Newsweekly for Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Worship this Sunday, November 19

First Families – Playing Favorites

Worship Leader: Joyce Peachey Lind

Song Leader: Greg Yoder

Preacher: Dayna Olson-Getty

Children’s Story: Betty Shenk, David Shenk and Kaleth Tejedor

Scripture Reader: Sue Swartz

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Prelude/Offertory: Matt Hunsberger

Scripture: Genesis 37

Bulletin: 111917-bulletin

Upcoming CMC Events

Thurs-Fri, Nov 23-24    CMC Office closed for Thanksgiving holiday

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

CMC Events and Announcements

Poinsettia Sale. Community Preschool's Poinsettia Fundraiser is here! Order this Sunday, November 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.

Church office closed for Thanksgiving. Please note that the church office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.

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: Genesis 37: “Joseph and his brothers” Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story. (1) Read Genesis 37:3–4. How would you have felt if you were one of the older brothers? (2) What makes you feel jealous? How do you handle your jealousy? (3) The angry brothers hurt Joseph. Talk about peaceful ways to handle angry feelings.

Did you know? Joseph went to Egypt by camel. A camel’s long eyelashes and third eyelid make it possible for the camel to continue walking in a desert sandstorm.

Prayer for the week God of peace, thank you that you love each of us especially well. 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.

2-Liter Bottles Wanted: Mira Yoder is in need of empty 2-L bottles for a science project. If you have some, would you bring them to church, please?

Volunteers Needed. Aliese Gingerich is teaching a 3rd grade social studies class at Waterman and is looking for extra hands each day the week after Thanksgiving, 12:55-1:35. Students will be working on building "artifacts" and writing placards for their museum exhibits about Ancient China and Egypt. If you're available any day, contact Aliese at (319) 530 3161 or

Hark! A Walking Roots Band Christmas. Mark your calendars for the Walking Roots Band's Christmas CD release show on Dec. 10 at 6 PM here at CMC. Last year's Christmas show at CMC was the first ever for TWRB, and it was so much fun they turned it into an album! Hark! A Walking Roots Band Christmas features classic Christmas hymns, new arrangements of old Christmas texts, and brand-new original TWRB Christmas songs. Doors open at 5:30 PM for snacks and CD sales, but don't wait to claim your copy of the new album. Pre-orders are going fast via Kickstarter: A portion of sales of this album go to MCC; check out the Kickstarter page for details. Can't get the link to work? Just visit and follow the links there. Admission to the release show is free; a free-will offering will be received to support the music of the Walking Roots Band. Donations for snacks/drinks will go to VMMissions' local Kids Club efforts and The Center for Faith and Leadership in Fredericksburg, VA.

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 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 the myriad activities that contributed to the success of this celebrative and historic event. In addition, a vintage "Virginia Ham" column from Mennonite Weekly (World) Review reflecting on Thanksgiving has also been posted. Come and see . . .

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE over yonder on the east wall of the fellowship hall as Mr. Peabody sets his Wayback Machine for Nov., 2012 and transports viewers to CMC's "Purposeful Plan Worship Series" on reconciliation, Christian formation and a celebration of community. Another poster goes back even farther to a Nov. 21, 2010 service on "The Tribe" (remember when . . . ?). –Jim Bishop

Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

EMU's Centennial History by Donald Kraybill, Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education, is available through EMU at a special cost of $19.99. Makes a great Christmas gift for someone on your list!

SVCC and Youth Symphony Concert. On Sunday, November 19 at 4 pm in Lehman Auditorium you will have the opportunity to hear two excellent large pre-college musical ensembles in concert. The Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir (SVCC) will perform first with the Treble and Concert choirs directed by Janet Hostetter. The choirs will be performing a variety of works including classical, contemporary, Christmas and world music. Then the Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony will perform 4 works, including "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Grieg, under the direction of Dr. Yi-Ping Chen. Katrina Kirilyuk, senior violinist, will be featured on the "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Saint-Saens. The Concert will end with the Choirs and Symphony joining forces to perform “Believe” from the movie, Polar Express, and “O Lord Most Holy” by Frank. People of all ages are sure to enjoy this concert! The $7 requested donation benefits the ensembles' scholarship programs.

The annual area Thanksgiving Day Service will be Thurs, Nov. 23 at Trissels Mennonite Church (11246 Hisers Lane, Broadway), beginning with fellowship and refreshments at 9:30am. Service at 10am will include hymns of thanksgiving, brief meditation by Jim Musser, and time of open sharing of thanks. An offering for Mennonite Disaster Service will be received; Rich Rhodes from the MDS Shenandoah Valley Unit will share updates on MDS’ current work.

Shop Ten Thousand Villages. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Dec. 9 if you shop at Ten Thousand Villages, Harrisonburg you can also support a number of local organizations.  Some of these include, Patchwork Pantry, NewBridges, Bridge of Hope, and Our Community Place. Just mention the organization you'd like to donate to at check out and 15% of your purchase will be donated. Please consider supporting artisans around the world as well as these local organizations.

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

Shenandoah Valley Choral Society Concert. The Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, led by Curtis Nolley, presents its annual Christmas concert on Friday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. The concert will feature G. F. Handel's “Messiah” accompanied by the SVCS Chamber orchestra, and guest soloists.  The second half of the concert includes a variety of new and traditional carol settings, and will feature the premier of a new carol by local composer John G. Barr. Tickets are available at the door, locally from Choral Society members, Red Front Supermarket(Harrisonburg), Bridgewater Foods (Bridgewater), and on-line at Admission is $15 for adults/$12 for seniors and students.

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.

Christmas at CrossRoads. Christmas is a busy season, so mark your calendars now and come out to Christmas at CrossRoads on Dec. 9 from 2 pm to 6 pm. This is a wonderful event for children, families, and people of all ages. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Shenandoah Valley and lots of fun activities on the beautiful 24-acre hilltop campus, including:

– Cookies
– Taffy
– Fudge
– Hot Drinks
– Popcorn
– Wagon Rides
– Shoemaker
– Blacksmith
– Father Christmas
– Christmas Pageant
– Paper Chains
– Christmas Card Baskets
– Cookie Decorating
– Stringing Popcorn/Cranberries
– Taffy Pull
– Candle-making
– Pine Needle Sachet
– Cloves and Oranges
– Wreath-Making
– Pine Cone Ornaments
– Organ
– Caroling
– Live Christmas Music

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students age 6 – college, and FREE for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA