October 15, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Town Hall Meeting

October 17th at 12:30pm at Hope Central Campus

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse

October 17th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Texas Roadhouse in Lady Lake

Women of Hope Breakfast

October 21st at 9:00am at Hope Central Campus

Memorial Service for Pastor Dean Piper

October 24th at 2:00pm at Hope Central Campus

H.O.P.E. University Resumes

November 3rd at 10:00am at Hope Central Campus

To access the full calendar, click here!

Town Hall Meeting

THIS Sunday, October 17th


There will be a Town Hall Meeting this Sunday, October 17th at 12:30pm at Hope Central Campus.

Join your family of Hope for a chance to hear about important updates from our church leaders. There will also be a time for dialogue.

All are encouraged to attend!

It is very important that everyone, especially Hope members, makes an effort to attend this Town Hall. Your voice matters!

See you on October 17th!


Remembering Pastor Dean Piper

Our beloved Pastor Dean Piper passed away this week after a battle with cancer. While our hearts ache with sadness over the loss of such an incredible pastor and friend, we rejoice that he is now with the Lord, who he served so faithfully.

A memorial service has been planned for Sunday, October 24th at 2:00pm at Hope Central Campus.

We ask that you continue to keep Peg Piper and their family in prayer during this difficult time. You can read our obituary for Pastor Dean by clicking here.


Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse on October 17th

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 October 17th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, they will donate 10% of your total food purchases to Hope Lutheran Church!

Invitations are available at each Hope campus. 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!

Click Here to Download Your Invitation

H.O.P.E. University Returns November 3rd

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As our church mourns the passing of Pastor Dean, we know there is no better way to honor his legacy than to continue the educational ministry that he founded.

We now look forward to resuming H.O.P.E. University classes on

Wednesday, November 3rd at 10:00am in Room 203 at Hope Central Campus.

Pastor Bruce will lead a 12-week series on the publication “The Freedom of a Christian”, written by Martin Luther in 1520. We celebrated the 500th anniversary of Luther’s writing of this document last year, and in honor of this milestone, the ELCA has asked churches to reread and study this document.

Luther wrote this document at a time when he was still hoping to reconcile his beliefs with the Roman Church, and sent this document, along with a letter, to Pope Leo X in an effort to summarize the entire Christian faith. For this reason, the document is not only worth studying, but still relevant to Christian living today.

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The ELCA provided the webpage elca500.org, 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.

Even if you don’t wish to read the document, feel free to come to class anyway as we slowly study this important Lutheran document.

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. Stay tuned for exact dates and more information.

Click Here to Access the PDF Version of the Publication

Watch Your Mail

Disciples’ Faith Grows stewardship information is coming soon!

How has your faith grown? Although things are starting to return to a more normal state, we are still not there yet.

However, our faith remains. Our faith grows as we look to the future and use the gifts God has given us.

This coming week, you will receive our stewardship materials in the mail. Please review them and prayerfully consider your support.

Sharing your Giving Plan for 2022 is very important as we move forward and plan for the upcoming year.

Please keep an eye on your mail and check for any Stewardship documents from the church. Because of ongoing postal delays and changes, your items many come at any time.

If you do not receive your stewardship information in the mail by October 27th, there will be copies available at the Hope Central office.

Cancer - Now What?


Have you or a loved one just been diagnosed with cancer? Are you dealing with the wide range of medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges that cancer brings? 

Cancer—Now What? is a book to give to those with cancer and their loved ones. It provides useful information written in a warm, conversational style full of practical ideas to encourage and empower readers throughout their journey. Giving this book to those facing cancer is a powerful, meaningful way to offer tangible care and support during a difficult time.

Books are available in the Information Hallway or entrances to each campus and have an envelope included for your donation. Our Stephen Ministers make this book available. If you would like more information or someone to travel the journey with you, contact Pastor Bob Knepel at (352) 445-8216 or Kathy Smith at (352) 399-5103.

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Women of Hope Monthly Breakfast

Thursday, October 21st at 9:00am

The October Breakfast will highlight CAMP E-NINI-Hassee with Chief Jo Lynn Smith, Director as our guest speaker. Chief Jo will share with all of us information about this extraordinary alternative Camp for young girls.

All women are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. Please register by noon on Monday, October 18th. $4.00 will be collected the morning of the breakfast.

The menu will be fresh fruit tray, muffins, cinnamon rolls, bagels, pastries, yogurt in varied flavors, quiche and egg dish, coffee, tea, water and OJ.

We also are asking and encouraging everyone to share the following with the girls at the Camp: shampoo (full size only), conditioner (full size only), body wash (full size only), body lotion (full size only), bug spray, sanitary pads and tampons, adult coloring books, toothbrushes and toothpaste, composition books (no rings) blank note cards (with animals/scenery).

Click Here to Register

Additional News regarding Camp E-Nini-Hassee: Over the months of October through December, we will have a raffle of a specially made quilt, with all proceeds donated to Camp E-Nini-Hassee in Floral City, FL. This camp was established by the Eckerd Family in 1969 for the purpose of helping troubled young girls, ages 12-18.

Tickets are available for both men and women to purchase. The quilt will be on display at future Women of Hope Breakfasts on October 21st, November 18th, and December 2nd. Raffle tickets are $5 for one ticket or $10 for 3 tickets.

Questions: Please contact Barb Campo at bcampo84@gmail.com or (571) 389-2676, or Marianne Gillespie at mariannewgill@yahoo.com or (302) 438-4133.


An Update on Angel Trees & Giving Weekend

Thank you to all the incredible volunteers who have stepped up to assist in this year's Angel Tree drive! We have so many volunteers that we are fully staffed for the upcoming drive.

Save the Date! Giving Weekend will be November 13th and 14th. During this weekend, you'll be able to choose your Angels and discover all the ways you can support the ministry this Christmas.

Access Hope's YouTube Page

We are aware of some issues with our current livestreaming platform. Our AV Technician is working hard to resolve these issues. In the meantime, you can access previous services and events, such as funerals, via our church YouTube channel.

YouTube is free to use and available to watch on any device. You do not need an account.

Click Here to Visit Our YouTube Channel

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

In Memoriam...


We mourn the death of Pastor Dean Piper on

October 11. Pastor Dean was born on June 18, 1939. He married his wife Peg on December 30, 1988, and the couple has shared in ministry with Hope Lutheran Church since 2003. A service is planned for October 24 at 2:00pm at Hope Central Campus.

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

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We also mourn the death of James Wemesfelder, partner of our member Pat Anderson, on October 8. James was born on August 11, 1942. A service is planned for October 29 at 10:30am at Hope Central Campus.

Please keep Pat and their family in your hearts and prayers during their time of grief.

Worship Attendance for October 9-10, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 154

6:00pm = 57

8:00am = 124

10:00am = 265

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 61

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 52

10:00am = 84

Scripture Reading for

October 16-17

1 Samuel 3:1-21

John 20:21-23

Scripture Reading for

October 23-24

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 51:10-14

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