Congregational Meeting to Call Pastor Rani Abdulmasih as Associate Pastor

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


Mr. William Horne (left), assisting minister, and the Rev. Rani Abdulmasih (right), at the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. (

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.

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Small Groups

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!