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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: 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: Britta Rinehard

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is our women’s group. LWML meets the third Saturday of every other month from September through May at 9am in the fellowship hall. Childcare is available. The meetings include a breakfast buffet, devotion and fellowship. All women, 18 or older, are invited to join the ladies for their next meeting.

LWML Mission Statement: The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.



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By: Britta Rinehard

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) meets the third Saturday of every other month. Next meeting is Nov. 16 at 9am in the fellowship hall at Hope. Childcare is available. The meetings start with a beautiful breakfast buffet and fellowship, before attending to the business items.

LWML is an active part of the church and has blessed our community as well as others in many ways. Want to learn more about LWML and all the things we do? Then join us for our next meeting in November.

Upcoming events:

October 13: LWML Sunday

October 18-20: Chesapeake District Christian Life Retreat, Natural Bridge, VA

November 16: 9am LWML Meeting, Fellowship Hall

Please see our bulletin board in the Narthex for more information.

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Begins Sunday, Sept. 15, 9:45am

 (1) “When Christianity Clashes With Culture” (Chaplain Oswald-Fellowship Hall)

(2) Women’s Class ~ Jesus, One and Only (Pam Nieting-Fellowship Hall)

(3) New Member Class (Pastor Cofer-Main 1)

(4) Young Adult Class-Not a Fan (Rick Natalello-Main 2)

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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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(Lutheran Women’s Missionary League)

Welcome, ladies of Hope, to our first meeting of the 2013/2014 year on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 9am. We will start with a light breakfast in the fellowship hall. The meeting will follow. Babysitting will be provided.

LWML meets the third Saturday every other month September through May. Don’t forget your Mite boxes.

Tidewater Zone LWML Fall Workshop is Saturday, Sept. 28, at King of Glory (Williamsburg) from 9am to 2pm. Theme: Hope in the Midst of Crisis. Speaker: Phil Zielke of phil’s friends (provides Christ-centered support and hope to those affected by cancer.) Ingathering: Items for care packages and encouragement cards. Cost: $5. Lunch provided. All women are invited to attend. See the LWML bulletin board in the narthex for more info.

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By Camelia Eid

Enjoy this wonderful opportunity at Hope Lutheran Language School.

We offer a ten- week introductory course; a great opportunity to explore and learn Arabic and Hebrew. Along the period of this course, students will be able to learn basic communication skills. Those skills will be utilized during class sessions by allowing the students to conduct simple conversations with their peers as well as their teacher.

In addition, students will be able to decode and then acquire reading skills while at the same time they will be able to learn basic vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar.  At this stage of the learning process, writing will be introduced in order to enhance and improve the students’ reading ability and their learning experience.

The four skills required for the acquisition of a new language: reading, writing, interpreting, and speaking- will be implemented in class to make sure the students are exposed to any challenge presented by the learning of a new language. For this same purpose, a variety of teaching methods will be used in class in order to cater to each student’s strengths and ability, while never forgetting the fun side of learning a new language. 

Keeping in mind that languages are a window to the cultures where they are spoken, Hebrew and Arabic will be taught in context of the cultures they represent. Technology turned the world into a small global village and so more people turn to learning language in order to help them understand and appreciate other cultures. We would love to have you in our class! For more information please contact Mrs. Camelia Eid (E-mail:

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You are invited to the following sessions sponsored by Stephen Ministry. All sessions start at 6:30pm at Hope Lutheran Church.

August 26: Presentation on Depression; Guest Presenter: Amy Riccio

Sept. 9: Presentation on Long Term Care and Aging

October 14: Presentation on Pregnancy, Childbirth and Post-Partum Issues

These presentations are open to the congregation and anyone else interested.

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By: Britta Rinehard

Upcoming Mite Box Sundays: July 14, August 11, September 15

Every single offering helps and benefits many projects. The district keeps 75% of the mite offerings and 25% support the national mites.

Mite History: The Widow’s Mite

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ““I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on.”   (Mark 12:41-43).

LWML Vice President Position: This position is currently vacant. For further information please contact Kathryn Wacker at

LWML meetings will resume September 21 at 9 am.

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