10:30am - Hope Lutheran Worship
in person and on zoom
online here: https://zoom.us/j/338100220
or call in: 301 715 8592
(Meeting ID : 338 100 220)
Please be patient as we work out new arrangements for hybrid worship.
Dear People of Hope,
In the Hebrew Scripture, we hear the story of the Israelites who had a beautiful temple where they worshiped and felt God's presence. Then they were conquered, their temple was destroyed, they were forcibly removed from their homes and worship space, and lived in exile for decades. When they were finally freed from captivity, returned home and eventually entered the rebuilt temple, they expected it to be as glorious and life-giving as it was before. Or perhaps they expected even more, as their memories has embellished the actual beauty of the temple over the generations away.
This was not what they experienced. The return to the new temple was a mixed experience. Some of them actually sat down and wept that the re-entry was not as transcendent as they had hoped. Others shouted aloud for joy. There was so much emotion one couldn't tell the difference between the different cries. (Ezra 3:12)
This Sunday, many of us will return to in-person worship at Hope. If you are planning to attend, you may have expectations for how good it will feel to be back in a holy space. Or you may be dreading worship with masks, no congregational singing and communion outside. Whatever you expect, positive, negative or somewhere in between - you will probably be a bit surprised by how you actually feel on Sunday.
Personally, I'm really looking forward to worship this Sunday. But I'm also clearing my schedule for Sunday afternoon to feel however I actually feel. And likely take an afternoon nap.
And that's just fine. Whether you find yourself weeping with joy or sadness, confused, connected or isolated - God can handle all this.
You can read the letter detailing Hope's safety parameters here:
Online worship will continue as well for people who prefer that option. We'll use the same zoom link we have been using, listed above.
And whatever happens, however you feel, God will be with us, leading us forward together.
Thanks be to God,
ps - in preparation for this return, anyone is invited to come to Hope Thursday afternoon from 2-3:30pm. A group will be cleaning and preparing the building for Sunday.
Madeline's last Internship Sunday Sunday July 18, 10:30am and celebration after worship
All year, Madeline has been a pastoral intern at Humble Walk and Hope. She has met many of you for walks or outdoor communion, she has preached and led worship, she has led an Arts and Spirituality series. Now we celebrate her time with us at Hope and bless her final transition to ordained ministry.
Join us Sunday July 18, on zoom or in person for worship. Madline will be preaching. Then after worship, we'll celebrate together. You are invited to write a card ahead of time to give to Madeline. Or we will have art and writing supplies available that day; you can make a card at Hope as well. Can't be there on the 18th? Mail a card to Hope and we'll make sure Madeline receives it.
Vacation Bible School - What is God like? Saturday July 17, 9am-12:15pm, in person at Hope
Teachers are so excited to announce that we will be having Vacation Bible School in person at Hope on Saturday, July 17 from 9:00am-12:15pm! Our theme this year is "What is God Like?" Activities will be primarily outside, physically distanced, with masks optional for children and adults. Bring a water bottle and wear your swimsuit. We will be hearing stories, making crafts, dancing, eating snacks, playing in the sprinkler, and learning about God together in a way that is safe and fun for everyone. Grown-ups are invited (but not required) to stay with kids for the morning event. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about this event. We can't wait to see everyone in person!
Want to volunteer?
Reach out to Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Want to contribute? VBS is looking for donations of:
Tubs to make into drums (oatmeal, pretzel, etc), ideally with lids
Grass sprinkler and/or slip’n’slide
You can bring these items to Hope or email Beth to arrange another exchange plan
Beyond Worship, gathering at Hope small group parameters
Last week the council approved the below practices for group gatherings at Hope through July and August. We are sharing these guidelines with Living Water SDA and the AA groups that previously met at Hope. If you are a part of or would like to start a small group at Hope, reach out to Pastor Julie.
Groups may now gather at Hope with these basic safety parameters:
Outside - masks optional for any ages, any sized group
Inside – masks optional for groups of 15 or fewer vaccinated people
Inside – masks required for groups of 15 or more, and groups involving children and un-vaccinated people
Council will reevaluate in August to make fall plans, based on what local groups (including PG County Schools and UMD) are planning
Synod-Wide, Seminary Hosted, Holy Land Reflection and Conversations below two dates in August
Many are concerned about the violence throughout the Holy Land this summer during the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We are providing an opportunity for you to zoom with Lutheran Palestinian Pastors who are current DMin students at ULS and a Palestinian Christian who recently became a naturalized US citizen:
“Pastoring in Times of Crisis: Three Palestinian Pastors Share Their Stories.” Saturday, August 7, 9:00 AM
“From Jerusalem to DC: a Palestinian Experience.” Monday, August 9, 7:00 PM
Participants will have a chance to ask questions and learn about the day to day life of those who’ve been affected by this ongoing conflict in the Middle East. You can register for one or both of these sessions by emailing email@example.com.
Property Development Discernment Process check out the bulletin board for more info:
Recently, Hope's council shared a Property Progress Report by zoom. Leaders shared about hiring lawyers, protecting Hope's interests in this project, learning about zoning regulations, considering affordable housing options, assessing the value of the land, and where we go from here. If you missed the conversation, you'll be able to find the recording on the google drive soon. And please continue praying that the Spirit guides our process. -------
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
Thursday July 8, 2-3:30pm - In person clean-up time at Hope Come prepare our building for in-person worship
Sunday July 11, 10:30am, in person worship at Hope and continued zoom worship indoors at Hope, see safety practices above Same zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/338100220?pwd=dkdBZFhsZmJuWXNEWXNBajk5d1Nudz09
Saturday July 17, 9am-12:15pm Vacation Bible School in person, primarily outdoors at Hope
Sunday July 18, Madeline's final Sunday of internship at Hope write a card for Madeline ahead of time, or use art supplies to make and write a card after worship
Monday July 19-Monday August 1, Humble Walk trip to the US/Mexico boarder pray for travelers and watch for stories on the blog
Tuesday July 20, 1pm ish, Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center contact Joan A to volunteer
Monday July 26-Saturday July 31, Pastor Julie on vacation contact Beth in the office for any administrative needs
Tuesday August 17, 1pm ish, Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center contact Joan A to volunteer
Saturday September 18, 2:30-4pm, 10th Anniversary Ministry Celebration for Pastor Ray UMD Memorial Chapel
Friday-Sunday October 15-17, St Andrew's Retreat at Shrine Mont