HMC E-Newsletter March 25, 2010 Palm Sunday Edition  


Fellowship Meal THIS SUNDAY!
We hope you stay for food and fellowship after our worship. All are welcome, all the time!



Please pray for two meetings tonight:

Stewardship Team and Worship Team, as they do the work of ministry that builds us all up.


The Day the Spirit Came to Church
By Roxie Voran
It was Palm Sunday sometime around 1989, give or take a year or two.  The day was memorable, the date not so much.

The worship service that day was designed to reflect the emotions of Holy Week, from the triumph of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to the despair of the events of Good Friday.  There was a series of dramatic readings and music expressing the varied moods.  We all had written something representative of our own sins and shortcomings on pieces of red paper that ahd been cut into the shapes of drops of blood.  These were nailed to a wooden cross as a recording of thunder and rain planed. 

At some point that morning it became apparent that there was a presence among us that day unlike most other Sundays; something you could physically feel.  There was no doubt that we were in the presence of God.

That Sunday is notable and memorable two decades later precisely because it happens so seldom.  There are many Sundays when we have experienced uplifting music, thoughtful and inspiring sermons, and warm fellowship, but the palpable presence of the Spirit remains the exception and not the rule.  Does that mean that worship on the “ordinary” Sundays is any less valid or any less significant?  I think not.

Some years later, Doug Ensminger preached a sermon on worship.  Doug talked about two kinds of worship—the kind we need and the kind God needs.  He reflected on the fact that all of us humans need to be in touch with the Divine. We need encounters with God through worship to maintain our spiritual and emotional health.  On the other hand, while we understand that God wants to have a close relationship with us, the Creator of the Universe is not so insecure as to need affirmation from us mere mortals offering our praise.  What God does need, however, is people to do the things that are needed to bring God’s kingdom into reality.  Things like feeding the hungry, caring for children or the elderly, sharing the Good News, speaking up for those who can’t, etc.

So ultimately both kinds of worship are important.  Times of praise when we encounter God, sometimes in ways that are moving, powerful, and fill us with awe.  Other times when we encounter God only as we strain to hear a still small voice, easily missed if we are not attentive.  Equally important is the kind of worship that we often give other names—names like service, compassion, or outreach. 

You can find this, and other formative stories, online at https://houstonmennonite.org/stories/


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.

HMC BAR BQ SIGN UP
Please sign up at the back of church, or fill this out (sign it!!!) and put it in the offering plate. 
SIDE DISHES: Everyone. HMC is providing the main grilled items.

SET UP TABLES AND CHAIRS   (3-4 People, during SS )

CLEAN-UP TABLES AND CHAIRS   (3-4 People)

GRILLS (4 or 5 people)

GRILL-CHEFS     (4 or 5 people)

FOOD/DRINK PREP & MANAGEMENT (3-4)

SPECIALTY  GAMES

    Hula hoop co-operative games and sheet toss game – Judy

            Go fish- Danielle                  Bean bags-Adrianne

            Water balloons-?            Ring toss-Maribel

            Pinata-Elizabeth Melendez

 TABLE GAMES- Monopoly, Uno, puzzles-Rosa Betancourt

 FACE PAINTING-Margaret Gehman            CLOWN-Adrianne

 Other games  badmitten, volleyball, croquet, etc.

 DESIGNATED HOSTS  WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF CHURCH COUNCIL

ITEMS NEEDED: Please consider allowing us to borrow the following

  • A baby pool for a children’s game
  • Croquet set
  • Volleyball net, ball and polesm badmitten equipment
  • Bocci ball
  • Bean bag toss game, “corn-hole”

 

Let’s put our best foot forward as a congregation, and have a good time doing it!


Connecting More Fully at HMC:
March 21st Offering Report: The March 21st offerings were $2,027.00. Did you know???? HMC policy on counting our church offerings include the following: there must be two approved people present whenever our Sunday morning offerings are counted. This is to protect the image of those who count the offerings, and to safeguard our offerings. Typically our two counters are Jim Emmert and Gerald Gehman. Pastor Marty does not ever count funds. It is our policy for the pastor to not have access to giving information from individuals and family’s.
►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.
►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 SeminarApril 18, 25, May 9 & 16. Come Sunday nights and learn more about Anabaptism worldwide: beliefs, practices, and culture.
►ANNEX DEDICATION:
Sunday afternoon April 25. 1PM, following the Fellowship Meal.

►Woman’s Retreat: Friday April 30-Sunday May 2. $20 per person. Relax, eat good food, enjoy good fellowship, do arts and crafts in prep for the Relief Sale. Register fast as space is limited. Women from other Texas Mennonite congregations will be present.

►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.


New Young Adult Sunday School

Discipleship Team is surveying all young adults to see if they are interested in a new Sunday School class. Please open the survey attachment, fill it out, and either email it or hand it in to Hannah Troyer by this Sunday. Hard copies are available at church as well. Thanks!


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. 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


Dear partners of the RGV Mennonite Relief Sale,

Thank-you so much for your contribution to the Tenth Annual Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Mennonite Relief Sale. We sincerely thank-you for your time, talents, and resources you have graciously given. The success of the sale depends on the generosity of people such as yourself.

Each year all over North America, thousands of volunteers come together to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for the relief of suffering in the world. Over $5.3 million was raised in 2009 by the Relief Sales and 66 countries received financial and material aide. This year, the RGV Mennonite Relief Sale raised approximately $22,000 for MCC. We cannot thank-you enough for being a critical partner in this mission.

MCC seeks to demonstrate God’s love through providing daily necessities, by building bridges of understanding and friendship, and through exchange and gifts of kindness. Your contribution enables MCC to make these goals possible, and to provide hope for the future for people locally and globally.

Furthermore, your contribution helps to make a local sale possible in the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to fundraising for MCC, this sale strives to bring together local churches and community members, and raise awareness for MCC.

Again, we thank-you sincerely for your support of MCC.

With gratitude,

2010 RGV Mennonite Relief Sale Committee


Updates on Mennonite Resolutions from Summer 2009:
#1. Health Reform

In July 2009 Mennonite Church USA urged us to support health care reform. This week, we saw the work fulfilled! Check out these salient points of the Health Care Resolution from MCUSA.

  1. Our Theology, which states that “Because the scriptural test of a just nation is how it treats its weakest members (Micah 6:8, Amos 5:24, Jeremiah 5:26-29) we will be clear and consistent advocates to policymakers on behalf of public health matters and access to healthcare for everyone.”
  2. Our Healthcare Access Statement also affirms that a biblically-compatible healthcare system would:
  1. Celebrate God’s generous provision of resources, assuring enough for everyone when shared equitably by all (Genesis 1-2; Leviticus 25; Psalm 35:5-9; 2 Corinthians 8-9);
  2. Promote the flourishing (shalom) of the whole community, including each of its members (John 13:34-35; Acts 2-4; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12:12ff);
  3. Protect the well-being of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society (Deuteronomy 10:17-19, 24:17-22; Psalm 72; Isaiah 1:16-17; Jeremiah 7:5-7; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 1:46-55, 4:16-21); and
  4. Cultivate stewardship of God’s resources.

To read the entire resolution, check out our church webpage: http://houstonpeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/health-care/

#2 Death Penalty

We have been called to work for the abolition of the death penalty. On Wednesday night here in Texas, we witnessed a miracle that may bring us one step closer to this goal.  William “Hank” Skinner received a final-hour stay of execution, thanks to the US Supreme Court. Today, if only for a day, I rejoice! We’ve been called, so let’s keep working and praying for a permanent end for the US death penalty.

The following (written by pastor Marty in Fall 2009) is posted on our webpage at: http://houstonpeaceandjustice.wordpress.com/death-penalty/ 

As followers of Jesus Christ (himself a victim of the death penalty), we believe that all forms of capital punishment are evil and against the will of God.

As citizens of Houston, we acknowledge that Texas has killed more people than the rest of the country combined, with Governor Rick Perry putting over 200 men and women to death during his time in office. It is time for this outrageous policy to come to an end!

