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October/November 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

9am - Kids Sunday School

10am - get settled online

10:30am - All Saints Worship
and baptism of baby Benjamin
light candles, bring a bowl of water and names of saints who have died to pray aloud

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

2pm - Education session: Luther's Small Catechism

4pm - Metro DC Synod All Saints Worship

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

This Sunday is one of my favorite Sundays in the church year- All Saints Sunday.  It is a time to gather for worship as usual, and to especially remember all the saints of God - all people who have reflected God's light in our world.

This year we welcome a young new saint as baby Benjamin celebrates his baptism.  He'll gather with his family at Hope and we all get to participate online.

We also celebrate the saints of the past.  This includes people from our own lives, the people dear to us who have died, recently or longer ago.  This also includes people known around the country and around the world- the big names that many know.  You may want to bring photos or names to worship.  There will be time in the service to pray names aloud.

You may want to prepare your worship space in a special way this week.  Bring photos of saints, names of saints, a bowl of water to remember your baptism, light as many candles as you want.

Blessings of Christ,

Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
All Saints Sunday - November 1
Hope and St Andrews, 10:30am Sunday
Synod-wide, 4pm Sunday

In the morning, you are invited to bring a bowl of water to remember your baptism, you may also want to light candles- as many as you choose.  There will be a time to name names aloud and hear the ringing of a bell as we remember the whole communion of saints- especially those who have died.

In the afternoon, bring your water and candles again, as we join with others around the synod for another chance to worship together.  Watch here: or
Seeking additional community volunteers!
Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons

Three days a week, University of Maryland students work virtually with local elementary schoolers for homework help, math games, reading skills, and more! Our time together is most productive in "1-on-1" Zoom breakout rooms, and in order to ensure safety and appropriate behavior of everyone involved, we are organizing for a third person to be present in each room. These silent chaperones, including non-students, are not expected to say anything, or even have their camera on. Just show up and be present!
Sign up here!
Luther's Small Catechism:
10 Commandments in modern context

Sundays November 1 and 8, 2pm

The Small Catechism was Martin Luther's attempt to plainly review and interpret The Ten Commandments, The Apostle's Creed, The Lord's Prayer, baptism, and communion.  A lot of people don't read The Small Catechism after confirmation, so we'll spend two days going over what Martin Luther said about The Ten Commandments.  We'll also hear modern views of the commandments, specifically from The Forgotten Luther Project, ELCA World Hunger, Lutherans Restoring Creation, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and a group of theologians of African descent.

Jeff T, now taking seminary classes, will lead these sessions.  Join here:
Synod-wide prayer before and after the election
October 25-November 3, before the election
November 3-13, after the election

All Metro D.C. Synod congregations are invited to participate in two upcoming prayer series - 10 Days of Prayer before Election Day and 10 Days of Prayer following Election Day. Through this prayer series, we hope to reflect on how we practice our faith in public, how we care for our neighbors, and how we bear witness to God at work in our world despite the challenges of this year and season.

This series will begin during our synod-wide worship service for the Reformation, which will take place on Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 pm. At 5:00 AM every morning, a short devotional, written by leaders in our synod, will be made available on our Synod Facebook and Instagram pages. You are invited to share these devotionals widely and freely.
movies@hope presents Slay the Dragon
Friday November 6, 7:30pm

Join us on Zoom when movies@hope presents Slay the Dragon, a compelling documentary from 2019 that shines a spotlight on the practice of political gerrymandering. Now that another election has taken place, our representatives will be making the rules for contesting future elections.  Will they set the boundaries for Congressional and State legislative districts in a way that represents the will of the voters?

Zoom login information can be found below.  If you prefer to stream the film it is available to rent or through subscription on several platforms.  Then you can join us on Zoom around 9:20 for the post-film discussion.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Special Financial Giving
an update and an invitation

Early this fall, you were invited to give to specific local appeals for those most in need due to COVID-19.  You responded with generosity and compassion.  This is what Hope received and gave away:

Langley Park Food Assistance:  $880
College Park Food Pantry:  $300
School Supplies:  $185

As fall continues, you are invited to give more widely, to those impacted by COVID and other disasters around the country and the world.  In place of Hope's usual "Fall Mission Appeal," this season Hope's council is inviting people to give to Lutheran Disaster Response.  This organization brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, Lutheran Disaster Response stays to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.

You may give to a region or crisis close to your heart, or give where it is needed most.  Learn more here:
Calendar and Links

October 25-November 3, Metro DC Synod's 10-days of prayer before the election

Sunday November 1, 9am Kids Sunday School

Sunday November 1, 10:30m All Saints Sunday worship, with baptism of baby Benjamin
please pray for Benjamin and his parents as they prepare
consider brining a bowl of water to remember your baptism, light candles, bring names of people who have died to pray aloud

Sundays November 1 and 8, 2pm, education session on Luther's Small Catechism

Sunday November 1, 4pm synod-wide All Saints Worship or

November 3 - 13, Metro DC Synod's 10-days of prayer after the election

Thursday November 5, 12 and 19,
8pm, Celebration of 50 years of Women's Ordination in the ELCA panel discussions

link forthcoming

Friday November 6, 7:30pm movies@hope presents Slay the Dragon

Sunday November 8, 9-10am, "Just Mercy" adult faith formation book discussion with St Andrews

Monday November 9-Saturday November 14
Pastor Julie away for vacation

Wednesday November 11, 7-8:30pm St Andrews Coffee & Theology Chat on High Church, Low Church, Broad Church... What?

Sunday November 15, 1pm virtual Congregational Meeting to discuss 2021 budget
link forthcoming

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

Tuesday November 17, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group
Password: Hope

Saturday November 21, 2pm
Celebration of 50 years of Women's Ordination in the ELCA online event with Pastor Beth Platz
link forthcoming

Sunday November 22, 10:30m Family Friendly morning worship

invite any children and families to join you by zoom

Friday December 4, 7:30pm movies@hope presents While You Were Sleeping

Thursday December 24, 5:30-6pm outdoor Christmas Eve worship at Hope
dress warmly

Thursday December 24, 8pm traditional Christmas Eve worship on Zoom

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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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