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By: Bob & Lois Moser

The joy of Christmas was spread by word and song on December 14 when the Hope Carolers visited Atlantic Shores Seaside Rehabilitation Center.  Barbara and Wolfgang Bosse, who reside at Atlantic Shores, and Lois Moser, who is undergoing rehab at the Seaside Center enjoyed the Christmas carolers.

Seaside has many elderly people recovering from strokes. It was amazing to watch them mouth the words proclaiming the birth of Christ. Many commented about how they all appreciated the singing.

The carolers also went to Harbourway Assisted Living where they received rave reviews. It is so easy to bring joy to people through the birth of Christ. Thanks to all who made this caroling event happen.

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By: Alison Hernandez

Children’s Bells (grades 2-5): Beginning Sunday, Nov. 10, Children’s Bells will meet at 9:30am in the Music Room. Parents will need to walk their child to Sunday School at 9:45am.

Youth Bells (grades 6 & up): Rehearsals will begin Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6pm in the Music Room.

Adult Bells: will continue to rehearse on Thursdays at 7pm.

If you have any questions about any of the bell choirs, please contact me at


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By: Linda Muth

TRUTH will enjoy an evening of fun on Saturday, Nov. 16. We will meet at the Skinny Dip by church (985 Providence Square Shopping Center) at 8:00 so bring some money for your favorite fro yo and toppings.  From there we will head to Iceland of Virginia Beach (4915 Broad St.) for an exciting game of broomball. What is broomball you ask? We play hockey in street shoes using sticks that look like broom handles. Lots of fun!  The cost is $10. Parents should pick up at the ice rink at 10:40. If you can’t make it for Skinny Dip, meet us at Iceland by no later than 9:30. Make sure you sign up in the TRUTH room.

BODY will go to Naval Station Norfolk for pizza and bowling on Sunday, Nov. 17. We will meet at Hope at 12:15. Cost is $10 per person. We will return to Hope at 4pm.  It is very important that you sign up in your classroom by Nov. 10 because we have to give the base a list of names prior to the event. Any parents interested in going and driving please let Linda Muth know. Military ID is needed for drivers to get on base.

Every year TRUTH attends Construction Zone and BODY attends Quake. These are weekend events filled with Christian music, messages, and fellowship and are always a highlight of our year. Zone will be March 7-9 in Virginia Beach. Cost is $153 if you sign up early bird or $168 if you sign up with standard registration. A $50 non-refundable deposit needs to be in by Dec. 1 to take advantage of the reduced early bird price. If you are not sure of your plans, standard registration is not due until Jan. 26. Please note that the total cost of the event will be due on Jan. 26. After that time no amount is refundable if you cancel.

Quake for BODY is March 21-23 in Charlotte, NC. Early Bird registration cost is $141, with a $50 non-refundable deposit due by Jan. 5. Standard registration cost is $156 and will be due the end of February. For more information about these events you can go to

Youth in both groups will have the opportunity to earn money to help pay for their future youth activities by taking calendar orders. Order forms are now available in their classroom.  Calendars orders and money are due by no later than Nov. 10 and should be turned in to Linda Muth by that date.  Calendars will be available for delivery by late November.  TRUTH, this is a great start to earning money for next summer’s Mission Trip!

Activities at a Glance

Nov. 10 Calendar orders due (BODY and TRUTH)

Nov. 16 Skinny Dip and Broomball (TRUTH)

Nov. 17 Bowling (BODY)

Dec. 1 Early Bird deposit for Zone due (TRUTH)

























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By: Linda Muth

Plans are already being made for next summer’s mission trip for TRUTH (9th-12th grades).  To get a jump on fundraising for the trip, we will have a car wash on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Hope from 9am to 1pm. Workers should be there by 8:30am to help set up. If your car is in need of some TLC we can get it looking good!

On Saturday, Oct. 26, BODY and TRUTH will go to the Corn Maze at Bergey’s Breadbasket on Mt. Pleasant Rd. This is our annual event with other youth groups from our circuit.  Come enjoy a fun evening of hayrides, corn maze, and bonfires for roasting hot dogs and making s’mores, plus devotion time. We will meet at Hope at 5:15pm and return about 9:30pm.  The cost for the evening is $13.  Sign up and payment are due by Sunday, Oct. 20. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends to join us.  Any parent who can help with driving, please contact Linda Muth.

Twenty-six youth and their parents are attending Communion instruction classes on Wednesday nights through October 23 with their First Communion on Reformation Sunday, October 27.  We praise God for these young people and pray that He will continue to guide them as they grow in their faith.

Need a little boost on hump day?  Remember that Wednesdays are Hang Out Nights with dinner at 5:30 followed by devotions and fellowship time.

