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February/March 2023

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

Friday March 3

evening - Living Water SDA Worships in person at Hope

Saturday March 4

9am-3pm - ELCA Youth Event at Hope

Sunday March 5

9:15 - Choir Rehearsal

10:15am - Doors and Zoom Open for Community

10:30am - Sunday Worship
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 7

noon-1pm - Connections with Hope Zoom community
Dear People of Hope,

All throughout Lent at Hope, we'll reflect on the theme and practice of Sabbath.  As I've shared, sabbath may be the most needed, least practiced biblical command.  I am hearing that sabbath practices might be new to many of you, but that you are already considering what Sabbath might look like in your life.  Here are some books and resources that might guide your thinking, as they have mine.

Sabbath Book and Resource List:

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
By Abraham Joshua Heschel
A classic Jewish text on this theme

Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time
By MaryAnn McKibben Dana
A funny and relatable memoir of a Christian family seeking sabbath in northern Virginia

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives
By Wayne Muller
A collection of short essays on different sabbath themes; includes poetry, practices and questions for reflection

Sabbath as Resistance, a session from Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio
A 30-minute video that the Metro DC Synod shared at the 2021 Synod Assembly

Ezra Klein Podcast, on the theme of Sabbath
A New York Times podcaster reflects on sabbath in his own, fairly secular life

Blessings on your reading, watching and listening.  And blessings on your holy rest.

Peace of Christ,
Pastor Julie

ps - In Sunday's sermon, I talked about Richard Smallwood and his contemporary gospel music.  Read more about his life and music in
this Washington Post article.
movies@hope presents "Three Minutes - A Lengthening"
Friday March 10, 7:30pm at Hope

In just a couple weeks, movies@hope returns from our long hiatus with the recent documentary, Three Minutes - A Lengthening.  In 1938, an American immigrant returned to his hometown in Poland with a home movie camera and shot a 3 minute snippet of 16mm film.  Discovered decades later by his grandson, David Kurtz, this haunting glimpse into the lives of the unsuspecting Jewish citizens of the village at the precipice of World War II led Kurtz on an emotionally charged journey to uncover the fate of the town and its people.  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.  We are still determining safety protocols and possible refreshments to be offered.  We will provide an update on these matters a week before the event.  Meanwhile, please let Paul T know if you have any questions!

Hope to see you then, and invite a friend or neighbor!   And, if you belong to a neighborhood listserv, please circulate the flyer to your email list. It's through efforts like these we've been able to get the word out to an ever-wider community.
Alex plays Brahms for his final dissertation recital
Friday, March 16, at 8pm

Hope's beloved musician, Alex, will perform for his final doctoral dissertation recital on March 16. This will include music from Brahms and a time of Alex discussing his written dissertation.  This event is free and no tickets are required; just come to The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Glidenhorn Hall. We join Alex in prayer for his continued success.

Want to have dinner before the concert? Join others at Le Fantome in Riverdale Park (near Whole Foods) at 6:30pm.,
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 a Turkish Organization (details forthcoming) 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."
Calendar and Links

Friday March 3, evening, Living Water worships
at Hope

Saturday March 4, 9am-3pm, Metro DC Synod Youth event
in person, at Hope

Sunday March 5, 10:30am Sunday Worship
in person and by zoom
   Meeting ID: 840 5599 7546
   Passcode: 112233

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

Tuesday March 7, noon-1pm, Connections with Hope
God Holds You: A Pandemic Chronicle

Friday March 10, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Three Minutes a Lengthening
in person, at Hope, details forthcoming

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

Thursday March 16, 8pm, Alex's Doctoral Piano Recital
at The Performing Arts Center on UMD Campus
Preceded by community dinner 6:30pm, Le Fantome Food Hall in Riverdale

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

April 2-9, Holy Week at Hope
details forthcoming

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