Newsweekly for Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, November 4, 2018

Theme: Lessons from Jesus: The Beginning and the End

Worship Leader: Hannah Hall

Song Leader: Jeremy Nafziger

Prelude/Offertory: Greg Yoder

Scripture Readers: Jim Bishop, Anna Showalter

Preacher: Dayna Olson-Getty

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: John 11:32-44; Revelation 21:1-6a; Isaiah 25:6-9

Bulletin:  110418-Bulletin


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Nov 4          Monthly Potluck, 11:45 am, Fellowship Hall. Everyone welcome!

Harmonia Sacra Sing, 7 pm, Sanctuary

Wed, Nov 7         Kids’ Club, 6 pm, basement

Thurs, Nov 8       Church Council, 7 pm, Room 205

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

Bryan Moyer Suderman Concert, 6:30 pm, Sanctuary

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


CMC Events and Announcements

Potluck is this Sunday, November 4 after Sunday School.  Please bring enough food for your family and some to share.  Please bring your own plates, cups and utensils as this saves time on clean up. We are in need of 2 or 3 people to help with set up, 2 or 3 people to commit to washing dishes, and 4 to help with tables and chairs. Please email Jennifer Ulrich at if you can help.

Ecumenical Service and Rally for TPS. The Temporary Protected Status "Journey for Justice" bus will be arriving at CMC this Sunday Nov. 4 at 10:00 am. An ecumenical service will be held at 2 pm in the CMC sanctuary. A march downtown will follow at 3:30 pm and a TPS Rally will start at 4 pm at Court Square. All are welcome to join together with our local TPS neighbors along with the “Journey for Justice” riders at these events. On Monday, signed petitions will be delivered to Rep. Goodlatte's office at 11 am followed by an invitation-only meeting with civic and political leaders at noon. At 3:30 pm JMU will host a TPS Forum at Madison Hall.

Harmonia Sacra Sing. Come to the ninth annual Community Mennonite Church Harmonia Sacra Sing, always the first Sunday in November (November 4 this year) at 7 p.m. Our local shaped-note hymnal was first published in 1832 and has been in regular use more or less since then. Bring your own copy, or borrow one at the sing. Lead whatever song you’d like, or think of some you’d like to request. For more information, ask Jeremy Nafziger (

Pastor Dayna will be away from November 8 – 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.

Bryan Moyer Suderman Concert–Songs of Faith for Small and Tall. Come sing along with Bryan Moyer Suderman, singer and storyteller, on 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!

Bridges Community Gathering. Everyone is invited to the next Bridges Community Gathering on 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 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:

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.  If you would like to discuss becoming a member of CMC, please contact one of your pastors.  Pastoral Team.

CMC Women's Bible Study. Please join us Wednesday mornings 8:30-9:45 am from Nov 7-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.

Help Wanted – Childcare. We are looking for one person to provide childcare during the women's Bible study each Wednesday morning from 8:30-9:45 am. This is a paid position at $15/hour. Please contact the church office at 540-433-2148 or if you are interested.

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

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.

Mindful Eating. Is your relationship with food/body holding you back from living life to its fullest?  You are invited to join a Mindful Eating support group that will be meeting this fall on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 5:30-6:30pm at CMC in Room 203.  Come journey with us as we explore what freedom with food can look like.  Contacts: Adrienne Griggs and Heather Harris

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.

YOU'RE INVITED; FINAL RSVPUp and running for one more week – view a wondrous whirl of activities from our September worship series on the "You're Invited" theme, new members welcomed and a bevy of bodacious CMCers workin' hard for the money at the 52nd annual Virginia Mennonite (Oh, What a) Relief Sale it is!  In case you haven't yet noticed, the "CMC: Today" photo collage location has moved from the west to the south wall of the fellowship hall. —  Jim Bishop

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHIN' IN – Turn back the hands of time (literally; Daylight Savings Time ends Saturday night) 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

Learning Tour: Mountain Valley Pipeline. Saturday, Nov. 10 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: Sunday, November 4. Join this all-day trip to Franklin County, Virginia (south of Roanoke) to see construction of this natural gas pipeline on its path through farms, wetlands, streams, rural neighborhoods, and mountain terrain. Meet landowners and pipeline resisters to learn from them. Facilitated by Mary Jo Bowman, Franklin County native and Mountain Valley Watch volunteer. Sponsored by the CMC Green Congregation Committee. Vans to borrow are needed for this trip. If you would like to participate or for more info, contact Mary Jo Bowman, 540-383-7792, or Brian Martin Burkholder, 540-746-6419, .

Greening CMC : Speaking Out.  A majority of Americans across the political spectrum favor policies that improve our air quality, such as setting stricter standards related to natural gas extraction.  In fact, stricter regulations have led to a halving of deaths related to air pollution over the last two decades.  A new EPA proposal would reverse these methane standards.  Ask the EPA to keep the effective and popular methane standards in place.

