November 19, 2021

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Upcoming Events

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

Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving

November 25th and 26th

Christmas Decorating at Hope Central Campus

November 30th at 9:00am at Hope Central Campus

Annual Christmas Breakfast

December 2nd at 9:00am at Hope Central Campus

Christmas Decorating at Hope Lake Weir Campus

December 2nd at 12:30pm at Hope Lake Weir Campus

To access the full calendar, click here!

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 and praise together. Invite your friends and family who may be visiting for the holiday.

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

Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The Hope offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th as we celebrate Thanksgiving. The office will reopen as usual on Monday, November 29th.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!


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.

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!

Explore The Chosen with Pastor Jon-Marc MacLean


Join Pastor Jon-Marc for a viewing and discussion of The Chosen series. The group begins November 30th and runs every Tuesday until December 21st from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

All are invited! Fans of the show and those who have never watched are all welcome to attend!

Hope WIFI Change

In an effort to better protect our church's internet privacy, we have updated our WIFI password at both Hope Central Campus and Hope Lake Weir Campus.

WIFI is now password protected at both locations. In order to use the church WIFI, you will need the password.

The WIFI password is available on signs at both Hope campuses. Look for the signs around the church offices. Hope at Everglades will not be affected.

If you need help connecting to the internet, please ask a Hope employee for assistance.

No H.O.P.E. University Next Week

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There will be no H.O.P.E. University on Wednesday, November 24th.

Join us the following week, December 1st, for our next class.

The topic of the December 1st class will be "Letter to Pope Leo X."

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 6:00pm showtime.

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

Have You Turned in Your Giving Plan Card for 2022?

Disciples’ Faith Grows!

It’s not too late to turn in your giving plan card! We are moving forward towards our goal for Disciples’ Faith Grows. There are giving plan cards available at all 3 sites as well as online at With your help we can reach our goal. Sharing our faith in our congregation, our community and even further relies on the commitment made by each and every one of us. By completing a giving plan card we are able to accurately plan for the upcoming year.

Thank you to everyone who has already turned in their giving plan cards for 2022! We appreciate your participation in our stewardship drive as our faith grows as disciples and we share our Mission – To know Christ and to make Christ known.


Senior Angels Still Available for Adoption

We still have some senior Angel Tree angels unclaimed for this year. If you would like to help bless some seniors in need this Christmas, please consider picking up a Senior Angel at the front desk at Hope Central Campus.

Thank you to all who have adopted angels so far!

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Annual Christmas Breakfast

December 2nd at 9:00am at Hope Central Campus

It's once again time for the Women & Men of Hope Combination Christmas Breakfast! All men and women are invited to join the festivities on December 2nd at 9:00am. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you!

This year's program will be A Choral Blessing led by Bonnie Andrus, Chris Colegrove, and Susan Blomenburg-Neiman. Paul Hoffmann will accompany them on the piano. Their show will include a variety of Christmas hymns and songs to kick off the Christmas season!

This will also be the final opportunity to purchase tickets for the handmade quilt. The drawing will take place at this breakfast. Proceeds will be given to Camp E-Nini-Hassee.

The cost is $7.00 per person for breakfast. The menu will include French toast casserole with syrup, sausage links, baked ham, scrambled eggs (plain and veggie choices), biscuits, fresh fruit, assorted pastries & muffins, coffee, water, and juice.

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

Click Here to Register Online

A Thank You from the Food Pantry

Thank you to everyone who has made a special donation to the Hope Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry for Thanksgiving! Because of your generosity, we were able to serve 150 families by providing both groceries and turkey dinners.

We are so grateful for the donations and volunteers that helped make this possible. We want to give a special thank you to Green Key Village for providing the side dishes for the turkey dinners. 

Thank you all!

Have You Changed Your Online Giving?

If you donate online and have recently changed your pledge amount, you will need to update your online giving account.

The system does not automatically update and our church office does not update your private giving information. You will need to make changes manually.

If you need help updating your online giving, or if you have any questions about online giving, please contact Bob Franceski at

Important Newsletter Updates and Guidelines


Hope is pleased to announce that we will begin offering a limited number of physical copies of The News in the Pews for those individuals who do not own a computer or smartphone, beginning December 4th and 5th. These physical copies will be available at the church office during the week on a first come, first served basis.

In order to accommodate this change, we have updated our newsletter article submission guidelines. All team leaders and ministry communicators are responsible for reading and understanding the guidelines.


  1. All newsletter articles must be submitted at least one week in advance of your preferred publication date. The Digital News in the Pews is published on Fridays; therefore, all newsletter submissions are due by the end of the day on the Friday before publication.
  2. All newsletter articles may run up to two consecutive weeks.
  3. Newsletter articles may be no more than 200 words. We would be pleased to help you edit your article if you need assistance.
  4. Please submit all newsletter articles through our newsletter submission form on our website. You can find it by clicking the button below.


Additionally, as the holiday season begins, we know our ministry teams have lots of requests for printed materials. To help us serve you efficiently, here are some updated guidelines for having materials printed in the office:

  1. Please submit any copy requests at least 7 days in advance.
  2. Please submit all work requests through our work request form on our website. You can find it by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions or need help navigating these new guidelines, please contact Loretta Franceski at or Marina Ernst at

Click Here for the Newsletter Submission Form
Click Here for a PDF Copy of Our Work Request Form

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.

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.

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).

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

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 by George & Mary Leviska in honor of their 65th wedding anniversary

Given by Evie Cermak in loving memory of her late husband Frank on his birthday

Given by anonymous friends of Pat and Bob O'Dell in honor of their milestone birthdays and 50th wedding anniversary

Worship Attendance for November 13-14, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 181

6:00pm = 64

8:00am = 142

10:00am = 313

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 76

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 65

10:00am = 100

Scripture Reading for

November 20-21

Isaiah 9:1-7

John 8:12-16

Scripture Reading for

November 27-28

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

John 14:25-27

Have news to share? Please fill out the Newsletter Article Request Form for inclusion in a future edition!