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The 2017-2018 leadership for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League has been installed.

Tara Johnson President

Tara Johnson

Lisa Rupe Vice President

Lisa Rupe
Vice President

Cindy Clark  Treasurer

Cindy Clark

Pat Fulgham Secretary

Pat Fulgham

Desiree Davis Networker

Desiree Davis

All women aged 18+ are invited to participate in LWML.

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By: Gordon & Deborah Johnson

How did you do with your resolutions for the year 2013?  About the same as for other years?  Can you even remember what those resolutions were?  Why do we struggle so much with resolutions?  Is it because they are not realistic?  Is it because we try to do it completely on our own without any outside help (even from God)?  Failure is one of the biggest disappointments in life.  Is it possible to start over successfully?

As we enter into this New Year we have another opportunity to start over.  Having the privilege of starting over is one of the things in life that gives us hope and courage as we look to the future.  As we take down our 2013 calendars and replace them with 2013 calendars we really can start over. (more…)

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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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Thanks to Nancy, Kettner, the Leisure Lutherans of Hope held their annual Christmas luncheon and Chinese Auction on Monday, December 16, at the Black Angus Restaurant, located in the Clubhouse at the beautiful Virginia Beach National Golf Course. Thirty-four Leisure Lutherans enjoyed beautiful weather and a delicious spectrum of food offered on the regular menu. Most everyone participated in the Chinese Auction following the meal, and as usual, there was considerable haggling amongst the most prized gifts–but, everyone came away with at least…a gift!  Pastor Nieting was kind enough to bring his guitar and lead us in a cheery session of Christmas carols following the auction.  I must say, we lifted the holiday spirits of the group, as well as the Black Angus staff.  Our road show is being contemplated for next Christmas!
Plans for our January 2014 meeting were set for Monday, Jan. 20,  at 11:30am at Frankie’s Place for Ribs in Fairfield Shopping Center.  A sign up sheet and flyer will be placed in the Narthex. We are always looking for new members to join in on the fun. If you feel like you are a senior—come on down!
Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, and prosperous 2014 to All!

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In this season of thanksgiving, a sincere ‘thank you’ is in order to everyone who supports our congregation throughout the year with their attendance, service and regular financial contributions. For those of you who are interested, Hope Lutheran offers electronic giving options for making donations on a scheduled, automated basis. It’s convenient for you and provides much-needed financial consistency for the church. Pick up a Simply Giving authorization form in the narthex or contact the church office to have a copy mailed or e-mailed to you (424-4848 or

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By: Britta Rinehard

German Advent and Christmas Traditions

Saturday, December 7, 2 to 4pm

Advent season is the time to prepare for the Coming of Christ. Let’s quiet down during this busy time of the year, reflect upon what we are celebrating and get ready for His arrival. Please come and join us for Christmas cookies, tea sandwiches, coffee, tea and fellowship. In addition to singing Christmas songs, we will learn about how the season is celebrated in Germany. So invite a friend and bring your favorite cookies to share for a wonderful afternoon. All ladies 10 years and older are welcome. There is a $5 fee for each attendee. Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex. Registration deadline is Dec. 1. For questions, please contact Britta Rinehard.

Frohe Weihnachten


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By: Kathryn Wacker

Beginning Nov. 10 you may order Christmas Poinsettias. Look for the sign-up forms, envelopes and drop box on the tall table in the Narthex. Poinsettias are $15 each, checks payable to Hope Lutheran Church. Payment is requested at the time of your order. All proceeds will help with altar needs. The poinsettias will be displayed in the chancel area Dec. 15 through Christmas Day. They may be picked up after the 10am service Christmas Day. The last day to purchase poinsettias will be Sunday, Dec. 8.

You may now place your 2014 Altar Flowers and Eternal Flame orders. Use the white 8½ x 11 sign-up sheet on the tall table below the flower chart, located in the Narthex.  Do not write directly on the flower chart. Once your order is placed, your name will be printed and placed on the chart.  You may also place orders by calling the church office (424-4848) or sending an e-mail to   A check for $40 payable to Hope Lutheran Church (or cash) is needed to place your order.  Altar flowers may be taken home after the late service or picked up during the week.

Proceeds from 2013 helped to provide the beautiful green altar paraments, the red banner for Pentecost and Reformation, some of the crimson Christmas decorations and a set of communion linens.  Thank you.

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By: Bette Schember

Thanks to all of you we provided a home for the Diaz family in Honduras. God’s gifts are stupendous. By the grace of God, can we take it to another level and provide a water pump and have someone drill and install a well for a Village?

Before summer came, we had collected $232 toward this project. This means we have enough for the water pump which is $205 and $27 left toward the well which costs $5,298.  We only need to raise $5,271.

I am sure in the near future we will have an offering for this project.  If you feel a need to make a donation before then or at any time – just put your check in an envelope marked “Food For The Poor-Well”. Your donation for this lifesaving equipment is invaluable and will improve the life and health of an entire Village. I cannot THANK YOU enough.

Editor’s Note: The offering from our Thanksgiving Eve service will be given to Food for the Poor for a well.

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All ushers, experienced, new and anyone wishing to serve as an usher are requested to attend one of the 4 following meeting times:  Nov. 10 or 17 either 7:40 am or 12:15 pm (just after late service finishes). This meeting should take about 5 to 7 minutes.

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LOOKING AHEAD (Mark your calendar!)

Dec 4:     Advent Service: Holden Evening Liturgy (6:15pm)

Dec 8:   SS Children’s Lunch & Christmas Ornament Party (12:15pm)

Dec 11:   Advent Service: Holden Evening Liturgy  (6:15pm)

Dec 14:    Decorate the church & Christmas fellowship (9-11am)

Dec 15: Joy of Christmas followed by hot chocolate & cookies (4:30pm)

Dec 18: Advent Service : Holden Evening Liturgy (6:15pm)

Dec 20: Hope School Program (10:30am)

Dec 24: Family Service (4:30pm); Christmas Candlelight (7:30pm); Candlelight Communion (10pm)

Dec 25: Christmas Day Service with Eucharist (10am)

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