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September 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

9am - Kids Sunday School

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Kitchen Table Worship
(bring food or drink)

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

7pm - 
front yard communion in North College Park

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

We have had two front yard communion services and there are two remaining.  Join any of these events for in person prayer and communion.  They are outdoors, simple and short; communion is served in safely pre-packaged cups.  And yet we are together, in the flesh, sharing the body and blood of Christ.

First we gathered in Greenbelt at John Henry's place.  Even at 92-years old, he had prepared his garden to be a welcoming space.  The group gathered in the yard, amidst the vibrant plants and sounds of happy bugs.

Next we gathered in College Park Estates at JT, Jacob and Alex's house after the virtual school day ended.  Neighboring families walked and biked over.  It was a beautiful afternoon.

This Sunday evening we meet at Pat's place in North College Park.  And NEXT weekend we'll meet at Hope on Saturday.  Join us for either of these remaining events.  
May you feel God's presence, wherever you are.  And perhaps see you in person soon.

Peace of Christ,
   Pastor Julie

Please follow these parameters::
- If you’re feeling sick, stay home
- Wear your mask the entire time
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet
- Bring your own chair if you will want to sit (or just plan to stand for 15 minutes)
- Use the bathroom before you come
- If you test positive for COVID-19 later, contact Pastor Julie

Join any of these gatherings:
Specific addresses not shared here for privacy.  Look up the exact address in your Hope directory or email/call for details.

* Sunday September 27, 7pm at Pat N's place in North College Park

* Saturday October 3, 4pm at Hope Lutheran Church 4201 Guilford Drive, College Park
Watch our Sunday worship services here:
For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Money is Ministry - join the finance team
contact Paul T to learn more

Each fall, a team gathers to prepare Hope's budget for the following year.  How we use our money as a congregation reflects what we value- perhaps in these corona days more than ever.  If you are interested to be a part of this conversation, contact Hope's assistant treasurer, Paul at  There is no pre-requisite, simply an interest in finances and ministry at Hope.
Giving to the Community
through the end of September

In August Hope's Council decided to give $2000 for Langley Park Food Assistance and $2000 to the College Park Food Bank.  Through September, join the church and other individuals in giving money for:

*children's school supplies
*food assistance for Langley Park families
*food assistance for the College Park Community Food Bank

You may write a check and put it in the mail to Hope.  Or you may give online and select one of these funds in the drop down menu.
Adult Education Opportunities
throughout each week

This fall, there are several new education opportunities in partnership with St Andrew's Episcopal Church.  You may want to join a Sunday morning book discussion, a Wednesday evening theology conversation, or a Tuesday evening reflection with art and poetry.  Skim through the calendar list below and learn more on St Andrew's website:
Virtual Choir
between now and September 27th

Alex is again using technology to gather people's video and voices in singing another classic hymns, It Is Well With My Soul.  Want to join? He'll email you all the materials you need, you'll record yourself singing and send the video back to Alex.  He'll stitch everyone together so we can hear ourselves singing together.  All singing skills welcome; musical instruments also welcome.  Contact Alex for more information:
Calendar and Links

Virtual Choir, now through September 27
email Alex ( for instructions and record yourself from home

Sunday September 27, 9am Kids Sunday School

Sunday September 27, 10:30am Kitchen Table Worship,

Sunday September 27, 7pm
Front yard communion at Pat N's place in north College Park

Tuesday September 29 (and following Tuesdays), 6:30-8:30pm Bible, Art and Poetry Conversation

Saturday October 3, 4pm
Front yard communion at Hope

Wednesday October 7, 7-8:30pm St Andrews Coffee & Theology Chat on The Anglican Communion

Friday October 9, 7:30pm
movies@hope presents John Lewis: Good Trouble, outdoors and online

Saturday October 10, 10am and 7:45pm
mini-retreat in your own space, details forthcoming

Tuesday October 20, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group
Password: Hope

Wednesday October 21, 7-8:30pm St Andrews Coffee & Theology Chat on The Book of Common Prayer

Sunday October 25, 9-10am, "Just Mercy" adult faith formation book discussion with St Andrews

Sunday October 25, 1pm Hope Church Council Meeting

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

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

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

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

Copyright © *2020* Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
All rights reserved.      Phone: 301-927-5508
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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