Newsweekly for Sunday, November 12, 2017

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Worship this Sunday, November 12

First Families – Family Foes

Worship Leader: Joyce Peachey Lind

Song Leader: Jeremy Nafziger

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Children’s Story: Joyce Peachey Lind

Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty

Prelude/Offertory: Brad Lehman

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:16-20; Genesis 25:37-34; 27:1-28:5; 32:1-33:17

Bulletin: 111217-bulletin1

Upcoming CMC Events

Tues, Nov 14       Monthly Gathering, 6-8 pm

Wed, Nov 15       Kids’ Club, 6-7 pm

Sun, Dec 10        Congregational Meeting, 12 noon, meal provided

CMC Events and Announcements

Bake Sale! The 7th and 8th grade Sunday school girls are having their annual bake/craft sale on Sunday, Nov. 12 after the worship service in the Fellowship Hall. The money raised will be shared with Honduras projects and Jay and Sheri Hartzler’s programs in Romania.

Monthly Gathering on Tuesday, November 14. On Tuesday, November 14th, Jason Gerlach will share portions of his thesis titled Security: The Nefarious Intricacies of Evil, the Carceral State, and the Christian Church during the Monthly Gathering's second hour (7:00 to 8:00 pm).  The goal for the hour is an informative and generative conversation.  Part way through the hour, Jason Wagner (chaplain at the Rockingham–Harrisonburg Regional Jail) will offer his own reflections on the thesis, and there will be opportunities for questions.

Poinsettia Sale. Community Preschool's Poinsettia Fundraiser is here!  Sign-ups will be this Sunday and next, November 12 and 19.  Please pay for your poinsettias at the time you sign-up for them.  Pick-ups for the flowers will be on Tuesday, November 28 between 12 and 5.

Middle East Gift Items for Order on November 26Dorothy Jean Weaver will be setting out Middle East gift items for order on Sunday, November 26 after worship, and during and after Sunday School.  Items include hand-painted ceramic plates, bowls, and mugs; olive wood trivets, jewelry boxes, trays, salad forks and spoons, and Christmas ornaments; mirrors framed by olive wood and ceramic tiles; etc.  Shipping will add 33% to in-store prices.  Payment is at time of order.  Please bring your checkbook.  Thanks so much for supporting a hardworking Bethlehem shopkeeper!

CMC Congregational Meeting on December 10. Normally, our annual congregational meeting is held the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This year’s meeting will be on Sunday, December 10 following Sunday school. Lunch and childcare will be provided.

No Monthly Potluck in December. Please note that because of the congregational meeting and meal on December 10, we will not be having a potluck in December.

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 session plans.

Faith Talk This Week: Genesis 25:27–34; 27:1–28:5; 32:1–33:17: “Jacob and Esau” (this story was mistakenly put in last week’s Newsweekly—this is the correct passage for this week).

Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story: (1) Read Genesis 25:27–28. What problems can happen when there is favoritism? (2) Jacob gave a gift. Draw a picture or write a note as a gift to someone in your family. (3) Tell about a time someone forgave you.

Did you know? Jacob sent a really big present. How many animals did he give (Genesis 32:14–15)? (Answer: 550)

Prayer for the week: God who loves us equally, bless us as we seek to live together in peace. Amen.

Children’s Bible Memory Passage This Quarter: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgements are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.  Psalm 36:5–6

Becoming a CMC Member. If CMC is your church home and you worship with us regularly, we encourage you to become a member so that you can participate in formal decision-making, be eligible for various leadership roles and so that our records match reality.  Like most congregations, we have an ongoing membership list that we update annually.  We also annually renew membership with CMC in our Covenant Renewal in January.  Members are persons who have been baptized and shared their confession of faith in Jesus Christ with the congregation.  We'll have Sundays for receiving new members in November and January.  If you would like to discuss becoming a member of CMC, please contact one of your pastors.  Pastoral Team.

ACRS Gathering, November 13. We welcome Elaine and Richard Stoltzfus to Monday morning's ACRS regular gathering, November 13th from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the West Dining Room, Northlawn, EMU. Theme: “Hillbilly Elegy” and our 35 years in Appalachia.” Richard graduated from EMC & Elaine from Hunter College, New York City.  Both were in the medical field spending 6 years in Haiti and 35 years in Harlan, KY. For more information, go to:

Fun for the whole family, DoveTale will be performed at EMU's Lehman Auditorium Sunday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Written 20 years ago by CMCs Ted Swartz and Lee Eshleman, together with Ingrid DeSanctis, this warm, moving and hilarious account of the Christmas story will create a lasting memory. The show — in honor of EMU's centennial celebrations and Lee Eshleman  — is a benefit for EMU's student financial aid through its University Fund. As CMCers, you know and love Ted Swartz and many have cherished memories of Lee. In addition, newer CMC member Braydon Hoover will be playing the part of the Angel Gabriel. Please join the celebration, reflection and special memories! Entry of $15 at the door per adult is suggested with freewill offering also taking place. Questions? Contact Doors open at 6:45. No pre-ticket sales available.

