Dear HMC, Here is this week’s E-Newsletter below and attached.
HMC E-Newsletter March 18, 2010
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How Scripture functions at HMC: Part 3
By Pastor Marty Troyer
Day 27 of our Learning Christ 40 day reading plan for Lent brings us to one of the most recognizable wedding texts of modern times, 1 Corinthians 13, the “love chapter.” “Love is patient, love is kind… love never ends.” Ah, I can smell the sweet aroma of flowers and romance even now, wafting through my office. These Pauline words are romantically right there with “Romeo, O Romeo, where art thou my Romeo?” and “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
Funny thing though about this text, Paul had absolutely zero (zilch, nada, none) intention of it being about marriage! This passage is a classic example of what is commonly called a “proof text,” taking a text completely out of context and making it mean something the author did not intend for it to mean. The church is often guilty of this way of reading scripture, though here there seems to be value in applying the text also to marriage.
If not marriage, then what is it about? How can we read scripture to find its true meaning? Today allow me to share several “tools” that allow scripture to function as it was intended: to teach us how to live in community with God and each other. These 3 tools apply to any and all scripture passages, I’m using 1 Corinthians as an example.
First, treat the book as a whole and ask yourself why the author bothered to write it. What was the authors’ original intent, his goal in writing? This is why there is so much value in reading entire books, not just short “devotions.” None of the books in the Bible (not even Romans) were written to you and I, or to a “universal” audience. They are all specific creations written by particular authors to a specific audience with specific needs/issues with specific outcomes in mind. Paul had been to Corinth and ministered among them, and functioned in an “oversight” way. They had written him with some questions and concerns, and Paul was addressing those issues. Specifically, Paul writes to a group with many divisions who are struggling to get along. There is tension over leadership, ethics, theology, worship practices, and newcomers. Paul is writing to Corinth to address these concerns. He addresses those concerns not by telling a story (like the Gospel authors did), singing a song (like the Psalmist), or making wise punchy statements (like in Proverbs). Instead, he chooses to write a letter, and follows the standard letter template of the day.
Second, Pay attention to the wider context of your passage; what’s happening before and after your text? The wider context of this Corinthian letter is clearly fellowship within the church. 1 Corinthians 13 is part of a sub-section of Paul’s letter stretching from chapters 11-14 (our reading for Day 27 is chapters 10-15). Every word in these 4 chapters highlights how Paul values relationships within the community. Let’s take a look.
Chapter 11:17-34 outlines Paul’s concern that the way they were celebrating communion was divisive and unjust. He invites us to “discern the body” in 11:29, meaning the church body, and to eat the meal as equals. IN Chapter 12 Paul addresses the gifts of the Spirit, which are given to every individual for the “common good.” Here he addresses them as a group, not as individuals, “You are the body of Christ and individually members of it (12:27).” The Corinthian church clearly was not treating everyone as equals, either socio-economically (ch.11) or in leadership (ch. 12). Thus it is here that Paul introduces the love chapter with the words, “I will show you a more excellent way.” Chapter 14 is all about how everyone should have a voice in worship (which our sharing and sermon reflection times intentionally allow for). Everyone’s gifts should function for the “building up” of the others present. So, how does the wider context of the love chapter effect how we read it? It takes his words out of the context of romance, and puts it squarely in the realm of congregational relationships.
Pay attention to Sunday’s sermon to see how important context is for our Gospel reading this week.
Finally, allow the text to read you by asking what does it mean for us today? As I’ve said in the previous two articles in this series, the Bible read properly critiques, challenges, inspires, teaches and paves the way for faithfulness as we enter the story. By relegating the love chapter to romance and weddings, we take a giant leap out of the story. We have to jump back in to be faithful. This is a text about us, our corporate life together, how we deal with differences and how we treat each other as a community of faith. In our Transformation Journey we have said “the Houston Mennonite Church faith community nurtures and challenges us.” Paul would be thrilled and say to us, “Great! You value community? Then I have just the text for you.” Though I said above this text was not written to you and I, it does a stunning job of addressing our issues.
This text, freed from wedded bliss, begins to function as it was intended to function, and as we need it to function: to form Houston Mennonite how to live in community with God and each other. And how are we being called to live? We live, confidently in the Spirit that we have everything we need to be a faithful, loving, open and welcoming, generous, growing congregation that shares Christ in both word and deed with our local community. We live, each with a sense of calling, ministry, and responsibility. “I am called to help our church grow. I am called to invite people and live publicly as Christian. I am called to care for people at HMC. I am responsible to help form the faith of young and old alike. The Spirit of God is empowering me just like everyone else! I have gifts my church needs” We live with love for one another. It is love that sets us apart; love that energizes us as a small congregation; love that binds us together over massive distance; love that beckons us back again each week.
In this final installment about how scripture functions at HMC, what should we say? Let us say boldly and for all to hear, that we are a community that is being transformed. Let’s open ourselves to the written word so that we more clearly will know the living Word! “Love believes all things, hopes all things.” May we, like Paul, come to believe and hope in ourselves as a gospel-formed community.
