Newsweekly for Sunday, September 30, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, September 30, 2018

Theme: You’re Invited: Confess

Worship Leader: Dave Smucker

Song Leader: Angie Clemens

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture Readers: Kendal and Jennifer North Bauman

Pastoral Prayer: Dayna Olson-Getty

Scripture: James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50

Bulletin: 093018-Bulletin.docx


Upcoming CMC Events

Sun, Sept 30       Small Group Mixer, following worship, Sanctuary

Wed, Oct 3          Kids’ Club, 6 pm, basement

Thur, Oct 4          CMC Seniors Potato Peeling, 3-5 pm and 5 -7 pm, Kitchen

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

Approved Adult Training, 11:45 am, Room 205


CMC Events and Announcements

CMC Office Closed on Friday. The CMC Office will be closed on Friday, September 28.

Small Group Mixer. On Sunday, Sept 30th, there will be a brief informational gathering at the front of the sanctuary directly following the worship service for those interested in joining a Small Group this fall.  Come learn about existing groups looking for new members, as well as explore the option of forming a new group.  Can't attend but want to be connected?  Email Heather Harris at

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. Applications are available at the following link and due Sep 30th.

Lawn Care Support for the Martins on Sat, Sep 29th from 8-11 am.  Come for an hour or two!  Pat and Dwayne Martin have shared much with CMC from their flowerbeds and gardens over the years.  Now they need some help to trim and clean-up for the season.  David Shenk will be the on-site coordinator that morning.  Please contact David ( or the church office ( if you are planning to help.  Thanks!  Pastoral Team

International Festival. Bridges invites everyone to support the International Festival and to stop by the Bridges tent/display this Saturday, September 29 from 12-6 pm. Reminder: the International Festival is being held for the first time in the downtown area of Harrisonburg. (Bridges is an interfaith/ intercultural initiative started in the past year as an outgrowth of the CMC vision process. The first event in July, a potluck in Hillandale Park, drew over 200 people from diverse backgrounds. Another potluck event is being planned for the middle of November with details coming later.)

CMC SENIORS:  SUPPORT FOR THE MCC RELIEF SALE BY HELPING WITH POTATO PREPARATION. Last fall the CMC seniors supported John and Jennifer Murch and the MCC Relief Sale by helping with potato preparation for the thousands of donuts that were made and sold at the Relief sale.  This year we are asking the CMC seniors to again help with the potato preparation.  The Murches supply the potatoes. The seniors peel, cut up, boil, mash and then refrigerate in 4# bags till sale day.  When we work together the work gets done and we have an enjoyable time working together.  Time and place:  October 4th at the church fellowship hall. 1st shift from 3-5:00 p.m.; 2nd shift from 5-7:00 p.m.  Please bring: a potato peeler, small paring knife and bowl to peel potatoes in. Bring a butcher knife for cutting up potatoes  If you have large 16 quart (or nearly that size) stainless steel bowls please bring those. Call and inform: Vi Miller if you can help. Home phone: (432 9262) cell (540-820-4535)  or email  Please notify Vi as soon as possible. Thank you,  The CMC senior planning committee

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

Immigration Advocacy. CMC, Trinity Presbterian, and Shalom Mennonite have formed a small advocacy group called "Faith Allies" to provide direct support services to the immigrant community.  We are currently working on providing a transportation network for local immigrants to get to Immigration Court, ICE check-ins and other needed services.  A workshop will be held on October 14, 2:00 PM at Trinity Presbyterian to provide information for possible volunteers.   If you are interested in being a volunteer for this transportation service, please attend this workshop or contact Tina Beachy at or 540 564-1820. Thank you.

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.

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.

What's in Your Wallet?  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 used by re-used. Thank you!

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.

Welcome Ali and Taylor! Ali Zuercher and Taylor Hodges began their voluntary service placements at CMC a little over two weeks ago.  If you haven't had the opportunity to get to know them yet, please take the time to do so.  We encourage you to invite one or both of them to join you for Sunday afternoon lunch or other activities throughout the week.   – VS 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 Sunday Sept 30th and Sunday October 7th. Please contact Tiffany Showalter if you have questions (  

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.

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

Greening CMC : Educating ourselves.  While our smartphones open up a digital world of information for how to act more sustainably, they also come with a carbon cost that is higher than many realize.  In fact, the carbon cost of data centers that serve our connected devices will soon match the global impact of flying.  Good practices like making sure devices go to sleep can substantially reduce the impacts of our electronic habits. Go to clickclean to see how the apps you use rate in their carbon impacts.


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

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)

This summer, the Holding It(,) Together podcast of MC USA's Women in Leadership is focusing on “Breaking Silences” and courageously facing conversations that have been put off for too long. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or online at

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

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.

You are invited! 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, bonding and light refreshments on Sunday, September 30, 6pm at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions is making this opportunity possible.

Volunteer for the Relief Sale. Please sign up to help out with the relief sale on October 5 and 6. One need we have this year is someone to make Raita for the Indian food booth.  This involves peeling, seeding, and grating (in a food processor) 32 cups of cucumbers and mixing it with 2 quarts of yogurt and other ingredients.  This is usually done on Friday night but could possibly be done on Thursday.  It might be a fun mentor/mentee activity.  Please consider taking this on. Thanks! –Tim Jost (

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

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

Make Medicare an easy step. Gain confidence about moving to Medicare with guidance from Everence®, a faith-based organization that partners with our church. Attend this workshop on October 4, at 6 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 841 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg. Learn about your key steps to get Medicare, how to move from current coverage and enrollment details and deadlines.  Reserve spots for you, friends and family members at (540) 437-7422 or

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.

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.

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!

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 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.

Women Doing Theology 2018. Registration is now open for WDT18, Talking 'Bout a Revolution: Dialogue, Practice and the Work of Liberation, Nov. 8-10. Find up to date information at




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