Three Locations. One Hope.

This weekend, Hope will worship in the Southern Villages for the first time! Our services at the Rohan Recreation Center mark an important milestone as we continue to grow our mission and share the message of Christ’s love.

This is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time for serious consideration. Our congregation in the Southern Villages has a distinct set of personal and spiritual needs, and we need to be prepared to meet them. We ask that all congregation members join us in prayer as we embark on this journey of growth.

Thankfully, our church has been blessed with the most wonderful, passionate, and capable group of volunteers ever assembled. Countless helping hands have contributed to our family of faith over the years, and even more stand ready to help on this newest adventure. We are so unbelievably thankful for our volunteers, our staff, and our amazing congregation for all they do to support Hope Lutheran Church.

Please pray for the visitors who may attend worship for the first time this weekend. And remember to spread the news of Hope’s third site to your friends and neighbors. Together, we can make Christ known throughout our entire community.

Sundays
8:30am – Traditional Worship Service
10:30am – Contemporary Worship Service

Easter Office Hours

Our offices will be closing at noon on Good Friday, April 19th.

On the Monday after Easter, April 22nd, our offices will be closed all day.

Upcoming Women of Hope Events

March 23

Spring Gathering for Pinelands Conference at Good Shephard ELCA, 439 Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando, FL. Want to attend? Contact Kay Miller at (352) 259-4408 by March 21st.

April 2 – April 4

Women of Hope Spring Retreat at Luther Springs Retreat Center, Hawthorn, FL.

April 18

NO Women of Hope breakfast meeting due to Holy Week.

May 16

Women of Hope “Spring Fling” annual fundraiser at Hope Lake Weir Campus with Mary Jo Vitale entertaining.

Hope Remembers Pastor Ellen Skatrud-Mickelson

The Reverend Dr. Ellen Jean Skatrud-Mickelson passed away at home on December 27th, 2018. She had been a member of the Hope Lutheran Pastoral Care Team since 2012.

Pastor Ellen was born on September 27th, 1952, at the Lackland Air Force Base hospital in Texas. She married Pastor Paul Mickelson on August 6th, 1977. Pastor Ellen’s mother, Irma Skatrud, is also a member of Hope.

Pastor Ellen was a trailblazer for female pastors in the Lutheran community, particularly in northern Minnesota and in South Dakota. She studied at Meredith College in North Carolina, Luther College in Iowa, and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa, before completing her Doctor of Ministry degree at the Notre Dame Graduate Theological Foundation. Pastors Ellen and Paul were called to co-pastor at three different Lutheran churches in South Dakota and Montana. The two served the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 30 years. After retirement, Pastor Ellen was elected to serve on the Commission of the New Lutheran Church (CNLC), which facilitated the ELCA from three predecessor church bodies.

After retirement, Pastors Ellen and Paul lived briefly in North Carolina while caring for Pastor Ellen’s father. They moved for a final time in 2010, settling in The Villages, Florida. They joined Hope Lutheran Church as members on October 16th, 2011 and joined the Pastoral Care Team a few weeks later.

A service for Pastor Ellen is planned for Monday, February 18th at 11:00am at Hope Lutheran Church Central Campus.

Please pray for Pastor Paul, Irma Skatrud, and the rest of Pastor Ellen’s family and friends during their time of grief.

H.O.P.E. University – Spring Semester

Mark Your Calendars!

H.O.P.E. University returns January 8th & 9th

This season, H.O.P.E. University will offer a greater variety of educational classes than ever before!

View the entire Education schedule or check the H.O.P.E. University page!

The Seven Undisputed Letters of Paul

Beginning in January, Pastor Rani Abdulmasih and Deacon Bruce Dillman will present a comprehensive study of the seven undisputed letters of Paul. Each letter will be presented in two parts: Deacon Bruce will offer an in-depth academic study during the first week, while Pastor Rani will conduct a spiritual bible study of the letter in the following week. The Letter of Paul series will be held over 14 weeks, with a break in March and early April for the season of Lent (no classes on April 16 and 17).

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: A Book Study

In March, Pastor Dean Piper will hold a one-week book study on the Mitch Albom best-selling novel The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. Books are $10 to purchase through H.O.P.E. University. An announcement will be made when books are available to purchase. This novel is a sequel to Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven. A synopsis of Five People will be available for those who have not previously read it.

The Gospel of Matthew

Pastor Dean will then lead a five-week exploration into the Gospel of Matthew during the season on Lent. Please Note: Pastor Dean’s Gospel of Matthew classes will start at 9:00am on Wednesday mornings, so as not to conflict with Hope’s 11:00am mid-week Lenten worship services.

Pastor Rani Abdulmasih

Over the weekend, Hope Lutheran members voted overwhelmingly to call Pastor Rani Abdulmasih as our Associate Pastor!

May God bless our ministry together!

Welcome Pastor Rani and family!