Dear HMC, Here is this week’s E-Newsletter below and attached.
HMC E-Newsletter May 27, 2010
________________________________________Time to Celebrate:
• The Commencement of Nick Gehman and Rebecca Voran (this Saturday).
• The wedding of Joel Thierstein & Jennifer Fredericks in New Orleans this Saturday, along with Emily Thierstein, Spencer and Conner Fredericks. Pastor Marty and his family will be present with them.
________________________________________Come to worship this summer and celebrate:
GOD’s STORY-my story!!!
Your story has power! And it needs to be acknowledged, celebrated, and told. Storytelling is a way to deepen and strengthen our faith. We expect story-telling to be a spiritual and formative practice for you, believing that you will be genuinely blessed in the process. We also believe that your story will strengthen and bless other people, should you decide to share all or part of this with others. With that in mind, let me introduce you to our summer worship theme: God’s Story-My story. Each member, friend and guest of Houston Mennonite will be given a journal to use throughout the summer, as an invitation to connect your story to God’s larger story and strengthen your own spiritual life. Make sure you pick one up this Sunday!
This summer, you’re invited to enter God’s story through:
• Weekly journaling in your God’s Story-My story booklet.
• Providing pictures of God’s people who have inspired you in your own faith (saints, family, Bible characters, etc…). Bring them Sundays and add them to the Faces of God’s People visual we are creating;
• Formative worship;
• Hearing ancient stories of God’s people in fresh ways;
• Hearing God’s people at HMC tell their stories. If you are interested in sharing your own story, or a story within your story, please talk with Linda Washburn or pastor Marty. Come this Sunday to hear ANA ROSA CRAIG share your faith story!

May you be filled with joy as you enter God’s story as your own!
________________________________________Connecting More Fully at HMC:
►Fellowship Meal This Sunday: Please stay for lunch and fellowship. We will have a fellowship meal and cake following the service. Please bring finger foods such as sandwiches, relish tray, chips, fruit, etc. Dessert (cake) is provided. ►Recognizing our Graduates: Nick Gehman (HS), Rebecca Voran (HS), Liza Koshy (JR High), Emily Thierstein (5th), Rosa Betencourt (5th), Zach and Jessica Unruh (Grad school).
► Intergenerational Sunday School June 6th: on Columbia & the Falla’s.
►Retirement Party: Doug Ensminger, Sunday June 6th 2-4PM.
►Campus Development Feedback Session: June 13th after worship.
►Lunches for the homeless: Sack lunches for the homeless are available in the back. Please take several, keep them handy in your car and when people ask for help or money, hand them a lunch out your car window! A twist on the classic “meals on wheels.”

WRITE A LETTER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE —
Jonathan Marcus Green is scheduled for execution by the State of Texas on June 30, even though he has shown signs of mental retardation, and was at the time of his crime was actively psychotic and experiencing hallucinations and paranoia. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will shortly consider an application for clemency and your letter may help save the life of Mr. Green. A table for letter writing will be available at Houston Mennonite Church from 9:30 to 12:00 this Sunday, May 30. Learn more about the cause of Jonathan Marcus Green at: http://www.amnestyusa.org/actioncenter/actions/uaa11210.pdf
http://tcadp.org/
A PEACE LIBRARY
Have you ever visited a Peace Library and been inspired by the books there? If so, we need your ideas and help. The Houston Peace and Justice Center and the Mennonite Church are co-operating together ro organize reources with the focus on learning aboout bullying, resolving conflicts, compassionate communication and other areas of peace and justlce. Books, DVD’s, biographies, atlases, maps and other materials for all ages are needed to start this project. The library will be located at the church. If you would like to be involved in this project, contact Marty Troyer or Judy Hoffhien.

COMMUNITY GARDEN
Have you been yearning to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables? The Houston Peace and Justice Center and the church are joining together to start a community garden on the HMC campus. Skills in urban gardening will be taught and co-operation will be the key to a successful harvest. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Paastor Marty or Judy Hoffhien.

________________________________________ENSMINGER OPEN HOUSE INVITATION:
Doug and I are going to have an open house retirement celebration on June 6th from 2-4 pm. We would like to make an open invitation to HMC. No gifts please! Only prayers and blessings accepted!
Linda and Doug E.________________________________________Campus Development Feedback Session
Our Developers are hard at work!
June 13th the Campus Development Taskforce invites you to a presentation and discussion regarding future campus development plans. A meal after worship will be provided.
Our recent discussions have begun to move from remodel of the Annex to remodel of the main building. We’ve looked at several proposals for renovation and new construction, discussed parking issues, a more holistic campus plan (including community gardens, peace path, children’s playground, etc…). Minutes are posted from May 16th.

