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
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
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.
A Special Congregational Meeting to Call Pastor Rani Abdulmasih as Associate Pastor will be held in the Hope Central Campus sanctuary on Sunday, September 16th, at 1:30pm.
After unanimous votes by both the Call Committee and the Council, your council is recommending we extend a call to Pastor Rani Abdulmasih to serve as Associate Pastor. A Special Congregational Meeting to Call Pastor Rani will be held in the Central Campus sanctuary on Sunday, September 16th, at 1:30pm. The only business conducted at this meeting will be the vote to extend a Call to Pastor Rani and ratify the
compensation package presented by the Council.
All members are asked to gather in the Fellowship Hall prior to the meeting to verify your membership status and gather instructions on receiving your ballot. All members of Hope, including seasonal and associate members, are invited to attend. However, seasonal and associate members do not have voting rights, though they may be granted voice and discussion privileges during this meeting.
Pending a favorable vote on September 16th, a tentative date has been set for a Service of Installation on Sunday, October 21st, at 3:00pm.
A “Meet & Greet” with Pastor Rani will be held this weekend in the Central Campus Fellowship Hall:
Saturday, September 8th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Sunday, September 9th from 9:00am to 1:30pm
The Reverend Rani Abdulmasih was born and raised in Jerusalem. He received a BS in Chemistry from St. Bonaventure University in New York. He worked as a synthetic chemist in Bristol, PA and as an analytical chemist and supervisor at Inolex Chemical Company in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in California and Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, MI. He is the Mission Developer and Pastor of Mother of the Savior Lutheran Church in Dearborn, MI. He is also the Pastor of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Dearborn Heights.
Rev. Rani has served on the Board of Directors for many interfaith organizations and is involved in ongoing dialogue with Jewish and Muslim leaders as well as other Christian denominations in Metro Detroit. Rev. Abdulmasih received the “Building Bridges” award for interfaith dialogue from the ADC (American Anti-Discrimination Committee) under the patronage of her majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan.
A special message from Bruce Dillman, Director of Discipleship:
Small groups… Stay tuned!
Earlier this year, Pastor Marc talked to the congregation about the importance of providing small group experiences here at church, and even shared resources that groups could use, depending on how they wanted to be structured. I just wanted to let you know that the information you gave back then has been kept, and I will be reviewing it, and working to get small groups off the ground soon. My immediate attention has been in organizing the start of H.O.P.E. University next month. As our classes begin, I plan to revisit your small group requests and offer the opportunity for others as well. So, stay tuned. Much more ahead!