Newsweekly for Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, October 21, 2018

 Theme: Lessons from Jesus: Top Down or Bottom Up?

Worship Leader: Dayna Olson-Getty

Song Leader: Angie Clemens

Scripture Readers: Daniel Madrid, Isabella Madrid, Jason Gerlach

Preacher: Carlos Madrid

Prelude: Mara Hochstedler Carlson

Offertory: Kathryn Schmidt

Pastoral Prayer: Jason Gerlach

Scripture: Mark 10:35-45; Hebrews 5:1-10; Isaiah 53:4-12, 10-15; Psalm 91:9-16

Bulletin: 102118-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Oct 21         Pastor Dayna sharing about her sabbatical, 11:45 am, Room 109

Wed, Oct 24       Kids’ Club, 6 pm, basement

Thur, Oct 25        CMC Seniors, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall

Fri, Oct 26            CMC Office Closed


CMC Events and Announcements

Pastor Dayna’s Sabbatical Project Report. All are invited to a lunch and presentation following Sunday School at 11:45 am this Sunday, October 21 in Room 109 to hear about Pastor Dayna’s sabbatical research and writing project.

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 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.

Wellbeing for Minds and Hearts. Personally, and as supportive friends and family, many of us make our life journey navigating various mental health concerns.  This 8-week adult education series (Sundays in Oct and Nov) will include a variety of presenters–CMCers who are mental health professionals as well as other guests–who will share about their work, local services, and ways that congregations can reduce stigma and respond as the caring community Christ calls us to be.  Join us for a diverse series and a concluding session about next steps for our congregation. Facilitated by Pastoral Team.

Faith Allies. CMC is a part of a local advocacy group called "Faith Allies" which supports our immigrant neighbors. On November 4, a TPS bus will arrive here at CMC.  These folks are from countries at risk of losing their temporary protective status (TPS). They have been traveling the country educating communities about TPS, and we are the last stop before they head to Washington D.C.  We are looking for host homes for 15-20 bus riders.  All that's needed is a bed, breakfast and a warm welcome for the nights of November 4 and 5. Please contact Tina Beachy ( if you are willing to host one or more folks from this bus.

Highland Retreat’s Annual Banquet is coming up on Thursday, November 1st and will be held at Lindale Mennonite Church. I’m on Highland’s Board and am hosting a table at the banquet this year. If you’ve already committed to attend the banquet that’s great! If not, please let me know if you’d like to attend and I’ll reserve a spot at the table for you! We’ll have a great meal, a presentation about Highland’s vision for the future, and an opportunity for you to support your local camp ministry! Child care (with pizza dinner) is available for children ages 4 and up. Please let me know how many to expect before October 25th! You can call, text, or email me. – Dan Hall, (402) 310-5573,

CMC Seniors. On Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 pm, CMC Seniors will meet in the fellowship hall to hear Ervin Stutzman, author and former Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA. Ervin will talk about his three-novel series called Return to Northkill. The historical novels are based on the story of 18th century Amish family of Jacob Hochstetler which were attacked by Native American warriors in 1757. Please bring finger foods to share.

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 (

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:

Food for Kids’ Club. Thank you so much to all of the small groups who have signed up to bring food to Kids’ Club so far! We are still in need of more Wednesday meals (a simple meal for around 20 children). If it works for your small group or your family to do this, below are some of the dates needed. Please email Hannah Hall, if there’s a date that works for you. Dates needed are: October 31, November 14, and December 12.

Below is a link to the survey that Pastor Jennifer mentioned in her sermon last Sunday. The purpose of this brief survey is to help the Steering Committee of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Living Wage Certification Program determine what workers are being paid, and how that compares to local costs of living.


October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Please find a way to celebrate and encourage our pastors as they continue to work and pray for our congregation.  –Aili Huber, Council Chair

Getting Engaged? CMC pastors are all trained to guide couples in a series of premarital counseling sessions using Prepare-Enrich, an excellent resource for couples.  There is a $35 fee for the materials, but the counseling sessions are free for regular attenders and members of CMC.  As a congregation we are part of a city-wide effort to encourage premarital counseling, so our pastors officiate at weddings only when couples have taken the preparatory step of premarital counseling.  We recommend premarital counseling for about 6 sessions, beginning 4-5 months before the wedding.  Thinking of getting engaged?  Talk to one of your pastors.  –Pastoral Team

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

Interested in dog-sitting for a couple of weeks? A friend of mine is in need of short-term housing for her dogs. The dogs are older (11 and 12 years) and are pretty mellow, but they don't get along very well, so individual placements are preferred. If interested, please let me know. Thank you!  –Matt Carlson

YOU'RE INVITED; PLEASE RSVP – A new space and some new faces await your perspicacious glazed (oooooh . . . donuts!) gaze with a new double-poster photo collage on display on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the south wall of the fellowship hall. See this 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!  –Jim Bishop

RETREAT TO THE FRONT – While wondering as you wander around the fellowship hall, check out the double-poster collage of CMC's annual retreat held Sept. 14-16 at Brethren Woods on the theme, "Sabbath Soul Tending."  It's on the "CMC: Yesterday" bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall, y'all!       –Jim Bishop

Learning Tour: Mountain Valley Pipeline. Saturday, Nov. 10 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. 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, .

Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

Dear Mennonite Church USA constituency from Glen Guyton, Executive Director, Mennonite Church USA:

Through the proposed merger of The Mennonite, Inc. (TMI) and Mennonite World Review (MWR), Mennonite Church USA will lose its official media platform (both print and digital) dedicated to MC USA voices and news. The merged organization will function as an independent editorial voice serving a variety of Anabaptist communities including MC USA, but without organizational ties to any particular Anabaptist denomination. Read more background information and Frequently Asked Questions here:  Through this survey, the Executive Board and staff are seeking input from the broader church as we navigate the merger process and discern our communication needs moving forward.  Please complete the survey at the following link no later than October 29.

“This is My Story” Series. Eastern Mennonite University President-Emeritus Loren Swartzendruber and Linda Waggy, local archaelogist and member of the Montezuma Church of the Brethren, will share short personal stories and reflections on the themes of peace, covenant community and neighborliness in the "This Is My Story" series sponsored by the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center (VBMHC). The event will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Garbers Church of the Brethren (1275 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg). Admission is free; an offering will support the mission and vision of VBMHC.

John Ruth’s new 90 minute film, “Is there a Lesson? 45 years on the Anabaptist Story trail in Europe” will be shown on Sunday, October 21 at 7 pm at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. All are welcome. For More Information, click on:  You are encouraged to view the ACRS website for all updates.

Everence Week of Generosity.  Everence members: You’re invited to volunteer at your favorite charity any day during the week of Oct. 22-27, and Everence will donate to your charity.  It is limited to the first 60 volunteers.  Get the details and register at

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. Each lecture is 45-60 min., followed by discussion. This lecture series is co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society.  The first lecture is on Tuesday, October 23 (6:30-8:45PM): Toward Retrieving the True Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Executed for Being “a Pacifist & Enemy of the State.”

Come hear Bruxy Cavey at EMU October 24-25. Bruxy, senior pastor of The Meeting House, speaks from his books re(union) and The End of Religion at these events open to the public. Oct. 24 – 10:10-11 a.m. Convocation in Lehman Auditorium, 6:30-8 p.m. Evening Forum in Common Grounds Coffeehouse and Oct. 25 – 11-11:45 a.m. Seminary Chapel in Martin Chapel.

You are invited to Pleasant View’s Twenty-fourth Annual Banquet. Please join us for a delicious meal, fellowship, and a program straight from the hearts of individual with intellectual disabilities. The program theme is “The Beatitudes Come to Life” with music provided by Pleasant View’s Worship Team and Bell Choir.  The Banquet will be held at Park View Mennonite Church Wednesday, October 24 at 6pm.  A free-will offering will be received to support individuals with disabilities served at Pleasant View.  Please RSVP to Pam Miller at 540-896-8101 so we can plan appropriately.  You may also request to receive a banquet invitation if you are not yet on the mailing list.  This is a great opportunity to learn about what is happening in the community as we provided much needed supports or to share with friends you think may have an interest.

Friends of Early Church, our community is turning 10! We would like to invite those who have walked with us over the years, as well as those who would like a chance to connect with Early Church, to celebrate our anniversary with us!  Join us for food, music, stories, sharing memories, and general joviality celebrating God's goodness among us.  We'll meet at the Hershberger barn (5749 Wengers Mill Road, Linville, VA) from 3-6 pm on Sunday, October 28th.  Please RSVP at or just show up!

You are invited to a dinner to raise awareness and support for the Ethiopian Meserete Kristos (Mennonite) College on Friday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Lindale Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. RSVP to Peg Engle, or 540-433-9889 by Oct. 22 with your choice of Ethiopian or American menu.

Self-Care for Women Workshop by Soulence. These times require deep listening and attention. At this workshop/retreat, spend four intentional hours exploring deep practices of self-care that can be applied to everyday life. The day will include yoga, art for daily ritual, a fire ritual, silent time to reflect, and optional one-on-one spiritual direction. Friday, November 2 from 10 am-2 pm; $25/person. More information at

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:

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.

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.

Renowned New Testament scholar N. T. Wright will present at a variety of venues in Harrisonburg on November 13 and 14. A listing of these events is available at

Equipping Seminars at MennoCon19. Do you have a great idea for an Equipping Seminar at MennoCon19 (MC USA convention)? Convention planners are eager to hear it! Find the selection criteria and submit your proposal by November 5 at

Prayers are requested for New York Mennonite Conference as they gather for their annual gathering in Auburn, New York on Oct. 20 and for Atlantic Coast Conference's Annual Assembly in Akron, Pennsylvania on Oct. 26-27.

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

MDS Volunteers Needed.  Groups and individuals who want to volunteer should sign up on the MDS website at , or go to the MDS homepage and click the blue volunteer button. You may also call 1-800-241-8111 and choose option ‘1’ for weekly volunteers. Questions? Contact CMCers Joe Yoder (540-820-1973) or Sam Miller (540-432-9262).

MennoMedia needs your help to make the new Voices Together hymnal a reality by Fall 2020. Before any copies of Voices Together are sold, MennoMedia will invest more than $700,000. Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have issued a matching grant challenge of up to $100,000 to help MennoMedia in this final fund-raising effort. Help ensure that Voices Together will be affordably priced for congregations. Make a gift today and have it doubled! Give at Every voice matters. Every dollar counts.

A century ago, war fever swept the United States. Mennonites and other people of peace were unprepared and paid the price. What if war fever swept the United States today? Are we again prepared? How would we live out our non-resistance or pacifism?  How would we witness for peace? The Voices of Conscience exhibit will be open on the main (2nd) floor Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library during regular library hours from October 1 – November 17. This traveling exhibit, created by the Kaufmann Museum in Newton, Kansas, remembers the witness of peace-minded people against the First World War 1914-1918.





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