HMC E-Newsletter November 1, 2012  

Daylight Savings Time this Saturday

Spring Forward~Fall Back

Remember when you wake up Sunday morning, you have an extra hour to yourselves!

Who is God calling to lead our church?
By Pastor Marty

My friends, without a doubt one of the most exciting aspects of our congregation at this time is our strong and faithful team of leaders, who have grown and developed so much over my years as your pastor. I’m  deeply proud of this team, and how we function, and of the passion they bring to leading our church!


Clearly, we’ve come a long way in my 4 years here. We’ve changed the very culture of leadership at HMC, moving beyond a task-based paradigm for our leaders who had functioned as “Project Managers.” The backbone of any healthy organization is high-functioning and faithful leadership though, not just doers, but leaders. This is how we’re functioning today and the journey that we’re on together. It’s an exciting journey. A journey of being transformed as individuals, as disciples of Jesus and as ministers who care for our church.


Each year, we call new people to join us on this journey. Each year, we ask ourselves who God is calling to lead our church. And each year, we are deeply blessed by the people who give of themselves in this way! We invite you to engage this process with us, and to help us discern who are leaders are, and who they should be. Perhaps its you even. The following will be distributed the next couple Sundays, and we’re asking you to discern by nominating folks that are good answers to the following 4 questions.


Keep in mind, it is our policy to affirm by congregational vote all Team Chairpersons and all 3 members of the Community Life Ministry Team. These positions are considered to be filled by “call,” with all other Team members to be volunteer positions.

Who among us does this describe: “the best leader is a disciple of Jesus Christ passionate about personal and congregational transformation.”
Community Life Team member
(To replace Gloria Wilson) Who among us loves people and has a caring personality? Who do people naturally gravitate towards sharing with?
Outreach Team chairperson
(To replace Judy Hoffhien) Who among us has a passion for people, The Kingdom of God, and sharing God’s good news? Who can fan the flames of new mission in our church?
Stewardship Team chairperson
(To replace Gerald Gehman) Who among us encourages generosity and the stewardship of all life, and is passionate about creating safe space and facilities for our ministries at HMC?


We’ll be taking time the next two Sunday’s to prayerfully discern in our worship. Please engage this process of calling the right people to these important ministries to further our ministry as a congregation. THANK YOU!  


With Great hope in the God of our church,



Connecting More Fully at HMC:          

The Legendary Peppernut party! Sunday night, November 4. Prep for Relief Sale by helping make these uniquely Mennonite treat.
Texas Mennonite Sale and Auction for World Relief: November 10.
NEW SMALL GROUP: A small group will be starting on Sunday, Nov. 11 after church. Bring a favorite book that has influenced you and be prepared to share about it with others. It will include lunch, so bring a dish for potluck. All ages are invited to participate. Contact Doug Mast or Judy Hoffhien for additional information.
COLD WEATHER ITEMS NEEDED: Marty’s sermon last Sunday really spoke to me. How we treat the “least of these” is a reflection of our faith. Since the weather has turned colder, there is a huge need for winter coats, blankets, jackets, sweaters, and other clothing to keep folks warm. It is hard enough to be homeless in normal Houston weather, but brutal when it is raining or the temperatures fall. So, clean out the closets and donate what is not being used in your home and start the holiday season by sharing. All sizes of both men and women’s clothing are needed and will be greatly appreciated.
ART SUPPLIES NEEDED: The Peace Club will be helping the children with crafts at the daycare center during the Relief Sale. One project will be making turkeys using pinecones, feathers, bobble eyes, etc. If you have any extra of these items, please bring them on Nov. 10 to supplement what is available. If anyone over 12 would like to volunteer, we can use the energy and help. Just stop by and join in the activity.
Are you on Facebook? We are! “Like” Houston Mennonite Church, The Texas Mennonite Sale and Auction, and/or The Peace Pastor today! Thenclick “share” so that all your followers know about it too!
Mennonite Central Committee Penny Power: Please bring your change to church for Penny Power. Proceeds this year go to relief and development work in Mexico through Mennonite Central Committee.
Thanksgiving Meal: Thanksgiving Thursday, 3PM at HMC.
Christmas Banquet: Sunday night December 16 at HMC.
Jesus’ Voters Guide: Election 2012: A tighter, sharper version of what I preached on Sunday. You’ll recognize the sermon in this, but it’s also different.


