Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Walking Hope Around Water!

ON THE morning of this past September 26th, several members of our congregation participated in a local walking event that was scheduled in Hamlin Park. Present among those gathered were Pastor Tom and his wife Barbara. The walk began with Barb’s registration and a short address by the Bright Alternatives representative. Barbara’s walk in ministry was supported financially by several members of Hope Lutheran Church. Pictured here is Barbara and one of her supporters, Judy Gregory.
  Prior to the event, Barbara had secured fund raising promises from several members of the church and her family. The funds would be used for the ministry of Bright Alternatives, of 90 Boyleston St. in nearby Bradford, PA. The group works to benefit women, children and the yet to be born.
 The event held was slated as “Walking Under His Wings”, and it involved a mid-morning stroll around the lake. The course covered was over a mile in distance. Barbara walked the road around the lake alongside a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, while Pastor Tom straggled behind… taking pictures and a video… thus using a shortcut through the grass to complete his trek.
 The walk had beforehand invited every participant to engage active financial support for the organization. The group assists those women who may want to find out if pregnancy is upon them, are already involved in pregnancy, or have experienced abortion. Bright Alternatives actively works to assist them with appropriate testing, resource seeking and/or counseling.

 There were approximately 80-90 persons who participated in the walk, of which unfortunately, less than a dozen were from Smethport.
 Pastor Tom was disappointed by the lack of local clergy participation. Being from a denomination that expresses a life-affirming posture both in Smethport and around the nation, we at Hope Lutheran Church had prayed for greater participation.
 Since Bright Alternatives had suggested that each participant obtain donation sponsors for their course distance, with the earned proceeds intended to benefit this worthy focus… if you yet wish to give a donation, please call Bright Alternatives at 814-368-3388 to make arrangements, or also be prompted to donate to “Lutherans for Life” as indicated below. Click on the callout below…

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hard to Hear?

FOR THOSE Christians who seriously regard the call of giving voice in the public square, please note that our Pastor Tom's recent blog concerning abortion is available, but has been "blocked" by Twitter. Whether this is in error or deliberate we do not presently know. However, though it is indeed thought controversial by some, maybe the truth isn't swallowed easily. You may read the article by clicking below....

May the God of Peace, whose love surpasses all human understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

With Deep Regret...

WITH DEEP regret, on this Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 9th, 2015, we begin to mark the death of our beloved Christian brother, William A. (Bill) Lake. While Bill shall stand forever as a founder of our congregation and its ministries, visitations to his family who remain in his stead, will be held at the Tarbox Funeral Home in Smethport, PA between 2-4pm and 6-8pm.
 A funeral worship service is slated to be gathered on Monday morning at 11am in the nearby Hilltop Baptist Church, Cyclone, PA. Join with us there as we remember the works of God for our salvation.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Consider Radical Advocacy!

Written so that you may know the Truth and know that the Truth sets you free to do what our Lord calls us to do, please read and consider our Pastor Tom's editorial and recommendations...

Blessed are those who produce the good works of faith.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hope Participates in Memorial Re-Dedication!

TODAY, the Reverend Frank T. Eppley of the Emmanuel Mission Church in Kane and our own Pastor Tom, assisted with prayer in the Re-Dedication of a Memorial to World War I Veterans. The occasion was held in East Smethport. Rev. Eppley is the Chaplain of the Smethport, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

 The Honor Guard was assisted in their presentation of arms, by our own Darion Gregory. The event marked wonderful improvements made and easy access to the memorial, which is located on U.S. Route 6 in East Smethport, PA. Let us never forget the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives in the cause of liberty.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Selling Baby Parts!

Murderous Ghouls!

Knowing that the overly liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will fund unborn child murder, please carefully consider this reading from our denomination's founder on the topic of abortion.
 This issue has become extremely contested since recent news that Planned Parenthood has not only provided such murderous service, but also ghoulishly sells embryo body parts to the highest bidder. We therefore strongly recommend that you read the article and then call or write to protest to your political representative.
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Transitional Times...?

THE WORLD often subjects us to evil days, and sometimes it's difficult to celebrate. When we get the chance, however, we need do revelry for the right reasons. Check out Pastor Tom's latest article by clicking on...