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March 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

4:30pm - Discernment Small Group

7:30pm - Theology of Harry Potter

7:30pm - movies@hope presents Bonhoeffer

9am - Kids Sunday School

9am - "Why Jesus?" Adult Forum

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Sunday Worship

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

1:30pm - Discernment Small Group

5:30pm - Humble Walk Student Worship

7:30pm - Discernment Small Group

7:30pm - Discernment Large Group meeting with CA Ventures

see links for online events at
Read or watch this letter from Bishop Leila Ortiz:

Grace and Peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This month marks 1 year since COVID-19 entered our lives. As I share this with you, there have been 505,642 deaths in the United States alone and 2,497,406 deaths worldwide. All of these were beloved children of God and some were our family members, friends, colleagues… they had stories to tell, dreams, and ambitions. They still have names, our collective body grieves their loss, and they will now remain a part of our life’s story.

This story also holds the ways COVID-19 forced us to re-imagine how we function in a world with this invisible and deadly threat, and how we remain and grow as disciples of Jesus who worship together. Neither life nor ministry have taken a pause in the midst of this pandemic. Instead, both have grown in their demands and some would argue that these demands drained their bodies of energy, their minds of sanity, and their spirits of inspired creativity. And yet, here we are. Here we are in the middle of the Lenten season testifying and adding to our personal and collective story of death that leads to resurrection; adding to and actively participating in our personal and collective story of transformation.

On this Lenten journey we’ve invited you to explore Romans 12:1-21. Today, March 1st, we’re invited to meditate on verse 5, “so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.”

We are tied to all God’s beloved creation through our relationship in Christ. We are one body and we are members of one another. How might claiming this truth lead to further transformation in each of us this coming year? How might we be transformed by the renewing of our minds and by waking to the avoidable loss of millions to the triple pandemic we suffer today: a deadly virus, systemic injustice, and a climate crisis? How might we be transformed in our thinking, living, and leading for the sake of co-participating in the transformation of a world in desperate need of unconditional love and healing?  

My prayer this day is that we hold this moment in history and these questions near to our hearts; that we wrestle with the invitations and answers that may arise and become inspired by the possibilities; that we sit with the weight and implications of God’s word to us and truly recognize each other as members one of another. Ultimately, I pray we come to believe in our bones that we can lean into the Spirit’s transformative work in us with confidence and courage… with God’s help and in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bishop Leila M. Ortiz
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Property Development Discernment Process
Various events, various dates

NEWLY scheduled: Next week, Tuesday, March 9, 7:30pm, join us for a large group conversation with CA Ventures, the developer who has proposed buying Hope's land and re-developing us a new church building.  You'll be able to hear from them and ask questions.

Join here:
NEWLY scheduled: Wednesday April 7, 7:30pm large group Details and Discernment session with Metro DC Synod staff.  We'll have conversation with Pastors Lamar Baily and Erin Swenson-Reinhold.

Join here:

Its not too late to sign up for a small group here:
or call Beth to sign up for a group and receive the zoom information.  Groups have started, but you can still join.

You can continue to find documents and past zoom meeting here. (listen or ask for the password):
You may also ask questions here:
movies@hope presents Bonhoeffer
Friday March 5, 7:30pm

Join us when movies@hope commemorates the season of Lent with Bonhoeffer, a profile of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian, pastor, and war resister.  In the face of the unspeakable evil of the Nazi regime and the passivity of the official church, Bonhoeffer must make a horrific choice between his pacifism and participation in the plot to assassinate Hitler -- a decision that will cost him his life.  Former Hope pastor and Metro DC Synod bishop Dick Graham will introduce this stirring documentary from 2003, and will lead the discussion afterwards.
Adult Education Opportunities
various dates/times and zoom links

One more gift of our worship partnership with St Andrew's Episcopal Church is joining some of their adult education programs.  These two are coming soon; watch for more in the future:

Wednesday March 3, 7:30pm Theology of Harry Potter - Coffee and Theology

Sunday March 7, 9am - "Why Jesus?" conversations about faith (continues each Sunday in March)
Calendar and Links

Wednesday March 3, 4:30pm - Property Discernment Small Group (generally Thursdays)
details above

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

Friday March 5, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Bonhoeffer

Sunday March 7, 9am Kids Sunday School

Sunday March 7, 9am - "Why Jesus?" adult education series begins

Sunday March 7, 10:30m Sunday Worship

Sunday March 7, 1:30pm - Property Discernment Small Group
details above

Monday March 8, 7:30pm - Property Discernment Small Group
details above

Tuesday March 9, 7:30pm, Large Group Development session with CA Ventures, proposed developers

Sunday March 14, 10:30m Sunday Worship, Special Prayers for Healing

Wednesday March 17, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme What about the Saints in Anglican Christianity?)

Wednesday March 17, 7:30pm Congregation Council Meeting
link shared with council

Sunday-Saturday, March 21-27, Pastor Julie away for vacation

Sunday March 28 - Sunday April 4, Holy Week and Easter

details forthcoming

Friday April 9, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Paths of Glory

Wednesday April 14, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme Jesus and Redemption)

Friday May 7, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents 76 Days

Friday June 4, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Shoplifters
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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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