Sept 15, 2013

Community Mennonite Church


Sunday, September 15

Christian Formation Sunday

Upcoming Worship, 10:00am

Sunday September 22, 10:00am:  Peace Sunday, Arnold Neufeldt-Fast speaking


Christian Formation at CMC,

11:15-12:30 - begins TODAY
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

Worship Schedule


Date Sound Set-Up Nursery Greeter

September 15 Gerry/BoysTim/Gab Dawn Merle

September 22Gerry/Boys Laura/Lynn Amanda 

September 29Gerry/Boys Paul/Donna MaraHazel


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.

 Sept. 19-22:  Stouffville Peace Festival:

 Sept. 19: The festival kicks off with the play Commemorate, by Theatre of the Beat, atNineteen 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

Community Announcements:  Dates to Remember

 Today (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. The service will begin at 7pm, and will be followed by refreshments.
Saturday, September 21st, 10am – 4pm - 47th annual Toronto Mennonite Festival(“Black Creek Pioneer Village MCC Relief Sale”):  Put on your jeans and plaid/hipster shirt for the best folk-roots-homespun day ever! Enjoy food and fun, music and quilts! Fun for the whole family.  More volunteers needed: contact your congregation’s TorMennoFest representative, or Heather at 416-580-2710. At Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway (south of Steeles, east of Jane).
Sunday, September 22 at 2pm:  Come and sing as part of our community's witness for peace!  As part of the Stouffville Peace Festival weekend, there will be a ceremony at the gazebo by the creek on Main St. Stouffville, unveiling the "peace plaque." Imagine a large group of Mennonites, Brethren-in-Christ, Quakers, and others who wish to participate - all gathering and raising our voices in song, in a positive witness for peace in our community! We will be gathering at 1:15pm in front of the Care and Share Thrift Shop to go over two hymns ("Dona Nobis Pacem" and "For the Healing of the Nations") that we will sing as part of the 2pm event. Your voice is needed - please join us!
Saturday, October 5, the Institute for Worship and the Arts of Conrad Grebel University College presents a morning with John Bell of the Iona Community.  John will present a workshop called “Doing Worship Differently: renewing congregational worship at the grass-roots level.”  Registration 8:30-9 a.m.  Workshop in the Grebel Chapel, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a refreshment break at 11 a.m.  Cost $35.  Please pre-register by contacting Alison Enns at or 519-885-0220 x24217. John will also be leading “Singing with the Global Church” at Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, on Friday, October 4, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Cost $10.  For tickets call Knox Presbyterian Church at519-886-4150 x225, or email
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 or visit ment for more information.  These postings close September 23, 2013.

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 see the 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 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


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