Newsweekly for Sunday, September 9, 2018

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Worship this Sunday, September 9, 2018

Theme: You’re Invited: Be opened

Worship Leader: Andrea Wenger

Song Leader: Matthew Hunsberger

Prelude/Offertory: Angie Clemens

Children’s Story: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Preacher: Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37

Bulletin: 090918-Bulletin1


Upcoming CMC Events

Fri, Sept 7          First Friday Art Opening, 5-8 pm, Fellowship Hall

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

Sun, Sept 9       New Attenders Brunch, 10:30 am, Dean House

Wed, Sept 12   Kids’ Club, 6 pm, basement

Sept 21-23         CMC Annual Fall Retreat at Camp Brethren Woods


CMC Events and Announcements

Time for Recess! Church recess for children ages 4-grade 6 begins on Sunday, September 9. We aim for recess to begin generally after the offering is taken in the worship service. Children may exit the sanctuary at that time to meet the recess supervisors in the Fellowship Hall. Recess provides an opportunity for children to be outside running and playing with adult supervision, and gives time for Sunday school teachers to prepare their rooms for Sunday school. Children on the playground will be accompanied to Sunday school singing/gathering rooms at approximately 10:25 am. If your child does not participate in recess, you may take your child to the Sunday school gathering area in the church basement at 10:25.

New Attenders Brunch on Sunday, September 9. Are you new, new-ish, or new-again to CMC? We'd love to get to know you better and help you get connected at CMC. The next New Attenders Brunch will be held following worship at 10:30 am this Sunday, September 9 in the Dean House. We look forward to learning to know you!

Adult Education. Descriptions for adult education classes are on flyers at the back of the sanctuary and posted on the CMC website at

What is Radical Christian Discipleship?   Come to Room 205 during the Adult Ed hour and join the discussion as we reflect on the words of Jesus and think about what it means to live "radically" here and now.  –Esther Stenson

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

First Friday. Come out to Community Mennonite Church on Friday, September 7th (tonight!!) as part of Harrisonburg's First Friday events. Professor of Visual and Communication Arts at Eastern Mennonite University—and CMCer—Steve Johnson will be exhibiting photography from his show, "Vernal Pools: Life Just Below the Surface." Check out CMC's facebook page for more information about this event

Community Preschool Fall Mums Fundraiser. Community Preschool (located in our church basement) is selling mums again this year. Visit the signup board in the fellowship hall to order. Orders and payments are due September 15. Flowers will be delivered to CMC on September 26.

Fall Kids’ Club Begins Wednesday, 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.

It’s Time to Register for the 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. To learn more about this year's retreat, click here.  It is easy to register online!  If you want to pay by credit card, click here.  If you want to pay by check, click here. Questions? Visit the retreat registration table following worship on Sunday, September 9 and 16 or contact Ben or Hannah Bailey or Linda Martin Burkholder.

Want to help with campfire songs? We're having a campfire and songs Friday night at retreat (Sept. 21) and I'm seeking help with instrumentation and song leading. Will you play guitar, tambourine or djembe? Do you have a favorite camp song you want to lead? Join the team by contacting Brian Martin Burkholder (

New Church Office Hours. The church office is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. The church office is closed on Tuesdays.

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

Volunteer for the Relief Sale. Please sign up after church this Sunday 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 (

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. Applications are available on Breeze and due Sep 30th.

Thank you. Sophie and David Lapp Jost would like to offer their deep gratitude for all the many CMCers who are supporting them in prayer, in advocacy, or in giving during their service in Nazareth. They are grateful to have a congregation that seeks to bless and nurture both its home community of Harrisonburg and also reach out in so many places throughout the world. Thank you!

Apartment Needed. Dave and Sue Cockley's daughter, Kate Clark, has a good friend who is looking for affordable housing following a painful divorce and now living on a minimum wage income.  If any of you know of a small (basement?), one bedroom apartment that she (and her cat) could rent for $200 per month or less please Kate know (email  She needs to move in Oct 1.  Ideally, she is looking for a 1 year lease, but even 6 months would be very helpful.

