November 5, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Men of Hope Breakfast

November 11th at 8:00am at Hope Central Campus - Featuring "Stump the Pastors", a program where you can ask our pastors anything!

Cantata Reservations Begin

November 12th on

Community Pancake Breakfast

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

Angel Tree / Giving Weekend

November 13th and 14th at all campuses

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse

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

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.

Disciples' Faith Grows

This weekend – November 6th & 7th – is Commitment Weekend.

When you received the Disciples’ Faith Grows stewardship information, we hope you took time to read through it. This year we are asking you to once again review your giving plan and return to God as He has loaned to you.

Sharing your giving plan is crucial to our planning. Budgeting for a growing church with three campuses requires informed decisions. Completing and returning your Giving Plan Card is just good stewardship! It helps the church better manage and plan for the future using gifts that you offer.

There are several ways to offer your giving intentions:

  • Traditional Giving Plan cards returned on Commitment Weekend and placed in the offering boxes.

  • Digital Giving Plan Cards submitted through our website Go to the website and at the top of the page, click on Giving Plan.

  • Giving Plan Cards returned by mail or dropped off to the office at Hope Central during business hours.

Thank you in advance for sharing your Giving Plan for 2022!

Click Here to Access the 2022 Giving Plan Online

Fall Back! Remember to Turn Your Clocks Back!

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Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Remember to turn your clocks back before bed on Saturday.

For those with smart phones, you will find that your phone clock automatically changes. Appliances like microwaves will likely need to be changed manually.

If you forget, you may find yourself at church on Sunday morning earlier than you planned!

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.

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Men of Hope Monthly Breakfast Prayer Meeting

Thursday, November 11th at 8:00am

Please reserve your place online before Monday, November 8th. 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.

Menu: Belgian Waffles with syrup, choice of cinnamon apple or blueberry topping, Sausage links, Home fries, Eggs, Yogurt, and Assorted pastries.

After breakfast the program will be "Stump the Pastors". Our called pastors will be on the hot seat to answer ANY questions. Bring your neighbor and enjoy the fellowship.

Click Here to Register

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!

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.

Scam Alert!

This week, we received word that one of our church members was targeted by an email scam. Recently, staff members were also affected.

No church member or staff member will ever ask you for money, gift cards, or credit card information over email. Please delete any of these emails immediately.

If you receive a questionable email, we recommend you call the individual directly or call the church office.

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

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H.O.P.E. University classes have resumed! Join us 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 "Synopsis and Theological and Psychological Background."

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 Weekly Reading Assignment
Click Here to Access the Class Notes for Week 2

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 Tuesday November 9th, and 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

Donate Blood with OneBlood


Sunday, November 14th

8:00am to 12:00pm

In the parking lot between Fairway Christian

and Hope Lutheran Church

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 pule and cholesterol screening.

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

Cantata Reservations On Sale Beginning November 12th

Our presentation this year is “Christmas All Year Long”, a celebration of the hope and promise found in the story of our savior’s birth.

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Christmas Cantata Showtimes

December 4th at 7:30pm

December 5th at 3:00pm & 6:00pm

Cantata reservations will be available starting November 12th via our church website: Register | Hope Lutheran Church (


Each seat is $5.00, with no household limit. If you need assistance with reservations, the church office would be happy to help! Stop in during office hours for assistance.

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).

Council Connections: October 19 Council Meeting


Greetings and Blessings from your Council. Did you know your Council starts every meeting with devotions followed by great discussion? Council members take turns leading these devotions.

Did you know this was the first month we were all present in person? No one Zoomed in. Our table was full - praise be to God!


Click on the attached link to check out a summary of the October Council meeting minutes. Remember full Council minutes are on file in the church office (after they are approved). October minutes will be approved on November 16, 2021.


Feel free to contact any Council Member if you have questions or concerns – we are representing YOU!

Pam Fenn, Council Secretary

Click Here to Read the Council Update

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

Serendipity Circle Returns November 18th

Serendipity Circle will resume on November 18th and every third Thursday through May at 1:00pm in room 202 at Hope Central Campus.

This year we are studying "The God You May Not Know" with David Jeremiah. It is a very insightful bible study and continues to the study "The Jesus you may not know."

Join us for study and fellowship! All ladies are welcome to join.

Questions? Contact Shirley Koltes at (612) 819-2804.

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 it.

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

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."

For the past two months, we have spent more than our contributions, so please consider donating from your abundance. Food can be dropped off at all three campuses. We give thanks for all the many volunteer hours (over 1000 volunteer hours this past month) and your generosity and prayers for our ministry.

Also, 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.

Angel Trees & Giving Weekend


Giving Weekend will be November 13th and 14th.

During that weekend, there will be Angel Trees at all Hope campuses so you can participate in this favorite Christmas tradition.

There will also be cider and cookies at Hope Central Campus in the Fellowship Hall.

Be sure to visit the Angel Trees and help bless those in need in our area.

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, November 9th 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

A Love Story from The Rock

The Rock saw 74 learners this week. The kids seem to be sharing more with us, however briefly, and one girl thinks of The Rock as “her happy place!"

Another girl will be cooking for her family for at least a month while her mother recovers from surgery. We set her up with a few meals and snacks and passed along the food pantry information.

On Monday, the school social worker brought us a learner with no shoes. His only footwear was tweety bird slippers. He also needed breakfast food. The boy revealed that each morning, he wakes his mother before leaving for school. If he can't wake her, he calls 911. She is pregnant and has a drug problem. Since we didn't have his small size shoes, we went and bought him some. We were able to do this because so many members of our congregation support this important ministry. We are so grateful.


We could still use a few more volunteers. If you could help on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm, or if you would like more information, contact Fred O'Brien at

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...

Don & Kris Hyland in honor of their 57th wedding anniversary

Kay & Hobey Buchanan in honor of their 59th wedding anniversary

In Memoriam

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Sonja (Sunny) Wilt passed away on October 30. Sunny and her husband Roy were married on August 6, 1960. They joined Hope on February 4, 2019. A service for Sunny is planned to be held in Greenville, PA, closer to family.  

Please keep Roy and their family in your hearts and prayer during their time of grief.

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David Whitenton, husband of our member, Linda Whitenton, passed away on Saturday, October 30. David was born on January 9, 1942. He and Linda were married on January 28, 1967. A service at Baldwin Brothers on Bichara Blvd. was held on Thursday, November 4, at 11:00am. Pr. Keith Koppenhofer presided.

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Claudette Catanese died on Monday, November 1. She was born on May 18, 1934 and joined Hope Lutheran Church on April 30, 2011. Claudette was widowed. A memorial service was held at Hiers Baxley, Wedgewood Lane on Friday, November 5, at 12:00pm. Pr. John LeCain presided.

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We also received word that our former Charter member, Clarence Sorensen, died in May of this year in Wisconsin.

Please keep Clarence's family in your hearts and prayers during their time of grief.

Worship Attendance for October 30-31, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 167

6:00pm = 55

8:00am = 197

10:00am = 348

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 104

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 71

10:00am = 88

Scripture Reading for

November 6-7

1 Kings 19:1-18

John 12:23-28

Scripture Reading for

November 13-14

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

John 7:37-39a

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