New source for local news — hburgcitizen.comA new online newspaper has begun reporting on local Harrisonburg/Rockingham County news, with a new story published each weekday.   Two recent stories were devoted to the Citizens’ Community Justice Board meeting, which featured Faith in Action and which many CMCers attended.  In addition, a number of stories have focused on the upcoming local elections, decisions by the City Council and Board of Supervisors, and local issues like recycling and the scooters that have appeared throughout the downtown area. Check it out!

Apartment Wanted. A friend of Aliese Gingerich, Jenna Bryant, recently moved back to Harrisonburg. She is looking for a house to rent in Harrisonburg that has 4 bedrooms, some old fashion charm, and is also cat-friendly. A yard with space to garden is on the list of "hoping for", along with a wood stove or fireplace. Move in by December 15th is the hope. If you know of anything that may meet (or come close) to this, please contact Jenna at or at (540) 841-1483.

Housing and Care Needed.  Steven Johnson is requesting assistance finding housing and care for Sophy, who will be moving to Harrisonburg to do some apprentice work with Steve in the area of Conservation Photography (see below). Sophy 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”


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

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

“May God grant you peace that you may know no further sorrow.” Read the Open Letter to Rabbi Myers, Tree of Life Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from Glen Guyton, executive director of MC USA at

All Inter-Faith persons are invited to attend the Friday Evening worship service at Temple Beth El at 7:30 p.m.  (either on Friday, Nov 2 or 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.

The deadline to submit seminar ideas for MennoCon19 is Monday, Nov. 5. Submit yours today at

Pray for those gathered for the Women Doing Theology conference at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, Nov. 8-10, 2018.

The annual Locavore Fundraiser tradition continues this year as a dinner. Join us on November 3, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church to support and celebrate the work of Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg-Rockingham. The dinner theme this year is Neighborhood “The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood.” (John 1:14, the Message) This year’s featured speaker is Melody M. Pannell, local board member and social work professor at Eastern Mennonite University. The event will include locally-sourced food, deliciously prepared by A Bowl of Good, both a silent and live auction, and hearing from a Bridge of Hope recent program participant. Ticket price is $40/person or $300 per table of eight. For tickets and/or Facebook event info please visit the website at:

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 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 with a 3 pm matinee on November 4.

Festival of Praise, an annual a cappella concert of men's singing groups, and a finale of combined voices, will be Sunday, November 4, 4:00 p.m. at Eastern Mennonite School's Auditorium, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg. An offering will benefit Virginia Mennonite Missions. For more information, contact: (540) 434-9727 or

You are invited to join Shekinah (female vocal ensemble) on Sunday, November 4 at 5 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Harrisonburg, for Choral Evensong, a short contemplative service of sung prayers celebrating the Feast of the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed.

Mark Thiessen Nation, Professor Emeritus at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and author of the book, Bonhoeffer the Assassin?, will present a lecture series on "Discipleship in a World Full of Nazis: Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christ-centered Life & Theology for Today" at Eastern Mennonite Seminary's Martin Chapel. The next lecture is Wednesday, November 7 (6:30-8:45PM): “The Bible, Especially the Sermon on the Mount, Freed Me from All This”: Bonhoeffer as a Practical, Biblical Theologian—Speaking Often with “Drastic Simplicity and Force.” This lecture series is co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society.

We Refuse to Be Enemies: A Conversation with Daoud Nassar, Palestinian Christian Farmer and Director of the Tent of Nations will be Thursday, November 8, 11:00 am at Eastern Mennonite Seminary – Martin Chapel and at 7:00 pm in the same location. Tent of Nations Project is an educational and environmentally conscious farm near Bethlehem in the West Bank, that seeks to build bridges between people, and between people and the land. These presentations are hosted by Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Center for Interfaith Engagement, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, and Eastern Mennonite University.

Nancy Heisey, Professor of Bible and Religion, will be the speaker at the upcoming Elder Exchange on Thursday, November 8, 6:30-8:00 pm at Detwiler Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center. Nancy’s topic is “Origen: Third Century Egyptian Theological View on Justification in the Book of Romans.”

Join in celebrating with Mennonite Hispanic Initiative at its 10th Anniversary Reception, Friday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. This free celebration will note the beginnings and achievements of MHI's mission in the last decade, and also note the significant transitions as Marvin Lorenzana steps down from his role as MHI Director and as the ministries of MHI become situated under different programs. Please confirm your attendance by emailing by November 2.

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.

ACRS Welcomes Phil Wenger on Monday, November 12 at 7:30 am in the West Dining Room of Northlawn at Eastern Mennonite University. Phil’s topic is “Are Anabaptist values reconcilable with business practices?” For More Information, click on:  You are encouraged to view the ACRS website for all updates.

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



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