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500Forward


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500Forward


It's Still All About Jesus

Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

It's not often we get the chance to experience the 500th anniversary of something--so let's celebrate!

500Forward has potential to proclaim the Gospel in a powerful way while gathering the abundance of gifts and abilities from Houston area churches to bring glory to God.

We hope you'll come celebrate this special occasion at the 500Forward Festival and Concert!

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Location


Location


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500Forward Festival

October 28, 2017 // 10 am - 3 pm

St. Mark Lutheran Church

1515 Hillendahl

Houston, Texas 77055

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500Forward Hymn Festival

October 29, 2017 // 2:30 pm

Trinity Lutheran Church

800 Houston Avenue

Houston, Texas 77007

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Festival


Festival



PRESENTATIONS

Enjoy music from the Houston Bronze Ensemble,  The Lutheran High North and Our Savior Lutheran School Choirs, A Mass Preschool Choir, The Gulf Coast Concert Band,  Lutheran High North Marching Band and the Houston Lutheran Chorale.  

WORSHIP

Brief worship services, to be held in the St. Mark sanctuary, will allow festival goers to observe a wide range of worship styles. For example, one church may demonstrate how it chants the traditional liturgy, while another may present its guitar led worship offerings. The goal of this effort is to allow Lutherans to learn about other approaches to proclaiming the Gospel through worship arts.

ACtivities

Reformation-themed children’s activities will include interactive stations with science experiments, fun gadgets, and hands-on learning.

Booths

We are pleased to have representatives from Camp Lone StarLCMS Ministry to the Armed forcesLutheran Hour MinistriesLutheran Church Charities - Comfort Dog Ministries,  Lutheran High North, LOMT/Camp Lone Star, POBLO International Ministries, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Texas Wendish Heritage Society, LWML - Texas District, Texas Partners in Mission, Concordia University Texas, Glocal MissionThrivent Financial, and Hospital Chaplaincy services.

FOOD

Local food vendors will offer refreshments for those attending the 500Forward event. Congregations are also welcome to sell food and consider donating proceeds toward the 500Forward Challenge.

Contests

Check out the 500Forward contests and see submission deadlines here! Contest winners will be displayed or asked to perform at the 500Forward Festival.

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Hymn festival


Hymn festival


500Forward Hymn Festival

Don’t miss the 500 Forward Hymn Festival that will be held on Reformation Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity.   This Hymn Festival will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation  and will give thanks to God for Martin Luther and his influence on the future of the Christian church.  Trinity’s organist, Carla Barrows, will be featured on our 50-rank  Holtkamp/Reuter pipe organ.  Carla will be joined by the Eon Brass from the University of Houston, the Trinity Festival Choir and each of you as together we sing praises to God through many of our favorite hymns such as A Mighty Fortress, Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word, Praise to the Lord the Almighty, The Church’s One Foundation and  more.

Following the concert, all are invited to enjoy food and fellowship including bratwurst and all the fixings (hot dogs for kids) and our own oompah band.  There is no charge for the Hymn Festival or the food, but a free-will offering will be appreciated. 

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Challenge


Challenge


500Forward Challenge

There is a great need for mission efforts in the Houston area. In order to help these mission efforts form, each congregation in the Houston area is being invited to donate at least $500 toward the 500Forward Challenge with an ultimate goal of raising $50,000 by October 31, 2017.

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Support


Support


Support

Help us put together an amazing festival! Every donation made will assist in covering all the expenses of this fun-filled event.
Questions? Contact Jeri Barthel: 713 417 9520 or jbarthel@ozrcpas.com

Please send donations to:
500Forward Festival
c/o Jeri Barthel
9614 Lark Meadow Dr.
Houston, Texas 77040

Promote - Click here to download

Download the 500Forward Media Kit to promote this event in your congregation! Kit includes a poster, bulletin inserts, screen graphics, web graphics and more.

Sermon Series - CLick here to download

We hope you find this 5 week sermon series leading up to Reformation Sunday helpful! Click here to view/download the sermon bumper videos for this series.

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Movie


Movie


Join us on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 pm at Studio Movie Grill in City Centre to screen the film Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. Take a new look and learn about the Reformation in preparation for the special 500Forward events.

Limited seating is available. Click here to purchase your ticket today!