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April 2019

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

Wednesday, April 17
7pm - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 18
no CARing Kids after school program
no choir rehearsal

7:30pm - Maundy Thursday worship at St John Lutheran
5820 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale MD

Friday, April 19
11am-1pm - Moms in Community Group

7:30pm - Good Friday worship at Hope
8-9pm - AA meeting

Saturday, April 20
9:30am-3pm - Living Water SDA worship and fellowship at Hope
3-5pm - Decorating for Easter

Sunday, April 21
9am - Potluck Breakfast
10am - Festive Easter Worship
11:15am - Children's Egg Hunt

5-7pm - Humble Walk students meal and worship

Monday, April 22
7pm - AA meeting
Dear People of Hope,

It is Holy Week.  There are special services throughout the week, listed above and below.  Please join us to hear this central story of our faith, shared in community, throughout the week.  Invite others to join us as well.

If you simply can't join us in person- or even if you can- watch this series from the Metro DC Synod's Racial Equity team.  Seven different preachers, speak briefly on the seven last words of Christ, and how these words connect to racial equity today.  Bishop Richard Graham preaches the first video, above and here:

Find different preachers, all 7 videos, the full series here:

Peace of Christ this Holy Week,
Pastor Julie
Special Services and Events for Holy Week
Sunday April 14 - 20

Worship Opportunities:
7:30pm - Maundy Thursday at St John in Riverdale
7:30pm - Good Friday at Hope
10am - Easter Sunday at Hope

Clean-Up Service Opportunities: Thanks to all who participated in this past Sunday's clean-up afternoon.  There was power-washing, gardening, book-shelf organizing, sanctuary dusting, brass polishing, etc.  This week, come Saturday April 20, from 3-5pm we will decorate for Easter.

Easter Breakfast Potluck: Sunday April 20, come at 9am for breakfast.  Bring food to share if you are able.
Moms in Community Group
EVERY Friday through May 24, 11am-1pm

Hope has started a drop-in support group, Moms in Community, for pregnant women and new and breastfeeding moms. Four-to-six women attended the first session.  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.
News of the Community:

Giant Gift Cards discontinued: For years, Hope has sold gift cards to Giant grocery stores as a simple fund raiser.  The program has been discontinued and you won't be seeing these gift cards around Hope in coming weeks.  Paul T is researching other options to for simple fundraising to support ministry projects at Hope.

July Ball Game: Dick & Joan A are hosting a Family Outing to a Nationals baseball game on Saturday, July 6th. The opponent is the Kansas City Royals & the start time is 4:05 p.m. The cost is $19 a ticket and we will sit together in Section 405. That is on the third base side of the field (in the shade). To ensure our sitting together, they need to be informed of your interest by May 1st.

Seeking Children’s Books: Lutheran Campus Ministry’s weekly mentoring program, CARing Kids, builds self-esteem and develops self-image and social abilities through improving the language, reading, and math skills in local, at-risk elementary school children. Between now and May 5th they seek to replenish the library of 1st to 6th grade books. All donations of new or gently used books are welcome and tax deductible. Contact Hope’s office for more information about the book drive and about our program.

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: last one of the year is May 5.
Prayers for the Community
If you have a prayer request to share in the bulletin, please send it to the office: or 301-927-5508.
Pastor Julie builds this newsletter each week.  If you have announcements or photos to share, email her at
Looking into coming months
Put these dates on your calendar to plan ahead for worship, service and community.  Holy Week events highlighted in purple.

Thursday April 18, 7:30pm Maundy Thursday Worship at St John in Riverdale (5820 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale MD)

Friday, April 19, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group begins at Hope (continues 8 sessions through Friday May 24)

Friday April 19, 7:30pm Good Friday Worship at Hope

Saturday April 20, 3-5pm Decorating for Easter

Sunday April 21, 9am Easter Potluck Breakfast, 10am Easter Worship, 11:15am Kid's Easter Egg Hunt at Hope

Saturday April 27, 1pm pontoon boat ride on Anacostia River (April Social Gathering)

Sunday May 5, 9am Children's Sunday School at Hope (1st Sunday of the month this semester)

Friday, May 10, 7:30pm movies@hope presents “Beyond Silence”

Sunday May 19, Monthly Social Gathering at Riversdale House Museum

Tuesday May 21, 1-3pm serve lunch at PG Plaza Day Center (3rd Tuesdays)

Monday June 3, all day fundraiser at Franklin's to support PG Plaza Day Center

Friday, June 7, 7:30pm movies@hope presents “Iron Jawed Angels,” a story of women suffragists in America
Palm/Passion Sunday
Palm Passion Sunday
The Humble Walk - Lutheran Campus Ministry

Contact Wes on campus to learn more:
3-5:30pm Wednesday - En Camino after-school program at Langley Park (canceled this week for children's spring break)

3-5:30pm Thursday - CARing Kids after-school program at Hope (canceled this week for children's spring break)

5pm Sunday - Humble Walk dinner for Students
6pm Sunday- Worship for Students

As always, students are welcome at Sunday morning worship at 10am, and all other Hope events.
Copyright © *2019* Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
All rights reserved.      Phone: 301-927-5508
Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Derek Maseloff, Church Music and Choral Director,, office: 301-927-5508
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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