So what’s a “Relief Sale” anyway???
The Texas Mennonite Sale & Auction for World Relief has been held in Houston every November since 1990, raising nearly $750,000 during those years.  We typically have about 40 quilts that are auctioned—many of them coming from friends across the country.  We also sell crafts, woodworking, baked goods, used books, food, and a variety of other things.  We’re always looking for new ideas of things we can add.

Of course, each year we need people to pitch in and help make this event happen.  Whether by making crafts throughout the year, helping out with the organizational details, or lending a hand with one of the many tasks on sale day, we welcome everyone’s involvement.                                    

Why do we do this?
As Mennonites, we believe in service to others, in helping to ensure that all people everywhere can enjoy the abundant life that God intends for them, and in making peace—even in difficult situations.  One of the ways we express these beliefs is through our support of Mennonite Central Committee—the relief, development and peacemaking agency of North American Mennonite churches…  Through the efforts of more than 1,000 dedicated men and women, MCC provides food relief, agricultural assistance, education, health services an much more to people in more than 50 countries.

In the late 1950s, Mennonites first held an event at which they donated hand crafted items and food, which were sold to benefit MCC—a sale to support relief work, or a Relief Sale.  Today 45 such events are held annually across the US and Canada, raising over $5 million for MCC.


I want to serve too, how can I?

The Relief Sale is a great way to connect your faith God’s love for the whole world. Here’s several ways to serve:

  • Come to The Relief Sale November 10 and have a great day! Eat, drink, buy Christmas gifts, splurge on a special something, and grab a loaf of bread to gift your boss or neighbor.
  • “Like” The Texas Mennonite Relief Sale on Facebook and share it so that all your followers know about it too!
  • Make or create something for the sale: Quilts, crafts, fresh bread, cookies, wood work and handmade soap can all share God’s abundant life through something you’re passionate about.
  • Get donations for the silent auction: Each year we gather gift cards from local businesses, merchandise, and other gifts for our silent auction. Ask your favorite restaurant or business for a donation. On the back table are official invitation letters from The Relief Sale.
  • Penny Power: Bring your spare change and add it to our Penny Power jar. A painless way to raise funds to support development.
  • Invite people to the Sale: Pass out Relief Sale flyers to your friends, coworkers, neighbors, and well, everyone. Even people you don’t like might want to come! Be creative in using media and other outlets in your invitations.
  • Volunteer: The Sale itself is a huge event. We use volunteers to sort, transport, set-up, display and present, serve food, sell crafts and baked goods, clean, and tear down. We’re in particular need this year of a Leader to set up our quilt displays.
  • Pray! This is more than a business, this is an expression of faith. Hold director Roxie V. and all our Texas volunteers in your prayers that God might return all that is given, and more!
  • Attend Sewers and Doers: This group gathers twice a month at HMC to make handcrafts for the Sale.
  • Be a Sponsor: Consider an in kind donation to off-set the costs of the sale itself. Or host a fundraiser to do so.


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Office Ministry Do you have organizational gifts you could share that would benefit the ministry of our church? We’re looking for a volunteer in the church office 2-5 hours a week to help with all or some of the following: bulletin printing, phone and mail, distributing resources, and helping pastor Marty in the office.

Contact Gloria W. or pastor Marty.


Facilities and Yard Help: Do you do projects around your house or hire others to do work at your house?  Do you like being outside and working in the yard?  Do you enjoy seeing well maintained church grounds?  We are looking for someone like you to help as they can with maintenance, repairs, and yard care. If you have skills and time to help, please let us know! This

Contact Gerald G.

Worship Order for November 4, 2012

Scripture                                  Psalm 108:1-5             

Opening Prayer
Songs of Praise

SJ #16 Praise with joy the world’s creator 

SJ #43 My faith has found a resting place


Scripture Presentation             Mark 12:28-34

Children’s Time

Reflections from South Africa                                    

Prayer Song     HWB #142 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Communion prayer HWB #784


Prayer for Discerning HMC Leaders In Bulletin                                               

Sharing & Prayer Please fill out your bulletin tear-off prayer request and/or light a candle prayer at this time         

Offering and Offertory

Connecting More Fully

Song of Commissioning SJ # 63 vss1,3,5 Lord, you give the great commission

Commissioning for Mission where we live, work and play

SJ- Sing the Journey (Green spiral-bound) HWB- Hymnal Worship Book (Blue hardback).


Communion: Houston Mennonite Church celebrates an open communion. All people (members and visitors) who follow or long to follow Jesus are invited to pray and celebrate with us at the Lord’s table.



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,, also available on Facebook.


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