Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you have a knack for knitting? Or Crocheting? The Prayer Shawl team will meet on October 1 at 11:00 am in Room 202. All are welcome. Hope’s Prayer Shawl Ministry is a simple, universal and enduring message of caring. Handmade prayer shawls, like all acts of generosity, enrich the givers as well as the receivers. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl and lap robe. Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

My Time – April 26, 2018

Our theme this week was “Cinco de Mayo.” Next week our theme will be “Kentucky Derby.” Red and beige are the colors of the day. We were entertained by Richie Q Continue reading →

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.

Pine Tree Crosses

On a relaxing Sunday afternoon in spring, my husband and I took one of our “see what we see” drives through the countryside. While my husband drove along some quiet back roads, I was pleasantly occupied watching the scenery from my front passenger seat. Continue reading →