Newsweekly for Sunday, September 10, 2017

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Worship this Sunday, September 10

Gifts of the Spirit – The Power of Place

Worship Leader: Dayna Olson-Getty

Preacher: Susan Schultz Huxman

Song Leader: Matt Hunsberger

Prelude/Offertory: Jacinda Stahly and Isaac Dahl

Pastoral Prayer: Mike Brislen

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-6; Acts 17:16-26

Bulletin: 091017-bulletin


Upcoming CMC Events at a Glance (details below)

Sept 22-24       CMC Retreat at Camp Brethren Woods


CMC Events and Announcements

Sunday School for Children and Youth began September 3. Children ages 2-3 are using a curriculum called Wee Wonder.  Ages 4-high school are using lessons from the Circle of Grace/Our Whole Lives curriculum for the first three Sundays in September. Details of topics for each Sunday, age groups and meeting locations, and teachers/assistants were placed in mailboxes last Sunday, and are available on the kiosk in the Fellowship Hall. The Shine curriculum will begin on October 1.

Children’s Sunday School Teachers for 2017-2018. We still have a need for teachers and assistants for children’s Sunday school for the fall quarter. Needed are teachers for the “regular” lessons from the Shine curriculum, which will begin on October 1. We invite you to consider taking on one of these roles while also learning to know the children who are an important part of our church family. You may sign up for one quarter, two quarters or for a whole year. Please sign up on the Sunday school chart in the Fellowship Hall. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Monica Carlson. Thank you for your participation in helping guide our children on their faith journeys!

Green Congregation–Climate Action. Another option is available for the adult education hour this quarter beginning Sept. 3. Gather to learn more about global climate change and help discern ways CMC can get active in addressing it as a congregation, as family units, and in the community locally and beyond. Many think the devastation to the planet and to marginalized people is the biggest challenge facing humankind. What are the roles for justice minded faith communities? For us? The class will meet in Dean House, Room #3. –Wayne Teel and Brian Martin Burkholder

CMC Annual Retreat.  CMC's annual retreat will be held September 22-24 at Camp Brethren Woods. Our keynote speaker will be Isaac Villegas, pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Church. The theme will be Love, Joy and Resistance: Practicing the politics of Mary in the face of empire. In addition to learning sessions with Isaac, we are planning hands-on learning activities for children and youth, story-telling and s'mores around a bonfire, Saturday Night Live (CMC-style), and free-time for outdoor activities. Come for part or all of

CMC Small Groups. Would you like to be part of a small group?  Anabaptists believe that the Christian life should be lived alongside others, not in isolation. CMC small groups provide settings for deeper relationships and a community to share fellowship, study, personal encouragement, counsel, practical support, outreach, and fun. Small groups are made up of 6-12 adults, plus children, who meet weekly or bi-weekly. CMC encourages all regular attenders to participate in small-group life. If you are interested in joining a small group, please contact Pastor Dayna or Heather Harris at heatherjill or cell phone: (937) 597-8289

CMC wants to keep in touch with you! Please notify the church office whenever your contact information changes, or if you would like to receive weekly emails with CMC announcements and prayer requests. Mailboxes (located in the Fellowship Hall) are available to CMC members and regular attenders. A regularly updated version of the CMC directory is available online on the CMC website (the password is the same as it has been for a long time—please call the church office if you do not know what it is). Photo directories (updated every few years) are available through the church office and can be handy resources for getting to know the names of fellow CMCers.