Did you know that, according to Mennonite Central Committee, every Western democracy but the U.S. has abolished the death penalty? We believe, with MCC, that the death penalty is inequitable; that innocent people could or might have been killed; the death penalty costs as much or more than life imprisonment; the death penalty does NOT deter crime; and most importantly that a holistic view of scripture points to the abolition of the death penalty. (To read the full MCC document click here ). But, as one of our members has stated, “We don’t advocate for their lives because they are or are not Christians. We advocate for their lives because we are Christians.” Amen.

In the summer of 2001 our denomination passed a resolution calling for the end of the death penalty. To read the resolution click here. Again in August 2009 a group that our congregation is a part of decided it was necessary for us to pass a resolution against the death penalty. The Western District Conference passed the following resolution, (click here).


That’s funny, I didn’t know I was a Nazi  Further responses to Glenn Beck

One of my best friends from Seminary, Alan Stucky (Pastor of Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Kansas), wrote a great blog entry in response to Glenn Beck sending “out a warning on his radio program that people should look for the phrases “social justice” and “economic justice” in their churches and if they find them they should run as fast as they can.  He goes on to say that these are “code words” for Nazism and Communism.”

You can read Alan’s full blog entry here: http://thewanderingroad.wordpress.com/ but one of the best things Alan does is allow scripture to speak for itself. Though the list could be enormous, Alan pulls these choice texts as response:

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

7 If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. 8 You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. 9 Be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought, thinking, “The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,” and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the Lord against you, and you would incur guilt. 10 Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. 11 Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”

Micah 6:8

8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Luke 18:22

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rustg consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rusth consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,g you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


Prayer for Peace

In too many places, Lord, the sounds of war and the reverberations

of violence muffle the anguished cries of the innocents, Open our

ears, O God, to hear the cries of suffering and lament; Save us from

shutting out the torment and the grief of those who suffer the

wounds of war and the scars of aggression.

In face of the brutal expressions of our selfish interest and fear, O

God, give us generous spirits that can acknowledge and validate the

needs, hopes and aspirations of others; May Your Spirit fill us with

the courage that can hail the humanity of the other and allow us to

catch a glimpse of our common humanity.

Compassionate God, infuse our hearts with the prodigal love of

your Son so that we will become the agents of your reconciliation

and the harbingers of a world freed from strife. In your mercy

forgive us the walls that we build and our shrunken hope.

Redeeming God, liberate our imaginations to dream a world

sheltered under the blanket of your peace and make us the

instruments of that peace!

Written by Stanley W. Green, Executive Director of Mennonite

Mission Network.

From the office of the Denominational Minister for Peace and Justice, Mennonite Church USA

SusanML@MennoniteUSA.org, 330-683-6844. March 18, 2010.

For more information on Mennonite Church USA peace and justice work: http://MennoniteUSA.org/peace

To receive weekly prayers: http://peace.mennolink.org/prayersforpeace.html


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!

 


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.


 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, 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.


Order of Worship March 28, 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!

GATHERING                             
Prelude
Welcome 
* Call to Worship                                            
* Opening Songs                                                                                
        Hosanna, loud hosanna                                                                                             
HWB #238
        All glory, laud, and honor                                                                                           HWB #237
Scripture Reading                                      Philippians 2:1-11                                           NT Pg 197
Children’s Time (Children 1-5 dismissed for Children’s Church)   
Blessing for Peggy Campbell
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 #716
Scripture Reading                                       Luke 19:28-40                                                 NT Pg 83
Message                                                        Duplicity
Prayer of Confession
Song of Response                                          What wondrous love is this                HWB # 530 vss 1-2
Offering & Prayer
Welcoming of Visitors and Announcements              
* Benediction Song                                My Song is love unknown                                      HWB #235
* Benediction                                                                                                                 HWB #762 

* 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: Linda Ensminger; Accompaniment: Margaret Gehman; Scripture Reader: Ed Wiens; Children’s Message: Adrienne Graybill; Children’s Church: Maribel Hinojosa & Frances Chavez;  Speaker: Marty Troyer; Sound: Jim Emmert and Nick Gehman.                        
Next Week: Children’s Message: Linda Washburn; Children’s Church: Elizabeth Melendez and Gloria Wilson.


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.


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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