Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January Events

Sundays         Breakfast at 8:50 with Bible Study at 9:10 -Worship at 10:15 AM
Tuesdays       Women's Bible Study & Lunch at 9:00 AM
Wednesdays  Prayer Meeting and Youth Group at 7:00 PM
Thursdays      Women's Bible Study & Dinner at 7:00 PM
Fridays           Men's Breakfast and Bible Study at 6:00 AM
Friday, Jan. 3             Meet to take down Christmas Decorations at 6:00 PM
Thursday, Jan. 9        Senior Citizen's Lunch at 11:00 AM
Sunday, January 12   College & Career Singles Lunch TBA
Tuesday, January 14  EFCA Women's Meeting at 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 19   Quarterly Congregation Meeting with LUNCH
                                   Bring food to share.
Friday, January 31     Horcica Family Dinner & Bible Study at 6:30 PM

January Birthdays and Anniversaries

01 Dwayne Junek
03 Michael Horcica
06 K.J. Macik
10 Frank & Betty Fields - Anniversary
12 Kevin Bittner
12 Emily Vacha
13 John & Connie Giesenschlag - Anniversary
20 Laura Jackson
21 Eugene Marquez
21 Walter & Marcia Vajdak - Anniversary
23 Mildred Junek
26 Robert & Nelda Bravenec - Anniversary
31 John Gantt

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

December Events

No Women's Studies and No Men's Studies for December.

December Birthdays and Anniversaries

03 Dakota Kienow
03 Harvey Stall
05 Zachary Turskey
05 Marcia Vajdak
11 Susan Junek
15 Tommy Woodard
17 Bette Bittner
18 Lyndon Jakubik
20 Shane Kienow
23 Melvin Ondrasek
26 Elo & Lynn Junek Anniversary
29 Steve & Randa Vajdak Anniversary
30 Mary Ann Gantt        

December Events

December 8    Church Christmas Program 6:00 PM - Bring Snacks!
                      Poinsettia Deadline -Forms on glass case - $16.00 each (Order Forms and Payments must be received by this date)
December 12  Young Hearts Christmas Lunch at Golden Corral at 11:00 AM
December 14  Horcica Family Bible Christmas Party at home of Mike & Cara Horcica at 4:00 
December 15  Crosstalk Band will lead Worship. 
                     College & Career Singles will travel to Burnet, leaving the church at 2:00 PM, to visit Bethlehem on the Square.
December 17  Caroling at Burleson St. Joseph Manor in Caldwell. Meet there at 6:30 PM with food at the church afterwards.
December 25  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Message from the Pastor

Please visit the Comments from our Pastor tab to see this message at any time. 

Comments From Our Pastor

As Christians, aren’t we thankful for the instructions that the apostle Paul wrote for us to study and apply in our lives to help us become more Christ-like. He who began a good work in us will continue to perform it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Paul, writing in 2 Timothy, uses three examples of reliable men who will be able to teach others.

First, Paul uses the example of a soldier.  The soldier must be able to endure hardship in training, in battle and in his personal life.  As believers, we are in a spiritual battle for we battle not against flesh and blood, but against demonic powers.  The Christian life is not always easy, but we have the Holy Spirit living within us to empower us to live and walk in a way that honors God.  He gives us the power to resist the evil one and serve Christ.

Second, Paul uses the example of an athlete.  The athlete has to compete according to the rules. We know that the enemy has no rules of engagement.  He prowls as a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.  The athlete has to train, to build up his strength and endurance.  As believers, we too have to train ourselves to be godly.  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise
for both the present life and the life to come.

Third, Paul uses the example of a farmer.  Farmers that I know work hard.  They till the ground.  They plant the seed.  They fertilize the crop.  They control the weeds.  They protect the crop from insects.  In some cases during a drought, they water the crop. In the end comes the harvest and the sale or storage of the crop. We long to see the harvest, but not all participate in it.  Some plant, some water, but God causes the growth.

Paul goes on to tell Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”  So, we prepare ourselves so that we can help prepare others.