________________________________________Church BBQ: April 11.
It’s time for some fun in the spring-time sun!
WHO: This is a fun event for our entire church. You, your friends, coworkers and family, our church neighbors and the Houston community will enjoy some BBQ and fun together. We’re planning for 50 HMCers and 50 guests.
WHAT: Church BBQ. Plans include lunch complete with grilled hot-dogs, hamburgers, black-bean burgers and veggie burgers; outdoor and indoor games, a piñata and special entertainment for the whole family.
WHEN: Sunday afternoon April 11, 12:30PM
WHERE: Our new “back porch,” the deck and yard behind our Annex building.
WHY: This is a great way of living our value of wanting to grow as a congregation. This gives us all a fun, non-anxious event to invite guests and the community to. It also gives us a great setting to enjoy the outdoors together, and to get to introduce ourselves to our church neighbors!
HOW: With your help! Please plan to participate with your presence and your help. Sign up sheets for side-dishes, set up and clean up will be passed in upcoming Sundays. Please also consider allowing HMC to borrow the following from you: croquet, volleyball net and poles, bocci ball, corn hole, horse shoes, or other outdoor family-friendly picnic games. Or consider creating your own “carnival game” for use by the children (fishing game, ring toss, bean-bag toss, etc…).
Outreach team will publicize & invite the community, neighbors of the church, and visitors we’ve had over the last year. But the best “community” to invite is your community!! So invite your friends, your family, and your co-workers.
Let’s put our best foot forward as a congregation, and have a good time doing it!
________________________________________Connecting More Fully at HMC:
►Don’t forget to check your church mailbox! If you are new and would like a mailbox at church, please let Marty know. Thanks.
►March 14th Offering Report: The March 14th 2010 offerings were $1,516.50. Please see the “thermometer” on the bulletin board for updates. On February 28th we raised $34.51 for China missions, $125 for missions in El Salvador, and $49 for our new partners in mission from Columbia, Gamaliel and Amanda Falla. Please designate in the memo line of your check if you are donating to the Falla’s (and see the next item below).
►Church Picture time: Next Sunday after worship we’ll gather outside in the beautiful bright sun for a “family picture.”
►Missions Bank Children’s Offerings- Gamaliel and Amanda Falla will be the recipients of the children’s offerings this year. We will begin collecting change offerings during the Children’s Time on March 28, 2010. Bring your change next Sunday, and start collecting it at home to support the Falla’s work.
►THE JOURNEY: Wednesday Night, 7PM @ HMC A mid-week small group gathering to share life, prayer, and reflect on Lenten scripture texts.. Pack your Bible and perhaps a journal. Travel companions provided. Why stumble alone when you can walk together? Come share the Journey!
►Learning Christ by reading and/or listening to the New Testament: We invite you to read/listen to the NT during Lent. For more information, talk with Pastor Marty or visit our webpage.
►Ten Thousand Villages Rug Sale: Help is needed with unloading and reloading of the rugs, as well as with the sale itself. Unloading rugs Wed., March 25th at 6 pm. and reloading will be Mon. March 29th at 6 pm. The sale is Thursday March 25- Monday March 29. http://www.villageshouston.com Phone: 713-533-1000 Email: manager.houston@tenthousandvillages.com
►Ten Thousand Villages: This Sunday is “Mennonite Sunday” at TTV. Those who regularly work please email your license numbers to the store.
►Maundy Thursday: Thursday April 1 Meal 6PM (Bring your own) and Worship @7PM including foot washing and communion.
►Good Friday: Friday April 2 Tennebrae Service of Shadows 7PM.
►Easter Sunday!!! Sunday April 4.
9:00 AM Outdoor “Sunrise” service
9:30 AM Brunch Potluck in place of Sunday School.
10:45 AM Easter Worship
►Care Packages for College Students and our Missionary family. Collecting April 11- April 25th. Think light and small.
►Welcome Lunch for Newcomers: Sunday April 18. Are you new to Houston Mennonite? Would you like to hear more about our congregation’s history? Interested in knowing more about Mennonites and Anabaptists? Join us Next Sunday October 4th after worship for a light meal and time of fellowship and sharing. We’ll tell you more about our congregation’s vision and mission in the world, and give you a glimpse of our story over the 42 years of our existence. We’ll also talk about what it means to be a Mennonite, and why we think that’s an important part of our identity. Pastor Marty Troyer and our Community Life Ministry Team will host you for a meal.
►Anabaptist Learning Seminar- April 18, 25, May 9 & 16. Come Sunday nights and learn more about Anabaptism worldwide: beliefs, practices, and culture.
►You won’t want to miss Western District Conference Annual Retreat: Friday July 9-Sunday July 11. Put this on your calendar now! This is an amazing Christian resourcing, recreational, and relational event. Cost is incredibly low at $130 per person, for 2 nights and 5 meals. Location is Waxahatchie Texas, just South of Dallas. A 4 hour drive from Houston. Plan now to attend with your church family. Church leadership would love to see 20 or more HMCers attend. There will be a high school youth component which will include a service project.
________________________________________ A new way to care for yourself, your friends and family: Close to Home pamphlets, are now available outside the pastor’s office at church. Check them out, and grab one for yourself or someone you know! The following information was copied from http://www.faithandliferesources.org/supplies/closetohome/ on March 18, 2010.
Close to Home Pastoral Care Pamphlets
Some subjects are so close to home we don’t like to talk about them.
It’s time to reach out.
You are a congregational caregiver. You are gifted and called to help free the captive, heal those who are broken, bring light in the darkness. But many people are reluctant to speak publicly about their challenges. How can you help them find information that help?
You are a concerned family member or friend. Someone you care about suffers because of an addiction, abusive behavior, or a mental health condition. How can you help them find help?

