August 12: Outcome Based Youth Ministry & Faith Webbing!

July 31, 2018

Our Last time … Sunday, August 12 (following worship)

 POTLUCK, GAMES & FAITH WEBBING

Growing & Nurturing Faith in our Children, Grandchildren, Youth & Young Adults

If you’re able, bring a dish to share; though still come if bringing food is challenging or unworkable. The POTLUCK will be great! GAMES will be FUN!     

Are you concerned about the faith of children, youth or young adults that you know … your grandchildren, sons, daughters or others in your sphere of influence?

Well, there is something highly effective steps that YOU CAN EASILY DO!

  • What if we were to start with the “outcomes” we would like to see in our children as they grow into youth and finally adults that are fully equipped with lifelong faith and a relationship with Christ Jesus our Lord, and living a life that is “worthy of Him?
  • Then with each of these “outcomes,” intentionally reflecting and praying about … how can we make these outcomes into reality?
  • We will then build a “web” of faithful people to make it happen!
  • Actually, I believe this is how the family of God which is also named the Body of Christ is “called” to live and work together.

 During our first two gatherings (June 24 & July 15), we enjoyed telling our very powerful and personal “faith webbing” stories, learned a bit more about “faith webbing,” and reflected on our own present “faith webs.” We “broke bread” together, eating wonderful homemade food and enjoyed some games.

On August 12:

  • We will focus on faith “outcomes” that we would like to see in our children, grandchildren, youth and young adults in our sphere of influence.
  • We will also build a web of prayer warriors around every person who has been baptized or confirmed in the history of our congregation. FAITHFUL PRAYER WARRIORS: Please come!

Please come even if you were unable to make our first two sessions. Some links for some powerful video clips are below for you to catch up if desired. Actually, all of the material is applicable to people of any age, not just our children, youth and young adults. 

Over many years, Gary and Laurie Pecuch, youth and family ministry consultants of the North American Lutheran Church have intentionally developed the approach that we are sharing in these sessions. Their intentionality was aided by the recapturing of these vital concepts from years past by people like Dr. Roland Martinson of Luther Seminary. From Gary and Laurie’s expertise, wisdom and vast experience, they will teach us via video clips how all of us with our varying life experience and gifts can participate in this important work. Actually, all of us are needed. Our grandchildren, children, youth and young adults need the entire Body of Christ, including YOU not just a small few. Also, no need for a professional youth minister, youth sponsors or youth committee! Come and discover how you can play an important and needed, but comfortable part!

Here is the “faith webbing” website (https://www.faithwebbing.com/) and some very short but valuable and powerful introductory videos that you can watch:

This is an intentional approach to nurturing powerful faith in Christ Jesus our Lord in our children, youth, grandchildren in Hope you can make it! Pastor Wendy

Saturday Worship Transition

May 29, 2018

Saturday Worship will take a break this summer.
In September, the Saturday worship gathering will transition to a house worship experience.
This worship experience will continue to focus on the hope given in the Gospel of Christ Jesus our Lord, and power and healing given by the Holy Spirit.

Text or call (214-477-0429) Pastor Wendy to express an interest and find out more about the gathering!

Prayer Opportunities!

May 7, 2018

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.

TX & National Gatherings: LCMC & NALC

May 7, 2018

The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Texas District Gathering will be held on July 27-28 in New Braunfels, TX! The theme of the event will be “Jars of Clay.” Click here for more information or to register for the event. 

The North American Lutheran Church “Lutheran Week” will be held in Denver, CO on August 13-18. The theme will be “Holy Spirit: Acts 1:8.” Click here for more information or to register.

The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ National Gathering will be held on October 7-10 in Des Moines, IA! The theme of the event will be “Growing UP!” Click here for more information or to register for the event. 

 

 

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.

 

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!

Lenten Wednesday Worship Begins Feb. 14, 7PM

January 2, 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!

A dinner will be served on Ash Wednesday at 6 PM. We will not have meals on the other Wednesdays during the Lenten season. The Word of God will be our bread.

Wednesday evening services will continue at 7 PM leading up to Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday on March 25. Our theme will be “DO” and “DONE.” We will contemplate the vastness of what our Lord has DONE for you, and how you can DO absolutely nothing to earn it. Our times will be rich, powerful, affirming and encouraging. Lord God, come.

Easter Resurrection Celebration Service will be on April 1, 2018

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Resurrection Celebration

January 2, 2018

March 25, 10AM: Palm Sunday Festival Worship at Hope Lutheran Church

March 29, 1 PM: Maundy Thursday Worship, in remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples

March 30, 1 PM: Good Friday Worship

March 31, 2 PM: Crucifixion & Resurrection Drama, by Rock of Faith Family Church

April 1, Easter Sunday Celebration

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

North Texas Senior Fest: February 24

December 19, 2017

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.

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.

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