Category: Faith

HPUMC Expands Reach With The Grove


Hundreds turn out for the first service at the Grove. (Alyssa Grace Photography)

In a city famous for having a house of faith on nearly every street corner, The Grove Church stands out mostly for the number of early adherents.

The first formal service, held Oct. 22, drew about 600 people, campus pastor the Rev. Stephen Lohoefer said.

“We had a lot of people standing,” he said. “It was a great ‘problem.’”

Mercy Street Founder Trey Hill Begins Transition to Park Cities Presbyterian


Trey Hill

During the next nine months, Mercy Street founder Trey Hill will gradually step into a new role: senior director of urban missions at Park Cities Presbyterian Church.

"God has planted a deep burden in me to care for the poor and marginalized in our city," Hill said. "For the last 15 years, I have been seeking to do that by investing in the futures of kids from west Dallas. In this new role, I will be pursuing the calling but taking a broader look at the issues of justice and mercy in the whole city of Dallas."

Carillonneurs to Converge in Dallas


Highland Park United Methodist Church’s bourdon, midrange, and treble bells hang in the belfry. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Late one afternoon, John Acker unlocked the back door of Highland Park United Methodist Church, walked through the sanctuary, climbed the stairs to the balcony, then mounted a perilously narrow 38-step spiral staircase to reach the carillon keyboard that controls 48 bronze bells in the belfry.

In 1984, when it was installed, the four-octave Porter Memorial Carillon was the largest in Texas. Its lowest bass bell, the bourdon, weighs 2 1/2 tons and highest treble bell, 28 pounds.

Replacement of the instrument cast in the three-centuries-old foundry Fonderie Paccard would cost an estimated three quarters of a million dollars.

HP Presbyterian Plans Open-Concept Renovation

From left, Rev. Bryan Dunagan and Clay Sell. (Photo: Lorelei Day)

On Sunday mornings at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, traffic inside can seem almost as bad as on the roads used to get there.

While church members can’t do much to solve Dallas thoroughfares and expressways, they have plans for improving the flow inside for those headed to worship and Bible study.

The Campus Vision plan calls for adding 35,000 square feet and renovating the 190,000-square-foot site. On the west block, 1.5 acres of open landscape will sit above a 350-spot underground parking lot.

Additions include an open central gathering area, new children and student areas, and more classrooms, offices, and meeting rooms. Renovations will address overall flow with new lighting, windows, and other updates.

Sharing God and Dog


Rev. William Miller and his dog, Nawiliwili Nelson, visit with their friend, Kevin Thornton, of Fort Worth. (Courtesy William Miller)

On a trip that will take them from the Abita Brewery near New Orleans to Mount View Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, Rev. Bill Miller and Nawiliwili Nelson are having one last “howlelujah.”

‘Wili,’ Miller’s 12-year-old terrier mix, is hoping to hit all his “barket” list items as his days on Earth are drawing to an end. Almost a year ago, the dog was diagnosed with cancer and has outlived his prognosis several times over.

“I remember the day he got sick,” Miller said. “I broke down and sobbed, because Wili and I have an unbelievable bond.”

Thanksgiving Service at NorthPark Presbyterian


While Thanksgiving is a national holiday, the tradition of giving thanks at the end of the harvest is a religious event celebrated worldwide. The practice of giving thanks in November is in fact quite biblical. Scripture abounds with thanksgiving to God, for thanksgiving is part of the Christian way of life, no matter our circumstances.

We invite you to join us Tuesday Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. for NorthPark Presbyterian’s Service of Thanksgiving and Gratitude – an evening worship service in celebration of the blessings God has provided.

Communion will be served. All are welcome at the Lord’s table as we praise God and give thanks for the gift of grace.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
—Philippians 4:6

Pray with your Pets This Sunday


All God’s creatures are welcome this Sunday at NorthPark Presbyterian Church for the 3rd annual Blessing of the Pets.

We’re looking forward to lots of new faces and furry guests!

Casual dress is encouraged and pets should be on leashes or in kennels or cages. Bowls and terrariums are acceptable too, of course.

NorthPark recommends visitors choose a seat in the church’s sanctuary based on the comfort level and sociability of your pet. For pets that are deceased, or for those not crowd or child-friendly, pet owners are encouraged to bring a photo instead.

The theology behind pet blessings is hundreds of years old, says lead pastor, Rev. Brent Barry.

HPUMC Service Kicks Off Centennial Events


There’s still a year left until Highland Park United Methodist Church celebrates its 100th birthday in February 2016, but the church is getting the party started early.

HPUMC will kick off a yearlong celebration with a special worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday at SMU’s Moody Coliseum. There are various other events planned as well, of course.

At any rate, parking on Sunday will be available in the Moody, Binkley, or Meadows garages, and the latter will have shuttle service.