Newsweekly for Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Worship this Sunday, September 24

CMC Retreat Weekend

Sunday morning worship this week will be at 10:00 am at

Camp Brethren Woods, 4896 Armentrout Path, Keezletown

Theme for the weekend: Living Mary’s Song

Sunday Worship Leader: Kent Sensenig

Song Leader: Greg Yoder

Preacher: Isaac Villegas


Upcoming CMC Events at a Glance (details below)

Sept 22-24       CMC Retreat at Camp Brethren Woods

October 1        Church Potluck after Sunday school

October 21       Church Work Day

CMC Events and Announcements

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 all or part of the weekend. If you forgot to register, you can come anyway! Just visit the registration table at Brethren Woods when you arrive.

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

Church Work Day. Mark your calendars and plan to participate in CMC’s Church Work Day on Saturday, October 21 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. More details to come! –Sam Miller, Property Committee Chair

Attention CMC Seniors. As a senior group we have agreed to help the Murches in the potato preparation for the potato donuts made at the Virginia MCC Relief Sale.  We are meeting on Tuesday evening, September 26 at 6:00 pm. Thanks to those who have agreed to help. We still need more help. If you are free to help, bring a potato peeler, knife, bowl and cutting board. If you can help, let me know at

Seniors 60ish and over. If you would like to be included on the email mailing list for seniors at CMC, which includes notification of senior events, please contact the CMC office (433-2148 or

Dishwashers needed. Hospitality committee is planning to use the Correll plates along with silverware for potlucks. While this reduces the amount of paper and plastic we consume it also means more time spent on clean up as everything will need washed. We need two persons each potluck Sunday to commit to washing the dishes.  Someone from the committee will be available to help with getting you started and with putting things away.  This might be a good mentor / mentee activity. Potluck Sundays are the first Sunday of each month beginning Oct. 1st. Contact Jennifer Ulrich, or 540-383-9050 if you can help with dishwashing at potlucks.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities for the MCC Relief Sale. There are many opportunities to volunteer at this year’s MCC Relief Sale on September 29 and 30. Please sign up online or on the poster in the Fellowship Hall for the following:

  • Assist with equipment set upe. chairs, tents, grills, tables, coolers, etc.
  • Assist with food sales
  • Pie Making: 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 the "2017 Donation Form for the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, September 29 & 30, 2017."

Kiddie Corner at MCC Sale. The Kiddie Corner at the Relief Sale (yard sale type stand of kids’ items) needs a few people to staff it throughout the day on Saturday.  If there are 2 or 3 hours you would like to help out, please contact Greta Kreider at 540-432-9107.

Come hear Nathan Hershberger and Kaitlin Heatwole share about their experiences in Iraq at the "Alumni and Friends of MCC" event at 11 am on Saturday, September 30, at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, right outside the breakfast barn at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.  Heatwole was MCC Iraq program coordinator, and Hershberger taught English at three church institutions in Erbil, Iraq, including St. Peter's Seminary. For more info, call Luke Schrock-Hurst, Virginia Representative for MCC, at  (540) 437-1201.

Book Signing for Dorothy Jean Weaver's Irony of Power.  Eastern Mennonite Seminary will host a book-signing for Dorothy Jean Weaver's newly-published volume The Irony of Power: The Politics of God within Matthew's Narrative on Wednesday, September 27, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Martin Chapel in the Seminary Building.  Dorothy Jean will offer a brief "reading" which highlights the central theme of the volume.  A dessert reception and book signing will follow.  Payment for the book, $23.25 may be made via check.

Tickets for EMU’s Centennial Play for Oct 13-14 are on sale now. The production, written by Ted Swartz and Ingrid DeSanctis, will appeal to many who remember the tender years of college and to those interested in EMU’s story of transformation, both past and into the future. Braydon Hoover is also a part of the production. Order tickets online at

Events and Announcements from the Broader Community

Papusa Fundraiser. Please consider supporting this fundraising event at Our Community Place on Sunday, September 24 from 5-8 pm, sent to us through Faith in Action. This Papusa Fundraiser is to support a woman in our community who is currently facing a deportation order. She has been in the USA-Harrisonburg for ten years. She has three U.S. born daughters and a chance to get the deportation order dropped, and hopefully a permanent legal status.  We want to diminish the threat of losing her daughters, and help achieve the assurance that she can safely provide for them. It is our desire to raise funds to help her with her legal fees, and to show her our love and support from the community she and her family have called home for the last 10 years. For more information or to make donations, call 540-209-1422.

MDS Notes. MDS is beginning to do work in Florida following Hurricane Irma. A group from Lancaster is being formed for the week of October 25. They will likely stop in Harrisonburg to pick up some others. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Rich Rhodes, Shenandoah Valley MDS Unit Chair, 540-578-0516. Or check out the MDS website at to learn more about other opportunities to serve.

Men’s Retreat:  A retreat experience known as MROP (Men's Rites of Passage) was birthed almost 20 years ago by the work of Richard Rohr and others. Application is now open for next month's event near Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, October 4–8, 2017. CMCers/Harrisonburg residents who have participated include Brian Martin Burkholder, Keith Gnagey, Tim Godshall, Craig Serrels, and Keaton Shenk. For more information and application:

Contemplative Retreat for Autumn. You are invited to participate in a retreat offered through Soulence at Starry Meadows Farm on Saturday, October 21, 9 am-3:30 pm (rain or shine). Falling in Love with the Earth is a spacious, contemplative retreat to cultivate a connection to the earth through reflection and embodied prayer. Spiritual directors will accompany the small group of retreatants in order to nurture the experience throughout the day. Silence and solitude is valued and built-in as part of the experience. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, contact Chris Hoover Seidel at Soulence: (717) 602-0871.

A Focus on Racial Equity Seminar will be held at the Eastern Mennonite Seminary chapel, on Saturday, October 21 from 8:30 am-1 pm (light refreshments provided). Faith in Action covenant congregations and NAACP members are invited to send representatives to a lively and interactive presentation by the Racial Equity Institute ( This presentation will provide introductory information about the structural nature of racism, the characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, and the relationships between people, communities, and racial inequity. Faith in Action congregants and NAACP members are asked to register by September 22nd. (If you would be helped by a language translator, please e-mail Please include your name and language needed in your message.) To register, go to

Light Up the Log House. CrossRoads Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center Fundraiser invites individuals, Sunday school classes, small groups, and families to consider donating gifts to "Light Up the Log House" at CrossRoads. The 1829 log house building on the CrossRoads campus is nearing completion, with a number of $150.00 lights being one of the last pieces needed before the house is fully functional. Gifts are welcomed in honor of those in your lives who have modeled light shining in the darkness. Send us a note about the person/people you would like to honor with your gift, and send along with check made payable to VBMHC and mailed to "Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, P.O. Box 1563, Harrisonburg, VA 22803." Memo: Log House Lights. Contact with questions or to learn more about the log house.

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

Apartment needed: A neighbor friend of mine has become homeless after her place was deemed unlivable by the city.  She is looking for a place that is or can be handicap accessible with money she has through assistance for disabled persons.  Living quarters made for aging parents or small apartment on one level are ideal.  Please contact Greta Kreider 540-432-9107 if you know of anything.

Car for Sale. 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, 151,800 miles. Very well maintained and in great condition. Price: $2800. Call Pearl at 540-820-8309. –Jean Fisher

Community Mennonite Church
70 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA