Hour of Hope was established by The Rev. Harry R. Gregerson of Sioux Falls South Dakota in 1973. The purpose was stated to be “Sharing God’s Promise in Word and Music.” The broadcast was patterned after what could be called a “traditional Lutheran Worship.” Rev. Gregerson was also the founder and first speaker for Lutheran Vespers before that ministry moved to Minneapolis, then Chicago and finally was terminated in 2009.
Speakers/producers following Rev. Gregorson have included Arnold Hedin, Marcus Svaren and Jim Thvedt (the final Speaker/Producer). Hour of Hope’s final broadcast was produced and aired on Easter Sunday, 2017. The Hour of Hope Board of Directors has subsequently established the Hour of Hope Fund within the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation for the purpose of supporting media outreach ministry generated by Lutheran congregations and organizations.
Hour of Hope provides grants to religious organizations located in South Dakota that provide media contact with those who are either unable or choose not to participate in regular congregation worship activities.
Preference will be given to new and innovative media outreach ministries or to the redevelopment of such ministries. Primary consideration will be given to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (or its successor) affiliated congregations and organizations.
1) Applications must come from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or churches
2) Requests must be for a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $3,000
3) Requests to cover budget deficits will not be considered