310 S 3rd St. Westcliffe, CO 81252

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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, invites you to celebrate 150 years of bringing Christ to the Wet Mountain Valley.

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 which will feature past and present pastors as well as out-going and incoming District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod presidents. Beloved Pastor Wayne Riddering will deliver the sermon.

Immediately following the service, Hope congregation will host a reception and dinner in Lang Hall, adjacent to the church. Elder, Gary Mohr will host a brief talk on the formation of the German colony and Hope Lutheran in 1872. Rather than a scholarly review of the history, he will present colorful stories of our ancestors here in the Valley.

Historical exhibits will be 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 will follow the worship service. The meal will be 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 is 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. This Christian fellowship is the 150 year cornerstone of love and service within the Wet Mountain Valley."

While there are many Christian churches throughout the valley, Hope Lutheran uniquely fills a niche and a welcome home not only for those who already know Christ but especially for those who are curious about Christ. Pastor Dan Kletke will speak to the vision God has given to the members of Hope for its role to continue building God's Kingdom.

Hope invite's everyone in the community to this joyous event. Whether you are new to the valley or an old-timer you are welcome. If you were baptized, married, or have worshiped at Hope, please consider this to be a homecoming.  If you are just curious to see the inside of the church, attend the history program or join us for dinner, you are welcome.  We would love to have you!

If you would like to attend the dinner, please RSVP by August 14 (helpful but not required)

Email: by going "CONTACT” (above right)

Call: 719 783-2323 and leave a message.


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

Thursday, August 18th (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


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