What's New -- Upcoming Opportunities

Grow Deeper -- Extra Learning Opportunities

August Verse of the Month: Luke 11.9-10 (NIV)
[Jesus said], “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” 
Summer 2017 -- Re-Fresh: Summer of Intercessory Prayer Experiments.  Commit to prayer for others by experimenting with 2-3 new approaches to prayer -- from free apps to using prayer packs, maps, prayer windows, personalized prayer boards, prayer sticks, shower boards, drive-by prayers ... or approaches you discover or create. Let's be those who "rush in to help" by proactively praying for others! We'll occasionally have opportunities to share during worship.
Dig Deeper for all ages -- Sundays, 11:25 am - Noon.  On hiatus til after Labor Day.
Til 8/31 -- Regular Gratitude Reflections -- Identifying causes for gratitude on a regular (perhaps daily!) basis either in conversation with others or in a journal. We're practicing this as a way of de-cluttering our interior life to make space for the JOY of God's Spirit. 
Thursday, 8/17 -- 6:30 -8 pm -- Evening with Dixie, Chimento's Spaghetti House, 1110 New York Avenue, St. Cloud, FL 34769. All are invited as we spend time each Thursday evening (for a season) with the recently widowed Dixie. Join us for a meal, leave when you like or linger if you wish. It's a low-key way to connect with each other and to support our dear sister. Locations -- and sometimes activities -- will vary; email dixieplans@gmail.com between Sunday and Thursday of each week to learn where we'll meet. (Yahoo users will have to text Dixie due to a technical miscommunication with gmail.)
Sunday, 8/20 -- 11:30 am -- Staff Meets with Discernment Council.
Tuesday, 8/22 -- 6:30 - 8 pm -- Book Club: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero, Starbucks, 12278 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando 32827
Saturday, 8/26 -- 8:30 am - 12:30 pm --  Fresh Ideas Start Here (F.I.S.H.) Workshop from Central Florida Presbytery at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1655 Peel Ave, Orlando 32806. Tammy Strogis will lead a class! Cost is $9. Visit cfpresbytery.org for more info.
Sunday, 8/27 -- 10 am -- Pulpit Swap for Worship. Rev. Paul Ogne preaches at Hope while Nancy preaches at Oviedo Presbyterian.
Sunday, 9/3 -- 10 am -- Worship with Communion. Rev. Dr. Robert Gamble preaching. Bob is a member of Central Florida Presbytery and founder of This Child Here, a ministry to street children in Ukraine that has been profiled on CNN and BBC. Nancy, who is facilitating a retreat for Atlanta's Shallowford Presbyterian at Callaway Gardens, returns on 9/10.
Thursday, 9/14 -- Evening with Dixie. All are invited as we spend time each Thursday evening (for a season) with the recently widowed Dixie. Join us for a meal, leave when you like or linger if you wish. It's a low-key way to connect with each other and to support our dear sister. Locations -- and sometimes activities -- will vary; email dixieplans@gmail.com between Sunday and Thursday of each week to learn where we'll meet. (Yahoo users will have to text Dixie due to a technical miscommunication with gmail.)
Friday, 10/6 -- Application Deadline for February 2018 Mission Trip to Cuba.
Friday, 10/13 -- Deadline for $150 deposit for February 2018 Mission Trip to Cuba.
Monday, 2/5/18 - Tuesday, 2/13/18 -- Mission Trip to El Centro Presbytery of Cuba. This will be the fourth mission trip by Central Florida Presbytery to Cuba. Space is limited to 25 people (with an effort to maximize representation among congregations) with two important orientation meetings in the 3 months before the trip. Estimated basic cost is $1,100 -- which includes roundtrip airfare from Florida to Santa Clara; Cuban visa and exit tax; lodging, food and transportation in Cuba. For more info, email or call one of the two team leaders: Ken Lasseter (ken.lasseter@yahoo.com or 407-810-9123) or Pat Zinn (pezinn@bellsouth.net or 321-848-1051). Application deadline is 10/6. Deposit of $150 is due 10/13.

Reach Wider -- Extra Service Opportunities

**For many of these opportunities, you may also sign up at church. Community service hours may also be available.
If you have ideas for Service activities, please notify Suzanne Eckhoff, our Volunteer Service Coordinator, or Nancy Graham Ogne.
All Year Long -- Document volunteer hours with non-profits or schools to qualify your organization for Hope's $5K Matching Fund. Submit hours to Suzanne Eckhoff, Volunteer Service Coordinator, or Nancy; hours should be documented on letterhead with signature or on a formal organization printout.
Til Complete -- Collecting Donations toward a $300 Rainwater Cistern for AIR-Guatemala. Orlando Presbyterian has pledged to match each $300 gift up to 15 matches. Cisterns will store vital rainwater for crops and new plantings. AIR-Guatemala is a longtime Partner in Service for Hope. Donations of all sizes will be combined to fund the purchase.
Throughout August -- Contributing School Supplies to Love Pantry at Eagle Creek Elementary -- Our own Karla Perry, counselor at Eagle Creek, coordinates the Love Pantry for families in need. To see the need, copy and paste the URL https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1941382/false#!1941382/false/false.
Til Sunday, 8/20 -- Vote for 2017 Hope Prize. Choose one of the congregation-nominated Health & Wellness non-profits for the one agency to receive a tithe of July 2017 offerings and a plaque.
​Monday, 9/4 -- 5 pm - 9 pm -- Eat at Five Guys Burgers and Fries (select locations) and 10 percent of sales benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit http://www.foodbankcentralflorida.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events_fiveguys
Thursday, 9/7 -- 7 - 8:30 pm -- Caring Kitchen Food Prep, St. Luke's UMC in Building C Kitchen, 4851 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819. Connect with others and help make healthy frozen crockpot-ready meals for people recovering from surgery, dealing with a chronic illness or undergoing treatments, adapting to life with a new baby, etc. Adults and children 12+ are welcome. RSVP to Suzanne E.
Saturday, 10/28 -- 10 am to 2 pm -- National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, at various locations. Dispose safely of old or no-longer needed prescription drugs: care for the earth while caring for others. After 10/1/17 visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ to find a location near you.
Ongoing -- Marvis J. Marlow 'Help Your Neighbor' Grants. Hope regulars may apply for modest grants, allowing the church to partner with you as you perform acts of service for others -- driving a widow to appointments, mowing a lawn or planting a garden for a sick neighbor, building a treehouse for a single-parent family, performing an oil change for a college student, etc. For more info, visit the "Marlow Grants" page under the "Reaching Wider" tab.
Ongoing -- Box Tops for Schools. Collected for Lake Nona Middle School.

Ongoing -- Pop-Tops from aluminum cans. Collected for Ronald McDonald House (to pay its electric bill). RMH provides affordable housing for family members of hospitalized patients.

​Ongoing -- Travel-size toiletries. Benefitting various agencies serving those in need.

​Ongoing -- Microloans through Kiva.

Fun Stuff

Free Mondays (occasional), 2017 -- Free Daytime Garden Admission, Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando. Free admission on the following first Mondays (only): January 2, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4.
Wednesday, 8/16  -- 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Dinner and Pottery-Making Event with Fabu Pottery. Evening of fun, artistry and delicious food. $135 per person. Copy and paste url to learn more: http://www.fabupottery.com/interactive-classes . Marcy Kraft will lead this group.