Newsweekly for Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Worship this Sunday, October 22

First Families – Scattered

Worship Leader: Dave Smucker

Song Leader: Nancy Heisey

Preacher: Dayna Olson-Getty

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Prelude/Offertory: Greg Yoder

Scripture: Genesis 11:1-9

Bulletin: 102217-bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

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

Thursday, Oct 26     CMC Office Closed

Sunday, Oct 29       Kids’ Club Block Party, 3-5 pm

Sunday, Nov 5        Speakeasy and Monthly Potluck

Sunday, Nov 21      Congregational Meeting


CMC Events and Announcements

CMC Work Day Saturday, October 21 (tomorrow!). On Saturday we have many projects. Please check out this list, and if you wish to come prepared for a project, please do! If you can, notify either Sam Miller ( or Ray Horst ( which projects you prefer to work on. –Sam Miller

  • removing an air conditioner from upstairs room
  • moving bookshelves from several places
  • putting up hooks in storage area for banners
  • Painting, rails and big guard rails on east side
  • Cutting brush–bring trimmers or chainsaw (in this case you must operate only your own)
  • Installing base board in several places–bring your own equipment
  • Install hand rail on wall at the front entrance–bring your tools
  • Pull weeds at Dean House
  • , etc., etc.
  • Install door in basement—we need tools to hang a 36" door and install hardware. Oh, and we need a door.

CMC Office Closed on Thursday, October 26. Please note that the CMC office will be closed on Thursday, October 26. The church staff will be participating in a staff development day.

CMC Kids’ Club Fall Block Party. The launch of the CMC Kids' Club is quickly approaching! Prior to the launch, there will be a Fall Block Party on Sunday, October 29 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Currently we're inviting people to attend the Fall Block Party, as well as signing up children for Kids' Club. Please know that you are invited to the Fall Block Party and that your children are welcome to attend Kids' Club on Wednesday evenings, beginning November 8th.  Please also stop by the table in the Fellowship Hall to consider how you'd like to help with the Fall Block Party or with the leadership of Kids' Club. –Hannah Hall and Jason Gerlach

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! During this month we encourage CMC members and attenders to share with our pastors how their work has positively affected your lives. Consider a thoughtful card or email, or sign up to bring a meal to one of their families during this month.–Aili Huber
To sign up to take a meal, go to: Please contact Joyce in the church office if you have questions or have any problems logging in.
Jennifer: recipient last name: Davis Sensenig, password: cmc
Jason: recipient last name: Gerlach, password: cmc
Dayna: recipient last name: Olson-Getty, password: cmc


The Senior High MYF Has Moved! The Senior High MYF has moved out of the Dean House and into Room 202, as the group has been needing more space than the Dean House offered to comfortably fit everyone.  Feel free to stop by to check it out!

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 This Week: Genesis 11:1–9: “The Tower of Babel”

Here are some ways to nurture faith at home based on this week’s story.* (1) Read Genesis 11:3–4. Why did the people want to build? (2) Think of high-tech inventions of today. What is good about them? What is not so good? (3) Search YouTube for worship songs in languages you don’t know.

Did you know? Genesis 11 seeks to explain why people speak different languages. What language is spoken by the most people in the world? Mandarin Chinese

Prayer for the week: God, as we work together this week, may we strive to honor you. 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

Pastoral coffee break with Eastern Mennonite University faculty, staff and administrators. Pastoral Team will be providing a coffee break and conversation with CMCers who work at EMU on Wednesday, Oct 25th at 4 pm in the President’s Room in the EMU library.  If you plan to come, please RSVP to 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 Eastern Mennonite School faculty, staff and administrators. Pastoral Team will be providing coffee and conversation for CMCers who work at Eastern Mennonite School on Thursday, October 26 at 4 pm in Jodi Hertzler’s office (Room 106).  If you plan to be there, please RSVP by contacting the church office (433-2148 or  If you can't make it, let us know if you would like another opportunity like this later this fall.  Pastoral Team

CMC Seniors Event. On Thursday, October 26 at 7 PM, CMC Seniors will meet at the John C. Wells planetarium on the JMU campus. We will be watching a full dome film "Back to the Moon for Good". Following the film they will raise their starball and highlight the Valley sky. The planetarium is located at 91 East Grace Street in Miller Hall, room 1103. We are allowed to park in the Mason Street Parking Deck, which is located on S. Mason Street at Martin Luther King Way. Note that regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and you may receive parking citations if parked in restricted lots.

