HMC E-Newsletter June 14, 2012
Generosity Update: May the Lord richly bless you for your generous giving! Our year to date actual offerings through the end of May 2012 totaled $43,092 which is $2,823 less than our year to date end of May 2012 budget of $45,915. As the Lord has blessed you please consider giving to make up our shortfall. In Sunday’s sermon we heard Marty share, “One key reason [for the Bible’s use of creation] is to highlight God’s generosity and generativity. Because God is a god of creation we see the world not through the lens of scarcity, but of abundance. The mountains and the hills bring forth vegetation in the Psalms. We will always have enough.” His encouragement was to see tithing and generosity as an act of faith (in God) who provides all we need.
Connecting More Fully at HMC:
►Memorize the Books of the Bible: Remember, as part of our summer series we’re all memorizing the 66 books in the Bible. Grab your bookmark (provided at church) and (re)memorize God’s Word!
►Blueberry picking fun and for the whole family THIS SATURDAY. Anyone interested we’ll meet at the church parking lot and carpool this Saturday June 16th. A small bucket of 4 to 5 pounds runs about $10, and they only take cash or personal check. Meet at the church between 4:30 pm-5 pm getting to Moorhead’s around 5:30-6p to about 8p with more than ample time to blueberry pick and visit one with another. Hat, sunglasses and water will be a good idea.
►Why creation Matters: Did you miss last week’s sermon on why (and how) the Bible talks about creation? You can find past sermons at: houstonmennonite.org, sermon tab. Here’s a highlight: “ We’re not asked to repudiate science in order to believe in Genesis or creation. If you want to believe in Biblical creation, it’s violence that you must repudiate!”
►Kroger Donation Program: An easy way to donate money to HMC is to sign up for the Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program. When you use your Kroger card on purchases, Kroger will automatically add a portion to HMC’s account. Simply take the “customer letter” to your local Kroger store and have the cashier scan the bar code at the bottom to link up your Kroger Plus card. You are all set! The new program year begins July 1 so sign up now and begin earning money for the church!
►Ten Thousand Villages Sunday is THIS SUNDAY. With Sylvia’s departure you might be just the person to jump in and volunteer once a month to support Fair Trade and global artisans. Volunteer, Shop, Support Fair Trade!
►June Fellowship Meal Potluck: June 24th. Main dish will be provided. Please bring a small side or dessert and your table ware. Thanks!
► What: HMC Women’s Luncheon
When: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Where: Brookwood Cafe in Brookshire
Time: 11:00 am
► Pastor Marty and family will be out of town Sunday night June 17-27th. Please contact a Community Life Team Member for pastoral care needs.
►Western District Conference annual gathering will be held July 6-8 in Oklahoma City. www.mennowdc.org for more information.
WDC Annual Gathering
Becoming One to be Sent in Christ (John 17) is the theme for the upcoming Western District Conference annual assembly, set for July 6-8 at Meridian Convention Center in Oklahoma City. You, as a member of a WDC church, are invited to attend this gathering of resourcing, meaningful worship and community-building conversations. Featured speakers are Chuck Neufeld and Eugene Thieszen. Check your church office for registration info or: www.mennowdc.org.
Note these upcoming deadlines for the WDC Annual Assembly: Hotel – for the lowest rate, call the Magnuson Hotel in Oklahoma City by JUNE 6 at 1-800-784-7830 to reserve your room. Say that you are with the Western District Mennonite Convention, code #13408. (Please do NOT book rooms online, as this will not allow use of free meeting rooms.) Registration form – Send your registration form with payment by JUNE 22. After this date, the registration fee increases.
Building up the Body of Christ:
- Why I voted for Jesus in the election primary, by Anabaptist Kurt Willems. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thepangeablog/2012/06/12/why-i-voted-for-jesus-instead-of-obama-in-the-primary/
- A 3 minute video clip on the film 800 Mile Wall, which was partially viewed in Adult SS this week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX4UugfwUHo&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1
- Christendom Isn’t Dead, by Mennonite Isaac Villegas. This great little article saw a ton of dialogue between church members on Facebook. http://www.mennoworld.org/2012/6/11/christendom-isnt-dead/?page=2
Bible Book Summary: Jeremiah
Over the last month I’ve been my devotions in the book of Jeremiah. He’s a favorite of mine for various reasons: his call story (Jer 1), his feeling that his call to ministry is like a “fire in his bones” that won’t leave him alone, and even his message have been good friends for a long time for me. I love the book named after him, and wanted to share with you my snapshot summary of the book as a whole. If your devotions have you hunkered down in one book this summer, give us a sneak peak of what you’ve been learning! Marty Troyer
Jeremiah is the story of God’s Lordship, Israel’s allegiance and rebellion, and one prophets life of faithfulness.
YHWH God will pluck nations, and plant nations, at will for YHWH alone is God. Radical ethical monotheism demands justice/righteousness and obedience from God’s people. We see God’s sovereignty being played out in the ministry and soul-wrestlings of Jeremiah; who has been swept up in the movement of God like a flowing river. Indeed, Jeremiah experiences God’s message of allegiance as a “fire in his bones” that, no matter how much he might dislike the messsge itself or fear its rebuttal, he cannot stop preaching.
Jeremiah 7 and 29 form two polls around which Jeremiah and God’s people are to perform. In his chapter 7 Temple sermon Jeremiah calls the people to allegiance, saying only justice will save: “Amend your ways and your doings, act justly, do not oppress the alien, the orphan, the widow or shed innocent blood (7:5-6).” God will act based on their response; either through blessing/salvation or curse/destruction. The kings of the earth are pawns under God’s lordship, coming and going to interact with Israel at God’s discretion.
But the people choose poorly, and God “breaks the pot” (Jeremiah 19:11) like he had earlier done with Shiloh (7:14), sending the people into exile. Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles again demands justice and peace from God’s people. The only difference is that they are to seek the peace/welfare of Babylon, not Jerusalem. In preaching both these difficult messages, God functions for Jeremiah as a “fortified city, a bronze wall, and an iron pillar” (Jer 1:18) strengthening him for his message.
GOD’S STORY (YOU ARE HERE) June 17, 2012
Act 1: Creation: It is very good!
Act 2: The Fall: Something has gone terribly wrong.
Act 3: God’s Solution, Part 1: Israel
Act 4: God’s Solution, Part 2: Jesus
Act 5: The age of the Church
Scene 1: The New Testament Church
Scene 2: Church History
Scene 3: Houston, TX, 2012
Scene 4: Future History
Epilogue: Remember the Future
Opening Scripture HWB #710
Songs of Praise and Celebration
Wonderful Grace of Jesus HWB #150
I offer you my praise HWB #748
Offering and Offertory
Scripture Genesis 3:1-13
Sermon Something has gone terribly wrong
Time of Confession, Healing, Lament and Allegiance
O, Lord have mercy SJ #47
Scripture Reading Psalm 103: 1-18
Sharing & Prayer
Connecting More Fully
Sending Scripture 1 Peter 2:1-5,9-10
Song of Sending Slowly turning, ever turning SJ #23
Christian Formation Options at HMC:
Join us each Sunday morning at 9:30AM!
►Adults: Immigration: See above.
►Junior High/High School Youth: Faith Exploration with Pastor Marty. 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, email@example.com, also available on Facebook.