Newsweekly for Sunday, October 7, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, October 7, 2018

Theme: Lessons from Jesus: Master or Little One?

Worship Leader: Lee Good

Song Leader: Jeremy Nafziger

Preacher: Dayna Olson-Getty

Readers’ Theater: Zach Bauman, Kerinna Good, Oliver Hertzler

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Mark 10:2-16; Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8

Bulletin: 100718-Bulletin       


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Oct 7            Monthly Potluck, 11:45 am, Fellowship Hall

Approved Adult Training, 11:45 am, Room 205

Wed, Oct 10       Kids’ Club, 6 pm, basement

Sat, Oct 13           Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Room 109

Tue, Oct 16         Monthly Gathering, 6 pm, Fellowship Hall



CMC Events and Announcements

Potluck is this Sunday, Oct. 7 after Sunday School.  Please bring enough food for your family as well as some to share. Please bring plates, cups, and silverware as this saves time with clean up. We could use about 2 other persons to help with the initial set up, and 4 to 5 people for clean up, including dish washers. Contact Jennifer Ulrich if you can help,

Approved Adult Training at CMC on Sunday, Oct 7, during potluck. Do you require training to complete the Approved Adult process for volunteering with CMC children and youth? If so, please join us during October’s potluck. We will review Safe Church practices for working with our kids and will also discuss how to keep our children and youth safe from sexual abuse. Fill your plate with tasty morsels and meet Marsha Thomas and Pastor Jason in Room 205 on October 7. We hope to begin by 11:45am and end at 1:00. Questions? Contact Marsha at

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.

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

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 12-15 children) if it works for your small group or your family. Below are some of the dates needed. Please email Hannah Hall, if there’s a date that works for you. Dates needed are: October 10, October 17, October 31, November 14, and December 12.

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.

Returning CMC Key Cards.  Do you have a CMC key card that you are no longer using? Please return it to the church office so that it can be re-used. Thank you!

Lost you key fob? A Volvo key fob was found in the sanctuary last week. If yours is missing, please contact the church office.

Lost and Found. A number of unclaimed items were left behind at Brethren Woods following the retreat. Check out the Lost and Found table on Sunday, or look in the Lost and Found cupboard under the church mailboxes during the week.

Retreat Survey. Please complete this 5 minute survey about CMC Fall Retreat linked here. This is an important annual event in our church life, and we need your responses so we can make sure it continues to serve the mission well. –2018 Retreat Committee

Ride to Dulles Needed. We are in need of someone to drive the VS participants (Taylor Hodges and Ali Zuercher) to Dulles airport for their departure to Chicago on Sunday, October 28 for a 1:45 pm flight time. The driver will need to leave Dean House at around 9:45 am (or an agreed upon time). We will also need someone to pick them up from Dulles airport on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm.  If you would be willing to drive, please contact Pastor Jason ( Thank you!

Toy Donations for the CMC Nursery. The Nursery Committee is seeking gently-used, non battery-operated toys for children up to age 5.  Toys can be dropped off in the nursery on Sunday October 7th. Please contact Tiffany Showalter if you have questions (

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 in Room 203.  Come journey with us as we explore what freedom with food can look like.  Contacts: Adrienne Griggs and Heather Harris

RETREAT DAY-JAH-VOO – Whether you attended part, all or none of CMC's annual retreat Sept. 14-16 at Brethren Woods, you can (hopefully) catch a glimpse of what transpired by checking out the double-poster collage up and running on the "CMC Today" bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall. Relive some "Sabbath Soul Tending" with guest speaker Anita Amstutz, small group interaction, the team trivia contest, gettin' down with CMC's Sunday School of Rock band, worship and singing and taking in three new members. Something for everybody!  – 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

Feeling left out of the Relief Sale volunteer fun?  Help is still needed for a couple people to staff the Kiddie Corner for an hour or two on Saturday and to help pack up at the end of the day.  Contact Greta Kreider at 540-432-9107.

Help DOUBLE the Relief Sale income October 5-6 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Spend a liberal amount on food, auction and other items, then MATCH or MULTIPLY that amount with a cash, check or credit card donation for MCC refugee relief at the SOS (Sharing Our Surplus) Giving Table. Or make a generous donation online now at

The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center invites all lovers of a cappella singing to join us for a benefit concert with Good Company, Sunday evening, October 7, 7 PM at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. Good Company is a six-member a cappella ensemble known and loved for their exquisite harmonies, professional performance, and engaging stage presence. The Bridgewater Church of the Brethren features an acoustic hall exceptionally well-suited to Good Company's sound, so you won't want to miss this unique opportunity to hear this fantastic group in concert. A free-will offering will support the work of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

ACRS Gathering, Monday, October 8, 7:30 AM, West Dining Room. Northlawn on the EMU campus. The next ACRS Gathering welcomes Lucinda Swartzentruber, presenting “From the ‘Three R’s’ to the ‘Five C’s’. . . a reflection on the way education has changed.”

