HMC E-Newsletter March 15, 2012
Sylvia Klauser will be speaking in worship this Sunday.
Here’s a recent blog by Sylvia that was published on the Mennonite Weekly Review’s “The World Together” online blog called,
I detest the Facebook Frency and Twitter Mania: http://www.mennoweekly.org/blog/2012/3/12/i-detest-facebook-frenzy-and-twitter-mania/
Put on new glasses from the Margins!!
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: https://houstonmennonite.org/lent-2012/ 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:
►Lenten Resource Guide from the Margins: houstonmennonite.org/lent-2012/
►Unexpected News: Reading the Bible Through Third World Eyes book discussion group Sunday’s at 9:30AM all welcome.
►Did you miss last week’s sermon? Here it is, in condensed form: Unchanging Allegiance: Faith in the Midst of War/Oppression We had a bit more of a dialogue. But here’s the gist of it. http://bit.ly/wSY9Fb
►Western District Conference Weekly Memo: News, updates, and inspiration from our conference offices. http://mennowdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/2012-03-13.pdf
►Women’s Retreat: Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the annual Women’s Retreat April 27-29 at the Blackwood Educational Land Institute near Waller, TX. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity for fellowship with each other in this beautiful setting. Brochures with registration and program details are now available (I’ll try to remember to attach it). The deadline to register is March 25. Please see Gloria Wilson, Denise Duff, or Lynda Voran for more information.
►Potluck Fellowship Meal next Sunday after worship.
►Ten Thousand Villages Sunday: Sunday March 25, 1-5PM Volunteer and Shop at Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade store connecting Houstonians to third world artisans. The Mennonites and Zontians will be switching Sundays at TTV for this month only. The Mennonites will take on March 25th (instead of the usual third Sunday). This will allow more time for families who are gone on Spring Break; also no one was available to open the store on the earlier date.
►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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becoming a Disciple of Christ: Links to dig deeper
1. Podcast on Gender, Sexism, and Community. http://www.jesusradicals.com/the-iconocast-episode-11-gender-sexism-and-community/ This would be a great Lenten practice in prep for Sunday’s message.
2. Kiss me! I’m an immigrant! In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day Saturday. http://bit.ly/xmeuW3
The Bible we Christians read is clear on immigration, we are to love the stranger among us because we were once strangers. And who among us, except of course the true Native Americans, wasn’t once a stranger in this new world? So I’ve got a couple invitations for you this week. Let’s see St. Patrick’s Day as a reminder of our collective ability to turn from exclusion to embrace. Let’s celebrate that the “they” who were once “they” are now part of our “we.” And this week, I invite you to tune out the anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-neighbor rhetoric and listen instead to a familiar voice of reconciliation and welcome: Saint Patrick’s.
3. Peeta’s Bread: The Hunger Games, Colonialism, Poverty and Uganda For my Lent-from-the-margins Practices a couple week’s ago I started researching Africa more in-depth. Particularly the roots of it’s poverty and the strength of its faith. I watched several films that are on our Resource Guide list: Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Taking Root, & Uganda Man along with some reading and other research. I also happen to love The Hunger Games trilogy! 3 young adult novels about oppression, revolution, and a deadly Survivor-like reality show. So I wrote an article about the similarities between Uganda and The Hunger Games. Then Hannah drew my attention to a video that received 47 million watches in like 4 days, a video about Uganda from the Christian group Invisible Children. So I threw that in for good measure, and posted it to my Peace Pastor blog today (March 15). http://bit.ly/xXzM8T It looks at the limits of charity in overcoming the striking poverty of Africa due to decades of colonialism. If you know a young person who like pop-culture, this might give you something to chat about. I’m pretty convinced no one’s reading by this point anyway. So…
Order of Worship for March 18, 2012
Faith through the Feminine
*Songs of Praise
My soul is filled with joy SJ #13
Longing for light SJ #54
Sharing Joys and Concerns
Prayer of Confession
Poetry and Scripture God as Food for the Hungry & John 3:14-21
Responding & Sending
Song of Response To God be the glory HWB #102
Sending Text “Given Voice”
Connecting More Fully
*Sending Song Slowly turning, ever turning SJ #23
Note: all of our songs and prayers are written by women, except #13 in SJ, which celebrates Mary, the mother of God.
Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts! Speaker: Sylvia Klauser; Worship Leader: Kathryn Bauchelle; Scripture Reader: Dave Bauchelle; Song Leader: Paul Siemens; Pianist: Linda Washburn; Children’s Message: Margaret Gehman;
Christian Formation Options at HMC:
Join us each Sunday morning at 9:30AM!
►Adults: 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.
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