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REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR CAMP HOPE AT KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 25, 2017

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Registration is currently underway for Camp Hope at Kinsmen Lutheran Church. Designed for students entering kindergarten through 7th grade, Camp Hope takes place at the church in July and is led entirely by high school and college students, many of whom grew up attending Camp Hope themselves.

Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites area children to become an “Agent of Hope” this summer at Camp Hope.

Held at the church for three weeks in July, Camp Hope is more than VBS and more than a summer day camp. It’s a place where Bible stories come alive, faith becomes real and mentoring relationships are formed—all through the leadership of passionate teens and young adults.

“Camp Hope is unique because it is led entirely by high school and college students, many of whom grew up attending Camp Hope themselves,” said the Rev. Mark England, Pastor to Youth, Family and Groups at Kinsmen. “The students bring energy and passion to their leadership, which results in a highly engaging experience for kids.”

Camp Hope will be held for three weeks in July (July 10-14, 17-21, and 24-28) and is designed for children entering kindergarten through seventh grade. Families can choose to register their child for one, two, or all three weeks. Hours of the camp are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with before and after care available from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This year’s theme for Camp Hope is “Agents of Hope.” Each day will center around a story from the Bible, with every activity—games, crafts, worship, drama, small group time and even snacks—pointing back to the story of the day.

“My son enjoys everything about Camp Hope,” said Stephanie Howard, whose 9-year-old has been attending Camp Hope for the past three summers. “A lot of it is the leaders. You can tell they want to be there, and they all seem to have such passion for it.”

All activities take place at Kinsmen Lutheran Church, with the exception of service projects throughout the community for older campers. The church is located at 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston, 77066.

To register for Camp Hope or for more information, please visit www.kinsmenlutheran.org/camp or call Sara Ray, Director of Children’s Ministry and Outreach, at (281) 444-3127, ext. 17.

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FINANCIAL PEACE FOR TEENS HOSTED BY KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 9, 2017

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Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites area high school students to a special Financial Peace course designed just for teens.

The three-week seminar will be held Wednesday evenings, April 19, 25 and May 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and offers practical wisdom for handling money well. All classes will take place at the church, 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston, 77066.

Each evening will include video teaching by Dave Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, as well as group discussion. Students will learn things such as:

  • How to be wise and generous with money
  • How to budget and manage a checking account
  • How to distinguish needs from wants
  • How to save for emergencies, purchases, and even retirement
  • How charitable giving can make an impact on the world

“As a youth pastor, I often hear young adults say they wish they had learned good money habits at an earlier age,” said Mark England, Pastor of Youth, Family and Groups at Kinsmen. “Rather than letting bad experiences be a teacher, we want to equip teens to develop sound financial habits so they can learn to budget, save for what’s important to them, and give to causes that can change the world today.”

Cost for the course is just $10, which includes a student workbook. All high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. To register or learn more click here.

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KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH TO HOST
CRAWFISH BOIL FESTIVAL
IN CELEBRATION OF 45TH ANNIVERSARY

FOR RELEASE – April 2017

In celebration of their 45th Anniversary, Kinsmen Lutheran Church will host a Crawfish Boil and Festival for the entire community.

The event will take place Saturday, April 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and features a street party atmosphere with inflatables, children’s activities, country/Cajun/zydeco music by The Stringbenders, and much more.

“This community has been woven into the heart of Kinsmen from the beginning, which is why it seemed so appropriate to invite the whole community to our ‘birthday’ party,” said Rev. Beth Warpmaeker, senior pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran Church. “Our roots here go deep, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Tickets to the Crawfish Boil are $15 per person ($5 for children under 12), and include your choice of crawfish, hamburgers or hot dogs, as well as admission to all activities. Tickets may be reserved online at www.KinsmenLutheran.org or by visiting the church office. Guests can also learn about Kinsmen’s on-site summer camp for children, Camp Hope, and receive a discount on registration.

The anniversary celebration continues Sunday, April 23, at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. Plans for the day include a burning of the mortgage to free up more money for mission and ministry, vision casting for the future, and special guests including the congregation’s founding pastor, Rev. John Wayne Harpel. A luncheon at 12:30 p.m. will feature the opening of a time capsule. Luncheon tickets are $10 per person ($5 for children) and may be reserved at www.KinsmenLutheran.org.

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Kinsmen Lutheran Church will host a community-wide
Crawfish Boil and festival on Saturday, April 22, in celebration
of the congregation’s 45th Anniversary.

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CELEBRATE EASTER AT KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH

FOR RELEASE – April 2017

Easter Press Release photoKinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to Holy Week and Easter services, as well as an Eggstravaganza festival for the whole family.

The community is warmly invited to attend Holy Week services at Kinsmen Lutheran Church, as well as a spectacular Eggstravaganza that’s fun for the whole family.

The week begins on Palm Sunday, April 9, with services at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Everyone will receive a palm branch for the Procession of Palms, commemorating Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem. Handmade quilts will also be on display in the sanctuary, before being donated to Lutheran World Relief.

Maundy Thursday service will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, followed by Good Friday services at noon and 7 p.m. Good Friday will be a time of prayer, adoration and confession as participants “Journey to the Cross” in a service of light and darkness.

Then on Saturday, April 15, bring the whole family for Eggstravaganza! This fun-filled event for all ages will take place on the Kinsmen grounds from 2 to 4 p.m. and features an egg hunt, inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, snacks and more. The event is free and the community is warmly invited to attend.

Finally, celebrate Easter at Kinsmen! Four services will be offered on Easter Sunday, April 16, including a Sunrise Service at 6:15 a.m., contemporary service at 9:30 a.m., and joyful festivals with brass at 8 and 11 a.m. Breakfast will also be served from 7 to 11 a.m.

“The events of Holy Week and Easter are central to our faith, as we celebrate the depth of God’s love for all people,” said Rev. Beth Warpmaeker, senior pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran Church. “It would be our joy to have you join us as we journey through this pivotal week together.”

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KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH OFFERS “THE ME I WANT TO BE”
AND FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 20, 2016

If your New Year includes resolutions about a few things you’d like to change in your life, Kinsmen Lutheran Church stands ready to help. A new sermon series, The Me I Want to Be, will begin Sunday, January 8, and Dave Ramsey’s course, Financial Peace University begins January 17.

The Me I Want to Be sermon series, based on the book by author and pastor John Ortberg, will examine the gap between where we are now, and who we could become with God’s help. It will weigh real-world barriers against promises found in the Bible, and will encourage you to develop purpose statements to identify where God is calling you and your household to grow and change.

“We believe God has a vision for our lives. God has given each one of us gifts and experiences to be used to bless and heal our world,” said Rev. Beth Warpmaeker, senior pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran Church. “So we invite you to allow God’s Spirit to guide your resolutions this year, and to join us on a journey toward an abundant and joy-filled life with Jesus.”

The Me I Want to Be sermon series will be taught by Rev. Warpmaeker and Rev. Mark England, pastor of Youth & Family Ministry at the church. Services are held at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Sundays. The church is located at 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston, 77066, and all are welcome.

If finances are one of the challenges you face, Kinsmen will offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning January 17. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, the course presents biblical, practical steps to get rid of debt, build savings, manage your money, and much more. This is the second year that Kinsmen has offered the course.

“Before this class, I never felt ‘in control’ of my finances,” said one participant who attended Financial Peace University at Kinsmen last year. “Now I have a plan, and confidence that I will make good decisions.”

Financial Peace University is open to the community and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 17 and continuing through March 14. The cost is $80 per household, and partial scholarships may be available. To register or for more information, please visit www.kinsmenlutheran.org/events.

Kinsmen Lutheran Church is a congregation that strives to be rooted in faith and relevant to life. For more information, please visit www.KinsmenLutheran.org or call (281) 444-3126.

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Caption: To help get your new year off to a great start, Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to a new weekend series, The Me I Want to Be, taught by Pastor Beth Warpmaeker and Pastor Mark England. Kinsmen will also offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning January 17.

