A place that is:
Growing Disciples Who Lead
Loving our Neighbors, Near and Far

May 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

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

7pm - Bible Study

11am-noon - Moms in Community Group


9am - Kids Sunday School
9am - Adult book study of The Screwtape Letters

10am - get settled online

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

followed by virtual coffee hour

5:30-7pm - Humble Walk fellowship and worship

noon-1:30pm - Pastor Julie office hours
2-4pm - serve bag lunches at PG Day Center
7pm - Congregation Council Meeting
7:30pm - Know your neighbor's faith: An interfaith learning opportunity with Humble Walk

all online, see links at
Dear People of Hope,

In these many, many days at home, Silas and I have both picked up the guitar again.  We hand Katesh a tambourine or shaker, play music and sing.  We call it "Family Band."  Lately, we've put on our masks, walked around the apartment building, and taken our show on the road.  This is, of course, called "Family Concert."  Our repertoire includes joyful and simple songs like "You Are My Sunshine," and "This Little Light of Mine."  We have been very popular with our neighbors, as you can see from the photo.

I know these days continue to be hard, some days more than others.  AND I know that so many of you are finding joys, finding success, finding adventures.  I hear that some of you have picked up art supplies, old books or the books you've been meaning to read for years.  I hear that some of you are cooking new things, or re-doing your kitchens.  Some of you are gardening, taking more walks or bike rides, spending time outdoors.  Please share these stories!

If you are willing, please send me a photo or two of your joy, your adventures, how you're spending your time.  I'll find ways to share these photos more widely so we can stay connected with each other, and with the joy that still is life.

May God's joy be with you this week,
     Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:
For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Visit Pastor Julie for Zoom office hours
Tuesday May 19, noon-1:30pm

This is a new experiment.  Next Tuesday, Pastor Julie will just hang out on Zoom, as if she were hanging on in her office.  If you're free, pop in to say hello.  There may be one person at a time, or a small group.  It'll be nice to see whoever is available and say hello.  Join here by internet or phone:
or call: 301 715 8592
   and give meeting ID: 857 2891 3891
CUCE Fundraiser at Franklins to support the PG Day Center
Monday June 8, all day

Our next fundraiser at Franklin's in Hyattsville is on Monday, June 8, to benefit the day center run by Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment (CUCE). The general store is open, and you can order carry-out for lunch or dinner or order a gift certificate. Franklin's will donate 20 percent of your before-tax total -- but you must show your receipt to the host to participate. Since June 2017, we have raised $2,498 for the day center through fundraisers at Franklin's!
Our neighbors in Langley Park
THANK YOU for donating towards food assistance

Perhaps you saw
this article in the Washington Post about our immigrant neighbors in Langley Park struggling with work, money and food.  Humble Walk partners with these neighbors regularly though the after school programs En Camino and CARing Kids.  Humble Walk invited donations to offer grocery gift cards to these families, and has been overwhelmed with the support.

Supporters from Hope gave around $3500; the appeal went wide and far, bringing nearly $20,000 in total donations.  Pastor Ray is requesting matching grant funds from Lutheran Disaster Response and partnering with CASA De Maryland, which will bring the total up to $40-50,000 - all going to feed these families.  Thank you, to everyone who was able to give.
It's OK not to be OK- and you don't have to go through this alone.  Call for support - find more numbers in April 29th's newsletter here:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
~Serves a general audience~

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Or text: 301-738-2255
Or chat:

Institute on Aging - Friendship Line
~For the elderly~

Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults.

LGBT National  Hotline
~For LGBT folks, regardless of age~

We provide a safe space that is anonymous and confidential where callers can speak on many different issues and concerns including, but limited to, coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more.
Peer support chat: 
How are our global neighbors in the Holy Land?
Peace not Walls events on Saturday

For six Saturdays in a row, beginning on Saturday, April 25th, Peace Not Walls participants in the U.S. and partners in the Middle East will engage in weekly conversations about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Lutheran ministries in the Holy Land and how the Lutheran World Federation-Jerusalem Program and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) are responding in order to continue their vital medical, ecclesiastical and educational work.  In addition, these virtual meetings will provide an opportunity for participants and partners to discuss aspects of the ongoing Israeli occupation, especially the expansion of Israeli settlements and other human rights violations occurring in the shadow of the pandemic.

The complete list of the Virtual PNW Series can be
found here.

All are welcome to join us – please share this invitation widely!
Copyright © *2020* Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
All rights reserved.      Phone: 301-927-5508
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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