Newsweekly for Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, November 11, 2018

Theme: Lessons from Jesus: Poverty and Wealth

Worship Leader: Mike Brislen

Song Leader: Matt Hunsberger

Prelude/Offertory: Kathryn Schmidt

Scripture Readers: Cindy Brislen; Shelby, Jodi and Arwen Hertzler

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Scripture: Mark 12:38-44; Hebrews 9:24-28; I Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146

Bulletin: 111118-Bulletin



Upcoming CMC Events

Sat, Nov 10         Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Room 109

Bryan Moyer Suderman Concert, 6:30 pm, Sanctuary

Sun, Nov 11        Bridges Community Gathering, 4-8 pm, Fellowship Hall

Tues, Nov 13      CMC Monthly Gathering, 6 pm, Fellowship Hall

Wed, Nov 14      Women’s Bible Study, 8:30 am, Room 109

Kids’ Club, 6 pm, basement


CMC Events and Announcements

Bryan Moyer Suderman Concert–Songs of Faith for Small and Tall. Come sing along with Bryan Moyer Suderman, singer and storyteller, this Saturday, November 10 at 6:30 pm in the CMC sanctuary. Proceeds to benefit the CMC Kids' Club. $10 suggested donation. Invite your friends and family!

Open Circle Small Group. If you are new to the congregation, new to the idea of small groups, or are not currently in a small group and are looking for a way to connect with others at CMC, you are invited to be part of the Open Circle Small Group. It meets monthly on Second Saturdays at 6 pm. The next meeting is Saturday, November 10 in Room 109. Connect with others in the church through fellowship, discussion and mutual support. The circle is always open! Children are welcome and there will be snacks. For more information contact Heather Harris at

Bridges Community Gathering. Everyone is invited to the next Bridges Community Gathering this Sunday, November 11 at CMC from 4-8 pm. Bring a favorite dish to share (no pork please) and your own tableware if possible. At this interfaith, intercultural gathering, there will be Filipino, Latino and Kurdish music/ dances and a potluck meal. Come join in the spirit of building bridges of connection and hospitality. All are welcome!  Facebook link:

Monthly Gathering. All are welcome to attend CMC’s Monthly Gathering on Tuesday, November 13. The taco bar begins at 6 pm ($3 suggested donation), followed by a discussion with the CMC Green Congregation Committee at 7 pm. The Green Congregation Committee invites you to join in a discussion about the importance of taking action against climate change. We will also provide information about ways to participate in the Voluntary Carbon Tax.  We invite your questions, concerns, and recommendations for future projects.  Hope to see you there!

CMC Women's Bible Study. Please join us Wednesday mornings 8:30-9:45 am from Nov . 14-Dec 5.  Pastor Jennifer will lead us as we focus on scriptures from the previous Sunday's worship service, enjoy coffee/tea, and share in conversation and prayer.  Feel free to invite a friend.  Childcare will be provided.

7th/8th Grade Bake Sale and Craft Sale. On Sunday, November 18, please come to the Bake/Craft Fundraiser by the 7th and 8th grade Sunday school classes. Funds raised will go to various projects, including support of Jay and Sheri Hartzler in Romania and Honduras medical and school support. Thank you! –Mim Yoder

Thank You! The local TPS Committee/COSPU wants to extend their heartfelt thank you to CMC for helping host the Journey for Justice riders this past week. Our visitors were particularly impressed with the warmth in which they were received by members of the church and their host families. Also, their bus has been repaired and will make its way from Selma, Alabama in time for the final leg of the 12-week journey in Washington, DC this Friday November 9.

Becoming a CMC Member. CMC welcomes regular attenders to consider membership with CMC. If you’re interested in joining CMC, please talk with one of our pastors. The next dates for our membership ritual are Sundays November 25 and December 2. You are invited to read CMC’s Membership Covenant Litany on the CMC website.  –Pastoral Team.

Pastor Dayna is Away. Pastor Dayna will be away until Tuesday, November 13 to attend the MCUSA Women Doing Theology conference at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana and for a quick visit with family in Michigan. If you need pastoral care while she is away, please be in touch with another member of Pastoral Team.

Wittmer/Jost Address. We rejoice in the birth of Arthur Basil Wittmer to Hannah Wittmer and Micah Jost on November 8. They will be living in Philadelphia to be close to the children’s hospital for the next several months while Arthur receives care. Their mailing address is 910 S. 47th St., Philadelphia, PA 19143.

