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January 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

7:30pm - movies@hope presents Traces of the Trade

9am - "Inspired" book discussion

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Sunday Worship, Baptism of our Lord
bring water to remember your baptism

online here:
or call in: 301 715 8592
(Meeting ID : 338 100 220)
password 214341

1pm - Church Development Vision Session

see links for online events at
Julie's baptism in January 1983
Silas's baptism in October 2011
Katesh's baptism in February 2020
Dear People of Hope,

These are some of the significant baptism photos from my family.  I was baptized as a baby at a small church outside Lincoln Nebraska.  Silas was baptized as an adult in the ocean in Connecticut.  Katesh was baptized about a year ago at Hope, one of the last worship services where we gathered in a large and celebratory group.  Whenever and wherever you were baptized, it was a time to celebrate God's love for you.  A love you do nothing to earn or deserve, a love poured out abundantly like water.

Our specific prayers change from generation to generation and from one denomination to another.  But this is one of my favorite baptism prayers for children.  Imagine that the community prayed something similar for you, whenever you were baptized:

Almighty God, giver of life, you have called us by name and pledged to each of us your faithful love. We pray for your child, [name]. Inspire their life. May they sing many songs, know many joys, heal many wounds, and embrace many people in your name.

We pray for their parents, [names]. Help them to know you: to love with your love; to teach with your truth, so that this child may hear your words and know your presence. May we walk together with this family as members of your church, as witnesses of your Gospel, as those for whom you have lived and died and live again.  Amen.

This Sunday in worship we celebrate Jesus's baptism, and we remember our own baptisms.  Bring a bowl of water to your worship space as we celebrate God's abundant love for each of us.

Peace of Christ, Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Learning to Love the Bible Again
book discussion Sundays January 10, 17, 24 and 31, 9am

If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean whey they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered change her and it will change you too.  Join adults from Hope and St Andrews for this discussion group.
movies@hope presents Traces of the Trade
Friday January 8, 7:30m

Join us as, Hope Lutheran Church and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of College Park proudly present the award-winning 2008 documentary, Traces of the Trade.  Director/Producer Kristina Browne will be on hand to introduce her film and lead the discussion afterwards.  The film tells the story of her forefathers the DeWolfs of Rhode Island, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.   Don't miss this timely and thought-provoking examination of a disturbing corner of human history.  

Zoom login information can be found above.

Even though we can't gather in person, we think it's more important than ever to watch great films with the opportunity to discuss afterwards what we've seen.  So please put on some popcorn and join us!  Hope to "see" you then, and invite a friend or neighbor, including those who wouldn't usually be able to come out to our regular showings at the church!   And, if you belong to a neighborhood listserv, please circulate the flyer to your email list. It's through efforts like these we've been able to get the word out to an ever-wider community.
Hope's Development Discernment
Pray, find documents online, ask questions
join next meeting Sunday January 10, 1pm

Hope's Council is inviting all people to engage in a discernment process about a possible property sale and redevelopment.  Recently, many people gathered to learn about a development proposal Hope has received.  If you couldn't make this meeting, find resources online and plan to join the next large group meeting.

1) Join council in praying, using this and other prayers:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the endings, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils and joys unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

2) Find documents here (listen or ask for the password):

3) Ask questions here:

4) And join us Sunday January 10 at 1pm for the next gathering:
   Meeting ID: 870 5686 4241
   Passcode: 123456

Give warm things to people at the PG Day Center
between now and January 19

Hope continues our relationship with people at the PG Plaza Day Center, recognizing that this time of year, when the weather gets colder, is a hard time to live outdoors.  The day center can most use:

New socks and underwear
New gloves and hats
Nice jackets
   large sizes especially appreciated

Hope is collecting any of these items between now and January 19.  If you have a key, you can bring things to Hope and place them on a table in the fellowship hall (staff are at Hope intermittently, so you'll need to let yourself in).  Or you may take things to Joan A's house in Berwyn Heights.
Calendar and Links

Wednesday January 6, 8pm Epiphany Worship Service, hosted by ELCA bishops

Friday January 8, 7:30pm movies@hope presents Traces of the Trade

Sunday January 10, 9am Inspired book discussion

Sunday January 10, 10:30m Sunday Worship, including renewal of baptismal vows

Sunday January 10, Council hosts community conversation via zoom

Sunday January 17, 9am Inspired book discussion

Sunday and Monday January 17 & 18, 4pm each day
"A Prophetic Call to The Church: The Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr."

Tuesday January 19, 1pm-ish, Hope provides lunches to PG County Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Tuesday January 19, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group

Sunday January 24, 9am Inspired book discussion

Sunday January 24, 1pm Congregational Meeting
     Meeting ID: 890 2943 2330
     Passcode: 123456

Wednesday January 27, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme Jesus and Redemption)

Sunday January 31, 9am Inspired book discussion

Wednesday March 3, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme The Theology of Harry Potter )

Wednesday January 27, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme What about the Saints in Anglican Christianity?)
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All rights reserved.      Phone: 301-927-5508
Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Madeline Burbank, Pastoral Intern,
Alex Kostadinov, student musician,, cell: 254-733-4089
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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