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December, 2022

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


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


9:15 - Choir Rehearsal

10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community

10:30am - Fourth Sunday of Advent 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 - decorate for Christmas


noon-3pm - Serve Lunch at PG Day Center


7:30-9pm - Council Meeting
Dear People of Hope,

As we prepare for Christmas at Hope, we have had some fun.

Last week we welcomed around 150 people to visit Hope and pet some farm animals for the Advent Petting Zoo.  This was our 3rd year and largest turn out for this event.  Living Water Seventh Day Adventist church joined us, also inviting friends and family.  In the middle of the afternoon, we gathered to hear the Christmas story and sing together, including kids with percussion instruments.  It really was a joyful event.

We packed 35 finals kits to support students through this stressful time.  Apparently years ago, Hope decided to give students only healthy snacks; but this year a few newcomers didn't get this information.  So alongside tea and granola bars, students received chocolates and Oreos.  When I told students of our "mistake," they cheered!

Now, our ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reads the Christmas Story here:

Join us this Sunday as we decorate the church after worship.  We continue to work and worship together in this holy season.

Peace of Christ, Pastor Julie
Sheep and Goats
Ducks and Rabbits
Christmas Story and Music
Advent and Christmas at Hope
November 27 and beyond

Wednesday night zoom prayer with St Andrew's Episcopal Church
Wednesdays November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 8pm
     Meeting ID: 876 287 0629
     Passcode: 7idNV6

Christmas Decorating
Sunday December 18
Stay after morning worship to decorate the church  for the coming celebrations.

Christmas Eve worship
Saturday December 24
7:30pm with candles and holy communion

Christmas Day Worship
Sunday December 25
Hope doesn't generally have a Christmas Day service, but we DO have Sunday services.  This year is a special treat with Christmas Day falling on a Sunday

New Year's Day Zoom Only Worship
Sunday January 1, 10:30am
Stay home, maybe in your pajamas or with coffee.  We'll all worship online this morning, giving us the rare chance to be one community, all seeing each other on screen (rather than partially in person and partially online).
Gifts of Hope - local giving this Christmas
starting now!

Jesus’ birth changed the world forever. This holiday season, we too can transform the lives of others through more meaningful giving. Donate through our Synod’s Gifts of Hope program and you will support local and global organizations with proven track records of helping those who need it most. Operating since Advent 1992, Gifts of Hope has raised and disbursed almost $4 million to two church camps, four ministries, three international companion synods, and many local social service agencies affiliated with the Synod. These funds have helped the homeless, the hungry, the young, the elderly, immigrants, refugees, jobseekers, seminary and college students, and those seeking to improve their lives. Visit the Gifts of Hope table in the entryway after the service to pick up a catalogue or go to to learn more. 
Buy Gift Cards that benefit Hope
physical cards and online options

Hope continues to be enrolled in the Scrip gift card fund raising program, which is now called RaiseRight.  The program allows you to purchase gift cards at face value with a percentage of that value going to Hope as a rebate.  RaiseRight has an amazingly extensive list of participating retailers of all types, so this is a great opportunity to purchase gifts for everyone on your shopping list -- or groceries or other items you need yourself -- while benefiting the church.  

E-gift cards are available through Scrip at any time.  If you were not previously registered with Scrip/Raiseright, just use this enrollment code to enable Hope to receive the rebate: DB1216C863874.
Hope is Hiring
starting now!

Hope's wonderful Administrative Assistant, Beth, has to resign from the position due to family needs.  We are grateful for Beth's 5+ years of faithful service and we pray for her transition.  Hope is now seeking a new Administrative Assistant.  Find the job description on Hope's website and share it with any people or networks who might be interested.
Collecting warm-wear for PG Day Center
now through Sunday January 15

 The PG Plaza Day Center welcomes donations of new socks, and new or good condition warm gloves and hats, prefer larger sizes. Hope will collect donations through January 15 and then make sure all items are delivered to the Day Center. Talk to Joan for additional information.
Calendar and Links

Saturday December 17, 11am-1pm, Living Water worships
at Hope

Sunday December 18, 10:30am, Hope worship
in person and online

Sunday December 18, after worship, decorate for Christmas
at Hope

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

Wednesday December 21, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
link shared with council

Wednesday December 21, 8pm, Zoom prayer with St Andrews
     Meeting ID: 876 287 0629
     Passcode: 7idNV6

Saturday December 24, 7:30pm Christmas Eve Worship
at Hope

Sunday December 25, 10:30am Christmas Day Sunday Worship
online and in person at Hope

Sunday January 1, 10:30am New Year's Day Sunday Worship
Zoom only; NEW zoom link for 2023:
   Meeting ID: 840 5599 7546
   Passcode: 112233

Copyright © *2022* Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
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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