La Paz Expanding

“We are a family”; “A club that cares about us.” Comments like these are important for the leadership of La Paz, a soccer club that strives to provide more than just a place for people to play soccer. This kind of feedback lets us know what we are doing well and what we can do better. At “Club La Paz” we are committed to impacting all aspects of the lives of our students and players. Sure we play games, practice hard, develop skills and even try to win our games. However, we also have devotionals when we gather, do fellowship events outside soccer, and help our players be better students at school. All of this is for a purpose, to grow together as individuals, as a team, as a club, and eventually as a community of faith.

One exciting update is that we are making great progress as we work with T2C2 and Faith-Grand Prairie to finish the soccer field at Comunidad de Fe (Community of Faith). It will soon be ready for use and expand our soccer practices, provide a summer soccer camp, and gather the youth in the community around Faith, as Colossians 3:17 reminds us, “and whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of Jesus...” Parents and children know that there is more to La Paz than just soccer. It’s about being an agent of hope and a better future for many young people who are struggling out there, all while having a lot fun.

T2C2 Partner Faith-Grand Prairie Turns 70

During the mid 1940s a few families that were attending Grace Lutheran in Dallas but living in Grand Prairie started to gather for worship and Bible study with the intent to plant a new faith community that they later named Faith Lutheran Church. They would go on to build a church building that at the time was on the outskirts of town. Today that building stands at what is almost the center or heart of Grand Prairie.

In the 70 years since that first gathering, Faith has remained faithful, through both challenges and good times to its calling to proclaim the love of Christ in Grand Prairie. On April 17 more than 200 people gathered to celebrate 70 years of ministry, with one of its former pastors, Jonathan Schroeder, returning to Grand Prairie from his parish in Ohio to share the message with worship-help from the Pastors of the T2C2 Network. After a spirited worship service a great meal was shared and Rev. Dr. Yohannes Mengsteab, from the Texas District reminded Faith of the challenges and opportunities that remain in front of her as she serves from the “heart of Grand Prairie.”

As it enters its 71st year of ministry Comunidad de Fe (Community of Faith) is committed to creating new opportunities to get to know her neighbors and share with them the love of Christ. On the first Friday of the month they gather with their neighbors to have family fun on movie night. Movies, popcorn, conversations, and fun are shared in an environment created for enjoyment by all. Gatherings like these, create a time and space to get to know people in our community and invite them to our Conexion (Connect), a worship service that is held monthly in Spanish. It will expand to twice a month in the Fall and monthly in 2017.

Bethel Engages Community Through Neighborhood Egg Hunt

For many years Bethel hosted an Easter Egg hunt at their campus, but three years ago some families that live in the Lochwood area just south of Bethel had the idea to partner with that community to take the Egg Hunt on the road. In March of 2016, Bethel sponsored a community Easter Egg Hunt at Lochwood Park. Bethel contributed more than 3,000 candy-filled eggs, cookies, drinks and popcorn, provided bounce houses, whiffle ball home run derby, tattoos, pictures with the Easter bunny, story time, and volunteers to provide a fun family day at the park for our neighbors. Blessed with beautiful weather, we surpassed even last year’s turnout. Flyers for VBS were passed out, and opportunities simply to serve our community in the name of Jesus abounded.

Bethel Dallas Joins the T2C2 Network

Bethel

Bethel Lutheran–Dallas officially joined the T2C2 Mission Network in March 2016 as our fourth full-church partner. Bethel has served the community of Northeast Dallas for more than 60 years from her location at the corner of Jupiter Road and Northwest Highway. Bethel has recently partnered with Highland Meadows, an elementary school in its community to provide mentors to some at-risk students through Kid’s Hope, USA

Bethel also works in partnership with the Lochwood Neighborhood Association to take their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Celebration on the road to neighboring Lockwood Park. T2C2 Director Pastor Chris Holder is currently working with the leaders of Bethel as to how these community efforts and others can be expanded into the next T2C2 Mission site. Pastor Randy Haedge, who has served Bethel Lutheran Church for more than 30 years, the last nine as Senior Pastor, is super excited about Bethel joining T2C2. He calls this partnership and the new mission opportunities it provides as the boost both he and Bethel need as they enter into this new phase of ministry. For more information about Bethel and her mission ministry, please visit their website.