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January 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

7:30pm - Congregation Council Meeting

9am - "Inspired" book discussion

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Sunday Worship, MLK Sunday

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

4pm - Letter from Birmingham Jail reading

4pm - Letter from Birmingham Jail re-reading

1pm-ish - take lunches to PG Day Center

8:30pm - Anti-Bias Parenting Group

see links for online events at
Strengths of Hope, brainstormed
Dreams for Hope, brainstormed

Dear People of Hope,

This past Sunday, about 30 people met by zoom to learn and share more about the development proposal Hope's council has presented to the congregation.  We spent most of our time considering who Hope is called to be, with or without this development.  Groups brainstormed what we see as strengths of Hope and our big dreams for Hope, as depicted in the word clouds above.

In the coming weeks, Hope will launch small groups to invite even more people to discern even more deeply about this development proposal.  We hope everyone will join one of these groups.  Look below for where you can keep reading materials and asking questions.  Questions are getting answered and soon we'll be sharing an updated document with the dozens of questions people have been asking, along with responses.  And watch for the small group sign-up, coming around soon.

Finally, come to Hope's regular Congregational Meeting on Sunday January 24, 1pm by zoom (details below).  We'll reflect on Hope's ministry generally, and this development proposal specifically.

Peace of Christ, Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Learning to Love the Bible Again
book discussion Sundays January 10, 17, 24 and 31, 9am

If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean whey they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered change her and it will change you too.  Join adults from Hope and St Andrews for this discussion group.
Hope's Development Discernment
Pray, find documents online, ask questions
watch for sign-up for small groups

Hope's Council is inviting all people to engage in a discernment process about a possible property sale and redevelopment.  Recently, many people gathered to learn about a development proposal Hope has received.  If you couldn't make this meeting, find resources online and plan to join the next large group meeting.

1) Join council in praying, using this and other prayers:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the endings, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils and joys unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

2) Find documents and past zoom meeting here (listen or ask for the password):

3) Ask questions here:

4) Sign up to be in a small group for more conversations, questions and answers.
movies@hope presented Traces of the Trade
follow up notes

Friday's movies@hope conversation engaged the film maker who dug into her own family's history of slave trading.  This roused a meaningful discussion and several new resources on racial justice, community connections and reparations.  Check out these three resources:

A community group working together to create a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past, from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned:

A film-based dialogue series on race and faith:

A way for white Americans to make reparations to Black Americans for participation in the Atlantic Slave Trade:
Congregational Meeting
Sunday January 24, 1pm
     Meeting ID: 890 2943 2330
     Passcode: 123456

Watch for a letter in the mail and join others for January's Congregational meeting.  We'll reflect on the past year of ministry and look to the coming year.  We'll also hear a little more about the development proposal that council has shared with the congregation.  This meeting will be led by Hope's new council, including newly elected officers:

Hope's 2021 Congregation Council
President Jeff T.
Vice President Katie E
Secretary JT R
Treasurer Paulette T
Members: Ana L, Ana L, Joan A, Lauren M, Liz D, Matthew S, Mona M, Pat N, Bruce N (Humble Walk representative)
Calendar and Links

Sunday January 17, 9am Inspired book discussion

Sunday January 17, 10:30m Sunday Worship

Sunday and Monday January 17 & 18, 4pm each day
"A Prophetic Call to The Church: The Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr."

Tuesday January 19, 1pm-ish, Hope provides lunches to PG County Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Tuesday January 19, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group
password: Hope

Sunday January 24, 9am Inspired book discussion

Sunday January 24, 1pm Congregational Meeting
     Meeting ID: 890 2943 2330
     Passcode: 123456

Wednesday January 27, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme Jesus and Redemption)

Sunday January 31, 9am Kids Sunday School re-gathers
link forthcoming

Sunday January 31, 9am Inspired book discussion

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

Wednesday March 27, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme What about the Saints in Anglican Christianity?)
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Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
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Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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