Dear HMC, Here is this week’s E-Newsletter below and attached.
HMC E-Newsletter June 24, 2010
Check out the church sign when you come to church! This is the original message Linda and Doug Ensminger saw when they drove past our church 16 years ago!
________________________________________Connecting More Fully at HMC:
►BRING PICTURES Of Respected Christians (mom? Dad? Etc…)!!! The idea with the visual at the front is for YOU to add pics of people you respect and admire for their Christian faith and story..
►Ten Thousand Villages This Sunday, June 27th, is Mennonite Sunday.
►Prayer Vigil: Jonathan Green is scheduled for execution on Wednesday, June 30. The execution vigil in Houston will be from 5:30 to 6:20 at St. Pauls’s Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Binz. Convenient parking is available on the church lot across Fannin. Contact Brad Myers at 505-515-4009 if you can attend.
► Sunday School, July 4: During the Sunday School hour we will have a time of fellowship and share a light breakfast together instead of meeting with our regular classes. Coffee and juice will be provided. Please come at 9:30 and bring breakfast items to share. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Voran.
►Western District Conference: July 9-11! It is $130 for room and board, and HMC will cover the $50 registration cost for the first 16. The setting for the annual meeting of Western District churches, scheduled for July 9-11, is a large camp and conference center located near Dallas, Texas. Lodging for adults will be in comfortable, motel-type rooms and with meals provided in a large dining hall. There is a wealth of recreational opportunities suitable for all ages. Childcare and programming through senior high make this an attractive opportunity for a mini-family vacation. Adults will be involved in worship services, Learning Communities, session for delegate business, informal sharing and free time. See:
Sunday School at HMC:
Join us each Sunday morning at 9:30AM!
►ADULTS: Christian Commitment in Today’s World, with Roxie Voran.
►Preschool (age 2-4): With Teachers Rahel Koshy, Margaret Gehman, and Adrienne Graybill.
►Intermediate Youth: with Lynda Voran.
** Children’s Church during worship in our children’s ministry room for kids 1-5. They hear a Bible story, sing, and play together.________________________________________ COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT
Are you interested in learning how to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in the city? Then sign up with others to take the Urban Harvest course in Houston. Classes are offered at a variety of times and days to accommodate peoples’ schedules. Check out their interesting website for additional information and also some facts on starting a community garden. See Judy Hoffhien or Marty if you would like to participate in this project.

Our own Judy Hoffhien will be on two shows on KPFT radio-90.1 on Thursday night, June 27 at 8:00 and then again on Open Forum which is Thursday, July 1 at 9:00. She will be discussing the Houston Peace Camp and the activities that happen there. We still are in need of volunteers for all types of jobs-drivers to pick up those who do not have transportation, art and craft materials, scholarship money, musical or storytellling talent, etc. See Liza, Ana Rosa Craig, or Maria Pena if you would like to be involved.
________________________________________ Come to worship this Sunday and celebrate:
GOD’s STORY-my story!!!
If you have not received a GOD’S STORY-my story journal, please pick one up this Sunday. Here is this week’s journal entry:
Week 4: Formative Human Events:
The most formative events in my childhood were:
The most formative events in my adolescence were:
The most formative events in my young adulthood were:
The most formative events in my adulthood have been:
The 3-4 most difficult stories of my life are:
The 3-4 deepest sources of joy in my life are:
I feel most alive when I:
I feel the most depressed and hopeless when I:
Read Psalm 22. In what ways does this lament connect with your story?
________________________________________ Linda and Doug Ensminger’s New Address will be:
2772 Burnt Mill Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40519________________________________________
25 Random things about our pastor
by Marty Troyer
1. My wife is the best friend I’ve ever had. She has transformed me more through her love, acceptance, and support than I could ever say. Parenting with her is an absolute blast. When I grow up, I want to travel the world by her side. We’ll start on the warm beaches of Brazil.
2. My son enthralls me. It’s the only word for it. When I hear him coo in the morning, I am ready for the day. When he screetches at me when I come home, I melt. When he plops his butt on me, and wants to read, I’m all his. I see his mommy in him more every day, and love every bit of it.
3. I love dogs. Even the kind that kisses you more than appropriate. Chubs is a PBGV, Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen. He’s French, a Heugonot, and doesn’t speak any English.
4. The place I connect most closely to God these days is Panera Bread. Which is weird, because I’m always telling Hannah how underwhelmed I am by the food at Panera. But I go for the coffee, the over-stuffed chairs, the anonymity, and time alone to sermonize/pray. (Maybe it’s also weird cause as a pastor I should say church, right? Nope.)
5. I miss my family terribly. But having said that, I never feel like I squeeze all I want out of time together when I am with them. I always leave our times together with this huge longing inside me.
