December 10, 2021

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Upcoming Events

The Villages Charter School Christmas Concert

December 13th at 6:00pm at Hope Central Campus

Annual Blue Christmas Worship

December 19th at 4:00pm at Hope Central Campus

Christmas Eve at Hope: December 24th

2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, and 10:00pm at Hope Central Campus

2:00pm and 4:00pm at Hope at the Everglades Rec Center

6:00pm and 8:00pm at Hope Lake Weir Campus

Christmas Day Worship

December 25th at 9:00am at Hope Central Campus

To access the full calendar, click here!

Angel Tree Gift Returns This Weekend

December 11th & 12th


It’s time to return our Angel Tree gifts to Hope!

Please make sure your Angel Tree gifts are unwrapped and placed in a trash bag along with an unsealed gift bag. Tie your trash bag, then attach your Angel Ornament or Tag to the outside of the bag.

For larger gifts (like bikes) please secure your Angel Tree tag to the large gift and place all other gifts in your trash bag.

If you’re gifting a Gift Card, please include the activation receipt with the gift card and write the amount on the outside of the envelope.

Christmas Worship at Hope - December 24th & 25th

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Christmas Eve at Hope Central Campus

Candlelight Worship

2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, and 10:00pm

Christmas Day at Hope Central Campus

Worship at 9:00am

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Christmas Eve at Hope Lake Weir Campus

Candlelight Worship

6:00pm and 8:00pm

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Christmas Eve at Hope at Everglades Rec Center

Candlelight Worship

2:00pm and 4:00pm


Join Us for Midweek Advent Worship

As we journey through Advent together, join Hope for Midweek Services on Wednesdays at 6:00pm at Hope Central Campus.

Our focus is on songs of hope and praise, all of which center on the birth of Christ and are each used in the daily office (prayer service) of the church. Come along as we experience Simeon's Song next week.

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Hope's Annual Blue Christmas Service

Sunday, December 19th at 4:00pm - Hope Central Campus

Missing someone special this holiday season? Christmas just isn't the same when those you love are absent, and it can be difficult to feel jolly during hard times.

Hope Lutheran Church will hold our annual Blue Christmas: A Service of Hope and Peace on the Sunday before Christmas, December 19th  at 4:00pm. 

This is a dignified service without the giddiness of Christmas Eve. We will sing carols, pass the Christmas fire to the singing of “Silent Night”, and find a comforting message together. This service is open to everyone, especially those who have lost loved ones this year, or who are dealing with loss, loneliness, or grief.

Mark your calendar now and join us for this special event. You are also encouraged to invite a friend or neighbor who may be going through a difficult time this season. This event is intended to serve the entire Villages area, so invite anyone who may be in need of a special service. Glory to the newborn King!

Attention Team Leaders: Ministry Information for Annual Report

We are now collecting information from our Ministry Teams to be included in the 2021 Annual Report.

Ministry team leaders should submit a short article regarding their team.

The article should include:

  • Your team's mission and purpose
  • Your recent accomplishments
  • Notable stories or highlights from this year

Submissions should be between 200 and 300 words. Pictures are also encouraged.

Please submit ministry reports via email to Loretta Franceski at or Marina Ernst at Reports are due by January 14th, 2022.

Staff Gift Collection

Christmastime is here again, and it is our custom during the holiday season to show appreciation to our pastors and staff for all their fine work throughout the year.

If you would like to thank our staff, you can do so in one of the following ways: your gift can be included in your offering envelope, identified as a "Staff Gift" on the "Other" line, or you can place your gift in a plain envelope marked as "Staff Gift".

You can also give online via our website Select "Other Offerings" and indicate "Staff Gift". Thank you!

Please give your gift by Sunday, December 19th.

Click Here to Give a Gift Online

Global Mission Breakfast, Hosted by the Women of Hope

January 13th, 2022 - 9:00am at Hope Central Campus

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Hope Lutheran Church will welcome Pastor Katie Carroll, Chair of the Global Mission Table of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, for Global Mission Weekend on January 15th and 16th.

To celebrate her visit, the Women of Hope are hosting a breakfast in partnership with the Men of Hope and Mission Outreach Ministry on the Thursday before Global Mission Weekend. 

Enjoy breakfast with a special presentation from Pastor Katie on January 13th at 9:00am at Hope Central Campus. The cost will be $7.00 per person.

Menu will include Herbalicious breakfast egg casserole, ham and cheese breakfast sliders, Applewood smoked bacon, roasted breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, assorted pastries, coffee, and juice.

This is an opportunity for all Hope members and friends to learn more about Global Missions. The 18-member Florida-Bahamas Synod Global Mission Table guides the Synod's five companion relationships in Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Guyana, and Suriname. Join in learning more about God's mission throughout the world.

Help us welcome Pastor Katie and enjoy a delicious breakfast together. Everyone is invited, including both men and women, so bring your neighbors and friends. 

Questions? Please contact Margaret Furlong at or (352) 430-5092, or Marion McClarin Blomberg at or (352) 751-4338.

Click Here for Reservations

Join Us for H.O.P.E. University This Week

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You're invited to attend

H.O.P.E. University!

Currently, Pastor Bruce is leading a 12-week series on the publication The Freedom of a Christian, written by Martin Luther in 1520.

