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8:15am TRADITIONAL SERVICE: Organ, hymns and liturgy (Sanctuary) (Holy Communion is 1st & 3rd Sundays)


11:00am CELEBRATION SERVICE: Casual worship, live band (Celebration Hall)

11:00am BLENDED PRAISE SERVICE: Live band with some liturgy (Sanctuary) (Holy Communion is 2nd & 4th Sundays)

SINGERS & MUSICIANS NEEDED! Volunteers for all services! Do you have a musical talent that you could share at Hope? We would love to have you take part in the worship services occasionally or on a regular basis. Please see Kathryn Wacker, Matt Chadwick, Leighanna Montgomery, Jesse Brown or Kendall Guse.


-Sunday mornings at 7:45am and 10:45am. We meet in the cry room-just inside the front doors. For more information, see Camelia Eid or Leslie Larkin.

-Tuesday evenings at 6;45pm at the home of Marie & Pete Neefus.

CREATIVE MINDS needed to brainstorm new and exciting ways to make special occasion Sundays even more special. Interested? Contact Vince Brown at or Alison Hernandez at

PLANNING CENTER is the management program Hope uses to plan the worship services and volunteers for the services. In addition, Planning Center has a “People” program listing all the people of Hope Lutheran Church. If you have not received an invitation for Planning Center or have not signed up with this program please see Kathryn. A kiosk will be in the narthex for you to sign up with Planning Center. Once you are signed up, you may look at upcoming services and sign up for open positions. If you find you cannot view a certain position for which you wish to sign up, please see Kathryn. Volunteers may also block out unavailable dates as well as sign up for convenient dates.


NEW! Children’s Choir for ages 5 thru 5th grade. Practices are Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15pm. See Becky Burns for more information.

SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE – an outreach opportunity to send a needy child to Hope School to learn about Jesus. Please use the designated envelope or you can enroll in Simply Giving. Envelopes and Simply Giving forms are available in the lobby. Gifts will be used specifically for scholarships. Checks payable to Hope Lutheran School with a note: “For Scholarship”.


YOUTH OASIS is at 6:30pm on Wednesdays. Come for an evening of games, hangout, discussion and fellowship. All youth are welcome. 

YOUTH SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES: Sign-up during Sunday School – Volunteer in the food pantry, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays & Saturdays of each month.


ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Pastor Nieting leads us through the Book of Hebrews. Join him in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45am on Sundays for a fascinating look back into Old Testament worship and faith today.

NEW MEMBER CLASS: Join Pastor Whitfield on Sundays at 9:45am for a new member class. Are you new to Hope? This is a great way to meet new people and get to know what Hope is all about. Location: Office next to the School Hub

LADIES BIBLE STUDY: Join us in Main 1 at 9:45am on Sundays for “Finding I AM”: What is the deep cry of your heart; that ache in your soul that keeps you up at night; the prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study, you will learn to: Trade feelings of emptiness and depletion for a more personal fulfillment from knowing who Jesus is. Stop living like a slave to your circumstances by training your heart to embrace the life-giving freedom God wants for you. Gain a better understanding of how Jesus’ words 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today.

COUPLES BIBLE STUDY at 9:45am on Sundays. Join us up in Main 2 for fellowship and growth in our faith walks together. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah & Shawn White: or see Joe & Charlotte Rysavy.

LWML has prayer shawls and chemo patient gift bags. If you know of someone who may need one, see Desiree Davis. LWML MITES go to support our missions. Mite boxes are available in the narthex. For more info:

Oct. 13 (Saturday): 9:30am Advent Tea Craft Morning
Oct. 14 (Sunday): Mite Sunday! We encourage everyone to wear purple and bring their mites that morning.
Oct. 20 (Saturday): 9:30am – 2pm. Fall Zone Rally at Unity Lutheran, Norfolk

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: If you have not found a way to help spread the Good News, please considering helping in one of these ways. See Kathryn Wacker or e-mail:

  • Welcome Desk Greeter
  • 8:15am: Cantors, Prayers
  • 11am (sanctuary): camera operator, Video switcher/producer, Children’s Message
  • All 11am services: soundboard mixer, Projections, Ushers, Musicians, Singers, Prayers, Joytime Volunteer, communion assistants
  • Set-up/Take Down fellowship hall for Celebration Service

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY is 10:30am in Main 1. This group does not meet the last Wednesday of each month.

LEISURE LUTHERANS: Calling all SENIORS! Leisure Lutherans Annual Oktoberfest is Monday, Oct. 15, at 11:30am at Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant (4561 VA Beach Blvd. VB). A special German menu will be available. Come join us! Please sign-up in the narthex.

