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March 2023

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

Wednesday March 15

7:30pm - Council Meeting

Thursday March 16

no dinner or music recital

Saturday March 18

morning - Living Water SDA Worships in person at Hope

Sunday March 19

9:15 - Choir Rehearsal

10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community

10:30am - Sunday Worship with Special Prayers for Healing
in person and by zoom

Zoom info:

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

5-7pm - Humble Walk student meal and worship

Tuesday March 21

noon-3pm - Hope serves lunch at PG Day Center
Dear People of Hope,

This Sunday Hope's morning worship service will include special prayers for healing.  It has been a long time since we've done this in-person, but it seems like it is time.  Many people are in need of healing.

After the sermon, there will be a time of music and prayer.  Anyone who wants may come forward to stand or kneel at the altar railing.  Each person will be anointed with oil for healing; a leader will pray individually with each person who comes forward.  People who want to participate remotely may text for individual prayer.  People may request specific or general prayer for themselves and/or others.

We don't necessarily believe that God will cure all our sicknesses, but we do believe in healing - in body, mind, and spirit.  So we pray together:

Living God, grant comfort in suffering to all who are in need of healing.  When they are afraid, give them courage; when afflicted, give them patience; when dejected, give them hope; and when alone, assure them of the support of your holy people. Amen.

Peace of Christ,
   Pastor Julie
Hope has a Penpal - Jimmy
send a postcard Sunday after worship
Sunday March 19 and 26

A few months ago, Hope received a letter from a man named Jimmy.  He is incarcerated, has been for years, and was reaching out for connection.  A group from Hope replied to this letter, and very quickly, Jimmy wrote back.  He shares how lonely life in prison can be.  He shares how much it means to hear his name called aloud at mail time.  So a small group from Hope has proposed that we send him a lot of cards and letters.

Sunday March 19 and 26, look for a table at Hope.  There will be cards and postcards ready to go.  Write a short note to Jimmy, maybe sharing a favorite bible verse or story of daily life.  Hope will address, stamp and send these letters over the coming weeks.

Jesus instructs us to visit those in prison.  With current regulations, most of us can never physically visit.  But we can share some of God's care.
Joyful news from Alex and Bonnie
baby expected in June

In June this year, Bonnie and Alex expect to welcome a baby girl into their family.  We pray for a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery, and so much love for this growing family.
Turkish Earthquake Relief Concert
Wednesday March 29, 7:30pm at Hope

Join Hope and the wider community for an evening of music to support the millions of people affected by the February earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.  Zeynep D organizes this effort and will provide an hour of music.  Everyone is invited to attend and to invite friends and neighbors.  Donations will be split between Lutheran Disaster Response and Ahbap, a Turkish Organization ( that Zeynep has found reputable.

Can't attend in person or can't wait to donate - you may give to Hope anytime and designate "earthquake relief."
Holy Week at Hope
Sunday April 2 through April 9

Holy Week tells the central story of our faith and we have extra opportunities to gather for worship, prayer and community.  Join any or all of these services:

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 2
10:30am Worship at Hope includes celebratory palms and the passion reading.
In person and online as usual.

Maundy Thursday, April 6
7:00pm Worship with our partners at St John Lutheran Church, 5820 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale Maryland 20737.
St John zoom info:
    Meeting ID: 829 8764 3073.
Pastor Jeff Wilson and the congregation will host a service including individual laying on of hands and absolution, hand washing (in lieu of foot washing), and holy communion. (note: this is a change from Hope's earlier plan for a zoom only dinner worship)

Good Friday, April 7
7:30pm Worship with Scripture, Music and Poetry, in person at Hope and on zoom
Same Hope worship link as usual.

Holy Saturday, April 8
2-4pm clean and decorate the church

Easter Sunday, April 9
9:30am Easter Potluck Breakfast at Hope
Bring food to share if you are able.  Or just come, there is always enough food.

10:30am Celebratory Worship in person and by zoom as usual
Same worship link as usual.

11:45am Children’s Egg Hunt at Hope
Volunteers will prepare food and non-food eggs for all our kids.
Calendar and Links

Wednesday March 15, 7:30pm, Hope Council Meeting
link shared with council

Thursday March 16, 8pm, NO dinner or Recital
Postponed due to family emergency of one musician

Saturday March 18, morning, Living Water worships
at Hope

Sunday March 19, 10:30am Sunday Worship - Special Prayers for Healing
in person and by zoom
   Meeting ID: 840 5599 7546
   Passcode: 112233

Sunday March 19, 5-7pm, Humble Walk meal and worship
for students only, at Hope

Tuesday March 21, noon-3pm, serve lunch at PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Wednesday March 29, 7:30pm, Turkish Earthquake Relief Concert
at Hope, organized by Zeynep D

Sunday April 2, 10:30am, Palm Sunday worship at Hope
in person an online as usual

Tuesday April 4, noon-1pm, Connections with Hope
Topic Sabbath

Thursday April 6, 7pm, Maundy Thursday Worship
at St John Lutheran Church in Riverdale
5820 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale MD 20737
    Meeting ID: 829 8764 3073.

Friday April 7, 7:300m, Good Friday worship at Hope
a service of music, scripture and poetry
same Hope zoom link as usual

Sunday, April 9, Easter Sunday
9:30am Easter Potluck Breakfast at Hope
10:30am Celebratory Worship in person and by zoom as usual
11:45am Children’s Egg Hunt at Hope
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
Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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