Education in the way, the truth, and the life of Christ is provided in age-appropriate classes for children from toddler to teen. Caring and dedicated teachers gather children every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. after a group opening and refreshments in the parish hall.
Two unique classes are typically offered on Sundays at 10:30 am. These are usually series that discuss a wide range of Biblical books and current events. In addition study opportunities designed specifically for women and men are held at the church on Wednesdays at 9:30 am.
Grow in God’s Word in an intimate and relaxed setting. Currently a group is meeting in Hope Harbor on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. This is a lively book study, from the Bible and beyond, that is uplifting and challenging. Come be part of a vibrant and transforming fellowship.
Our Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is part of an international network devoted to service and missionary support. The ladies gather in the evening on the third Tuesday of the month. Our Dorcas society provides fellowship, encouragement, and service within our congregation. These ladies gather in the day on the second Wednesday of the month.
Hope’s Men’s Service Group is devoted to supporting each other toward growing in discipleship and offering their time and abilities to help the church, its members, and the community in hands-on ways. This lively group works and plays together for the sake of God’s kingdom. They meet on the third Tuesday of the month.
Children from ages 18 months to 4 years are invited to be part of this twice-weekly program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The nurturing staff provide a safe and stimulating environment for little ones to develop socially, mentally, and spiritually. Hope’s MDO is a consistently well-reviewed and highly-regarded community service that has been in operation for more than four years.
SAIL, Seniors Active In Life, is a vibrant gathering of older adults who come together at Hope Harbor for exercise, games and discussion, music, and seasonal celebrations. A dynamic mix of neighborhood residents and church members provides a welcoming and uplifting community of support and fun.
Joyful singers of all backgrounds join voices to contribute special musical offerings to Hope’s worship services. New singers are always welcome to bolster the sound and harmony. Rehearsals are usually weekly on Wednesday evenings. Handbell ringers provide occasional offerings, as well.
Hope makes a major effort to feed the hungry and needy every Monday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. A committed group of 8-10 volunteers accesses the Capitol Area Food Bank and distributes canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and bread with a friendly and generous spirit.
Volunteers from Hope have been bringing faithful friendship and good cheer to Oakcrest Nursing Home for decades. Every Wednesday at 10:00 am a core group leads the residents in singing, devotions, and prayer.
This group of devoted artisans meets twice a month to put their skill and talent to good use. One prominent outcome is the Prayers-and-Squares ministry that provides beautiful quilts, accompanied by the individual prayers of the congregation tied into each knot, for those living in challenging and terminal situations.
Hope is partnering with AGE of Central Texas to provide this critically needed ministry to those medically diagnosed with the beginning stages of dementia. Through a variety of activities and experiences, in a caring professional atmosphere, participants receive resources and tools to be proactive in coping with the disease. The weekly meeting is on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 2:30 pm. In addition to providing respite for full-time caregivers, we facilitate a monthly caregiver support group.
This support ministry comes together several times a year for 8-12 week sessions. People seeking to cope with grief from any type of loss find companionship, compassion, comfort, and spiritual consolation from weekly video presentations and discussion. The groups typically convenes on Sunday afternoons.
As an extension of the national Lutheran Braille Workers, this local effort meets at Hope several times every week to produce and ship Biblical materials for those with sight disabilities. Volunteers from several local congregations find camaraderie and purpose in providing this valuable service.