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Worship this Sunday, May 5, 2019

Theme: Resurrection Wonder – Jesus Appeared
Worship Leader: Brian Martin Burkholder                                        
Song Leader: Scott Barge
Children’s Time & Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty
Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensening
Scripture: Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19
Bulletin:  050519-Bulletin 

Upcoming CMC Events
Fri, May 3            First Friday Art Opening, 5-8pm, Fellowship Hall
Sun, May 5          Contemplative Worship Service, 8pm, Sanctuary
Sun, May 5         Monthly Potluck, 11:45pm, Fellowship Hall
Wed, May 8        Kids’ Club, 6pm, Basement

CMC Events and Announcements
Come out to Community Mennonite Church on May 3, 2019, from 5:00-7:30, as part of Harrisonburg's First Friday events. Paul Cook will be exhibiting a collection of oil and graphite works entitled, Contrasting Visions: Two Paradigms on the Same Canvas. Refreshments will be provided; musical performance by Lightning Lucas. Artist's talk at 6:00pm.

Potluck is this Sunday, May 5, after Sunday School.  Please bring food to share and your own plates, cups and silverware as this cuts down on clean up time. We still need people to help out as most of Hospitality committee is unavailable. We could use 2-3 people to help with set up, 3-4 to help with dishes, and 2-3 to help wipe tables and everyone to help with putting tables and chairs away. Contact Jennifer Ulrich ( if you can help.  

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

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.

The next two Sundays, May 5 and May 12, we will be collecting 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 gloves such as Blue Hawk large men’s leather – Lowes has for $3.98 a pair or $6.98 for 3 pairs), 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.  Thank-you for your participation!  -Dennis Showalter, Outreach Chair

Faith and Finances (Adult Ed Class). This week the Faith and Finances for All Ages and Stages class will hear from Lana Miller and Teresa Boshart Yoder (Everence) about “Charitable Giving.” 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.

New or Gently Used Children’s Books Wanted for Kids’ Club. Most Wednesday evenings children who attend Kids’ Club are given the chance to choose a book to take home to keep. If you have new or gently used, quality children’s books that need a new home, please consider donating them to the CMC Kids’ Club. Books may be dropped off at the church office or contact Hannah Hall at

Meals for Kids’ Club. Thank you so much to all of the small groups who have brought food to Kids’ Club so far! We are in need of more simple Wednesday meals if it works for your small group or family. Generally we have 10-15 kids a week (sometimes more). Please email Hannah Hall, if there’s a Wednesday that works for you!

FROM PSALM SUNDAY TO EASTER – The latest photo collage on the "CMC Today" bulletin board at the south end of the fellowship hall is featuring Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday activities on the worship series theme, "Blessed Hunger, Holy Feast." To the right, you'll find a second photo display from March to early April on the same Lenten theme. Taste and see!   Jim Bishop

MAY EYE?  –  Then, cast ye corporate gaze eastward to the "CMC Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall. There you'll find a photo display of images from May 2012 and a second collage of CMC activities. singin' and swingin' into late spring 2013. Check out these "timeless" photographs and memories.  Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Educating ourselves.  The proposed Green New Deal has generated plenty of discussion, much of it centering around whether its broad approach is too ambitious, or is a needed combination of ideas.  For good analyses on both sides, read the case for the Green New Deal as the only way to move forward in the current situation, and the alternative case for scaling it back to focus only on climate.

The cards, flowers, and many words of care and support since the death of my mother are so much appreciated. Many thanks – Angie Clemens

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

I am needing to put together some temporary professional work (up to half time) immediately, from now through at least the summer. I would appreciate any leads to good opportunities. Thanks!  -Bradely Lehman (

Someone took my tan jacket by mistake last week (Sunday morning).  I don't recall the brand but it probably has a light plaid lining and it definitely has a loose button on the inside pocket.  There was another tan jacket still hanging in the coat rack when I left church. – Randall Reichenbach

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond
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.

Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir Auditions: If your child enjoys singing, they will love being a part of the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir! SVCC is a nationally acclaimed children’s choir based in Harrisonburg, Va that values education, fun, musical excellence and community.  SVCC will hold auditions for performing choirs (2nd-12th grade) on May 8th and 9th, from 4-7pm.  Please call 540-432-4650 or email to schedule an audition!  For more information about SVCC, please visit SVCC's website at

Pleasant View’s 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament: Come out to support individuals with intellectual disabilities on Friday, May 10, at Spotswood Country Club 1980 Country Club Road in Harrisonburg, Va. Format: Captain's Choice; registration will begin at 8:00 AM, with a shotgun start at 9:10 AM. *Fees if you pay with cash or check: $100/golfer, or $380/team of 4. If paying with PayPal: $103/golfer, or $389/team of 4. Team prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Mulligans, power balls, and 50/50 will be offered at registration. We will have closest to the pin and longest drive contests. A delicious BBQ buffet lunch catered by Hank's Smokehouse Southern Grillery will be provided in the Spotswood Country Club starting at 1:00 PM. Team prizes, contest prizes, and door prize drawings will be awarded after lunch. To register call Pam Miller at 540-896-8255 or email her at

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.

