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Daily Devotions

Updated: March 23, 2020

Daily Devotions are now available! Click on the Daily Devotions tab, or subscribe to our email news and have devotions delivered daily to your inbox.

 

 

Join Us for Streaming Worship

 Updated: April 2, 2020

Tune in to worship services at Mt. Hope. Join us on either the church's Facebook page or follow the link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/

channel/UCcZyqoziJqoQdO14WNW_GAQ/.

If you can't tune in to the livestream, all worship videos are available for viewing at a later time.

If you search either Facebook or YouTube, please be aware that you must search using the whole name - Mount Hope Lutheran Church - and be aware that there are a few others in the U.S. with that name. Look for the picture of the church. 

 

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Paul Erickson on Returning to Worship

Click on the link below:

May 12, 2020 - Returning to Worship

 

 

 

Guidance on Returning to Worship

In response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling on the legality of the Safer at Home extension, the six ELCA bishops in Wisconsin have issued a statement (linked here). The guidance offered in the letters from Bishop Paul Erickson (here) and the ELCA Churchwide Office (here) in recent days are still important as we consider how and when we might return to in-person worship and other gatherings in our congregations. You are invited to review all of these documents and contact the synod office with any questions. 

 

 

United: ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton's May Column

In a time of physical distancing due to the coronavirus, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that we aren’t islands—we are united in baptism. In her May column, she writes: “We don’t have to go it alone. In fact, we cannot, because, in Christ, we are knit into one body. And just as surely as Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one—this wildly mysterious community of the Trinity—so are we one.”


Read her column
in English and in Spanish.


 

Mt. Hope's Response to the Coronavirus

Updated: March 17, 2020

Keep in mind that this is a very fluid conversation so situations and plans may change but here is where we stand today:

  • All worship services, Sunday School, Confirmation classes, and other activities / events are postponed until further notice.
  • Mt. Hope’s building / church offices will be closed, likely for several weeks, but we will need to reassess that as things progress.
  • Staff will mainly work from home and occasionally onsite. Voice mail and email messages will continue to be checked frequently.
  • Sunday School and Confirmation classes are postponed. We hope to work out an online or streaming option for confirmation.
  • The Hope Closet and Pantry will be closed. Clients will be contacted and food will be delivered to them as needed. Contact Hope Closet: Donna Jonasen at 414-690-8371. Contact Hope Pantry: Linda Helminski at 414-321-3194.
  • The other groups who utilize space here have been notified and will not be allowed to hold their activities here.
  •  And, that brings us to worship. We will suspend worship in person until such time as we feel it is reasonable to resume. In the meantime, we are working on, at the very least, recording a worship service that can be posted to the website, or a livestream that can be accessed via Facebook or YouTube.
  • Constant Contact email communications will be frequent to keep everyone on top of the current status and concerns. You must be subscribed to receive the emails. Subscribe to our email news on the home page of our website: www.mounthopelutheranchurch.org or contact Donna Ihlenfeld at donna@mounthopelutheranchurch.org to subscribe.
  • Homebound visits will be curtailed. Those visits will become phone conversation. We are also looking for people who would like to make phone calls, not just to those who are sick, but those who are homebound by the restrictions of the facilities where they reside. If you are interested in being a designated caller, please contact Pastor Kathy.
  • So that Pastor Kathy might remain mindful of her own health for the sake of serving the congregation, she will not be making home or hospital visits with the exception of emergency/death calls. For pastoral care contact Pastor Kathy at 262-939-7533 or kathy@mounthopelutheranchurch.org.
  • Of course, there will still be a building that needs to be heated and maintained, staff that will need to be paid, so we’d appreciate your continued financial support through this difficult time. Offerings can be mailed in or you may opt to sign up for electronic giving by contacting Mary at 414-541-9500 or mary@mounthopelutheranchurch.org
  • Lastly, but certainly not least, we need to stay spiritually connected with one another, hence the phone calling. You don’t need to be a designated caller. If you feel the urge just pick up the phone.

Until we are able to meet again face to face, may God grant you comfort, blessing, peace, and good health. Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands!  

 


 

  

 

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