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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 YOUTH SERVICE (The Loft) – Led by Youth – For Youth

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.

JOIN US FOR PRAYER each Sunday morning at 7:45am. We meet in the cry room-just inside the front doors. For more information, see Camelia Eid or Leslie Larkin.

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

PROPERTY NEWS:  Yard Clean-up Day at the church is scheduled for August 4. All are invited to help clean the church grounds. This will include putting playground mulch on the playground, cleaning and mulching the beds. The back area needs to have all the broken branches picked up and disposed in a container that will be supplied. Any questions please contact Kenneth Carter, Property Manager.

Annual Key Log Audit begins July 29 and ends Sept. 16. All members and staff will need to verify their key log sheet. This verification will include justification for type of key required for your position. Also, everyone who has an alarm code will need to attend a scheduled training session. Dates for training sessions TBD.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Are you willing to deliver a gift to a visitor? We will give you a gift bag and the address. You can deliver on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Please see Deaconess Camelia Eid for more information.

AWAKEN HOPE FUNDING TEAM UPDATE:  The team has been hard at work since mid-January. We have submitted two grant requests that were awarded for live streaming equipment:  one for $5,000 from the LCMS Southeastern District and one for $1,000 from the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.  We also sent out letters to Senior Pastors, Worship and Outreach/Mission Directors of the 30 largest LCMS churches and the 100 fastest growing churches in the country. We have received a $2,000 gift from one LCMS congregation and an offer for technical expertise/guidance from the worship director of a church in Texas.  On June 4, we received verbal confirmation that our grant request for $5,000 to the Chesapeake District of the LWML has been approved to be voted on for priority funding at the convention in September. This request will support our mission outreach with the new services. Currently, we are finalizing our proposal summary to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund Kaleidoscope Grant Program. This proposal is for a new summer camp experience projected for the summer of 2019. If you have any questions about these proposals or know of other funding opportunities, please contact Don Meyer at or Alison Hernandez at


CHILDRENS SUNDAY SCHOOL:  We honor and thank all of our faithful teachers! Summer Sunday School is for ages 3 thru rising 5th graders in Kids Kingdom from 9:45-10:45.  Rising 6th graders will join BODY.

Kid Ministry Team thanks those Sunday School teachers who have served ages 3 thru grade 5 during the last year. Teachers are asked to join us on Sunday, July 8, at 9:30am in room BLUE 6 for breakfast. We will also discuss the upcoming Sunday School year. Anyone who is interested in teaching, please join us as well. For more info, see Noell Heath or Becky Burns.

SUMMER CAMP 2018:  Mad Scientist Summer Camp runs thru Aug. 17 for ages 2½ to 10. Sign up for a week or all summer! Before & After Care available. Weekly themes include:  7/1-A Great Country; 7/9-Space Travelers; 7/16-Kitchen Chemistry; 7/23-All Creatures Great & Small; 7/30-Deep Blue Sea; 8/1-Back at the Lab; 8/13-Geology. For more info: or call 757-424-4894.

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”.

CAR WASH: TRUTH Youth Group Car Wash is Saturday, July 14, from 9am to 1pm. Best car wash in town! They vacuum!



Dear Parents,

As we depend upon our Savior Jesus and His life, death and resurrection to sustain us physically and spiritually, it is crucial to make sure that our kids receive the Holy Communion consistently and declare, “Christ gave His Body and Blood for me.”  Jesus commands us to focus on Him as He said in 1 Corinthians 11:25, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

As an opportunity for the Youth to keep this command and in order to keep the service running without interruption, we are planning to serve the Holy Communion (after it has been consecrated by the pastors) at the Youth Service in The Loft on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month.

The Youth Leader will read the Words of Institution before the youth receive the Lord’s Supper. This is the same process we follow with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are shut-ins or hospitalized and are eager to receive Holy Communion and remember our Savior Jesus Christ and His work in our lives. We are blessed to share Jesus’ love with them and to serve them.

Please encourage your youth to attend the Youth Service and receive the Lord’s Supper. You are also welcome to join them!

We are excited to start our Youth Service Project to reach out to the homeless. “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord: and that which he hath given will he pay him again”. (Proverbs 19:17) We plan to make 100-150 Blessing Bags on Wednesday nights for a couple of weeks. When the bags are ready, each church family will be asked to take one bag and share it with the homeless. Encourage your youth to attend Oasis at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings in The Loft. It’s a wonderful opportunity for devotional time, hangout with friends, meet new youth from other churches who are invited to join us the summer and to serve God by serving others. Our Teen Ministry enjoys the youth who God has called us to serve. Thank you for sharing your youth with us. God bless!

Joyfully in Christ, Deaconess Camelia Eid

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 CLASS: Pastor Cofer leads a study of “Loving Through Prayer” (fellowship hall) at 9:45am.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY: Daniel (by Beth Moore) Ladies, join us in Main 1 for a study in faith-building and learn how to live with integrity in today’s self-absorbed society. The prophet Daniel faced unbelievable pressures to compromise his faith, to live in a hostile culture, and to confront temptations and threats. Today, believers in Jesus Christ face many of the same trials. This class meets on Sunday mornings at 9:45am. For more info, contact Pam Lagoc at

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 (LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE) LWML has prayer shawls and chemo patient gift bags. If you know of someone who may need one, see Desiree Davis or Marie Nelson. LWML MITES go to support our missions. Mite boxes are available in the narthex. For more info:

LUTHER MANOR:  The ladies who visit the residents at Luther Manor are in need of Bingo prizes. Needed: Toilet paper & paper towels-individually wrapped, tissues-any size any shape. You may give them to either Jenny Erber, Linda Hammond, or Nancy Kettner, or leave them in Martha’s office earmarked for Luther Manor. Thank you and God bless

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.

SOCIAL MINISTRY: Please leave donations in the yellow wagon in the coat closet. Our pantry needs: pancake mix & syrup, peanut butter & jelly, cereal, can fruit and Hamburger Helper. Thank you for the food donations. For more info:

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.PUBLIC RELATIONS MINISTRY   

INVITATION TO PASTOR TIMOTHY’S INSTALLATION SERVICE: Thank you all for your wonderful send-off and blessing as I closed my time as choir director at Hope to begin my service as Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran.  It was a very special day!  My family and I would love to have you join us for my installation service.  It will be 3pm on Sunday June 24. The address is Emmanuel Lutheran, 23 Semple Farm Road, Hampton, VA. For any questions, please e-mail me at:

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

JOYTIME: 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) (Church & School offices will be closed July 4)

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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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