Ministry Opportunity. Community Mennonite Church has been approached to join in a ministry opportunity. RISE congregation is sponsoring a Saturday program, WITH. RISE is across from the jail and is opening their doors to be a warm place for families to wait before their time to visit with a family member in jail arrives. The program is on Saturday mornings from 7:30 am until 10:30 am, and RISE is looking for partners to help be with these families as they wait for their allotted time to visit. If you are interested in volunteering for a Saturday morning please let Dennis Showalter ( or Jeff Mumaw ( know.

Community Preschool Poinsettia Fund Raiser. The Community Preschool (located in the CMC basement) is selling poinsettias again this year to raise funds for their preschool program. To order, please sign up and leave a check in the envelope on the easel in the fellowship hall. Poinsettia orders are due Sunday, November 18th.  Church members can pick up poinsetties on Wednesday, November 28th any time after 12 noon.

Gifts Discernment Survey. The Gifts Discernment Committee of CMC is asking you to take a few minutes to complete a Gifts Discernment Survey. The intention of the survey is to identify ways CMCers of all ages are willing to use their gifts within the life of the church. Just because you indicate that you are interested in doing something on the survey does not sign you up for doing that thing, nor does it ensure that you will be asked right away. If you are interested in getting involved with the work of a Church Commission now, we encourage you to seek out the chair of that commission. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Brendon Derstine or another member of the Gifts Discernment Committee: Elaine Stoltzfus or Kelly McDonald. Please take a few minutes to complete the Gifts Discernment Survey by clicking this link.

SAINTS BE PRAISED – A new month and a new double-poster photo collage awaits your viewing pleasure (we hope) on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the south wall of the fellowship hall. You'll find scenes from the "Lessons from Jesus" fall worship series; people listening and learning in Sunday school classes and remembering CMC people who have gone before in an "All Saints Day" ritual. Also just posted,  a Thanksgiving (knows no season) reflection, "Blessings of Life Cost Little." Please pause and ponder.     Jim Bishop

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHIN' IN – Turn back the hands of time as you clock in with the "CMC: Yesterday"  bulletin board on the east side of the fellowship hall. There you'll find photo collages from November, 2013 ("Envision the Kingdom" worship series) and November 2014 ("Legacy of Love"), both featuring and commemorating our CMC family saints.      Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Getting personal.  Although attempts at a national carbon tax in the US have not been widely embraced, carbon taxes been enacted by numerous countries, regions, and municipalities around the world as a way to put a true cost to our carbon-intensive activities. Estimate your carbon impact using the online voluntary gas tax calculator, as part of the CMC Green Congregation Committee initiative to become aware of our true carbon impacts.


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

You are invited to pray for the MC USA Racial Ethnic Council as they hold their gathering in Kansas City on Nov. 15-17.

Eastern Mennonite School is having an online auction, Nov. 8 to 15. Bid on items and experiences (such as a Tanzanian meal for eight!) and support the school's Second Century Fund. Go to for details. Call 540-236-6025 if you have questions or would like help navigating this technology.

All Inter-Faith persons are invited to attend the Friday Evening worship service at Temple Beth El at 7:30 p.m.  on Friday, Nov 9 or any other Friday evening. The congregation is located at 849 Old Furnace Road in Harrisonburg.  The congregation would appreciate the show of support from the faith community in these trying days.  The worship will be led by Ben Dyme, Rabbinic student intern.

Tickets for EMU's Fall production, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, are now on sale at the EMU Box Office. This conceptual performance of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays takes its flavor from Vienna's Art Nouveau movement. When the Duke temporarily steps down from rule because the moral depravity of his subjects reaches a breaking point, he gives the seemingly virtuous Angelo control of the kingdom, and Isabella, a woman pledged to the Church, finds herself in a morally compromising situation that could have been ripped right out of the #MeToo headlines. Shakespeare’s shockingly relevant tragi-comedy comes to life in a fast-paced and music-filled production that tackles abuses of power and apparently conflicting loyalties to God and family.  For tickets call 540-432-4582 between 10:30 am-2:30 pm or order tickets online at  Shows are at 7:30 pm in EMU's Studio Theater on November 9 and 10.

Faith in Action is sponsoring a leadership training on Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg. The training will be for clergy, laity, and others wanting to deepen their understanding of congregational organizing. Register at Lunch is included. The keynote address “Why Faith-Based Organizing Matters” will be given by Johonna Turner, Professor at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and Renata Loberg an MA Candidate at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Breakout sessions will focus on Common Values and Current Goals, Listening as Congregational Renewal, Racial Equity and Faith-Based Organizing, Using Power for Community Change and Community Mapping.

On November 11, 6:30 pm at Zion Mennonite Church, VMMissions worker Elena Buckwalter and her Ministry Support Team will host an evening of Peruvian food, music, and stories from Elena's time in Iquitos. Join us to share a meal and hear about how God is at work through His church in Peru. Please RSVP with your name and the names of any other people coming with you by Sunday, November 4. Contact or call her at (540) 236 8036 with any questions or special food needs.