Activities at a Glance

Oct. 12 Car Wash (TRUTH)

Oct. 26 Corn Maze (BODY & TRUTH)

Oct. 27 First Communion (Conf. I & II)

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Wednesday night Oasis and 1st Communion Classes

Activities for children ages 4 years thru 5th grade 

By: Kathryn Wacker

Younger siblings of the 1st Communion Class, ages 4 thru 5th grade, are welcome to meet in Main 1 from 6:15 thru 7:30pm. From 6:15 through 6:40 the children will go outside to play, weather permitting and as long as there is daylight.  At 6:45 children, ages 4 years thru 5th grade, of parents attending the Oasis Bible Study may join the 1st communion siblings in Main 1 to participate in an organized activity or use this time to complete homework.  Parents please use the sign-up sheet in Main 1 each time you drop off and pick up your child.  Contact Desiree Davis at 275-5750 for questions or concerns.

Scheduled events are as follows:

October 2: Make “any sailor” cards for Veterans Day

October 9: Scatter Ball

October 16: Halloween Window Pictures

October 23: Silent Ball

October 30 : Treasure Hunt

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By: Carolyn Powell

What a wonderful turnout we had for SONFEST Sunday and our first day of classes last month! We even had to order more materials! JAM Time is going very well and the children seem to be very glad to be back in their regular routines, singing and going off to class with their great teachers.


Sunday, October 6, is Bible Sunday for the second graders in our Sunday School. We will have one of our pastors come in to present the Bibles to our students!  Parents are invited to attend.


October is such a great month here at church as the children always look forward to the All Saints’ Party.  This year, we will welcome all the saints to an evening of fun on Friday, Oct. 25. The kids will be so excited just to wear their costumes. Dinner will begin at 6pm and then we will of course go outside to Trunk or Treat. The children in our school and our Sunday School will receive an invitation for this event and we ask parents to RSVP to the teachers no later than Wednesday, Oct. 23.


This fall, we are asking the children to bring in food items for the Kids’ Café. Hope has adopted a public school and we help meet the needs of those children who may not have enough food for the weekends. Items to be collected will be small items like: cereal bars, individual fruit cups, microwave pasta meals, juice pouches, gummy fruit pouches, etc. We will collect these foods every Sunday morning during JAM Time.

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By: Carolyn Powell

As our children grow up, it’s up to us to guide them to make good choices. Even though sometimes it would be so much easier to just let them have their way, we know that we need to set limits and establish good boundaries.  As they seem to want to challenge us from time to time, a good rule to remember is to balance love and respect with clearly defined rules and understanding.

Children do best when they know what to expect. Talk with them about family rules, school rules, neighborhood rules, and explain consequences. When youngsters are old enough to read, write the rules down and post them on the refrigerator as a reminder. Broad rules are likely to be remembered better than many specific ones. Yes…they will test the rules and when they do, we can stand our ground and apply the consequences.  Being firm and consistent lets them know that we take this seriously.  And of course, we will need to work on focusing more on the positive things they do rather than what they do wrong.  They will feel encouraged to try even harder to behave.

Safety at school is important as we get them dressed for each day.  Floppy shoes can cause accidents and baggy clothes with cords and strings can get caught in playground equipment.  As our nation begins to pay more attention to what the kids eat at school, parents should really be proactive about those snacks they send in. Nutritious choices are so much better for our little ones. We all know how important it is to start the day with a good breakfast.

Establishing a routine for learning helps kids get a good start when school begins.  Parents should get involved in study time, letting them know learning is top priority not only at school but at home as well.  Looking over their school papers and showing that we are interested, looking for notes from the teachers, discussing the school day over dinner all shows them how much we love and care for them.

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By: Alison Hernandez

Hope’s Bell Choirs will resume rehearsals in September!

Adult Handbell Choir: Rehearsals will begin Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7pm in the Music Room. New ringers are needed.

Youth Handbell Choir (Grades 6—12): Rehearsals are tentatively set for 6:15pm on Wednesdays but will not begin until late October or early November due to First Communion classes.

Children’s Handbell Choir (Grades 2—5): Rehearsals are tentatively set for 6:45pm on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 18.

Please contact Alison Hernandez: if interested.

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By: Carolyn Powell

The excitement is building as we get ready to welcome back all of our children and teachers for the year. We are in the process of getting ready for the BIG SONFEST DAY OF CELEBRATION, on Sunday, Sept. 8. We will all come to church and worship together at 9:30am. About 10:30, the children will follow the clowns to the Kids Kingdom for songs, skits, tattoos and animal balloon creations! We will meet our JAM Time teachers , too.  Then, at 11:30, our families will gather in the fellowship hall for a picnic. Outside, there will be fun games for all ages.  Do make plans to join us!

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By: Pastor Nieting


This FALL our sixth and seventh graders will participate with their parents in First Communion Preparation Classes, taught by Pastor Nieting. These classes will begin on Wednesday, September 18, meeting from 6:15 to 7:30pm (during Oasis). The six week series will prepare them for their first reception of the Lord’s Supper on October 27, Reformation Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Nieting (424-4848 or

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