No words can describe the joy that we could see on people’s faces this last Christmas as they came to our Hope Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry to receive their Christmas gifts! For some who really don’t have much, to receive something new and special on a day like this meant the world to them. Your participation in the Angel Tree project this year and your ongoing support of the Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry made it all possible!
“It takes a village…” they say. One of our greatest joys in serving at the Food Pantry is meeting families who bring their children with them. We try to find something that will bring joy to a child’s heart, and seeing that smile on their face makes all the difference.
After a 4-week break at the end of summer school, The Rock is back in operation for the new school year! Thanks to some very generous donations, we should have enough school supplies to last most of the year!
Hurricane Dorian has caused widespread destruction and flooding throughout the Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We have received an initial report from Pr. Cliff Lewis of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Freeport that his family is okay, that there is extensive flooding and building destruction, but that information is still being gathered about the extent of impact. While we wait for further details, we continue to surround all affected in prayer. Everyone who survived this hurricane will have needs.
On August 5th, the ELCA convened the 15th annual Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Leaders and board members gathered in faith for what the ELCA describes as “a process of communal spiritual discernment”. The theme of the event, “We are church”, highlighted the need for unity and fruitful discussion within our ELCA church community.
Most notably, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was re-elected as presiding bishop of the ELCA. On the first ballot, 897 votes were cast and 670 votes were needed for election. Eaton received 725 votes, which is 81.19% of the vote.
A number of issues were discussed during the assembly, including several issues of social and national significance. For a full listing of all issues discussed at the Churchwide Assembly, please visit www.elca.org/Resources/Churchwide-Assembly.
While Hope Lutheran Church is a proud member of the ELCA, we acknowledge and celebrate that we are a church with many different political and social views. We embrace the potential for discussion between members and leadership, and our pastors would be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. All opinions are welcome and encouraged at Hope. Your voice matters to us.
Hope Lutheran Church will always be a church where individuals from a variety of backgrounds and stances can come together as one community of faith, united in our love for our God and for God’s people, whom we gladly serve each day. While political and social issues may arise and change with the passing years, our commitment to serving the Lord will never change.
To read more about the Churchwide Assembly and the ELCA, please visit the official ELCA website at www.elca.org.
Summer is quickly coming to an end, and Hope’s musical ensembles will begin rehearsals again in just a few short weeks! Want to be a part of the music team? We have an ensemble to fit your style and training level!
“I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.” -Psalm 7:17
At Hope, we know we’ve been blessed! We each have so much to be grateful for, and now we want to share our words of gratitude with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you’re feeling grateful for the blessings in your life, you can share your words of gratitude here.
We’ll post messages of gratitude on our social media pages, as well as on the Gratitude Journal page of our website and in our weekly newsletter. You’ll be able to read what your friends are saying about the blessings in their lives, and celebrate the joy of Christ that has touched our whole congregation.
Share your words of gratitude and read what others are saying about God’s love in their own lives. Leave a message in Hope’s Gratitude Journal today!
Every year, the Florida-Bahamas Synod holds a Synod Assembly, where nominated congregational representatives gather and vote on Synod rules, elect Synod Council members, and elect representatives for ELCA’s churchwide assemblies. They also select the yearly service project.