Wednesday 12:30-1:30pm - Contemplative Prayer Group
7pm - Bible Study
Friday 11am-1pm - Moms in Community Group
(paused this week)
Sunday 9am - Kids Sunday School
10am - get settled online
10:30am - worship
online here: https://zoom.us/j/338100220
or call in: 301 715 8592
(Meeting ID : 338 100 220)
followed by virtual coffee hour
5:30-7pm - Humble Walk fellowship and worship
all online, see links below
Dear People of Hope,
Alleluia! Christ is risen
Christ is risen, indeed. Alleluia!
This Sunday we met online for Easter worship. People from both Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center and St Andrew's Episcopal Church invited friends, neighbors and family. Overall, 140 households signed on for worship. We heard scripture and a sermon, we sang, we affirmed our baptisms. After worship, some people stayed to be put into smaller groups for a virtual coffee hour. Christ was with us, around the region, in our homes.
Sunday morning, I drove in to Hope to lead worship from our empty sanctuary. I felt like I was worshiping on behalf of all of us- bringing worship into the building, and the building into your homes. I lit the altar candles, filled the baptismal font with water, sang in the cavernous space. Christ was with you, wherever you were. Christ was with me, in Hope's sanctuary.
Christ is risen and the ministry of the church continues. Below, you'll see some of the ways we continue to live our core values at Hope: Welcoming, Growing, Loving. Consider connecting with one or more of these values, beyond worship, this Easter season.
With the love of the risen Christ, Pastor Julie
ps- I am taking a few days this weekend to rest and recharge. I'll be away from email and my phone April 16-20. Contact Pastor Ray Ranker with any urgent pastoral care needs. Father Tim Johnson will lead Sunday worship by Zoom.
Welcoming: Anyone is welcome to attend any of these events. Consider inviting family from around the country or neighbors from across the street.
Sunday Worship: We continue online worship in partnership with St Andrew's Episcopal Church, until it is safe to meet in person again. Pastors share leadership, others read scripture and lead prayers, there is music, we are all able to see tiny images of each others faces. Sign on at 10am to see how it goes and trouble shoot any tech difficulties. Worship begins at 10:30. After worship, some people stay to be put into small groups for virtual coffee hour.
Find us here: https://zoom.us/j/338100220
or call in: +1 301 715 8592 ; Meeting ID: 338 100 220
Daily Prayer: Monday through Saturday, Father Tim Johnson of St. Andrews Episcopal Church leads morning prayer and evening prayer on facebook live. You do not need a facebook account to click on the link and watch these prayers. Join any day, 8 am and/or 9pm here: www.facebook.com/saeccp.
Wednesday daytime Contemplative Prayer: Robin continues to host this group from 12:30-1:30pm for anyone interested. Join here: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6083039144 (meeting ID 608-303-9144), password: Christos
Friday Moms Group: April 24 this group begins again, 11am-noon. Share this invitation with moms you know, anywhere around the country or world: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/896902836
Growing: These are some of the ways we connect and grow in this time of distance.
Sunday Morning Adult Book Conversation: The Screwtape Letters: On four Sundays of the Easter Season (April 19, 25 & May 3, 10), Hope and St Andrew's churches gather at 9 a.m. via Zoom to discuss C.S. Lewis’ classic work, The Screwtape Letters. Join here: https://zoom.us/j/111310403?pwd=U25qdUZZYjNpR3lUUkVzOWpaRnJzdz09. If asked for a passcode, enter: 45084512.
Kids Sunday School: Each Sunday at 9am, families gather online for Sunday School. Kids will waive hello to each other and hear about God’s love for them. Email Kat M if you want a list of art materials to gather ahead of time. Invite families you know to join here: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/255708731?pwd=MVlEa2FYbXhiZ044WEdjYVc0OWFqdz09
Tuesday Interfaith Opportunity: The Humble Walk is hosting an interfaith meeting on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:45pm on zoom. These meetings will be an opportunity to learn about other faiths from different people in the Northeast. Contact Katie for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday evening Bible Study: We hear from each other as different people take turns leading this evening study. Bring your bible to the computer or phone and join us from 7-8pm here:
or call in: +1 301 715 8592 ; Meeting ID: 883 615 306
Congregation Cuncil: Hope's Council continues to meet and lead. Contact any council members with thoughts or questions: Addie A, Jeff T, Joan A, Paulette T, Mary C, Liz D, Katie E, Lauren M, Bruce N.
Giving: Your generosity helps us continue to be the Body of Christ in and for the world. As we continue to seek ways to be faithful and look for opportunities to serve our neighbors, we encourage you to be faithful in your giving. You may mail checks to Hope or give online at www.hopecp.org. Look on the top red toolbar for the word “Donate."
Loving: These are some of the ways we are loving our neighbors, near and far.
PG Plaza Day Center: Tuesday April 21 is Hope's regular day to prepare and serve lunch at the PG Plaza Day Center. The center is not open as usual, but is handing out bag-lunches every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm. Joan A is planning how Hope will provide and distribute these lunches; contact her to be involved.
Support Families in Langley Park: Maybe you saw this recent Washington Post story about the tremendous burden COVID-19 has placed on families in Langley Park. Humble Walk volunteers with these families regularly through the after school programs. Humble Walk is collaborating with La Sagrada Familia Lutheran Church, by collecting grocery gift cards to support these families. Donate by Venmo @LutheranTerps or email Katie for PayPal information (email@example.com).
College Park Community Food Bank: The College Park Food Bank has see the local need go up 4-fold. They used to serve ~100 families, 1ce/month; now they serve ~200 families, 2ce/month. If you would like to donate food or money or volunteer on Saturdays, learn more here: http://www.collegeparkfoodbank.com/. Pat N is involved with this program. You can contact her for more information or drop food off at her front steps.
Donate Blood: Due to the Coronavirus, many blood drives are being cancelled. However the American Red Cross is still in need of blood donations. If you are feeling well and wish to donate you can contact the American Red Cross or find a drive here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive
Humble Walk continues En Camino and CARing youth programs: Local children need support and connection, perhaps more than ever. Humble Walk has boldly decided to continue the Wednesday and Thursday after-school programs online, via Zoom. Watch for stories about how it is going- and pray for the elementary aged students and their college-aged mentors.
Space Sharing: AA groups and Living Water SDA are not meeting in person in Hope's building, but their work continues as well. Monday's AA group is meeting via Zoom. Saturday's Living Water community hosts worship and small groups online; see more here: https://www.livingwatersda.org/.
All groups and Sunday worship now meet online and by phone. If you want to participate in some of these, look below for the links or call-in information. If you are having challenges with the technology, council members Addie, Bruce and Katie have offered to help trouble-shoot over the phone.
Fellowship and Worship:
Classes have moved online for the remainder of the semester. Students have left campus and are around the state and the country for these remaining weeks. Still, ministry continues.
5:30-7pm, Sunday, Humble Walk gathers for Fellowship and Worship. All students are welcome to participate. Now online at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/259496463, or call in at 1-929-205-6099 (meeting id code: 259496463#), password: worship.
Humble Walk is also doing online tutoring and mentoring programs. En Camino and CARing Kids continue on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. There is also a Monday evening Bible Study for students, alums and friends. AND there is a Thursday evening book study of "Dear Church" by Lenny Duncan. Email Katie E for information about any of these.
Throughout breaks and always, students are welcome at Sunday morning worship and all other Hope events.