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Pastor & Ministry Leaders Lunch: monthly on the 3rd Thursday

Thursday, October 20th (go to Missions tab for more info)

Where: Lange Hall, 312 S 3rd Street

Time: 11:30 Doors Open / 12:00 Lunch Served / 1:30 Conclude

Recent Events

Sesquicentennial (150 Year) Celebration of the Founding of Hope Lutheran Evangelical Church of Westcliffe, Colorado

Sunday, August 21 @ 2:00 pm

Hope Lutheran Evangelical Church, the oldest Lutheran congregation in Colorado, celebrated 150 years of bringing Christ to the Wet Mountain Valley with the help of about 165 attendees!

Established shortly after Carl Wulsten and the German colonists created the settlement of Colfax, Colorado, Hope Lutheran stands today as a monument to strong  people living in a tough environment and depending on God.

A special worship service is planned featuring past and present pastors as well as out-going and incoming District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod presidents. Beloved Pastor Wayne Riddering will delivered a message straight from the heart of God geared to convict those in attendance of their unique role in 'getting' to help the Lord build His kingdom... regardless of age, health and station.

Following the service Dr. Gary Mohr presented a clever history via power point of the early days of Hope Lutheran from the cabin sanctuary on Colfax to the current sanctuary in town.

Historical exhibits were on display such as John Reninga’s frock coat that he wore to preach over 100 years ago; Carl Wulsten’s Ship Bible; silver communion sets from the 19th century; photographs and early newspapers. 

A German themed meal with live music followed the worship service. The delicious meal was catered by Richard and Kendra Kastendieck, from the Alpine Lodge. The Kastendiecks are also fifth generation descendants from German immigrants in the valley. The meal was part of Hope's celebration at no cost for guests to enjoy!

Elin Parker Ganschow, member at Hope shares: "While Hope Lutheran has a rich and colorful past, we look forward to sharing the fellowship of Christ that is living among and within our members. This Christian fellowship is the 150 year cornerstone of love and service within the Wet Mountain Valley.  Hope uniquely fills a niche amongst the many congregations of the Valley and is a welcome home not only for those who already know Christ but especially for those who are curious about Christ and what a life of following Him might be like.

Everyone in the community was invited to enjoy this joyous event. It was wonderful to see the the sanctuary completely filled!

We Believe:
With the universal Christian Church, Hope Lutheran Church teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Being "Lutheran," we accept and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The five solas of the Reformation, which distinguished the Reformers from the teachings of Rome, include sola scriptura (Scripture alone), solus Christus (Christ alone), sola fide (faith alone), sola gratia (grace alone), and soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone).

Sola Gratia
Grace Alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Sola Fides
Faith Alone

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Sola Scriptura
Scripture Alone

The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.