August 13, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse

August 15th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Texas Roadhouse in Lady Lake

Engage Training

August 17th at 10:30am and 1:00pm at Hope Central Campus

Memorial Service for Harold Forstall

August 17th at 2:00pm at Hope Central Campus

Engage Training

August 19th at 10:30am at Hope Central Campus

Community Choral Reading Session

September 1st at 6:00pm at Hope South Property - Meggison Road

To access the full calendar, click here!

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse on August 15th


Join us on Sunday afternoon for a delicious meal!

We are once again partnering with Texas Roadhouse for a Dine to Donate afternoon!

If you dine at Texas Roadhouse's Lady Lake location on August 15th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, they will donate 10% of your total food purchases to Hope Lutheran Church!

Invitations are available at each Hope campus. You can also print a copy by clicking here. You must have your invitation at the restaurant in order for your donation to count!

Come on out and enjoy some great food for a good cause!


It's time for the final Choral Reading Session of the summer! You're invited to attend the third Community Choral Reading Session at Hope Lutheran Church's southern property on September 1st, beginning at 6:00pm.

Please note that this event will be held on the undeveloped Southern Site property located at the intersection of Meggison Road and the future Frazier Court, just northwest of the traffic circle off Warm Springs Blvd.

Look for the Hope Lutheran Church sign!

Come see where Hope's new property will be and enjoy an evening of song with your friends, old and new. Since this event will be held outdoors, please come prepared. Bring folding chairs or golf carts and bug spray, as well as any food or drink you like. No refreshments will be provided at this event. A tent and restroom facilities will be available! This event is weather-permitting. No rain date has been set.

We hope to see you on September 1st at our next Community Choral Reading Session!

New Fellowship Group to Begin

Sunday After Worship (S.A.W.)

Begins Sunday, September 12th

All are invited to join this time of fellowship, coffee, and discussion. S.A.W. will be held every Sunday after the 10:00am worship service at Hope Central Campus in Conference Room 200. The discussion topic will be 'Today’s Sermon'.

Engage Online Directory Training

Tuesday, August 17th

  • 10:30am to 11:30pm
  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Thursday, August 19th

  • 10:30am to 11:30am

Hope Central Campus Large Fellowship Hall

Are you interested in learning more about our online directory? Need help signing in and accessing the online features?

We will be hosting a training session next week at Hope Central Campus. Please bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. We will use these devices to help you log on.

Please note that the online directory is web-based and will not be downloaded directly to your computer. Currently, we are not offering a print directory.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday or Thursday for training!

One Uncredited Donation Still Unclaimed

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Thank you to everyone who checked their automatic donations to ensure they were properly credited.

We still have one unclaimed donation from Brighthouse Life Insurance.

If you use this organization to schedule your giving and believe your donation may have gone uncredited, please reach out to the office.

You can call (352) 750-2321 or email Bob Franceski at

Thanks for your help!

H.O.P.E. University Begins September 15th

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As our students head back to school, it's time for Hope members to hit the books, as well! H.O.P.E. University Fall Semester begins September 15th, with a class called "Go Take a Hike" led by Pastor Dean Piper.

Go Take a Hike will explore the footsteps of many Biblical heroes and their explorations through new and unknown territories in the Promised Land. Hundreds of years before Jesus sent the disciples to the far-flung places of the earth, God was choosing leaders and sending them to establish and maintain “the promised land.”

Each week we will concentrate on the footsteps of one, two or more people, construct a geographic overview and see the results of their endeavors. While God directed many people to go take a hike, we will focus on a famous few.

More information on H.O.P.E. U is coming soon! Stay tuned for full class schedules and brochures. As always, we encourage you to invite friends who are not Hope members. This is an excellent opportunity to grow your faith and fellowship with friends.

Women of the ELCA Fall Gathering - November 12th to 14th


All women are invited to the Women of the ELCA's FALL GATHERING

Hosted by Florida Bahamas Synodical Women's Organization

November 12, 13, & 14, 2021

Lake Yale Baptist Retreat Center, Leesburg, FL

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This conference is an opportunity for women to come together to enhance their faith, pray together and have fellowship in an atmosphere of learning and fun.

For this gathering, there is a choice of commuter registration (daily attendance) or overnight registration, which is available for download on the website. The homepage for this gathering includes a message from the Conference Chairs -- Ann English and Loraine Van Haecke, plus a list of available workshops to sign up for.

Mail registration forms and fees to: Diane Cummings, 1360 N. Marcy Drive, Longwood, FL. 32750. For further information contact Annie Schaedel, (h) 352-259-8683,

(c) 631-219-9289. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION is August 31st, 2021.

Love INC. Seeking a Rental House in

Belleview/Summerfield Area

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Do you know of a rental home in the Belleview or Summerfield areas, particularly with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms?

Love INC. is seeking a rental home to help them meet ministry needs in the area. They would be interested in renting this home for 6 to 9 months.

They are considering condos, apartments, and houses.

If you know of any rental properties like this, or if you're interested in helping Love INC. on their search, please contact Dana Parker at (352) 572-8567.

Wednesday Evening

Prayer Bulletin

Hope is excited to offer Wednesday Evening Prayer, also known as Vespers, every Wednesday at 6:00pm at Hope Central Campus.

