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December 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


7:30pm - Council/Steering Committee Property meeting


7:30pm - Choir of Hope Rehearsal


7:30pm - movies@hope presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in person at Hope


11am - 1pm - Living Water SDA worships in person at Hope


10am - Get Settled Online

10:15am - Doors Open for in-person Worship

10:30am - Sunday Worship with new tech set-up
in person and on Zoom

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

5-7pm - Humble Walk Students Dinner and Worship


all day - Fundraiser at Franklins for PG Day Center
Dear People of Hope,

It is the time of year when things can be busy.  Our church announcements and invitations are no different.  There is a lot happening at Hope in the coming weeks.  We hope these invitations fill our lives with service, community, and the love of Christ.  Join us for any of the below Advent and Christmas events and opportunities.

Peace of Christ,
  Pastor Julie

ps - Worship at Hope now includes congregational singing and indoor communion.  Zoom worship continues for those who prefer an online option.  Starting December 5, we'll be merging technology with Living Water SDA Church, and we expect our zoom experience will improve significantly.
Advent at Hope
Special worship and events starting Sunday November 28

Saturday December 11, noon-2pm, families and anyone interested are invited to an Advent Petting Zoo, remembering that Jesus was born among animals.  Join the group anytime on Hope's front lawn; invite friends and neighbors.

Wednesday evenings at 6pm we join with All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie (by zoom) for a book study on "Difficult Words of Jesus."  This is a 6-week study, including 2 weeks in January.  Friends welcome.

Sunday evening, December 19, 7:30pm, as we approach Christmas, Hope will host a Longest Night worship service, for prayer and reflection, acknowledging the pain and grief that this season can hold.  Consider who you might invite to this evening of prayerful reflection.

Friday December 24, at 7:30pm we will gather in person and online for a Christmas Eve worship service with candle light and carols.

Sunday December 26, at 10:30am we gather for worship with lessons and carols, hearing and singing the Christmas story.
movies@hope presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Friday December 3, 7:30pm at Hope

Join us this Friday as movies@hope celebrates the Christmas season with the 1971 family classic, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring the great Gene Wilder, with songs by the late Leslie Bricusse.  Fifty years on, this beloved fantasy about a boy and his adventure in the chocolate factory of the mysterious Willy Wonka continues to enchant children of all ages and will be joined by a pre-quel to be released soon.  See it again or see it for the first time, and join your friends and neighbors for the post-film discussion!
Fundraiser at Franklin’s to Benefit CUCE
All Day Monday December 6

Enjoy lunch, dinner, or carry-out at Franklin’s, in Hyattsville all day on Monday, December 6, and get an early start on your Christmas shopping in the general store, to benefit the day center run by Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment (CUCE). Franklin’s will donate 20 percent of your before-tax total -- but you must show your receipt to the host to participate. Since June 2017, we have raised $3,647 for the day center through fundraisers at Franklins!
Support Students with Finals Kits
now through Sunday December 12

We are collecting treats to support our student neighbors through this stressful time. Please bring donations to the church between now and December 12. Especially appreciated items are hot chocolate packets, individually wrapped tea bags, fruit snacks, assorted granola bars, peanut butter or cheese crackers, microwave popcorn and chewing gum. On Sunday, December 12, stay after worship to help pack the goodie bags for students. Thanks to Bonnie for organizing.
Donate Warm Gloves and Coats for PG Day Center Guests
now through January 1

The PG Plaza Day Center staff are seeking donations for the guests. They need warm gloves, preferably insulated, in generally large sizes. They also need warm coats, new or gently used, in large sizes. You may bring donations to Hope between now and January 1; a volunteer will ensure the donations get to the Day Center.
Gifts of Hope: alternative gift-giving
now through January 5

Jesus’ birth changed the world forever.  This holiday season, we too can transform the lives of others through more meaningful giving.  Donate through our Synod’s Gifts of Hope program and you will support local and global organizations with proven track records of helping those who need it most.  These funds have helped the homeless, the hungry, the young, the elderly, immigrants, refugees, jobseekers, seminary and college students, and those seeking to improve their lives.  Visit the Gifts of Hope table at Hope to pick up a catalogue or go to to learn more.  See Lori B for more information.
Afghan Refugee Support
supporting a family of 12 now!

Hope is welcoming and supporting a newly arrived family of 12 people - a married couple and their 10 children, ranging in age from 2-19 years old.  Thanks to all of you who have helped the family get beds, sheets and pillows, a fully stocked kitchen, curtains, carseats for safe travel, and radios to let music into the home.

The next greatest needs are several warm coats and winter shoes (not quite everyone still needs these; reach out for specific size-details), cell phones and laptops, new or nearly new area rugs.  Contact Mary directly if you want to be involved - or 202-509-7991.

You can continue to donate financially and invite others to do so too,  You can send a check to Hope with "Refugee Resettlement" in the memo line.  Or give online, selecting "Refugee Resettlement Fund" in the drop-down menu:
Property Development Discernment Process
check out the bulletin board for more info:

Hope's Council and Steering Committee continue to research, learn and guide Hope's property discernment process.  Read updates on the process in a recent newsletter, found here.
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

Wednesday December 1, 6pm, "Difficult Words of Jesus" book study

Wednesday December 1, 7:30pm, Hope Council and Steering Committee Property Meeting
link shared with council and committee

Thursday December 2, 7:30pm Choir of Hope rehearses at Hope
contact Alex for more information

Friday December 3, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
awaiting in-person/online details

Saturday December 4, 11am-1pm, Living Water SDA Worships indoors at Hope
anyone welcome

Sunday December 5, 10:30am, Sunday worship begins sharing Living Water tech-set up for online worship
Please be patient with any adjustments required
Same zoom link:

Sunday December 5, 5-7 pm ish, Humble Walk meal and worship for students
in person at Hope, students only

Monday December 6, all day - Franklin's Fundraiser to support PG Day Center
dine in, carry out, shop in the store

Wednesday December 8, 6pm, "Difficult Words of Jesus" book study

Wednesday December 8, 7:30pm, Hope Council and Steering Committee Property Meeting
link shared with council and committee

Saturday December 11, noon-2pm, Advent Petting Zoo
outdoors at Hope

Wednesday December 15, 6pm, "Difficult Words of Jesus" book study

Wednesday December 15, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
link shared with council

Saturday December 18, 11am-1pm, Living Water SDA Worships indoors at Hope
anyone welcome

Sunday December 19, 7:30pm, Longest Night Worship Service
in person at Hope

Tuesday December 21, 1pm ish - Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer, including in-person volunteering

Wednesday December 22, 6pm, "Difficult Words of Jesus" book study

Friday December 24, 7:30pm, Christmas Eve worship
in person and online

Sunday December 26, 10:30am, worship with Lessons and Carols
in person and online

Wednesday, December 29-January 7, Humble Walk and Hope travel to Puerto Rico
watch for blog posts about their experiences

Wednesday January 5, 6pm, "Difficult Words of Jesus" book study

Wednesday January 12, 6pm, "Difficult Words of Jesus" book study
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All rights reserved.      Phone: 301-927-5508
Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Alex Kostadinov, student musician,, cell: 530-608-6860
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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