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.

Join Putt Fore Missions, a mini-golf tournament and meal fundraiser for VMMissions on Thursday, May 23, 5:30PM – 9:30PM. There will be two waves of the tournament, with teams of four. Registration is $100 ($25 per person), and includes 18 holes and 4 meal tickets. Deadline: May 13. Everyone is invited to come! Not a golfer? Come just for the dinner (suggested $10 donation) and enjoy a fun, family atmosphere and support missions! Learn more at

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, provides free summer experiences for children from low-income New York City neighborhoods. Sign up today to host a child! Trip dates for this summer are July 8-15, July 8-22, and July 24-31. For more information call Jennifer Murch at 833-4161, or Shannon Sneary at 209-1234.

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 Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) is a Harrisonburg-based nonprofit organization that creates college opportunities for first-generation Latino high school students through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, supportive mentorships and scholarship awards. SLI has served more than 80 scholars since 2012 at Harrisonburg High School and John Handley High School in Winchester, awarding $116,000 in SLI college scholarship awards and $24,000 in SLI computer awards. It has also paid more than $9,000 in tuition support for students to enroll in college dual enrollment courses while in high school. For more information, please visit or contact Christopher Clymer Kurtz (director of development) at or 434-299-2549.

Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg-Rockingham is currently looking for a Neighboring Volunteer group of 6-10 committed people that would like to walk alongside and encourage a family in our program.  Bridge of Hope works with single-parent families (children under 18) facing homelessness in our community.  The program lasts 12-24 months.  Initial training, ongoing relational support, and planned monthly gatherings will be provided.   If you have questions, you can ask any of CMC’s former neighboring group which included Sue Swartz, Andrea Wenger, and Shirley Showalter. Please contact Chris Hoover Seidel, Director, at or cell: 717-602-0871 if you are interested.

Costa Rica Trip for High School Students. Eliana Tejedor and David Shenk will be facilitating a cross-cultural experience for high school students this summer in Costa Rica and are still looking for 2 or 3 more students to join the trip. The dates of the trip are from June 10th to 29th and the total cost is $1,600. Please contact David or Eliana asap if you know of any interested families with rising 9th graders or high schoolers! 540-383-9011 or 540-208-4541.

Love Crosses Borders: A Mennonite Men immersion experience with immigrants. Love is the greatest of all virtues. But what does love look like in times of cynicism and polarization? Borders are not only social constructs, they’re also spiritual ones. Who’s included? Who’s excluded? How do we reconcile God’s call to welcome the stranger with so much fear-filled rhetoric and policies? What can unwelcomed immigrants teach the Church about love? How can the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement inform and inspire us to a love that crosses borders? July 28 to August 3, 2019 Mennonite Men will provide a week-long immersion experience with immigrants to engage these issues. To register or for more information, visit or contact Steve Thomas at

Travel to Ethiopia and learn about the impact of MCC’s partnerships in the region that bring food security, watershed rehabilitation, conservation agriculture and peace to many communities. Included are stops at Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana, and Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This two week learning tour is scheduled for Jan or Feb 2020. See the flier on the bulletin board near the coat racks for more information.

You are invited to join Myron and Esther Augsburger on an “Anabaptist Heritage Tour” to Germany, Austira, and Switzerland, May 13-23, 2020. It is also the decadal year when the Oberammergau Passion Play is being given. A few of the places visited are Zurich, Lucerne, Trachselwald Castle, Anabaptist Cave, Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck and more. For a detailed brochure contact Ed Bontrager, tour coordinator, at, or call 540-574-3833.

Check out the new Mennonite Women of Virginia blog at! It's a place for women to share their stories and connect with one another across the conference. If you have interest in writing for the blog as a regular contributor or even as a guest on occasion email us at

Save the Date!  Bike Shenandoah will host their 22nd year to "cycle for service" on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Come bike the beautiful Shenandoah valley and enjoy the vibrant fall colors while raising funds to support Virginia Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Central Committee, MennoMedia, Our Community Place, Robert Webb Child Care Center and NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center. Family friendly rides of 62 miles, 30 miles, 15 miles and 5 miles will be offered for bicycle enthusiasts. Even if you do not cycle, consider sponsoring a rider. $50 registration donation, $25 for students and minors, $10 for 5-mile riders. Tax deductible receipts are available for all donations. For more details, visit 

Pray for Franconia Conference & Eastern District Conference as they gather for a joint Delegate Assembly on May 4.

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:

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