11am-1pm - Living Water SDA Worships in person at Hope
10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community
10:30am - Sunday Worship
in person and on Zoom with
Rev Mark Docken
online here: https://zoom.us/j/338100220
or call in: 301 715 8592
Meeting ID : 338 100 220
Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day
The above photo of the Piscataway Nation (http://turtlegang.nyc/the-piscataway-indian-nation-from-md-to-nj-still-here/) reminds us of the original inhabitants of the local area.
Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center wishes to acknowledge and honor the Piscataway People upon whose ancestral homelands we gather for worship this morning, as well as all our Indigenous siblings who have and continue to care for this place - this land - and call it home. Below is an excerpt from A Declaration of the ELCA TO AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE PEOPLE adopted at the 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
To the American Indian and Alaska Native communities of the ELCA: We confess that we have not listened to the stories of Indigenous people and have not taken the time to understand history. We have devalued Indigenous religions and lifeways and have not challenged the invisibility of Indigenous people in American society.
We confess that we, as a church with European and immigrant roots, have benefited from broken treaties, our participation and complicity in the annihilation of Indigenous peoples and culture, and our continued racist oppression of Native people and their sovereign nations. We confess that our congregations are built on the original homelands of Indigenous people, that we have continually refused to include the truth about our treatment and exploitation of our Native siblings and their lands as central to American history. OUR PLEDGE
To the American Indian and Alaska Native communities of the ELCA: We give thanks for the American Indian and Alaska Native Lutherans who have been present from the beginning of the ELCA and its predecessor bodies, sharing their wisdom, steadfastness, and leadership to help make our church better. Therefore, we commit to working toward the elimination of racism and white supremacy that exists in our church’s governance, leadership, congregations, and membership that has always had and continues to have detrimental effects on Native communities and our ELCA Native siblings, congregations, and ministries. We commit to honor Native leadership, learn from them, and secure a place for that leadership at decision-making tables. We commit to strengthening our anti-oppression efforts with a greater focus on realizing justice and equity for Indigenous people.
UMD Terrapins at Home this Saturday
Liz and friends will be turning the Hope parking lot into football fan parking this Saturday. Kick-off is at 12 noon, but the parking team will be in place two hours early to prepare.
Meet the Guest Minister! Our guest preacher today is Rev Dr Mark Docken, who is a member of our congregation here at Hope Lutheran. He retired in 2021 after serving parishes in Montana, South Dakota, and Minnesota. He and his wife, Lois, moved to Greenbelt, Maryland after retirement. Their daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren live in College Park. They also have a son and daughter-in-law in Nashville, Tennessee and a son in Sydney, Australia.
Simple Act of Kindness Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment hosts the Prince George's County Plaza Day Center for the Homeless in the University Christian Church. (6800 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville)
The Day Center is open from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Guests are welcomed to a hot meal, shower, laundry services, a Wi-Fi connection and social services support.
On the third Tuesday of every month, volunteers from Hope serve that hot meal. From set-up to clean-up volunteers help from noon to 3 pm. If you'd like to help but are unavailable at that time, consider participating in the two annual CUCE Fundraisers at Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store. These all-day fundraisers donate 20% (before tax total) to CUCE. (More details will be available as we get nearer to the December fundraiser.)
Hope volunteers serve next on October 18th. Contact Beth in the office for more information about participation. Click below for more information about the Day Center.
Lutheran Campus Ministry will host a Taize worship service on alternating Wednesdays from 9-9:30pm, at the Memorial Chapel. (10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30 and 12/14). This worship service is open to all students, alumni, friends, young and old – everyone!!! Parking is free, behind the chapel in Lot Y.
Pastor Julie's Parental Continues
Pastor Julie continues her parental leave to connect with her growing family. Pastor Ray will be available for pastoral care; staff support and monthly council meetings. Beth will maintain Hope’s office and calendar. Several different pastors will be present on Sunday mornings to preach and lead worship. This is an exciting time for both Pastor Julie and also for Hope to grow in new ways. You may contact Council President, JT, or any member of the Parental Leave Planning Team: Mark D or Jess H with questions.
Hope Returns to Indoor Communion and Continues Safety Precautions
We are grateful for in-person worship! Because of the dropping temperatures we will return to indoor communion procedures. We ask anyone who does not feel well to stay home. Everyone over 2 years old will wear a mask throughout indoor worship. Speakers are fully vaccinated and remove their masks for speaking only. Everyone is physically distanced in the sanctuary. Weekly paper bulletins are available for you to pick up and then recycle. Offering baskets are available as you enter and exit, but no longer passed around. Sharing of the Peace is done verbally, and attendees are encouraged to enjoy the music, but remain masked when singing. Children are always welcome but there is no daycare during worship.
Working together we can protect each other during worship.
Calendar and Links
Saturday October 8, 12 noon, football parking at Hope contact Liz to volunteer (family weekend)
Tuesday October 11, 7:30pm, Property Quarterly Check In https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83526910785?pwd=ek14dHQ3MDlvVldSRU9aSDR5WWlUZz09
Tuesday October 18, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center contact Joan A to volunteer
Saturday October 22, 3:30pm game time, football parking at Hope contact Liz to volunteer (homecoming weekend)
Tuesday October 25, 1pm AND 8pm, ELCA Advocacy Cafe Zoom topic: Public Discourse
Wednesday October 26, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting zoom link shared with council
Sunday November 13, after worship time TBD, Hope Congregational Meeting zoom link/in person details forthcoming
Tuesday November 15, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center contact Joan A to volunteer
Saturday November 19, game time TBD, football parking at Hope contact Liz to volunteer
Saturday November 26, game time TBD, football parking at Hope contact Liz to volunteer
Wednesday November 30, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting zoom link shared with council
Tuesday December 6, all day, CUCE fundraiser at Franklin's a good excuse to eat out!
Youth + Family Ministry Town Hall
All who serve/volunteer with children, youth and families are invited to the Youth+Family Ministry Town Hall on Monday, October 10 at 6:00 PM on Zoom. Come meet Nicole Roop, the new coordinator of the Youth+Family ministry partnership between Metro D.C. and Delaware-Maryland synods as well as other mentors and leaders who help out with the Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO). The team will also share details about the upcoming events, the place of LYO within Youth+Family Ministry, and answer any questions you may have about this ministry.