HMC E-Newsletter March 8, 2012 Time-Change Edition


Spring Forward!
Don’t forget to change your clocks this Saturday night. Time springs forward.


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!
  • ·        Connect with our Sister Church: Members of Nueva Jerusalem, our sister Mennonite church in Houston, will be joining us for Sunday School (only) this Sunday. We’ll be asking/answering 2 basic questions, of ourselves and our visitors: When were you first aware of ethnic (or racial) categories? When were you first aware of persons who were different? And what is your family’s story and experience of immigration?
  • ·        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:
►Coffee Time!!!! Friday March 9, 10AM at HMC for all available. Informal, chatting, coffee & tea, chance to connect during the week. Come if you can.
►Connect with our Sister Church:
Members of Nueva Jerusalem, our sister Mennonite church in Houston, will be joining us for Sunday School (only) this Sunday. We’ll be asking/answering 2 basic questions, of ourselves and our visitors: When were you first aware of ethnic (or racial) categories? When were you first aware of persons who were different? And what is your family’s story and experience of immigration?

►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.  Gloria Wilson, Denise Duff, or Lynda Voran. See attachment for flyer with registration and program details.

►Movies from the Margins!

  • Saturday Night March 10 7PM Movie Night at Twila and Ed Wiens. We’ll be watching a film on our resource list. https://houstonmennonite.org/lent-2012/
  • Sunday Night March 11 “Dominique’s Story: Thou Shalt Not Kill.” About the execution of Dominique Green. 7PM at HMC. This is open to the public and is part of Death Penalty Action Week. You can read more about it here at The Peace Pastor: http://bit.ly/AB0QMc

 

There will be no Sunday School class for the youth on March 11 due to Spring Break vacation.  Class will resume on Sunday, March 18.
►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.
Sound System issues: We’re having some issues with our church sound system. Do you have time to help us figure out why we can’t record our worship services?
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
sbunn@mcc.org.


Becoming a Disciple of Christ: Links to dig deeper

1.      Mennonites and the Holocaust: From Collaboration to Perpetration http://bit.ly/yoEy4T

This is an excellent article (worth its length) on how Mennonites in Germany were not always as commited to Christ as we’d like to think we would be in similar situations.
How do we ensure we don’t do this? What is it about our faith that is different than there faith was? Or, if we can’t identify a deep enough difference, what SHOULD BE different about our faith to ensure that doesn’t happen to us again?

2.      Para ver major: Faith through a Latino/a lens: A summary of my experience last week learning about Lent with/from our Latino/a brothers and sisters (In Sunday School, worship, and with Casa del Alfrero).

Here’s my blog post: Para ver major: Faith through a Latino/a lens: http://bit.ly/xEM020

3.      Indicting Violence: A Pacifist Review of The Hunger Games If you loved The Hunger Games trilogy, you might like this article. It’s something I wrote & was published by Anabaptist author Kurt Willems on his blog: Indicting Violence: A Pacifist Review of The Hunger Games http://bit.ly/wCHJi4 Spoilers everywhere!


Love Food-Love Yourself
The following comes from author Michael Pollan’s books, In Defense of Food, and  Food Rules. This list is a guide for eating healthy in today’s complex [processed] food landscape. It’s on the fridge of at least one of our member households. Pollan says that rules about healthy eating can be summed up with 3 rules:

Eat Food. Mostly Plants. Not too much.

He then expands on how those 3 are played out in daily life:

Eat what grandma recognizes as food.
Do NOT eat unfamiliar or unpronounceable ingredients.
No more than five ingredients.
No high fructose corn syrup.
Avoid food products that make health claims.
Shop the peripheral of the store and stay out of the middle.
Shop farmers markets.
Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.
You are what your food eats.
Eat well grown food from healthy soils.
Eat wild foods when you can.
Be the kind of person who takes supplements.
Eat more like the French, Italian, Japanese, Greeks, Indians.
Regard non-traditional foods with great skepticism.
Have a glass of wine with dinner.
Pay more, eat less.
Eat meals.
Do all your eating at a table.
Don’t eat at convenience stores.
Try not to eat alone.
Consult your gut.
Eat slowly.
Cook.
Plant a garden.

Eat well, and take care of yourself my friends!


Order of Worship for March 11, 2012
Lent from the Margins: Victims of War/Oppression

Praising
Prelude
God is our Refuge and Strength (from Psalm 46:1-3 & Psalm 146:5-9)
Welcome                                                     
*Opening Prayer                                                      
*Songs of Praise                                        
Make me a channel of your peace  SJ #56
If the war goes on  SJ #66

Hearing
Children’s Message
Scripture                                  Mark 8:31-38
Reflecting on Scripture  How do victims of war or oppression hear this text?                         
Responding
Reading: Two Worlds of Experience (see bulletin)
Song of Response        Put peace into each other’s hands SJ #87
Sharing Joys and Concerns
Prayer             
Feel free to light a candle prayer at this time

Sending
Connecting More Fully            Sending Scripture                    Psalm 22:28
*Sending Song For the healing of the nations  HWB #367
*Commissioning                                                                                 

Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts! Speaker: Pastor Marty Troyer; Song Leader: Jared Peifer; Children’s Church: Hannah Troyer.


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.


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,
hmcpastor1@sbcglobal.net, also available on Facebook.

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