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July 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

8:30pm - Anti-bias Parents Group

12:30-1:30pm - Contemplative Prayer Group

7-8pm - Bible Study
(last one for now)

8:30pm - Pandemic Journal Community Group

11am - Moms in Community Group

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Worship
online here:
or call in: 301 715 8592
(Meeting ID : 338 100 220)
password 214341

2-3pm - Dear Church book group

5pm - In-your-car Congregational Meeting
and Holy Communion

all online, see links at
Dear People of Hope,

Often the words of others are helpful in giving voice to what we struggle to put into words ourselves, especially in prayer.  In recent weeks, I have rediscovered this powerful prayer from Thomas Merton.  He was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion in the laster half of the last century.  He offers this prayer for uncertain times:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. 

May you find ways to pray this week.

Peace of Christ,

     Pastor Julie
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Congregational Meeting on Sunday July 26, 5pm at Hope
In-person, in-your-car

All the information one needs is in the letter that members have received by mail.  But here are the basics:
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in coming months, there may be decisions that require meeting and voting by the Congregational Council and by the congregation.
  • Hope’s current constitution does not allow for remote (electronic) meeting and remote voting.
  • Hope’s Congregational Council has called this one in-person meeting to allow for future remote meeting; we have consulted with the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod on how to do this safely and legally.
  • This meeting will include two votes to allow us to meet and vote remotely in the future.  A quorum of 25 members is required for these votes.
  • For everyone’s safety, please follow these meeting practices:
    • Come in your car and stay in your car the entire time. Please park in the upper parking lot; volunteers will direct you. You will be given a ballot for each vote and a sheet with information you will need for the meeting.
    • Wear a mask, even in your car, when communicating with others or handing your ballots out the window.
    • Bring your own pen or pencil for voting.
    • Bring your cell phone; we will all speak and hear others via Zoom, either video or phone/voice. The link, dial-in number, and meeting ID will be provided on the information sheet you receive when you arrive.
  • This meeting will close with prayer and Holy Communion, served through professionally packaged, individual “fellowship cups.” You will receive the elements when you arrive at Hope; they will be blessed as you hold them in your hands at the end of the meeting.
  • You may direct questions to any member of council, including Pastor Julie. During the meeting, volunteers will be available to help and answer any questions that may arise.
Kitchen Table Worship & Cooking Show Sermon
This Sunday, July 26,

This Sunday the gospel passage includes Matthew 13:33: [Jesus] told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.

We will reflect on this passage in two ways:

1) During the sermon, I will be cooking in my kitchen using yeast, as we reflect on what yeast tells us about the kingdom of heaven.  If you want to join me in cooking, have these items ready:

4 cups flour (can be 1/2 whole wheat)
1 t yeast
1/2 T salt
2 cups warm water (maybe a little more)
large bowl
(oven and bread pan or cast iron skillet for baking later)

2) Later in worship, we will have a time to remember that Jesus is with us, in our homes, around our tables.  If you want to participate in this, have something to eat or drink with you.
Anti-Bias Parents Group
Tonight 8:30pm 

A parent group is forming at Hope to discuss ways to raise anti-biased children.  The group will meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Invite interested parents to join July 21 and/or August 18, 8:30pm.

If you have any questions, you can contact Addie at Addie is an early childhood educator with experience teaching anti-bias curriculum in preschool. Or simply join here:
Password: Hope 

Pandemic Journal Community Group
Thursday 8:30pm 

Part Bible Study, Coffee Hour, Reflective Conversation, and Social Distancing Support Group. In this group, our purpose it to explore a big question together, in its various nuances: “What are you learning about yourself, others, and God during this time of pandemic, quarantine, racial violence, and suffering?” Join us for prayer, self-reflection, and time for sharing and discovering insights during this time.

Session Dates:  July 23 and August 6, 8:30pm.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Contact Jason or Hannah to ask questions:,
Calendar and Links

Tuesday July 21, 1pm
Hope provided lunches for PG Plaza Day Center.  Thanks Joan A for coordinating

Tuesday July 21, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group
Password: Hope

Tuesday July 21
last day to record Amazing Grace for virtual choir

Wednesday, July 22 (and following Wednesdays) 12:30-1:30pm Contemplative Prayer (meeting ID 608-303-9144)
password: Christos

Wednesday July 22 (last one for now), 7pm Bible Study

Wednesday July 22 (and August 12 and 26), 7-8:30pm Coffee and Theology with Fr Tim

Thursday July 23, 8:30pm Pandemic Journal Community Group

Friday July 24, 11am-noon Moms Group (every other week throughout the summer)

Sunday July 26, 10am sign on for worship, 10:30am worship
Kitchen Table Worship - with Cooking Show Sermon

Sunday July 26, 2-3pm - Dear Church Book Group

Sunday July 26, 5pm
In-your-Car Congregational Meeting and Holy Communion

zoom link provided at meeting

Tuesday July 28, 7:15pm, Congregation Council Meeting
link shared with Council
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Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Alex Kostadinov, Church Music and Choral Director,, cell: 254-733-4089
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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