2110 Cypress Gardens Blvd • Winter Haven, FL 33884



Hope-Line Newsletter
September 2008

 

FALL KICK-OFF
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Worship Services
8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
The Lord's Supper
Chancel Choir Resumes

Orange Juice Fellowship & Name Tag Sunday
sponsored by the Board of Deacons
(Details inside...)

Children's Church School
Adult Church School
Confirmation 2008
Youth Groups
Children's Church

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SEPTEMBER FELLOWSHIP DINNER WITH
THE PARKLAND PUPPETS

Wednesdsay, September 10
5:30 p.m. - Friendship Hall
(Details inside...)

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HOLIDAY MINI BAZAAR
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friendship Hall

(The BIG annual bazaar will be held in February 2009.)

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Church Register

DEATHS

Warren Neely, husband of Gene Neely - Sunday, May 18, 2008
Paul Raione, husband of Judy Raione, Monday, August 4, 2008

MARRIAGES

Scott Marone and Danielle Peterson, son of Greg & Kris Marone and grandson of Bill Hoover, Saturday, April 26, 2008

Erin Benjamin and Nicholas Leuthold, daughter of Norma Edwards, Saturday, May 31, 2008

BAPTISM

Case Robertson Emry, son of David Gerald Emry and Erin Alicia Paul Emry.

GIFTS

To the Memorial Fund:
  - In memory of John and Marjorie Watt by Larry & Lorrie Peek, Suzanne Peek Dawes, Alex Peek, Jamie Dawes, and Sydney Dawes.
  - In memory of Paul Raione by Jerry & Carolyn Arant, Larry & Terry Arant, Wilmer & Laura Broadus, Helen Cox, Mr. & Mrs. Brack Davis, Teresa Fortenberry, Griner's Jewelers, Walter & Ann Hasley, W.O. & Eloise Johnson, Grant & Karen (Goodman) Lacerte, Marjorie Marschall, Marion & Carole Moorman, NCT Group CPS's L.L.P., Alden & Martha Ryon, Joseph & Hannah Scruggs, William & Elaine Wheeler.

To the Gardens of Hope:  
  - In memory of Michael Reddout by Franklin & Nancy Reddout and Jean R. Seymour.
  - In honor of Fletcher Brown by Mary Lee Davis, Vince Pace, Jack Brown, Dora Brooks, Judy Hartshorn, Kerri & Darrin Brozene, A. John Davis, Kathy & Wayne Capecci, Peggy & David Akers, Greg & Diane Davis, Kim Buran, Cynthia Brown, Rachel Pannell, Heather Napalo, Mark & Jodi Davis, Dr. Ralph & Kaye Greene.
  - In memory of David and Mark Platt by the Rev. Dr. William & Alice Ortolf.

To the Parament Fund:
 
- To the glory of God by Dan & Ellen Child.
  - In memory of Paul Raione by Elaine Clifford.

To Christian Education to the glory of God by Dan & Ellen Child.

To the Sanctuary Decorating Fund to the glory of God by Scott & Ardis Boland.

Special gift to Hope Church in loving memory of Robert E. McFadden by his wife, Betty McFadden.


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THANK YOU . . .



DEAR HOPE CHURCH MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,

I would like to thank everyone for their acts of kindness while I was recuperating from surgery. Thank you for the beautiful flowers, cards, and phone calls – and the visit from Tom.


                                                 – Elaine Bower

 

DEAR SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN CHRIST,

Thank you very much for the lovely flowers. Their beauty and fragrance have silently conveyed the boundless love of the Father – love that has provided the only acceptable substitute by whom we can be saved. I regret that I cannot be an active member of Hope, but thank you for receiving me into a membership of diligent workers for our Lord and Savior. May God continue to bless us all. Sincerely,
                                                 – Virginia Cheshier

 

DEAR HOPE CHURCH MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,

A big thank you for the prayers and support during my recent knee surgery. I so enjoyed the beautiful flowers delivered to me by the Deacons and the many cards wishing me well. Thanks, Tom, for your visits while I was in the hospital, rehab, and the follow-up calls when I returned home. I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful, caring church family.
                                                 – Helen Herge

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ADDRESS CHANGES

Dear friends from colder places on the North American continent, please contact the Church Office as you return to Winter Haven so we may continue to keep our records updated.  Thank you.

