National Day of Prayer: May 5

March 30, 2016

National Day of Prayer will be observed in Cedar Hill on May 5. Details are on the flyer below.

National day of prayer

Mission & Discernment Process: April & May

March 30, 2016

Mission & Discernment: Begins Saturday, April 2

Lord Jesus Christ, renew and increase in all of us, your Holy Spirit and power in your name, AMEN

Please see Pastor Wendy’s invitation below where she gives the details regarding Mission Discernment. I pray that you will prayerfully consider attending along with me. I am hopeful that these 8 hours or so, will reap a spiritual harvest for our church and for me personally. Won’t you consider joining us?

Thank you,
Raymond Luster, Council President

Beginning on Saturday April 2 (9am, Berthelsen home)… Breakfast will be served.

All of the Council and also anyone interested from the congregation will be invited to participate in a prayerful listening and discernment process, regarding the outward focus of our church and how that relates to the inward focus of our church. Participation will be optional for all. We will focus on the following: spiritual growth, foreign mission, church renewal, works of compassion, call, domestic mission, witness, evangelism and how all of these are related. We will focus on our present strengths and also engage listening prayer to see if the Lord will reveal anything new regarding our future. We will consider this individually as well us collectively (how the Lord is leading us together). We will invite Jesus to rule and reign over this process and the Holy Spirit to empower all of us. We will expect our Lord Jesus to work as He did through common ordinary fishermen and tax collectors, perhaps working through something as small as a “mustard seed,” giving birth to something of significance over time. We will not predict the outcome. This has already been brought before the Council in general terms.

Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, North American Lutheran Church Assistant to the Bishop for Mission and some of his staff teams have done training, gave presentations and prepared materials for such a process, focusing on one of the NALC’s values, “Mission-Driven. Some in our congregation have been a part of these sessions. Each of our times together, we will use some of these presentations and materials. In addition, we will have times of intentional prayerful listening, waiting to see if the Lord might reveal something new to us.

We will do this over four Saturday mornings in April and May, beginning at 9am and lasting two hours. Here are the tentative dates: April 2, April 16, April 30 and May 14. We will shift the time and dates if needed.

Please RSVP or indicate an interest even if you cannot come to the April 2 session.

Pastor Wendy

April 7 Webinar: Renewing the Church through Senior Ministry

March 30, 2016

Renewing the Church Through Senior Ministry: Thursday, April 7

Webinar by Pastor Brad Hales

The local congregation is “graying” at a rapid rate. Over 10,000 people each day are turning 65 years of age. Instead of lamenting the “aging of the church,” we need to embrace it and help older adults grow in their discipleship of Jesus. Through “second half ministry” a congregation can be renewed and “re-fired” for mission.  For more information – please see the video introduction to this new series:

Renewing the Church Through Senior Ministry

Join us on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm EST for a free webinar, beginning Thursday, April 7th.  To register or for more information, please visit:

Faith Webbing at Hope Lutheran!

March 2, 2016

The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) is promoting “faith webbing” as an intergenerational approach to family, youth and children’s ministry. This approach can be engaged by any size congregation. They are partnering with Gary and Laurie Pecuch who have years of experience in family, youth and children’s ministry. They are giving leadership to this initiative. Hope Lutheran will be embracing and engaging this approach. More information to come, but to get started, explore these links:

Faith Webbing website (click here)

Faith Webbing video (click here)

Go to Germany in 2017! 500th Anniversary of Reformation

January 28, 2016

Pastors Joel and Wendy have been asked to be a part of tour to Germany in 2017 which will mark 500 years since Martin Luther posted 95 ideas (theses) for debate on the church door in a small town in Germany in 1517, launching what is known as the “Reformation.”

You are invited! The trip dates are April 24 – May 4 2017. Pre-trip dates to Italy are April 20-24.

This is a very unique and amazing opportunity to travel with Dr. Walter Sundberg, retired professor of Church History from Luther Seminary of St. Paul, MN. Dr. Sundberg will teach at all the Reformation historical sites. He will also teach on a pre-trip to Rome, Florence and Venice, recounting the history leading to the Reformation. The trip will end in Berlin. The implications of the Reformation insights for our time will be a part of the trip conversations. Dr. Sundberg is a very dynamic teacher! In the midst of the trip, “Martin and Katy Luther” played by Johan and Sonja Hinderlie will be offering humorous and insightful dramas along the way. Johan and Sonja are the retired directors of Mount Carmel Ministries, a Lutheran Bible camp and former summer campus of Lutheran Bible Institute, located in Alexandria, MN.

More detailed information along with registration information is on the brochure panels at the following links:

Germany & Italy Pre-Trip April 2017 Reg Form

Why Rome? Why Berlin? Learning from Dr. Sundberg

11 Day Germany & Italy Pre-Trip April 2017 Brochure (1)

11 Day Germany & Italy Pre-Trip April 2017 Reg Form

Opportunities to Grow in Knowing Jesus!

January 27, 2016

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3
Do you know Jesus? Are you in a living active relationship with Him? Have you offered your life to Him and asked Him to bring repentance and forgiveness of sins to you? Have you asked Him to be your Lord (in control of all). It’s crucial to know Jesus to experience true life from now unto eternity. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. We hope you are pressing on, getting to know Jesus through his Word and prayer. The Scriptures tell us that prayer and the Word show evidence of living faith. Here are some opportunities. Click on the link:
2016 Spiritual Growth
Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart.
Jesus says, Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

Lenten Dinners & Worship: “The Passover”

January 27, 2016

The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10. “Patterns of Evidence: The Passover in Exodus” from Exodus 12-14 (Exodus 1-15) will be our Lenten theme for the entire the Lenten season.

Jesus became our Passover lamb, covering us with His blood so that the angel of death would “passover.”

Simple dinners will begin at 6PM preceding the worship.

Wednesday worship services will be at 7:00 PM, ending on March 16 and leading up to Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday on March 20.



For more on our Lenten theme, see our Heralds of Hope newsletter.

North Texas Senior Fest: February 27

January 27, 2016

Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)
Ninth Annual North Texas Senior Fest – February 27
Messiah Lutheran Church
1801 West Plano Parkway
Plano, Texas

The North Texas ALOA Senior Fest is scheduled for February 28. Registration begins at 8:30am.

An excellent program is planned as we anticipate the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.  Dr. Joel D. Heck from Concordia University Texas in Austin will be the primary speaker as he talks about the life and contributions of Martin Luther.  As always, the workshops will give you a variety of topics for your nurture, instruction, and inspiration.  The program is set forth in detail in the brochure at the following link:

Brochure 2016 p1

Brochure 2016 p2 revised

Ash Wednesday Service: Feb. 10, 7PM

January 27, 2016

Our observance of the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 with an evening service at 7PM. We will have Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes as a part of the service. A soup supper will precede the service at 6pm. ALL are welcome!

Holy Week & Easter Celebration

January 26, 2016

March 20, 10AM: Palm Sunday Festival Worship at Hope Lutheran Church

March 24, 7 PM: Maundy Thursday: Service of Healing & Holy Communion in remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples

March 25, 7 PM: Good Friday Worship

March 26, 8AM-5PM: Easter Prayer Vigil at Hope Lutheran Church; Sign up to pray! Through the centuries, Christians have held a vigil of prayer leading up to Easter.

March 27, Easter Sunday Celebration

  • 9AM: Easter Breakfast at Hope Lutheran Church
  • 10AM: Festival Worship at Hope Lutheran Church

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