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PLUM Churches:

Bethany (Dormont)

Christ (Duquesne)

East Liberty

Hope (Forest Hills)

Immanuel (Irwin)

Luth. Church of Our Saviour

Messiah (Munhall)

Resurrection (Oakdale)

St. Andrew (East Carnegie)

St. Paul's (Canonsburg)


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Hope Lutheran Church (Forest Hills)

353 Ridge Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221 ('Forest Hills' neighborhood)

(412) 242-4476

Worship Service: Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

See our Facebook page (you MUST be logged onto Facebook for this link to work properly!)

E-mail: hopeforesthills@aol.com

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Thinking about visiting Hope? Please accept our open invitation to visit any Sunday.


What's New!


See our January 2023 calendar


See our Upcoming Events


See our February 2023 calendar


Read our December 2022/January 2023 Hope Notes Newsletter


Read our February/March 2023 Hope Notes Newsletter


See our 2022 Pet Blessing photos


See our 2021 Trunk or Treat photos


We've voted to join PLUM as a one-year trial member!



Read about our latest Mission event



January 2023





Hope Calendar ~ January 30, 2023


Monday, January 30

7:00 pm     PLUM Board (zoom)


Tuesday, January 31

          7:00 pm     Humor in the Bible (zoom)


Wednesday, February 1

          10:30 am   Anger Management


Thursday, February 2

          7:00 pm     Bagpipers


Friday, February 3

          7:00 pm     TAIZE PRAYER (zoom)


 Sunday, February 5  

         11:15 am    In-person Worship

3:00 pm     Worship on zoom


Wednesday, February 8

          10:30 am   Anger Management


Thursday, February 9

          7:00 pm     Bagpipers


Saturday, February 11

          9:00 am     Eucharistic Minister Training


Sunday, February 12  

         11:15 am    In-person Worship

3:00 pm     Worship on zoom


Monday, February 13

7:00 pm     Church Council


Wednesday, February 15

          10:30 am   Anger Management


Thursday, February 16

          7:00 pm     Bagpipers


Sunday, February 19  Transfiguration of Our Lord

         11:15 am    In-person Worship

                             Pre-Lenten Brunch after worship

          1:00 pm     From Exile to Jesus

3:00 pm     Worship on zoom


Wednesday, February 22  ASH WEDNESDAY

          10:30 am   Anger Management

          7:00 pm     In-person Ash Wednesday Service


Thursday, February 23

          2 & 7 pm    Monologues for Lent

7:00 pm     Bagpipers


Sunday, February 26  LENT I  

         11:15 am    In-person Worship

3:00 pm     Worship on zoom


Monday, February 27

7:00 pm     PLUM Board (zoom)


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Join Pastor Paul for a study on

Humor and the Bible


Tuesday evening: January 31


~ beginning at 7:00 pm on zoom ~


Often, we take the Scriptures so seriously that we hear it only as a source of our faith and belief in God.  This is appropriate.  However, there is another way to approach Scripture.  If we can put our piety aside, we might hear the humorous situations described in Scripture and even the humorous way that God speaks to us.  This is the objective of the Epiphany Study – taking a slightly different approach to Scripture.  You might be surprised or you might surprise yourself!


~ Contact st_andrewELCA@verison.net for the Soom link ~


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Pre-Lenten Brunch

Sunday, February 19 ~ after worship



In-person Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 pm



During the coming months, we will journey through the season of Lent.

We invite you to participate in the following presentations:


“Walking With Jesus

…a journey with Jesus through daily fasting and prayer for the 40 days of Lent. 

There are several options for participating in this time of fasting with Pastor Alex.


Mid-week Prayer Service

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Look for details on our website, www.plumofpa.com.



“Bible People: Monologues for Lent

by Steve Dornsbusch”


Thursdays: 2:00 & 7:00 pm.


…a series of six monologues based on Biblical characters.  Join Pastor Sue as she leads a discussion of these monologues and the scriptural texts that they are based on. These will be held at two times on Thursdays: 2:00 and 7:00 pm. Details about this are also on our website.




E2J: From Exile to Jesus: A History of Israel’s Stories


~ Taught by Pastor Ken Ofslager ~


On the 3rd Sunday of the Month ~ 1:00 ~ 2:30 pm



Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21


What happened between the Babylonian Exile

and the birth of Jesus?


In person at Emmanuel Lutheran Church

1229 Jefferson Heights Road, Pittsburgh, PA  15235



412-824-4525 (office); 412-401-5742 (Pastor’s cell)


Live and interactive on zoom.   https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89760867900


Watch on Emmanuel’s facebook page live

or on your time after the event.



Eucharistic Minister Training


9:00 am until noon

Saturday, February 11, 2023


~ light breakfast will be provided ~


St. Andrew Lutheran Church

218 Alter Street, E. Carnegie



For all members of PLUM congregations who currently serve in this ministry

and for those who are feeling called to this ministry of taking Holy Communion to people in their homes.




Pocket Change & G&J Dollars


Donations for Pocket Change and G&J Dollars are designated to

the Food Pantry in Turtle Creek






For event details: www.plumofpa.com


The call-in line for worship and bible study:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

Zoom by phone: +1 646 876 9923 US

Meeting ID: 401 596 541




February 2023





 We are especially grateful for those who have been able to continue sending or dropping off

their donations.  Your support of Hope’s ongoing ministry is greatly appreciated and encouraged.  


 PLUM Pastors:

The Reverend John Gropp           412-680-7867

The Reverend Brenda Henry        412-390-8005

The Reverend Susan Devine        412-496-4889

The Reverend Alexander Sumo     614-218-6730

All individuals are encouraged to check the following for updates which will be posted by Noon daily:

     PLUM website at www.plumofpa.com for all news and event updates.

     PLUM phone hotline 412-466-7774 (messages may also be left on this line or call our individual churches)


It is the Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM) mission to be LIVING CHRIST’S LIGHT OF


§  Provide stability of Word, Sacrament, and Pastoral Care.

§  Foster opportunities for connectivity among individuals, congregations, and communities.

§  Develop lay leadership for sharing the Gospel.

§  Encourage freedom to care for neighbors.


10 Congregations of PLUM


Bethany Lutheran Church – Dormont

Christ Lutheran Church – Duquesne

East Liberty Lutheran Church – East Liberty

Hope Lutheran Church – Forest Hills

Immanuel Lutheran - Irwin

Lutheran Church of our Saviour – North Huntingdon

Messiah Lutheran Church – Munhall

Resurrection Lutheran Church – Oakdale

St. Andrew Lutheran Church – East Carnegie

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Canonsburg


Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries

405 Kennedy Avenue

Duquesne, PA 15110


Click HERE to see our 2020 Pet Blessing photos





On Sunday, January 1, 2020, we joined the Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM) as a one-year trial member.  Then, on Sunday, November 22, 2020, we voted to join PLUM as a full member of PLUM. 


PLUM will provide our pastoral leadership, but we still need to perform the church 'office' functions, as well as maintain our church building and grounds.  Contact the church office, if you need any pastoral care (wedding, funeral, hospital visits, etc.)


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Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773