About Us

Our Church Story

Hope's faith tradition is based on a life-transforming story. Hope and ELCA's story is both ancient and timely. It's a story of a powerful and patient God who has boundless love for all people of the world, who brings justice for the oppressed. It's a story of Jesus Christ changing lives. It's a story that brings comfort and strength to people who today live in modern, often unsettling times. We are a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith we embrace you as a whole person - questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world. Visit us and learn more about our beliefs - and become a part of our story.

Our Ministry

In our community of faith you will gather with people who look forward with joy to an everlasting future.  These are people of HOPE.
Our worship services feed people with the Gospel, the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Here you will find people who are EVANGELICAL.
This congregation remembers that they live in faith, by the grace of God, firmly rooted and grounded in the scriptures.  We are LUTHERAN.
Above all, we represent a group of people often called the Body of Christ.  We are a congregation of people.  We are called the CHURCH, a part of the great church of Christ’s people all over the world.
Please join us as we serve one another and reach out into our community to care for others in our life together in the name of Jesus Christ.

The pastorate

pastor

Pastor Chuck Erzkus retired in August 2017 after 39 years of service. He spent the first 11-1/2 years of his career as a pastor at Franklin Lutheran Parish in Franklin West Virginia as pastor to three Lutheran Churches, Faith, Hope and New Hope. He then moved to Christ Lutheran Church in Lavale, Maryland where he was pastor for 27 years before retiring to Ocala, Florida six months ago.

Appointed by the Bishop as Interim Pastor and accepted by the Church Council, Pastor Erzkus will shepherd the flock of Hope through the remainder of the transition process to call a new pastor. He will work part-time but will be available to perform all ministerial services during the remaining time of the call process. He will be helped in visitations to the sick and confined by the two deacons and the Stephen Ministers.

Pastor Erzkus, best known as Pastor Chuck, was described by the Cumberland Maryland Times News
as a pastor and community advocate working for the benefit of area residents for nearly three decades.
he was known as a "problem-solver" in his roles as pastor, counselor and community leader. In the
article he said, "I felt a call to ministry as early as fifth grade."
Pastor chuck grew up in Buffalo New York where he attended Calvary Lutheran Church. His
undergraduate degree is from Concordia Senior College in Ft. Wayne Indiana. He received a Master of
Theology degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Columbus, Ohio. He also earned a second
masters degree in counseling from Loyola University in Columbia, Maryland.
The consensus of Hope's Council when approving his appointment by the Bishop was that we were "blessed to be granted that our transition process is to continue under the leadership of Pastor Chuck."

About Our Beliefs

We are Lutheran, that is Christians who follow the teachings of Martin Luther:
1. We are saved by the grace of God alone - not by anything we do.

2. We accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life. We see validity in various scholarly methods of analysis to help in understanding the Bible

3. We practice open communion, permitting all baptized persons to receive communion.

Our Constitution

Daily Reflection

Service Times & Directions

Sunday Services

Spoken Holy Communion: 8:00 am

Sung Holy Communion: 10:00 am

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9425 North Citrus Springs BLVD
Citrus Springs, FL 34433
(352) 489-5511