Mission: Sent to Transform the World!

April 21, 2014

According to Scripture, all members of Christ’s church are called to be missionaries … called and sent out by Jesus to transform the world in the mission field of life … family, work, “glocal” (local to global), and church gathering. Thus at Hope Lutheran, we hope to train all according to Acts 1:8 to be missionaries: in “Jerusalem” (near home), “Judea” (a bit further out), “Samaria” (still further out), and to ends of the earth. Jesus calls us to bring his rule reign redemption and resurrection power to bear on people, problems and places of our broken world. In addition to ongoing spiritual growth, discipleship and training efforts, Hope has hosted mission summits with guest speakers such as Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba (Assistant to the Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church) and Rev. Mark Vander Tuig.

For many years, our youth have engaged in short term mission endeavors, transforming and serving the world.

Pastor Wendy is President of Call Inc., a non-profit teaching and discipleship mission dedicated to mobilizing ordinary people called by Jesus to “incorporate” His call into all of life … family, work, “glocal” (local to global) and the gathering of believers. In other words, Call Inc. is about training ordinary people for mission in all of life.  Pastors Wendy and Joel are founders of the mission along with Steve and Kathy Harr who were longtime members of Hope Lutheran before moving.

For many years, Hope Lutheran has actively participated in various missions of Cedar Hill, particularly the Cedar Hill Food Pantry (and Thrift Store) and the Transformation Vision of Cedar Hill. For many years, Pastors Joel and Wendy with other Cedar Hill leaders and citizens have prayed weekly with the Cedar Hill leadership at schools, fire stations, police stations, the chamber of commerce, businesses, government entities, and churches. For many years, Pastor Joel has served as the chaplain of the Cedar Hill fire department.

We are proud that our church is debt-free. Therefore, we are able to devote our finances, building, words and deeds towards Jesus’ mission: the transformation and salvation of the world.  Towards that end:

  • Hope Lutheran believes that its building is a gift from God and can be graciously used to further other kingdom, mission and community efforts beyond Hope Lutheran. Two other churches are housed in our building: Rock of Faith Family Church (Rev. Hennon Cooper) and Thanksgiving Tabernacle (Rev. Edsel Dureus). Several community groups meet in our building including the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. All of these help reflect both the mission of Jesus and the ethnic diversity of our area.
  • Hope Lutheran financially supports many mission endeavors … local and global, giving over a tithe (10-20%) of its budget towards mission efforts! During the Sunday morning offering, a gift may be given at any time to these missionaries and mission efforts by clearly designating the gift to these missionaries; then, the gift will be sent to the appropriate missionary or mission. Here is a sampling of missions we regularly support in both our budget and through extra mission offerings and efforts: individual giving, fundraising efforts or with special offerings:
  1. Cedar Hill Food Pantry
  2. Hope Mansion, Cedar Hill
  3. North American Lutheran Church
  4. Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
  5. Victor and Sara Gaultney (members of Hope): Wycliffe Bible Translators. Contact: Email them at family {at} gaultney(.)org if you would like to receive their e-newsletter.
  6. Jay and Sara Gerhart (Leadership Training in Southern Africa)
  7. Debbie Buenting (daughter of Hope): Youth with a Mission
  8. Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba (Assistant Bishop of North American Lutheran Church for Mission): Media Ministry to Eastern Africa (Building Leaders for Global Harvest: Click here for a sample newsletter.) Click here for more info about Dr. Buba.
  9. China Service Ventures (Drs. Paul & Ida Martinson)
  10. Compassion International: child sponsorship
  11. Call Inc. (Pastor Wendy Berthelsen)
  12. Other: We also support our youth in short-term mission trip ventures. We have taken special offerings for the Gideons, Lutheran Bible Translators, Lutheran World Relief, and many other special needs.

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Annual Gathering

March 28, 2014

“Reason for Hope”

What do we say and how do we respond?  These are the questions that often face Christians and Lutherans in 2014 right here in America.  We are now living in a “post-denominational era”; the way we used to do church is no longer working.  Times have changed and we now need to be able to defend, explain and affirm our faith in Christ alone.  We have been given a great heritage of faith and theology through the Lutheran Reformation.  This theological framework is more than capable of helping us to proclaim the Gospel to our generation.  We just have to figure out how to do it, and then start.