 

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NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

October 15 is the deadline for the newsletter mailing on November 1. The Church Office must receive your articles by the deadline if they are to appear in the November issue. Thank you for helping us see that the newsletter is published in a timely manner

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WORSHIP COMMITTEE NEWS

Helen Herge, Moderator


The FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER,
a friendly atmosphere for infants and toddlers, is located beside the Control Room and has a live audio feed of the worship services.

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CHANCEL FLOWERS

HAVE YOU NOTICED how beautiful the chancel flowers have been the past few weeks? The Flower Committee has made arrangements with Angelic Flowers to provide the chancel flowers for the cost of $50. The owner of Angelic Flowers has given Hope two beautiful brass colored containers to enhance the flowers. The Worship Committee and Flower Committee wish to thank everyone who has provided the beautiful flower arrangements for our worship services and shut-ins. The 2009 Flower Calendar is now available on the stand in the Narthex. Now is the time to sign up if you wish to reserve a special date.

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"HANGING OF THE GREENS"

A FUN EVENT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON here at Hope Church is the “Hanging of the Greens.” Everyone is invited to assist the Flower Committee in decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas. “Hanging of the Greens” will take place after the 10:30 a.m. Worship service on Sunday, November 23. Lunch will be served in Friendship Hall – pizza, sandwiches, cold drinks, and dessert. Please plan to join us for a really good time! 

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MEMBERSHIP NOTES

The Membership Committee is planning a New Member Brunch which is scheduled for Sunday, September 28, at 9:30 a.m. in Friendship Hall. ALL NEW MEMBERS since last year’s brunch, February 25, 2007, are invited. You will soon receive an invitation in the mail. The brunch will be a time to socialize with each other and to informally meet members of Session and the Board of Deacons. Pictures will be taken for the church records.

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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

(Please mark your calendars and join us for these special events)

SEPTEMBER 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008
Kick-Off Sunday Communion Chancel Choir, Name Tag Sunday 
Orange Juice Fellowship

OCTOBER 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008
World Day Communion

NOVEMBER 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008
(Daylight Saving Time Ends)
Communion

Sunday, November 16, 2008
Cornucopia

Sunday, November 23, 2008
“Hanging of the Greens”

Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 30, 2008
First Sunday of Advent

Communion

DECEMBER 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008
Chancel Choir Cantata
8:30 and 10:30 worship services

Sunday, December 14, 2008
Deacons Deliver Poinsettias to Shut-In
s

Sunday, December 21, 2008
Communion Family Worship Service
10
:00 a.m.  Youth, Nativity, Choir, Sermon

Wednesday, December 24, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Communion Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Nativity Tableau

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FROM THE DEACONS DESK

MISSIONS UPDATE

THE BOARD OF DEACONS of Hope Presbyterian Church would like to thank God for the opportunity to reach out to those in need in our community. With your gifts, the Deacons’ Fund has made the following allocations:

  • Sunshine Dream Village – $500
  • Women's Pregnancy Center – $500
  • Hope Creative School - $600 (Breakdown of $600 for Hope Creative School)
     - $300, Teachers’ supply funds (10 teachers x $30)
     - $100 - $55 for Bibles for Kindergarten Graduates,
                   $45 for Kindergarten Graduation Program
     - $200, Butterfly Garden
  • Pens for church – $165
  • Polk Training Center – $500
  • Anchor House – $500
  • The Mission – $500
  • Women's Resource Center – $500
  • Meals on Wheels – $500
  • Habitat for Humanity – $500

Also, monies will be distributed to the following organizations in the near future.

  • Salvation Army – $500
  • Family Emergency Service – $500
  • Haley Center – $500
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters – $500

With your outstanding support we will be able to fund other local agencies who now so desperately need continuous help. We thank you, and God bless you for all you have done and will continue to do in the future.

