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By: Colleen Riley

Hope’s Food Pantry ALWAYS appreciates your donations. Thank you for anything you can offer! Please place your donations in the BIG YELLOW WAGON in the Narthex. Currently we are in DESPERATE need of breakfast cereal, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, jelly, canned or boxed dinners, canned meats. The Food pantry is open year round every second and fourth Wednesdays (6 to 7:30pm) and Saturdays (10 to 11:30am).

As the holidays approach we need items like box mac & cheese, box mash potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, greenbean casserole fixins, gravies, cream soups, chicken or beef broth, vegetables (basically whatever would help a family put a nice holiday meal on their table). We would also gladly accept monetary donations to assist with the purchase of turkeys and supplies for those baskets.

For Thanksgiving, we plan to give away at least 42 baskets to families in need. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, we will pack the baskets and have them ready for pickup on Saturday, Nov. 23. Please watch your bulletin announcements for details.

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By: Gordon & Deborah Johnson

“Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34). Notice that our Lord does not say: Where your heart is there your treasure will be also. He says the exact opposite. Hearts follow treasure, not treasure follow hearts. And this raises a question: where is your treasure?

In other words, what do you do with your money? A quick glance through your check register will tell you. It reveals where your heart is. So, where is your heart? What do you find? If you’re honest, it will reveal two things. (more…)

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By: Steve Wacker

Do you have an ear for music, like to work with computers, or just want to find a way to help serve at Hope? We are looking for volunteers to provide audio/visual support for Sunday and Wednesday services, rehearsals and special events. The environment is one of fun, creativity, and teamwork with a passion for excellence in serving and worshiping God. Training on all the equipment will be provided. Please contact Steve Wacker if you are interested in volunteering in the A/V booth.

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By: Linda Muth

TRUTH will enjoy an evening of fun on Saturday, Nov. 16. We will meet at the Skinny Dip by church (985 Providence Square Shopping Center) at 8:00 so bring some money for your favorite fro yo and toppings.  From there we will head to Iceland of Virginia Beach (4915 Broad St.) for an exciting game of broomball. What is broomball you ask? We play hockey in street shoes using sticks that look like broom handles. Lots of fun!  The cost is $10. Parents should pick up at the ice rink at 10:40. If you can’t make it for Skinny Dip, meet us at Iceland by no later than 9:30. Make sure you sign up in the TRUTH room.

BODY will go to Naval Station Norfolk for pizza and bowling on Sunday, Nov. 17. We will meet at Hope at 12:15. Cost is $10 per person. We will return to Hope at 4pm.  It is very important that you sign up in your classroom by Nov. 10 because we have to give the base a list of names prior to the event. Any parents interested in going and driving please let Linda Muth know. Military ID is needed for drivers to get on base.

Every year TRUTH attends Construction Zone and BODY attends Quake. These are weekend events filled with Christian music, messages, and fellowship and are always a highlight of our year. Zone will be March 7-9 in Virginia Beach. Cost is $153 if you sign up early bird or $168 if you sign up with standard registration. A $50 non-refundable deposit needs to be in by Dec. 1 to take advantage of the reduced early bird price. If you are not sure of your plans, standard registration is not due until Jan. 26. Please note that the total cost of the event will be due on Jan. 26. After that time no amount is refundable if you cancel.

Quake for BODY is March 21-23 in Charlotte, NC. Early Bird registration cost is $141, with a $50 non-refundable deposit due by Jan. 5. Standard registration cost is $156 and will be due the end of February. For more information about these events you can go to

Youth in both groups will have the opportunity to earn money to help pay for their future youth activities by taking calendar orders. Order forms are now available in their classroom.  Calendars orders and money are due by no later than Nov. 10 and should be turned in to Linda Muth by that date.  Calendars will be available for delivery by late November.  TRUTH, this is a great start to earning money for next summer’s Mission Trip!

Activities at a Glance

Nov. 10 Calendar orders due (BODY and TRUTH)

Nov. 16 Skinny Dip and Broomball (TRUTH)

Nov. 17 Bowling (BODY)

Dec. 1 Early Bird deposit for Zone due (TRUTH)

























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By: Carroll Bains

The Leisure Lutherans met at the Ocean View Golf Course clubhouse at the Norfolk ocean front on Oct. 21, for our annual Oktoberfest luncheon. Enjoying the beautiful weather, a crowd of 33 seniors attended for great German food, companionship and conversation. Pastor Nieting served as our emcee and also administered a Lutheran historical quiz to prepare us for next Sunday’s Reformation Day celebration!

Thanks go to Paul and Joanne Graebner for setting up today’s event. This was our first official luncheon for the 2013-2014 season. A secret nomination is being floated for a new person to fill the vacant chair for leading the organization! More news to follow at our November luncheon that is planned for Nov. 18 in the Fellowship Hall at Hope. Pollard’s Chicken will cater this event. Carroll Bains will present a video and Q & A session supporting Patriot Paws Service Dogs for Disabled Veterans.

All those who feel they are senior citizens are cordially invited to join us. A sign-up sheet for the next meeting will be posted on our podium in the Narthex.

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Thanksgiving Eve Service With Holy Communion
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 6:15pm

Please bring a can food item for Hope’s Food Pantry.

Offering received at this service will be given to Food for the Poor Organization for a village well.

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By: Meredith Mulcair

Hope will give a special dramatic musical presentation, “For Such A One As This” on Good Friday 2014. The musical is by Mark Hayes and the cast includes 8 characters: Judas, Peter, Pontius Pilate, Simon of Cyrene, Mary, the Two Thieves, and Mary Magdalene. The musical also features an adult choir, a children’s choir (2nd-8th graders), and a small instrumental ensemble.

I hope to have several new singers in both the adult and children’s choruses. Some of  the other volunteers needed are several male actors (speaking parts only), all voice parts for the adult choir, children singers (2nd-8th graders), instrumentalists and a crew to help with sound, lighting, sets and costumes. If you would like to get involved and share your talents in one of those areas please contact me at  Rehearsals start in late January 2014.

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By: Chris Taylor

We will have a Voters Meeting on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7pm. The agenda will consist of the following: Approval and Reaffirmation of Ministry Team Leaders, Providing Collateral for Chesapeake Community of Hope (CCOH) Loan, Stewardship Drive Outbrief, Southeastern District and Hope Lutheran Church Outreach Vision, and current Treasurer’s Report.

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By: Ken Johnson

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. (more…)

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Sunday: usher, greeter, layreader, acolyte, communion prep, communion assist, choir, musicians, praise teams,  nursery, Sunday School teacher, coffee fellowship set-up/clean-up, children’s bell choir, audio-visual

Tuesday: office phone volunteer, clean pews

Wednesday: audio-visual, kitchen help, kitchen & fellowship hall clean-up, Food Pantry, Luther Manor visits, youth bell choir, nursery

Thursday:  adult bell choir

Friday: bulletin folders, pick up altar flowers

Saturday: Food Pantry, LWML, Knights of Hope, yard crews

Call the church office (424-4848) for more info on these opportunities and many others.

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