November 12, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Community Pancake Breakfast

November 13th at 8:00am at Hope Lake Weir Campus

Angel Tree / Giving Weekend

November 13th and 14th at all campuses

Blood Drive with OneBlood

November 14th in the parking lot between Fairway Christian and Hope Central Campus

Annual Thankoffering Breakfast & Worship

November 18th from 9:30am at Hope Central Campus

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse

November 21st from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Thanksgiving Eve Worship

November 24th at 6:00pm at Hope Central Campus

To access the full calendar, click here!

Community Pancake Breakfast at Hope Lake Weir Campus

Saturday, November 13th from 8:00am to 11:00am


Join us for a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 13th from 8:00am to 11:00am at Hope Lutheran Lake Weir Campus.

Everyone is invited to attend! The cost will be $1.00 per person – adults and children alike. Registration will take place at the door. You are especially encouraged to invite friends, neighbors, and folks who may live in the Summerfield area.

The menu will include pancakes, sausage, coffee, and OJ.

Questions? Contact Len Robertson at or by phone at (612) 669-5680 or Virginia Robertson at or by phone at (612) 619-0220.

Join Hope for Thanksgiving Eve Worship


Celebrate Thanksgiving with Hope! We are excited to once again host our annual Thanksgiving Eve Worship at Hope Central Campus on Wednesday, November 24th at 6:00pm.

Join us for an evening of thankfulness, praise, and community together. Invite your friends and family who may be visiting for the holiday. We especially ask you to consider inviting neighbors and friends who may be alone this Thanksgiving. We would love to surround them with hope and support this holiday season.

Please note that Thanksgiving Eve worship will replace our usual Wednesday Evening Prayer service.

Joy of Giving Weekend


This weekend is Joy of Giving weekend! Join us as we celebrate all the ways we may bless our community this Christmas.

You will find Angel Trees at each campus, featuring ornaments with the names of seniors and foster children in need of Christmas blessings. Simply choose an ornament from the tree and then return your special Christmas gifts to any Hope campus on December 11th and 12th.

This year we have over 600 Angels waiting to be chosen.

The Senior Angels are long-term residents residing in local long-term facilities including The Villages Rehab and Nursing Center, Buffalo Crossings Rehab and Nursing, Lady Lake Specialty Care Center, and Cypress Care Center.

The Children Angels are children living currently in foster care in Lake and Sumter Counties provided by Lake and Sumter Families (foster parent association).

A New Hymn from Our Music Director

Get ready to sing a new song!

Hope's director of Music Ministries, Ken Wood, is ready to share a new hymn for our congregation. The hymn is called 'Glorious Things of You are Spoken.'

You can watch Ken's special video for the congregation by clicking the video above or the blue button.

Click Here to Watch Now

Cantata Volunteers Needed

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We are seeking volunteers for our Christmas Cantata! Ushers are needed to help safely and warmly show guests to their seats. We specifically need volunteers for the Sunday shows.

The best part? Ushers do not need Cantata tickets! You'll be able to enjoy the show free of charge from the usher seats.

If you are interested in helping, please call Sara Lush at the church office at (352) 750-2321 or via email at


It's Time to Decorate for Christmas

'Tis the season! We will be decorating Hope Central Campus on Tuesday, November 30th at 9:00am and Hope Lake Weir Campus on Thursday, December 2nd at 12:30pm.

The Seasonal Decorating team needs volunteers to help make our church buildings look their best this season! Please consider helping at one or both locations.

If you're interested in helping, contact team leader Nancy Shephard at or call (352) 750-9642. Be sure to tell her which site(s) you plan to help decorate.

Disciples' Faith Grows

Thank you to everyone who has already turned in their Giving Plan cards! We appreciate your support of Disciples’ Faith Grows which allows us to live our Mission – To know Christ and to make Christ known in the upcoming year.

While we have received many Giving Plans, there are still many to be returned. It’s not too late to turn in your Giving Plan card! There are cards available at all three sites as well as online at If you have questions, please contact the church office.

Thanks again!

Make Sure Your Donations Are Counted for 2021

As we approach the end of the year, it's time to assess your planned giving. If you would like to make a contribution to be counted for the 2021 year, you will need to submit it prior to January 7th.

After January 7th, all contributions will be counted to 2022.

