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.

North American Lutheran Church News

November 14, 2014

Hope Lutheran Church is proud to part of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The latest edition of the NALC News can be found by clicking here.

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ

November 13, 2014

Hope Lutheran is part of the Lutheran association of congregations, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is an association of congregations and individuals who are:

  • free in Christ;
  • accountable to one another;
  • rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions;
  • working together to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.

Hope Lutheran shares these values. Click here for more information and the LCMC website.

Each year, LCMC congregations holds an annual national gathering, beginning on the first Sunday in October. In 2014, the gathering’s theme was “Reason for Hope.” The speakers were Dr. Walter Sundberg, Dr. Mark Mattes, and Rev. Margaret Manning. The gathering was held in Des Moines, IA. 

Spiritual Growth & Training Disciples!

September 28, 2014

Jesus “calls” all who trust in Him to “be” trained as His disciples, knowing, following and serving Him. Jesus also “calls” all who trust in Him to “make” disciples. Church in Biblical Greek literally means “called out ones.” “Ones” … ordinary people “called” by Jesus “out” to transform the world… this is church! We believe this “call” to be and make disciples for the purpose of transforming the world is the only scriptural vision for “church” … though the specifics of “how” can happen in a variety of ways … means and methods.

For a fuller explanation and discussion, click here to view an article entitled, “Anxious Times: ‘Church Growth’ and Making Disciples,” written by Pastor Wendy and published in the Fall 2014 issue of the evangelical Lutheran magazine, Connections (Sola Publishing). Click here to view the article as it appears in the magazine.

In addition to regular worship and prayer opportunities, here is a sampling of spiritual growth and discipleship opportunities for all ages:

  • Timothy Project Bible Study (during the school year): Opportunity to intensely read and study the Holy Scriptures, learn an in-depth study method and to listen for Jesus’ personal practical voice in His word.
  • Children’s and Adult Sunday School: Sometimes adult Sunday School studies a section of Scripture. Sometimes, it will study a Scriptural theme, perhaps using an additional written resource.
  • Children’s and Adult Vacation Bible School: Focusing upon a scriptural theme such as missions or call.
  • Small Groups: Small groups combine faith conversation, fellowship, prayer, service and discussion-based scriptural study. Groups are encouraged to study the Bible. Sometimes, they will study a Christian book.

Watch for other opportunities in our newsletter, Heralds of Hope, posted monthly on this website. Click here to sign up to receive E-mailings with the latest info on upcoming opportunities and offerings.

 

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