, Wednesdays in May from 9-10:15 am in Room 109 Pastor Jennifer will lead this series following the scriptures that were in focus the previous Sunday–so a few passages from the Gospel of John, the Pentecost story from Acts, and additional scriptures relevant for the church today.  Bring you little ones!  Childcare provided.

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.

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

CMC Small Groups. Would you like to be part of a small group?  Anabaptists believe that the Christian life should be lived alongside others, not in isolation. CMC small groups provide settings for deeper relationships, and a community to share fellowship, study, personal encouragement, counsel, practical support, outreach, and fun. Small groups are made up of 6-12 adults, plus children, who meet weekly or bi-weekly. CMC encourages all regular attenders to participate in small-group life. If you are interested in joining a small group, please contact Heather Harris at –Pastoral Team.

Resurrection Life Flows On. Easter may be over, but the Easter season has just begun. Want some proof? Look no further than the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall for the latest photo collage featuring April worship services, children's time, Sunday school and other activities. To its right, a photo display from Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday, a reflection on "How to Build Community," several Bishop blatherings and a 'congregational report' for Jan.-Feb. 2018 from Mennonite World Review. — Jim Bishop

May Eye? Sorry, bad pun from the Punsylvania pundit, but hoping it helps call your attention to the visual feast awaiting you with a double poster of photographs and memories from May 2015 on the "CMC Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall.  — Jim Bishop

Greening CMC: Educating ourselves. “You're glumping the pond where the Humming-Fish hummed!” The Lorax’s phrase might have well described water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Happily, things have improved, with a recent report that Chesapeake Bay water quality has reached a record high. This is due in large part to recognizing that “We are all downstream, we are all upstream” – reducing pollution in places like our Shenandoah Valley has helped improve water for our downstream neighbors. Mennonite Creation Care Network is calling congregations to keep up the good work by organizing river clean ups this summer.

Sunday School Connection. Below is a weekly note for families of children (age 4 and up) who use the Shine curriculum. Each Sunday you will find faith nurture ideas that coordinate with the weekly Sunday school session plans.

Luke 10:25–37: “The good Samaritan”
Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story. (1) Read Luke 10:25–38. What must we do to inherit eternal life? (2) Write a list of all your neighbors’ names. If you don’t know them, make an effort to meet each one and learn something about their lives. (3) When have you shown love to a stranger?
Do you know? The Samaritan gave two day’s wages to the innkeeper to care for the injured man!
Prayer for the week: God, may compassion rather than fear guide our actions. Amen.


Host an IVEP Worker.

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.

VMRC is looking for a host family for Zilian, a young female adult volunteer from China. Zilian has been chosen through the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) to work with the Wellness and Life Enrichment teams at VMRC August 2018-July 2019. Zilian is a college graduate with social work experience. She is very active in her church, loves to be around children and is eager to work with older adults. Host families are very important to IVEP. A host family must be: Able to provide a private bedroom in their house, are able to host for full or half of the IVEP year, are active in their church, willing to learn from others, intentional about follow-up with the IVEP participant as a member of your family, benefit from a cross cultural experience in their home and receive a monthly stipend of $350. Curious? Learn more by contacting VMRC’s, Emily Young at 540-564-3524 or


Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

The Family Life Resource Center’s Open House is Friday, May 18 from 5-7 PM. This open house fundraiser will feature a Power Parenting Presentation and a Self Care/Relaxation Technique Seminar taught by one of our trained counselors, meet and greet with a certified therapy dog, face painting in our children’s therapy room and live music by Lisa Meadows.  This is a great time to meet our staff and tour the building.  We will also sell raffle tickets before and at the event for a men’s gift basket, a women’s gift basket, and a child’s gift basket. (All baskets will be raffled separately.) Please help us plan accordingly by letting us know you will be stopping by: RSVP to or 540-434-8450.

The Bike Shenandoah Spring Metric Century Ride is Saturday, May 19. Bicycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in this 62 mile route through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This is the second annual spring ride (separate from the regular Bike Shenandoah September rides.) Mole Hill Bikes will provide two rest stops. Proceeds will benefit VMMissions and other agencies. The cost of registration is $50. Register at

Kelbessa Muleta Demena, Vice President of the Meserete Kristos Church, and Kiros Teka Haddis, President of Meserete Kristos College are coming to Harrisonburg. Enjoy dessert and an evening of sharing with these amazing brothers and hear their stories. Learn what amazing things God is doing in their land. Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Wednesday evening, May 23rd at 7:30 at Harrisonburg, Mennonite Church.

Growing Up! A Concert for Kids Club Worker Melody Zimmerman will be Saturday, May 26, 7:00-9:00 pm at The Church of the Incarnation, 292 North Liberty St, Harrisonburg, VA, 22802. Join us for a fantastic evening of music, fellowship, and the chance to be a part of transforming lives. The set list includes original music from Seth Crissman (of the Walking Roots Band) and friends, Nichole Barrows (Ears to the Ground), Sylvia Meyer, Jessamyn Tobin and other talented local musicians. All proceeds will go towards Melody (Tobin) Zimmerman and her work with Kids Club, which aims to mobilize us to better love and serve kids and their families in our neighborhoods. Find out more about Kids Club and Melody’s role at the concert. There will be a suggested donation of $10.

Pastor Duane Beck is the North Carolina Coordinator for Better Angels Better Angels does political reconciliation work to talk and break through the stereotypes that build barriers in families, churches, businesses, and friendships. The Better Angels annual convention is on the EMU campus, June 6-8. Some participants, with limited finances, would appreciate lodging Wednesday through Friday.  Contact Pastor Duane, 919 741-4587.

If you are ready to put action into Faith, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University’s training on Restorative Justice for Resisting Racism and Healing Land (June 9 – 11) will explore the intersections of restorative justice, racial justice, food justice, spirituality, and theology. Visit for more information on this and 20 other trainings this May and June.

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


Volunteer and Job Opportunities

Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg Rockingham is hiring for one part-time (20 hours/week) position. Neighborhood Resource Specialist – Responsible to provide case management and support services for 4-6 families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness and foster relationships with Neighboring Volunteers, engaging both parties throughout their 12-24 month participation in Bridge of Hope’s program. For position summary and qualifications of position, please contact the board chair at:  Submit a letter of application, resume and three (3) personal references to the board chair at the email address above.  Submission deadline: position open until filled.

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference are accessible on the Conference website at

Mennonite Church USA. Congregations and individuals are invited to engage in a churchwide day of prayer for North and South Korea on Sunday, May 20, 2018, using MCC’s “A prayer for peace in North Korea." Learn more about this “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative at


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA