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Hope Church plans 20th birthday celebration this weekend – La Vernia News


HOPE CHURCH
Hope Church Pastors Bobby and Lisa Nixon invite the community to services this Sunday, Jan. 22, as the church — established in January 2003 and which met initially in a home before moving to the La Vernia Primary School cafeteria — celebrates 20 years of service in the La Vernia community.
Hope Church in La Vernia will celebrate its 20th birthday this weekend.
The doors of the church opened in January 2003, with services held in the cafeteria of the La Vernia Primary School. A formal dedication of the church took place in March 2003.
Pastors Bobby and Lisa Nixon established the church with 15 others in 2002, according to association pastor Belinda Haddock. This followed the loss of their second child to miscarriage.
A total of 17 people attended the first service in August 2002, held in a private residence.
As Hope Church — part of the Assemblies of God — grew, its need for a building grew, too. The congregation purchased land at U.S. 87 and F.M. 1346, while continuing to meet at the primary school.
In December 2008, the congregation purchased the former site of Parker Lumber on Chihuahua Street near downtown La Vernia. The site was renovated, and the church doors were opened to welcome worshippers in January 2009. An adjacent home also was purchased, to serve as offices. In October 2009, the land purchased on U.S. 87 and F.M. 1346 was sold to H-E-B; proceeds helped the church generously donate to missionaries it supports at home and abroad.
As Hope Church continued growing, it added services and ministries, including a satellite campus in New Braunfels. That campus closed in 2012 as Hope Church, reopening later as a different congregation.
Through the years, individuals and teams from Hope have served in ministry across Texas and the world in places like Uvalde, Carrizo Springs, Devine, Dilley, Quemado, Kenya, Nicaragua, Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, Philippines, Egypt, Ethiopia, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Tajikistan, and Turkey.
Hope Church launched Brush Country Ministries in July 2014 to support and minister in rural South Texas churches in the Winter Garden Region, Haddock said. Other ministries also have grown, including the addition of Royal Rangers and Girls Ministries, gender-based discipleship for children and youth.
Hope Church found innovative ways to serve in the COVID pandemic, holding “Drive-In Church” in 2020 for several months, with services over the radio and live-streamed on Facebook to allow members to gather for worship.
Last August, the church purchased an adjacent property; this is being renovated for a future marketplace ministry, Haddock told the La Vernia News. The vision for this is a place where people can gather for conversations, connections, and relationship-building, with the potential for the facilities to support an ongoing partnership with more than 50 local, national, and World Missionaries and missions organizations.
Hope Church is committed to making Spirit-filled disciples who are dedicated followers of Jesus Christ and passionately serve God and others.
For more information, call 830-779-4673 or visit www.myhope.tv/.
Celebrate with Hope Church
Hope Church in La Vernia will celebrate its 20th birthday this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22.
On Saturday, Hope Church will host a “family reunion” of past and present members.
On Sunday, the community is invited to join the celebration at services at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., with Rev. Alton Garrison, the former assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, as guest speaker. All ages are welcome in the 9 a.m. service; at 10 a.m., separate ministry will be available for children ages 12 and younger.
The church is located at 313 W. Chihuahua St. near downtown La Vernia.
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