Our Evening Prayer is a quiet, meditative way to end your day and bring peace to the middle of your week. The Wednesday Evening Prayer bulletin for this week is now available!

Click Here to Access the Bulletin

Faith & Fellowship

Faith & Fellowship has returned to in-person gathering every Monday at 9:30am at Hope Central Campus. The Zoom link is also active, so those who cannot attend in person can use the link below to join the conversations online.

Meeting ID: 952 5901 4615.

Join by phone: (929) 205-6099.

ID: 95259014615# 

Click Here to Access the Zoom Link

Women of Hope Out to Lunch Bunch


All women are invited to sign up for the Summer Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday,

August 19th. The location is Mallory Hills Country Club, (Morse Blvd & O'Dell Circle) The Villages at 11:30am.

To reserve a spot, please contact June Cook at

(352) 751-1968 OR email Please leave your name, phone number, and how many attending.

SAVE THE DATE: The Women of Hope Breakfast Meeting will be on September 23rd at 9:00am at Hope Central Campus.

Prayers for Hope

In May of this year, we began a new prayer group, "Prayers For Hope". We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 10:00am on Zoom. Our group time is spent studying prayer, followed by a time of silence, a prayer form exemplified for all of us by Jesus, and the lifting of joys and concerns for the congregation. 

In our next meeting, we will continue our study on forms of silent prayer, the first step for many in the road to contemplative prayer. We look forward to seeing you.

Click here to access the Zoom link. Meeting ID: 926 5654 0458

Passcode: 264375

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor John or the church office.

Update from The Rock

Great News! The Rock will be opening on August 16th, staffed with Hope Lutheran Volunteers. Because of your generosity, the shelves are stocked and we're ready to go!

Can you help? We could use a few more volunteers to help between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Volunteer once a week, once a month, or once in a while - your choice!

The Rock is a food, clothing, shoes, hygiene product, and school supply pantry operating in Lake Wier Middle School. We provide needed items to underprivileged learners at the school while sharing Christ’s Love. If you would like to volunteer or need more information, contact Fred O’Brien at (352) 250-3814 or

Meet Our Friends from the Hope Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry

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Here is another story about someone who has been blessed by your donations to the Hope Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry:

Steve provides help and food for his son and two grandchildren who live with him. A few months ago, he was involved in a car accident. Steve was stopped and another car stuck him, destroying his vehicle and causing major injuries to Steve.

It took many months for Steve to find another car, and while receiving treatment for his injuries, his doctor discovered a mass in his lung. Steve will now undergo treatment. 

Through this, Steve has remained optimistic. His upbeat line is, “I am not afraid. God has blessed me with a good life”.

Your gifts help bless folks like Steve, who rely on the Food Pantry to meet their needs during difficult times. Thank you for continuing to support this life-saving ministry!

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A Message from the Music Department

Have you recently begun attending (or re-attending) Hope? Maybe you’ve actually been around awhile and have heard one of Hope’s musical groups minister through music in a service.

The Department of Music Ministries is always looking for folks who might want to join us in serving the church through music. There are even two seasonal opportunities for folks who attend church elsewhere (or nowhere) to sing with us.

We have two campuses with multiple established ensembles, and a third program in the works. Have you ever thought of trying out your voice in retirement? Or maybe you have an instrument you’ve begun playing again. We would love to find a place for you to fit in with your gifts. 

Currently, a typical Hope weekend features seven worship services over three locations. There are many opportunities for you to learn and grow as a vocalist or instrumentalist. 

Click on the button below to find our Music Department Questionnaire and find out more about our musical plans in the upcoming 2021 - 2022 Season. Your feedback will be very beneficial to church leadership and will help guide the direction of the music department. Thanks for giving this a try!

Click Here to Access the Questionnaire 

Walk to Emmaus 2021

Do you seek... Spiritual Renewal; New understanding of God's grace and love; Worship and community with other believers?

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It has been over a year since the last Walk to Emmaus in March of 2020. But we are happy to announce the Schedule of Walks for October 2021:

  • Men's Walk to Emmaus #160 - October 14-17, 2021
  • Women's Walk to Emmaus #160 - October 21-24, 2021

For information about this life-changing opportunity, please contact Kathy Langley at (352) 753-8557 or

In Memoriam...

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We mourn the death of Harold Forstall, husband of Hope member Maria Forstall, on August 7, 2021. Harold and Maria were married on August 18, 2000. Maria joined Hope on September 1, 2019.

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17 at Hope Central Campus with Pastor Jon-Marc officiating. Please keep Maria and family in your prayers at this time.

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We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Carl H. Obert on August 8, 2021. Carl was born on March 6, 1934. He and his wife, Jan, were married on July 12, 1992. They joined Hope Lutheran Church on March 26, 2009.


Services are pending at this time. Please keep Jan and their family in your hearts and prayers.

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We also extend our prayers to the family of Lamaris (Jo) Hill, who passed away on August 9, 2021. Jo was born on December 21, 1932. She joined Hope Lutheran Church on October 31, 1999.


Services are pending at this time. Please keep Jo’s family in your hearts and prayers.

Worship Attendance for August 7-8, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 176

6:00pm = 45

8:00am = 123

10:00am = 177

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 48

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 66

10:00am = 43

Scripture Reading for

August 14-15

Romans 6:1-11

John 3:5-8

Scripture Reading for

August 21-22

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Luke 24:30-32

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