One way you can help is through Close to Home care pamphlets.
The Close to Home pamphlets bring together therapy, Christian faith and congregational support for those struggling with the following issues: pornography, depression, eating disorders, financial debt, gambling, spouse abuse, child abuse, extreme anxiety, bullying, marital discord, rape, or drug or alcohol addiction. Through the Close to Home series you can open doors toward conversation, awareness and healing.
Each 12-page booklet has five parts:
• A true story of someone who has found help in the context of Christian faith, the church, and professional care
• An introduction to the issue, based on the best information available
• An exploration of how the Bible and the Christian story bring hope to those who suffer, and to those who are close to them.
• Practical steps toward wholeness, including how to find professional help
• A list of resources for further information and help.
The back cover of each pamphlet includes space for contact information of counselors and other local resources.
What makes Close to Home unique?
Clinics and counseling offices usually offer literature on the medical and therapeutic aspects of mental health, addiction, or abuse issues. Close to Home pamphlets go a step further by placing the issues in the light of the Bible, Christian faith, and congregational care.

How can you use the Close to Home pamphlets?
Offer them during pastoral care visits. The pamphlets can get conversation started. Give them to loved ones of those who suffer. Families are always affected when people suffer from mental health issues, addictions, or abuse. The pamphlets offer handles on how to understand and help.
Display them in the church foyer, counseling room, or restrooms. Some people keep their struggles well hidden. They may not seek help at first, but they might discreetly pick up a pamphlet.
Use them for adult education. Free study guides are available. Consider Close to Home pamphlets as a dynamic option for adult Sunday school or small groups. Click here for the downloadable guides.
Close to Home pamphlets are published by Mennonite Publishing Network in partnership with Mennonite Church and Mennonite Brethren ministries and institutions. The pamphlets are written and reviewed by caregivers with therapeutic training, experience, and Christian commitment. ________________________________________Budget and Debt Counseling
If you are facing a difficult financial situation or need questions answered about a mortgage, your credit report, or even the household budget, MMA offers a compassionate and thoughtful service that can help.
Confidential budget and debit counseling from a certified credit counselor (up to six sessions) is available to you at no cost through an arrangement MMA has with LSS Financial Counseling,* a service of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. To use this reliable, free, faith-based service, call (877) 809-0039 – this is a toll-free number. LSS also offers counseling services through mail correspondence. Call LSS or your local MMA or Mennonite Financial office to use this method of service. Among the services or topics available are:
Family budgeting skills
Credit reports and improving credit scores
Debt repayment plans (read the Bankruptcy Question article)
Advice about identity theft issues
Student and vehicle loan questions (borrowing, repayment, default, and repossession)
Home buying and mortgage information
________________________________________ Are you hungry for Bar-BQ? If so, lunches are available on Saturday, March 27-from 12-5 PM at the Centro Laboral Workers’ Center, 2906 Houston Ave, 77009. The clients there will be preparing meals for a fundraiser for the Interfaith Group which works to recover wages by theft from irresponsible employers. If you are unabled to attend, but would still like a plate, the cost is $5 and Judy Hoffhien will bring the food to you on Sunday. This is a wonderful way to show that we care and support the poor.