If you have any questions or need assistance, call the church office at (352) 750-2321.

Thrivent Can Help!

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If you have a project at Hope that could use some funds, Thrivent members can give it a boost. An "Action Team" needs at least one Thrivent member to apply for help for your project. It can be a fundraiser, educational event or a service activity.

If you're a Thrivent member, go to for more information, or call (800) 847-4836 for Thrivent headquarters.

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse on November 21st


Hope Lutheran Church is once again partnering with Texas Roadhouse for a Dine to Donate afternoon!

If you dine at Texas Roadhouse's Lady Lake location on November 21st from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, they will donate 10% of your total food purchases to Hope Lutheran Church!

Invitations are now available. 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!

Special Veterans Day Message

In case you missed it, Pastor Jon-Marc MacLean released a video message in honor of Veterans Day.

You can watch the video by clicking the video above or by clicking the blue button.

Click Here to Watch

An Update from Our Missionaries

Our missionaries, Rev. Neeraj and Rev. Nijhar Ekka of World Mission Prayer League, have sent us their most recent prayer letter.

Use the link below to read the complete letter.

The Ekka family writes, "During these uncertain times we lift you and all the brothers and sisters and the ministry of the Church in our prayers. May the Lord continue to watch over you and strengthen you in faith and witness." 

Click Here To Read The Update

Join H.O.P.E. University on Wednesdays at 10:00am

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Join H.O.P.E. University on Wednesdays at 10:00am in Room 203 at Hope Central Campus.

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 November 10th class will be "Letter to Pope Leo X."

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 for This Week's Class Notes

The Reader Team is Returning!

Hope Lutheran Church is aiming to reinstate our Reader Team. 

We’re looking for volunteers to read at the following services:

  • Saturdays at 6:00pm and on Sundays at 8:00am & 10:00am at Hope Central Campus

  • Sundays at Hope Lake Weir Campus

  • 8:00am at Hope at the Everglades Rec Center

If you're interested in becoming a reader, please contact Sara Lush at

Moving beyond grief… to “Gatherings of Hope”


You are invited to join us every other Tuesday, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Hope Central Campus for a time of fellowship and a potluck lunch. Bring a covered dish; table service and drinks will be provided.

Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that life is just not the same anymore, but this Christian community of faith is a reminder of the Hope we have in Christ Jesus, and that we are not alone! Join our “Gatherings of Hope.”

For more information, please contact Pastor Rani at

A Message from Camp E-Nini-Hassee

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In October, the Women of Hope breakfast program highlighted Camp E-Nini-Hasssee. At that time, Chief Jo Lynn Smith, Director and four young ladies - Adrienne, Morgan, Caidence and Winnie - shared their time and stories with the ladies who attended.

We extend a THANK YOU to all who represented Hope Lutheran Church and provided many needed items for those who live at the camp. A very moving thank you was sent from each of the four girls and Chief Jo. The notes tell much about how each girl rose to speak and how they supported each other. We would like to share this one:

Dear Women of Hope, I was greatly honored and pleased to be able to speak in front of you all! I've never felt so welcomed and invited. All of you are very kind ladies! It was amazing to be somewhere where I could share so openly and without fear of judgment. I can see the great work God has done with you all. The food was great, the people and presence of God was even greater! You role modeled to all of us a healthy life and healthy giving. WE THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for everything you gave us and donated! For some of us it means a lot, for most of us it means the world. Forever grateful, Winnie.

E-Nini-Hassee is an outdoor therapeutic camp for troubled girls ages 12 to 18. The program assists girls considered at-risk who are struggling with school, causing family conflicts, experimenting with drugs, experiencing depression, have low self-esteem, or are exhibiting emotional problems and behavioral issues. In the Seminole Indian language, E-Nini-Hassee means "Her Sunny Road".

You can find more information by visiting

Thank you for all your support for the Women of Hope's Missions.

Women of Hope Board Members

Nominating Committee 


Members of the committee: 

Cathy Daley, Chairperson

John Ruff

Susan Ninstil

2022 Council Elections Positions Available:

Treasurer - 3 year term

Secretary - 2 year term

Council Member-At-Large - 3 years (2 positions available)


All nominees must turn in a completed Council Nomination Bio Form no later than December 6th, 2021 to the church office. Forms are available at the church office or by clicking here.