SUNSHINE DREAM VILLAGE

TEN OF OUR MEMBERS had a wonderful visit to Sunshine Dream Village earlier this summer. A photo gallery, featuring our visit, was displayed a few Sundays ago and is available for the future. Sunshine Foundation helps give dreams to chronically ill or abused children. If you know of a child with a life-threatening illness or who has suffered abuse and has a “dream” for a special time in Central Florida, please consider referring them to the Sunshine Foundation. Gail Dillon, Development Associate, is based at the village and will be happy to take calls and give additional information or applications for considerations for a dream to be granted. Her number is 863-424-4188. Further information about this wonderful group or any of the organizations we support is available from one of your deacons. We have brochures on several of the organizations.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Besides your monetary donations, there are many ways you can be of service to these organizations by offering your time, energy and talents. To highlight a couple of examples:

Anchor House is seeking male volunteers to work as mentors to the young men in their program. Please call Don Cox (863-665-1916) if interested.

Meals on Wheels is always seeking drivers to deliver meals. There is also a need for help in the kitchen, thrift shop and other areas. Call Meals on Wheels (299-1616) if you can be of service. All the other agencies we support also rely greatly on volunteer help. Please consider assisting if you can. You will truly be blessed. Thank you.

BLOOD BANK – HOW IT WORKS!

THE MID-FLORIDA MEDICAL SERVICES BLOOD BANK is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks (A.A.B.B..). Hope Church members regularly donate blood to this blood bank. Units of blood credited to Hope's account are available for you or your family member and can be authorized to be deducted from Hope's account. This can be done after the patient has been discharged from the hospital. To arrange for a unit or units to be deducted from our church account please contact PeggyAnn White (324-6747) or Marsha Long (324-6307). If they are unavailable, you may contact the church office (324-6382). Also, please note, Mid-Florida Blood Bank can work with any hospital whose blood bank uses the "credit system" and is a member of the A.A.B.B. This would include out-of-town and out of state hospitals. We hope you do donate blood if you are able, but this is not a requirement in order to receive under the church's account. Mid-Florida Blood Bank can be contacted at 863-297-1840, if you have any questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 30 Get fired up for another spectacular Bar-B-Q featuring the Swamp Boys. Proceeds will go to support the Deacons’ Fund/Community Missions.

Fall Family Fun Day is a new event under consideration. More information and details to come.

Name Tag SundaySeptember 7 . . . Early worshipers obtain name tags before church and enjoy fellowship and refreshment after church. Ten-thirty worshipers arrive a little early, get a name tag and meet and greet new friends while enjoying orange juice fellowship. Tables will be set up on both sides of walk area where name tags will be provided.

                                                    — Marsha Long, Moderator

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FELLOWSHIP Each Sunday from 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. on the Patio. Volunteers are needed! Sign up for a Sunday when you may host a Fellowship Time. You might celebrate an anniversary or birthday, or remember a loved one. This is a great time to share – between worship services – when you may meet and greet Hope friends. The coffee will be made . . . just supply the juice and goodies. Choose your date now, and sign up in the “Fellowship Notebook” in the adult library.

— Bob Wilson, Moderator


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SEPTEMBER FELLOWSHIP DINNER

Wednesday, September 10 – 5:30 p.m., Friendship Hall

Menu

Salad bar, oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple cobbler, ice cream, beverage Special Children’s Menu: Chicken nuggets

Cost

$7.50 (adults); $3 (children); $20 (family of 4); $3 each for additional family members

The program will be presented by Parkland Puppets from Parkland Baptist Church. The Puppets minister through songs and skits. Their music consists of upbeat Christian songs which appeal to all ages.

Reservations are required!! Please check the “reservations box” on the church pew pad or call the church office by Monday, September 8!!

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THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH is “Family Emergency Services” Sunday. On that Sunday everyone is encouraged to participate by bringing your gifts of money or items. Items may be placed in the baskets in the Narthex. 

Food items needed
: Cereal, tuna, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes, rice (1-3 lb bags), dry milk and canned meats. 
Hygiene items needed
: deodorant, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, adult diapers (med to lg), lotion, razors/shavers. 
Cleaning items needed
: bleach (small bottles), laundry detergent, liquid all-purpose cleaners (Spic & Span, etc.) 

Please make checks payable to “Family Emergency Services.” Thank you for contributing to this worthy ministry.

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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN OF HOPE CHURCH

Join a Circle for Bible Study, fellowship, and refreshment!

 

Circles I, II, and III
Meet the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Church Parlor.
Roberta Ackerman (299-5021), Leader

Circle IV
Meets the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Jeanie Madaus (326-6056) and Denise McGrath (326-1260), Leaders

All women of the church are invited to attend any of the above circles, as well as the special gatherings held in Friendship Hall.  As the opportunities arise, details will be found in the Sunday bulletin and on the Web site.

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Notes from the Music Department

The Music Department will resume its activities in late August and early September. Please read on for opportunities to participate.

Chancel Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. Membership in the Chancel Choir is open to all interested singers. For additional information, please call Ada Gribble at 398-9840 or leave a message at the church office.

Youth Choir will resume Wednesday, September 10, 5 - 6 p.m. in the Choir Room. Youth choir activities are provided for children in the second through seventh grades.

Bells of Hope will rehearse on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bell Choir Room. Musicians who are interested in learning to ring bells are asked to contact Ada Gribble at 398-9840 or leave a message at the church office.

– Ada Gribble, Director of Music

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So-long Summer

VBS kicked off our summer fun!  Several youth and volunteers were involved with VBS, helping the little ones make crafts, singing songs, dancing, and rejoicing in the Lord.  Children who visited the rainforest had many adventures in the tree top canopy playing games, while learning to share and take care of God's creations.  They also listened to stories from the Bible and learned how to share, care, love, and praise.

A very big thanks to our many volunteers who made this VBS extra special!!

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Hope Creative School News - Fall 2008

Hope Creative School enjoyed a fun filled summer program.   From June 16 through August 1, between 25 and 40 kids were in attendance each day.  The program featured weekly themes such as cooking, science, art, and even Christmas in July.  Santa even took time out of his summer vacation to pass out gifts to the kids on July 25.  He was looking rather tan and even a little slimmer; must have been those power walks on the beach.

Hope's Kindergarteners returned to school on August 18, and once again (like 2004) the continuation was delayed by a girl named Fay.  But everyone came back with an eagerness to learn.

Hope Preschoolers Open House was August 28.  Children were able to meet their teachers and new friends.  They could also take a tour of the classrooms, Spanish, Music, PEP (Physical Education for Pre-schoolers), Computer Lab/Children's Library, and see the Sanctuary where Chapel is held on Wednesday mornings.  T-shirts were being sold and children could enroll in Tae Kwon Do and Gymanstics.  It was a very busy morning!

Preschool starts September 2, and we know there will be lots of laughs and tears.  We are so blessed to have all these precious children with us.

Upcoming Events:

9/25 - Evening Open House, 6:30pm

1/2 - Community Helper Day

10/6-10 - Scholastic Book Fair

10/13-16 - St. Jude Children's Hospital Trike-a-Thon

10/24 - Grandparents Day

10/13 - Trick or Trunk

Please feel free to join us for any of these events.  If you have any questions or would like to visit the school, please contact Director Julie Wilson at (863) 324-6377.

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LIBRARY NEWS

Sunrise Center Children’s Library

Many gifts are being added to the Sunrise Center! And each week we seem to find another box of books left by friends! Thanks to you all!!

New gift books recently given

In Memory of Martha McGee:

  • Piper’s Twisted Tale”, given by Jane Kivett
  • Piper Steals the Show”, given by Gladys St John Moyer
  • I Am a Promise”, given by Don & Ann Wainscott

In Memory of Mary Jane Wainscott:

  • My Father’s Angels”, given by Don & Ann Wainscott

Other books added:

She’s My Mommy Too!” an Alaskan tale, given by Barry and Nancy Porter

Granite,” a special sled dog in Alaska. The Sunrise Center received a copy autographed by the author, “To the children of Hope”! This book will have a special interest to all ages and will be fun to share with families.

We also have received books from many of the Hope Creative School teachers. Many ‘like new’ book gifts have appeared on the Library desk, with no names attached! We like to know the donors and enjoy marking the books to allow the children to thank the people when they see them. The children are very thankful for all the gifts given that help keep Sunrise Center alive and well! God loves a cheerful giver, and Hope Presbyterian Church’s Sunrise Center and Hope’s children love your gifts of books!!

The Children’s Library has been humming this Spring! Sunday Morning during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, children have been having extended activities. During this storytime, library book circulation has increased, with many more books being enjoyed! Grandparents, take note . . . be sure to stock up with books for visiting grandchildren! Thursday mornings continue to see all the Hope Creative School students visiting the Sunrise Center, selecting books to take home and read with their parents or have Storytime with volunteers from Hope Church! We also share weekly giggles, always a surprise comment by the kids!

Thanks to all the volunteers who have enjoyed reading to the children – Lila Ptak, Denise Ragatz, Sharon Mann, Sherry Summers, Jan Carmichael, Dot Carter, and Florrie Ellen Hicks. Carol Stasiak shares her clerical skills, helping check out books, filing cards, and checking in returns! Many hands make lighter work! Volunteers are welcome! For questions, please call Ann Wainscott (439-2737) or Sherry Summers (318-9676).

Have you seen the new collection displayed in the Sunrise Center! Stop by to enjoy the beautiful Noah’s Ark collection given by Bob and Cindy Steele. The children will enjoy this collection as they study the Bible story of Noah. (Our summer Children’s Church, led by Delight Carmichael and Youth, have 10:30 a.m. gatherings each Sunday.)

Special thanks to Fletcher and Bernice Brown for their subscription of National Geographic “KIDS” magazine for many years.

Also, thanks to all the families sharing their gently used books and videos by adding them to our over 2,000 collection! Scott, Glenda, Mitch and Hannah McDivitt added quite a group of books which will be popular with the children!

As you visit the library, notice the new computers along the window wall. They are to be used both in the school and by the Christian Education Department. Our library is growing and changing every day. Please come visit often. And remember, grandparents are always welcome to have a supply of books for the visiting “grands!” Enjoy this facility, and help us make it a Hope Church Family Room! For questions, call 439-2737.

                      – Ann Wainscott, Librarian

Theda Balliet Adult Library

All the wonderful National Geographic books donated by Irving and Carolyn Wheeler have now been coded and placed in our library. As you enter, look to the right and on the second shelf up you will find this collection. Because of the various sizes, some are stacked and some are standing; each one is a wonder of word and photography. Stop in and enjoy all the great offerings our church library has available.

                    – Florence Saunders, Librarian

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Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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The 2008 COMMITTEE IS HARD AT WORK. If you know of someone or if you would be willing to serve as a church officer, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee or call the church office (324-6382). Please keep in mind candidates must be church members.

Florence Davis, Moderator 
Ernest Craumer, Vice-Moderator 
Kelly Musyimi, Board of Deacons 
Holly Dills, Congregation 
Lynne Maxwell, Congregation 
Chuck Seely, Congregation 
Pam Zinsmeister, Congregation

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IN THE GARDENS

Summer rains have been wonderful for our gardens. We’ve seen lush new growth; and flowers blooming their hearts out. Our native plants in The Carolyn and Irving Wheeler Columbarium Garden have flourished, with wild flowers blooming and putting out seed for next season. Butterflies are making their home in the new Marcia Jones Butterfly Garden, while we are all learning to identify the butterflies, and match up caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly! We’ll be working on a color poster to help us all keep track of these new beautiful visitors.

Along with the rain have come the weeds! The next time you “don’t” see a weed, you can thank Jean Adams, Jan Carmichael, Susan Lee (and her sidekick Ralee Blackwell), and Marsha and J.J. Long. They once again braved the brutal heat to tidy up the Gardens this summer.

sod was also added to the unpaved parking lot to improve the appearance of our east entrance, as well as keeping sand out of our sandals as we walk from our cars! This area is temporarily blocked off to allow the sod to establish.

As always, the Gardens are supported by loving donations and by volunteers!

– Molly Griner