It is our desire at Hope Evangelical Free Church to be instruments of noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

We invite you to come, visit, and use your gifts and abilities for God’s glory.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rudy Junek, Pastor

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Events

Regular Activities for the month of November
Note these changes: 
  • The last Women's Bible Studies will be Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Thursday, Nov. 21
  • The Men will not have a Bible Study and Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 29
  • No Horcica Bible Study this month because of Thanksgiving
  • Young Hearts Seniors will have an early Christmas Luncheon at Golden Corral  in December 
Sun., Nov. 10            College and Career Singles Lunch TBA
Tues., Nov. 12           EFCA Women's Meeting at 7:00 PM
Thurs., Nov. 14          Garage Sale Set-Up at 9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 16             Garage & Bake Sale 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 27           Thanksgiving Communion  at 7:00 PM
Thurs., Nov. 28          Happy Thanksgiving!
Birthdays and Anniversaries
01 Clarence W. Junek
02 Joshua Green
06 Lena Junek
07 Fred and Neicy Raley - Anniversary
07 Steve Vajdak
09 Dallia Junek
10 Matthew Jakubik
12 AudreyHejl
15 Karen Gaas
15 Dylan Junek
16 Alexis Macik
19 Elo Junek
19 Noah Bittner
26 Jimmy Junek

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Harvest Party Change of Location

The Harvest Party has been moved to the church fellowship building due to the possibility of rain on Thursday.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hope's Annual Harvest Party

Annual Harvest Party
Home of Steve & Randa Vajdak
Thursday, October 31
Starting at 6:00 pm

Food, Fun and Fellowship.  Children (and adults) are welcome to come in costume, but we request no witches, goblins, ghosts, etc.

Games, Hayride, Pinatas, Meal and "Trunk or Treat".  Please bring soups, stew, sides or desserts. Bring lawn chairs to sit near bonfire.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the church.

Add to your calendars
and comment with items you may be bringing at https://plus.google.com/events/cofpdh297g4r8scq3ftrnbcr1d8

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Events

Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies, Wednesday Prayer and Youth Meeting, Sunday School and Worship as Scheduled

Tuesday, Oct. 8 EFCA Women at 7:00
Oct. 11-13 EFCA Women’s Retreat at Twin Oaks. Cost $99.00
Sun., Oct. 13               College & Career Singles Lunch
Sat., Oct. 19                Frank 70th Anniversary
Sun., Oct. 20               Potluck Lunch and Annual Meeting- Bring food.
                                       Deadline for $25 for Discipleship
Thurs., Oct. 31 Annual Harvest Party-Trunk or Treat from 6-8 (Home of Steve & Randa Vajdak)

October Birthdays and Anniversaries

02 Jason Gaas
02 Kirk Macik
03 Paris Kinchloe
09 Gentry Kinchloe
13 Nick Raley
15 Cara Horcica
16 Kathy Woodard
16 Lonnie & Aline Frank – 70th Anniversary
17 Agnes Vajdak
19 Hubert Horcica
24 Randy Bittner
Connie Giesenschlag
26 Beverly Derkowski
29 Shirley Philp
31 Tina Turskey

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Youth Activities on Wednesday Night

Starting tonight at 7:00 pm, our youth group will begin meeting on Wednesdays again at the church. We will have a bible study for the Jr. High/High Schoolers and a separate study for the younger children. Please come join us if you can and bring a friend!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

September Calendar

Sundays                    Breakfast 8:50 am
                                   Bible Study 9:10 am
                                   Worship at 10:15 am
Tuesdays                  Women’s Bible Study at 9:00 am
Wednesdays            Prayer Meeting / Youth Group at 7:00 pm
Thursdays                 Women’s Bible Study at 7:00 pm
Fridays                      Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study 6:00 pm

Tues., Sept. 10         EFCA Women’s Meeting 7:00 pm
Sun., Sept. 15           College& Career Singles Lunch 12L00 pm
Thurs., Sept. 26        Hearts Seniors Lunch 11:00 am
Fri., Sept. 27             Horcica Bible Study 6:30 pm
Sun., Sept. 28           Movie Night 6:00 pm

Birthdays and Anniversaries 

01 Lynn Junek
03 Tommy and Kathy Woodard - Anniversary
05 John Giesenschlag
12 Lonnie Frank
16 Lanie Junek
17 Maude Jakubik
18 Clarence and Dallia Junek - Anniversary
21 Michael and Cara Horcica - Anniversary
23 Mary Junek
30 Monroe Hejl  

Check our Calendar for more info.

Youth Program Meeting

We will be having a meeting immediately following services on Sunday to discuss the direction of our Youth program. Please make plans to attend and bring ideas for the future development of our Youth program and Youth Leader.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Bible Studies Coming Soon

New Bible Studies will be starting up for the Fall beginning in September.

Tuesdays at 9:00 am or Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Starting Sept. 3 or Sept. 5
A light meal will be served with each session

The 7-session study will be by Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham and the study is called The Magnificent Obsession.

Anne's DVD Bible Study encourages and emboldens you to follow Abraham's example and not only embrace the God-filled life, but pursue Him in a relationship He would describe as a friendship.

Following this study will be her Expecting to See Jesus, a 9-session study. Details to come.

Fridays at 6:00 am
Breakfast will be served

A new 10-session study will begin on Sept. 13.  The study is called Living on the Edge by Dr. Chip Ingram.

Being a genuine disciple of Christ flows out of a relationship with Him. It's about experiencing God's grace, not earning His love through performance. A real relationship with Jesus Christ will produce a follower whose life looks progressively more like His life. Romans 12 provides a relational profile of an authentic disciple: someone who is surrendered to God, separate from the world's values, sober in self-assessment, serving in love and supernaturally responds to evil with good. Christians who live out this kind of lifestyle are what we call r12 Christians. God is willing to go deeper and grow you into a real disciple... are you ready?

See our Calendar for more details and other events.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Back-to-School Splash Bash

Saturday, August 24
5:00-8:00 pm
Frank & Betty Fields' Home

School will be starting Monday for those that haven't already gone back. Summer break is over. We are having a pool party for the youth group to celebrate (or mourn as the case may be).  We will have hamburgers and hot dogs and all the trimmings. Bring your swimsuit and towel.

Please RSVP Here so we will know how many to prepare for. Keep an eye on the RSVP/Calendar link to see any updates.

If you would like to bring something, please respond to the event link or contact Steve Vajdak.

So far, we have the following items donated.  
Drinks - Horcicas
Veggies for burgers - Bro. Rudy & Lena
Meat for hamburgers - Steve & Randa
Chips, Condiments - Bittners
Buns - Denise
Paper Goods - Marcy

Still need:
Hot Dogs

Thursday, August 1, 2013

DR Mission Trip Updates

July 28:

This morning during prayer walk, we had 5 adults, 30 Jr. High age accept Christ.  At VBS during the Bible story group about 30 elementary and Jr. high kids accepted Christ.  Everything is going good. Everyone is having a blast. Please continue to pray. (from Sharyle Macik)

July 29:

Everything is good. Just a very busy day. We did prayer walking this morning and we had 4 adults accept Christ. While working with the kids, we had at least 20 more, but you never know with kids if they are following others or they really mean it. This evening, we went to a school here and went to an English class. Everyone enjoyed it a lot. Mike and Jonah might have added to their confusion. They ran out of things to say and started asking them when was their pets' birthday. LOL! We ate pizza tonight. It was one of two pizza places here. It was good, not Pizza Hut, but good. The basketball part of the camp is going good. The boys won a couple of games, but the most important thing is the other boys are hearing the message. Everyone here is so nice and welcoming. Every house we go to on the prayer walk, they always invite us inside. We never are on the porch. And they insist we sit down. Our day tomorrow is going to be about like today. Saturday we are going to a baptism in the river.

July 30:

Today was much the same as yesterday. We had 5 adults commit during prayer walk today and about 40 kids commit. We went to the poorest area. If you have ever seen a "Save the Children" commercial, it's exactly like that only the people aren't starving. Most of the people in this area eat once a day and it's usually only rice with a little bit of beans. My group met about twenty little kids in this area and we invited them to come to the park today and when we got to the park, we saw several of them there. And even though these kids had nothing, most of them had changed into clean clothes when they came to the park. You could tell they took effort in trying to clean up. Seeing these things really makes you appreciate what you have. A teacher here makes $200 a month in US dollars. That's all for today. Continue to pray we are making changes.

July 31:

Brother Rudy was on Dominican Republic TV last night. He was interviewed yesterday and they took video during Lena's and Rudy's Bible study and the puppets. Brother Rudy told the whole country about who we were and why we were here. He was able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ on video and it will be broadcast over the whole Dominican Republic. What is diving intervention is that the guy with the video happened to just be riding by no his motorcycle and saw what was going on and stopped. Rudy was also asked by the local pastor to preach Thursday and Sunday night. And Rudy and Lena have been asked to speak to couples on Friday night about why their marriage has lasted fifty years. (Sharyle told them it was real simple. He obeys! But she thinks they will talk a different path.)  The people here are so open to the gospel. Lena said there are hotspots in the world and this is for sure one of them. Continue to pray.

August 1:

We had 7 adults in Christ. We had a great day. We did VBS and basketball today and we really had a blast. Yesterday I scheduled a basketball game for our girls against another team. So today we played. We had Malorie, Regan, Natalie, Cara, Randa and myself. Yes. You read that right. Randa, Cara and I played. LOL. We thought it was going to be half court, but at the last minute they changed it to full court. But we survived. We lost but we didn't get creamed like we were expecting. We didn't need oxygen, CPR or anything. LOL. But most important our boys said we didn't embarrass them. LOL. Really, we are making changes down here. The people are very open and welcoming and everyone we talk to is willing to hear what we have to say. I will update again tomorrow. Continue to pray.