We want your ideas, insights, wisdom and experience as we take the next steps to develop our campus.
________________________________________
Order of Worship Sunday, May 30th 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 & Announcements
* Gathering Psalm Psalm 1 OT Pg 489
* Opening Prayer
* Opening Songs
I Love to tell the story HWB #398
Come walk with us SJ #2
Scripture Reading
Children’s Time Ancient Story of a Person of God
(Children 1-5 dismissed for Children’s Church)
Offering & Change Offering
(Our Change Offering is brought forward for our missionaries in Columbia)
Offering Prayer
Scripture Reading
Message
Song of Response Come walk with us (vs 1-2) SJ #2
Prayer of Response and Reception
There is a time to be born and a time to die; and this is a time to be born. So we turn to you, God of our life; our times are in your hands. We’re honored and strengthened by this story of faith from our sister Ana Rosa this morning. Bless her journey and fill her with joy! Help us to hold your hand, to trust you with our life, our congregation, our future; not so we might never die, but so we might truly live through Christ and for Christ. We choose to enter your story as our own story. Knowing that you will never leave us or forsake us, we offer you our baby steps, in faith, trusting you to raise us with your Son, in whose name we pray. AMEN.
Sharing stories, joys and concerns
Recognizing our Graduates
Prayer for the People (Feel free to light a candle-prayer during this time)
* Blessing Song Guide my feet HWB # 546
* Blessing
Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts! Worship Leader: Rachel Vlachos; StoryTeller: Ana Rosa Craig; Song Leader: Gloria Wilson; Accompaniment: Linda Washburn; Scripture Reader: Emily Voran; Children’s Message: Adrienne Graybill; Children’s Church: Elizabeth Melendez and Gloria Wilson.
Next Week: Story Teller: Doug Ensminger ; Children’s Church: Hannah Troyer and Adrienne Graybill; Song leader: Gloria Wilson.

________________________________________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.
________________________________________
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.

Dear HMC, Here is this week’s E-Newsletter below and attached.
HMC E-Newsletter May 20, 2010
________________________________________Connecting More Fully at HMC:
►Teacher Recognition: Thank you to all of our Sunday School Teachers, subs, and the leaders who empower them! This Sunday we will recognize our Teachers during our worship service.
►Fellowship Meal & Graduate Recognition: Sunday May 30th. Nick Gehman (HS), Rebecca Voran (HS), Liza Koshy (JR High), Emily Thierstein (5th), Rosa Betencourt (5th), Zach and Jessica Unruh (Grad school). We will have a fellowship meal and cake following the service. Please bring finger foods such as sandwiches, relish tray, chips, fruit, etc. Dessert (cake) is provided.
►Lunches for the homeless: Sack lunches for the homeless are available in the back. Please take several, keep them handy in your car and when people ask for help or money, hand them a lunch out your car window! A twist on the classic “meals on wheels.”
________________________________________ENSMINGER OPEN HOUSE INVITATION:
Doug and I are going to have an open house retirement celebration on June 6th from 2-4 pm. We would like to make an open invitation to HMC. No gifts please! Only prayers and blessings accepted!
Linda and Doug E.________________________________________Campus Development Feedback Session
Our Developers are hard at work!
June 13th the Campus Development Taskforce invites you to a presentation and discussion regarding future campus development plans. A meal after worship will be provided.
Our recent discussions have begun to move from remodel of the Annex to remodel of the main building. We’ve looked at several proposals for renovation and new construction, discussed parking issues, a more holistic campus plan (including community gardens, peace path, children’s playground, etc…). Minutes are posted from May 16th.

We want your ideas, insights, wisdom and experience as we take the next steps to develop our campus.
________________________________________What is the Gospel?
The following article by Julie Clawson was originally published on blog.sojo.net. She asks a great question that deserves the well-thought out, probing and humble reply she offers:
“The gospel, the good news, is about so much more than an economic transaction where I get a ticket to heaven in exchange for intellectually assenting to an idea about Jesus. The gospel is good news for the world. It is about God loving the world enough to send his son and establish his Kingdom. It is the gospel of Jesus, the new way of being that he preached. This good news isn’t just something we believe in or talk about, but something we are called to celebrate and embrace. If it is truly good news we will joyfully accept the challenge to follow in the disciplines of Christ — being his hands and feet working to heal all shattered relationships through his reconciling power. We live out the good news to the world.”
To read the entire article by Julie Clausen, visit: http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/18/what-is-the-gospel/
________________________________________Order of Worship Sunday, May 23rd 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
* Call to Worship
* Opening Prayer
* Opening Songs
Holy Spirit, Come with power HWB #26
New Earth, Heavens New HWB #299
Scripture Reading Ezekiel 37:1-14 OT Pg 806
Children’s Time (Children 1-5 dismissed for Children’s Church)
Sharing joys and concerns
Prayer Feel free to light a candle-prayer
Scripture Reading Acts 2:1-13 NT Pg 118
Message What does this mean?
Song of Response Spirit of God, descend HWB #502 (vs 1-2,5)
Offering & Prayer
Welcoming of Visitors and Announcements
* Blessing Song Come gracious Spirit HWB # 303 (vs1-3)
* Blessing
Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts!
Worship Leader: Rachel & Than Vlachos; Song Leader: Paul Siemens; Accompaniment: Margaret Gehman; Scripture Reader: Chelsea Spade; Children’s Message: Gloria Wilson; Children’s Church: Linda and Rebecca Voran; Speaker: Pastor Marty Troyer; Sound: Alan Wilson.
Next Week: Story Teller: Ana Rosa Craig ; Children’s Message: Adrienne Graybill; Children’s Church: Elizabeth Melendez and Gloria Wilson; Song leader: Gloria Wilson.
________________________________________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.
________________________________________
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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