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Sunday Morning Schedule for August 20 ~ 11th Sunday after Pentecost

8:15am Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion

9:45am Sunday School & Bible Classes for all ages

11am Blended Praise Service


FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH: If you are new to Hope, join Pastor Cofer in Main 1 at 9:45am on Sunday.

FORESHADOWING JESUS: Chaplain Rupe leads this series on Old Testament prophets foreshadowing Christ. This class meets in the fellowship hall at 9:45am.

OASIS WORSHIP & BIBLE STUDY will not meet in August. It will resume Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30pm.

YOUNG COUPLES CLASS: Sunday morning classes are taking a break for the summer. They plan to get together for fellowship opportunities monthly (Friday or Saturday activities). As activities are planned, they will keep you updated.

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS: Worship Ministry Team is seeking experienced musicians (instrumentalist & vocalist) to perform special music during worship services this summer. If you have been blessed with the talent of music and are willing to share, please contact Rev. Timothy Utton, Alison Hernandez, Kathryn Wacker or anyone on the worship ministry team.

FLOWERBEDS, BUSHES & MULCH: On Saturday Aug.19, our flowerbeds & bushes are going to be revamped. A disposal container will be brought in for the debris. Inviting all able-body members to join us in cleaning out this area around the church. We will start at 8am. Lunch provided if needed.


FOOD PANTRY:  If you would like to donate to our pantry we could use the following: 15oz cans of fruit of any variety, cold cereal (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies), 8-12oz tuna, 24oz syrup and 32oz pancake mix, 16oz peanut butter and 16oz jelly.  Donations are to be placed in the yellow wagon in the narthex. For more info about Social Ministry see our new board in the narthex or come to our next meeting on Aug. 6, after the late service.  You may also e-mail Jennifer at


Sunday School! Classes begin with JAM TIME at 9:45am in Kids Kingdom. We start with our Opening Praise and then go off to our classes. Sunday School is for ages 4 thru rising 6th grade. (No classes on Sept. 3)

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. 

Join Body (middle school) for a Beach Day TODAY! Pack your own lunch. Leave the Church @ 1pm; return before 5pm. Sign up by emailing Mr. Bob: or Mrs. Camelia:

Join TRUTH (high school) for a fun day at Busch Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 26. Leaving the church at 9am; returning at 6pm. For more info please contact Mr. Bob:



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. Notifications are sent out via email. To be added, please contact George Hohnsbehn via e-mail:


Fall is Around the Corner!  And so is the fall season for the Adult Choir! Please consider joining us for this very exciting time that includes songs to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We have some wonderful music picked out that will take us all the way to Christmas Eve!  Our practices start Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7:30. Please email Timothy Utton at if you have any interest or questions.

Sunday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day Weekend) we will have a Hymn Fest at 8:15am and a Praise Fest at 11am. No Sunday School/Bible Classes.

Sunday, Sept. 10, we will have one worship service at 10am to celebrate a new year of Sunday School & Bible Study. Lunch follows in the fellowship hall. Invite a friend and join your Hope family for SonFest!


E-MAIL: Please sign-up using the form below to receive Hope announcements, prayer requests, scripture readings, breaking news (such as inclement weather impacts on the church and school), etc.

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.


NEW PHONE SYSTEM: Hope has a new phone system. Now, when you call the church office (424-4848) an automated attendant will pick up. Please listen carefully to your options. If you already know the person’s extension, you may press it at any time. Extension 1: for anyone in the church office; Extension 2: Martha; Extension 3: Kathryn; Extension 4: Pastor Cofer. The phone numbers are still the same: Church office-424-4848; School office-424-4894.

BOWLING LEAGUE: Join the Tidewater Lutheran Bowling League beginning Monday, Aug. 28, at 6:30pm and ending around 8:15 to 8:30pm. Bowlers from Hope include Marie Nelson, Carroll Bains, Steve Plummer, Bob Hannewald, Lisa Wooten, Lynne Lewis, Pastor Nieting, Nina Chadwick, Cliff Winter, Vince Logan, Mark Wilson, Jim West, Scott Phelps, Mal & Nancy O’Neal, and Wayne & Jenny Erber. E-mail Jenny or Wayne at for more info. Let’s go bowling!

