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May 2023

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

Friday May 12

7:30pm - movies@hope presents Pather Panchali

Saturday May 13

morning - Living Water SDA Worships in person at Hope

Sunday May 14

10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community

10:30am - Sunday Worship
in person and by zoom

(masks optional)

Zoom info:

or call in: 301 715 8592
Meeting ID : 840 5599 7546
password 112233

after worship - pack finals kits

5-7pm - Final Humble Walk Student Meal and Worship

Tuesday May 16

noon-3pm - Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center


Dear Mama God

by Daneen Akers

Mother God

by Teresa Kim Pecinovsky

The Lord's Prayer

illustrated by Tim Ladwig
What is God Like
by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner

Dear People of Hope,

These are some of the best kids books about God that I'm reading right now.  Sure, I read them with kids, but they are great books for people of any age, with beautiful pictures and lovely, biblical images of God.  Mother's Day and Father's Day are approaching, not religious holidays, but times when we may find ourselves reflecting on the love and care of a parent; these books share images of God as a loving parent, alongside God as a good friend, as 3 dancers, as the wind over the waters.  I'll have these books at Hope Sunday if you want to look through them or borrow them from the church library.  Perhaps you'll find that they speak to your spirit, your image of God, whatever your age.

Peace of Christ,
    Pastor Julie
movies@hope presents Pather Panchali
Friday May 12, 7:30pm

This Friday, movies@hope returns with Pather Panchali, recently voted one of the 50 greatest films of all time by the British Film Institute.  This heartrending classic of world cinema from 1955 depicts the childhood joys and sorrows of the boy Apu and his elder sister Durga and their family in a poor West Bengali village.  Directed by Satyajit Ray, the film is beloved for its lyrical quality and realism, portraying in loving detail the small delights of daily village life.  Join your friends and neighbors for the film and discussion afterwards!  

The film will be shown at the church only; there will be no Zoom link.  Masks are optional, but seating will be spaced to provide social distance. Refreshments will be available!  
Collecting for Finals Kits
ONE MORE WEEK: now through Sunday May 14

Hope has a long tradition of collecting goodies to support students through the stressful time of finals.  If you are able, bring food and drink packets to Hope and place them in a box in the entryway.  Then stay after worship on Sunday May 14 while we pack bags with treats.

Items good for finals kits:
   granola or other snack bars
   chewing gum
   tea bags
   flavored drink packets 
   cracker packs

Contact Mary C with any questions.
9:30am Summer Worship at Hope
starting in June, accounting for the heat

Do you remember worship at Hope last summer? It was often hot, even with the AC running.  Turns out the AC wasn't working properly, and won't be working again this summer.  With Hope exploring selling the property, a costly repair doesn't make sense at this time.  Council has recommended some changes to make summer worship in person manageable.

In June and July:
  • Sunday worship will begin at 9:30am, when the air is a little cooler
  • Fans will be running
  • Cold drinks are welcome
  • AC will be running downstairs in the student lounge for people who need a break
  • Attendees are encouraged to wear weather appropriate clothing
  • Zoom worship will continue
Contact any member of council to learn more.  We'll reevaluate and plan for August, with the hope to return to 10:30am worship in time for UMD's return in the fall.
Humble Walk Graduation Gala
Monday May 22, 3-4:30pm
at St Andrew's Episcopal Church

The Humble Walk invites you to a Graduation Gala to celebrate the accomplishments of its seven graduating seniors. The celebration will be at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall on Monday, May 22, 2023 from 3-4:30 p.m.. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to by May 15.
Community Meals from Methodist Church
Every Tuesday and Thursday

Community Meals is a program designed to meet food security needs in the College Park area while providing delicious, healthy food to the community and giving an opportunity for underemployed folks to earn a stipend. This is how it works: They prep and cook delicious food for the community to pick up on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. As you are able, you reserve and donate for a meal for $12. Every meal you reserve and donate for, they give another of the same meal away to a neighbor who can't afford to donate that day. Reservations for Tuesday's meal close Tuesday at noon; reservations for Thursday's meal close on Thursday at noon. Tuesday's meal tends to be Latin American Cuisine or New American, while Thursday is always Afghan cuisine.

To make a reservation, use the form at Payment information is available from the form webpage.
Calendar and Links

Friday May 12, 7:30pm movies@hope presents Pather Panchali
in person at Hope

Saturday May 13, morning, Living Water worships
at Hope

Sunday May 14, 10:30am, Sunday worship at Hope
in person and online as usual
   Meeting ID: 840 5599 7546
   Passcode: 112233

Sunday May 14, after worship, Pack finals kits for students
in person at Hope

Sunday May 14, 5-7pm, Humble Walk meal and worship
for students only, at Hope

Tuesday May 16, noon-3pm Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
talk to Joan A for more information

Thursday, May 18, Bishop Leila Ortiz leads Town Hall
for Metro DC Synod Community

7:00pm on zoom
   Meeting ID: 240 863 0251
   Passcode: 4005

Sunday May 21, 10:30am, Celebrate UMD graduates
within Hope morning worship
Alex's final Sunday as Hope musician

Monday May 22, 3-4:30pm, Humble Walk Graduation Gala
at St Andrew's Episcopal Church

Wednesday May 24, 7:30pm Hope Council Meeting
link shared with council

Sunday May 28, 10:30am, Baptism of Vance B
within Hope morning worship

Saturday, June 3, Metro DC Synod Assembly
Pastor Julie, Lauren M, and JT R attend on behalf of Hope

Sunday June 4, 9:30am, Summer Worship shifts earlier
Hope morning worship

Tuesday June 20, noon-3pm Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
talk to Joan A for more information

Wednesday June 21, 7:30pm Hope Council Meeting
link shared with council
Copyright © *2023* 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
Lauren Werley-Wolf, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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