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Bethany (Dormont)

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Immanuel (Irwin)

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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.

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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 November 2020 Calendar


Read our November 2020 Hope Notes Newsletter


See our December 2020 Calendar


Read our December 2020 Hope Notes Newsletter


See our 2020 Pet Blessing photos


Worship Services have restarted - please READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS!!


2020 SWPA Synod Assembly


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



Read about our latest Mission event



November 2020





Hope Calendar ~ November 30, 2020


Monday, November 30

7:00 pm   PLUM Board


Tuesday, December 1

1:00 pm   Advent Family Bible Study (Zoom)


Thursday, December 3

7:00 pm   Advent Family Bible Study (Zoom)


Friday, December 4

7:00 pm   Taize Prayer (Zoom)


Sunday, December 6  ADVENT II

10:30 AM Worship (Zoom)

3:00 pm   Worship (Zoom)


Tuesday, December 8

1:00 pm   Advent Family Bible Study (Zoom)


Thursday, December 10

7:00 pm   Advent Family Bible Study (Zoom)


Sunday, December 13  ADVENT III

10:30 AM Worship (Zoom)

3:00 pm   Worship (Zoom)


Monday, December 14

7:00 pm   Council


Tuesday, December 15

1:00 pm   Advent Family Bible Study (Zoom)

Hope Notes Deadline (January 2021)


Thursday, December 17

7:00 pm   Advent Family Bible Study (Zoom)


Sunday, December 20  ADVENT IV

10:30 AM Worship (Zoom)

3:00 pm   Worship (Zoom)


Tuesday, December 22

1:00 pm   Advent Family Bible Study (Zoom)


Thursday, December 24   Christmas Eve

7:00 pm   Family Service (Zoom)

11:30 pm Candlelight Service (Zoom)


Friday, December 25



Sunday, December 27  Lessons & Carols

10:30 AM Worship (Zoom)

3:00 pm   Worship (Zoom)



Event details are on the PLUM website.


The call in line for worship and bible study:

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

Zoom by phone: (646) 876-9923

Meeting ID: 401 596 541


Sunday Worship on zoom

10:30 am and 3:00 pm




Please join friends from PLUM for

Advent Family Bible Study

on Zoom


This study starts December 1


Tuesdays at 1 pm

and the same study will be offered on

Thursday evenings at 7 pm

We will explore the meaning behind the four candles of the Advent Wreath.


YOU are always welcome!




Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries

Cordially Invites You to


Christmas Eve Services

December 24, 2020

Parking lot services on zoom:

4 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church,

353 Ridge Ave., Forest Hills


4 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church,


7600 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale


9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Our Saviour,


1570 Clay Pike, N. Huntingdon




Northside Common Ministries


For the Northside Common Ministries to provide gifts from Santa Claus for around 300 families during the pandemic, they are asking for $15 or $20 gift cards (which are easier to distribute) to Dollar General or Target.  If you would like to participate you can mail the gift cards to Attn: Santa Claus , Northside Common Ministries, 1601 Brighton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212…or you can drop them off at the church and we will mail them.  If you don’t want to buy gift card(s) and want to make a monetary donation, we will purchase the gift cards for you.



Hygiene Kits Project

Collections for this project need to be completed by December 20



November 2020 Hope Notes Newsletter



Click here for the November Hope Notes


Click here for the November Hope Partners in Ministry insert



December 2020



December 2020 Hope Notes Newsletter



Click here for the December Hope Notes


Click HERE to see our 2020 Pet Blessing photos


June 29, 2020


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


We pray this letter finds you all healthy and happy.  We are writing to inform you that we have been busy preparing the church building for worship according to the guidelines set down by the CDC and the state of Pennsylvania.

We will begin worshiping in the sanctuary on July 5, 2020!




How is this going to work?

