September 10, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Sundays After Worship (S.A.W.) Begins

September 12th after the 10:00am service at Hope Central Campus

H.O.P.E. University Fall Classes Begin

September 15th at Hope Central Campus

OneBlood Blood Drive

September 19th from 8:00am to noon at Fairway Christian Church - In the Parking Lot

Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse

September 19th from noon to 4:00pm at Texas Roadhouse in Lady Lake

Women of Hope Welcome Back Breakfast

September 23rd at 9:00am at Hope Central Campus

To access the full calendar, click here!

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H.O.P.E. University Resumes September 15th

H.O.P.E. University's Fall Semester begins September 15th, with a class called "Go Take a Hike" led by Pastor Dean Piper.

H.O.P.E. University will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00am at Hope Central Campus. As always, we encourage you to invite friends who are not Hope members. This is an excellent opportunity to grow your faith and fellowship with friends.

Click Here to Download the Brochure

Important Messages

September 15th – No Social Supper. Join us next week!

This Week - New office hours begin. The Hope office will be open on Fridays from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Hymn Sheets Available at All Campuses

Hymn Sheets will now be made available at all Hope campuses for those who wish to use them. Sheets will be placed in the back of the Sanctuary at Hope Central Campus and at the Welcome Tables at both Hope Lake Weir Campus and Hope at Everglades.

Hymn Sheets will be available on a 'First Come, First Serve' basis.


Dine to Donate at Texas Roadhouse on September 19th

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 September 19th 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 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!


Women of Hope Welcome Back Breakfast

September 23rd at 9:00am

We are happy to resume the Women of Hope Breakfast meetings! The first is scheduled for September 23rd at the Hope Central Campus Fellowship Hall at 9:00am. 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.

Our guest speaker will be Pastor John LeCain. The subject of his presentation will be a Welcome Back message and the story of his walk of faith. Pastor John is one of Hope Lutheran Church's Pastoral Care Team Ministers.

All women are encouraged to attend and bring a friend. Please register by noon on Monday, September 20th$4.00 will be collected the morning of the breakfast. 

Click Here to Register

Additional News: Over the months of September 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 all to purchase -- men and women. The quilt will be on display at future Women of Hope Breakfasts -- October 21st, November 18th, and December 2nd. Raffle tickets are $5 for one ticket or $10 for 3 tickets.

Questions? Please contact LaVera Wiberg by email at or by phone at (352) 259-4575.

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Fish Fry at Hope Central Campus

October 1st

There will be 2 seatings - 4:30pm and 6:00pm.

There will be NO Social Supper on Wednesday, September 29th.


Menu will include: Fish, hush puppies, French fries, Cole slaw, beverages, and assorted flavors Italian Ice.

Reservations will begin September 14th at 8:00am and close on September 28th. No payment will be accepted after the registration deadline.

Save The Date

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Blessing of the Animals at Hope Lutheran Church

Saturday, October 9th

from 8:30am to 11:00am

Pet registration begins at 8:30am. The blessing will begin at 10:00am.

There will be opportunities for photos with your pets! Vendors will also be on site. We will be accepting donations of dog and cat food to benefit the Hope Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry. Cash donations will benefit YOUR Humane Society SPCA.

Save The Date


Annual Church Picnic

Friday, October 8th at 4:00pm

Hope Central Campus

It's time for the Annual Church Picnic!

Registration will begin on September 28th and will be open until October 4th at 6:00am.

Stay tuned for more information!

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Prayer for Hope

Pastor John will be leading a study on prayer throughout the calendar year for Hope University beginning September 16th at 11:00am and continuing weekly.

The study will be available in person and through Zoom participation and open to all who attend Hope. Pastor John’s wish is that all will meet for the lesson of the week or review a recording of the session. There will be several mini-studies throughout the year. Attendance for each is not required; however, the course is designed as a prayer pilgrimage for all.

Our time in study will be spent as follows:

  1. An introduction to prayer, including the who, what, and why of prayer. 4 weeks.
  2. The Lord's Prayer. A six-week study.      
  3. Individual prayer practices: Breath prayer, a form we will use throughout the study; Body/Embodied prayer; Labyrinth walking; Imagination; Music; Benedict's Rule; Praying with beads including the making of Prayer Beads. A seven week study.
  4. Contemplated prayer will be studied for the balance of the second term. This will be an in-depth and building study from Breath Prayer to Lectio Devina to Release Prayer to Daily Examen to Icons and ultimately to Centering Prayer and Silence.

Brothers and sisters, we need to be mindful of the Hope mission that always includes prayer. Remember that we have the examples of Jesus praying throughout the gospel accounts, we have the gift of the Lord’s prayer from Him, and we have His request that we spread the ‘Good News' of the Gospel to others in and with prayer. We additionally have Paul's admonitions from his letters for us to pray unceasingly. Let's sincerely begin together!

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor John at or (352) 425-2776.

The zoom reference to begin attending this class is:

A Message from the 90th Birthday Party Team

We've all heard of good news and sad news.

First the sad news: Due to the Covid-19 virus continuing to spread in our area, the 90+ Birthday Party scheduled for October 10th has been canceled.

Now the good news: The 90+ Birthday Party team has decided to deliver cards and cupcakes to all the Villages area members. This tradition started last year and was a great success. The team felt that these 90+ year old members needed to be remembered. There are 69 Hope members that will be receiving cards and a birthday cupcake within the next two weeks. Many thanks to the 90+ Birthday Team for being a ray of sunshine to these precious members. Hopefully next October the party will be held at the church.

Just a little history: When we had our first 90+ Birthday Party in 2014, there were 51 Hope members that were 90+ years old. Now 8 years later we have 88 Hope members that are 90+ years old. Some of these members live out of the area but we think living in the Villages is good for you!

God Bless you all,

Karen O'Brien, 90+ Birthday Party Team Leader


Angel Tree Volunteers Needed

It is once again time to begin thinking about volunteering during our Christmas Angel Tree Drive! The Angel Tree Team will need roughly ten volunteers spread throughout our three Hope campuses on November 13th and 14th to assign angels. We estimate we will need 6 volunteers for Hope Central Campus and 2 volunteers at both Hope Lake Weir Campus and Hope at Everglades.


We will also need between 10 to 12 volunteers for the weekend of December 11th and 12th to receive gifts at all three campuses.

There will be Volunteer Meetings in the near future for anyone interested in serving!

Questions? Please contact Lenea Carnes at or Gloria Johnson at

Team Members Needed for Subcommittees for New Campus

The Hope Strategic Planning Committee is looking for members with special skills as we make plans for our new campus at the southern end of The Villages.

The Subcommittees in development and in need of help are:

• Publicity

• Finance

• Growth/Program

• Fund Development

• Design 

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If you are interested in being a part of one of the subcommittees, please contact Jeff at


Save The Date for the Next New Member Orientation

Calling all folks who have become members recently or plan to become members of Hope! You are invited to take the next step of your membership process at our next New Member Orientation Breakfast on Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00am to 11:00am at Hope Central Campus.

Please RSVP to the church office by Friday October 15th, 2021.

In addition to this message, you also should have received a phone call or email from our church office inviting you to the orientation. If you did not, it may mean that we do not have your information on our list. If you joined Hope recently and did not receive a invitation, or if you have any questions, please contact the church office at

(352) 750-2321 or email Jeff at

New Fellowship Group Beginning in September

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Sunday After Worship (S.A.W.)

Begins Sunday, September 12th

All are invited to join this time of fellowship, coffee, and discussion.

Sunday After Worship (S.A.W.) will be held every Sunday after the 10:00am worship service at Hope Central Campus in Conference Room 200.

The discussion topic will be 'Today’s Sermon'.

Ministry Team Budget Requests Due Soon

Tell us what new and exciting plans you have for your ministry in 2022...

It's time to submit your 2022 Budget Requests! All team leaders and key staff members are asked to submit your team's 2022 budget request by

September 30th, 2021.

