Covid-19 Update: Worship Resumes June 14

June 14, 2020

We will resume worshiping in our building on June 14. We will be practicing social distancing and other safety measures. We invite you to wear a mask and enter through the front door (closest to the street).

However, for those who are not able to attend or are not comfortable, we will continue to send out a recording of worship and message to our auto-email list. If you are not currently on our auto-email list, you can sign-up on the front page of our website.

The Timothy Project Bible Study continues to meet via Zoom through June. Then we will take a break for the summer. We will resume our study again in September via Zoom. Please text Pastor Wendy (214-477-0429) to be added to email Zoom notifications.

For the time being, all other studies, prayer opportunities (listed on the website) and activities of our church gathering that meet in our church building will be suspended or meet via Zoom until further notice. Contact us with any questions or if you would like to participate in any opportunities via Zoom.

Please check back for further updates in this post.

We are NALC & LCMC: National News

December 15, 2019

Hope Lutheran Church is proud to be a part of two faithful church bodies which uphold the teachings of the Holy Scriptures: 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. You will be taken to the website of the North American Lutheran Church.

To download the latest edition of the LCMC News (published quarterly), click here. You will be taken to the website of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

2020 National Gatherings: LCMC & NALC

December 14, 2019

The North American Lutheran Church “Lutheran Week” will be held August 3-7 in Pittsburgh, PA. Click here for more information.

The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ National Gathering will be held on October 4-7 at North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, MN! Click here for more information.

Further updates will be added as they are available.

Prayer Web, Faith Web & Outcome Based Youth Ministry

October 19, 2018

Hope Lutheran is dedicated to birthing and growing lifelong faith in the youth, children and grandchildren of our congregation. We advocate and train our congregation to engage in building prayer webs, faith webs and pursuing outcome based youth ministry.

We currently have a group of dedicated prayer warriors who pray almost daily for all the children and youth who have been either baptized or confirmed in our congregation.

Also, if you would like to know more about faith webbing and outcome based youth ministry, here are some helpful links:

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

Our Church: “Not for Ourselves”

August 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!

Prayer Opportunities!

August 1, 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 almost daily in the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures and repentance oftentimes precede growth or renewal. Prayer is evidence of faith and trust in Jesus. If Christianity is having an alive relationship with Jesus, then prayer is the conversation.
 
 
We are grateful to all those who participate in our Hope prayer chain (led by Kathy L. 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, churches 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.

Wednesday Lenten Worship: beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7pm

July 31, 2018

Our observance of the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 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 services will continue at 1 PM leading up to Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday, April 5.

Our theme throughout the Lenten season will be the prayers of Jesus. Christ Jesus our Lord, teach us to pray!

Easter Resurrection Celebration Service will be on April 12.

LCMC 3 Days of Prayer: January 1-3

July 31, 2018

Every year, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) observes three days of prayer as the New Year is beginning! In 2019, the three days of prayer will be held on January 1-3.

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

Guest Teacher in July: Parker Meyer

July 29, 2018

Parker Meyer, an apologist, will be a guest teacher during the Sunday school hour (9 am) on July 14, 21 and 28. An apologist is someone who offers logical arguments for why something is true, in this case the Christian faith tradition.

Parker Meyer teaches at Dallas Baptist University.

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