All those in attendance will be required to wear a mask.  Since we have not seen each other in a long while and you will want to “catch up”; you are encouraged to do so before entering the building and at a safe distance in the parking lot.  Once inside the building we will be maintaining social distancing.  Entering the building will be from the front doors only.


Upon approaching the door you will notice the doorkeeper who will allow you entrance 1 or 2 at a time to prevent overcrowding in the foyer.  The doorkeeper will also ask your name and, and if a guest, a phone number/email address for tracing purposes.  (Tracing attendance allows us to notify you if someone in attendance develops symptoms of the virus.)


Your offerings can be deposited in plate on the table inside of the sanctuary doors.


There will be an usher to assist you in finding a place to sit.  We have roped off 2/3 of the pews for social distancing.  This has left us with 4 “useable” pews on each side.  Seating in each pew will be limited to two people (or families of 2 or more).  To assist in determining proper social distancing, we have placed seat cushions to mark the proper place to sit in each pew.  Please be aware that though we Lutherans all like to sit in the back this is not going to work during social distancing.  You may have to sit further towards the front than you are used to.  But the benefit of worshiping together should override our fear of the front pews! LOL !  In addition, since we will be running the very large (and loud) exhaust fan at the back of the church at high speed to help keep everyone cool, sitting toward the front will help you hear better.   If you choose to sit in the pew nearest the windows, please go up the aisles by the windows.  If you prefer to sit near the center aisle, go up the center aisle.  JOnce you are seated please do not get up and move around.  Bulletins and hand sanitizer will already be placed beside each seat cushion.


We will be limiting attendance to 24 persons, which includes the Pastor, Organist, and the Usher and Doorkeeper.


The entire service will be printed in the bulletins.  The liturgy will be spoken; as singing is not recommended at this time.


There will be modified communion.  Details will be given before the service and again before communion takes place.

When we dismiss please clear all personal items and bulletins from your pew, but leave the hand sanitizer behind.  You are encouraged to take your bulletins home, but if you do not want to, please place them in the trash can by the door as you leave the sanctuary.


As you exit, please (to maintain social distancing) continue without stopping through either the front or side doors, clearing a path for those behind you.  Again, you are encouraged to socialize outside at a safe distance to keep the Sanctuary and foyer areas clear.


How are we sanitizing?

As we are only using the sanctuary once a week, and as the corona virus dies within a couple of days, no additional sanitizing will be required.  We will wipe down door handles and clean the rest rooms prior to and after services.  Please feel free to use the provided hand sanitizer at any time during the service.


Please avoid areas of the church other than the foyer, Narthex and Sanctuary for the time being.


What should I do?

We have done our best to make the worship spaces as safe as possible for all of us.  Now only you can decide if you are comfortable with what we are able to do.


Please take time to reread this letter and do what you feel is best for you and your loved ones.  Do not feel bad if you are not able or ready to worship in the church building.  The Zoom services will continue and you can continue to utilize this ministry.


Should you decide to attend services in the sanctuary when they resume on July 5th, please remember that your health and the health of others is of vital importance.  Should you be running a temperature or not feel well on a particular Sunday – please stay home that week.  If you have attended worship and develop symptoms of the virus please notify the office (412-242-4476) or one of the PLUM ministers immediately. 


As stated above, this decision to attend worship services is a personal one and may be very difficult for some of us.  If you need help in discerning what is a right and faithful decision please contact one of our PLUM pastors for support and guidance.


May God’s blessings be upon us all as we move forward in this “unusual” time. 


Yours in Christ,


Hope Church Council


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Join in worship on Sundays at 3:00 pm



Zoom online 


Zoom by phone:  (646) 876-9923

Meeting ID: 401 596 541



P.L.U.M. Pastoral Team


Rev. John Gropp - 412-680-7867

Rev. Brenda Henry – 412-390-8005

Rev. Dr. Paul Koch – 773-848-1470

Pastor Sue Devine – 412-496-4889

Vicar Mandy Gilberti - 814-241-8150





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