Host homes for Goshen College singing group. Goshen College's Parables singing group will lead us in worship on October 15. We need several host homes for 2 – 4 students for Saturday and Sunday nights (October 14 and 15). Please contact Katie Derstine at

Fall Mums Fundraiser for Community Preschool. The Community Preschool is selling beautiful fall mums! Look for the display in the fellowship hall to sign up, or contact Eliot or Katrina Swartz at

Summer Daze and Menno Nights. Have you yet to gaze upon the double-truck photo collage posted on the bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall?  Relive highlights of the worship series themes, "Love is a Verb" and "Living Joyfully" as the remarkable people of CMC are caught sharing their gifts through the spoken word, music, everyday ministries and other activities. This is the last Sunday for this display to be up and running, so walk, don't run (for you Ventures fans) to check it out before it's gone.    Jim Bishop

Update from Tabea Zimmermann received last week. Tabea reports that she was discharged from the hospital in Johannesburg and has flown back to Lusaka. She has been staying at the MCC Lusaka office/guest house. The pain and swelling in her leg have decreased considerably, and she is doing rehab and working toward regaining range of motion. She writes: “Thank you for your continued prayers and support. The past two weeks have been quite a whirlwind of medical care, travels and transitions, a myriad of emotions and thoughts… And throughout, your outreach and love has pulled me through. . . Overall, I am feeling much better and steadily recovering, although it will take some time. I am trying to use this time of forced immobility to tackle the projects and research that have been pushed aside for too long. I am grateful to be in a welcoming space conducive to my recovery, with caring people surrounding and encouraging me. The scary part is over and now it’s a focused, steady, patient road to full recovery. Thanks for your prayers, continued inquiries, and well wishes. I am happy to share that things are looking up. Best, Tabea

News from the Fasts. Asher and Lindsey have now been in Botswana for half a year! Their second official newsletter that offers updates on their lives is posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks for continuing to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  You can stay in touch directly with Lindsey and Asher through their blog, personal email, and WhatsApp which is all listed below. A mailing address is also included for the particularly ambitious folks out there (belated birthday cards?)

Email: (Asher), (Lindsey)

WhatsApp: +267 74756351 (Asher), +267 74756290 (Lindsey)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20884 Monarch

Francistown, Botswana

Volunteer Opportunities for the MCC Relief Sale. There are many opportunities to volunteer at this year’s MCC Relief Sale. Please sign up on the poster in the fellowship hall for the following:

Persons to assist with equipment set up i.e. chairs, tents, grills, tables, coolers, etc.

  • 3-4 persons – September 27, 28, 29; 8 am-4 pm: see Sam Miller
  • 3-4 persons – September 30, pickup and clean up; 2-5 pm: see Sam Miller
  • 2-3 persons needed to set up 20" + 40" tent – Sept. 28; 2-4 pm: see Sam Miller

Persons to assist with food sales

  • 4 persons needed Sept 30 to sell catfish dinner take out; 10:30-2:30 pm: see Vi Miller
  • 8 persons needed for Indian Food Stand; 7-8:30 am prep; 9:30am-3 pm serving: see Tim Jost & Nathan Barge
  • 2 -3 persons to assist Joe Yoder in Burger House; Sept 29, prep at 3 pm; Sept 30, 9-3 pm and 3 pm to close
  • MYF and Senior MYF are serving from 10:30 to 1:30
  • 4 persons needed to cook, serve, clean up and close from 1:30 -3:00 pm

Pie makers: Please pick up pie pans this Sunday to create delectable pies. No cream pies, please. Pies must be ready for pick up at 4 pm Sept 29 at CMC

MCC Donation forms are available in the church office for anyone who needs: "2017 Donation Form for the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, September 29 & 30, 2017."

The opera, Singers Glen, will be performed at the Singers Glen Music and Heritage Festival Sept. 23-24. Two performances on Saturday (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and one on Sunday (2 p.m.). The opera, by Alice Parker, tells the story of Joseph Funk and his 19th-century hymnal publishing using a number of Harmonia Sacra tunes in choral and solo singing. CMC members involved: Matthew Hunsberger, Erika Metzler Sawin, Isaac Dahl, Brian Martin Burkholder, Sam Miller, Atticus Nafziger, Helena Nafziger, Alisha Huber, and Jeremy Nafziger. No tickets required; offering taken. The festival also includes walking tours, historical displays, food, a Harmonia Sacra sing, and other music. For more details, see


Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

ACRS Breakfast Featuring Isabel Castillo. ACRS breakfast regular gatherings occur the second Monday of each month from 7:30–9:00 am in the West Dining Room, Northlawn, EMU. On Monday, September 11 Isabel Castillo will be the featured speaker. She will share her life experiences as an undocumented immigrant and a community organizer. Her theme is: Undocumented and Unafraid: Personal Lessons from Community Organizing. For more information, click on:

Musikgarten at EMU is now registering students for fall classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners through age 5. Classes are offered at various times on Tuesdays and on Wednesday mornings. Register now for the ten-week session that begins the week of September 11. Classes will include folk songs, movement, making music with instruments, music games and more in a fun, educational environment. Call (540) 432-4277 for more information or visit

Women’s Community Bible Study to be offered at Harrisonburg Mennonite using Beth Moore’s study ENTRUSTED: II Timothy.  It will be offered for six weeks : Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 6:30-8:15 p.m. September 19 – October 24. Registration and $20 member book fee is due by September 10th. Call Jeannie Smith with questions or registration. (540-434-4361).

New Mennonite Hymnal Hymn Sing. Let your voice resonate! Join a regional hymn sing at 6:30 pm, Sunday, September 17, at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, for a glimpse into the work of the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee. Come add your voice in sharing hopes and dreams for a new hymnal as we sing praise to God!  Thanks! –Benjamin Bergey, Music Editor, Mennonite Worship and Song Committee

Kiddie Corner Donations for MCC Sale. The MCC Relief Sale will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Sept. 29-30. You can help the Relief Sale efforts now! We need donations of craft supplies, small treasures, books and kids toys for the Kiddie Corner. This is a sort of yard sale for kids. Donations can be dropped off at the Virginia Mennonite Conference office to a big bin inside the front door. Contact Greta Kreider at 540-432-9107 for more information.

Bike Shenandoah. You are invited to participate in the 20th annual Bike Shenandoah ride on Saturday, September 16 at Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg, VA.  This family-friendly event includes rides of 5, 15, 30, or 62 miles in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  All proceeds benefit Virginia Mennonite Missions, MennoMedia, Mennonite Central Committee, NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, Our Community Place, and Roberta Webb Childcare Center.  Individuals and congregations can also participate by sponsoring riders.  Register online at or the day of the ride!

Engage with pastor Mandy Smith as she comes to Harrisonburg for a series of chapels, forums and lectures on “Being Human in Ministry,” September 19-20, 2017. Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a contributing editor for Leadership Journal and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book is The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP). Her books will be available for purchase. These events are sponsored by Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia Mennonite Conference, and Virginia Mennonite Missions. See the schedule of events and learn more at

MHI Dinner. The Mennonite Hispanic Initiative Friends Dinner will be Friday, September 22, 7-9 pm, at Park View Mennonite Church. Join us for a Latino meal served by MHI people from three congregations. A special program will highlight MHI's accomplishments in the last year. There will also be opportunity to financially support the work and mission of MHI.

Eastern Mennonite University is celebrating 100 years of education in 2017-18. Eastern Mennonite University:  Serving, Leading, Transforming, a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) class, is highlighting the EMU Centennial. This class was arranged with Louise Hostetter, and will feature 10 weeks of classes led by various people from EMU. The course provides an overview of EMU's transformation from a small, insular academic community to an accredited university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees with global impact. This course explores the transformation of a quiet school on a hill meant to protect its students from the world, into a place engaging with, welcoming and sending alumni out into the world. This series of classes will be taught by a variety of instructors familiar with the 100 year transformation of EMU. Dates are Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16– located at Eastern Mennonite High School, Dining Hall Foyer, 801 Parkwood Dr., Harrisonburg. You may attend either 5 week session for $35, or all ten weeks for $50. Beginning with the history of Mennonites in the Valley, the birth of the school, becoming a university, arts, music and sciences at EMU, the Seminary and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding will be highlighted. Instructors: Phil Kniss, Elwood Yoder, Myron Augsburger, Lee Snyder, Don Kraybill, Jerry Holsopple, Esther Augsburger, Ken Nafziger, Jeremy Nafziger, Roman Miller, Beryl Brubaker, Nancy Heisey and Gloria Rhodes.

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