Jay and Sheri Hartzler left Sept. 5 for Romania where they will serve until June 4, 2019 (except for a few weeks over Christmas).  If you missed the Aug. 12 fundraising event, you can find links to some of the songs from the EMHS Touring Choir Alumni, on the Romania Notes blog post at

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.

CMC: ‘Fast Forward’ into a ‘Sacred’ Summer . . . with the latest photo collage posted on the “CMC Today” bulletin board on the west wall of the fellowship hall that continues the July “Sabbath” worship theme, “S is for Sacred . . . and Summer.” To its right, a second display features the final Sundays of our “Journey Forward” worship series and the start of the “Sabbath” emphasis. Watch for a new photo collage with the August "Jonah" worship service next week. Meantime, 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. So, stop, look . . . and enjoy!  – Jim Bishop

Summertime . . . and the viewing is easy . . .  Another visual feast awaits you on the “CMC Yesterday” bulletin board on the east wall of the fellowship hall with posters of activities from August, 2012 and late July – early August 2014. Seems like only yesterday! –  Jim Bishop

Greening CMC : Speaking Out.  Residents of Buckingham County, including nearby historic African-American communities, are likely to have their health risks increase if a proposed natural gas compressor station is built there. The station is part of the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Join others giving voice to concerns during the public comment period with the DEQ.


Announcements from Virginia Mennonite Conference, Harrisonburg area and beyond

MC USA encourages you to “Learn, Pray, Join” for immigration justice now. Watch a recording of our recent immigration justice webinar at and find ways to support immigration justice at

The next ACRS Gathering is Monday, September 10, at 7:30 AM, West Dining Room in Northlawn on the EMU campus. The speaker is John Fairfield, with the title “Enemies and Iranian Friends.”  Part travelogue of his trip to Iran in April (including a wedding), part family reunion (with several Iranian families who have been at EMU), part how-to-do international conflict (including a brief talk I gave at the University of Mashhad, Iran), all tied into things like race relations here in the US.

Free Family Caregiver Workshop: “Amazing Tools to Lighten the Caregiver Load,” Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4–5:30 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.) at Massanutten Presbyterian Church, 50 Indian Trail Rd., Penn Laird. Motivational speaker Loretta Anne Woodward Veney will discuss technology, tools and techniques designed to save time and provide assistance, safety, comfort and enjoyment for caregivers and those they are caring for. Veney is the author of “Being My Mom’s Mom,” in which she highlights the first six years of her family’s journey with dementia, and “Refreshment for the Caregiver’s Soul.”    Light refreshments will be provided. Learn more or register by calling 540-434-4901(select option 6), or emailing Sponsored by The Caregiver Coalition.

Come to an Ethiopian Meal!! Plan your Friday evening dinner September 14 and support a great nonprofit organization at the same time! Come to Lindale Mennonite Church between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. The church is about four miles from EMU: north on route 42, east on Shaver Mill Road. Your donation supports NEW (Nurturing and Encouraging Ethiopian Women), an organization that provides funds for impoverished women to start small businesses in their communities in Ethiopia. RSVP by September 11: 540-432-9064 or  Price: by donation

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.

Apple Butter Boiling for the Virginia Relief Sale is being rescheduled to Sept. 22 due to an ordering error beyond our control.  It will be Sept 22 from 5am to 5pm at Friendship Park in Stuart's Draft (The old Augusta Mennonite School).

Valley Arts Society invites you to sing with us! The adult choir and children's choir are for anyone who loves to sing at any level of musicality. These non-auditioned choirs will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm starting September 20 until November 8, with concerts on November 9 and 10. We'd love to have you join us! If you have questions, please contact Angie Clemens. Registration and more choir information can be found 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.

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



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