Ash Wednesday: Feb. 14, 7PM, Holy Week & Easter

January 4, 2018

Our observance of the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 with an evening service at 7PM. We will have Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes as a part of the service. ALL are welcome!

Wednesday evening services will continue at 7 PM leading up to Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday on March 25.

Easter Resurrection Celebration Service will be on April 1, 2018

National News: NALC & LCMC

January 4, 2018

Hope Lutheran Church is proud to be a part of two faithful church bodies: the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

To download the latest edition of the NALC News (published monthly), or to signup for email notifications of the monthly NALC News, click here.

To download the latest edition of the LCMC News (published quarterly), click here. You may sign-up, by clicking here.

 

North Texas Senior Fest: February 24

January 4, 2018

Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)
Ninth Annual North Texas Senior Fest – February 24

Resurrection Lutheran Church

1919 Independence Pkwy

Plano, Texas 75075 at the southwest corner of Park and Independence. 

The North Texas ALOA Senior Fest is scheduled for February 24. Registration will be on the day of the event

An excellent program is planned.  The Rev. Dr. Tim H. Robinson will be the speaker along with several excellent workshops which were described in the December Heralds on p.11. Here is the link for the December Heralds:

http://www.hopelutheran.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/December-2017-Heralds-of-Hope-1.pdf

Let Kathy Longstreet know of your interest and she can send you a brochure and schedule.

Our Church: “Not for Ourselves”

January 3, 2018

Hope Lutheran Church desires to live under the rule and reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, seeking His kingdom in all of life. In other words, we aim to be a “church not for ourselves” which is in contrast to maintaining and growing an organization or meeting members’ needs as a primary focus. Click here to learn more about a church that seeks God’s kingdom!

LCMC 3 Days of Prayer: January 2-4

December 19, 2017

Every year, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) observes three days of prayer as the New Year is beginning! In 2018, the three days of prayer will be held on January 2-4.

For more info, click here.

Prayer Opportunities!

December 1, 2017

Jesus said: “I am the true vine. You are the branches. Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:1, 4-5;
We want to be a church (gathering of believers who trust Jesus in all) that is well known for its powerful prayer. In history, significant seasons of prayer accompanied by a significant return to being regularly (almost daily) in the Word of God in Scripture and repentance oftentimes precede growth or renewal. Prayer is evidence of faith and trust in Jesus in a person’s life. Christianity is having an alive relationship with Jesus; prayer is the conversation.
We are grateful to all those who participate in our Hope prayer chain (led by Kathy Longstreet now for several years), “praying” earnestly to our living God, Father Son and Holy Spirit on behalf of others. Sign up on the Hope website (www.hopelutheran.net) if you are not a part of the Hope prayer chain.
Here are some other prayer opportunities. All are welcome to any of these opportunities:
Friday evenings, 10 to midnight at Hope, weekly: A group of about ten people from several churches gather for prayer as led by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday mornings, 8 am, Cedar Hill Transformation Prayer network: We pray for businesses, schools, and civic entities (police, fire, government, economic development leadership) in Cedar Hill. Pastor Edsel sends out a weekly text on location. Anyone is welcome.
First Thursday, 7:30AM, every other month, Cedar Hill Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (February, April, June, August, October, December), Cedar Hill Recreation Center: Under Mayor Rob Franke’s leadership, various people lead in prayer for the Cedar Hill community.

Help Out: TX Hurricane/Flooding Relief

August 28, 2017

Relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey continue with both North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

Thanks to all who have responded with gifts of time, supplies and donations … a beautiful overwhelming response!

The efforts are switching to long term recovery and rebuilding. After sending 9 large trailor loads of supplies to the So Texas recovery sites, the Clifton supply distribution center run by Peace Lutheran in Clifton will no longer be needed.

There will be an ongoing need for volunteer work teams at the recovery sites in South Texas.

If you would like to volunteer, be a part of a volunteer group or send needed supplies, contact the South Texas disaster relief sites in Rosenberg, Ingleside or Victoria to determine their needs. Here is a link with information: https://www.thenalc.org/projects/hurricane-harvey/

Donations are still needed and information regarding donations is available at that link as well.

Again, we are grateful for the tremendous response! People who were returning to their homes cried as they received needed supplies.

The TX District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ also has opportunities to volunteer and donate to a relief fund. The easiest way to obtain the latest information is via a facebook page that is serving as a bulletin board for ongoing needs:

LCMC Texas District Hurricane Harvey Response

If you do not find the needed info on that page, contact Bryce Formwalt (bryce {at} lcmctexas(.)org) of TX District LCMC or we can put you in touch with him. Please notate that the donations are intended for Hurricane Harvey Relief. You can mail contributions to

Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund
c/o St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
8300 C Avenue NE
Marion, IA 52302

October 17-18: Mobilizing the Potential of Seniors!

July 25, 2017

A training conference for “seniors” sponsored by the North American Lutheran Church will be held on October 17-18 at
Reformation Lutheran Church in Culpeper, VA. Pastor Wendy will be one of the speakers at this conference.

Topics covered include renewing the congregation
through older adults, developing a discipleship-centered
senior adult ministry, compelling mature
adults to follow the call to service, and incorporating
an inter-generational ministry into the life of the
local church. The event will also include workshops
and breakout sessions. Information on the conference was available in the May North American Lutheran Church News and you can find it in that newsletter by clicking this link.

LCMC TX & National Gatherings: July 29-30 & Oct. 8-11

July 25, 2017

The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Texas District Gathering will be held on July 28-July 29 in Taylor TX! The theme of the event will be “Multiply!” Click here for more information on the event. 

The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ National Gathering will be held on October 8-11 in Minneapolis, MN! The theme of the event will be “We Confess Our Faith” Click here for more information on the event. 

 

 

Lutheran Week (NALC): August 7–11, 2017, Nashville, TN

May 20, 2017

On August 7-11, the North American Lutheran Church will host “Lutheran Week” around the theme, “HOLDING FAST: Being (Re)Formed.” The week will include a youth ministry training event, national women’s gathering, theological conference and the national North American Lutheran Church (NALC) convocation including Mission Festival. The meetings will be held at Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, TN. Click here for more info!

 

 

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