August 2:

Sorry for the delay but I was waiting on Brother Rudy and Lena. They are at a couples bible group. They usually want to make sure I include everything.

We had a great day. On our prayer walk, we had 18 adults accept Christ. We had fun time at VBS. We were at a different location. The area wasn't as big and a little muddy but it worked out. Today we didn't play basketball instead we played interleague softball and we won! 5 to 3. By the way, when you see Caleb, make sure to ask him about the flood on the baseball field. He was given some pants to wear and they were about six inches too short. He looked ridiculous. This evening we had all the couples go to a couples bible lesson tonight at one of the houses. They were going to talk about what makes their marriages work. I tried telling them it's real simple. It's "yes dear" and just agree to everything the wife says. LOL. They were supposed to be done at 9:30, but now it's 10:19. Hmm...I hope all the hens didn't kick.

August 4:

We had a really great last day here in Ocoa. Tomorrow we travel to another city closer to the airport for our last day. This morning we followed up on people who have accepted Christ and invited them to church and during that followup we had a girl accept Christ. It was neat because it was like every distraction possible was going on. Baby crying, phone ringing, motorcycle reving engine. But the lady still accepted Christ. At first she said no and then even with all the distractions and things that could have prevented it, she still accepted Christ. This afternoon we went tot he park for a VBS and games. Tonight we had church. Brother Rudy preached tonight. I think he might be ready to come home so he can relax some. LOL. We were presented with a plaque as an appreciation for our visit and everything we have done. It was pretty emotional tonight saying goodbye to everyone. We made a lot of good friends and have had a wonderful experience. Last night we had an injury that required stitches. Someone got their head in a ceiling fan. I know it sounds crazy, but on their defense, the ceiling was really low. The stitches went well, but please continue to pray for a pain-free recovery. Also during church tonight, we had someone accept Christ as well. What is neat is that the people here having been talking with her and praying that she would accept Christ. Gotta get some sleep now. We have an early morning. Continue to pray.

August 5:

We made it to the resort. We saw our first rain today. Of all the days for it to rain. On the day we can relax. LOL. Not much news other than that we are ready to come home!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Modified Church Activity Schedule

Due to the DR missions trip, there will  be a modified schedule for the next week or so.

Friday, July 26 - There WILL be a Men's Breakfast Bible Study

Sunday, July 28 - Message will be given by Ronnie Horcica

Wednesday, July 31 - There WILL be a Prayer Service.  NO youth activities.

Friday, August 2 - There will be NO Men's Breakfast Bible Study.

Sunday, August 4 - Message will be given by Steve Vajdak

Youth Mission Trip starts Saturday

July 27-August 6

Our missions trip to the Dominican Republic starts Saturday. The team will head to Austin airport early and their flight leaves at 11 am. They will fly to Ft. Lauderdale and have a 7 hour layover. At 11 pm Eastern, they will fly to Santo Domingo and then have a 4-1/2 hour bus trip to their final destination in Ocoa.

Please keep them in your prayers DAILY. They need prayers for safety, for reception to the gospel by the people to which they will be spreading God's word, for unity of our group, for overcoming language barriers and for good health for all participants.  The trip home will begin at 6 am and they will arrive in Austin at 7 pm.

Because of extremely high international calling rates, please do not call or text any of the team members unless it is an emergency. Most will have their phones turned off after leaving the States until they return.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

VBS Follow UP

This years VBS was a wonderful success and a good time was had by all. We averaged 50 people every night and collected almost 400 dollars to donate to the victims of the explosion in West, Tx. The children had a wonderful time learning about Daniel and Babylon, making crafts and singing praises to our one true God. We tried something new this year having a family VBS and I think it was a big success. Many of the adults spoke of how much they loved the opportunity to stay and learn. I would like to thank all of the participants for helping everything run so smoothly and to Nelda for everything that she did, which was ALOT, because without all of you it wouldn't be possible. Looking forward to next year!

God bless,

Sunday, July 14, 2013

VBS starts tonight

Calling all ages! VBS starts tonight at 6:00 pm. A meal will be served from 6:00-6:30 pm. There is no charge. VBS will run Sunday-Thursday.

Friday, June 28, 2013

New Pastor's Comments

The new message from Pastor Rudy has been added to our website. Please check out the Comments from our Pastor page.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

VBS Online Registration is Now Open!

Visit the VBS tab at the top of our website to register.