________________________________________PEACE CAMP: If you go to peacecamphouston.com, you will see some familiar faces and learn about the Houston Peace Camp. Check it out!

________________________________________Campus Development Taskforce Update:
Have you seen the Annex lately? Feel free to stop in for a walkthrough sometime soon to see the updates.
Sunday April 25, 1PM will be a dedication ceremony for our new Annex building. Please plan to attend.
Also, you may notice a difference in our new church “library” on Sunday. Thanks Ed Wiens and Jim Emmert!
________________________________________Lenten Schedule
►Learning Christ by reading and/or listening to the New Testament. Mp3 copies of the NT are available the next several Sundays in English and Spanish, children’s and adult.
►Wednesday Nights: The Journey A mid-week small group gathering to share life, prayer, and reflect on Lenten scripture texts. 7PM Wednesdays at Houston Mennonite Church. Pack your Bible and perhaps a journal. Travel companions provided. Why stumble alone when you can walk together? Come share the Journey! ‘Come to me, all who are weary and in need of rest.’ Jesus

Lenten Practices
You are encouraged to either pick up or let go of something this Lenten season, as a spiritual symbol of your walk with God. Check out the worship tab of our website for suggestions, or consider joining us for this collective practice:
Read and/or listen to the New Testament. We invite you to “work out” your faith this Lenten season by listening to or reading the entire New Testament through the 40 days of Lent. Mp3 copies of the NT will be available the next several Sundays, for those who want to listen. Bible Reading guides will be available for those who want to read (also below). Of course, you can do a bit of both. The January 10th sermon talked about “making the impossible possible” by training ourselves to practice what we want to become. Make sure to pick up your copy of the NT on CD this Sunday: available in English, Spanish, adult and children’s.
To download free copies of the New Testament in various translations, languages, and drama or non-drama formats, check out: http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/ambassador/free-audio-bible-download
To purchase a $29 listening device called a “Bible Stick” see http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/store/languageconfig

Day 1 – Matt. 1-7
Day 2 – Matt. 8-12
Day 3 – Matt. 13-18
Day 4 – Matt. 19-24
Day 5 – Matt. 25-28
Day 6 – Mark 1-6
Day 7 – Mark 7-11
Day 8 – Mark 12-16
Day 9 – Luke 1-4
Day 10 – Luke 5-9
Day 11 – Luke 10-13
Day 12 – Luke 14-19
Day 13 – Luke 20-24
Day 14 – John 1-5
Day 15 – John 6-9
Day 16 – John 10-14
Day 17 – John 15-19
Day 18 – John 20-Acts 4
Day 19 – Acts 5-9
Day 20 – Acts 10-15
Day 21 – Acts 16-20
Day 22 – Acts 21-26
Day 23 – Acts 27-Rom. 4
Day 24 – Rom. 5-10
Day 25 – Rom. 11-I Cor. 1
Day 26 – I Cor. 2-9
Day 27 – I Cor. 10-15
Day 28 – I Cor. 16-II Cor. 9
Day 29 – II Cor. 10-Gal. 4
Day 30 – Gal. 5-Phil. 1
Day 31 – Phil. 2-I Thes. 2
Day 32 – I Thes. 3-I Tim. 5
Day 33 – I Tim. 6-Heb. 1
Day 34 – Heb. 2-10
Day 35 – Heb. 11-James 5
Day 36 – I Pet. 1-I John 1
Day 37 – I John 2-Jude
Day 38 – Rev. 1-7
Day 39 – Rev. 8-15
Day 40 – Rev. 16-22