If you have not already submitted your team's budget request, please do so as soon as possible. You can submit your budget to Karen at

Note: Some team leaders are part of a larger ministry team, such as ushers, greeters, etc. This request only applies to the leader of the larger team.

Making Music at Hope Lutherans Campuses

One Church with Three Campuses


Exciting news! Beginning this fall, ALL of our campuses will have choirs at their worship services!

After an 18-month hiatus of not having regular choirs singing or ringing the bells, our choirs will joyfully resume their volunteering this fall! In order to make this happen, each choir will begin rehearsing regularly at Hope Central Campus or Hope Lake Weir Campus. Here is a sneak peek of what is going on.

The choirs that we will have this year at Hope are:

  • Sisters in Song (SIS)
  • Brotherhood of Harmony (BOH)
  • Voices of Hope (VOH)
  • Spirit Ringers (SR)
  • Sonshine Celebration Band (SCB)
  • Lake Weir Choir & Chimes (LWC)
  • South Site Chorale (SSC) – Our newest choir at Everglades

Each choir has a designated rehearsal time that lasts anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes. Under certain circumstances, it is even possible to join multiple choirs and sing at different services (or campuses) on different Sundays. We have many of volunteers that do just that! Needless to say, we are very blessed with humble volunteers that love the program we have here at Hope!

Ken Wood, our Director of Music Ministries, keeps us all on track with the who, what, where, and when. Behind the scenes, the Department has several special volunteers that help in distributing all our music along with making sure all the pieces are collected after use. These folks were also crucial this summer for our series of Choral Reading Sessions we held within the communities of the three Hope campuses. These special volunteers also assign choir robes and folders along with sending out regular messages to keep us updated. There are capable volunteer accompanists and substitute directors that step up to the plate and help out when needed also. Hope is blessed with several retired educators and performers from within its ranks. We even have a department social coordinator who schedules annual social activities and spearheads get-well cards for recovering choir members.

Currently, we all are masking while at rehearsals and services, observing the new COVID protocols. 

The Music Department is ALWAYS looking for new participants (no matter what your ability or availability might be) to join us to make a joyful noise and spread the Word of Christ. If you should have an interest or questions about any of our choirs, please feel free to contact the Music Department or myself. 

Many thanks go out to all our dedicated volunteers who make the magical music happen here at Hope. It truly does take a “Village” in the Music Department. 



Cathy Daley, Council Member at Large & Music Department Liaison

(219) 877-8066

Two Upcoming Events at Fairway Christian Church

OneBlood Blood Drive September 19th


Fairway Christian Church would like to invite members of Hope to participate in the next Blood Drive with OneBlood.

Join them on September 19th from 8:00am to noon to meet the need for blood donations in our community.

The blood drive will be held in the parking lot of Fairway, near the entrance from 466.

Food Packing Event to Benefit I.D.E.S.


Fairway is also hosting a Food Packing Event on Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

This event will prepare food donations to benefit the International Disaster Emergency Services (I.D.E.S.) from Noblesville, IN.

Volunteers may sign up for shifts of one, two, three, or four hours. Anyone interested can call the Fairway office at (352) 259-9305 to sign up.

Walk to Emmaus 2021

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

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It has been over a year since the last Walk to Emmaus in March of 2020. But we are happy to announce the Schedule of Walks for October 2021:

  • Men's Walk to Emmaus #160 - October 14-17, 2021
  • Women's Walk to Emmaus #160 - October 21-24, 2021

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...

Bill & Kathy Foster, in honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary

In Memoriam...

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We mourn the death of our member William (Bill) E. Mitchell on Saturday, September 4th. Bill was born on January 14th, 1929. He joined Hope Lutheran Church on February 26th, 2006. He and his wife, Joyce, were married on November 14th, 1997.  


At this time, plans for a memorial service are incomplete. Please keep Joyce and their family in your hearts and prayers.

Worship Attendance for September 4-5, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 136

6:00pm = 41

8:00am = 129

10:00am = 189

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 66

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 46

10:00am = 65

Scripture Reading for

September 11-12

Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27, 31

John 1:1-5

Scripture Reading for

September 18-19

Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14

John 1:24-31

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