Newsweekly for Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Worship for Sunday, October 1

First Families: Creation Community

World Communion Sunday

Worship Leader: Dave Smucker

Song Leader: Matt Carlson

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Scripture: Genesis 2:4-19

Bulletin: 100117-bulletin


Upcoming CMC Events (details below)

Oct 21 Church Work Day, 8:30 am-12:30 pm


CMC Events and Announcements

Children’s Sunday School Gathering/Singing – Children ages 2 through 6th grade begin Sunday school each week with a gathering and singing time from 10:30-10:45 am. At 10:30, children ages 2/3 will sing in their classroom (G13). Ages 4/5/Kindergartens will meet in room G16, and grades 1 through 6 will gather in G20. After singing/gathering, teachers will meet children to guide them to their classrooms. We ask that children be supervised by their parents after church until 10:30 if they are not on the playground with the recess group.

Sunday School Connection. Today we are beginning 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 2:4–19: “God tends a garden in Eden.” (October 1)

Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story.

(1) Read Genesis 2:7, 19, 22. How did God make animals and people?

(2) Describe something in creation and have the family guess what it is.

(3) List as many fruits and vegetables as you can. Try a new food this week.

Did you know? The Tigris and Euphrates rivers mentioned in Genesis 2 flow southeast from the mountains of Turkey through Iraq.

Prayer for the week: Thank you, Creator God, for such a beautiful world to enjoy. Amen.

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

Dishwashers needed. Hospitality committee is planning to use the Correll plates along with silverware for potlucks. While this reduces the amount of paper and plastic we consume it also means more time spent on clean up as everything will need washed. We need two persons each potluck Sunday to commit to washing the dishes. Someone from the committee will be available to help with getting you started and with putting things away. This might be a good mentor / mentee activity. Potluck Sundays are the first Sunday of each month beginning Oct. 1st. Contact Jennifer Ulrich, or 540-383-9050 if you can help with dishwashing at potlucks.

Church Work Day. Mark your calendars and plan to participate in CMC’s Church Work Day on Saturday, October 21 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. More details to come! –Sam Miller, Property Committee Chair

Seniors 60ish and over. If you would like to be included on the email mailing list for seniors at CMC, which includes notification of senior events, please contact the CMC office (433-2148 or

CMC Retreat Evaluation. CMC 2017 Fall Retreat has come and gone again. If you were at any part of retreat, or joined in the full weekend, Retreat Committee wants your feedback and comments! We want at least one person per household to fill out the Fall Retreat Evaluation . It only takes 4-5 minutes, or less depending on your added comments. Thanks for your help in shaping this important part of our community life! You can find the retreat evaluation at this link:

Pastoral coffee break with EMU faculty, staff and administrators. Pastoral Team is testing a date for a coffee break and conversation with CMCers who are also EMU folks. If you are interested in participating and available on Wednesday, Oct 25th at 4 pm, please contact the church office (433-2148 or Also, if you can't make it, let us know if you would like another opportunity like this later this fall. Pastoral Team

Pastoral coffee break with EMS faculty, staff and administrators. Pastoral Team is testing a date for a coffee break and conversation with CMCers who are also Eastern Mennonite School folks. If you are interested in participating and available on Thursday, Oct 26th at 4 pm, please RSVP by contacting the church office (433-2148 or Also, if you can't make it, let us know if you would like another opportunity like this later this fall. Pastoral Team

Book signing with Ken Eshleman. Harrisonburg Mennonite Church will be hosting a book signing with author Ken Eshleman on Sunday, October 8 from 1-3 pm. Ken will be signing copies of his book, A Biography of Harold and Arlene Eshleman. Harold was pastor at the Chicago Avenue Mennonite Church before the congregation moved and became Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. Harold and Arlene were the grandparents of Lee Eshleman, and author Ken is a cousin to Ruby Sawin. Cost of the book is $15.95, tax included. For more details, pick up a flier on the bookshelf at the back of the sanctuary or talk to Ruby Sawin.