Update from Tabea Zimmermann:  “The long journey of recovery from the infection in my knee is still not over, but I am excited to share that I will be returning to my Halumba community this weekend. . . I have had several ups and downs, both physically and emotionally during this time, but now that I can finally go home, I’m seeing how much good has come from this time. I’ve been working from a colleague’s desk in the MCC office (who is currently on maternity leave), and finding motivation each morning when I look at her curly handwriting on the chalkboard: ‘The work God does within us while we wait is just as important as whatever it is we are waiting for.’ I thank you all again for your continued encouragement, prayers, and well wishes. In peace, Tabea” (You can find stories from Tabea’s group shared on the Seed blog this week at and Tabea’s own reflections on her personal blog at

The Irony of Power Available.  Dorothy Jean Weaver's newly published book, The Irony of Power: The Politics of God within Matthew's Narrative (Pickwick Publications, 2017), is available at author's discount ($23.25) directly from Dorothy Jean.  Please contact her at (540) 432-4276 (o) or (540) 433-3336 (h) if you wish to acquire a signed copy.  First come, first served, as long as they last.

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

Dough Raise Me. The latest photo collage on the west wall of the fellowship hall shows the many ways CMC persons served as volunteers at the 51st annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale Sept. 29-30, then joined in worship the following morning for World Communion Sunday, Oct. 1. Next to it, a display remains up one more week on the September worship theme, “Gifts of the Spirit." Then, do an about face to the bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship 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." This will be the last Sunday to view this double-poster collage, to be replaced next week with something new (or old, in this case). Watch and pray. –Jim Bishop

We are in need of two beds, one single and one double or queen, for Jose Hernandez and Maria Carrera & their kids (Boris Ozuna's brother who is studying at IEP at EMU). They are moving into an apartment this week and are in need of beds! They already have one single for their son, but at least need a double/queen if anyone has any leads on something that may be available. –Rebeca Barge

Missing Car Seat Base. Rebeca Barge is looking for a lost car seat base that was left at CMC. Someone dropped a car seat off for her, and she accidentally picked up the wrong one. They are now looking for the small car seat base (where you click in a car seat) that was originally left for them! Has anyone seen this base? –Rebeca Barge

Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

Workshop on Racial Equity. A half-day workshop on racial equity will be held on Saturday, October 21, in Martin Chapel (EMU)  to thoughtfully explore the structural nature of racism, the characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, and the relationships between people, communities, and racial inequity. Sponsored by Faith in Action and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham NAACP. Register at:

Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center Lecture Series. On Sunday, October 22, at 4:00 pm, Carol Lena Miller will speak on “The Earth is the Lord's: An Honest Look at Faithful Stewardship” at Immanuel Mennonite Church. Carol Lena is an active mom, wife, member of Montezuma Church of the Brethren, and employee of the Center for Global Engagement at JMU. For this presentation, Carol Lena will examine the current state of our natural world and how Christians have responded to the degradation of the environment. We will then consider together: Why and how should we care and respond? Just what does faithful stewardship of God's earth look like as an integral part of our daily walk? Join us for this lecture and Q&A with Carol Lena Miller at 4:00 PM on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA. A free-will offering will benefit the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

