Wednesday, March 20
6:15 - meet at Hope to carpool
6:30 - Soup supper at St John
7:15-8pm - Evening Prayer at St John 5820 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale MD
Thursday, March 21
3-5:30pm - NO CARing Kids (spring break)
7pm - NO Choir rehearsal (spring break)
Friday, March 22
8-9pm - AA meeting
Saturday, March 23
9am-3pm - Living Water SDA worship and fellowship at Hope
Sunday, March 24 10am - Worship with Saint Oscar Romero 11:30am-1pm - Church Council Meeting 5-7pm - Humble Walk students meal and worship
Monday, March 25 7pm - AA meeting
Wednesday, March 27
6:30 - Soup supper at Hope
7:15-8pm - Evening Prayer at Hope
Dear People of Hope,
We are still early in Lent, but we are always looking towards Holy Week and Easter. During Holy Week there will be several worship services with additional reading parts. If you would like to read, please contact me. Let me know if you prefer a small part or if any size reading is fine. Let me know if you'd like to read Palm Sunday (April 14, 10am), Good Friday (April 19, 7:30pm), or both/either.
If you've never read at Hope, this could be a fun way to try it out. Between the two services, there will be about 20 reading parts, so don't be shy. You will receive the reading ahead of time so you can practice at home. We believe it is a powerful reflection of God's story to hear different voices in worship.
I hope to hear from many of you soon.
Peace of Christ,
Community Photo Directory Thursday April 4, 2-9pm
We are a growing church and we are making a new photo directory to help us learn and remember each other's names. Please sign up to be a part of this.
Professional photographers will be at Hope to take photos of all who are interested. All are welcome to come and receive a free 8x10 portrait, there are other package deals available and photos of our church community will be included in our upcoming Photo Directory. Take home some literature or contact Bernice for additional information.
March Social Gathering Game Night Friday, March 29, 7:00-9:00 pm
Join us at Hope. Our plan is to simply have fun together. Games and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring a game if you'd like.
Update from Jones Family Link to sign up and support John Henry
John Henry and Elaine Jones have been anchor members at Hope for decades. March 6 Elaine died peacefully in her sleep. If you would like to support John Henry with visits or food, you may sign up here:
Elaine's memorial service is scheduled for Saturday March 30, 3pm at Hope. If you will be present and are able to help with parking, hospitality or worship, please contact Pastor Julie.
News of the Community:
Living Water SDA Invitation: Every Saturday a Seventh Day Adventist Congregation worships at Hope. On Saturday April 13, they have a special service of foot washing and holy communion and we are invited to join them. Watch for details and the specific time. This will be a meaningful experience to join our siblings in Christian faith.
From the Easter Bunny: Hope is collecting donations of plastic eggs and treats to put inside for the children's egg hunt this Easter. Special appreciation for non-food items because of kids' possible allergies: look for stickers, tiny toys, hand stamps, bubbles, etc. There will be a collection box in the entryway at Hope.
Easter Lilies: Hope is accepting orders for Easter Lilies. You may donate a lily in memory of someone who has died or in honor of someone who is living. Hope uses the plants to decorate for Easter morning worship, then after worship, you may take the plants home with you. Each plant is $12; you can find order forms in the entryway at Hope or by contacting Beth in the church office.
Food Donations: If you bring food to donate to the boxes at the front of the worship space, these things end up at the College Park Food Pantry. In February, the pantry served 339 individuals (33% children). Thank you to all who donate.
Moms in Community Group: Hope is beginning a drop-in support group, Moms in Community, for pregnant women and new and breastfeeding moms. People may come for free support and connection, to meet other parents and parents-to-be, to relax with tea, snacks, and conversation. A professional lactation consultant (IBCLC) will be present to answer any questions and offer additional support. Older siblings welcome. Contact Paulette T with any questions.
Stream clean up: Humble Walkers Laura and Dan, have created an adoptive group of the stream outside of our church called Friends of Guilford Run. They will lead a stream clean up and beautification event on March 30th, 1-3pm. They welcome any volunteers from the congregation to come and care for creation and the greater community spaces around our church. There will be litter pick up, raking, weed pulling, and prepping planting sites. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants and bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. They will provide gloves, bags, and tools. There is a Facebook page titled "Friends of Guilford Run" you are interested in more information.
Inviting New Worship Assistants: Sunday morning a large group of people volunteers to support worship- and we’re inviting more. Our theology is that anyone may serve in any role. If you’re interested, contact Joan A and she’ll make sure you learn what you need to know and get added to the rotation. Some options are:
• Altar Care – prepare the space for Communion and clean up after
• Usher – welcome people to worship and guide them forward for communion
• Communion Assistant – serve the wine
• Assisting Minister – sit up front with the pastor and lead parts of worship
• Offering counter – work with a partner to record the money given after worship
• Coffee Hour Host – make coffee and bring snacks to support fellowship after worship
Interested in something you don’t see here? Just ask.
Kids Sunday School: Children and families are invited at 9am one Sunday per month to learn the stories of faith and have a great time together. This semester we'll gather the First Sunday of each month: April 7 and May 5.
Prayers for the Community
If you have a prayer request to share in the bulletin, please send it to the office: email@example.com or 301-927-5508.
Pastor Julie builds this newsletter each week. If you have announcements or photos to share, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking into coming months Put these dates on your calendar to plan ahead for worship, service and community. Lent events highlighted in purple.
Wednesday March 20, 6:30pm soup, 7:15pm evening prayer at St John in Riverdale
Sunday March 24, worship includes Saint Oscar Romero; post-worship council meeting
Wednesday March 27, 6:30pm soup, 7:15pm evening prayer at Hope
Friday March 29, 7-9pm Game Night at Hope (March monthly social gathering)
Saturday March 30, 1-3pm, Guilford Run Stream clean-up outside Hope
Saturday March 30, 3pm, Elaine Jones memorial service at Hope
Sunday March 31, worship includes Artist Saints; post-worship arts and creativity event led by Pastor Julie and Hannah S.
Wednesday April 3, 6:30pm soup, 7:15pm evening prayer at St John