August 20, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Memorial Service for Carl Obert

August 26th at 11:00am at Hope Central Campus

Community Choral Reading Session

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

Men of Hope Breakfast

September 9th at 8:00am at Hope Central Campus

Sundays After Worship (S.A.W.) Begins

September 12th after the 10:00am service at Hope Central Campus

H.O.P.E. University Fall Classes Begin

September 15th at Hope Central Campus

To access the full calendar, click here!

An Update on Our

Companion Synods

Our congregation is deeply concerned about our companion synod in Haiti following the recent earthquake.

We hope to have a more detailed report next week, but our Global Mission Table from the Florida-Bahamas Synod is working closely with the Lutheran Church in Haiti and has already provided money to assist them in feeding and caring for the victims of the numerous catastrophes in Haiti at this time. 

We are also working with another of our companion synods, in Suriname. They have an active program for gender equality and helping women involved in domestic abuse. Our synod has provided $3000 toward a shelter for families who have suffered abuse. They are organizing a seminar for church leaders and congregations in the fall to further address the needs in their communities

If you are interested in joining the Mission Outreach committee, please contact Fred O'Brien at

An Important Update on Mask Procedures from

Hope Lutheran Church

In case you missed it, our church released an important video on changes to mask policies this week.

Please click the video on the left to watch this update from two of our Hope pastors.

If you have any questions, please call the church office.


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!

Men of Hope Monthly Breakfast Prayer Meeting

Thursday, September 9th at 8:00am

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Please reserve your place online before September 6th.

Click here to register!

Please also register a friend you are bringing.

Doors open at 7:45am. Breakfast is served at 8:00am. Donation is $7 at the door. The program will be by our guest speaker, Dr. Ron Masdorfer.

Reserve the second Thursday of every month through November on your calendar for future Men of Hope Breakfast Meetings.

New Fellowship Group Beginning in September

Sunday After Worship (S.A.W.)

Begins Sunday, September 12th

All are invited to join this time of fellowship, coffee, and discussion.

Sunday After Worship (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'.

Prayers for Hope

Prayers For Hope meets 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.

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

Passcode: 264375

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

Virtual Tour of The Rock at Lake Weir Middle School

You've read all about the good work being done at The Rock at Lake Weir Middle School. But have you ever seen what our operation really looks like?

Click the video on the left to watch a tour of The Rock and check out the incredible resources your donations have provided for these students.

Thank you for your continued support!

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.

Celebrating Hope's Food Pantry Shoe Drive Success

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Thank you to everyone who donated to the Hope Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry Back-To-School Shoe Drive!

Because of your generosity, our Food Pantry was able to donate over 150 pairs of new school shoes to students in need. Our Food Pantry volunteers have just wrapped up distributing the shoes, and our students are heading back to school with confidence.

Hope Crafters Seeking Donations and Volunteers

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Our Crafters have been busy making bears, sweaters, lap robes, prayer shawls, and other items for people in need. Now their cupboards are getting empty and they need your help!

If you have cotton fabric or yarn to share, our Crafters would appreciate the donation. There is a box in the Information Hallway labeled Crafters, in which you may leave your items.

If you are a knitter or crocheter, the Crafters teams could use your skills making the little sweaters that dress our Sojourn Bears. Please contact Donna Walker at (352) 753-8618 for more information, patterns, and samples.

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

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


Sanctuary Flower Donations

Flowers this week were given in honor of...

Happy 50th Anniversary Edie & Bill Heinzelmann

In memory of my husband Peter Pietromonaco for his birthday

Worship Attendance for August 14-15, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 147

6:00pm = 37

8:00am = 131

10:00am = 191

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 46

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 47

10:00am = 77

Scripture Reading for

August 21-22

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Luke 24:30-32

Scripture Reading for

August 28-29

1 Samuel 21:1-9

Mark 14:12-2

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