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 Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday.

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Join us as God prepares our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Mid-Week Advent Worship
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Contemporary Advent-Loft
Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 6:15pm (more…)

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By: Pastor Nieting

Our president surprised me on Reformation with a “pastoral appreciation gift.” Thank you all for the beautiful new traveling communion set! My old one has served me for almost 30 years and my “even older one” actually belonged to my grandfather, Pastor Hugo Nieting, when he graduated from seminary in 1917.

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By: Steve Wacker

Improvements have been made to worship that can’t be seen, but can be heard. Or, should I say can’t be heard?  On Saturday, 13 July 2013 eight Knights of Hope* moved the audio amplifiers and rewired the sanctuary speakers.  Also added were two additional speakers in the alcoves allowing a clearer sound in the whole sanctuary. The biggest outcome was reducing the amplifier hum that has been present for some time.  The sound system amplifiers were moved from the sacristy to the Audio-Visual booth and were put on an isolated electrical circuit.

Thank you to the Knights who gave up their time and labor to improve our worship.

*Editor’s Note: This project was led and inspired by Steve Wacker.

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By: Martha West

Have you moved? Do you have a new phone number? New e-mail address? Birthday or anniversary date missing from the newsletter?

If any of this applies to you, please contact the church office with updated information so that our records can be corrected.

Church Office: 424-4848 or E-mail:

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By: Bette Schember

Thank you for contributing to the Diaz home in Honduras.  Great job!  Now let us go a step further and have a well built for a village. The cost is $205 for the water pump and $5,298, drilling and installing a well.  Our women’s Bible study already has enough money for the water pump and some towards the well.

Jesus cried out from His Cross “I THIRST.”  Christ hears the prayers and cries of families thirsting for clean water.  Villages desperately need this life saving resource because of the contaminated water that causes disease and even death among young children.  Together we can make a difference and we already have.  God bless each and every one of you.  Thank you!

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By: Martha West

Keeping the church member information up-to-date is a Daily Challenge due to our transient membership. Please keep the church office up-to-date on your address, phone number and e-mail changes. Also, we would like to recognize your birthday and wedding anniversary in the Highlights.

Please contact the church office with any changes you have.  It only takes a minute and it means so much. E-mail or call 424-4848 with your updates. Current copies of the directory are in the wooden racks in the narthex.

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By: Martha West

For many years I have heard of this Hope member who changes lightbulbs when needed in the church. No one ever sees him—he’s like the “Ninja” of lightbulb changers! However, if you see a burned out light, it will soon be glowing bright due to this man’s faithful service.  Thank you!

Another Hope member, who I do see in action, comes on a regularly basis just to spray the weeds outside. He’s been doing this for years, as well! Thank you for a job well done!

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By: Martha West

Recently, a Hope member planted two Purple Mexican Petunias in the large flower bed in front of the church. They were planted in memory of two former LWML ladies, Esther Koerber and Jeanette Brown. (Purple is the LWML color.)

Over the past several months, a preschool staff member has tended to the flower bed between pastor’s office and the school door ~ watering, weeding, digging and planting.

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By: Sara Morton

Pastor Nieting has now started his “Restoring Hope” Sabbatical. The Sabbatical Planning Committee would like to thank Chaplain Oswald for his amazing sermon on May 6 at the Sending service highlighting the need for a pastoral sabbatical.  His words were truly a blessing.  Additionally, we would like to thank the congregation in supporting the efforts in creating Pastor Nieting’s gift basket as well as the support for the Sabbatical fund. Thanks also to Ted Gray and his crew for their continued support with a wonderful coffee hour celebration. We can all keep up with Pastor Nieting’s travels during his sabbatical by following his blog at  There, we can all share his experiences and see the benefit of our love and care for him and Pam.

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