310 S 3rd St. Westcliffe, CO 81252
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!
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