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On Thursday, September 14, Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano is offering a free yoga class and a variety of family-friendly activities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the group’s participation in North Texas Giving Day, a one-day, online giving event that benefits thousands of North Texas area non-profits.

On Thursday, September 14, Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano is offering a free yoga class and a variety of family-friendly activities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the group’s participation in North Texas Giving Day, a one-day, online giving event that benefits thousands of North Texas area non-profits.

“Get up and give for North Texas Giving Day, then head to the farm to ¬relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the peaceful beauty of nature on our grounds,” said Heritage Farmstead Museum Director of Development Katherine Strobel.

Toni Farris, owner of Yoga Tree Studio in Plano, will offer a yoga lesson in the meadow at the Farmstead from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.

In addition to a yoga class in the north meadow, guests will enjoy music and have the opportunity to take photos with the Farmstead’s chickens, sheep, donkey and pigs. A variety of food will also be available for purchase including Sugar Mountain snow cones and treats from the Hub Streat food truck.

“Practicing yoga on a historic farm site with animals present is a back-to-basics move that helps you find something deeper,” added Strobel. “And, I’ve heard nature is one the deepest experiences we can have…consider the loveable farm animals a bonus!”
Heritage Farmstead Museum is located at 1900 W. 15th Street in Plano. For more information, please call 972.881.0140, email kstrobel@heritagefarmstead.org or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org

To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.northtexasgivingday.org

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:
The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org.

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Faith Lutheran School of Plano will host its sixth annual fundraising golf tournament on Friday, October 6 at Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club.

Faith Lutheran School of Plano will host its sixth annual fundraising golf tournament on Friday, October 6 at Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club. Heritage Ranch is located at 465 Scenic Ranch Circle in McKinney.

"This golf tournament is an excellent opportunity for us to raise funds for our school, raise awareness about our school and its mission, and for us to simply gather for fun and fellowship together," said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser of Wylie. "Proceeds will provide our athletic teams the opportunity to replace old uniforms and buy needed equipment and add to our tuition assistance program for families in need."

The event will be played in a scramble format and has an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Player spots ($125/each or $500/team) and sponsorship opportunities (various levels) are still available. For more information, please call 972.423.7448 or email acrawford@flsplano.org

About Faith Lutheran School:
In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through grade twelve. School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site
at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448. 

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On Sunday, August 6, Aubrie Bogle and Nancy Thomas were installed as teachers for Faith Lutheran School during the 8 a.m. worship service at Faith Lutheran Church.

Faith Lutheran School today announced that the school has hired Aubrie Bogle to serve as the school’s third/fourth grade combination class teacher and elementary school Latin teacher. The school has also hired Nancy Thomas to serve as the school’s first grade teacher.   
   
"Faith Lutheran School of Plano has provided a strong presence among private schools in the area for more than 35 years. We are thrilled to add Aubrie and Nancy to our staff, because we know they are dedicated to providing excellent, high-quality, Christ-centered leadership and education for our students," said Faith Lutheran School Headmaster Rev. Stephen W. Kieser of Wylie.
   
Bogle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political thought with a minor in classical languages and emphasis in Lutheran teaching from Concordia University in Irvine, California. Bogle resides in Plano.
   
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and special education from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Thomas resides in Plano.

About Faith Lutheran School
In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through grade 12. School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.

 
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On Friday, May 19, Plano's Heritage Farmstead Museum will host a special education event targeted to homeschool families called “From Seed to Table.”

On Friday, May 19, Plano's Heritage Farmstead Museum will host a special education event targeted to homeschool families called “From Seed to Table.”

“Homeschool families are invited to visit Heritage Farmstead Museum to learn about how a farmer would grow, harvest, and prepare food,” said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M’Lou Hyttinen.  “Our guests will enjoy activities including plowing and planting seeds, a creek visit, corn and wheat grinding, feeding the chickens, tractor rides, a tour through the Farrell Wilson House, an outdoor cooking demonstration and so much more!”

The Heritage Farmstead Museum homeschool “From Seed to Table” event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 19.  Online pre-registration is preferred, but guests may also register at the door. Tickets are $7 each for children in advance ($6 in advance for Farmstead members), $8 each for children at the door on event day ($7 each for Farmstead members), $5 each for adults ($4 each Farmstead members.) Children under two are free.

Guests are invited to bring drinks and sack lunches to have a picnic on the museum grounds.

The Heritage Farmstead Museum is located at 1900 West 15th Street

Online registration for the event is available at http://tinyurl.com/HFMHomeschool2017 or register by calling 972.881.0140

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:

The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org.

