October 22, 2021

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Upcoming Events

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

Men of Hope Breakfast

November 11th at 8:00am at Hope Central Campus

Cantata Reservations Begin

November 12th on hope4all.church

Community Pancake Breakfast

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

Giving Weekend

November 13th and 14th at all campuses

To access the full calendar, click here!

Be Part of Hope’s Annual Christmas Cantata


This December, we are excited to celebrate the return of our annual Choral Christmas Cantata! 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.


Our three presentations will take place on December 4th at 7:30pm, and December 5th at 3:00pm & 6:00pm.


We’d like you to join the choir!


New and experienced singers alike are invited to join the Combined Choirs of Hope. Friends from outside Hope Lutheran Church are also invited to participate!

The cut-off for RSVP-ing is November 1st at 5:00pm. If you can commit to rehearsal and you’d like to join us in this annual tradition, please email musicupdate@hope4all.church.

Click Here to View a Full Rehearsal Schedule

Celebrating New Members

This weekend, Hope is pleased to receive 38 new members throughout our three campuses.

New members will be wearing gold star stickers on their name badges. If you see a new member, be sure to welcome them to the family of Hope!

Important Mask Update for Hope Lutheran Church

Masks are now optional for all attendees, volunteers, and staff at Hope Lutheran Church. If you have any questions, please call the church office or speak to a staff member during worship.

Thank you!

Cantata Reservations On Sale

Beginning November 12th

This December, we are excited to celebrate the return of our annual Choral Christmas Cantata!

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. Familiar Christmas carols, thematically rich new favorites, and holiday worship songs are woven together in one truly awe-inspiring show.


The Cantata will be conducted by Hope’s Director of Music Ministries, Ken Wood, and will feature narration and solo work by The Villages’ own Mary Jo Vitale.

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Christmas Cantata Showtime

December 4th at 7:30pm

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

Cantata reservations will be available starting Friday, November 12th via our church website: Register | Hope Lutheran Church (hope4all.church)


Each seat is $5.00, with no household limit. Reservations will be sold on a “first come, first served” basis with a maximum seating capacity of 625 for each of the three performances. If you need assistance with reservations, the church office would be happy to help! Stop in during office hours for assistance.

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

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H.O.P.E. University classes will resume 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.


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

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, located at 10495 SE Sunset Harbor Rd., Summerfield.

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.

This is an opportunity for Hope Lutheran Church to welcome back those who have been unable to attend church or activities due to COVID. This is also a great way to get to know folks outside of our church. This is an opportunity for us to share the love of Christ through our actions and to show our community that we are a place they can come that is inviting.

If you would like to help with this pancake breakfast, contact Len Robertson at lvrobertson@aol.com or (612) 669-5680 or Virginia Robertson at luvbutkus@aol.com or (612) 619-0220.

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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.

Angel Trees & Giving Weekend


Save the Date! 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.

Cancer - Now What?


Have you or a loved one just been diagnosed with cancer?

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.

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.


Southern Congregation Social Night

Do you worship at Hope at the Everglades Rec Center or live in the southern Villages?

There is a social group meeting regularly at Everglades Rec Center on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The next social group gathering will be Tuesday, November 9th.

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 jstephensrn@aol.com.

Nominating Committee 2022

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 6, 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).

Disciples' Faith Grows!

What are the times and places you have felt God’s presence? Several of our members have shared their faith experiences through videos over the past few weeks. Others have shared with the Stewardship team these thoughts and experiences when they felt their faith growing. Some of their responses are below:

  • Scripture-based songs I learned at church as a kid still pop into my head from time to time. I’m not always thankful when this happens! The Church helped me learn God’s Word as a child, and in times of need, those Scriptures still come to my mind — sometimes with a cheesy accompanying melody. It reminds me I am a child of God. The church gives me a place to be challenged. The church isn’t perfect and I’m not perfect. We are all trying to grow into the people God wants us to be. And growth doesn’t happen in a comfortable environment, but in a challenging environment. My faith leads me to grow as a Disciple and do God’s work.

  • As a child around the breakfast table – conversations with my mom. I remember what she said. I remember the day – the sun was shining -streaming through the kitchen window.

  • As a teen in high school volunteering for the Red Cross in the VA hospital -scared and prayer for God to help me.

  • Coming to church and feeling upset and not in the best frame of mind. Sitting there during the sermon, I felt a warmth come over me and all my stress and tension went away. I felt God was telling me everything was going to be alright.

We all have our own thoughts and stories, whether from childhood or last week. Hope Lutheran Church continues to provide many ways to grow our faith. Your support of the “Disciples’ Faith Grows” stewardship program allows us to continue to fulfill our mission “To Know Christ and Make Christ Known.”

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...

Carol Furlong, in memory of her beloved son Jay

Bob & Kathy Hillen, in honor of their 57th wedding anniversary

Worship Attendance for October 16-17, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 183

6:00pm = 58

8:00am = 141

10:00am = 242

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 74

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 59

10:00am = 81

Scripture Reading for

October 23-24

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 51:10-14

Scripture Reading for

October 30-31

1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13

John 2:17-22

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