HMC E-Newsletter Feb 23, 2012

Fellowship Meal THIS Sunday February 26. Yum! Bring your favorite ethnic dish (which could be anything from burritos to burgers, bortsch to bulgogi) and let’s have a multi-cultural feast! Bring your own tableware.

How will you say ‘Yes’ to God this Lent?
Join us in Celebrating Lent Multi-Culturally!!

That the saints of history said “Yes” to God is not a story. Esther, Mary, Jesus, Michael Sattler, Dorothy Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer are not unique because they answered the call. They are household names because of the context within which they said “Where do I sign?” Their yes was spoken into the darkness of opposition, oppression and hatred. They are a voice crying out from the wilderness, the margins, outside dominant culture and accepted norms. This is no easily whispered “yes.” For saying yes from the minority fringe is very different than saying yes from the safe confines of dominant culture.

Context matters! Social location changes how we interpret God, self and our world. And there is great danger in telling only one story, or doing so from only one perspective. So we invite you to explore lent from the margins in a variety of ways: through worship, personal reflection and learning, and group events. It’s our deepest desire that in signing on to celebrate Lent from and with the margins, you’ll be more ready than ever to say Yes to God in your life!

Ways of Celebrating Lent Multi-culturally  
Instead of dropping something for Lent (the traditional method, through fasting, etc…), we invite you to pick up a new set of multi-cultural lenses and see the world through the eyes of another. How? By picking up one or more of the following:

  • ·        Corporate worship: 10:45AM Sunday join us for worship as we encounter the story of Jesus before his crucifixion. Ask yourself, What can you bring to worship that will build up the body of Christ? Each Sunday we’ll offer space for you to share what you are learning as you study Lent from the Margins. Lessons from Sunday School, personal explorations or group meetings are welcome and encouraged!
  • ·        Group discernment of Scripture from the Margins texts: 9:30AM Sunday In the spirit of our Anabaptist ancestors, you are invited to corporately study 10 key texts through the lens of the Third World, using Unexpected News: Read the Bible through Third World Eyes, by Robert McAffee Brown as our guide.
  • ·        Pick something up: Many of us our familiar with celebrating Lent in one of two basic ways: dropping something or picking something up. Instead of cutting back on something, we invite you to do what you usually do (read books and blogs, study the Bible, watch movies, listen to music, eat, pray) but to step outside familiar culture and take the opportunity to learn from communities on the margins of society. We’ve provided a great list of books, blogs, films and commentaries, and we invite you to pick one or more of them up this Lent and see the world from a different perspective. Find it at: or get your print copy at church Sunday.
    Some resources on the list will be available for check-out at HMC through Lent.
  • ·        Special Events: Community nurtures us and expresses our faith. By establishing and nurturing relationships within the church and the surrounding world we can better understand our call to follow Jesus in a world that is not. Join us at these relationship-building events this Lent:
    • ·         Sunday evening March 4. Worship with our sister church in Pasadena at Casa de Alfrero (Potter’s House). In Spanish, with translation.
    • ·         Saturday Night March 10 7PM Movie Night at Twila and Ed Wiens. We’ll be watching a film which looks at one community on the margins.
    • ·         Sunday March 17, 1-5PM Volunteer and Shop at Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade store connecting Houstonians to third world artisans.
    • ·         Sunday Morning March 11 or 18 (dates coming). Worship with our sister church at Houston Mennonite. Nueva Jerusalem (New Jerusalem) will be joining us for Sunday School, worship, and our fellowship meal this morning.

Our prayer is that whatever you decide to do, or don’t do, will draw you closer to Jesus as a committed follower of his way of life. May you know that being in Jesus universe is the safest place for you to be! It’s the only way the world makes sense.

Connecting More Fully at HMC:
►9AM Saturday: Garden Planting!! Come Saturday and help plant.

►Documentary on the Amish: airing as part of PBS’s the American Experience. It was highlighted in the Feb 6 Mennonite Weekly review. Here’s the link to the PBS site: Locally, it is airing Tuesday, February 28, 07:00 pm on pbs channel 8.1 –HD and being rebroadcast on Thursday, March 1, at  1:00 am HD

►Worship with our Sister Church: Sunday evening March 4. Worship with our sister church in Pasadena at Casa de Alfrero (Potter’s House). In Spanish, with translation. Carpool available.

►Movie Night Saturday Night March 10 7PM Movie Night at Twila and Ed Wiens. We’ll be watching a film on our resource list.

►Ten Thousand Villages Sunday Sunday March 17, 1-5PM Volunteer and Shop at Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade store connecting Houstonians to third world artisans.

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.
►Coffee Time!!!! Friday March 9, 10AM at HMC for all available. Informal, chatting, coffee & tea, chance to connect during the week. Come if you can.
Sound System issues: We’re having some issues with our church sound system. Do you have time to help us figure out why we can’t record our worship services?
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

Order of Worship for February 26, 2012
Lent from the Margins: the Persecuted Church
*Opening Prayer

*Songs of Praise                                                                                                                                 

A mighty fortress is our God, HWB #165
The steadfast love of the lord (PPT).

The Path of the Martyr

Scripture          Psalm 25:1-10
Children’s Message                                                             
Lenten Reflections: What are you learning about Jesus by wearing multicultural lenses?
Scripture          Mark 1:9-15                                                                                                    
Learning Faith from the Persecuted Church                                                                                    

Song of Response In the rifted Rock I’m resting HWB #526
Sharing Joys and Concerns                                                                                          

Connecting More Fully
Sending Scripture        1 Peter 3:18-22                                                                                   
*Sending Song
God remembers, SJ #107                                                                                               

Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts! Speaker: Pastor Marty Troyer, Worship leader: Margaret Gehman, Song leader: Paul Siemens; Scripture Reader: Margaret Gehman; Children’s Message: Jane McNair; Children’s Church: Danielle Graybill; Pianist: Margaret Gehman.


Christian Formation Options at HMC:
Join us each Sunday morning at 9:30AM!
Unexpected News: Read the Bible through Third World Eyes, by Robert McAffee Brown as our guide.
►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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s