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Sunday Morning Schedule for May 28

10am Now the Feast and Celebration Worship Service with Holy Communion

No Sunday School or Bible Classes

CHURCH PHONES: If you have been trying to reach the church office without success, please be patient. There are some issues with the switch in services that are being worked out. E-mail system is working. If you need to contact the church office, please e-mail:

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.


FOOD PANTRY: As always, we are forever grateful for all food donations to our pantry. Located above the yellow wagon there is a list of items we give out every 2nd & 4th Wednesdays and Saturdays of each month. Fresh produce from the garden are welcomed as well.

LUTHER MANOR: Once a month, September to June, members from our team go to Luther Manor. Items taken are Kleenex, 4-pack toilet paper, paper towels. If you wish to donate to this cause, please place items in the yellow wagon in the narthex.

BLESSING BAGS: care packages for the homeless will be available beginning June 4.

HOLIDAY BASKETS: Our ministry will again hand out Thanksgiving meals to 20 families on Nov. 18 from 10 to 11am.

ANGEL TREE: Prisoner Fellowship. Dec. 16, 1 to 3pm our church will host a party for the children of prisoners.

If you would like to be involved in any of the causes above, please contact a member of Social Ministry or at our next general meeting on Aug. 6, after the late service. You may also e-mail Jennifer Frederich 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. Last day for regular Sunday School is May 21. There are no classes on May 28. Summer Sunday School will start in June 4.

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”.

At Mighty Fortress VBS (June 19-23), kids will learn that God is our mighty fortress! He is the one who fights for us and protects us. No one can win every game, ace every test, or conquer every challenge. Our friends may fail us, but God, our refuge and strength, will always be our rock and salvation. Registration forms are in the narthex and school hub. Please sign up to donate snack items for VBS. The list will be in the HUB when VBS registration starts. Donated items should be marked VBS and in the kitchen by June 18.

HOPE SUMMER CAMP 2017: June 19 – August 18 for ages 2 1/2 thru 10. Time: 8:30am to Noon. Doors open at 7:30. Aftercare available until 5:30pm. Different themes each week. Contact Jennifer Rauch for more information: JLRHOPESUMMERCAMP@GMAIL.COM

YOUTH NEWS            

YOUTH OASIS is each Wednesday in the Loft. Join us 6:30-8pm for an evening of games, hangout, discussion and fellowship. All youth are welcome.


LEISURE LUTHERANS’ lunch is Monday, June 19, at 11:30am at Lynnhaven Fish House., VB). Sign-up in the narthex if you plan to join this fun bunch of seniors.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY-Breaking Free” by Beth Moore: Join us as we study the Scriptures to discover the transforming power of freedom in Jesus Christ. Themes for this study come from Isaiah, a book about the captivity of God’s children, the faithfulness of God, and the road to freedom. See Pam Lagoc for more info. This class meets in the fellowship hall Sundays at 9:45am. (No class on May 28.)

YOUNG COUPLES BIBLE STUDY: Class is on Sundays at 9:45am. Join us in The Loft for fellowship and growth in our faith walks together. Sarah and Shawn White lead the discussions. If you have any questions, please e-mail Sarah at, or Shawn at (No class on May 28.)

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY is 10:30am in Main 1. This class does not meet the last Wednesday morning of each month.

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:


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.


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, May 29.)

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

Mid-Week Advent Worship
Holden Evening-sanctuary
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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