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Sunday Morning Schedule for June 25 ~ 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

8:15am Traditional Worship Service

9:45am Summer Sunday School

11am Blended Praise Service with Holy Communion

WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY, JULY 2: we will have one worship service at 10am. Now the Feast and Celebration is a beautiful liturgical service with hymns and holy communion. Take some time from your long holiday weekend to enjoy worship as one family at Hope Lutheran.

ADULT BIBLE CLASSES: FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH: If you are new to Hope, join Pastor Cofer in Main 1 at 9:45am on Sunday. WORLD RELIGIONS: Led by Chris Taylor, this class meets in the fellowship hall at 9:45am Sundays.

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.

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.

CAR WASH: TRUTH Youth Group Car Wash is Saturday, June 24, from 9am to 1pm. Best car wash in town! They vacuum!


Our next meeting will be Sunday, Aug. 6, in between services in Main 2.

THANKS to the congregation for donating books and snacks to our community sailors who are either currently underway or traveling.  Both the USS BUSH and VAW 124 and the USO @ Norfolk International Airport were very grateful for our donations.

FOOD PANTRY: we served 20 families for the month of May.  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.

BLESSING BAGS: located in the yellow crate under the table in the narthex.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS: On Nov. 22 we will hand out baskets to families participating in our food pantry program.

ANGEL TREE: we will participate in the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree and host a Christmas party for 25 children and their parent or guardian on Saturday, Dec. 16. In the meantime, we need to start collecting the following: 40 Christmas stockings, 25 clear Christmas bulbs, 50 red jingle bells, jars of flakey white and silver glitter, silver cording, a dozen white taper candles, and 1 inch wide white satin ribbon and ½ inch wide red satin ribbon. Items can be left in the yellow wagon.

For more information about what the Social Ministry team does please check our new board located in the Narthex.


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.

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”.

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 GROUP MISSION TRIP: This year’s Mission Trip will take nineteen youth and leaders to Copper Hill, Tennessee for a week of service, fellowship, praise and worship. We expect to spend most of our time repairing a home for a needy family. The week will be accented with white water rafting, horseback riding and team building events during our free time. We depart July 23 and return July 29. Please pray for our youth and the families they will serve.

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.


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.


SAVE THE DATE! FISH FRY FUNDRAISER is Aug. 12 (Saturday) Time: 3 to 7pm. Cost: $10 per plate. This is a fundraiser for our Food Pantry. For every pound of food you donate that day (up to 5 pounds) a dollar will be taken off your meal.

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 office will be closed July 3 & 4)

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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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