________________________________________Welcome to Ten Thousand Villages Houston!
http://houston.tenthousandvillages.com/
Ten Thousand Villages Houston is a nonprofit fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted items from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries. We are part of a network of more than 156 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.
As one of the world’s oldest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted gift items, personal accessories and home decor from across the globe.
To many, fair trade is just an economic term. Our definition, however, runs far deeper. At Ten Thousand Villages, fair trade is a partnership based on dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and direct contact between ourselves and our artisan partners in developing countries. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income.
►Ten Thousand Villages Rug Sale: Want to help with this annual event? Help is needed with unloading and reloading of the rugs, as well as with the sale itself Unloading rugs Wed., March 25th at 6 pm. and reloading will be Mon. March 29th at 6 pm. The sale is Thursday March 25- Monday March 29.
►Ten Thousand Villages: Next Sunday is “Mennonite Sunday” at TTV. Those who regularly work please email your license numbers to the store.________________________________________Going to Kansas??? You may have noticed the large pile of Haiti Relief Kits in our overflow section at church. These all need to be transported to Newton, Kansas to the Central States Mennonite Central Committee office. If you or someone you know is traveling to Kansas, or you want to, please let Marty or Judy Hoffhien know.
________________________________________SOCIAL JUSTICE CHRISTIANITY IN THE NEWS
I think it is very important for us to know what “the world” is saying about us as Christians, and particularly as Mennonites. You’ve seen me post here numerous times when “we” are in the news. Recently, popular right wing talk show host Glenn Beck said that “social justice is a perversion of the gospel,” and equated churches who support justice efforts to communists and Nazi’s. Personally, I’m not sure I’ve ever received a worse put-down. I agree wholeheartedly with Jim Wallis that justice is at the heart of the gospel. As Mennonites, we stand in a long line of minority Christians who do not espouse the “theology in general” of a Glenn Beck.
If this topic is new to you, I invite you to check out the following article from ABC newsperson, HANNA SIEGEL, dated March 12, 2010 http://abcnews.go.com/WN/glenn-beck-social-justice-christians-rage-back-nazism/story?id=10085008&page=1
You can find more information through Sojourners at http://www.sojo.net
You can look at http://houstonpeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/ to see our own version of what Glenn Beck derides.
________________________________________MAM to Host Taste of Spring Branch

Savor the flavors at the first Taste of Spring Branch hosted by Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) Sunday, April 25th. Restaurants in the Spring Branch area will offer a sampling of their specialties from 4 to 6 p.m. at MAM located at 1625 Blalock Road, Houston, one block north of Long Point.

Restaurants slated to participate include: Blue Planet Café, Old Towne Kolaches, Chocolate Pizzazz, Ashland House Restaurant, Russo’s New York Pizzeria, Polonia and Silver Eagle Distributors, plus others. Beginning April 1, tickets for $20 each can be purchased at MAM or on MAM’s website, http://www.helpherehelpnow.org. Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $25. “This is a great opportunity for friends to try new places in town,” said Martha Macris, Executive Director at MAM, “and discover some hidden treasures in the area all right here at MAM.”

All ticket proceeds will benefit MAM Emergency Assistance Programs. MAM serves the Spring Branch area in a variety of ways, including rent assistance to prevent homelessness, utility help to avoid cut off or restore service and limited medical and prescription assistance. MAM also works closely with Spring Branch ISD with uniforms for school and eyeglasses. Recently, MAM has expanded their Employment Services program to provide computer classes, job coaching with mock interviews and partnerships with area businesses. MAM also offers GED classes and day and evening English as a Second Language classes. MAM is a section 501© (3) non-profit organization. For more information call 713 574-7540.
________________________________________YOU ARE INVITED to SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:30AM.
You and your friends are invited to join us for our Sunday School programs for people of all ages. 9:30AM each and every Sunday!
►ADULT Class: BOOK STUDY: Time Warped: First Century Time Stewardship for 21st Century Living.
►Preschool (age 2-4): With Teacher Beth Wiebe.
►Grades 3-5: With Teacher Linda Ensminger.
►Junior Youth (Grades 6-8): With Teachers Alan Wilson, Kristi Long.
►High School: With Teachers Lynda and Roxie Voran, Marty Troyer.

