HMC E-Newsletter November 10, 2011


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Why not consider attending the Texas Mennonite Sale and Auction for World Relief which sponsors a live auction, silent auction, and other activities with the proceeds going to assist people suffering from poverty, natural disasters or war around the world and in North America. The money raised at this event supports Mennonite Central Committee, which raises funds from events like this throughout the U.S. and Canada and then distributes aid very efficiently and effectively. To learn more about what the Sale supports, go to: To view some of the beautiful items that will be available for purchase at the Sale go to:

So if you’re looking for a fun event for the whole family, like great ethnic food, and might be interested in a beautiful handmade quilt or piece of handmade woodworking, please consider coming to the Sale on November 12. I promise you will have a great time!

For more information about the sale go to:
Roxie Voran, Chairman
Texas Mennonite Sale & Auction
for World Relief

Connecting More Fully at HMC:
November 12:Texas Mennonite Sale and Auction for World Relief: November 12, 9-4PM. Raising money for projects related to PEACE BUILDING, HUNGER, WATER, EDUCATION, HEALTH and EMERGENCIES & DISASTERS.
November 13:No Sunday School on November 13 (“The Day After”)

November 19: Christmas Choir Practice 4:30PM Saturday: November 19, December 3 & 10. All welcome to join!
November 19: Outreach opportunities Open House and Dinner: All ages are invited to attend an Open House and dinner at the home of Eric and Judy Hoffhien, on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6:00 PM. Kathryn Bauchelle will be sharing about her work with a local literacy program, and other information will be given out about the Spring Branch Food Pantry and Memorial Area Ministries. We welcome other ideas about outreach efforts for the coming year. This is an opportunity for fellowship and making our community stronger.
November 22: Ten Thousand Villages Shopping Night: Make your dollars count and help artisans in developing countries. A wonderful selection of gifts for the holidays are available at the Rice Village store. Peace Camp staff will be sponsoring a Shopping Night at the store on Nov. 22 from 6 -8 PM. 15% of the sales will go to this non profit group. If you cannot participate that evening, the Houston Peace and Justice Center will have a Shopping Night on Dec. 12. Support our local peacemaking groups which will also help struggling families in poverty stricken areas.
►November 24: Community Thanksgiving Meal at the church on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 1:00. Turkey and stuffing will be provided, so bring a side dish to share and invite some friends to be a part of this special holiday time.

December 5: Congregational Meetings:

Sunday December 5, 1PM. Annual Business meeting, Part 1.
Sunday January 15, 1PM Annual Business meeting, Part 2.

December 11: Christmas Banquet: HMC’s annual Christmas banquet will be held on Sunday, December 11 in the evening.  It is followed by the Christmas program, consisting of musical and dramatic pieces performed by members of the congregation.  Please begin thinking about what you would like to do, and let a member of the worship team know.

Christmas is coming to HMC: We’re collecting blankets, sleeping bags, coats and other winter clothing for the homeless for the next 6 weeks. Please place donated items in the blue box or see Judy Hoffhien. This is a great time to clean out closets and share with others. These will be given out after the sharing of meals by the Food Not Bombs group.

God’s Commitment to the Common Good
By Marty Troyer
May righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. -Psalm 72:7 (read Psalm 72:1-7)

Our house awakens early with chirping children and pattering feet. We crowd onto the bed for snuggles and tickles before eating breakfast and taking our morning walk. These giggle-filled moments energize my day and bring purpose to my work.

They make me deeply thankful for the beautiful new world God is creating where joy, peace and celebration reign. I love how the Psalmist offers his blessing to God’s mission in our world, “May righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.” (Psalm 72:7) Indeed! Is there anyone who wants less than for our world, and all our children, to experience God’s intent for creation? For that is what righteousness is: right conditions, right relationships, the way things are meant to be. It is the common good.

The world God is creating stands in stark contrast to the status quo world we see on the news. Ours is a new world, filled with “justice and righteousness (vs 1),” “prosperity for the people (vs 3),” concern for “the poor” and “the needy (vs 4).” In our world everyone has what they need and no one has too much. It’s beautiful, really. Something I’m excited to share with my children and neighbors. And it’s something we proudly are sharing with the Houston community this Saturday at The Texas Mennonite Sale and Auction for World Relief.

Can you see it too? Can you see God re-creating our world in the image of shalom and not empire? Can you see God transforming swords and bombs into plowshares? Can you see schools, neighborhoods and cities as they are meant to be? Then join in Saturday, because with God, the common good flourishes and abounds! Can you see it?

God, as I walk through the old world of violence, despair, pain and poverty, remind me you’re beautiful new world is among us already. Pour your blessings on the work of Mennonite Central Committee and all who seek to embrace the beautiful new world among us. May it always flourish! AMEN


ORDER OF WORSHIP FOR SongFest, November 12, 2011

Thank you to the following for sharing your gifts! Worship Leader: Marty Troyer; Scripture Reader: ??; Children’s Message: Adrienne Graybill; Song Leader: Andrea Welty-Peachey ; Pianist: Linda Washburn; Children’s Church:  ??.


Opening Songs

Welcome/Call to Worship
*Opening Scripture                 Psalm 100 HWB 821
*Opening Prayer
*Songs of Praise and Celebration

Here in this place HWB #6
Contemos al Señor HWB #55
God loves all his many people HWB #397

Scripture                                  Matthew 25:31-46
Relief Sale Report
Songs of Response

Come walk with us SJ #2
Miren que buéno SJ #37

Offering and Offertory Lord of all good SJ #60
Congregational Prayer
“Hymn Sing” requests from the congregation
Connecting More Fully
*Sending Scripture
*Song of Sendin           Praise God from Whom HWB #118
*Commissioning Prayer   HWB #763


The Peace Pastor Update:
This week I blogged about the 5 year anniversary of the Amish’ response to a mass shooting in Nickel Mines, PA. As well as about the Relief Sale. You can read all this and more at:

 Formation Resources in a Mennonite Perspective:. Christian formation takes more than 20 passive minutes once a week. It takes passionate spirituality, authentic community, and unusual commitment. Here are some tools for your journey:

  • Desiring God’s Kingdom? What’s the Best, most up to date definition of a Mennonite?  If you want the clearest, most modern yet-rooted-in-tradition understanding of what it means to be a Mennonite, check this out. If you were to ask me for the core document defining who we are, and what we are about as a denomination, I would point you here. It’s called: Desiring God’s Kingdom: A Missional Vision and Purposeful Plan for being Mennonite. As leaders here at HMC, we’re currently studying this document in our meetings, and being refreshed and renewed to do so.
  • The Pangea Blog: Kurt Willems’ writes an Anabaptist/Mennonite blog (similar to ThePeacePastor) with a passion for Jesus and all people. He writes brilliantly about peace, justice, the gospel and church and is consistently picked up by larger publishers like Sojourners and Red Letter Christians.
  • Who are the Mennonites? Here’s a 4 minute video to learn more about who you are. Also, a great link to share with inquisitive friends and neighbors. Watch it, and you’ll know what to say next time someone asks you “What’s a Mennonite anyway?”

Christian Formation Options at HMC:
Join us each Sunday morning at 9:30AM!
►Preschool: (ages 3-5): Adrienne Graybill
►Adults: Living More with Less book study
►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,, 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
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