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March 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


9am - Kids Sunday School

9am - "Why Jesus?" Adult Forum

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Palm/Passion Kitchen Table Sunday Worship

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

5:30-7pm - Humble Walk student worship

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

I am away for vacation this week.  I pre-set this newsletter to send before departing.  Contact Madeline with any pastoral care needs at or 651-605-5212.

See notes below for all the Holy Week services that begin this Sunday.  And sign up to participate if you are able.  I'll see you there.

Peace of Christ,
   Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Holy Week Schedule
various dates/times; all same zoom link; some outdoors
March 28-April 4

Under more typical circumstances, church leaders would prepare the worship space for these special services.  This year, you are invited to prepare your home for each service with the notes and resources listed below.

Worship link and password
All worship services will be at our usual worship link:
     or by calling: 301-715-8592; Meeting ID #338 100 220
password: 214341

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 28
10:30am morning zoom worship

You are invited to bring greenery and house plants to your worship area as we hear the story of Jesus' parade-like triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  You are also invited to bring bread or any food, wine, juice or any drink, as we hear the story of Jesus' last supper and celebrate Kitchen Table worship.

Maundy Thursday; Agape Meal, April 1
6:30pm dinner church, foot-washing and clearing the table by zoom

This is the service that requires the most preparation.  To prepare your home for the service, please do the following –

1. Prepare a simple meatless meal to share in your home that is fitting with your own dietary requirements and Lenten fast. A Mediterranean style meal is often chosen for Agape Meals, but any foods are fine as long as they are simple. Salads, soups, simple meatless proteins, fruits and nuts, and simple grains or pastas can all be fine. Include a bit of bread and wine or juice, according to what is in keeping with your dietary requirements.

2. Set your space for your meal, with a laptop, tablet, cell phone, or internet-connected screen in the room where it can be visible to everyone during the meal.

3. Make sure your device is connected to the internet, and ready to run Zoom.  Or if you prefer, have a phone and the call-in number for worship.

4. Optional: Set up what you need to wash each other’s feet. A wash basin, a pitcher with warm water, and a few towels are sufficient. If you wish to use a bit of soap, feel free. Set a foot-washing space in the room, just a bit away from the table. Or if you prefer, a hand-washing space to wash each other's hands.  After the communal washing, have what you need for good washing and drying of hands at a nearby sink.

5. Set your table with your meal, and bring a Bible to the table with you. If you wish, you may light a couple of candles.

6. Be prepared to clear your table completely at the conclusion of the service.

7. At 6:30pm, link up to the shared online service for the beginning of this Maundy Thursday and Agape Meal liturgy. Then take your places at your table to partake in the meal and to participate as you are able in the hearing of the Word, the optional washing of one another’s feet, the remembering of Jesus Christ’s sharing of himself in the first Holy Eucharist, and readying ourselves to follow Jesus to the Cross.

Good Friday, April 2

11:15am Stations of the Cross - outdoors at St Andrew's Episcopal Church

12:00 noon Adoration of the Cross and Solemn Collects - outdoors at St Andrews Episcopal Church

7:30pm worship with scripture, poetry and music by zoom
This is a simple service.  You may want to light a candle or have a simple cross with you.

Holy Saturday, April 3

8am-5pm St Andrew's Episcopal Church open for individual prayer and reflection

5pm Easter Vigil worship outdoors at St Andrews Episcopal Church
This service includes the baptism of Ann, for whom we have been praying throughout Lent.

Easter Sunday, April 4
9am Prayer and Holy Communion outdoors at Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center
Please wear masks and maintain social distance from those not in your pod/household; if you are sick, please stay home.

10am sign-on; 10:30am Festive Easter Worship by zoom
While it is sad to be distant at this celebratory Easter Sunday, we know that God is with us wherever we are.  You are encouraged to light a candle for this service, bring a bowl of water to remember your baptism, bring any rhythm instruments or bells to make music more festive, bring flowers to your worship space, and dress for Easter, even though you’re worshiping from the comfort of your home.
Volunteer to participate in Holy Week Events
various options

You are invited, not only to view, but to participate in Holy Week and Easter celebrations.  Sign up for any of these opportunities:

Want to read scripture or poetry on Sunday March 28 or Friday April 2?  Share which day you are available (either/both are fine) in an email to Beth:
Want to sing for a virtual choir (audio only, no video) of "Jesus Christ is Risen Today!"?  Contact David, St Andrew's musician, at 
Want to do make some fun Easter treats for our neighbors? Email Pastor Julie to be a part of this creativity:
Want to play Hand Bells in person, making music without singing? Contact Alex, Hope's musician, to learn more about this:
Property Development Discernment Process
Various events, various dates

NEWLY scheduled: Wednesday April 7, 7:30pm large group Details and Discernment session with Metro DC Synod staff.  We'll have conversation with Pastors Lamar Baily and Erin Swenson-Reinhold.

Join here:

Its not too late to sign up for a small group here:
or call Beth to sign up for a group and receive the zoom information.  Groups have started, but you can still join.

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

Sunday-Saturday, March 21-27, Pastor Julie away for vacation
Contact Madeline for pastoral care needs

Sunday March 28, 9am - "Why Jesus?" adult education series begins

Sunday March 28, 9am Kids Sunday School returns from Spring Break

Sunday March 28, 10:30am Palm/Passion Sunday Kitchen Table Worship

Thursday April 1, 6:30pm Maundy/Holy Thursday Agape Meal with Foot Washing

Friday April 2, Good Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. - St Andrew's church open for prayer and reflection
11:15 a.m. - Stations of the Cross, in-person on the St Andrews front lawn
12:00 p.m. - Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross, in-person on St Andrews church front lawn

Friday April 2, 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Worship

Saturday April 3, Holy Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. - church open for prayer and reflection

Saturday April 3, 5pm Easter Vigil with Baptism & Holy Communion
in person on St Andrew's Episcopal Church front lawn

Sunday April 4, 9am Easter Sunday Prayer and Communion Sunday
outdoors at Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center

Sunday April 4, 10:30am Festive Easter Sunday Worship

Wednesday April 7, 7:30pm, Large Group Development session with Metro DC Synod Staff

Friday April 9, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Paths of Glory

Sunday April 11, 10:30m Family Friendly Sunday Worship

Wednesday April 14, 7:30pm Coffee and Theology with St Andrews (theme Jesus and Redemption)

Friday May 7, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents 76 Days

Friday June 4, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Shoplifters
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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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