STAFF RECOGNITION DAY:  NEW DATE! Sunday, Oct.21, we will recognize those special anniversary dates for some of our church employees. Join us for cake & coffee during Tasty Fellowship in the fellowship hall.

SOCIAL MINISTRY: We have a great Social Ministry Team who just need someone to lead them. Would you be willing to volunteer as Social Ministry Chair for one year? See Jenny Erber or e-mail her at

Food Pantry items needed: variety of soups, peanut butter & jelly, pancake mix & syrup, can tuna or chicken, instant oatmeal and pasta sauce. Anyone who is 13+ can volunteer in the food pantry. Pantry is open the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays (6-7p) and Saturdays (10-11a) of each month.  Leave donations in the yellow wagon in the coat closet.

We served 25 families for the month of September and 20 families for the month of August.  The pantry will hand out 25 Thanksgiving baskets on Nov. 17.  Food donations of canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, cornbread, biscuit mixes and instant potatoes are to be put into the yellow cart in the coat closet located in the Narthex.  Last day for donations for Thanksgiving will be Nov. 11. This year’s Angel Tree gift giving will be with the For Kids organization.  Donations are for children ages infant to 17 and are to be unwrapped.  For more info: for a listed of suggested gift giving ideas.  Last day for Angel Tree is Dec. 11.

KNIGHTS OF HOPE: Devotional group of men, ages 18 & older, who gather the second Saturday each month at 8am for breakfast and to discuss the Bible and how to implement its teachings into their lives. They also participate in fun guy-centered activities, mission trips, as well as assist in different projects around the church.

KNIGHTS OF HOPE T-SHIRTS: Order your royal blue KOH t-shirt today. See Carroll Bains, Scott Phelps or Steve Plummer. Cost: $15. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL. Buy a t-shirt to support the KOH.

2019 LUTHERAN WITNESS: It’s time to renew your monthly subscription for Lutheran Witness. Cost for 2019: $12.95. Deadline to renew: Oct. 12. If you’ve never had a subscription and would like to know more, the church office has copies of past issues. E-mail ( or call (424-4848 Ext 1) Martha for more info.

HIGHLIGHTS: This church bi-weekly newsletter is available here online, via email and copies are in the narthex! For more info: contact Martha at 424-4848 or  Articles are due by Wednesday.

SIMPLY GIVING (Hope’s automated giving program): It’s easy to sign up, easy to change if needed, and you never have to write another tithe check. It’s a great way to take care of your offering even while you’re on vacation. Forms are available in the church office or by e-mail:  There is no fee to you. For more info, contact Martha (424-4848) or by the above e-mail. SIMPLE!

BRINGING LANGUAGES TO LIFE: See what everyone is talking about, check it out on  At Hope Lutheran, Arabic, Hebrew and French Language classes are taught by Camelia Eid. Lowest rates in the area. These language skills will give your resume a boost! Open to anyone who is interested. Contact Camelia at for more info.

HOPE’S EMERGENCY FUND: Hope is blessed with faithful members who contribute to a fund that our pastors use to help meet the occasional emergency needs of others. Should the Lord move you to contribute, please note on your check: “Pastor’s Emergency Fund.”

HOPE’S PRAYER CHAIN: E-mail your prayer requests to

FACEBOOK & TWITTER Did you know that Hope has a Facebook page? Connect to FB on our website under the Contact tab. You can also follow us on Twitter@HopeLutheranVA


Nursery: Provided Sunday Mornings, children 3 & under

Kids’ Praise: Children’s Activities (3yo thru 1st grade) 11am service, Sept-May

JesusAndMeTime: Sundays, 9:45am Preschool-Grade 5 in Kids’ Kingdom

Confirmation: (Unconfirmed students grades 6-8) Sundays 9:45am, Sept.-May

Youth Groups: (grades 6-12) Sunday Bible Studies, activities thru the year

Adult Education: Sunday mornings & Wednesday morning & night classes (Sept-May) that enrich and strengthen your spiritual life.

Leisure Lutherans: (55+) Senior Group, lunch 3rd Monday, 11:30am

LWML: Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 3rd Saturday alternate months

Knights of Hope: Men’s group meets each month

OFFICE HOURS: 9am-2pm (Mon-Fri)

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Join us for our 2018 LWML Spring Beach Brunch
at Hope Lutheran Church
Saturday, May 19th at 9:30 am
Door prizes
short business meeting
officer elections
Special guests include:
Pastor Whitfield, Devotion and Prayer
Kendall, Piano
Alisha Cofer, Photographer
Menu from Catherine’s Catering:
Scrambled eggs
Bacon, egg, and tomato & spinach and feta quiche
Fruit salad
Veggie tray
Deviled eggs
Sweet potato biscuits with ham
Chicken salad croissants
Sweet breads
Juice, coffee, and tea
Cost is $20
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