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January 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

9am - "Inspired" book discussion

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Sunday Worship

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

1pm - Congregational Meeting

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

This Sunday we heard the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr preach from the pulpit at the National Cathedral.  This sermon entitled Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, preached and recorded in 1968, is still timely and resonant today.  You can listen to the full sermon here:  As we listen, we remember that Rev. King was not just a civil rights leader, but a preacher and a pastor who was motivated and sustained by his deep faith in Jesus.

Then on Monday, a group from Hope gathered on zoom to listen to 20 African American Lutheran leaders read aloud Rev. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," a letter written specifically to predominately white christian churches.  Our synod leaders who produced this video write:

Rev. Dr. King’s prophetic call to action to the Church and fellow clergy is grievously and regrettably relevant over 50 years later. 

As we honor Rev. Dr. King’s dedication to reforming the Church and American culture, you are invited to listen to 20 African-American voices of rostered leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, once again asserting a call for action to the Church by reading the very words written by Rev. King.

If you were not able to join this conversation on Monday, I strongly encourage you to listen to this reading whenever you can.  It is about an hour long.  It includes some phrases and references you'll recognize from King's other writing and speaking.  And as our synod leaders say, it is incredibly relevant and relatable today.

Listen or watch the reading here:

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:
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)
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 Being There
Friday, February 5 at 7:30 pm

Join us as movies@hope proudly presents Being There.  This Oscar-winning comedy from 1980 asks what has become an all too relevant question these days, what happens when the absurdly improbable becomes real?  The great Peter Sellers stars as a sheltered estate gardener whose entire experience of the outside world comes from watching TV.  By chance he becomes a trusted advisor to the president of the U.S., who takes his naive utterances as pearls of wisdom.  Associate Professor Mary Dutterer of Prince George's and Howard County Community Colleges will introduce this classic, recently placed on the National Film Registry.  

Join here:
Calendar and Links

Sunday January 24, 9am Inspired book discussion

Sunday January 24, 10:30m Sunday Worship

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

Friday February 5, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Being There

Tuesday February 16, 1pm-ish, Hope provides lunches to PG County Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Tuesday February 16, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group
password: Hope

Wednesday February 17, Ash Wednesday
worship details forthcoming

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

Friday March 5, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Bonhoeffer

Wednesday March 27, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme What about the Saints in Anglican Christianity?)

Friday April 9, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Paths of Glory

Friday May 7, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents 76 Days

Friday June 4, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Shoplifters
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Madeline Burbank, Pastoral Intern,
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Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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