Unity: The Gift That Gives Life

In the Holy Gospel for this weekend, as we celebrate the merger of St. John Lutheran Church of Summerfield with Hope Lutheran Church of The Villages we hear a portion of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.” In Jesus’ words we hear the heart of God interpret the Commandments that God gave his dear children on Mount Sinai as God was forging them into a community that would be God’s presence before the nations in the world. Continue reading “Unity: The Gift That Gives Life”

Women of Hope – Webster Elementary School

On April 17, 2018, The Sumter County School Board recognized the Women of Hope as “Outstanding Volunteer Organization” for their support of Webster Elementary School for the 6th year. Attending the meeting from Women of Hope were Margaret Furlong, Bette Lou Schaum, and Lynn Tuerk. Presenting the award was Superintendent of Schools Rick Shirley. Continue reading “Women of Hope – Webster Elementary School”

Goats for Haiti

“Give a Goat, Change a Life”

Remember our visit by Pastor Livenson, missionary from Haiti?

One thing we learned is that a sure way to help a Haitian family in their fight against poverty, hunger and poor health is to provide them with sustainable resources. All too often, aid work ignores this very important aspect.

That’s where the Goats for Haiti project comes in.

Our congregation at Hope has set a goal through our Florida/Bahama District to provide 100 goats to 50 families in Haiti. These goats will provide milk, food, and empowerment. By allowing families to provide for themselves, we set the wheels in motion for positive growth.

Please consider your gift of $50 or more to for our Goats for Haiti campaign.

Write a check with “Goats for Haiti” in the memo, or make an online gift to Hope Lutheran with “Goats for Haiti” in the “Other Offerings” field.

Latest report is your donations will purchase over 270 goats!

Merger Approved!

Last Sunday, April 15, the congregations of both Hope & St. John voted overwhelmingly to merge into one church family!

We are excited about the new opportunities for mission and ministry in the Summerfield/Lake Weir area and welcome the members of St. John into our Hope family.

The anticipated closing date for the merger is June 4th.

Your leadership team will be working on the logistics and details of the merger in the weeks ahead and will keep you updated on the progress. We ask for your prayers and God’s continued guidance and blessings during this time of transition.

New Hope Name Tags

Have you noticed some folks wearing new name tags that include our Hope logo? Wish you could order one? You can! If you would like to order a new name tag, please complete an order form found at the event signup wall. The cost is $5 and you can choose either a magnet or pin style.

Livestream Changes

On March 17 we will be transitioning to a new live stream carrier.

Livestream.com/hopelutheran will no longer work.

To watch live services and view archives, you must go directly to our website hope2all.org and navigate to the Live Stream section (Worship -> Live Stream) or Archives section (Worship -> Video Archive).

You may also go to live.hope2all.org as a backup.

This new streaming platform will provide less latency, and should result in a smoother viewing experience.

Since we are changing providers, the archived videos will only go as far back as our new launch date (March 17). If you need to order a DVD of an older service, please use the DVD request form in the Narthex.

Problems and Solutions

Here are some common problems with Live Stream services and their solutions:

Problem: The stream is very choppy.

Solution: Try pausing the live service for 30 seconds or a minute to let it buffer. Press play again and it should be all caught up.

Problem: The video quality is very poor.

Solution: Press the cogwheel icon on the video and change the resolution to 1920. Note that increasing your resolution may result in a choppier video if you don’t have enough bandwidth.

Problem: The audio is playing double, creating an echo.

Solution: You may have another browser tab or window open on the same page.