Newsweekly for Sunday, September 2, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, September 2, 2018

Theme: You’re Invited: Arise, and come away – Music Sunday

Worship Leader and Song Leader: Jeremy Nafziger

Scripture Readers: Michael Ann Courtney, Jennifer Davis Sensenig, Sunny Kim,

David Kreider, Tammie McDonald, Dorothy Jean Weaver, Eliana Tejedor

Musicians: Matt Carlson, Isaac Dahl, Katie Derstine, Jay Hartzler, Sheri Hartzler,

Matthew Hunsberger, Sharon Miller, Erika Metzler Sawin, Kathryn Schmidt, Daryl

Snider, Jacinda Stahly, Elena Histand Stuckey

Pastoral Prayer: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Song of Songs 2:8-13; James 1:17-27

Bulletin: 090218-Bulletin


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Sept 2    Worship begins at 9 am

Adult Education, 7th/8th grade and MYF SS begin at 10:30 am

Drop-in SS Open House for parents and children ages 2-grade 6, 10:30 am

Sun, Sept 2    Monthly Potluck, 11:30 am, Fellowship Hall

Sat, Sept 8     Open Circle Small Group, 6 pm, Fellowship Hall

Sept 21-23      CMC Annual Fall Retreat at Brethren Woods


CMC Events and Announcements

Fall Worship Schedule. Beginning Sunday, September 2 worship begins at 9 am.

Adult Education classes begin Sunday, September 2. Class descriptions are attached to this email and are posted on the CMC website at

Grades 7-8 and MYF will begin meeting for Sunday School on Sunday, September 2. Grades 7-8 meet on the second floor in Rooms 201 and 204, and MYF meets on the second floor in Room 202.

A Drop-in Sunday School Open House for children ages 2-Grade 6 and their parents will be held next Sunday, September 2. Parents and children are invited to visit their child’s classroom together between the end of the service and 11 am. Church recess, gathering time and Sunday school classes will begin Sunday, September 9. There are still many openings for teachers and assistants! If you are willing to teach Sunday school or assist, please contact Traci Yoder Stoltzfus (623-432-4164 or or Monica Carlson (433-3252 or

This Sunday Hospitality Committee will go back to serving hot tea and coffee during fellowship time. Please bring mugs back to the kitchen promptly after Sunday School is over so the person on duty can finish up as soon as possible. Thanks for helping out in this way.  –Hospitality Committee.

Monthly Potluck. The Monthly Potluck will be Sunday, Sept. 2 at 11:30 am. Please bring food to share, as well as plates, cups, and silverware.  Bringing your own tableware saves time for those cleaning up. We generally have help with set up, but could use help with clean up including wiping down tables and putting chairs and tables away.  We also will need persons each month to wash plates and cups after potluck. If you are willing to help out in this capacity, contact Jennifer Ulrich at

Adult Education classes will begin on Sunday, September 2. A description of the classes can be found on the CMC website at

The Murch Family returns to VA this weekend after a summer in Puerto Rico with MDS. We would like to welcome them back by cleaning up their flower beds which are looking quite overgrown! If you can help on Saturday morning (tomorrow—September 1!), please contact Michael Harnish at or call 540-908-9885. Thanks!

Help Needed Moving Furniture in the Dean House. The VS committee is looking for some people to help move furniture in the Dean House on Saturday, September 1 from 1-3 pm. If you have items you signed up to donate, especially larger items, please deliver them to the Dean House during that time. (If you are not able to bring them on September 1, please contact Pastor Jason.)Nursery in basement

The church office will be closed on Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day holiday.

Worship Leaders for September. Greg and Kristina Landis Yoder have a new baby, Lydia Joy! Greg (Worship Commission Chair) is suggesting that in lieu of a baby gift, people can send worship leaders. If you are willing and able to be a worship leader during the month of September, please contact Greg at as soon as possible.

Volunteer for the Relief Sale. This year CMC is feeding the relief sale. We are working five (count ‘em, five) food booths.  We are doing:

  • Indian Food (which Adam Yoder is coordinating, thank you Adam, but we need several shifts of volunteers to sell);
  • hamburgers and hotdogs (MYF and Junior MYF);
  • the fish fry (Sam MIller);
  • donuts (the Murches, seniors helping out during the week with mashing potatoes, and other churches helping on Saturday, but could you help with set up on Thursday and clean-up on Saturday); and
  • pinchos (chicken-on-a-stick from Puerto Rico thanks to the Murches; but we need someone to coordinate, preferably a Spanish speaker; a couple of people to help on Thursday with prep, and a couple more for Saturday).