N.T. Wright, well-known Christian author and professor, will give a series of presentations on "Discerning the Dawn" in Harrisonburg, Va., November 13-14, 2018. A prolific author for both academic and popular readers, N.T. Wright is the author of Simply Jesus, Surprised by Hope, The Day the Revolution Began, Jesus and the Victory of God, and Paul and the Faithfulness of God. He is also the author of the For Everyone Series of New Testament commentaries. He currently serves as Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Previously Wright served as Bishop of Durham, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, and Dean of Lichfield Cathedral. Over the past twenty years he served as Professor of New Testament Studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities. See the complete schedule at , where you can also register for the Area Pastor's Breakfast. This event is sponsored by Church of the Incarnation, Eastern Mennonite University Augsburger Lecture Series, Eastern Mennonite University Bible and Religion Dept, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Park View Mennonite Church, Virginia Mennonite Conference, and Virginia Mennonite Missions.

Join the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center on Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 PM at Ridgeway Mennonite Church for a "History of Hymnody" singing event with Nancy Faus Mullen. The focus is some history of hymnody within Mennonite and Brethren traditions, with an analysis of how that history informs where we are with music in worship at present. Rev. Nancy Faus-Mullen, musician and professor emeritus of worship at Bethany Theological Seminary will lead us in singing examples from different moments throughout that history. A freewill offering will support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

EMU Alumni and Friends trip to Cuba. Cuba is a country like no other –  World Heritage sites, beautiful beaches, old cars, intriguing politics and resilient, friendly people.   Yet, many U.S. citizens have not had the chance to visit Cuba due to the 56-year embargo. During this trip you will have the opportunity to experience lectures by Cuban experts, visits to health and education programs, a home stay and yes, a few group reflection times.  Most of all, you will experience Cuba’s rich heritage of music, dance and art and warm hospitality. Dates: March 21-30, 2019 Leaders: Nathan and Elaine Zook Barge, veteran Guatemala/Cuba cross-cultural leaders (540) 421-4526

Kitchen Coordinater Wanted. Our Community Place is hiring a full-time Kitchen Coordinator! The mission of OCP is to build a safe, loving community of restoration and hope for all, especially those facing homelessness and other adverse experiences. The Kitchen Coordinator oversees all food-related systems, and the ideal candidate will have experience in food service, business management and entrepreneurship, and must be able to work closely with socially, economically, and culturally diverse populations. For more information visit


Housing Wanted. My name is Joy Kreider and I'm looking for housing for four weeks over the summer. I will be working with CJP's STAR program doing some teaching to become an accredited instructor. I am 52, from Mennonite background, have a PhD in Neuroscience, training and experience in trauma work and have done some teaching in Cambodia and the U.S. about the neuroscience and cognitive and emotional impact of trauma, it's effects and what can be done to help those who have been traumatized.  I have served with InnerCHANGE for the last nine years living among and serving the poor in San Francisco CA and Phnom Penh Cambodia. If you have a small apartment I could rent, please contact me,

Housing and Care Needed.  Steven Johnson is requesting assistance finding housing and some care for Sophy, who will be moving to Harrisonburg to do some apprentice work with Steve in the area of Conservation Photography. She has needs involving housing and care as mentioned below. She is very delightful person who is full of creativity and life. Feel free to contact Steve Johnson at if you have questions.

From Sophy: “I will be moving to Harrisonburg on November 4th, and I may be needing a long-term place to live in a very clean, quiet, safe, and beautiful location in (or near to) Rockingham County. It could be an annex or studio, or if there is a room/bathroom available in a large, safe and very clean family home, or in an individual’s home, this would meet my needs quite well as long as the family or individual was understanding of my unique qualities and didn’t mind my hiring a carer to come in for several hours in the morning and evening to help me with food preparation, dishes, laundry, etc.

I am also looking for care assistance. I will be needing care assistance for 4-5 hours per day, but depending on which type of living situation I end up finding/receiving, I will need care for more of the day in the long run (for example, if I am in a studio, annex, apartment, etc. I would ideally have a “full-time,” paid carer (or a couple of people who alternated). She (the carer) would not have to stay overnight and could have a good amount of break time during the day (and also time when she would just be a calm and comforting presence for me but could be doing an activity that she enjoyed). My main needs include help with things such as dishes, laundry, food preparation, grocery shopping, room cleaning, companionship, and compressions (this can be explained).  If you or anyone you know may have housing options or have private care recommendations or be interested in caring yourself, please email me at”





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