July Calendar

Sundays           8:50 am Breakfast 
9:10 am Bible Study
10:15 am Worship                                                                                       
Wednesdays    7:00 pm Prayer Meeting & Z-Group
Fridays             6:00 am Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study 
Sun., June 30    6:00 pm Movie Night - Bring a food item to share
Mon., July 8     7:00 pm Elders' Meeting    
July 14-18        6:00-8:30 pm Vacation Bible School
Sun., July 21       Quarterly Congregation Meeting (No meal)
July 27-Aug. 4  Dominican Republic Mission Trip 


09 Paul Bittner 
20 Frank Junek 
21 Walter Vajdak    
22 Lynette Urbanovsky
25 Robert Bravenec
26 Scott Vajdak
26 Jami Jakubik
27 Charles Kokemoor
31 Erin Walker


01 Jack & Linda Baumann
03 Larry & Beverly Derkowski
06 Danny & Lacey Junek
08 Melvin & Laverne Ondrasek
09 Hubert & Billie Jean Horcica

21 Sam & Amy Kienow

Flower Beds

We got all the flower beds cleaned, watered and some Miracle-Gro in spots yesterday evening. Thanks to all who showed up and volunteered their time and sweat to help beautify the exterior of the Lord's house.

Monday, June 24, 2013

VBS 2013

VBS 2013
Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity

July 14-18 (Sun-Thur)
6:00-8:30 pm nightly
A light supper will be served from 6:00-6:30 pm

Babylon teaches kids and adults to love God and His word...like you do! You'll see families turn to God, stronger in their faith as they open their hearts to Gods powerful live and inspired to courageously share their faith with others. 

Register online (All ages)

This year we are having a family bible school. This allows any adults to go into a class taught by Mike and learn more about the bible so they can discuss with their children what they have learned. We are also having "classes" for toddlers, with Cara and Mary, so that everyone who wants to participate won't have to worry if they have a small child. Plus the children will have fun and learn about Jesus.

Items/People Needed:

  • Canopies to set up in the fellowship hall for each tribe
  • People to assist with decorations the week before 
  • Anyone with decorations that they think would be suitable for Babylon can contact Michelle Baker
  • Large rugs would be great for group time and a couple of the classrooms
  • Anyone wanting to help with the kitchen can contact Marcy Vajdak
  • And anybody that would like to donate food can talk to her as well
  • Anyone wanting to help, contact Michelle Baker, Director. We have spots still available!

We are going to go and visit families to personally invite them to VBS so if anyone has someone in mind that they want us to go and invite, then please give us names and addresses ASAP.

***The next planning meeting is Wed., June 26 at 6:00 pm.***

Friday, June 21, 2013

New "Website"

Our blog has become our website. We have been able to add tabs to the blog to include all of the necessary info for the church. The hope-efc.org URL now points to this blog. Follow this blog as well as our Google+ page for updates, pictures, events and more.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June Events

June Birthdays and Anniversaries

Simplified Calendar This Month (Reunions And Vacations) 
Regular Sunday, Wednesday, Friday Activities

June 9-15 Camp - Buda, TX
Sun., June 16 Father's Day Service
Sun., June 30 Movie Night 6:00 Bring Snacks

13 Billie Jean Horcica
14 Billie Wentrcek
19 Amy Kienow
20 Kyle Feldman
21 Mary Ann Macik
24 Linda Baumann
29 Clarence Lee Junek
29 Leslie Giesenschlag

8 John and Mary Ann Gantt

Sunday, April 28, 2013

May Events

May Birthdays and Anniversaries

08 Dennis and Karen Gaas - Anniversary
10 Jenna Jakubik
10 Robin Jakubik
11 Regan Horcica
11 Natalie Vacha
11 Randa Vajdak
19 Dennis Gaas
24 Chase Horcica
31 Luke Jakubik

May Calendar
Regular Activities, 
No more Refuel on Friday nights.  
Women's Studies will conclude as follows:  Last Thursday Evening will be May 2.  Last Tuesday morning will be May 7.  
Pray for camp preparations.

Sunday, May 5     National Day of Prayer Service

Sunday, May 12   Mother's Day Service

Tues., May 14      EFCA Women at 7:00 p.m.

Thurs., May 16    Young Hearts Senior Lunch at 11:00

Sun., May 19        Youth Mission Trip Lunch Fundraiser After Worship

Sat., May 25         Bridal Shower for Sarah Robinson at 2:00

Sun., May 26       Memorial Day Service & Communion

Mon., May 27       Memorial Day (actual holiday)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What's Happening at Hope - April 2013





    • 9:10 AM - CLASSES START
    • 10:15 AM - WORSHIP SERVICE

09 EFCA WOMEN 7:00 P.M.

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