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July 2022

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


1pm OR 8pm - ELCA Advocacy Cafe Education Zoom


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


10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community

10:30am - Sunday Worship
in person and on Zoom

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

after worship - Special Coffee Hour to support Pastor Julie, family and new baby

Dear People of Hope,

The church is changing - not just Hope, our church.  But THE church, all of us seeking to follow Jesus together.  Below, Bishop Bill Gohl, bishop in Delaware/Maryland writes a letter about his interpretation of what's happening.  I find his reflections helpful and thought provoking.  Perhaps you will too.

Peace of Christ, Pastor Julie
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things…” –Luke 10:41
As we continue to make our journey through the pandemic, it’s not a secret that church attendance has taken a significant hit. Particularly in our larger congregations, there is a real struggle to see our communities regather in-person and online. The prognosticators can’t seem to agree on any one reason for this, but after having spent six months serving a part-time interim in a congregation, and from my vantage point as bishop of our synod, I am increasingly convinced that this is not the last throes of the end of Christendom so much as it is the rapid advancement of toxic busyness.
As a rule, Americans are not especially good at sabbath-keeping. Rest, good rest, is elusive as our screens and their dings interrupt our sleep, our “after hours” time with family and friends, and the seemingly anti-patriotic act of doing nothing. Sundays, once a communal day of rest, are as busy as ever before. Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, once sacrosanct as time off for (nearly) everyone, are now largely business as usual, if somewhat restrained.
We are always busy. We are almost prideful about our not having taken our vacation time, or our day off. When the pandemic changed the patterns of our Sundays and the gathering of community in-person; when the pandemic exhausted our commitment to gathering on-line for school, work, socializing and worship; we found other ways to be busy on Sunday mornings, apart from being the body of Christ gathered for worship, learning, fellowship and service.
Don’t misunderstand this as a finger wag about Mary having chosen the better part because she sits at the feet of Jesus. Martha is doing important work – as one of my colleagues at our clergy Bible study put it well, “Jesus, do you want dinner? Tell her to help me!” Not everyone can or has agency to drop everything in the moment to sit at the feet of Jesus.
To be honest I hear the words, “Martha, Martha,” more of a reminder for those of us in the church not to mistake church work for the work of the church. That sometimes, especially as we come into a new season of what it’s going to mean to be church, it’s okay to be open to change and transformation; to eschew toxic busyness – even in the church – to be recentered on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
My experience of being in communities throughout our synod has been a frustrated sense of waiting for things to “go back to ‘normal.’” Perhaps we need to hear the voice of Jesus who invites us to put our worries and distractions aside, if but for a moment, to be together; open to being, and becoming something new.

With Love and Prayers, Bishop Bill Gohl
ELCA National Advocacy Cafe
Last Tuesdays of the Month, 1pm and/or 8pm

With election season fervor escalating, many of us embrace the potential we have as U.S. residents and as people of faith in ensuring our election systems promote dignity and respect for all. 

Drop by an Advocacy Cafe over the coming months leading up to the November election to hear from ELCA Advocacy community leaders about timely topics. The 30-minute presentations will be offered twice on the same day. The day session will wrap-up with 15-minutes for a Q&A session with panelists. The evening session will wrap-up differently, with 25 minutes to meet in a small group with others to exchange experiences and ideas. 

Day Session: 1:00 p.m. ET
Evening Session: 8:00 p.m. ET 

Monthly Topics:
July 26 – August Recess
August 30 - Civic Engagement Actions
September 27 - Barriers to Voting
October 25 - Public Discourse

More details and registration here:

Look for our own Silas K on these zoom sessions; he has just started working with this team.
Special Coffee Hour for Pastor Julie and family
THIS Sunday July 31, after worship

This Sunday, July 31st, the church council invites people to stay after the service for a special coffee hour to extend our best wishes to Pastor Julie and her family as they anticipate the new addition to their family.  This will be simple and outdoors.  The zoom community is also invited to stay online after worship for the celebration.
Sunday Communion Moving Outside
THIS Sunday July 31, and following weeks

As current strains of Covid seem to be highly infectious, Hope plans to move the final 10 minutes of worship outdoors for the remainder of summer, and likely the fall.  Starting this Sunday, worship leaders will guide participants outside to bless and share communion.  Leaders will also bring a few chair for people who prefer to sit; and we'll all be looking for the shade in the upper parking lot.  Thank you for your flexibility as we seek to be hospitable to the most vulnerable in our community.

Leaders have a plan to bring the zoom community outside as well.  If you worship online, stay on for this final portion of service as well.
Calendar and Links

Tuesday July 26, 1pm AND 8pm, ELCA Advocacy Cafe Zoom
topic: What is "August Recess" in Congress

Saturday July 30, 11am-1pm, Living Water SDA Worship Service
in person at Hope

Sunday July 31, 10:30am, Worship in person and online
Same zoom link:

Sunday July 31, after worship, Special Coffee Hour for Pastor Julie and family
In person outdoors and by zoom (same worship link)

Tuesday August 16, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Sunday August 21, 10:30am, Bishop Leila Ortiz guest preaching at Hope
Sunday morning worship, as usual

Wednesday August 24, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
zoom link shared with council

Sunday August 28, 5-7pm, First Humble Walk student dinner and worship
Hope provides food: awaiting details to volunteer

Tuesday August 30, 1pm AND 8pm, ELCA Advocacy Cafe Zoom
topic: Civic Engagement Actions

Tuesday September 20, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Tuesday September 27, 1pm AND 8pm, ELCA Advocacy Cafe Zoom
topic: Barriers to Voting

Wednesday September 28, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
zoom link shared with council

Tuesday October 11, 7:30pm, Property Quarterly Check In

Tuesday October 18, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Tuesday October 25, 1pm AND 8pm, ELCA Advocacy Cafe Zoom
topic: Public Discourse

Wednesday October 26, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
zoom link shared with council

Sunday November 13, after worship time TBD, Hope Congregational Meeting
zoom link/in person details forthcoming

Tuesday November 15, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Wednesday November 30, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
zoom link shared with council
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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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