Early registration for the Women Doing Theology conference ends on October 12. Join MC USA's Women in Leadership in "Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: Dialogue, Practice and the Work of Liberation" on Nov. 8-10, 2018. Register now at

MHI Anniversary. You are invited to the Tenth Anniversary Gathering of the Mennonite Hispanic Initiative (MHI). Friday, October 12, 7 pm at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. Cost: Free!

Immigration Advocacy:  CMC is a part of the Faith Allies group providing direct support services to our immigrant neighbors. As part of that effort, a transportation network is being formed (VANITA).  Below is more information about the workshop on October 14 for interested volunteers. See Tina Beachy for more information.

Organizing Meeting of VANITA – Valley Area Network for Immigrant Transportation Assistance

October 14th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. You’re invited to a community meeting at Trinity Presbyterian Church to learn about a program underway by an interfaith, grass roots group – VANITA –  to provide transportation to immigrants to meet their obligations to appear at check-ins and court appearances. There are lots of ways to help, by volunteering as a driver (as often or as little as you want), by helping with logistics, donating money to offset the cost of gas, or offering bi- or multi-lingual talents.  This is an opportunity to be in relationship with, and provide service for, your immigrant neighbors. Learn how you can help make the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area a friendlier and kinder place. Contact Trinity @ 540-434-9556 for more information.

Make Your Voice Heard. Join the congregations of Faith in Action, the Northeast Neighborhood Association, and the Valley Justice Coalition for a walk and meeting for local criminal justice reform on Monday, October 15. At 6 pm, walk from the corner of High and Market Street (parking available at Otterbein and CMC); 7 pm, meeting with the Community Criminal Justice Board at Memorial Hall to hear about how other communities are changing their local justice system and to ask our local elected leaders to support the Faith in Action campaign. For more information visit

Starting the Conversation: End of Life Planning, October 19-20 at Massanetta Springs. It is widely recognized that in life preparation is key, but how do we prepare ourselves and family members to face major life decisions surrounding the aging process, serious illness, and end-of-life care? Too often persons or families are labeled as resistant or lacking in faith when legitimate concerns, barriers, questions, and doubts are present that may impact decision-making and the quality of care they receive. This important seminar, “Starting the Conversation,” will provide tools and resources to empower participants as they explore their faith and show how to have these important and often difficult conversations with family and friends to ensure the best possible outcomes. The more we understand the unique needs and wishes of one another, the better we can respond and the more effective we can be. Please visit event website for more information.

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.”

VMC Women’s Retreat. A wonderful weekend retreat is planned for women of all ages on Oct 26-28. Join your sisters at Short Pump Marriott, in Richmond. Our theme this year is “Experiencing the Journey” presented by Sue Miller. She and her husband, Gordon, attend Lynside Mennonite, where he is pastoring. Scholarship funds are available by calling Gloria Lehman, 540-420-2122. Registration form found on the Mennonite Women page on the Virginia Mennonite Conference website.

Bridge of Hope is in need of platers, servers, and dishwashers to volunteer for their Locavore Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, November 3.  Servers should be at least high-school age.  A family would be wonderful for the other kitchen positions.  Contact Chris Hoover Seidel ( if you have interest in signing up.

Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg-Rockingham invites you to attend their annual Locavore Event. This year’s event will take place on November 3 at 5:30pm at Muhlenburg Lutheran Church.  Please save-the-date and plan to join us. Contact Bridge of Hope ( or 540-478-2356) to purchase tickets.

MDS Volunteers Needed.  Groups and individuals who want to volunteer for Hurricane Florence early response 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. This phone line is being monitored 24/7. Questions? Contact CMCers Joe Yoder (540-820-1973) or Sam Miller (540-432-9262).

Right now MDS is looking for volunteers with these specific skill sets, persons who:

  • Are physically able to lift and carry heavy items
  • Have chainsaw skills
  • Can operate a skid steer
  • Can bring their own chainsaw
  • Can bring their own skid steer (with grapple)

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.

Do you have questions about paying for college?  Faith-based Everence offers simple educational videos for students considering college, going back to school or finished with their education.  The videos cover options for how to pay for schooling.  Find the videos at

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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