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Heritage Farmstead Friends of FarmsteadLH-DSCF2789 On Friday, May 5, Plano's Heritage Farmstead Museum will present its 7th annual "Friends of the Farmstead," a fundraising dinner and concert event

On Friday, May 5, Plano's Heritage Farmstead Museum will present its 7th annual "Friends of the Farmstead," a fundraising dinner and concert event featuring a farmstead dinner, craft cocktails by Texas Silver Star, many special guests and a concert by country music group Mike and The Moonpies.

"We invite the community to join us for a fun evening featuring dinner and concert on the historic grounds of the Heritage Farmstead Museum," said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M'Lou Hyttinen.  "All proceeds from this fundraising event support Heritage Farmstead Museum's mission of preserving and celebrating agricultural history and lifestyles in North Texas."

All event tickets include dinner and concert admission. The event’s VIP reception will feature specialty whiskey and vodka cocktails by Texas Silver Star and appetizers.  VIP guests will be given the opportunity to visit and take photos with musicians and celebrities.

The event will take place on Friday, May 5 on the historic grounds of the Heritage Farmstead Museum, which is located at 1900 West 15th Street in Plano.  VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m., general admission opens at 7:00 p.m., and the dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

“The event will also feature rousing games of Chicken Poop Bingo and the chance to win a variety of prices such as the weekend use of a MINI Cooper, Kendra Scott jewelry, private parties, tastings and tours,” added Hyttinen.

The event will also feature the presentation of the “Best Friend of the Farmstead” award. This year’s recipient is Page Thomas.

“The Best Friend of the Farmstead Award honors an individual for their long time support and involvement in the museum over the years.  Page Thomas was very instrumental to the creation of many of our outdoor exhibits and demonstrations,” said Hyttinen.  “He has donated hundreds of artifacts and objects to the museum over the years including blacksmithing tools, carriages and wagons and many educational objects used in our school tours.  We always say there is not an area of the museum that Page Thomas has not touched in some way.  He has always been extremely passionate about visitors ‘experiencing’ the past through hands on demonstrations such as blacksmithing, carriage rides and outdoor cooking.”

Tickets are available for purchase online at http://tinyurl.com/FriendsofFarmstead2017 or by calling 972.881.0140. Online registration closes on May 4, 2017 at 12 p.m.

•    General admission tickets including dinner and concert: $75 each
•    Individual ticket including dinner and concert with "VIP Experience": $150.00 each
•    Table for four including dinner and concert: $375.00
•    Table for eight including dinner and concert: $750.00 (limited quantity)
•    Table for 10 – premium seating including dinner and concert and “VIP Experience: $1,500.00

About Mike and The Moonpies: Mike and the Moonpies are the modern face of the outlaw country music movement. From their home in Austin, Texas, they carry the torch of their predecessors, while maintaining the originality and independence that the genre is infamous for. The Moonpies, led by Texas born songwriter Mike Harmeier, manage themselves and produce their own albums. While steeped in tradition, the Moonpies rejuvenate honky tonk and traditional country music and appeal to a wildly eclectic audience. They are equally at home in dance halls and theaters, and can share a bill with an indie rock band or a country legend. The Moonpies live on the road and have the scars to prove it. Currently touring the U.S. in support of their third studio album, "Mockingbird," they continue to live up to their reputation as one of the hardest working and veracious bands in independent country music. For more information, please visit www.themoonpies.com

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:
The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org

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12717744_1094556667243056_2728474078843901036_n (1 Faith Lutheran Church of Plano will host a variety of special Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services.

Faith Lutheran Church of Plano today announced the church's Holy Week and Easter schedule of special services.

“Temptations and trials are a reality in our lives.  During Lent, we repent of our sins, and we also live in God’s forgiveness brought about by the blood of our Savior.  Lent prepares us not only for Good Friday, but also for Easter,” said Faith Lutheran Church of Plano senior pastor Rev. James Woelmer of Lucas.  “Join us during our Lenten journey as we are directed to the holy sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ so that we may come to Easter with glad hearts keeping the feast with sincerity and truth.”

Faith Lutheran Church is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd. in Plano, Texas.

Maundy Thursday Service, Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 14, 2:00 p.m. service and 7 p.m. Tenebrae service

Tenebrae (Latin for "shadows" or "darkness") is a Christian religious service celebrated on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, which are the last three days of Holy Week. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted or recited.