** Children’s Church happens during worship in our children’s ministry room for kids 1-5. They hear a Bible story, sing, and play together.
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Housing Needed
Relatives of former member Linda Kandel will be spending 11 weeks in Houston starting June 7 and are looking for temporary housing. A studio apt or even a room and bath would be o.k. Linda says this about her niece and the husband: Justin is doing a human resources internship with Shell Oil on Fannin. He is a grad student at University of IL. Kirsten would be interested in finding something to do , work or volunteer. Justin and Kirsten are very neat young people. He is outgoing with lots of energy, she is creative and more shy. They are liberal Apostolic Christian, which is my background, and very interested in peace and justice. They are looking into missions and have visited Sierra Leone for a possible place. Justin and Kirsten plan to join us for worship this summer when they can.
If anyone in the congregation has or knows of anything available please contact Linda Kandel or Pastor Marty. ________________________________________Order of Worship March 21, 2010
Do you know of someone who would benefit from hearing that there are things in life worth holding on to other than stuff, and that it might be time to let go of something? Consider inviting them to church. Here’s one way that might feel more comfortable to you and them: Tell them something your faith helped you to let go of, and tell them about our church Lenten theme. Let them know where and when we meet. Tell them to check us out online for themselves, so they know what they are getting into before they come. Try it, it might be just what they need!
Prelude
Welcome (You may want to acknowledge our theme of holding on and letting go in your opening)
* Call to Worship (based on Psalm 126)
* Opening Prayer
* Opening Songs
Come, thou almighty King God HWB #41
My Jesus, I love thee HWB # 522

Scripture Reading Philippians 3:4b-14 NT Pg 198
Children’s Time (Children 1-5 dismissed for Children’s Church)
Sharing joys and concerns, Prayer Please feel free at any time to light a candle-prayer at the front of the sanctuary
Affirmation of Faith HWB #714
Scripture Reading John 12:1-11 NT Pg 106
Message When is a dinner party not just a dinner party?
Prayer of Confession
Song of Response How can we be silent SJ # 61
Offering & Prayer
Welcoming of Visitors and Announcements
* Benediction Song This is the day of new beginnings HWB #640
* Benediction HWB #763
* Please stand if comfortable when indicated by asterisk.
SJ- Sing the Journey (Green) HWB- Hymnal Worship Book (Blue).

Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts!
Worship Leader: Alan Wilson; Song Leader: Paul Siemens; Accompaniment: Linda Washburn; Scripture Reader: Mike Dawson; Children’s Message: Linda Ensminger; Children’s Church: Danielle Graybill & Jane McNair; Speaker: Marty Troyer; Sound: Jim Emmert and Nick Gehman.
Next Week: Children’s Message: Adrienne Graybill; Children’s Church: Maribel Hinojosa & Frances Chavez.
________________________________________Call for Pitches
We at Houston Mennonite Church publish an equal opportunity Newsletter. We’d love to have your input in our newsletter. I’m not biased or anything, but I think you should consider including a piece for us to read. Suggestions include: a personal reflection on your faith journey, the death penalty, the wars we’re still fighting, immigration, parenting, creation care, updates on another issue dear to your heart, a look at Houston life and politics, a poem, a historical piece, what it feels like for you to tithe, a skill-based article (pastoral care, hospitality, teaching, etc…), your dreams for our church, a recipe from your pot-luck dish. You write it, we’ll publish it.
With all the technology and media we have today, let’s practice our Anabaptist heritage of everyone having a voice!

________________________________________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, hmcpastor1@sbcglobal.net, also available on facebook.
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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!
Know of others who would like to receive HMC E-Newsletter e-mails from Houston Mennonite? Have them send name and e-mail to Marty at hmcpastor1@sbcglobal.net.

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