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Newsletter 2022-11-16: 2022 Survey for Nominations to the Ministry Teams and Positions

The vitality, ministries, and success of Houston Mennonite Church (HMC) as a congregation depend so much on the volunteers who serve on the various ministry teams of the church. Every year a survey is sent to the congregation to invite you to nominate yourself or someone else in the congregation to serve in the various positions or on a team at HMC. As we rebuild from the pandemic and go through a time of pastoral transition it will take all of us working together to make it happen.

HMC is organized around a number of ministry teams. These teams help these ministries come alive in the life of the church. There is a description of the teams in the survey. Here are the teams that are in place currently:

1. Care for all our people. (Care Team) 2. Teach and encourage kids and adults to be followers of Jesus through education and faith formation opportunities. (Discipleship Team) 3. Create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings by providing refreshments, coordinating monthly potlucks, and supporting other ministries (Hospitality Team) 4. Outreach to the community in word and action. (Outreach Team) 5. Take care of the stewardship of property and finances. (Stewardship Team) 6. Plan and implement necessary technology to meet needs. (Tech Team) 7. Plan for the worship services at HMC. (Worship Team)

An important communication position in the organization of HMC is the Recording Secretary who prepares the minutes of Church Council and Congregational Meetings and receives Ministry Team reports and makes them available to the congregation.

Do you have gifts or interest in these areas? Do you see someone else in the church with potential? Nominate yourself or someone else in the survey. Click on this link to complete the survey or click on the button below.

Being part of a ministry team is about serving people, empowering our shared vision, equipping each of us to live healthy lives as followers of Jesus, and possibly serving as team leader which means also serving on the Church Council. Nominees should be currently active in the congregation and able to affirm the identity and vision of HMC. The results of this survey will be tabulated and discussed within the HMC Council which will choose persons to serve in positions and on the various teams. The congregation will be asked to affirm the persons chosen.

This is an important time to be the church to each other. Thanks for your time and consideration!

Lee Lever, Transitional Pastor Houston Mennonite Church



 

Child Care Helper needed for this coming Sunday, November 20, 2022


We currently do not have a childcare person employed at HMC. We are in the process of searching for a person to fill that position through the Indeed employment website.

We need a childcare person each Sunday during our worship service to assist with Children’s Church. If you would like to sign up for a Sunday or two, please contact Pastor Lee Lever or Administrative Assistant Clarke Ohlendorf. Thanks for helping out!


 

Find details for each event on our ChurchTrac Connect


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Care & Community


Volunteer Schedule

  • Nov.–Dec. 2022

  • Need to make any changes? Please try to find your own replacements first, then contact Lynda V. with updates.


 

Spiritual Formation & News


Mennonite Church USA recently completed a denomination-wide survey and the final report, “The Mennonite Experience: MC USA Membership Study 2021-22,” has been published. “A key insight from this data is that we must stick close to our Anabaptist roots and put Jesus at the center of all we do,” said Guyton. “We have a special call as Anabaptist Christians to focus on the life of Christ. Without that distinctive, any work we do loses its true power.” To learn more go to: mennoniteusa.org/news/denominational-survey/

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is an organization that helps people rebuild after a disaster. The strength of MDS is its volunteer base which includes a range of Anabaptist/Mennonite constituencies, and the generosity of those who support the good work of MDS. When MDS enters a disaster situation they intentionally partner with other agencies and they typically focus on households with fewer resources than others.

MDS will be building 5 homes in Bastrop area to replace homes that were destroyed by the tornado. This work will run Jan-Feb-Mar, but the volunteers need a place to stay. A church that is close to the houses that will be built has graciously offered us space in one of their buildings. The space needs some renovating to fit our needs. This is the work that needs to be completed in November.

  • Time frame: November 18-19

  • The work: Building 4 interior walls, installing 4 showers, installing a second water heater, installing a number of doors, installing wall board (no tape and mudding), minor repairing a false ceiling and hanging tiles, running new electrical circuits for several RVs, testing outlets and determining which circuit they are on, moving in additional freezer, ice maker, putting together bunk beds, and moving furniture

  • Location: Family Worship Center, 2425 FM 1704, Elgin, TX 78621

  • Contact: Gerald G.

 

Offering


Go Electronic: ​​Give online by clicking here or the button below. Mail Checks to our building at : Houston Mennonite Church Attn: Treasurer 1231 Wirt Road Houston, TX 77055-6852


 

Houston Mennonite Staff

Pastor (Transitional): Lee Lever leel@houstonmennonite.org 512-230-9470 (text first)

Pastor (Associate): LaTayna Purnell lataynap@houstonmennonite.org 617-447-9000

Administrative Assistant: Clarke Ohlendorf admin@houstonmennonite.org 281-783-9070 (text & voicemail)



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