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, 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!

Faith Webbing at Hope Lutheran!

September 23, 2015

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)

LCMC National Gathering in Dallas: Oct. 4-7! Volunteer!

September 19, 2015

In 2015, both the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) are holding their national gatherings in the Dallas area during August and October. Hope Lutheran is a part of both of these church bodies.

The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ event will be held on October 4-7 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco. Click here for more information on the event. Volunteers are needed! Hope Lutheran’s volunteer coordinator is Pat Foster.

The NALC meetings were held at the DFW Airport Hyatt Hotel. Video from this event is available. Click here!



Guest Preachers: Sept. 27 & Oct. 4

September 16, 2015

On September 27 and October 4, Hope Lutheran will host two different guest preachers.

September 27: We will be hosting a special speaker from Food for the Poor (click here).

October 4: We will be hosting an international Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) pastor from Myanmar, Pastor Martin Lalthangliana, Mission Director of the Lutheran Church of Myanmar. He will also speak about mission opportunities within his church at an event that will take place at the Hilton Gardens Inn, Frisco TX, from 3-5 PM on October 4, prior to the beginning of the annual LCMC gathering.

North American Lutheran Church Meetings

August 18, 2015

On August 11-14, both a theological conference and the national North American Lutheran Church (NALC) convocation were held in Dallas at the Dallas Hyatt Regencey. The national gatherings were very inspiring and powerful. I hope you will listen to the recordings. All the talks were excellent, but I especially recommend the Mission Driven Intensive and the talks by Lensa Gudina and Robert Spencer.

Convocation summary (click here)

Listing of all video talks with links (click here)

Mission Driven Mission Intensive (click here): Training talks presented by several presenters, including Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba and Bishop John Bradosky!

Lensa Gudina (click here): “Martyrdom: An Obligation or Choice?” Lensa’s father was brutally martyred and her mother was tortured and imprisoned for nearly a decade.

Robert Spencer (click here): Robert Spencer is a renown speaker and expert on Islam.

Pastor Joel assisted others in leading worship at the opening worship of the NALC convocation. Many from our congregation volunteered!! Thank you!!

Meeting: Spiritual Giants

July 23, 2015

On July 14, I (Pastor Wendy) was honored to be a part of bringing two spiritual giants together to meet each other and share in conversation. Pastor Gemechis has known of Pastor Vaagenes for several years and always wanted to meet him. Both men share an intense passion for renewal, discipleship and the need for the empowering of the Holy Spirit. These were the topics of conversation. Pastor Vaagenes has studied “revival” movements for many years and shared his own experience of revival and renewal as he pastored North Heights Lutheran Church for forty years until his retirement and as he also preached and taught around the world. Some of the common elements of revival are: repentance, passion for the Word (Holy Scriptures), intense prayer, vision (revelation of God through waiting upon Him and listening prayer), miracles and empowering of the Holy Spirit. These elements often lead to kingdom growth in Jesus’ name (increasing Jesus’ rule and reign to people, problems and places), witness, mission, evangelism, and sometimes unpredicted congregational growth.
Pastor Morris (85) was the pastor of my family’s church, the church where Joel and I met each other. My mom continues to be a member of this church, for over 40 years now. As a result of revival, we personally witnessed the explosive growth of this church from a few hundred to several thousand people in a few years, and learned about revival as a result. Pastor Vaagenes has been a leader in church renewal and preached all over the world. I love that Pastor Vaagenes has said many times (as leaders of other revivals have), that the Lord surprised him with the numerical growth that occurred in our church. It is an acknowledgement that God is the one who “adds numbers.” (Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 3:6-7) I love his humility, the absence of arrogance and being stuck on one’s self as the instrument for growth or that growth can somehow be engineered by human plans, methods, initiatives, programs, the latest popular church fad or projections on paper (It is easy and shallow to project church growth/numbers on paper, as if the church is a business which it is not. Beware of anyone who thinks that they can do this!). See article below from “Sola Publishing News” on the revival of 1857, by Pastor Vaagenes: “A Call to Pray”
Pastor Gemechis (39), a very gifted and anointed evangelist, has preached and taught at our church a couple of times. Presently as Assistant to the Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church, Pastor Gemechis preaches all over the world and the last time I heard, preaches to over 18 million weekly on his television program which our church and individuals in our church have supported financially. He is the founder of Leadstar University, a business university and theological school.
We had an awesome time of prayer at the end of our time together.

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