Meals for the Hungry. The brand new EMU Rotaract Club is partnering with Rise Against Hunger, Rotary International, and Asbury United Methodist Church to combat hunger on a regional and international scale. And we need your help! Join us on Sunday, October 22nd at Asbury United Methodist Church to help package meals for the hungry. Their goal this year is reach 100,000 meals and plan to work from 9:30 a.m. until that goal is met.  We know it's during EMU Fall Break, but if you are in the area, please consider volunteering for a one to two hour shift or, even better, come for the full day! If you are interested, please contact Rotaract President Linda Ouedraogo at   –Braydon Hoover

Harrisonburg Free Clinic 26th Anniversary Celebration. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic is celebrating its 26th anniversary on Thursday, October 26, 4:30-7:00 pm. Drop in for a visit (25 West Water Street) while learning more about the Free Clinic and enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvres.

Annual Highland Retreat Banquet. Come join friends of Highland Retreat at the Annual Highland Banquet on Thursday, October 26 from 6-8pm in Eastern Mennonite School’s main dining hall. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a program featuring significant moments in the history of Highland Retreat. You’ll also hear updates from Highland’s past year and exciting news about the year ahead. Child care (with pizza dinner) for children and youth is available. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Highland. For more information, or to register to attend, visit, call 540-705-0554, or e-mail

Support for Refugee Families in our Community. Linking Communities collaborates with the CWS Refugee Resettlement office to partner local individuals, families or groups with newly arriving refugee families. The local families offer friendship to the refugees and help the refugees navigate their new culture and community. Learn about the world, see your city through new eyes, welcome a stranger and meet many new people who help make Harrisonburg and Rockingham County the wonderful area it is. To partner with a refugee family, at least one person from your group or family must attend a training led by the Linking Communities Committee. Our next training is Saturday, October 28, 9:00am – 12:30 pm at Parkview Mennonite Church, Fireside Room, 1600 College Ave., Harrisonburg VA. RSVP at If you have questions, email:

SheLeads Missio Alliance Summit. SheLeads is a Missio Alliance Summit in Harrisonburg, Va., via live stream. Join us Saturday, October 28, 11:30am-5pm. It’s time for women and men together to rediscover God’s vision for shared leadership in the Church and Christian ministry. Virginia Mennonite Missions and Eastern Mennonite University are partnering to host this satellite site for the Summit at 1056 Smith Avenue, Harrisonburg (an in-home theater space). The venue is limited to 25 persons who can be present for the full event, so RSVP today to MaryBeth Heatwole Moore, congregational pastor and Eastern Mennonite Seminary student, at We will participate via live stream and also have opportunities for small and large group conversations with our local gathering. A late lunch will be provided at 2pm. Summit participants are welcome to make a donation to the Heatwole family for use of their home. For more information about the Summit, visit:

Comforter Knotting Blitz! MCC Resource Center in Ephrata, PA report that they have baled and shipped out all the comforters that had been sent previously to the center. They report that although some comforters are trickling in, they need many more to answer all the requests that have come from overseas especially for refugees. There will be a comforter knotting blitz at Park View Mennonite on Wednesday, November 1. Everyone is encouraged to come help. Please contact MarthaJune Graber ( to sign up for a time slot. (This is so there will be enough room for everyone around the comforter frames at any one time.) The times are: 8-10 am, 10 am-12 pm, 1-3 pm, and 3-6 pm. If you can stay for more than one session, that would be great. If you want to stay or come early for a light lunch ($2.00 donation), please indicate that preference. –MarthaJune Graber

Walk for OCP. Walk together with our community by taking part in OCP’s biggest fundraiser of the year! First, sign up as an individual walker, a team leader, or a team member at Next, call, email or visit friends and relatives to ask for donations. Finally, celebrate on November 4 by joining OCP for live music, games, two free meals, and a walk. Questions? Email

