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June 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

1pm - Hope provides bag lunches for PG Day Center

8:30pm - Anti-bias Parents Group

12:30-1:30pm - Contemplative Prayer Group

6pm - Service of Repentance and Commemoration for Emmanuel 9 Martyrs

7pm - Bible Study canceled this week

5-6pm - Hope joins DC Prayer Vigil

10am - get settled online

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

2-3pm - Dear Church book group

Tuesday June 23
7pm - InterFaith Prayer Vigil in College Park
(details forthcoming)

all online, see links at
Dear People of Hope,

If you were able to sign on for Zoom worship this week, you heard guest preacher Silas Kulkarni speak powerfully about race and the real hope for God's healing.  If you missed it, watch for the full worship service to be posted later this week, here:

Silas offered us an invitation to have deeper conversations with each other, especially white people asking people of color about their experience of race.  He encouraged that we do this, not as an anthropological study, but seeking deeper relationships with each other.  It might be clunky; that's normal; it will get easier with practice.  You might hear stories of trouble, pain, joy or pride; you might hear very little.  He proposed some "sentence starters" that could guide these conversations.

You might begin with:

I care about you and I want to try and better understand your experiences even those which are very different from mine.  Are you open to sharing with me about the role race has plated in your life?

Someone might not want to talk; that's fine; it is still good that you asked.  If a person does want to talk, listen for understanding, not to debate or re-interpret.  And if a friend is honest to share, you might then respond with something like:

Thank you for trusting me enough to share that with me.  [If appropriate], I'm sorry you've had to go through that.  Is there anything that would be helpful from me?

We continue to cry our for God's healing in our world.  AND we celebrate the rich diversity that God has created.  This Sunday, June 21, we will celebrate PRIDE Sunday, with prayers, preaching and testimony affirming our Reconciling in Christ commitment and reflecting the gifts of the LGBTQ community.  Join us!

May our healing God be with you, our nation and our world this week,

     Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:
For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Service of Repentance and Commemoration

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the Metro D.C. Synod Racial Equity Team will commemorate the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9 — the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015 during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.

We will mark this day with an online worship service of repentance at 6:00 PM on Facebook Live and YouTube, affirming our commitment to repent the sins of racism and white supremacy that continue to plague the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and our nation.  The preacher of the evening is The Rev. Angela Shannon, and Bishop Leila M. Ortiz will also share remarks. 

RSVP here:
Pandemic Journal Community Group

Part Bible Study, Coffee Hour, Reflective Conversation, and Social Distancing Support Group. In this group, our purpose it to explore a big question together, in its various nuances: “What are you learning about yourself, others, and God during this time of pandemic, quarantine, racial violence, and suffering?” Join us for prayer, self-reflection, and time for sharing and discovering insights during this time. There will be 4 sessions total, on Thursdays 8:30-9:30pm, every two weeks from June to August.

Session Dates: June 25, July 9, July 23, and August 6.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Contact Jason or Hannah to ask questions:,
Anti-Bias Parent Group at Hope

A parent group is forming at Hope to discuss ways to raise anti-biased children- starting Tuesday June 16, 8:30pm.  The group will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month moving forward.  Invite interested parents to join July 21 and/or August 18.

If you have any questions, you can contact Addie at Addie is an early childhood educator with experience teaching anti-bias curriculum in preschool. Or simply join here:
Password: Hope 
Dear Hope, it’s time to have a talk.

Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel L. Simmons, Sharonda Colemnan-Singleton, Myra Thompson. The Charleston nine were murdered five years ago this month during a Bible Study. They were killed by a Lutheran: Dylann Roof. Today, the United States erupts in confrontations over racism and police brutality prompted by the violent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We must examine the role of the church in perpetrating injustice and how we can work to dismantle white supremacy starting at Hope. Matthew Salzano and Aaron Zeiler are going to host a weekly book study of Rev. Lenny Duncan’s Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. White people and people of color are invited to join. Hope will provide copies of the book. Email Matthew to express interest.

A group of 11 readers is scheduled to begin this Sunday, June 21, 2-3pm.  There's still time to join! 
College Park Food Pantry Thanks!

Thanks to everyone for dropping off contributions for the College Park Food Pantry.  You may leave things at Pat N's house OR on the back porch of the St Andrew's rectory (pastor's house).  This food pantry used to serve families once a month, then when the pandemic began they increased to twice a month.  Now the food pantry is serving 200 families every Saturday- approximately 500 people each week!  Any contributions for non-perishable food is greatly appreciated.
Calendar and Links

Tuesday June 16, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group
Password: Hope

Wednesday, June 17 (and following Wednesdays) 12:30-1:30pm Contemplative Prayer (meeting ID 608-303-9144)
password: Christos

Wednesday June 17, 6pm
Service of Repentance & Commemoration of the Emanuel 9 Martyrs

Presented by the ELCA Metro DC Racial Equity Team

Friday June 19, 5-6pm Prayer Vigil along 16th St NW in DC
Join Pastor Julie and family near at the cross-streets of 16th St NW and Colorado Ave

Sunday June 21, 10am sign on for worship, 10:30am worship

Sunday June 21, 2-3pm - Dear Church Book Group
email Matthew S for Zoom link

Tuesday June 23, 7pm College Park InterFaith Prayer Vigil
small group in-person; mostly online; details forthcoming

Wednesday June 24 (and following Wednesdays), 7pm Bible Study

Thursday June 25, 8:30pm Pandemic Journal Community Group

Friday June 26, 11am-noon Moms Group (every other week throughout the summer)

Friday June 26, 5-6pm Prayer Vigil along 16th St NW in DC
Join Pastor Julie and family near at the cross-streets of 16th St NW and Colorado Ave

Sunday June 28, 7-8:30pm Hope Congregation Council Meeting
link shared with council members

Tuesday July 21, 1pm
Hope provides lunches for PG Plaza Day Center.  Contact Joan A to volunteer to help.
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Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Alex Kostadinov, Church Music and Choral Director,, cell: 254-733-4089
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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