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December, 2022

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


all day - Fundraiser at Franklins to benefit PG Plaza Day Center


3-5:30pm - CARing Kids After School Program

6:30 - Dinner at Le Fantome in Riverdale Park

8pm - Alex's Doctoral Recital at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center


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

noon-2pm - Advent Petting Zoo


9:15 - Choir Rehearsal

10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community

10:30am - Second 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 - pack finals kits

5-7pm - Humble Walk
Dear People of Hope,

Christmas Day is a Sunday this year.  And that means we get an extra long Advent season.  See below invitations to all kinds of way to participate.  There are several ways to shop and give financially.  There are several community events - including buy-your-own dinner out and a music concert (Thursday 12/8), or Hope-provided-dinner and Taize prayer (Wednesday 12/14).  And of course there is the Advent Petting Zoo- this year offered in partnership with our neighbors from Living Water Seventh Day Adventist Church (Saturday 12/10).

We hope to have a lot of fun, build community, and share some meaningful prayer as we await Christ's birth at Christmas.

Peace of Christ, Pastor Julie
Advent at Hope
November 27 and beyond

Here is some of what's happening around Hope for Advent this year:

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

Advent Petting Zoo for children, families and everyone
Saturday December 10, noon-2pm
with a mini-Christmas service at 1pm

Wednesday night Taize worship with Humble Walk
Wednesday December 14, 8:30pm at Hope
   dinner at 7:30 at Hope

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

Christmas Eve worship
Saturday December 24
[tentative 5pm family-friendly service]
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).
Alex plays Rachmaninov for his 2nd dissertation recital
Thursday, December 8, at 8pm

Hope's beloved musician, Alex, will perform for his second doctoral dissertation recital on December 8. This will include a song cycle with a singer, a piano trio and a piano concerto (performed with his wife, Bonnie). This event is free and no tickets are required; just come to The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Glidenhorn Hall. We join Alex in prayer for his continued success.

Want to have dinner before the concert? Join others at Le Fantome in Riverdale Park (near Whole Foods) at 6:30pm.,
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.  

We are putting together a bulk order for physical gift cards, with a deadline of Monday, December 12 in order to receive the cards before Christmas.  If interested, please go to to survey the full range of options for gift cards.  Then place your order with Paul Thompson at or (301) 772-5831.  Paul will distribute the cards when they arrive and collect payment from you at that time.  

E-gift cards are also available through Scrip at any time.  If you were not previously registered with Scrip/Raiseright, just request an enrollment code from Paul to enable Hope to receive the rebate.  
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.
Finals Kits for College Students
Collecting treats now through Sunday December 11

Hope is collecting donations for finals kits between now and December 11th. These treats will support UMD students through what is always a stressful time on campus.  Best loved treats are: microwave popcorn, individually wrapped tea bags, chewing gum, snack bars (granola/protein/nut), drink packets and cheese or peanut butter crackers.  Then stay after worship on Sunday December 11 to pack the kits to give to students.

Thanks Mary C who is coordinating this program!
Calendar and Links

Tuesday December 6, all day, CUCE fundraiser at Franklin's
a good excuse to eat out!

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

Thursday December 8, 2:30-5pm, CARing Kids After School Program
at Hope

Thursday December 8, 8pm, Alex's doctoral recital
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Hall
    6:30pm - dinner at Le Fantome in Riverdale Park

Saturday December 10, 11am-1pm, Living Water worships
at Hope

Saturday December 10, noon-2pm, Advent Petting Zoo
at Hope

Sunday December 11, 10:30am, Hope worship
in person and online

Sunday December 11, after worship, pack finals kits for students
at Hope

Sunday December 11, 5-7pm Humble Walk student meal and worship
at Hope, students only

Wednesday December 14, 8:30-9pm, Taize Worship
at Hope, dinner 7:30-8:25pm

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

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

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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