KreiderArt Open House. You are cordially invited to our 1st Annual Artisan Trail KreiderArt Gallery Fall Open House on Saturday, November 6, from 10 am-4 pm to see David Kreider's home studio, pyrographic arts classroom, and gallery as featured on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Artisan Trail (#10) and to see his recent work in multiple media pyrographic art and works in progress. Arts enthusiast friends and family are most welcome! Our address is 443 Lee Avenue, Harrisonburg. –David Kreider

Bridge of Hope's Annual Locavore Luncheon is Saturday, November 11, at Park View Mennonite Church. Doors open for silent auction at 11, meal begins at noon. Come and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Bowl of Good with all locally sourced ingredients! Tickets are $25 individual or $175 for a table of 8 and are available at the door or by reserving your space by calling 478-2356. Gather your friends & family to eat, laugh, and do some Christmas shopping while supporting homeless and at-risk women and children in this community.

Mennonite Women Retreat. Mennonite Women of Virginia's annual retreat will be held November 10-12 in Natural Bridge, VA. The retreat theme is Gratitude Beyond Thank You and will feature Elaine Maust, a writer, spiritual director, and co-pastor of Jubilee Mennonite Church in Meridian, Mississippi. Scholarship funds are available. More information is available at

Nazareth/Bethlehem Work Group 2018.  Registration is now open for the upcoming Nazareth/Bethlehem Work Group (May 11-28, 2018) sponsored by the Partners in Mission program of Virginia Mennonite Missions.  This work group will be co-led by Dorothy Jean Weaver (Community Mennonite Church) and Phil Kanagy (Weavers Mennonite Church) and is open to all interested participants on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information consult the attached brochure and/or contact Dorothy Jean Weaver at (540) 432-4276 (o) or at (540) 433-3336 (h).

Mennonite Disaster Service Prayer Request. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. Resources needed to begin response efforts are not yet able to be transported to individuals and communities in need. Also, please continue to remember those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the MDS volunteer teams responding in the area of Bloomington and Aransas Pass, TX, as well as the volunteers in Florida doing clean-up work after Hurricane Irma. To make a donation to MDS or to find out about MDS opportunities, visit

Mennonite Arts Weekend seeks to encourage creative expression in Mennonite communities, to provide exposure for artists working in different facets of the arts, to provide a setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas, and to bring together practicing Mennonite artists and others interested in the arts. In addition, Mennonite Arts Weekend is a gathering that brings Mennonite artists together in an effort to help artists reclaim their identity/relationship with the church. There will be a theatre troupe show, poet/cellist improvisation, lectures, art gallery, seminars, workshops, performances, congregational singing, informal interaction, dining, and worship. The Mennonite Arts Weekend will celebrate its 14th biennial gathering of artists and those interested in the arts from Friday evening, February 2, to Sunday morning worship, February 4, 2018, at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45213. Participants include: Theatre of the Beat, Stouffville, Ont; Sofia Samatar, James Madison University, writer; Eugene Friesen, Berklee College of Music, cellist; Karen Newe, Pasadena, artist/illustrator/designer; Brenton Good, Messiah College, painter/printmaker; Sarah Kathleen Johnson and Carl Bear, South Bend, Ind., worship and music planners; Jim Heiks, Iola, Wis., conductor, song leader, educator; Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Longy School of Music, singer/songwriter; Paul Buxman, Sweet Home Ranch, Dinube, Calif., farmer/painter; and Becca J.R. Lachman, Athens, Ohio, poet. Sponsored by Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship and the Mennonite Arts Weekend planning committee, which organizes the event. Visit for more information or call 513.351-8785

Part-time Opening for Outreach Educator at EMU. Eastern Mennonite University is seeking applicants for an Outreach Educator for EMU at the Harrisonburg, Va., campus. The Outreach Educator will provide programming at schools, community centers, preschool and special events by presenting to groups, setting up hands-on exhibits areas, teaching science lessons primarily during the school day, along with some non-teaching responsibilities. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Two years of administrative assistant experience required. Submit application, resume and three references to: For more information visit our website at . EMU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.


Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA