2110 Cypress Gardens Blvd • Winter Haven, FL 33884



Hope-Line Newsletter
October 2007

 

FROM THE PASTOR  .   .   .

What an encouragement it is to me to see so many of you on Sunday mornings in our temporary worship space. Friendship Hall has turned out to be a comfortable and worshipful space where we seem to be renewing old acquaintances and making new friends. Thank you for your loyalty to the worship life of this congregation.

Repairs and renovations continue in the Sanctuary and are progressing well. At the last Session meeting, Barry Porter made the report included here. Some of the items in his report are now completed, but I wanted you all to have this summary of what we’re doing so far.

SANCTUARY RENOVATION REPORT

  1. New acoustical ceiling tile has been replaced and installed in all of the sanctuary side rooms.
  2. The sanctuary ceiling has been scraped, taped, mudded, sections replaced where needed, and painted. The walls in the sanctuary and side rooms have been painted. The painting of doors, trim, and facing around the organ is being completed.
  3. The lectern has been removed from the choir stage. The platform has been extended and wiring for sound completed. Additional staging was extended on each side of the platform and electrical receptacles installed.
  4. The ceramic tile on the choir stage has been removed and will be replaced with new tile.
  5. The ceramic tile in the Narthex is in the process of being removed and will be replaced with vinyl tile and carpet.
  6. The carpet is to be shipped on October 1, 2007.
  7. The vinyl tile that was located under the pews will be removed and replaced with new vinyl tile.
  8. The exterior doors on all buildings will be refinished and painted.
  9. The ladies of the Church Bazaar will pay for the tinting of all sanctuary windows.
  10. The Sanctuary Cross will be refinished due to sun damage.

God bless you, 
TOM

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The Stated Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, October 28, 2007, at 11:30 a.m. in Friendship Hall. This Stated Meeting is for the purpose of electing new classes of church officers (Elders, Deacons, Endowment Committee), approve Pastoral Terms of Call for 2008 and to elect congregational members for the 2008 Nominating Committee.

Special thanks are extended to the 2007 Nominating Committee, chaired by Elder, Barry Porter, Elder, Jay Couturier, Lila Ptak, (Deacon), Mickey Crouse (congregation), Jeanie Madaus (congregation), Joy McCollum (congregation), Julie Wilson (congregation).

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Church Register

DEATHS

Marcia Jones, Monday, August 13.

David Platt, husband of Pat Platt, Saturday, August 25.

 

BIRTHS

Olivia Ann Zinsmeister, daughter of Chris and Betsy Zinmeister, born Wednesday, July 11.  Grandparents are Tom and Pam Zinmeister; Great grandparents are Ray and Shirley Hester.

Leanna Morgan Wright Bockover, daughter of John and Julie Bockover, born Tuesday, August 14.  Grandparents are Jim and Alice Bockover.

 

BAPTISMS

MacKinley Wayne Banner, son of Eric Wayne and Susan Lynn Tofanelli Banner, Sunday, September 16, 2007.

 

GIFTS

Parament Fundin memory of David Platt by Bill & Jean Adams, Helen Herge, Jim & Isabel Rumbold.


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THE SANCTUARY OF HOPE

The Decorating Committee is excited about the renovation of our Sanctuary. Toward the end of October, the work should be completed. We hope you will be pleased.

The Committee needs to furnish the Bride’s Room, the Theda Balliet Library, and the Sunset Room. We have picked out the following items which are needed:

  • Full-length mirror for the Bride’s Room
  • Six leather chairs and a round table for the Library
  • Storage cabinet for the Sunset Room

We would appreciate any donation that you might choose to give toward the purchase of these items.

Thank you for your help and patience as we continue this redecorating process, and special thanks to Barry Porter who has served as Project Manager for this renovation process.

     The Task Force Decorating Committee
         Ellie Henderson, Co-moderator (293-7908) 
         Lou Bell, Co-moderator (324-3967) 
         Ardis Boland 
         Lynn Lang 
         Nancy Porter

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GREETINGS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AT HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Many of you have raised Marcia’s spirits over the past year with your cards, visits, and prayers. Your expressions of care and concern were very comforting and truly kept us going. I began to realize several years ago that I did not have Marcia to myself. She was active in many worthwhile events that took a plan, commitment, follow through and usually the coordinated efforts of several other people. Many times she was involved with several things at the same time. Her teamwork approach ended with several people feeling good about something worthwhile being accomplished. The events were always varied and each seemed to have her undivided attention. It could have been planning for the mother/daughter tea at the church, working in Vacation Bible School, helping a new teacher or working with a parent on the trying aspects of potty training for a preschool student. She managed still to have time for and look forward to fellowship with friends, family and especially the grandchildren. She and I always managed to find time to do things together. Even these were varied. We did everything from a train trip to North Carolina for a football game to a trip to Publix for a dozen eggs. As I look around to see what has been left undone, there doesn’t seem to be anything. You have all done a great job. I am grateful to have been included for 43 years.

Thanks,
Dan T. Jones

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THANK YOU . . .

Dear Hope Church members and friends,
     We would like to thank everyone for their many acts of kindness while Pete was in the hospital and recuperating at home. And many thanks to Tom for his visits and phone calls! 
                                                 – Pete & Elaine Bower

To Hope Church members and friends,
     A big thank you for the prayers and your support during my recent open heart surgery.  Thanks, Dr. McGrath, for your visits while I was in the hospital and your follow-up calls when I got home. Thanks to all of you. 
                                                 – Dave Shupp

To our friends at Hope,
     Thank you so much for the gift basket for our new baby, Olivia. It was such a nice surprise to see it the other day. Everything in the basket - the onesie, socks, wipes, shampoo, etc. - is so useful and is perfect for getting started with a new baby! We sure appreciate all of the thoughts and good wishes that came along with your gift. God sure gave us a perfect, special little girl. Thanks! 
                                                 – Chris, Betsy, Zach and Olivia Zinsmeister

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RESTORING THE HOPE CELTIC CROSS

Among the most significant parts of the Church Sanctuary project has been the restoration of the large hand-chiseled Celtic cross, a treasured centerpiece of worship at Hope Church. The huge cross was designed as a gift to Hope by Elmer R. Kaiser in 1980. Mr. Kaiser built, carved and finished the cross in his home workshop on Collier Drive, very near the church. It took him 1200 hours of loving, careful, exacting work over a 14-month period. The cross is made of hard-as-rock wild cherry, is 14 feet high and weighs over 500 pounds. Mr. Kaiser even designed a temporary frame structure to assist in suspending the cross from the church chancel roof. A scale model is on display in the church library, along with other artifacts of Hope’s early days.

For 27 years the cross has been suspended before the church chancel windows and that has taken a toll on the magnificent wood. Sun damage, especially on the back side of the cross facing the large walls of windows, bleached the finish and caused some over-drying and signs of minute cracking. Almost three decades of tiny dust particles had settled into the intricate carvings. Excitement over the cross’s pending restoration buzzed around many members at Hope when the sanctuary project got underway. Painter Joseph Benoit of Wheat Painting, Inc., a sub-contractor for J. M. Ryan Construction, Inc., took ownership for the effort to restore the cross. After meticulous cleaning, coats of polyurethane ultraviolet protectant were applied to the cross. Mr. Benoit took extreme pride in his detailed effort to restore the magnificent Hope Celtic Cross as well as the pipe organ case refinishing. To add another measure of protection, the great chancel windows now have a tint applied to them to significantly reduce sun damage. The windows continue to give us a glorious view of the sky, but now will yield a bit less glare and sun damage inside the sanctuary.

The Hope Celtic Cross symbolizes two significant Christian truths: The constant and enduring presence of God’s greatest gift to us, His Son, Jesus Christ. And, the reassuring reminder that the spirit of love so warmly manifested in this work of art is truly immortal. Since it was originally suspended inside Hope Church, the beautiful Celtic cross has been regarded as an important focal point of our worship.

- Patrice Hatley

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Not only are we renovating the Sanctuary building, we are also renovating our website!

Our new Webmaster is Ava Vanyo, daughter of Curtis and Zelma Bullock and sister of Patrice Hatley. Ava moved to Winter Haven last year and attends the 10:30 a.m. worship service. After looking at our sadly out-of-date website, Ava offered her expertise to make it . . . and keep it . . . current. Ava works for IBM as a technical writer and editor of software products. She is also an experienced website developer which makes her an ideal choice for our Webmaster. She is working hard to bring our site up to date and include information to help keep you “in touch,” even when you are out of town. So come on in, look around, and explore the world of Hope at your fingertips! Our website address is www.hopepreswh.org.

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WORSHIP COMMITTEE NEWS 
Helen Herge, Moderator

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

We like to think of our Church as a friendly and welcoming place, and it is! In the quarter hour before worship, our Sanctuary is busy with greetings and conversation. The Worship Committee affirms the value of this time and also reminds us that as the chimes and prelude call us to worship, many worshipers enjoy the quiet moments of reverence and preparation. This growing stillness at the beginning of worship is a good thing too. In the same way that we all help to make Hope a friendly church, let us also encourage one another in the gifts of reverence as worship begins.

The Worship Service is a worship of God, not man. Therefore, the Order of Worship is purposed to bring glory to God, not man. Participation in the worship service is designed for all praise to go to God, not to preachers, musicians, artists, missionaries or church leaders. Decorum concerning dress, instrumentations and presentations should not be performances but rather an enhancement of our awareness of God’s admonition, “Let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner.” We rely upon the Holy Spirit to assist us in establishing an environment that encourages and advances our entry into the transforming presence of the living Lord Jesus Christ.

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Special thanks to the members and friends of Hope for your excellent cooperation in the seating arrangement while using Friendship Hall as our Sanctuary. Sizing down from four sections to two sections and 500 seating capacity to 260 seats has been quite a challenge. The last two rows have been reserved for those with special needs, parents with small children if they are uncomfortable sitting near the front, visitors who may come in late and prefer not to disturb others after the worship service has begun.

NURSERY

The nursery, located in the Christian Education Building, is available at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. for toddlers three years of age and under.

CHANCEL FLOWERS

Members of the Flower and Worship Committees wish to thank everyone who provided the beautiful Chancel and Narthex flower arrangements for our worship services and shut-ins. The 2008 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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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, November 25. Lunch will be served in the Sunset Room – pizza, sandwiches, cold drinks and dessert. Please plan to join us for a really good time!

- Flower Committee Elaine Clifford, Molly Griner, Ellie Henderson

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SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICES

There will be a special Christmas Family Worship Service on Sunday, December 23 at 10 a.m.
The Worship Committee, with Session approval, is combining the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. worship services so that we may worship as a church family. The service will include communion, Youth of Hope, Chancel and Youth Choirs, Nativity, and sermon.

There will be one worship service on Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24 at 7 p.m. The Youth will participate in the Nativity Tableau. We will celebrate Christ’s birth with music, communion, and a candlelight service.

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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

October 2007
World Day Communion - October 7, 2007

November 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007 - Communion
Thursday, November 22, 2007 - Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 25, 2007 - “Hanging of the Greens”

December 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007 - Communion First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 16, 2007 - Chancel Choir Cantata
Sunday, December 23, 2007 - Communion 
Christmas Family Worship Service – 10 a.m.
Youth, Nativity, Choir, Sermon
Monday, December 24, 2007 - Communion
Christmas Eve Worship Service 7 p.m.
Candlelight Service, Nativity Tableau

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The Holiday Mini-Boutique will feature many items with an autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas decorating theme. If you long for the lovely colors of autumn leaves, but not the raking chores, then come to the Holiday Boutique! Thanks to generous donations, we have tons of gorgeous autumn leaf branches for you to decorate your home. We also have MILES of Christmas wrapping papers. There will be collectible Christmas ornaments, tree lights, not-too-scary Halloween decorations and even costumes for tiny tots available for purchase, as well as lovely things to decorate holiday tables. There are even cinnamon-scented pine cones for you to enjoy the yummy scent without the calories! The mini-boutique also offers both inspirational and funny holiday greeting cards, too. We also have clever New Year's Eve celebration trinkets. Everyone is welcome to get an early start on holiday decorating ideas.

Remember to bring in your Bazaar donations! The Bazaar committee works almost every Thursday morning ...sorting, pricing and packing all sorts of neat things. As a reminder: leave your small donations in the Friendship Hall service area, but give Nancy Porter a call if you have large or heavy items. She can be reached at 324-4837.

No clothing or shoes, please! You may take those items to the Women's Resource Center or other worthy charities.

If vou have things for the Holiday Boutique, please make an effort to get them to us soon so we don’t have to scramble at the last minute.

Some incredibly motivated church ladies worked at the last Holiday Boutique and because of their marvelous selling skills, we sold almost everything we displayed. We're looking forward to another successful and FUN event!

- Patrice Hatley, Hope Bazaar Committee

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THE RALEIGH RINGERS, an internationally acclaimed, advanced handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, will perform at the Lakeland Center on Sunday, November 11, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. The Bells of Hope were instrumental in bringing this extraordinary group to Florida and we encourage all church members to consider attending the concert. Since its founding in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers has been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’roll tunes arranged just for handbells. Under the direction of David M. Harris, The Raleigh Ringers has released four CDs, and a DVD of a holiday concert titled “One Winter Evening at Meymandi.” This concert has been broadcast on more than 250 public television stations in 44 states. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for groups of 10 or more. A limited number of seats in the orchestra pit are available at $30. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online or you may call (863) 682-5300. For Group tickets, call (863) 834-8137.

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Your 50th Anniversary Committee is hard at work developing commemorative items, fun activities and stellar special programs to honor our Lord’s church. Watch for information about a beautiful new commissioned Christmas ornament honoring Hope’s anniversary as well as a lovely lapel pin fashioned after the focal point of our Sanctuary, the Celtic cross that hangs in the Chancel. Right after the first of the year, it will be “Lights, Camera, Action!” when we launch a series of special concerts and events. There’s more to come, so stay tuned to the church bulletin and Hope-Line.

The 50th Anniversary Committee has been exploring ways to help ensure the future of Hope Church. One wonderful opportunity we discovered is to do so through a direct IRA contribution to the church. Here’s a brief background: Congress passed a law in August 2006 called “The Pension Protection Act” that allows people 70½ and older to exclude up to $100,000 from their gross income for a taxable year when they make a direct gift from a traditional or Roth IRA to a qualified charity such as Hope Presbyterian. But time is limited; the law expires on December 31 of this year.

Here’s how the IRA Charitable Rollover works:

  • You must be 70½ at the time of transfer. Your gift should be made on or after you turn 70½ to ensure favorable tax treatment for this tax year.
  • The transfer must pass directly from your IRA custodian to Hope Presbyterian Church and you must make sure you give your IRA custodian adequate time to complete the transfer by year end.
  • The gift amount is limited to a maximum of $100,000 for the tax year and is tax free to the giver.
  • Your gift is not subject to the 50% limit of adjusted gross income (AGI).
  • The charitable gift counts toward minimum required distributions.
  • The transfer cannot be made to a donor advised fund or a supporting organization.
  • The transfer cannot be used to fund a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust.

None of us on the 50th Anniversary Committee are tax attorneys or advisors so it’s important that you work with your own tax advisor and IRA custodian to assist you in making the contribution. Please prayerfully consider capitalizing on this extraordinary opportunity to ensure Hope’s future. But it is important to act soon before the chance is gone. 