6. My relationship with creation is not as deep as it should be. I take “navy showers,” ride my bike to work often, try to eat more “green (local, organic, etc),” we eat almost zero red meat, I buy whole chickens and cook them for all our chicken needs instead of buying pre-cut or frozen pieces, recycle, but don’t feel that’s near enough. My carbon footprint is embarrassing.
7. I’m not a very good friend. I don’t call much, always forget important dates, and can really only have several at a time.
8. The anticipation and memory of Hesston College were much better for me than the actual thing.
9. To this day I have no idea why I ended up at Wheaton College. But it was one of the best things to happen to me. Naked Prophets, Graham House, Pink Ladies, and Plowshares. It’s where I became a Mennonite, and was told I was liberal (and now I am!).
10. I used to be sick a lot as a kid. Missed a lot of school. But I stayed home an equal amount of times just to be with mom.
11. The best advice I’ve ever received came from my dad.
12. As a kid I would pray that a new neighbor would move in, and that we would be best friends. It never happened. But I do have a good friend I’ll have for life. We talk every week on the phone, and I miss him terribly. He and his family now live and work at Camp Friedenswald, Michigan.
13. “Media (music, books, movies)” outside the Christian bubble have done more to form my Christian identity than Christian media. This is intriguing if for no other reason I was raised thinking “church” = good and “culture” = bad.
14. I have never once thought even one thought about Houston outside the sports world. But now that I’m here, I can’t stop thinking about it. I love it. Everything about it. The skyline, the freeways, the diverse economy, the progressive community, the neighborhoods, the people, the restaurants, the weather.
15. I love anonymity. I find it freeing.
16. I’m an introvert. This is, you might have guessed, an occupational hazard for a pastor. Turns out the majority of us pastors are introverts.
17. I see my sermons as art. And I love to perform them. Explains why the 15 minutes after end of services is so draining for me: I’m like a painter the first night of a new gallery exhibit, you never know how people will respond to you.
18. I love my job. I love the diverse activities, the flexible hours, my people, and how much energy I get from doing it. I hope everyone has this experience at their work!
19. I hold the bizarre notion that it is possible to be both a good family man and a good pastor. May it be so.
20. I need to read about 4 books at once to keep emotionally balanced. I always have a novel going (right now it’s James Michener’s Mexico), and wish I could take back every TV show I ever watched and put it into reading. I get this from mom, and sister Aimee.
21. When I was a kid, I use to envision myself as being some great leader. Like one of those post-rapture guys in the weird books. Now I know there’s no chance of that for me, I don’t have it in me. All I want is to be a great daddy and husband, and to preach a good sermon now and again.
22. I can’t ride a bike with no hands. I think I could if I tried, but I’m too embarrassed because Hannah can ride no hands or eyes with Malakai strapped to her back (btw, she doesn’t do this).
23. I want to write a book someday; but its’ currently dead in the water because I either have too many ideas, or no ideas at all.
24. I sing. Literally hours every day I sing, whistle, doo-da, hum or bee-bop. I’ve created dozens of songs and ditty’s since Malakai arrived, and used to serenade him each night as I put him to bed with the same 4-5 songs.
25. I collect keychains. I have about 1,300. Secretly I know they’ll get me through retirement one day.
________________________________________ORDER OF WORSHIP SUNDAY June 27th, 2010
Welcome & Announcements
* Opening Prayer
* Gathering Psalm Psalm 19
* Opening Songs
My soul is filled with joy SJ # 13
The Love of God SJ #44
Scripture Reading 1 Kings 19:9-12 OT Pg 326
Children’s Time: Ancient Story of a Person of God (Children 1-5 dismissed for Children’s Church)
Western District Conference
Offering Prayer
Scripture Reading Luke 10:38-11:4 NT Pg 72
Modern Story of a Person of God
Song of Response I will delight PPT
Prayer of Response and Reception
Sharing stories, joys and concerns
Prayer for the People (Feel free to light a candle-prayer during this time)
* Blessing Song Heart with loving heart HWB #420
* Blessing
Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts!
Worship Leader: Pastor Marty Troyer; Story Teller: Marty Troyer Song Leader: Gloria Wilson; Accompaniment: Margaret Gehman; Scripture Reader: Gabe Wilson; Children’s Message: Margaret Gehman; Children’s Church: Maribel Hinojosa; WDC: Roxie Voran.
Next Week: Story Teller: Nathaniel Vlachos; Children’s Church:. Linda & Rebecca Voran.
________________________________________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, cell:(713)835-9436, church office (713)464-4865,, also available on facebook.
Additional Information
HMC E-Newsletter is compiled by Houston Mennonite Church pastor Marty Troyer.
All are invited and encouraged to share articles, personal updates, stories, announcements, pictures, etc… to include in the weekly updates!
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