The topic of the next class will be "The Power of Faith." Our reading will be paragraphs 39-51 in The Freedom of a Christian.

The ELCA provided the webpage, a 12-week study guide, and a link to a free PDF of the document. You may access a link to the document here. If you choose, you can also purchase the book from Augsburg Fortress for $14.99.

As always, classes will be livestreamed and archived for those unable to attend. We will begin the series in November and December, take a break over the holidays, and continue in January and February 2022.

Click Here to Access the PDF Version of the Publication
Click Here to Access the Class Notes for Week 6

Consider Christmas Donations for the Food Pantry

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The Hope Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry continues to serve 150 families per week - with more coming every week! The Christmas season is an especially difficult time for families who struggle to feed their children.

Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item when you attend Hope's special holiday events, worship services, or ministry meetings! Your donations will be a Christmas blessing to those in need this season.

Most needed donation items include: Canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned soup, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, cooking oil, and coffee.

Have You Ordered a Name Badge?

If you have ordered a name badge and attend Hope Central Campus, please pick up your badge in the Information Hallway.

If you attend Hope at the Everglades Rec Center or Hope Lake Weir Campus, please speak to an usher about receiving your name badge.

We have a large number of unclaimed name badges at all three campuses, so please pick yours up as soon as possible.

Thank you!

2022 Budget Meeting

December 12th at 12:30pm

The 2022 Budget Approval Meeting will be held on December 12th at 12:30pm in the Hope Central Campus Sanctuary.


Attendance to the Budget Approval Meeting is very important!


We need 100 voting members (full or seasonal members) in attendance to vote on the 2022 budget. Please make every effort to attend!

Click Here to View the Proposed Budget

You're Invited to the Villages Charter School Christmas Concert


Celebrate the season with talented singers from The Villages Charter Elementary and Middle Schools during their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, December 13th at 6:00pm at Hope Central Campus.

This special concert features local children singing familiar Christmas carols with their classmates. This evening always invites new faces into our church as families and friends gather to enjoy the music offered by these young performers.

No tickets are necessary! Join the fun and cheer on our Villages students during this exciting Christmas program.

Christ in Our Home Now Available

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The latest edition of Christ in Our Home Devotionals are now available at all Hope campuses.

These valuable devotionals are our free gift to you. However, they're guaranteed to go quickly, so be sure to pick yours up today.

Southern Congregation Social Night

Join your friends down South for a social group meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The next gathering will be Tuesday, December 14th at the Everglades Rec Center.

You are invited to bring your own beverage, though water and coffee will be available. You are encouraged to bring a simple finger snack to share, and of course, remember your Villages ID!

For more information, please contact Jane Stephens at

Upcoming Hospitality Events

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Many thanks to those who came to the Thanksgiving Dinner in Fellowship Hall last week! We had a full house with lots of food, fellowship and laughter. 

Here are some upcoming hospitality events to watch for:

  • December 15th, 2021– Hope Christmas Dinner in Fellowship Hall at Hope Central Campus, including the Second Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. Winner to receive 8 social supper tickets to use at their discretion
  • January 21st, 2022 – Fish Fry at Hope Lake Weir Campus
  • February (date to be determined) – First Annual Hope Chili Cook-off at Hope Central Campus. Winner will be our guest chef on chili night in February!

Are You Aware Of These Tax Benefits For 2021?

Tax laws are always changing. Many of us are doing year-end giving and there are a few special tax benefits your Stewardship Team wanted to share.

The Internal Revenue Service now permits taxpayers to claim a limited deduction on their 2021 federal income tax returns for cash contributions they made to qualifying charitable organizations even if they don't itemize their deductions. Taxpayers, including married individuals filing separate returns, can claim a deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions to qualifying charities during 2021. The maximum deduction is $600 for married individuals filing joint returns.

Taxpayers age 70 ½ or older can make a qualified charitable distribution up to $100,000, directly from their IRA, other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA, to a qualified charitable organization. It's generally a nontaxable distribution made by the IRA trustee directly to a charitable organization. A qualifying deduction may also count toward the taxpayers required minimum distribution (RMD) requirement for the year.

**For informational purposes only. Please consult your tax advisor and/or investment advisor for more information about making a year-end gift.

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

Worship Attendance for December 4-5, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 154

6:00pm = 67

8:00am = 153

10:00am = 263

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 86

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 52

10:00am = 94


Altar Flowers Given This Week By...

Ron & Carol Ropel in honor of their 66th wedding anniversary

Marty & Barbara LaBella in honor of their 61st wedding anniversary

In Memoriam


Our member Roland (Rolle) Williams passed away on November 22, 2021. Rolle lived in Baltimore, MD with his daughter, Bonnie Harry. 

Rolle was born on May 4, 1924. He joined Hope Lutheran Church on December 9, 2001. Rolle was widowed. A service was held in Maryland for Rolle. 

Please keep Bonnie and their family in your prayers.


Our member Pamela (Pam) Glynn passed away on December 2.

Pam was born on September 25, 1953. She joined Hope Lutheran Church on July 21, 2013. She and her husband, Thomas, were married on June 9, 1990. A service is pending at this time.

Please keep Thomas and their family in your prayers.

Scripture Reading for

December 11-12

Isaiah 55:1-13

John 4:9-14

Scripture Reading for

December 18-19

Psalm 130:5-8

John 1:1-18

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