Easter Vigil Service - Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Vigil is the first celebration of the resurrection of Christ from the dead (much like Christmas Eve is the first celebration of Christmas). The Easter Vigil marks the final day of the sacred Triduum (Holy/Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Vigil of Easter). Historically, the Easter Vigil began around the middle of the second century. The people of God would hold vigil, which means “keep watch,” through the night in expectation of Christ’s return.

The Easter Vigil service is comprised of six parts: Light, Readings, Holy Baptism, Prayer, the Word and the Sacrament. The paschal candle is lit and it leads the procession into church. The historic Exsultet or Easter proclamation is sung and the Easter acclamation: “Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” is first spoken. The service begins in darkness and it ends in light.

Easter Sunrise Worship Service, Sunday, April 16 at 6:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday Divine Worship Service with Holy Communion, Sunday, April 16 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Children's Sunday School and Adult Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call 972.423.7447 or visit www.faithplano.org

About Faith Lutheran Church:

Faith Lutheran Church is a conservative congregation of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ that confesses the teachings of the historic Christian church as they are taught in the Bible. Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and has locations in both Plano and Wylie, Texas. For more information, please visit www.faithplano.org or call 972.423.7447 

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Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas will be conducting an open house on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. to showcase the school's K-12 and early childhood preschool programs.

Faith Lutheran School in Plano, Texas will be conducting an open house on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. to showcase the school's K-12 and early childhood preschool programs.

Families interested in the school will meet the headmaster and teaching staff, tour the facilities and enjoy light refreshments.

Faith Lutheran School is located at 1701 E. Park Blvd in Plano.  For more information please call 972.723.7448 or visit www.flsplano.org

About Faith Lutheran School
Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and currently provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade. School
curriculum is based on the classical model of education. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. In
1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation.
Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School,
please visit the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448.     

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“Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit” is a Heritage Farmstead Museum educational program designed specifically for seniors

Plano's Heritage Farmstead Museum is often filled with small children on school field trips or young families enjoying the wonders of the four-acre historic site, which is nestled in the center of the city.  But folks at the Farmstead are targeting a slightly different demographic with the organization's senior-focused program "Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit".

“Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit” is a Heritage Farmstead Museum educational program designed specifically for seniors. Program presentations, conducted on targeted days once per each from 10:00 a.m. – noon, will feature a variety of topics from vegetable gardening, music, history and much more.

"This exciting, popular program allows all of us at the Heritage Farmstead Museum to reach out to another sector of our community to provide educational opportunities, fellowship and fun," said Heritage Farmstead Museum Director of Development Kathy Strobel.
Upcoming Young at Heart: 55+ Exceeding the Limit programs include:

•    April 10: Enjoy an informative, educational tour of Heritage Farmstead Museum grounds featuring a Mammoth Jack donkey, sorghum mill, Victorian gardens, chickens, antique vehicles and more.
•    May 8: All About Bees: a speaker from the Texas Beekeeper’s Guild will give an informative presentation about bees, related topics and other useful information.
•    June 12: This event will feature a hammer dulcimer concert by Susan McCarter as well as a guided tour of Heritage Farmstead’s Ammie Wilson House.
•    July 10: Beth and Mark Ayers will present a Victorian Magic Lantern Show, a series of projected images from hand-painted panes of glass that the couple have been collecting for years.  This program will be held in the Young House at Heritage Farmstead.
•    August 14: Join Heritage Farmstead for a morning of barn-raisin’, boot stompin’ fun at a Banjo Band Sing-A-Long. This one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!
•    September 11: Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social followed by a concert by acclaimed music group Men of Note. This program will begin at 11:30 a.m. instead of 10 a.m.
•    October 9: Don Gates will give a demonstration of a traditional chuck wagon lunch. Samples of his unique, tasty fare will be provided. Hear the history of the chuck wagon and of the cattle drives on Texans past while sitting by an open camp fire.

Pre-registration for each class is $6.00 for non-members and $5.00 for Heritage Farmstead Museum members. Each program is limited to 50 registrants.  Online registration is available at www.heritagefarmstead.org or by calling 972-881-0140. Pre-registration deadline is midnight the Thursday prior to each program, but walk up registration is also permitted if there is space available.

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:  The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org

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On Saturday, April 15, Plano's Heritage Farmstead Museum will host its annual Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival. The event features an egg hunt including more than 5,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes for children ages eight and under, but guests of all ages will delight in the joys of spring on the Blackland Prairie with the shearing of the Farmstead's sheep and a variety of other family-friendly activities.

