Newsweekly for Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, November 18, 2018

Theme: Lessons from Jesus: Wisdom or Rumors?

Worship Leader: Dayna Olson-Getty

Song Leader: Angie Clemens

Prelude/Offertory: Erika Metzler Sawin

Preacher: Jason Gerlach

Pastoral Prayer: Esther Stenson

Scripture: Mark 13:1-8; Hebrews 10:11-25; Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16

Bulletin: 111818-Bulletin.docx



Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Nov 18                        7th/8th Grade Bake and Craft Sale, Fellowship Hall

Wed, Nov 21                      Women’s Bible Study, 8:30 am, Room 109

Thurs-Fri, Nov 22-23        CMC Office Closed for Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 2                           Congregational Meal and Congregational Meeting, 12 noon,

Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary



CMC Events and Announcements

This Sunday morning come and enjoy baked goods, hot and ready! On Sunday, November 18, please come to the Bake/Craft Fundraiser by the 7th and 8th grade Sunday school classes. Come hungry! Fresh baked goodies will be available in the fellowship hall to enjoy with your Sunday morning coffee, as well as baked goods to take home for your Thanksgiving gatherings. 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 and Marsha Thomas

CMC Women's Bible Study. Please join us Wednesday mornings 8:30-9:45 am from Nov. 21-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.

Sign up to Bring Food to the Congregational Meal on Sunday, December 2. The annual congregational meeting is Sunday, Dec. 2 after Sunday school.  For the meal Hospitality Committee is asking the congregation to supply soup and cookies. We are asking people to sign up using Perfect Potluck. You can link to it here: The password is cmcmeal.

We will offer two kinds of soup: chili with meat and a veggie soup with no pasta or meat (it could have beans). We also need about 22 dozen cookies.  Please be sure to either sign up on multiple lines or tell us how many you are making. We do need some cookies that are Gluten free or dairy free or nut free. There are spots to sign up for clean up as well.

Please bring your own bowls and plates and silverware if possible, since that will help with clean up. Thank you!           – Hospitality Committee


Pastor Jennifer is traveling Thursday-Sunday to Houston, TX to participate in the Mennonite Church USA Peace and Justice Support Network meetings.  She will resume pastoral responsibilities on Mon, November 19th.

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.

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 this Sunday, November 18th.  Church members can pick up poinsettias 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 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" and a vintage Virginia Ham column, "Say 'Thank You,' If You Please."  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

Maribel Ramírez Hinojosa shares personal reflections on death, grief and supporting each other on the Menno Snapshots blog. Read her thoughts at

Find updates from the recent Constituency Council Meeting about church vitality, a prayerful sending for Southeast Conference, the proposed Mennonite media merger and more at

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.

All are welcome to the annual area Thanksgiving Day Service, Nov. 22 at Trissels. Fellowship and refreshments at 9:30am. Service at 10am includes many hymns of thanksgiving led by Hannah Wenger, brief meditation by Clyde Kratz, and time of open sharing of thanks. Offering will be for the Community Food Pantry hosted in Grace Mennonite's building.

All are invited to gather at EMU for a Christmas Lessons and Carols service featuring EMU choir ensembles and readers from Campus Ministries. This service takes place on Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium. A free-will offering for the compassion fund will be collected.

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


Looking to serve in a mentoring role to young adults? Service Adventure is seeking leaders for its unit location in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska. This is a unique opportunity to serve as a mentor and to foster community with a household of young adults through faith formation, daily living, and house activities. For more information, contact Susan Nisly at Mennonite Mission Network:

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 am moving Harrisonburg and 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”



Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA