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KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH AND CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC COMMUNITY TO HOST JOINT SERVICE COMMEMORATING EFFORTS OF UNITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-October 2, 2017

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, and two local congregations—one Catholic and the other Protestant—plan to observe that milestone by celebrating efforts that have been made toward opportunities of unity.

Kinsmen Lutheran Church and Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community will host a joint service at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 29 at Kinsmen, 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston. With a theme of “From Conflict to Communion,” it will be a unique service that includes both thanksgiving and lament, joy and repentance, as the congregations come together to acknowledge the Reformation and ask forgiveness for the division that has perpetuated over the last five centuries.

“Friends and neighbors of all denominations and faith are invited to this celebration of Unity in Christ,” said the Rev. Dr. Beth Warpmaeker, senior pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran Church. “In the midst of many divisions in this world, we saw the power of common mission after Harvey’s flood waters receded. There is no better time to be united in the mission and the love of Christ.”

The Reformation began in Germany in 1517, largely due to the writings of Martin Luther. Luther’s “95 Theses” (or items for debate) challenged some of the practices of the church of his day. He proposed that the Bible, not tradition, should be the sole source of spiritual authority. The Reformation led to the creation of the Lutheran church and other Protestant churches, and was followed by a reformation movement within the Roman Catholic church. It had significant political, economic, and social impacts as well.

Joint worship services have been held this year by Catholic and Lutheran Christians all over the world, as part of an ecumenical effort by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU).

“Lutherans and Catholics today enjoy a growth in mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect,” says a report titled “From Conflict to Communion” issued by LWF and PCPCU. “They have come to acknowledge that more unites than divides them; above all, common faith in the Triune God and the revelation in Jesus Christ…. The gospel should be celebrated and communicated to people of our time so that the world may believe that God gives Himself to human beings and calls us into communion with Himself and His Church.”

The joint service between Kinsmen and Christ the Good Shepherd hopes to bring a local understanding to the global efforts of the two denominations, and highlight the ongoing efforts for finding unity. It offers an opportunity to look back in thanksgiving and confession and look ahead, committing to common witness and continuing the journey together. All are welcome to attend, regardless of their religious background.

“In the midst of so much strife in our world, it has been encouraging in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to see so many people coming together to be of assistance and care for one another,” said the Rev. James Burkart, pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community. “It is encouraging that our religious leaders are working to find unity. I think that is worth celebrating.”

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.

The mission of Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community is to proclaim the teachings of Jesus Christ and to know, love, and serve God and neighbors. To learn more, please visit www.cgscc.org or call (281) 376-6831.

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KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO A THANKSGIVING FEAST

FOR NOVEMBER EDITIONS-September 27, 2017

Caption: Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to a Thanksgiving Day Feast which is free of charge and open to all. Prior to the feast, those who wish may participate in a 5K/10K “Run for Your Turkey” walk or run, which helps fund the meal.

For the eighth year in a row, Kinsmen Lutheran Church will host a free Community Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

All are welcome to this free event, which centers around a delicious meal of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, corn, cranberries, rolls and pie.

“This meal is for everyone—young, old, singles, families, neighbors and friends,” said the Rev. Dr. Beth Warpmaeker, senior pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran Church. “As a church, we consider this community to be part of our extended family. So we want to warmly welcome everyone in, celebrate together, and be reminded of all that we have to be thankful for, whether this has been a good year or a tough one.”

In preparation for the holiday, a Thanksgiving Eve worship service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.

The Thanksgiving Feast will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the church, 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston, 77066. Reservations are not needed. Along with great food and conversation there will be other traditions as well—including crafts and moonwalks for the kids, and football on TV.  Last year more than 700 people enjoyed the day.

Before the plates of food are served, however, those who wish to build up their appetite are invited to take part in the 6th Annual Run for Your Turkey 5K/10K walk or run. The run starts at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the church, winds through the tree-lined neighborhood of Greenwood Forest, then brings participants back to Kinsmen to cross the finish line.

Registration for the 5K/10K walk or run is $20 through November 2 and includes a T-shirt. Late registrations are $30 through November 22, or $40 on race day. Proceeds from the event help fund the Thanksgiving Feast. To register, please visit www.kinsmenlutheran.org.

Caption: Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to a free Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day. Prior to the feast, residents can also choose to participate in the “Run for Your Turkey” 5K/10K walk or run that morning, which helps fund the meal.

Caption: Community members enjoy a beautiful walk through Greenwood Forest as part of last year’s “Run for Your Turkey” 5K/10K walk or run. Sponsored by Kinsmen Lutheran Church, the event benefits the congregation’s Thanksgiving Feast later that day, which is free and open to the entire community.

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KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH TO HOST ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL FOR A GREAT NIGHT OF FAMILY FUN  WHILE BENEFITING HURRICANE RELIEF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-September 25, 2017

Caption: Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28. The event includes games, moonwalks, face painting, free Trunk or Treat and much more, with all proceeds benefiting hurricane relief efforts.

Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to a great evening of family fun at their annual Fall Festival.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 28 at the church, located at 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston. All proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the congregation’s relief efforts for neighbors impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Always a community favorite, Kinsmen’s Fall Festival includes games, moonwalks, face painting, a Fright House, Fun House, contests, prizes, and free Trunk or Treat! Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase throughout the evening.

“The Fall Festival is a great way for families to spend time together and celebrate fall in an atmosphere that’s safe and welcoming for all ages,” said the Rev. Dr. Beth Warpmaeker, senior pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran Church. “This year while you’re enjoying the evening, you’ll also be helping to provide funds so neighbors throughout our community can continue to recover and rebuild.”

Tickets for games and activities will be on sale at the door, and range from 50 cents to $2.00 per activity. Trunk or Treat is free of charge.

Caption: Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28. The event includes games, moonwalks, face painting, free Trunk or Treat and much more, with proceeds benefiting hurricane relief efforts.

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KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH PUTS LOVE FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS INTO ACTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-September 13, 2017

Caption: More than 200 people from Kinsmen Lutheran Church in northwest Houston got to work helping their community on Sunday, September 3, as part of God’s Work. Our Hands. The annual day of service included hurricane recovery efforts this year, as well as previously scheduled projects to benefit the community.

More than 200 volunteers from Kinsmen Lutheran Church put their hands to work this Labor Day weekend, giving time and energy to help neighbors hit hard by Hurricane Harvey as well as helping with community projects scheduled long before the storm.

Now in its fifth year, God’s Work. Our Hands. is a day of service when members of Kinsmen Lutheran Church put their faith into action by serving the community in tangible ways. Already on the calendar for months, this year’s event fell just a week after Harvey devastated Houston. And it didn’t take long for the church to find neighbors in their northwest community who needed help.

Some homes around the church took on more than four feet of water during the storm, including the home of Kinsmen’s own pastor, Rev. Beth Warpmaeker and her family. Volunteers from Kinsmen partnered with project leaders in the Lakewood Cove, Enchanted Oaks and Forest Oaks neighborhoods, as well as removing flooded walls, flooring and belongings from two Kinsmen members’ homes, and moving another member’s belongings into storage.

“Thank you to Kinsmen Lutheran Church for helping us at our flooded home,”’ wrote Lis Gillette. “Amazing church, amazing people! We are so blessed.”

“The guys you sent over make a big job look small,” added Ken Mersiovsky, another homeowner. “Thank you all for your help. Praise the Lord.”

Along with recovery efforts, other members of Kinsmen completed projects to benefit a variety of organizations. Projects included:

  • Helping staff at Goodman Elementary in Aldine ISD reset the school, where every library book had been removed from shelves and teachers had prepared their rooms for potential flooding.
  • Leading worship at Wood Glen Court, an assisted living facility whose residents were evacuated during the storm. The facility did not flood and the worship service was one of the first opportunities for residents to return to a sense of normalcy.
  • Assisting Celebration Church in Cypress with landscaping and painting in preparation for their 10th anniversary…while Celebration members helped lead worship and minister to Messiah Lutheran Church which had been damaged by the hurricane.
  • Creating cards for teachers and first responders, as well as small gift packages for teachers to give students
  • Quilting and tying fleece blankets for Lutheran World Relief
  • Preparing and delivering lunch for all of the volunteers

Kinsmen Lutheran Church is one of nearly 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) who will participate in God’s Work. Our Hands. this year.

Caption: Volunteers from Kinsmen Lutheran Church choose from a number of projects before heading out into the community to serve as part of God’s Work. Our Hands. This is the fifth year the congregation has participated in the annual day of service, which fell just one week after Hurricane Harvey.

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***NOTE:  THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED ***

BRIGHT STARS OF BETHLEHEM BRINGS THE
“ROOM FOR HOPE FESTIVAL” TO HOUSTON

FOR SEPTEMBER EDITIONS
August 8, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Beth Nelson Chase, Executive Director
Bright Stars of Bethlehem
815.979.4628

 

Dancers from Bethlehem, Palestine will be in Houston as part of the Room for Hope Festival on October 11 and 13. The festival will include traditional dance, music, food, and a message from world-renowned peacemaker, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb.

A vibrant celebration of peace is coming to Houston in October, as Bright Stars of Bethlehem presents the 7th Annual Room for Hope Festival.

The festival offers several opportunities to experience the traditional music, dance and food of the Holy Land, as well as hearing from world-renowned peacemaker, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb.

Festival performance at Kinsmen Lutheran Church

The first festival performance will take place Wednesday, October 11, at Kinsmen Lutheran Church in northwest Houston.

Dance and theater performers, ages 15 to 25, from Diyar Academy for Children and Youth in Bethlehem will perform traditional Debka dances, with live music from the George Lammam Ensemble. These young performers will electrify you with a celebration of Palestinian culture and history through traditional Arab folk dance, which is used by the school to promote creativity, imagination, and freedom of expression.

As part of the celebration, world-renowned peacemaker Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will also speak words of hope and encouragement, and give updates from Bethlehem and the region.

The performance will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, at Kinsmen Lutheran Church, 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston, 77066. An informal dinner of Texas barbecue will be served from 5:45 to 6:45. There is no charge for the event, but a free will offering will be taken.

Musicians from the George Lammam Ensemble will perform on October 11 and 13 as part of the Room for Hope Festival.

International Panel Forum on Peace

Next on the festival lineup is an International Panel Forum from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, October 13, at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, 6100 Main Street in Houston, 77005.

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will join other highly respected leaders to discuss the intersection of religion and politics, and the role of Palestinian Christians in peace-making today.

The panel discussion is free of charge and open to the public.

Fine Arts Festival

lFinally, the Room for Hope Festival culminates in a high-energy, inspiring celebration of the arts from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 13 at First Presbyterian Church of Houston.

The Fine Arts Festival will include performances by the Diyar Academy Dance Troupe and George Lammam Ensemble, as well as films created by students at Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem and a culinary feast featuring the best of Palestine. The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will also speak at the event.

Tickets to the Fine Arts Festival are $15 and may be purchased at www.brightstarsbethlehem.org/room-for-hope-festival. The event will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Houston, 5300 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004.

About Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Bright Stars of Bethlehem is a U.S. charitable organization that supports outreach programs to serve the people of Palestine and build hope for a brighter future. The mission of Bright Stars of Bethlehem is to develop partnerships that grow hope, nurture creativity and transform lives through programs that include a creative school for children, an arts and culture focused university, and services for older adults throughout the Holy Land and beyond.

For more information, please visit brightstarsbethlehem.org.

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LEARNING TO LISTEN WITH THE EAR OF YOUR HEART

FOR JULY OR AUGUST EDITIONS – June 20, 2017

There’s a very special ministry at Kinsmen Lutheran Church. It’s one that operates quietly, often behind the scenes. Yet it’s making a lasting impact throughout our community.

“Kinsmen meets the needs of our community in many ways,” said the Rev. Beth Warpmaeker, senior pastor of Kinsmen Lutheran Church. “One of those ways is by responding to the growing number of assisted living facilities that are being built. We have a passion for serving the residents of those communities, and would love for others to join us in reaching out to them.”

As a designated center for Community of Hope International, Kinsmen trains lay people to serve in pastoral care at hospitals, assisted living centers, or anywhere they feel called. Over the course of 14 weeks, the training guides participants through the tenants of Benedictine Spirituality—which center around balance, humility, and hospitality—as well as teaching practical lessons on how to minister to others.

“Listening is a gift,” said Lynnae Schatz, Director of Congregational Life for Kinsmen and director of their Community of Hope center. “So the whole purpose of Community of Hope is to listen with the ear of your heart. Our lay chaplains take the opportunity, one on one, to listen to those who have a need—whether they are grieving, facing a health concern, or even celebrating a joy such as the birth of a baby.”

The next Community of Hope training will begin Tuesday, August 22 and continue through November 28 (no class the week of Thanksgiving). Training is open to the community, and the course fee is just $50. An application form is due two weeks prior to the start of class and may be obtained by contacting Lynnae at 281.444.3127, ext. 43 or lschatz@kinsmenlutheran.org.

After completing their training, lay chaplains choose for themselves where they wish to serve. Kinsmen currently has 24 lay chaplains who serve in hospitals, cancer ministries, assisted living centers and more. Along with their service, the lay chaplains gather each month to build relationships with each other, debrief, and continue learning in what’s known as the Circle of Care.

Lynnae recalls one lay chaplain who was a little nervous the first time she arrived to lead worship at a memory care facility. But over the course of the morning she saw the impact that the gift of her time was making. She saw a son sitting with his elderly mother, and the woman was not very engaged until the music began. As his mother started to sing, the son’s eyes filled with tears. The lay chaplain also received sincere thanks from one of the staff members, who was working Saturdays and Sundays at the facility and unable to attend services at her own congregation. The staff member was deeply grateful for the opportunity to worship together.

“My anxiety faded away in the process of sharing God,” the lay chaplain later wrote. “I felt I had gained the most.”

Simple acts of being present and humbly serving others is what Community of Hope is all about. And if the thought of that makes your heart beat fast, Lynnae encourages you to attend the training to learn more.

“This program inspires people to share the gifts they have been so freely given, so that others can experience God’s grace,” says Lynnae. “It truly is a ministry of the heart.”

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REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR CAMP HOPE AT KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 25, 2017

Camp Hope Photo

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.

Crawfish boil
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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