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 →

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. will no longer work.

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

You may also go to 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.


2018 Church Pictorial Directory

CLICK HERE to Register Now

Photography Dates:

February 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28
March 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

JUST ADDED: March 28

Pictures taken by appointment only!

There is no cost to you or the church to have your photograph taken, and you will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait and a directory for participating. You will be able to view your images electronically immediately after you are photographed. At that time you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits to share with family and friends. If you are a seasonal resident, please sign up early so you can be photographed before you leave to go back north.


How do I schedule online?

Simply CLICK HERE and follow the prompts.

“Select Number in Group,” select Date (be patient while page loads), select Time by clicking “Book it”. You will be asked for your name, phone number, email address and for a Log-In and Password. Please make note of the Log-In and Password you create in case you need to change your appointment time at a later date. Click on “Finalize Photography Session” box. You will have an option to print your confirmation.

The Directory company’s privacy statement assures us that they will not solicit or sell our email addresses. By providing this information to us, you will immediately receive a confirmation email and also a reminder email a few days prior to your scheduled portrait date.

For those who do not have access to a computer, there will be a member of the Pictorial Directory Team available on Saturdays from 3:30 to 6pm and Sundays from 9 to 11:30am.

Is this for members only?

No – we invite all of our Hope community to be included.
(Members, associate members as well as non-members who worship with us regularly.)

2018 Lent & Easter

The Seven Last Words from The Cross

Click here to see all the upcoming Lent dates


Wednesdays at 11:00 am & 6:00 pm

2/14       Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

2/21       Today you will be with me in paradise. Luke 23:43

2/28      Behold your son; behold your mother. John 19:26-27

3/7         My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34

3/14       I thirst. John 19:28

3/21       It is finished. John 19:30

Holy Week

3/29       Maundy Thursday – Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit. Luke 23:46

  • 11am including foot washing
  • 7:30pm stripping of the altar

3/30       Good Friday

  • 11am traditional worship
  • 7:30pm-Tenebrae

3/31       Early Easter – 2, 4, 6pm

04/1       Easter – 6, 8, 9:45, 11:30am


Seeds of Hope 2018 Food Drive Campaign


Learn more at

Seeds of Hope is the largest fundraiser for both the Wildwood Food Pantry and Wildwood Soup Kitchen. They have organized a Food Drive Campaign from Feb. 6 to Sunday, March 5.

They are hosting seven amazing concerts with admission of food items/money donations, including the Lenny Wilson Quartet and Mary Jo Vitale. You are invited to attend all concerts.

Please check the list of needed items on their website.

The Wildwood Soup Kitchen prepared 94,177 noon meals of which about 10% were for House of Hope. You can learn more about them at or on their Facebook page.

You can donate directly to them from your computer by visiting their website. You can also tour the Wildwood Soup Kitchen and Wildwood Food Panty. Watch for sign-ups.

Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, February 24

You are invited to the Saturday Feb. 24 Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at the Wildwood Soup Kitchen (203 Barwick St, Wildwood, FL 34785). Tickets are $5 at the door.

For questions call or email Donna Vierow Hansen. 750-3494 or

Full list of concerts – view on website

1. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 6 pm 
 Lenny Wilson Quartet/Janice Swartz 

Hope Lutheran Church

2. Friday, February 9, 2018 – 7 pm 
Norman Lee, Billie Thatcher, and Chris and Gillian Bolus

New Covenant United Methodist Church

3. Sunday, February 11, 2018 – 6 pm
MarJo Vitale
Hope Lutheran Church

4. Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 7 pm
Southern Gospel
Oxford Assembly of God

5. Sunday, February 18, 2018 – 7 pm
Dixieland Band
Temple Shalom

6. Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 8 to 11 am
Pancake Breakfast – $5.00
First Presbyterian Church (in the Wildwood Soup Kitchen)

7. Sunday, February 25, 2018 – 3 pm
Billie Thatcher and the The  Villages Swing Band
United Church of Christ at The Villages

8. Sunday, March 4, 2018 – 3 pm
Chris Atkins (Christian Recording Artist & Writer)
Live Oaks Community Church