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December 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

Christmas Eve Thursday
5:30-6pm - Outdoor Worship with Holy Communion at Hope

8pm - Traditional Worship on zoom

Christmas Day Friday
pre-recorded worship on St Andrew's youtube channel

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Lessons and Carrols Worship

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

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

This Christmas will be unlike any we have had before.  And yet Christ comes to us, no matter how prepared we are or aren't, no matter how excited we are or aren't.  Jesus was born, God is with us, the Spirit breaths life.  Join us for any of these Christmas worship events.

Thursday December 24, Christmas Eve

5:30-6pm - outdoor worship at Hope
with campfire and holy communion (dress warmly and/or bring an umbrella)

8pm - traditional Christmas Eve worship by Zoom
same worship link as Sundays:

Friday December 25, Christmas Day

anytime - worship service will posted to St Andrew's youtube page:

Sunday December 27, First Sunday of Christmas

10:30am zoom worship with Lessons and Carrols
same worship link:

In Peace and Hope,
  Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Hope's Development Discernment
Pray, find documents online, ask questions
join next meeting Sunday January 10, 1pm

Hope's Council is inviting all people to engage in a discernment process about a possible property sale and redevelopment.  Last week, many people gathered to learn about a development proposal Hope has received.  If you couldn't make this meeting, find resources online and plan to join the next large group meeting.

1) Join council in praying, using this and other prayers:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the endings, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils and joys unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

2) Find documents here (listen or ask for the password):

3) Ask questions here:

4) And join us Sunday January 10 at 1pm for the next gathering:
zoom link forthcoming
Give warm things to people at the PG Day Center
between now and January 19

Hope continues our relationship with people at the PG Plaza Day Center, recognizing that this time of year, when the weather gets colder, is a hard time to live outdoors.  The day center can most use:

New socks and underwear
New gloves and hats
Nice jackets
   large sizes especially appreciated

Hope is collecting any of these items between now and January 19.  If you have a key, you can bring things to Hope and place them on a table in the fellowship hall (staff are at Hope intermittently, so you'll need to let yourself in).  Or you may take things to Joan A's house in Berwyn Heights.
Give gift cards, support the church
Contact Paul T for details

Hope participates in the nationwide Scrip gift card program.  Participants buy gift cards at face-value for hundreds of retailers, including Amazon, Starbucks, grocery stories and airlines.  And then the church receives a percentage of the sale. With the season of gift giving upon us, now is the time to think about how we can make the best use of this easy and painless way of benefiting our church!

Many retailers offer e-gift cards you can order yourself on line.  In that case, if you haven't previously enrolled, you must do so at the
Scrip website and enter Hope's enrollment code (DB1216C863874) to ensure Hope gets credit for your purchase.  Payment for your e-gift cards can be paid for by credit card, by debit from your bank account, or by check to the church.  Do this anytime!
Gifts of Hope
“May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.”  Jude 1:2

Though we love and long to feel merry and jolly during the holiday season, this time of year can be stressful for some. When we give to others who worry about shelter, food, health care, employment, and more, we give them the gift of peace and a heart at rest. When we don’t know what to give someone as a Christmas gift and we give to a ministry in his or her honor, we feel peace in knowing that we can end our search and that we’re helping to change the world. This Christmas, will you consider sharing peace with those outside our congregation? Visit for more information.
Calendar and Links

Thursday December 24, 5:30-6pm outdoor Christmas Eve worship at Hope
dress warmly and/or bring an umbrella

Thursday December 24, 8pm traditional Christmas Eve worship on Zoom

Friday December 25, Christmas Day Worship
released on St Andrew's youtube channel:

12 Days of Christmas Devotions from the Metro DC Synod

Sunday December 27, 10:30m Christmas Sunday Worship with scripture and music

Wednesday January 6, 8pm Epiphany Worship Service, hosted by ELCA bishops

Friday January 8, 7:30pm movies@hope presents Traces of the Trade

Sunday January 10, Council hosts community conversation via zoo
link forthcoming

Sunday and Monday January January 17 & 18, 4pm each day
"A Prophetic Call to The Church: The Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr."

Tuesday January 19, 1pm-ish, Hope provides lunches to PG County Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Tuesday January 19, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group

Sunday January 24, 1pm Congregational Meeting
link forthcoming
Copyright © *2020* Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
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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