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June/July 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


7pm - Arts and Spirituality


7:30pm - Hope Council Meeting


10am - get settled online

10:30am - Hope Lutheran Zoom Worship
online here:
or call in: 301 715 8592
(Meeting ID : 338 100 220)
password 214341

The zoom partnership with St Andrew's ended last week, but Hope has one more zoom-only worship service, this week, at the same link.

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

Our church has been blessed with teachers who love God and love kids.  These teachers are now planning for an in-person Vacation Bible School for kids and families.  The theme is based on the book, pictured above.  The teachers share this message:

We are so excited to announce that we will be having Vacation Bible School in person at Hope on Saturday, July 17 from 9:00am-12:15pm!  Our theme this year is "What is God Like?" Activities will be primarily outside, physically distanced, with masks optional for children and adults.  Bring a water bottle and wear your swimsuit.  We will be hearing stories, making crafts, dancing, eating snacks, playing in the sprinkler, and learning about God together in a way that is safe and fun for everyone. Grown-ups are invited (but not required) to stay with kids for the morning event. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about this event. We can't wait to see everyone in person!

Want to volunteer?
Reach out to Beth (

Want to contribute? VBS is looking for donations of:
  • Tubs to make into drums (oatmeal, pretzel, etc), ideally with lids
  • Grass sprinkler and/or slip’n’slide
You can bring these items to Hope or email Beth to arrange another exchange plan

Thanks be to God,
   Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Synod-Wide, Seminary Hosted, Holy Land Reflection and Conversations
below two dates in August

Many are concerned about the violence throughout the Holy Land this summer during the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We are providing an opportunity for you to zoom with Lutheran Palestinian Pastors who are current DMin students at ULS and a Palestinian Christian who recently became a naturalized US citizen:

“Pastoring in Times of Crisis: Three Palestinian Pastors Share Their Stories.”
Saturday, August 7, 9:00 AM

“From Jerusalem to DC: a Palestinian Experience.”
Monday, August 9, 7:00 PM

Participants will have a chance to ask questions and learn about the day to day life of those who’ve been affected by this ongoing conflict in the Middle East. You can register for one or both of these sessions by emailing
In Person Worship at Hope
Sunday July 11, 10:30am, and following weeks

Hope's leadership has made a plan to return to in-person worship this summer.  While nothing is 100% risk-free, we believe that worshiping in our sanctuary, with the windows open or our AC circulating air, with people physically distanced and everyone masked for a time period of less than one hour, is very low risk in terms of COVID.   And we believe the benefits of re-gathering in person will be invaluable.

You can read the letter detailing our safety parameters here:

Online worship will continue as well for people who prefer that option.
Synod-Wide Racial Justice Plan
described and linked below
(Hope's own Aaron Z was on this planning team)

The Metro DC Synod Council issued a letter on October 7, 2020, that called on the synod and its congregations to dismantle white supremacy within the church and society-at-large. Moreover, the letter called on the synod to more fully support and embody anti-racism towards Black, Indigenous, and People of Color as a prophetic and central value in its witness of the Gospel.

A Racial Justice Planning Team was formed and held its first meeting on February 23, 2021. The team includes Bishop Ortiz, Vice President Droney, Sheena Foster, Jennifer Slagle Peck, the Rev. Ben Hogue, the Rev. David Trott, and Aaron Zeiler who are members of the synod council and other synod teams, committees, and tables. The team also consulted with the Rev. Carmelo Santos from the churchwide organization. The team met on March 8, April 6, and May 3, 2021, and offered the proposal to the synod council. The synod council unanimously affirmed this plan
(linked here) at its meeting on May 15, 2021, and the synod is moving forward with implementation.
Property Development Discernment Process
check out the bulletin board for more info:

Recently, Hope's council shared a Property Progress Report by zoom.  Leaders shared about hiring lawyers, protecting Hope's interests in this project, learning about zoning regulations, considering affordable housing options, assessing the value of the land, and where we go from here.  If you missed the conversation, you'll be able to find the recording on the google drive soon.  And please continue praying that the Spirit guides our process.

You can continue to find documents and past zoom meeting here. (listen or ask for the password):
You may also ask questions here:
Calendar and Links

Tuesday June 29, 7pm, Art and Spirituality explores  Empowerment
link shared with registered participants

Wednesday June 30, 7:30pm, Congregation Council Meeting
link shared with council

Sunday July 4, Hope worships online with special music from Alex at the Aspen Music Festival

Same zoom link:

Sunday July 11, 10:30am, in person worship at Hope and continued zoom worship
indoors at Hope, see safety practices above

Saturday July 17, 9am-12:15pm Vacation Bible School
in person, primarily outdoors at Hope

Sunday July 18, Madeline's final Sunday of internship at Hope
watch for details

Monday July 19-Monday August 1, Humble Walk trip to the US/Mexico boarder
pray for travelers and watch for stories on the blog

Tuesday July 20, 1pm ish, Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Monday July 26-Saturday July 31, Pastor Julie on vacation
contact Beth in the office for any administrative needs

Tuesday August 17, 1pm ish, Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Saturday September 18, 2:30-4pm, 10th Anniversary Ministry Celebration for Pastor Ray
UMD Memorial Chapel

Friday-Sunday October 15-17, St Andrew's Retreat at Shrine Mont
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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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