                     Respectfully yours,
   
                           The 50th Anniversary Committee
   
                                  Ron Hatley, Moderator    Janci Hurt
   
                                  Heather Lee Blackwell    Dick Madaus
   
                                  Marvin Burdette             Edith Saterbo
   
                                  Bob Carter                    Carolyn Wheeler
   
                                  Elaine Clifford                Julie Wilson

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50TH ANNIVERSARY
COMMEMORATIVE PLATE ORDER FORM

NAME ______________________________________________________

PHONE _____________________________________________________

NUMBER OF PLATES ORDERED AT $25 EACH _____________________

Plates must be paid for in advance. Please attach your check for the full amount of your order made out to Hope Presbyterian Church. Please write “anniversary plate” on the memo line of your check to ensure proper accounting of your order. Plates should arrive by early 2008.

Deadline to order plate is DECEMBER 1!!

- Ron Hatley, Moderator
50th Anniversary Committee

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FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE

Sunday Morning Fellowship (9:15 - 10:15 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 for you . . . just supply the juice and goodies. Choose your date now, and sign up in the “Fellowship Notebook” on the brochure table.

No Wednesday Night Fellowship Dinners are scheduled at this time due to the ongoing construction project. Watch the Sunday bulletin and newsletter for the next dinner. The dinners will resume as soon as Friendship Hall is available. We look forward to good food and programs to interest all ages! For comments and suggestions, please contact Don Wainscott (439-2737) or Bob Wilson (324-6210).

- Don Wainscott / Bob Wilson, Co-Moderators

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Sunrise Center Children's Library News

Have books, will travel! Look for the books in Classroom 202! Our mobile library has been on the move again! We have joined Hope Creative School's music classes and the Girl Scouts, sharing the Youth Room until the construction is completed in the Sanctuary building! Thanks to the Youth for sharing their rooms during this period. Everyone is making adjustments and all is working well! Hope Creative School Story time is on Thursday mornings. Our first story reader this fall was Carol Stasiak! She has agreed to help with the clerical work each week also. Sherry Summers is again assisting in all phases of our story times! Great to have her helping the children choose books and helping during the story times. (HCS has 116 students this year, and all may check out books...lots of names to sign, and books to re-shelve!) Another reader was Richard Madaus...great stories and lots of giggles! Ron and PeggyAnn White will also be readers. Lots of joy is found with the children. Please consider joining the fun; volunteer to read with the Hope Creative School! For questions, please call Ann Wainscott (439-2737).

– Ann Wainscott, Children’s Librarian

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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN OF HOPE CHURCH

 

JOIN A CIRCLE FOR BIBLE STUDY, FELLOWSHIP AND REFRESHMENT

Circles I, II, and III
Tuesday, October 2 – 10 a.m. – Church Parlor Meeting, followed by Luncheon
Roberta Ackerman (299-5021), Leader

Circle IV
Monday, October 1 – 6 p.m. Perkins Restaurant, Cypress Gardens Blvd
Leaders: Jeanie Madaus (326-6056); Denise McGrath (326-1260)

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.

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MEN’S LUNCHEON GROUP

Hope Presbyterian Men’s Luncheon Group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at Perkins Restaurant on Cypress Gardens Boulevard. We start gathering at 11:30 a.m. and order meals at 12 noon. All men are welcome. Hope to see both old and new members there. Please call Fletcher Brown at 299-8578 by the Monday evening prior to the luncheon with your reservation.

— Fletcher Brown, Coordinator

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DO YOU WANT TO ENJOY some good FOOD, FUN, and FELLOWSHIP? If so, you need to join the “Dinner for Eight” groups for the months of November, December, and January. Please contact the church office (324-6382) by October 21 and leave your name and phone number.

- Brenda and Bill Gregory, Coordinators

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A Word of HOPE from 
STEPHEN MINISTRY:

 After six months of physical therapy, I am now able to resume responsibilities with Stephen Ministry and Pastoral Care programs.
Your concern, your notes of encouragement, telephone calls and special little “gifts” have meant a great deal to me. Thank you one and all!

Beginning the first week of October, the Stephen Ministry Center and office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please come in and browse. You are invited to check out books and take any brochures or pamphlets that would be helpful to you or someone you know. Welcome!

God bless each of you.

— Lou Bell, Director Stephen Ministry