List of nominees and positions nominated for will be published in the church newsletter the weekends of December 11th & 12th and December 18th & 19th.

If a petition from the congregation is forthcoming after publication of the nominees, it must be signed by at least one hundred (100) voting members of the congregation and submitted to the Council Secretary no later than January 16th, 2022 (21 days prior to the Annual Meeting).

Donate Blood with OneBlood


Sunday, November 14th

8:00am to 12:00pm

In the parking lot between Fairway Christian and Hope Central Campus

Find the Big Red Bus and donate blood on Sunday, November 14th. All donors will receive a OneBlood blanket and a $10 eGift Card. Plus, all donations include a wellness checkup featuring a blood pressure check, temperature, iron count reading, and pulse and cholesterol screening.

ID is required and appointments are encouraged. For more information, please visit and use sponsor code #30280.


Annual Thankoffering Service & Breakfast

Thursday, November 18th at 9:30am

Hope Central Campus

It's time for Hope's annual Thankoffering and Breakfast! Breakfast will begin at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall at Hope Central Campus. The cost is $7.00 per person. Our menu will include link sausage and bacon, gravy and biscuits, egg casserole, assorted fruit, bagels and pastries, and yogurt. Following the breakfast we will proceed to the Sanctuary for our Thankoffering Service at 11:00am.

Each year the Women of Hope hosts a THANKOFFERING SERVICE. We are inviting all members of the congregation to attend -- men and women. This service is a tradition grounded in the celebration of community and of meeting together to joyfully give thanks for what God has given us. A blessed opportunity to begin the season of Thanksgiving with family, friends and to share with others in worship service.


Thankofferings have always been and still are an opportunity to say THANK YOU to God in both significant and ordinary moments. All offerings from this service are forwarded to the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) to support missions and ministry of the Churchwide Women's Organization (CWO).

We look forward to your participation in this service and encourage you to attend. Invite your friends! Attending the service only at 11:00am is optional. Questions? Contact Virginia Robertson at (612) 619-0220 or Margaret Furlong at (352) 430-5092.

Click Here to Register

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Thank you to all who participated in the Prayer Shawl Ministry throughout the past difficult 18 months. You produced a large number of prayer shawls, especially for the upcoming Blue Christmas service, as well as hundreds of the pocket prayer patches for the Angel Tree project! You are a blessing to many! Our next meeting is not until the first Monday in February, so there is time to replenish our supply of gifts.

Prayer Shawls and Lap Robes are available at all Hope campuses; you can find them in the Information Hallway at Hope Central Campus, in the Narthex at hope Lake Weir Campus, and at Hope at the Everglades Rec Center.

If you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who is in need of comfort and assurance they are not alone, please take one for them. You will find it to be a very gratifying experience as you share love and hope with those in need.

Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinners at Hope Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry

As you make your preparations for the Holidays, please think of our Food Pantry recipients. This is a difficult time for many families because expenses increase at this time of year.

We would like to provide a nice meal for our families, and a special donation for a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal would be greatly appreciated. Our Food Pantry has partnered with the Rock to assist Lake Weir Middle School families with a Christmas meal. If you would like to give a monetary donation to provide a meal, please designate your check or offering envelope as "Food Pantry Meal." Food can be dropped off at all three campuses.

Please note: If you attend worship at Hope at the Everglades Rec Center, please only bring food donations on Sundays. Food cannot be stored at the Rec Center during the week.

Walk to Emmaus Dates for 2022

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Do you seek...

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


It has been way too long since our last Emmaus Walk. We are happy to announce the Walk dates for 2022.

Men's Walk #157

January 27-30

Men's Walk #158

March 3-6

Women's Walk #158

March 10-13

Men's Walk #159

October 6-9

Women's Walk #159 October 13-16

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

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

Sanctuary Flower Donations

Flowers this week were given by...

Given in memory of Elmer Jorgensen by Sally Jorgensen

Given by Otto & Mary Wentling in honor of their 65th wedding anniversary

Worship Attendance for November 6-7, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 171

6:00pm = 72

8:00am = 179

10:00am = 342

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 77

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 69

10:00am = 94

Scripture Reading for

November 13-14

Amos 1:1-2, 5:14-15, 21-24

John 7:37-39a

Scripture Reading for

November 20-21

Isaiah 9:1-7

John 8:12-16

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