CMC Senior Christmas Potluck: Christmas is a busy time, so we want you to be able to mark your calendars early.  We are planning for the seniors Christmas potluck on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00 pm in the church fellowship hall, followed by a time of singing Christmas carols. Meat and drink will be provided. Please note the change: we are meeting on December 14 and NOT on December 12. We will be back with a reminder and more details in the future.  This is the 4th or 5th year we have had a Christmas potluck and singing together, which everyone seems to enjoy. –Seniors Planning Committee

Invitation to Join CMC Seniors Group: We frequently get asked questions like, “How do you join the seniors group?" or "What are the criteria for joining?" Very simply stated, "We have no criteria.”  We welcome you to join, whatever your age, retired or not.  In other words, if our seniors group interests you, please join us. The church office has a CMC Seniors group email.  To get involved with the seniors group you need to call the church office (433-2148) or email ( and ask to be placed on the CMC Seniors group email. That email will keep you informed of upcoming activities planned. If those of you already in the seniors group know of new people attending CMC, please encourage them to get involved with us.  We generally meet every other month and attempt to plan a variety of activities that we enjoy together.  Probably a summary of the CMC seniors group is:  a group where we learn, offer support and enjoy fellowship and laughter with each other. –The Seniors Planning Committee (Joan Kauffman, Larry Miller, Dick Stoltzfus)

Interested in Car Sharing? If you are interested in car sharing options for local transportation, please be in touch with Hugh Stoll at

AUTUMN LEAVES us with lots of 'good stuff' depicted on the newest photo collage now up and running on the bulletin board on the west side of the fellowship hall – four baptisms, an "All Saints Day" candle-lighting ceremony and CMC youngsters enjoying Sunday school. Next to it, a photo flashback to EMU's Homecoming and Centennial Weekend, Oct. 13-15, where Community folks were deeply involved in both behind-the-scenes planning and the myriad activities that contributed to the success of this celebrative and historic event. In addition, a report on the record-breaking sale from the Oct. 9 issue of Mennonite World Review has also been posted.  Dough raise me, CMC! –Jim Bishop

LOST green windbreaker raincoat, hanging by the window of the coatroom. Please contact Sandy Burkhalter 540-565-1239 if you've seen it or picked it up by accident.

Events and Announcements from the Broader Community 

Ten Thousand Villages Sale. Biggest sale of the year at Ten Thousand Villages (located downtown across from Massanutten Regional Library), this Saturday. Nov. 11. Everything you can fit in a bag is 25% off. Great fair trade finds for unique ethical gifts, handmade with love from around the world. Come get some Christmas, baby, wedding gifts! Handmade soaps, candles, ornaments, fair trade coffee, food items that make great gifts. CMC's own Kara Miller is the general manager. Let's support her and the important work of Ten Thousand Villages!

Bridge of Hope's Annual Locavore Luncheon is Saturday, November 11, at Park View Mennonite Church. Doors open for silent auction at 11, meal begins at noon. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Bowl of Good with all locally sourced ingredients! Tickets are $25 individual or $175 for a table of 8 and are available at the door or by reserving your space by calling 478-2356. Gather your friends & family to eat, laugh, and do some Christmas shopping while supporting homeless and at-risk women and children in this community.

CrossRoads Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center – Harvest & Thanksgiving Hymn Sing. Join us on the CrossRoads campus for an afternoon of singing hymns of harvest and Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 pm. During this season, join brothers and sisters in faith in coming together to be reminded of God's faithfulness through lifting your voices in songs of thanksgiving. A free-will offering will be received to support the mission and vision of CrossRoads Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Don't miss OCP's November "Coastal South Night Out" on Monday, November 13. OCP Kitchen Manager Randi B. Hagi stirs together cuisines from the American low country on down to the Caribbean islands. Learn more and make your reservation at

The Story of SEMILLA. EMU Cross-Cultural Programs invites you to join us in viewing the new documentary film, Semillas de Paz/Seeds of Peace: The Story of SEMILLA Latin American Anabaptist Seminary (36 mins.) on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m. in EMU Martin Chapel. Conversation on current and future work at SEMILLA will be hosted by Ann G. Hershberger, Professor of Nursing and Interim Director of Cross-Cultural Programs, and Marvin Lorenzana, SEMILLA board member. Located in Guatemala City, SEMILLA provides training for church leaders from across Central America, in addition to hundreds who have studied Spanish and culture through the CASAS program. In 2017, EMU Cross-Cultural celebrates 25 years of students studying and living in Guatemala City with CASAS.

Advent/Christmas Hymn Sing, Martin Chapel, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Dec. 2 at 4 PMThe Advent season is an important time in the Christian calendar. A time of waiting, stillness, darkness, and hope, Advent is the pre-dawn calm just before the brilliant light of Christmas. Join us for an afternoon of singing songs of Christmas and Advent, celebrating the waiting and the promise of Immanuel — God with us. Ken Nafziger and others lead this hymn sing in the beautiful Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. A free-will offering will be received to support the mission and vision of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center. 1200 Park Rd., Harrisonburg, VA

Calling all Gingerbread Architects! Get out your blueprints and square your angles…the Great Gingerbread House Contest is on at Christmas at CrossRoads. Bring your Gingerbread House to the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center before Dec. 9 to be judged at Christmas at CrossRoads. Houses will be judged for Decoration, Design, and general Delightfulness. Drop off submissions at 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 next to Harrisonburg High School and across from Bluestone Elementary School.



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