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KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH TO HOST PRESENTATION FOR TEENS
ON HEALTHY DATING RELATIONSHIPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 14, 2016

Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites local teens and their parents to a special presentation on the keys to a healthy dating relationship, as well as warning signs that a relationship is becoming abusive.

Presented by Chelsie Sargent, a licensed professional counselor, the workshop will equip teens and their parents to recognize the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, educate them on the early warning signs of dating violence, and offer concrete advice on what to do if you find yourself in an abusive dating relationship. The presentation will also equip teens on how to speak up if they witness abusive behavior in the dating relationships of their peers.

The workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, at Kinsmen Lutheran Church, 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston, 77066. Admission is free, but registration is requested at www.kinsmenlutheran.org. All are welcome.

Chelsie Sargent is an independent licensed professional counselor who has spoken at schools, conferences, churches and universities all over Texas on the issues of dating violence, sexting and technology safety. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and holds a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University, as well as a Masters of Education degree in counseling and human development from Hardin Simmons University.

Kinsmen Lutheran Church is a congregation that strives to be rooted in faith and relevant to life. For more information, please visit www.KinsmenLutheran.org or call (281) 444-3126.

dating-violence-photo-of-chelsie-sargent-with-nameCaption: Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites teens and their parents to a special presentation on January 25 by Chelsie Sargent, licensed professional counselor. Chelsie will speak about healthy dating relationships, as well as warning signs that a relationship is becoming abusive.

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PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR CHRISTMAS AT KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 28, 2016

Kinsmen Lutheran Church will host events throughout the month of December designed to help prepare your heart and mind for Christmas. All events are free and the community is warmly invited to attend.

The month begins with a Fair Trade and Alternative Gift Fair on December 3 and 4. The third annual fair will feature many items from “The Cave” Gift Shop located in Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. Other items will include olive wood carvings from the Holy Land, fair trade coffee, tea and chocolates, and alternative gifts in the form of donations to Reach Unlimited, World Hunger, and Central African Republic. The event takes place at the church from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Admission is free.

Then on Sunday evening, December 4, enjoy a free holiday concert at 6 p.m. “A World of Carols,” part of the Abendmusik concert series, is sure to put you in the holiday spirit as Kinsmen’s music ministry presents Christmas readings and music from around the world. The concert will feature all of the church’s musicians—big and small, singing, ringing and more—for a celebration the whole family will enjoy.

Midweek worship services will be held during Advent on Wednesdays, November 30, December 7 and 14. As a special treat, the December 14 service will be led by children from throughout the ministries of Kinsmen. Services begin at 7 p.m. and include music and a meditation to prepare your heart to celebrate the birth of Christ.

“As Christians, Christmas is a highlight of the year because we celebrate God’s greatest gift of all time—Jesus,” said Rev. Beth Warpmaeker, senior pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran Church. “Yet we know this can be a busy, even stressful season for many people. So we invite you to come and be reminded—or discover for the first time—the peace, joy, hope and love that God so generously offers to everyone.”

Advent services conclude on Wednesday, December 21, with a special Longest Night worship service. This is a service for those who are grieving in some way, or for other reasons do not feel joy this season. The service begins at 7 p.m. and includes Holy Communion.

Finally, as the big day arrives, celebrate Christmas at Kinsmen! Services will be held on both Christmas Eve, December 24, and Christmas Day, December 25.

Christmas Eve candlelight services include a family service at 4 p.m., contemporary worship at 6 p.m., and traditional worship with a choir and brass instruments at 8 and 10 p.m. Holy Communion will be offered at each service.

On Christmas Day, gather your family and loved ones to celebrate with a joyful worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 25.

“This is such a special time of year, and we don’t want anyone to miss out on the significance of it,” said Rev. Warpmaeker. “I hope that many will visit Kinsmen for the first time, and allow God to use our congregation to be a blessing in their lives.”

Kinsmen Lutheran Church, located at 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston, 77066, is a congregation that strives to be rooted in faith and relevant to life. For more information, please visit www.KinsmenLutheran.org or call (281) 444-3126.

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