From October 5-8, 2014 we will gather leaders, pastors, and church members from all over the world to celebrate our 14th Our Annual Gathering and Convention.  The event is being held at:

The Iowa Events Center
Hy-Vee Hall
730 3rd St
Des Moines, IA  50309

The focus of our gathering this year is “Reason for Hope”.  We have invited three keynote speakers who will each in their own way help us to consider how we might engage this culture with the Good News of Jesus Christ and his gracious love and atoning sacrifice.

Our Keynote speakers are:

  • Rev. Dr. Walter Sundburg, Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary
  • Rev. Margaret Manning, Speaker/Writer, RZIM
  • Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes, Professor of Theology, Grand View University

Our gathering will also include two worship services, morning Bible studies and singing, over 75 vendors, more than 40 breakout sessions and opportunities for fellowship and networking.

This year we will also have a chance to serve the hungry of the world, both here and abroad by participating in a meal packaging event on the Tuesday evening of our gathering.  If we can raise $80,000 and gather 1,000 people for two hours, we could put together 400,000 meals, a part of what it means to be “in Mission for Christ”!

Mission Training Events

March 28, 2014

The North American Lutheran Church is sponsoring the following training events:

  • Texas Regional Mission Conference on House Churches @ All Saints Lutheran Church, Oct 31 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 3:30 pm. Click on Oct. 31 on missions page on NALC website: click here.

Spiritual Growth & Training Disciples!

March 28, 2014

Jesus “calls” all who trust in Him to “be” trained as His disciples, knowing, following and serving Him. Jesus also “calls” all who trust in Him to “make” disciples. Church in Biblical Greek literally means “called out ones.” “Ones” … ordinary people “called” by Jesus “out” to transform the world… this is church! We believe this “call” to be and make disciples for the purpose of transforming the world is the only scriptural vision for “church” … though the specifics of “how” can happen in a variety of ways … means and methods.

For a fuller explanation and discussion, click here to view an article entitled, “Anxious Times: ‘Church Growth’ and Making Disciples,” written by Pastor Wendy and published in the Fall 2014 issue of the evangelical Lutheran magazine, Connections (Sola Publishing). Click here to view the article as it appears in the magazine.

In addition to regular worship and prayer opportunities, here is a sampling of spiritual growth and discipleship opportunities for all ages:

  • Timothy Project Bible Study (during the school year): Opportunity to intensely read and study the Holy Scriptures, learn an in-depth study method and to listen for Jesus’ personal practical voice in His word.
  • Children’s and Adult Sunday School: Sometimes adult Sunday School studies a section of Scripture. Sometimes, it will study a Scriptural theme, perhaps using an additional written resource.
  • Children’s and Adult Vacation Bible School: Focusing upon a scriptural theme such as missions or call.
  • Small Groups: Small groups combine faith conversation, fellowship, prayer, service and discussion-based scriptural study. Groups are encouraged to study the Bible. Sometimes, they will study a Christian book.

Watch for other opportunities in our newsletter, Heralds of Hope, posted monthly on this website. Click here to sign up to receive E-mailings with the latest info on upcoming opportunities and offerings.


North American Lutheran Church News

March 28, 2014

Hope Lutheran Church is proud to part of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The latest edition of the NALC News can be found by clicking here.

Holy Week Services

March 28, 2014

April 17, 7 PM: Maundy Thursday: Service of Healing & Holy Communion

April 18, 7 PM: Good Friday: United Methodist Church, Cedar Hill

April 19, 8AM-8PM: Easter Prayer Vigil; Sign up to pray!

Resolution to Leave the ELCA passes by 88%

January 9, 2011

Go to the Hope’s Direction page to learn more.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

December 22, 2010

Services will be held on Christmas Eve at 6:00 & 10:30 PM.

Important Meeting November 14 During SS Hour

November 4, 2010

Hope church council requests your presence on Sunday, November 14th at 9:15 AM to answer questions and field reactions to the letter sent regarding Hope’s relationship to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  This will NOT be an official Special Congregational Meeting.  There will be NO official business conducted.

Silence Summit, Saturday, November 13, 2010 9AM-4PM

October 20, 2010

Meet with our Lord.  Intentional silence will be observed in order to intentionally LISTEN.  Put aside YOUR agenda and to-do list. Hear God speak to you.  Practical insights will be offered.  $20 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

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