North Texas Senior Fest: February 28, 2015

December 3, 2014

Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)
Eighth Annual North Texas Senior Fest – February 28, 2015
Messiah Lutheran Church
1801 West Plano Parkway
Plano, Texas

This year’s primary speaker will be Dr. Mark Allen Powell, professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio.

His theme will be “Retirement as Vocation” as he discusses what the Bible says about aging.

Six workshops will be offered:
1. “De-clutter to Downsize Your Home and Life” – Lorraine Brock, a favorite among last year’s presenters, will share ideas geared to seniors who wish to “downsize their lives.”
2. “How Not To Fall” – Stephanie Calabrese, a Registered Physical Therapist, will share fun tips and guidance on how to maintain your balance in life.
3. “Surviving the Death of a Loved One” – Darrel Gilbertson, retired Lutheran pastor and author, will share his journey of loss and hope during the past year following his wife’s death.
4. “Live Long and Prosper!” – Gerry Hughes is a Wealth Advisor and Certified Financial Planner with Thrivent Financial. He will discuss strategies for financial security and strength in the later years of life.
5. “Drawing Your Way to Spiritual Health” – Susan Thillen will show how you can doodle your way to better mental and spiritual health and improve your “hearing” skills through Zentangles.
6. “No Money Required” – Laura Wolfe is volunteer coordinator for the North Central Texas
Area Agency on Aging. She will provide an overview of the resources and services that are available free of charge to persons age 60 and older through the network of Area Agencies on Aging.

There is much to look forward to in next year’s Senior Fest. Add this date to next year’s calendar and plan to join us!

Christmas Eve Service: 7PM

December 3, 2014

Come and celebrate the coming of Jesus, the “Savior who has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

“O come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For surely he is God.” Psalm 95:6

New Edition: North American Lutheran Church News

November 25, 2014

The latest version of North American Lutheran Church News has been posted. Click here. Great reports, especially:

  • National Abida Mission Festival … awesome event!
  • North American Lutheran Seminary President Installation … powerful worship!
  • Our mission district dean, Mark Braaten’s recent teaching mission to Ethiopia
  • Awesome article by Bishop John Bradosky on Jesus’ authority

Hope Lutheran is a church within the North American Lutheran Church. Explore their website!


Women’s Christmas Brunch & Silent Auction: Dec. 6

November 18, 2014

Hope Lutheran Women have invited the women of Good Shepherd Church, Rock of Faith Family Church and Thanksgiving Tabernacle Bible Fellowship to celebrate with them at their annual Christmas brunch on December 6. All women are invited … from Hope, the community or other churches!

The food and program promise to be fabulous!

At the brunch, Hope Women will have a silent auction to raise money for our missionary families: the Gaultneys, Gerharts and Debbie Buenting. You are welcome to bring a craft item, baked item or something else to donate for bidding and purchase in the silent auction.

Children Receive Chocolate Advent Calendars!

November 18, 2014

During Family Sunday School (following worship), each of the children received a chocolate advent calendar as gift from Hope Lutheran. The calendar has windows for each day in December leading up to Christmas. Each window has a Scripture verse and a piece of chocolate. The calendars are distributed by Divine Chocolate, a free trade ministry that directly supports the suppliers in impoverished places.

During Family Sunday School, parents and children continue to practice Faith Five, a way of doing family devotions gathered around the Scriptures. Children also receive coupons for a free meal at Chick-fil-a for each verse of Scripture that they memorize.

Hope will Plant House Churches!

November 18, 2014

Early in 2015, Hope Lutheran Church is looking to plant two or more house churches in the surrounding communities. The house churches would be led by current members of Hope Lutheran who have a desire to regularly and intentionally worship and grow in Jesus in a house church setting. Each of these leaders has expressed excitement around gathering people in a house church setting who currently are not connected or marginally connected with a church gathering.

Early in 2015, Hope is looking to bring in trainers from Life Together Churches, a ministry dedicated to supporting and resourcing house churches. Life Together Churches is led by Lutheran pastors and works closely with both Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Both NALC and LCMC are advocating the planting of churches, including house churches.

Thanksgiving Service: Nov. 26

November 18, 2014

Hope Lutheran will share an evening of worship, prayer and thanks with First Methodist, Good Shepherd, Thanksgiving Tabernacle Bible Fellowship, and Rock of Faith Family Churches.

November 26, 2014    7 PM

First Methodist Church, 128 N Roberts Rd, Cedar Hill


Annual Thanksgiving Dinner: Nov. 23!

November 18, 2014

Friends and family of Hope are invited to our annual Thanksgiving meal! Turkey, dressing, potatoes and bread will all be provided. Everyone is invited to bring two side dishes: vegies, salad, dessert or whatever you would like! A free will offering will be received! Come, give thanks and share in the fellowship!

Mission Training Events: October & November

November 15, 2014

Recently, the North American Lutheran Church sponsored two awesome mission training events:

  • Texas Regional Mission Conference on House Churches @ All Saints Lutheran Church, Arlington, TX. Oct 31-Nov 1. Ten people from Hope Lutheran attended this event.
  • “Abida” Mission Festival: November 6-8, Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Wendy attended this event as part of the national North American Lutheran Church mission team.

Soon, recordings from these two events will be available on the Missions tab of the North American Lutheran Church website.

Latest Lutheran CORE News & Other Info

November 14, 2014

Mobilizing Confessing Lutherans for Evangelical Renewal

View the latest Lutheran CORE News, click here.

To view past newsletters or for info on how to sign up for the Lutheran CORE monthly newsletter, click here.

Hope Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran CORE. Pastor Wendy serves on Lutheran CORE’s national steering committee.

Lutheran CORE unites Lutherans (across denominational lines) who believe in the authority of Scripture as a norm for all faith and life. Lutheran CORE believes the historical creeds summarize the teachings of Scripture, and the Lutheran Confessional historical writings provide a faithful lens through which to view, study and reflect on the creeds and Scripture. Lutheran CORE believes that discipleship as taught by Jesus in the Scriptures ignites evangelical renewal.

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