About Hope

 

 

 

Who We Are

 
Hope Lutheran Church is an ELCA congregation in Colerain Township, on the northwest side of Cincinnati, OH. Building hope and serving God, we are anchored in faith and saved by God’s grace. Led by the Holy Spirit, it is our purpose to invite all to know hope, love, and peace through Jesus Christ. All are welcome to enter a new season of Hope with us. Wherever you find yourself in life, know that there is a place for you here at HOPE.
 
What’s a Lutheran? Lutheran Christians emerged in the reformation movement and believe people of God are saved by grace through Jesus Christ and not through works. Lutheran Christians…
      • grow daily in Christ
      • welcome all people
      • learn God’s endless grace for ourselves and others
      • enter new life in the mission of the Gospel!
We are also part of the wider church: Regardless of age, race, or status in life, members of the ELCA  welcome you to join this community of faith. If you’re unfamiliar with our church, some of what you learn may surprise you.
 
Synod means “walking together.” The Southern Ohio Synod is our geographical region of Lutheran Churches. The Southern Ohio Synod, http://www.southernohiosynod.org/ is one of the most diverse synods in the country. It extends God’s mission to metropolitan areas and small town and rural settings from north of Columbus, south to the Ohio River. The synod has 232 congregations and over 400 rostered leaders. The synod Bishop is Suzanne Dillahunt and our national Bishop is Elizabeth Eaton.

 

 

What We Believe

 

HOPE’S MISSION:
We are anchored in faith and saved by God’s grace. Led by the Holy Spirit, it is our purpose to invite all to know hope, love, and peace through Jesus Christ.
 
HOPE’S VISION STATEMENT:
Building hope and serving God

 

HOPE’S CORE VALUES:

H     Helpful
Hope strives to reach out to those in need through SON, Clothing and Food ministry at First Lutheran, Graceworks House, Love Packages, & Ronald McDonald House
 
O     Outreach
Hope opens its arms to accept new ways
 
P     Prayerful
Hope is a prayerful church as demonstrated by the prayer chain
 
E     Embracing
Hope welcomes everyone to worship with us

 

 

A History of Hope

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For over 60 years, Hope Lutheran Church, ELCA has been growing in Northwest Cincinnati.
 
Hope was officially established in Colerain Township in 1955. The Rev. Clovis S. Frank called on residents of the area and invited them to the first meeting held in the Mt. Airy Civic Association building on North Bend Road. Twenty-four people attended. After purchasing a house for a parsonage on Colerain Ave., a building committee started. There were 41 baptized members of Hope by 1955. By 1956 there were 92 baptized members!
 
A church was built on Colerain Avenue with a lot of hard work and determination. Nan Davis wrote “Hope has always been a people church.” Hope grew in faith and weathered the storms. In 1988 Cathleen Thompson was installed as Hope’s pastor. She would shepherd the congregation in the relocation of Hope Church from Colerain Avenue to Blue Rock Road. The first worship service in the current space was Christmas Eve 1998.
 
In Hope’s history there have been children’s choirs, junior choirs, and in addition to the talented traditional choir, was the formation of the Praise Band, an ensemble of vocal and instrumental forces that came when the church initiated a Contemporary worship service April 7, 2002. Pastor Christie Beckmann accepted the call January 1, 2019. Hope invites you to be part of its future in faith!