September 3, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Office Closed for Labor Day

September 6th all day

Men of Hope Breakfast

September 9th at 8:00am at Hope Central Campus

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.

Go Take a Hike will explore the footsteps of many Biblical heroes and their explorations through new and unknown territories in the Promised Land. Hundreds of years before Jesus sent the disciples to the

far-flung places of the earth, God was choosing leaders and sending them to establish and maintain “the promised land.”

Each week we will concentrate on the footsteps of one, two or more people, construct a geographic overview and see the results of their endeavors. While God directed many people to go take a hike, we will focus on a famous few.

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

Happy Labor Day - September 6th


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters... - Colossians 3:23

We pray you will enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day celebration! In recognition of the holiday, our church offices will be closed all day on Monday, September 6th. All groups and events will be cancelled.

We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, September 7th.

Men of Hope Monthly Breakfast Prayer Meeting

Thursday, September 9th at 8:00am

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Please reserve your place online before September 6th.

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. The program will be by our guest speaker, Dr. Ron Masdorfer.

Reserve the second Thursday of every month through November on your calendar for future Men of Hope Breakfast Meetings.

Click Here to Register

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 breakfast menu will include a fresh fruit tray, muffins, cinnamon rolls, bagels and other pastries, yogurt in varied flavors, various quiche flavors and egg dish, coffee, tea, water, and juice.

Our guest speaker will be Pastor John LeCain. He will welcome us back and speak on his walk of faith. Pastor John is one of Hope Lutheran Church's Pastoral Care Team Ministers, and has many fascinating stories to share.

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

Click Here to Register

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!

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

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.


Save The Date for the Next New Member Orientation

Calling all folks who have become members recently or plan to become members of Hope! We are excited that you have decided to make Hope Lutheran your church home and want to celebrate with you.

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. This is also the weekend you will be received by the congregation.

Orientation will include a light breakfast, new member photos, and a chance to meet pastors and office staff, as well as the opportunity to learn about fellowship and ministry groups.

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'.

Council Connections for August 17th Meeting

Greetings and Blessings from your Council.

Click on the button below to check out a summary of August's Council meeting minutes. Remember, full Council minutes are on file in the church office (after they are approved). August minutes will be approved on September 21st, 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 View the Minutes
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A Thank You from Love INC

A big Thank You to all of the Hope members who supported Clothe-A-Kid this year! Here are just a couple of stories from the shoppers:

"Love INC’s Clothe-A-Kid is destined to be one of my fondest memories of volunteering. I met a dedicated, loving father who is raising five children on his own. Each child had their own personality and their love for their dad was very evident. Through the Comprehensive Transformational Ministry, dad was able to clothe his children with necessary items as they start a new year. The joy on their faces as they were able to choose their own items brought a smile to my face. God was truly with us and I wish each child a safe and satisfying new school year." ~ Cyndi Crutchfield

"The Clothe-A-Kid program with Love INC was such a pleasant experience for me and the smiles on the children’s faces gave my heart so much joy. I have every intention of volunteering again next year. We two volunteers helped a family of 5 children choose their school clothes for this year. They were very well behaved and this is an experience I will always treasure. Christ truly is at work in this organization." ~ Dottie Blankenship

What Does It Take to Have a Worship Service?


What does it take to have a worship service? First, the pastors consult the lectionary and develop a schedule for preaching and topics. They prepare their sermons. The custodians clean and sanitize the worship space. The staff prepares worship slides, the sanctuary signs, the volunteer lists, and materials for each campus. The Altar Angels prepare the communion elements and the Communion Servers train on serving the worshippers.


In the busy season, the parking lot attendants help you find a place for your cart or car. The Greeters don a big smile and prepare the bar-code scanners to take attendance. The worship assistants and Pastoral Care Pastors prepare to help lead the service. The ushers receive final instructions from the pastor and take positions to make worshippers feel safe and welcome. The First-Time Welcoming Team is in the lobby to greet newcomers. The A/V team launches livestreaming, orchestrates lights and sounds, and presents slides for worshippers. Finally, our pastors take to the pulpits at each campus to present their sermons for the week, leading our church with strong teaching and encouragement.


All of this happens seven times every week! And the music? Cathy Daley will describe the numerous musical activities that are fundamental to our worship experience in the next issue.


On behalf of the Church Council, we want to sincerely thank all the folks whose skills, dedication, and love of the Lord contribute to your meaningful worship experiences at Hope. While you are waiting for the service to begin, offer a THANK YOU prayer for them. See you next Saturday or Sunday.


And thank you for observing COVID protocols.


Is now the time to find out which volunteer position is meant for you? Is God calling you to ministry? If you would like to talk to someone about the many ways to serve, please call me.


Dave Withers, Council Member-at-Large

(352) 233-7533

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...

In memory of Bruce Scales, who passed away

August 29th, 2021 - From John & Debbie Schuettler

Worship Attendance for August 28-29, 2021

Central Campus:

4:00pm = 138

6:00pm = 50

8:00am = 111

10:00am = 192

Lake Weir Campus:

10:00am = 60

Everglades Rec Center:

8:00am = 48

10:00am = 62

Scripture Reading for

September 4-5

Philippians 2:5-11

John 3:13-17

Scripture Reading for

September 11-12

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

John 1:1-5

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