Youth Ministries

Junior Youth Group

4th – 6th graders who get together for fun.

Senior Youth Group
7th Grade through 12th who get together for fun, service, and fellowship. We do service projects and participate in the “30 Hour Famine.” We also go on retreats like Youth Quakes and Quake Zones that make faith come alive for youth through caring conversations, workshops, and worship. When our youth go to one of these weekend events in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, or Columbus, it helps build relationships with each other and the other 300 – 500 youth in attendance. They praise and worship God with Christian musicians and speakers.

Vacation Bible School
Each year at Good Hope we host a one-week Vacation Bible School for the members of Good Hope, their friends, and the community. We have music, crafts, games, snacks, and lesson time all at no charge to any participants. Through this outreach, we have brought children to Christ and have brought families into the church. What a wonderful week of learning about God, making cool stuff, and having a great time. For this year’s Vacation Bible School please refer to What’s Happening or Christian Education.

Scenes from our 2021 VBS

Scenes from our 2022 VBS

Scenes from our 2023 VBS

VBS 2024

Sunday School
Sunday School for Children, 3 years old through 12th grade, is offered at 10:45 am from Rally Day in September through May. Classes for Adults are offered at 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. We also have special programs at Christmas, Summer VBS, and Easter. Call the church office to inquire about class schedules, classroom assignments, or changes. A nursery is provided for the little ones 3 and under.

First Communion
First Communion instruction is available for third graders during Lent, but all who feel ready to commune may come. Students will participate in a variety of activities including meeting with the Pastor and going on an overnight trip to Camp Frederick in Rogers, Ohio. Students will explore with the Pastor the Old Testament background for communion, and the New Testament roots, and prepare to receive their first communion. At Camp Frederick, they will gather with children from other Lutheran congregations, deepen their understanding of communion, participate in a Passover Seder, and be involved in a campfire, games, and fun in the woods. The intent of the program is that students come to know and experience the joy and peace gained through receiving Holy Communion.

Confirmation is intended for 7th and 8th graders. The purpose of our confirmation program is to help each baptized child mature into a deeper relationship with God. We want our young people to accept Jesus’ call to be and make disciples; learning how to know Him and His voice and to follow Him. We use four ways to achieve this purpose: Worship, Study, Service, and Fellowship. Students participate in “worship” and take sermon notes. The “study” portion involves both midweek and Sunday classes. Throughout the year our young people will participate in “service” projects, both individually and together. For “fellowship” students are expected to participate in youth groups, camps, or other retreats during the year.

Each year Good Hope kids have the opportunity to go to Camp Frederick for a week of fun and growth in faith that is filled with songs, walks, and fires. Good Hope Lutheran Church pays half of the cost of summer camp for children of church members. For more info: http://campfrederickohio.com

Adult Ministries

Monday 7:00 pm – Len Hall leads The Men’s Bible Study.

Priscilla Circle – Open to all women, we meet on the first Tuesday of each month. Our projects include collecting Campbell soup labels and preparing school kits for Lutheran World Relief.


Boosters – For our endearing members aged 60 through 100. Both singles and couples are welcome for mutual support. We meet at the Landmark Restaurant for lunch at Noon on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Fun Timers – Adults getting together for some fun, food, and fellowship

Care & Support

Email Prayer Chain – If you would like to join the email prayer chain, please email Nancy Brown at [email protected] and she will put you on the group to be emailed with prayers.

GriefShare – If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. A new GriefShare group will meet weekly (for 13 weeks) to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

  • Video seminar with experts
  • Group discussion
  • Personal study and reflection workbook

You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. The cost of the workbook is $20 and scholarships are available. Each session is self-contained, so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin.

Grief Bear Ministry

Funeral Luncheons

Hospital Visitors

Communion Visitors

Food Pantry Helpers

Discipleship & Study

Financial Peace University
This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated by Donna Flick at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Youngstown, OH will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever.

Adult Sunday Morning Classes
Classes are currently meeting and studying the Bible and Christian Life topics

Discipleship Growth Groups
Groups of 3-4 people meet weekly to encourage each other to live out Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:18-20 to “Make Disciples”. Good Hope’s definition of a disciple is: “A disciple is a follower of Jesus who is Maturing and Multiplying.” For more information see the About Us section.

Music Ministries

Worship Music
Organist – Nina Quaintance
Junior Choir Director – (TBA)
Senior Choir Director – (TBA)
Sr. Choir Accompanist -(TBA)

Leap of Faith Worship Band
At the 9:30 service, we worship God with percussion, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, keyboard, and often special instruments. Vocalists lead the congregation in singing. The musicians and vocalists practice each Saturday. Leap of Faith periodically holds Praise concerts throughout the year. Contact Al Fiore at the church for more information.

  • Worship Leader, Guitar, & Vocals – Al Fiore
  • Bass Guitar – Dohn Flick
  • Guitar – Jon Williamson
  • Percussion & Vocals – Stephen Ley
  • Keyboard – 
  • Vocals –  Brennan Gorby

Senior Choir(Suspended while searching for a director)
All teenagers though adults are invited to join us in raising our voices to God. We sing each Sunday during the school year at the 11 a.m. service. Contact the church office for more information.

Junior Choir(Suspended while searching for a director)
All children are invited to join us. Our goal for the children is not only to have fun but to sing for the Lord monthly at both 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service and the 11:05 a.m. Traditional Service

Media Team

Back row: Donna Flick (Projectionist), Elaine Holdt (Projection Set up), Michael Summers (Sound Engineer and Webmaster). Front row: Daniel Polonus (Stream Operator), Matt Pagac (Media Specialist), Katie Biggs (Camera Operator) Not shown Ben Polonus (Projectionist).

The Good Hope Media Team uses technology to help spread the message to our shut-ins, the community, and the world. We maintain the church’s website and social media accounts. The GHMT serves an important role in Sunday worship through sound, slide/video projection, and streaming to our YouTube Channel. In addition to Sunday worship, we also provide technology for special occasions such as weddings or memorial services. The following are the primary positions on the Media Team.

Presentations: Responsible for preparing and/or projecting lyrics, presentations, videos, and other media for church services and events.  Proclaim software is used to integrate various media into presentations for projection.

Audio Technician: Responsible for the setup and live sound mixing for services, streaming, practices, and other church events.

Camera Operator: Responsible for setting up and operating the video camera for live streaming of our services and events, and for recording the services and events.

Video Technician: Responsible for operating the video streaming hardware and software during services and special events.

Online Services Coordinator: Responsible for creating and updating content on the church’s website, YouTube, and Facebook.

If you are interested in joining the Good Hope Media Team please contact Pastor Bob, Mike Summers, Matt Pagac, or Donna Flick. No experience is necessary.