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November 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


7:30pm - Council and Steering Committee property Meeting


3-5pm - CARing Kids after school program

7:30pm - Choir of Hope meets in person


10am - Get Settled Online

10:15am - Doors Open for in-person Worship

10:30am - Sunday Worship
in person and on Zoom

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

5-7pm - Humble Walk Students Dinner and Worship


1pm ish - Hope provides hot meal at PG Day Center

5 Wishes booklet

Dear People of Hope,

This All Saints Sunday in worship, I shared a bit of the story of my parents, their lives, and their deaths.  As some of you know, both my parents died in their 60s, within the past few years.  They gave me and my sister many gifts in life - the gift of a sibling, the gift of education, the gift of faith and relationships at church.  One of the last gifts my parents gave us was the gift of clear instructions for their end-of-life wishes.

My parents had talked with each other about what kind of care they would and wouldn't want.  They then shared this with me and my sister.  They had a binder of legal and financial paperwork in their file cabinet that my sister and I could find when we needed it.  While their deaths still brought tremendous grief, there was some comfort in knowing what they wanted and in being empowered and authorized to act on their behalf.

Since then, Silas and I have completed our end-of-life paperwork as well.  We have a binder in our file cabinet, though we hope it is decades before anyone needs to use it on our behalf.

Preparing for end of life is a gift each of us can give our family and friends.  It can be hard to think about and talk about.  And it can be difficult to know where to begin and what to do.  Some people work with a lawyer, some people do their own research on the internet.  Some people use a booklet called "Five Wishes."

The Five Wishes booklet guides people in thinking through what they want at the end of their lives.  It does not address financial issues.  But it does address, and provide legally binding documentation for health care preferences.  Thinking through and completing this paperwork can be a generous, loving, and faithful act.

If you are interested in your own copy of 5 Wishes, for yourself or someone you know, contact me or Beth in the office.  We're happy to mail you a booklet.  If it is easier for you, you may also find it online here:  If you simply want to talk through some of the options and how you might make these consequential decisions, feel free to reach out to me for conversation.

Peace of Christ,
  Pastor Julie
Congregational Meeting
Sunday November 21, 1:30pm by zoom

Hope members meet this fall for our regular Congregational Meeting.  Come to hear updates about Hope's mission and ministry.  Elect new council members and other leaders.  Discuss and vote to approve the 2022 Mission Spending Plan (budget).  Watch for a paper letter in your mailbox, or simply save the date and zoom information from here.  See many of you there.

Join Zoom Meeting

Or phone in: 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 847 1239 3418
Passcode: 112233
Fall Mission Appeal
Special financial giving, now through November 21

Each fall at Hope there is a special opportunity to give money, locally, regionally and beyond. Give locally to Refugee Resettlement as Hope prepares to support a family arriving from Afghanistan. Give regionally to Puerto Rico, where Hope and Humble Walk will be traveling this winter. Give internationally to Earthquake Relief in Haiti (through Lutheran Disaster Response).

You may put checks or envelopes in the offering basket or mail them to Hope. You may also give online through our regular online giving link ( You may give to a specific organization; unspecified donations will be divided equally among the three.
Property Development Discernment Process
check out the bulletin board for more info:

Hope's Council and Steering Committee continue to research, learn and guide Hope's property discernment process.  Read updates on the process in a recent newsletter, found here.
You can continue to find documents and past zoom meeting here. (listen or ask for the password):
You may also ask questions here:
Calendar and Links

now through Sunday November 21, Fall Mission Appeal
give special offerings online or in person to support local refugee resettlement, Puerto Rico connections, Haiti's earthquake relief

Wednesday November 10, 7:30pm, Hope Council and Steering Committee Property Meeting
link shared with council and committee

Thursday November 11, 7:30pm Choir of Hope rehearses at Hope
contact Alex for more information

Sunday November 14, 10:30am, Sunday worship, in person at Hope and continued zoom worship
indoors at Hope, see safety practices
Same zoom link:

Sunday November 14, 5-7 pm ish, Humble Walk meal and worship for students
in person at Hope, students only

Tuesday November 16, 1pm ish - Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer, including in-person volunteering

Wednesday November 17, 7:30pm, Hope Congregation Council Meeting
link shared with council

Saturday November 20, 11am-1pm, Living Water SDA Worships indoors at Hope
anyone welcome

Sunday November 21, 1:30pm Hope Congregational Meeting

Monday-Tuesday, November 22-23, Campus Ministry National Review

Tuesday - Saturday, November 23-27, Pastor Julie away

Friday December 3, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Saturday December 4, 11am-1pm, Living Water SDA Worships indoors at Hope
anyone welcome

Monday December 6, all day - Franklin's Fundraiser to support PG Day Center
dine in, carry out, shop in the store

Saturday December 18, 11am-1pm, Living Water SDA Worships indoors at Hope
anyone welcome

Tuesday December 21, 1pm ish - Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer, including in-person volunteering

Monday, December 29-January 7, Humble Walk and Hope travel to Puerto Rico
watch for blog posts about their experiences
Copyright © *2021* 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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