HMC E-Newsletter Feb 16, 2012

Where do you stand?
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that a viewpoint is just a view from a point. We view the world from just a single point.

Ever noticed the blue offering bag in worship made by a Ten Thousand Villages artisan? Do you remember the nearly $50,000 we raised in November for world Relief and Development? Ever wonder how those artisans and recipients of our efforts see the world? Interpret Scripture? Practice their faith? They do all that and more from a different point, and thus have a different view.

What would faith have meant to you as an Anabaptist worshipping in a secret cave? What does Christianity say to the extremely poor? What does “salvation” mean if you are politically oppressed? If the world hates and despises you because of your race, religion, sexual orientation or legal status, how does faith sustain you? What makes marginal communities identify with Jesus so closely in his life, teachings and resurrection presence?

Coming Sunday… more about Lent 2012 at HMC!!

Connecting More Fully at HMC:
►Interested in more information on last Sunday’s Congregational Meeting on campus development? Great! CDT will share a summary of the Feb 12 meeting in worship this Sunday, and make all our documents available online. Thanks!
February 19: Ten Thousand Villages THIS Sunday: Shop, Volunteer, Support Fair Trade.
►Coffee Time!!!! Thursday February 23 at 10AM at Blue Planet Café (SE corner of Wirt and Westview) for all available. Informal, chatting, coffee, share ideas for connecting more in future.
Are you warm at night? We’re collecting Blankets and Sleeping Bags for Houston’s homeless community. Donations will go to Food Not Bombs participants.
The Ten Thousand Villages Oriental Rug Event
will take place March 7th -11th! We will feature beautiful rugs made by fairly paid adults in Pakistan. We are seeking some strong people to help load & unload rugs for the following dates & times:
Unloading-Tuesday, March 6th from 6:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.
Loading –  Sunday, March 11th from 6:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.
If you would like to help, please contact Alicia Campos at or (713) 533-1000.
FaithWalking Retreat: Want space and time to think about your vocation? And encouragement to live like Christ? Are you interested in becoming non-anxious under precious and emotionally mature? Sign up today for a faith walking retreat (it’s not an actual walk, it’s a metaphor!) Retreat dates are:

  • April 13-15, 2012
  • June 8-10, 2012 (Focus on Education Sector)
  • August 24-26, 2012
  • October, 12-14, 2012

See MCC in action, go on a Learning Tour!   April 20-30 an MCC Learning Tour will travel to Honduras.  Participants will learn about Mennonite Central Committee’s work with marginalized children, at-risk youth, vulnerable river neighborhoods and the Honduran Mennonite Church.  Registration deadline is March 9 and the cost of the trip is $1500 (includes all costs except necessary immunizations).  Curious?  Call Sarah Bunn or Maynard Knepp with questions at 316-283-2720 or email

►Fellowship Meal: Sunday February 26.

Pastor Marty and family are in Kansas. In response to our denominational priorities, he is attending a Damascus Road Anti-Racism training this weekend. Learn more at: For pastoral care please contact the Community Life Team, Twila Wiens, Gloria Wilson, or Kristi Long.

What is Damascus Road Anti-Racism?

An Anabaptist antiracism training and skill development program.
The name “Damascus Road” refers to the process of transformation that Saul experienced on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-31). While Damascus Road (DR) provides space for individual transformation, the entire program is designed to work toward long-term transformation of institutions, particularly churches and faith-based organizations.

Much of Damascus Road’s attention is given to workshops and training events, though Damascus Road is careful to place this educational work in service to larger organizing goals of dismantling racism. Our current priorities in our antiracism organizing are building up work on internalized racist oppression and superiority and strengthening the DR network’s connections to base communities. Damascus Road also provides other resources, such as networking events, consultation, and media resources. The DR Core Organizers group provides additional emphasis on broader organizing concerns, while the Core Chaplains seek to articulate a theology and spirituality of antiracism.


Learn more at:


 Each Sunday in our series on leadership and Building up the Body of Christ we have concluded our worship by laying hands on each other and commissioning each other for ministry and faithful service. Why? Because we believe that every Christian has a ministry and a calling. Ministry is not reserved for “specialists” or limited to certain areas of life (the sacred, for instance). Instead, our Anabaptist Christian faith calls us all build up the body of Christ as ministers. We as the worship team hope you’ve picked this up, and feel empowered to live for Christ!

Order of Worship for February 19, 2012
*Call to Worship (inside bulletin)
*Opening Prayer                                                      
*Songs of Praise  SJ Come now is the Time to worship, SJ #44 The Love of God

Children’s Message
Sharing Joys and Concerns
Sylvia Klauser

Song of Response
Response: #499 HWB Lord speak to me

Connecting More Fully                                                       
*Sending Son
There are many gifts HWB 304

Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts! Speaker: Sylvia Klauser, Children’s Message: Judy Hoffhien, Worship leader: Denise Duff, Song leader: Paul Siemens; Scripture Reader: Roxie Voran.

Christian Formation Options at HMC:
Join us each Sunday morning at 9:30AM!
►Adults: Unexpected News: Reading the Bible through the Third World Lens
►Junior High/High School Youth:  with Lynda and Roxie Voran, in the Annex.
** Children’s Church:  During worship in our children’s ministry room for kids aged 1-5. They learn a Bible story, sing, and play together.

Pastoral Care                          
Do you want a person to talk with about something in your life? Got a question or insight into faith or scripture you want to kick around? Have you been sitting on a great idea for the church? Need prayer? Want to get to know your pastor better? As your pastor, I’m available to meet with you at the office or at a time and spot that works better for you. Just let me know when and where! Monday’s through Thursdays, and weekends by appointment. Marty Troyer, church office (713)464-4865,, also available on Facebook.

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