On Saturday, April 15, Plano's Heritage Farmstead Museum will host its annual Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival.  The event features an egg hunt including more than 5,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes for children ages eight and under, but guests of all ages will delight in the joys of spring on the Blackland Prairie with the shearing of the Farmstead's sheep and a variety of other family-friendly activities.

The event will also include hands-on demonstrations, historic exhibits, vintage wagon rides, concessions, face painting, children’s crafts, house tours, exhibits, historical activities and more.

"Grab your Easter basket and join us for a fun day on the Farmstead," said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M'Lou Hyttinen. “Take a step back in time with us at this unique, springtime event!”

One informative event demonstration, entitled 'Sheep to Shawl,' will detail the work of pioneer North Texas farmers on the Blackland Prairie who labored hard with their flocks. Farmstead staff and volunteers will showcase the art of sheep shearing, as well as weaving, skirting, washing, dying and spinning wool.

The Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Egg hunts for children four and under start at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Egg hunts for children ages five to eight years start at 11:00 a.m. and noon.  Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets.  Egg hunts fill up on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once early times are full spots for the second egg hunts will be filled.

The Dallas Costumers Guild will present historical demonstrations throughout the day including a women's sewing circle.

“They will be on hand to show basic knitting skills and traditional sewing stitches. All will be dressed in period costume as they stroll throughout the museum grounds,” added Hyttinen.

During the event the Heritage Farmstead Museum’s Ammie Wilson House will feature an Alice in Wonderland exhibit showcasing actors from Plano Children’s Theater dressed as Alice, the Mad Hatter and other characters from the classic children’s book. The Victorian home will be open throughout the event.

Online pre-registration is encouraged but not necessary. However, guests receive a discount for early registration. Online pre-registration tickets are $6 each, or tickets are $8 at the door on the day of the event. Heritage Farmstead Museum members may purchase pre-registration tickets for $5 each or obtain tickets at the door for $6 each.

Raising Cane’s will provided free lemonade and free sweet tea at the event.

This event is sponsored in part by the City of Plano.

The Heritage Farmstead Museum is located at 1900 West 15th Street in Plano.
Online registration for this event is available at https://tinyurl.com/FarmsteadSpring2017 or by calling 972.881.0140.

About The Heritage Farmstead Museum:
The Heritage Farmstead Museum, a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit www.heritagefarmstead.org

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On Thursday, February 16, the Faith Lutheran Church of Plano Knots of Love sewing guild celebrated a milestone. The group completed its 5,000th quilt to donate to Lutheran World Relief.

On Thursday, February 16, the Faith Lutheran Church of Plano Knots of Love sewing guild celebrated a milestone. The group completed its 5,000th quilt to donate to Lutheran World Relief.

"That’s a lot of cutting, piecing, stitching, and tying all done with love and for the glory of God," said Faith Lutheran Church of Plano Women of Faith President Mary Afsharirad of Plano. "Congratulations to Knots of Love members past and present on this outstanding accomplishment! 

Students from Faith Lutheran School of Plano have assisted the sewing guild with their quilting work for several years by helping to tie quilts that the group creates.

About Lutheran World Relief:  With nearly 75 years of demonstrated expertise helping to transform some of the hardest-to-reach places in the developing world, Lutheran World Relief is an innovative, trusted international humanitarian organization committed to those otherwise cut off from basic human services and opportunities. LWR works in partnership with local communities to build their capabilities and collaborate on long-term solutions to reduce extreme poverty. In times of emergency, LWR is also a trusted partner to distribute aid and ensure people are prepared to withstand the next unexpected challenge. Powered by the compassion of U.S. Lutheran individuals and congregations, LWR reached more than 3.4 million people in 32 countries in fiscal year 2016. For more information, visit lwr.org.

About Faith Lutheran Church: Faith Lutheran Church puts Jesus at the center of all that is taught and preached.  It is a congregation that is faithful to the Scriptures and to the Lutheran Confessions.  Faith Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and has locations in both Plano and Wylie, Texas.  For more information, please visit www.faithplano.org or call 972.423.7447

About Faith Lutheran School: Faith Lutheran School is fully accredited and provides classes from pre-school three-year-olds through the twelfth grade.  School curriculum is based on the classical model of education. In 1971, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas established a four-year-old preschool for children of the congregation. Since then, the school has grown and opened enrollment to others in the community on a tuition basis. The school's educational program also includes both sports and the fine arts. To learn more about Faith Lutheran School, please visit
the school's web site at www.flsplano.org or call 972.423.7448