Tickets for EMU’s Centennial Play for Oct 13-14 are on sale now. The production, written by Ted Swartz and Ingrid DeSanctis, will appeal to many who remember the tender years of college and to those interested in EMU’s story of transformation, both past and into the future. CMC’er Braydon Hoover is also a part of the production. Order tickets online at

Apartment for Rent. Looking for a housemate to share a 2 bedroom partially furnished apartment/house three blocks from Community Mennonite. Very reasonable rent includes utilities. Available October 1. Please contact Alex Clemens at (540) 810-4698.

Retreat to the Front. Lots to see on the infamous photo collage bulletin board (on the west wall of the fellowship hall, y'all) – For starters, two displays on the September worship service theme, "Gifts of the Spirit"; to the right, a modest list of practical ways to build "community" and a congregational report for July-August in Mennonite World Review. Then, do an about face to the bulletin board on the east side of the fellowship hall and relive the congregation's Sept. 22-24 retreat (or see what you missed) at Camp Brethren Woods on the theme, "Love, Joy and Resistance." Hope you can't resist! –Jim Bishop

Newsweekly Deadline. If you have an announcement to be included for the CMC Newsweekly, please submit it to the church office by 10:00 on Friday morning. You may call the office at 433-2148 or email Joyce Peachey Lind at


Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

MDS Notes. MDS is beginning to do work in Florida following Hurricane Irma. A work group from Lancaster is being formed for the week of October 25. They will likely stop in Harrisonburg to pick up some others. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Rich Rhodes, Shenandoah Valley MDS Unit Chair, 540-578-0516. Or check out the MDS website at to learn more about other opportunities to serve.

Men’s Retreat: A retreat experience known as MROP (Men's Rites of Passage) was birthed almost 20 years ago by the work of Richard Rohr and others. Application is now open for next month's event near Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, October 4–8, 2017. CMCers/Harrisonburg residents who have participated include Brian Martin Burkholder, Keith Gnagey, Tim Godshall, Craig Serrels, and Keaton Shenk. For more information and application:

Grief Support Group. Sentara Hospice Services is offering grief support groups beginning October 10 and 11. Support groups are free and open to anyone in the community dealing with grief due to the passing of a loved one. Support groups are held in a safe and confidential environment, and led by trained facilitators. Meetings will be closed to new members after the first session. To register and for more details, please call Jennifer at 540-464-5833 or email

Release of ACRS Memoir 4. The ACRS Memoir 4 is coming at EMU Homecoming. Join the authors of the fourth volume of the ACRS Memoirs series for a book signing and celebration on October 13, 12:30-1:30 pm at Eastern Mennonite Seminary's Martin Chapel. Fifteen Mennonite and Brethren writers who have made a difference—often worldwide—through service, tell their stories of integrating faith, life, and thought in Anabaptist perspective and draw on Eastern Mennonite University connections.

A Celebration of Latin American Cultures. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, together with Harrisonburg Public Schools and NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, present A Celebration of Latin American Cultures, Oct 13, at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. An evening of music, dance, and food starts at 6:30 pm with a film screening and talk back with producer Eduardo Lopez at 7:45. Free and open to the public.

Contemplative Retreat for Autumn. You are invited to participate in a retreat offered through Soulence at Starry Meadows Farm on Saturday, October 21, 9 am-3:30 pm (rain or shine). Falling in Love with the Earth is a spacious, contemplative retreat to cultivate a connection to the earth through reflection and embodied prayer. Spiritual directors will accompany the small group of retreatants in order to nurture the experience throughout the day. Silence and solitude is valued and built-in as part of the experience. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, contact Chris Hoover Seidel at Soulence: (717) 602-0871.

A Focus on Racial Equity Seminar will be held at the Eastern Mennonite Seminary chapel, on Saturday, October 21 from 8:30 am-1 pm (light refreshments provided). Faith in Action covenant congregations and NAACP members are invited to send representatives to a lively and interactive presentation by the Racial Equity Institute ( This presentation will provide introductory information about the structural nature of racism, the characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, and the relationships between people, communities, and racial inequity. Faith in Action congregants and NAACP members are asked to register by September 22nd. (If you would be helped by a language translator, please e-mail Please include your name and language needed in your message.) To register, go to

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