HMC E-Newsletter June 1, 2012
Connecting More Fully at HMC:
►ANNUAL OUTREACH BAR BQ HMC Church BBQ, Sunday June 3, after worship. Bring a friend, bring a dish to share. Main dish provided. Greeters are needed to welcome folks to the bar b q on Sunday, June 3. The shifts will be for an hour each strarting at 1:00. Others are needed to help with the pinta, children’s games, etc. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish to share with the meat that will be served. This is an important event that can show others that we are a caring group who cares about our community. If you would like to help, contact Marty or Judy Hoffhien.
►Did you miss last week’s Pentecost sermon? Marty asked the question, “How can you tell if that voice in your head is God’s? And provided 3 ways you can discern God’s voice from the plethora of noises that clamor for our attention. You can find them at: houstonmennonite.org, sermon tab. exists.
► Immigration from a Christian Perspective: Over the next two weeks (June 3 and June 10), the Adult Sunday School will be discussing the topic of “Immigration from a Christian Perspective”. We’ve gathered some resources for the discussion, which are listed below – if you’ll be taking part in the discussion, we recommend you read as many of these as you can. If you’re pressed for time, concentrate on items 1 and 2. See you on Sunday!
1. Mennonite Church USA statement on immigration: http://mennoniteusa.org/executive-board/immigration/statement-on-immigration/
2. What’s more important: Legality or Hospitality? Peace Pastor blog article on the topic of immigration from a Christian perspective, from July 2011: http://blog.chron.com/thepeacepastor/2011/07/immigration/
3. Mennonite Central Committee’s page on immigration: http://washington.mcc.org/issues/immigration
4. Article – ‘My ancestors were illegal immigrants’: http://www.themennonite.org/issues/14-8/articles/My_ancestors_were_illegal_immigrants
If you’d like to do some further reading, check out this list of resources available from the Western District Conference Resource Library: http://mennowdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/ImmigrationResources.pdf
This entire list can also be found with the Sunday School listings on the HMC Facebook events page: http://www.facebook.com/HoustonMennonite/events
WDC Annual Gathering
Becoming One to be Sent in Christ (John 17) is the theme for the upcoming Western District Conference annual assembly, set for July 6-8 at Meridian Convention Center in Oklahoma City. You, as a member of a WDC church, are invited to attend this gathering of resourcing, meaningful worship and community-building conversations. Featured speakers are Chuck Neufeld and Eugene Thieszen. Check your church office for registration info or: www.mennowdc.org.
3. Note these upcoming deadlines for the WDC Annual Assembly:
- Hotel – for the lowest rate, call the Magnuson Hotel in Oklahoma City by JUNE 6 at 1-800-784-7830 to reserve your room. Say that you are with the Western District Mennonite Convention, code #13408. (Please do NOT book rooms online, as this will not allow use of free meeting rooms.)
- Registration form – Send your registration form with payment by JUNE 22. After this date, the registration fee increases.
We encourage you to attend!
Why the Bible?
By Marty Troyer
When you pick up a Bible what exactly are you holding? The Bible is several things. It’s a library filled with stories. A collection of events from dozens of authors in numerous contexts spread out over more than a thousand years. There’s absolutely nothing like it in human history, and in this regard it’s fascinating. This is how many of us have been taught to see the Bible, as a “What?” question. What is the Bible? It’s a bunch of really great stories!
This is how I viewed the Bible when I went off to college, a precocious Bible trivia nerd enrolled as a Bible major at age 18. It’s also precisely why I did NOT know that the same David who killed Goliath as a little kid grew up to be King David. Because no one had ever told me the story of David; only stories about David.
That’s embarrassing to admit, but true. Which leads me to a second, more important, answer to the question What is the Bible? It is ONE story: the story of God’s Mission in our world. These 66 books (39 from the time of the Hebrews, 27 from the era of the early church), this enormous cast of characters, these numerous concepts in dialogue with each other tell us GOD’S STORY.
And when we answer the question that way, everything changes. The “what?” question drifts into the background (along with the “how?” question) to be supplanted by a much more meaningful – if not odd sounding – question, Why the Bible?
The Bible is precisely because it reveals to us God’s story, clarifying who and how God is, and what God is up to in our world. The Bible is because it invites us to see ourselves as characters in that story. Ordinary you and normal I are as much a part of the story as Abraham, Esther, Nebuchadrezzar or Mary. This summer we’ll look at God’s Story in 5 Acts. Our place in God’s story is in Act 5, a context which calls for a specific way of being that differs from the other 4 Acts in God’s story. Join us for Worship this Sunday as we Enter God’s Story, celebrating that this is where we are.
Building up the Body of Christ: Resources to Form Faith.
- 10 Things Nobody Tells you about being a dad A dad dishes on all the ways he’s grown thanks to his children. Absolutely spot on! http://bit.ly/JZh4Ls
- The Urgency of Patience, by an Anabaptist from Down Under. Two stories about “faith and stuff” including one from Vincent Harding, a Mennonite who was close friend and advisor to MLK Jr. http://bit.ly/Jwt8nO
GOD’S STORY (YOU ARE HERE)
Order of Worship Sunday June 1, 2012
Opening Scripture Psalm 1
Songs of Praise and Celebration Thy Word & God of the Bible SJ #27
Offering and Meditation How can you use your time, energy, talents and possessions for God’s purposes in the world?
Scripture John 1:1-5,10-14
Song of Response I love to tell the story HWB #298
Communion HWB #781
Moment in Mission
Sharing & Prayer
Connecting More Fully
Song of Sending God is working His Purpose out HWB #638
Thanks to the following for offering your gifts:
Worship Leader: Dave Bauchelle; Speaker: Marty Troyer; Children’s Message: Linda Washburn; Song Leader: Jim Emmert; Pianist: Linda Washburn; Scripture Reader: Frances Chavez.
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: Faith Exploration with Pastor Marty. 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.