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January 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

9am - "Inspired" book discussion

9am - Kids Sunday School

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Sunday Worship

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

5pm - Humble Walk Student Worship

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

This photo is a screen shot of our Easter worship last year, in partnership with St Andrew's Episcopal Church in College Park.  Many of you may not know how we came to be in this ongoing partnership with our Episcopal neighbors.  For me it is a story of God's presence and provision, of holy synchronicity this year.

In March of 2020 Hope and St Andrew's had a scheduled pulpit swap - one Sunday when the preachers would switch places so each congregation could hear a new voice.  You likely remember that COVID came to our area in March and we moved the pulpit swap online to zoom.  We thought each preacher would take one turn and then we'd get back to our own buildings in a few weeks.  As we realized COVID was continuing, Hope and St Andrew's decided to continue the partnership throughout Holy Week and Easter, then maybe just a few weeks longer... and little by little, we've grown into regular worship partners.  Now Hope and St Andrew's share Kids Sunday School, Adult Education opportunities, and occasional outdoor worship events.

We remain distinct communities, welcoming new members separately, approving budgets separately, etc.  But in a time when many communities are feeling smaller and less vibrant, I find worship larger and more varied.  In a time when many of my colleagues are stretched thin beyond sustainability, I have a new colleague and friend in Father Tim.  We all have extra musicians and office staff to share their talents.

I shared this story in our Congregational Meeting last week.  I continue to be grateful to God and to each of you, for how ministry has continued, grown and even thrived this year.

Peace of Christ, Pastor Julie

ps- you can find the annual reports on the "members only" section of Hope's website
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Continued prayers for friends and family of Jude
Sunday January 31, 9am

On Monday January 25, Jude M, died unexpectedly.  We continue to pray for people who knew and loved Jude- their family, roommates and friends, Humble Walk students and Hope community, Sunday School children and families.

We will share information about a prayer or memorial service as it becomes available.  In the meantime, we pray:

O God, who brought us to birth, and in whose arms we die, comfort us in our grief and shock at the death of Jude.  Surround us with your love; give us hope in our confusion and grace to release Jude into the embrace of your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.
Kids Sunday School resumes this week
Sunday January 31, 9am

Kids and families are invited to join a time of singing, praying and learning about God's love for them and the whole world.  The programming is best-fit for kids aged about 2-8, but anyone is welcome.

This Sunday, the teachers and Pastor Julie will take a special time to talk about one of the Sunday School teachers, Jude, who died suddenly this week and to give the children a chance to share stories or memories if they want to.
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):
This now includes answers to many of the questions that have been asked by the below form.

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 31, 9am Kids Sunday School re-gathers

Sunday January 31, 9am Inspired book discussion

Sunday January 31, 10:30m Sunday Worship

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
Copyright © *2020* Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
All rights reserved.      Phone: 301-927-5508
Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Madeline Burbank, Pastoral Intern,
Alex Kostadinov, student musician,, cell: 254-733-4089
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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