We need people to help prepare and to cover shifts for serving this food.   We also need a couple of people to help with general set up on Thursday and take down on Saturday.  It is particularly important that people hang around after the sale to clean up if at all possible, but we need a couple of people who can commit to doing it. This is your opportunity to help people around the world in great need.  Please do anything you can to help! Look for signup sheets on Sunday in the fellowship hall. Questions? Contact Tim Jost at

Open Circle Small Group. If you are new to the congregation, new to the idea of small groups, or are not currently in a small group and are looking for a way to connect with others at CMC, you are invited to be part of the Open Circle Small Group. It meets monthly on Second Saturdays at 6 pm. The next meeting is Saturday, September 8 in Room 109. Connect with others in the church through fellowship, discussion and mutual support. The circle is always open! Children are welcome and there will be snacks. For more information contact Heather Harris at

CMC's Mentor and Mentee Fall Picnic will be on Saturday, September 8 at 5:30 pm at Hillandale Park, Shelter #8. When was the last time you tossed a water balloon or ran a 3-legged race? Come join the fun! Hamburgers, hot dogs and condiments will be provided. If you can, please bring a side dish (i.e. veggies, fruit, chips, dessert). Come even if your mentor or mentee is not able to. Call Sue Klassen if you have questions at 540-908-1037.

Fall Kids’ Club Begins September 12. Hey kids (and parents)! Did you enjoy participating in or watching the music and storytelling about Jonah with Seth and Greg? Most every Wednesday evening we have music, storytelling and other activities as part of Kids' Club at CMC. We will be starting up Kids' Club again on September 12, and this year will be offering a light meal right at the beginning of our time together. Children from CMC ages 4-13 are welcome to join us for some music, stories, a meal and fun every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, starting September 12.

Fall Retreat. CMC's Annual Fall Retreat will be held September 21-23 at Camp Brethren Woods. Registration details are in church mailboxes and at the back of the sanctuary. Visit the retreat registration table following worship on Sunday, September 2, 9 and 16.

New Church Office Hours. Beginning this week, the church office will be open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. The church office will be closed on Tuesdays.

We Want to Keep in Touch with You! Please notify the church office ( if you would like to receive the Newsweekly, 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 Breeze site. To request a mailbox or to find out how to access the directory, please contact the church office.

CMC Leadership Development Cohort 2018-19. Are you interested in clarifying the Christian spiritual resources for leadership (in the church, in the community, in work/service/study settings)?  Would you like to grow in your capacity to respond to God’s call to mission, ministry and service of all kinds? The CMC Leadership Development Cohort will meet in four Sunday afternoon seminars:  Oct 21, Jan 13, March 10 and May 19. We’re seeking 4-10 participants committed to ongoing spiritual formation and attending all seminars. Seminars include a focus on spiritual disciplines, leadership identity, and practical skills.  Participants will be encouraged to identify a mentor from within the congregation. Sponsors include: Larry Miller, Lee Snyder, Sue Cockley, Shirley Showalter and Pastor Jennifer. Fill out an application on Breeze by Sep 30th at the following link:

Thank you! Thank you, CMC, for your love and support in so many ways for us and for our work in Romania.  The use of the church space for choir rehearsals, leading up to our fundraiser concert was greatly appreciated.  Thanks especially to Joyce, Jason, Kent, Craig, Jennifer U., Delbert and the admin team for making all aspects of this possible.  Our event was a success beyond our expectations and we thank each of you who came, and who donated.  If you'd like to be added to our (2-3 times a year) email newsletter, send your email address to  If you still wish to donate, checks can be written to CMC with memo line, Romania.  We leave Sept. 5 and look forward to seeing you again when we return home for Christmas.  – Jay and Sheri Hartzler

Newsweekly Announcements. If you would like to include an item in the Newsweekly, please email your announcement to by noon on Thursday.

