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The story of Hope began with the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). At this assembly, it was voted to change the denomination's policies allowing non-celibate gay & lesbian pastors to serve as pastors and to give ELCA congregations freedom to recognize same-sex relationships. This vote became the tipping point for many ELCA congregations who held long standing concerns over what appeared to be a denomination/synod heading away from a Biblical and orthodox understanding of the Christian Faith. As a result, many ELCA congregations voted on whether or not to remain affiliated with the ELCA.

On November 8, 2009, one local congregation narrowly failed a proposal to sever its ties with the ELCA. That afternoon, 57 people held a meeting in response to the failed vote. The meeting resulted in a decision being made to form a new congregation. The next Sunday, November 15th, was the first worship service of the new congregation. The name Hope Lutheran Church was chosen and the people of Hope quickly began to organize by developing various committees and activities and electing leaders.

On February 14, 2010 a vote was passed to purchase a building on Highway 97. This was a huge step of faith for a congregation that was only a few months old and reveals the strong commitment of Hope's founding members. After the real estate transaction was completed, the people of Hope went to work transforming the former restaurant and bar into a church and finished the project just in time to celebrate Hope’s first wedding on April 17, 2010.

Hope continues to work on its mission of teaching the Bible and following Christ's example of giving back to the community and those in need.