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May 2022

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

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

7:30pm - Choir of Hope rehearsal

evening - Living Water Small Group at Hope

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

8pm - Music Concert at UMD


10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community

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 meal and worship for Students
Dear People of Hope,

You may know that the Easter season in the church is 50 days long, intentionally longer than the 40 days of Lent, a week of weeks.

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in Chicago shares an Easter message here: 

She affirms that this Easter season many of us are gathering in person, but the first Easter started in a cemetery.  Even as we continue to live amidst a pandemic and war, she affirms, with the biblical character Job, "I know that my redeemer lives."

We continue looking for the Risen Christ among us.

Peace, Pastor Julie
Music Show at Clarice Smith at UMD
Saturday May 7, 8pm

Hope's former musician, Derek Maseloff continues to be involved with creative music and community in the region.  He shares the below invitation for this Saturday, building upon a performance many Hope people attended several years ago:

On Saturday at 8PM Konshens and I (Derek) are returning to the area! He is performing as art of the UMD Wind Orchestra concert. Its an interesting collaboration- the first of its kind to mix a rapper + esoteric wind band literature. Its going to be lots of fun!  This concert also features the world premiere of a work that I wrote for the band + Konshens called "Dreams". We actually did a version of it back at the concert you all attended, but this one is about 10 minutes longer and written for an ensemble of 35 players.

All tickets at the Clarice this year are pay what you wish.. so its a great opportunity to catch a concert on the cheap!
Finals Kits for College Students
Collecting treats now through Sunday May 15

Hope is collecting donations for finals kits between now and May 15th. 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 May 15 to pack the kits to give to students.

Thanks to Bonnie M who has coordinated this program for years at Hope! We are seeking a new coordinator this year; reach out to Pastor Julie if you'd like to learn more.
Lauren Johnson memorial service
Saturday June 4, 3pm

Plan to join family and church community on Saturday June 4, as we gather for worship and comment longtime Hope member, Lauren Johnson into God's care.

The service will be followed by a time of coffee, tea, snacks and fellowship.  Contact Beth in Hope's office if you are available to help; or simply bring food to share.
Celebrate Alex and Bonnie's Marriage
Sunday June 5, within and following morning worship

Our beloved musician Alex is getting married, to Bonnie, also a fabulous musician around Hope.  Their wedding will be a small service in Seattle in May.  But we'll celebrate with them and Alex's parents, visiting from Bulgaria, on Sunday June 5.  Watch for details and plan to join this celebration.
Lutherans support DC PRIDE
Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12

This region celebrates love and identity in its many forms every June.  Reconciling in Christ churches (like Hope) are invited to be involved in DC PRIDE festivities.  If you'd like to walk in the parade Saturday or support a booth Sunday, talk to JT R.  Not available but want to support the efforts? Hope will be making signs before the event after worship; watch for a date and join us then.
Calendar and Links

Thursday May 5, 3-5:30pm, CARing Kids After School Program
in person at Hope

Thursday May 5, 7:30pm, Choir of Hope rehearsal
in person at Hope

Friday May 6, evening, Living Water Small Group
in person at Hope

Saturday May 7, 11am-1pm, Living Water SDA Worship Service
in person at Hope

Saturday May 7, 8pm, Derek invites us to Music Show at UMD

Sunday May 8, 10:30am, Worship in person and online
Same zoom link:

Sunday May 8, 5-7pm, Humble Walk Student Meal and Worship
at Hope, students only

Wednesday May 11, 7:30pm, Hope Council Property Meeting
zoom link shared with council

Thursday - Monday May 12-16, Pastor Julie away
Contact Pastor Ray for emergency Pastoral Care
Bishop Richard Graham leads Sunday services

Sunday May 15, after worship, Packing Finals Kits
donate treats between now and then

Tuesday May 17, noon-3pm, Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Friday - Monday May 20-23, Pastor Julie away
Contact Pastor Ray for emergency Pastoral Care
Pastor Ray leads Sunday services

Friday May 20, UMD Graduation Weekend
in and around College Park, watch for Humble Walk invitations

Wednesday May 25, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
zoom link shared with council

Saturday June 4, 3pm, Memorial Service for Lauren Johnson
at Hope, followed by fellowship

Sunday June 5, morning, celebrate Alex and Bonnie's marriage
within and after morning worship

Sunday date TBD, after morning worship, Make PRIDE Signs
Watch for details and join us at Hope

Friday-Saturday June 10-11, Metro DC Synod Assembly
Lauren M, Rose W and Pastor Julie attend on behalf of Hope

Saturday-Sunday June 11-12, DC PRIDE Parade and Festival
Reconciling Lutherans attend and support, watch for details

Wednesday June 22, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
zoom link shared with council
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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