Household Items for the Dean House. This is a reminder that a few items are still needed in the Dean House for the VS unit starting in early September.  Please go to the Google doc at and follow the instructions if you have, or want to purchase, items you would like to contribute.  Contact Pastor Jason ( if you have questions. Thank you very much for your support of the VS unit!  –Dan Beachy for the VS Committee

Patchwork Pantry is looking for one or two people to be on the supervisors team for Wednesday evening operations. We are especially in need of someone to take the lead position at least once a month starting in January (so the other lead supervisor isn't working all four weeks). The lead supervisor comes at 5:45 pm to open and starts getting ready for the evening. The two other supervisors come at 6:15 pm or 6:30 pm to help out with set up and other tasks. Supervisors stay to help clean up until about 8:15 pm or so.  Training is provided.  It would be good if the person could start training this fall.  Mostly the time commitment is one or twice a month, although supervisors do trade schedules and fill in for others at times. Contact Jennifer Ulrich – if you might be interested.

WHALE I'LL BE . . . If something looks fishy on the “CMC Today” bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall, it's because the latest posted photo display features scenes from the August worship series on "the down-in-the-mouth" prophet Jonah, including the fantastic Aug. 19 service led by children of the congregation assisted by members of the Walking Roots Band.  And, there's photos from Jay and Sheri Hartzler's Aug. 12 program of music and stories from Romania with EMHS Touring Choir alumni. But wait, there’s more – a reflective essay, “House Rules: 'Shalts, Shalt Nots'" (HealthQuest magazine) and a Virginia Ham column, "Come Early for a Back-Row Seat" (2-14-99) from Mennonite Weekly Review. Hope you don't find all this hard to swallow!  – Jim Bishop

RETREAT TO THE FRONT – CMC's annual retreat is coming soon. But it doesn't seem that long ago that we had one. Remember? If you don't, gaze ye upon the “CMC Yesterday” bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall for a double-poster collage from our September 22-24, 2017 church retreat, "Love, Joy and Resistance" at Camp Brethren Woods. –  Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Getting personal. The Green Congregation Committee hosted a Black's Run clean up project near the Little Grill Collective on Sat., Aug. 11 resulting in collecting 5 large bags of trash weighing approximately 500 lbs. The small group that gathered enjoyed fellowship while making a difference in this section of the run. This project was part of the summer river clean project of Mennonite Creation Care Network.


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

See the highlights, video and photos of the recent service celebrating the historic installation of Glen Guyton, the first African American executive director of MC USA at

Calling all bicycle enthusiasts, small and tall!  You are invited to participate in the 21st annual Bike Shenandoah ride on Saturday, September 15 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. And this year we have included the opportunity to support MCC by assembling relief kits. Individuals and congregations can also participate by sponsoring riders, and by volunteering to assemble relief kits the day of the ride. A free lunch will be available to all riders and volunteers. Register today at!

SOS Band (Sharing Our Surplus). A newly formed "SOS Band" will highlight a special youth event at the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church on Wednesday evening, September 19. It will start with free hot dogs at 6:30 in the pavilion and will be followed by lots of music and a brief presentation highlighting world refugee needs and promoting the S.O.S. (Sharing Our Surplus) cash giving campaign for MCC at the October 5 & 6 Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale. Contributions can be made at this event as well.

Strength in Peers will hold a free training in “Caring for Trauma” on Saturday, September 29 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market. This training will help primary care and social service providers engage with people who have a history of trauma. The speaker is Dr. Allison Jackson. To register go to or call 540-217-0869 for more information.

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS)* and HMC CCG**   invite you to join us on Sunday, September 30, 6 pm at the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church Pavilion or Fellowship Hall. Speakers from El Salvador, Zimbabwe and Nepal will describe the substantial climate change impacts being felt now in the global south.  Come for learning, discussion, and light refreshments!

(*A collaborative initiative of Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Mennonite Central Committee to lead Anabaptist efforts to respond to the challenges of climate change.)


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.

Help bring some hope to an inmate at the Rockingham Regional Jail by becoming a pen-pal for an inmate. Jason Wagner, the chaplain serving through VMMissions, is looking for pen-pals for seven men. If you're interested, please contact Jason at

Donations for Relief Sale Kiddie Corner. Everyone can help in the effort to collect items for the Relief Sale's Kiddie Corner!  It's Easy!  We take not only toys but also craft supplies, nature items like shells, back packs and bags, games and puzzles, room decor, piggy banks, and books, pet supplies, etc!  Easy drop off in the bin by the front door at the Virginia Mennonite Conference Center.  Nice, clean items are of greater value. Thank you for helping kids be part of the giving and fun!  Contact Greta Kreider for more information or to help at




Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA