Community Mennonite Church

Sunday, September 8

  Covenant Sunday, Cameron Kaufman-Frey speaking
 Upcoming Worship, 10:00am PLEASE NOTE CHANGE: 
Moving forward into September our worship service will remain at 10:00am.
 Sunday September 15, 10:00am:   Christian Formation Sunday
Sunday September 22, 10:00am:  Peace Sunday, Arnold Neufeldt-Fast speaking

Christian Formation at CMC,
11:15-12:30 - begins Sept 15th
Exciting Christian Formation Possibilities at CMC!
This fall we are going to explore our theme for the year, “Walking in the Light!” during our revised Christian Formation Hour (11:15-12:30)

Choose from one of two classes:
·      An intergeneration class of music, drama, Biblical study and global awareness with fun hands-on activities  (All Ages welcome J)
·      Sermon Discussion group
We are looking forward to the creative energy & collaboration that this theme and schedule allows.
Ways you can be a leader:
Ø  Volunteer to help lead Global Awareness activities (games, crafts, food)
Ø  Host the sermon discussion group in your home
Ø  Facilitate the sermon discussion group
Ø  Make coffee & juice

Talk to Julie Moyer Suderman as soon as possible

  CMC Announcements:

 Sundays, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22  The parking lot will be closed for resurfacing.  Please consider walking to church or park in the limited spaces are available at the north end of the lot by the Parkview apartments.
Thursday, Sept 12 & Friday, Sept 13 7-9pm. - Audition Notice! 
Theatre of the Beat is casting ages 8+ in an original folk musical called, "Selah's Song."  Theatre of the Beat is partnering with SmallTall Music, Nineteen on the Park and Community Mennonite Church to produce this fun, playful musical that examines tough topics like war, social disobedience, and using one's talents for good. Rehearsals begin in October, and the performances are at Nineteen on the Park Jan 9,10&11, 2014. For more information, check out the blog: or  

Sept. 19-22:  Stouffville Peace Festival:
 Sept. 19: The festival kicks off with the play Commemorate, by Theatre of the Beat, at Nineteen on the Park, 8 PM.
Sept. 20: Labyrinth Walk at 7:30 PM at Parkview Village Auditorium
Sept. 21: Artscan Benefit music concert at Nineteen on the Park at 7:30 PM.
Sept. 22: Peace Plaque unveiling ceremony at 2 PM across from MCC Care and Share Thrift Shop
September 22: The Peace Panel at Parkview Village Auditorium from 4 to 6 PM.
You can learn more about the Stouffville Peace Festival at , or Twitter / Instagram: @WSPeaceFest
 MYF Announcements:
 Tuesday September 10:  The first MYF Bible Study for the fall term!  We will be meeting  at Wideman Mennonite Church from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Community Announcements:  Dates to Remember 
Sunday, September 15:  This summer 22 MYF youth and four adults traveled to Winnipeg for the "Fat Calf" Mennonite Youth Assembly. We'll be sharing stories about our experiences at a service of celebration at Wideman Mennonite Church on Sunday, September 15. The service will begin at 7pm, and will be followed by refreshments.
September 21:  47th Annual MCC Black Creek Relief Sale (also known as Toronto Mennonite Festival):Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10-4.
Come for Food, Fun and Fellowship. Music, Crafts and Quilts. A festive family event on the grounds of an early 19thcentury Ontario pioneer village. More volunteers needed: contact Heather Musselman at   Since 1967, we have raised more than $1.3 million for MCC’s ministries around the world. 
October 5:  Ride for Refuge:  Lazarus Rising:  Rides are being planned in East Toronto (Milliken area) and Brampton.  Organize a biking team from your church!  25 and 10 km routes.  Family-friendly:  the Milliken route includes the bike path south of McNicholl, and lunch is included!  Riders, Marshals and Sponsors all needed. st    Last year participation in RIDE FOR REFUGE raised over $20,000 towards MCC Ontario's People in Poverty program.  Of this some $7,000 was allocated to Lazarus Rising. 

The MCCO Care and Share Thrift Shop in Stouffville is hiring for two positions: Operations Manager and Assistant Manager – Receiving.  Please contact Michelle Brenneman at michelleb@mennonitecc.on.caor visit more information.  These postings close September 23, 2013.

Living Room:  Are you challenged by a mood disorder such as depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder?  It can be a real struggle, one that can leave you feeling very alone.  Sadly, your faith community may be the place where it is the least possible to talk about your challenges.  There is a safe place, however, where people who live with mood disorders can meet and talk about life, and hope, and faith.  The Living Room is a faith-based support group for people living with mood disorders.  If you are interested in giving and receiving support please contact Pastor Liz Brasier-Ackerman at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church via or call 905-294-6242. Check out the Living Room website too:  The group will resume meeting in the fall.  Dates are not confirmed yet, as we are hoping to have a general meeting with anyone interested to determine the best meeting times.  More information to follow!
URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MCC: Giving to Syrian Children: When Syrian children return to school this fall, many will carry a weight much heavier than a backpack -- images of violence that forced them to leave their homes, friends and schools and worry about where they will live and what they will eat. MCC seeks contributions to lighten the burden by providing cash for rent, kits to meet basic needs, locally bought food and supplies as well as social and educational support. Donate online at or by calling 1-800-313-6226.

Ten Thousand Villages 2013 - October 3, 4, 5, 6– Markham Fair (10801 McCowan Rd). Do you like to seethe latest crafts from Ten Thousand Villages? Do you like to support the ministry of Ten Thousand Villages by organizing items for display or telling people about its fair trade principles or by helping to sell beautiful crafts from around the world? We are in need of volunteers for the booth selling Ten Thousand Villages crafts, from 8:45am to 10:00pm. Thurs., Oct., 3, until Sat., Oct., 5, and from 8:45am to 6:00pm on Sun., Oct., 6. This venture is sponsored by the Rouge Valley, Hagerman, Wideman, Markham Chinese and Community Mennonite churches. Contact Pastor Pieter Niemeyer at 905-640-0832 or if you are able to volunteer your time for a few hours. 

Fall meeting of Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario. Saturday, October 19, 1:00 pm, at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, 7452 Reesor Rd., Markham, Ontario. Presentation by George Reesor, “The Role of Shoebox Historians,” reflecting on preservation and translation of family historical documents from the 19th & 20th centuries. Also includes short bus tour in Markham area. Highway coach available from Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener departing at 10:00 a.m. (Cost $25). To register for the bus contact Roy Scheerer: rws42@rogers.com226-660-0606 or Laureen Harder-Gissing: lharderg@uwaterloo.ca519-885-0220 x24238. Further information on bulletin board.
SEED: Community Development Workers in Bolivia - A great service opportunity for young adults to be challenged on topics such as economy, politics, war, and theology. This is a two year commitment.  More info at
CMU - It’s time to register for Peace-It-Together youth conference at CMU Oct 18-20!  Download forms at  Don’t miss out on hearing Shane Claiborne speak, making new friends, singing with a blue grass band, creating acts of peace, and eating good food!  There are travel subsidies available – check it out on the website. 

Featured Resources:  What bloggers do you follow?
Take a look at the Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre’s growing blog roll of Anabaptist (mainly Canadian) writers -  A lot of inspirational reading here!  If you have someone else to add, please let us know –

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