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September/October 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center


7:30pm - Hope Council and Steering Committee Property Meeting


7:30pm - Choir of Hope meets in person


early evening - volunteers offer football parking at Hope

7:30pm - movies@hope presents The Man Who Knew Too Much (zoom)


10-11am - St Francis Animal Blessing at St Andrew's Episcopal Church


10am - Get Settled Online

10:15am - Doors Open for in-person Worship

10:30am - Sunday Worship
in person and on Zoom

Zoom info
online here:
or call in: 301 715 8592
(Meeting ID : 338 100 220)
password 214341

5-7pm - Humble Walk Students Dinner and Worship 
Dear People of Hope,

Many of you know that we have been prayerfully considering how to best use Hope’s property for mission and ministry.  This effort has been led by Hope’s Congregational Council, and recently additionally supported by members of a Property Steering Committee.  These groups meet by Zoom almost weekly to research, discuss, and pray about Hope’s path forward.  We wanted to write to share updates about the team’s work in recent months.

Hope’s 2021 Council includes Jeff T, Katie E, JT R, Paulette T, Joan A, Liz D, Ana L, Lauren M, Mona M, Bruce N, Pat N, Matthew S, and Pastor Julie. (Pastor Ray attends on behalf of Lutheran Campus Ministry, though he does not vote.)

The Steering Committee consists of Susan N, Paul T, Aaron Z, and Alyssa C and Kevin M (both connected through Lutheran Campus Ministry), Pat N and Jeff T (also serving on council), Pastor Julie, and Pastor Ray.

Since the small groups met in the spring, this team has been following up with what the congregation said was important.  Some of the main themes are discussed below:

Legal Support:  If and as Hope moves forward with any process, we will need legal support.  At the recommendation of the synod, we interviewed several legal teams.  Hope is currently working with several lawyers at Bean, Kinney and Korman, PC (

Hope’s council is authorized to spend up to $10,000 before coming to the congregation for additional authorization.  Thus far, Hope has paid about $5,000 for legal support.

Assessing the Value of the Property: The team explored how to assess the value of the property.  In informal consultations with an owner’s representative, a local lawyer, and a few others, we believe the CA Ventures offer is competitive.

Zoning: If Hope works with CA, this developer would arrange the necessary zoning changes.  Still, these teams have learned about the re-zoning process, especially as it relates to the Purple Line Sector Plan.  Hope’s property is currently zoned only for a church and/or single family homes.  Any development process would require re-zoning.  Because Hope is near new Purple Line train stations, our region is being for re-zoning.  Hope has submitted input, requesting that our property be re-zoned for denser development as part of this natural re-zoning process.  The county is reviewing all input, making proposals for community discussion, and eventually making final zoning decisions.  The Purple Line Sector Plan, including any zoning changes to Hope’s area, will be finalized by fall 2022.

Green Space and Environmental Feasibility: So many of us at Hope value the green space where we currently have children’s programming, outdoor communion and prayer, and Humble Walk campfires.  How ever we move forward, Hope will prioritize having access to green space for ministry.  The developers want to maximize profits and a large green plaza doesn’t earn rental income, but we are committed to outdoor space.

Similarly, Hope is ensuring that any developer is aware of the slope of the land and the water levels from the slope and from Guilford Run during a significant rain storm.  Both of these, along with other factors, would impact building structures.  Hope is also considering options to re-use current elements of Hope’s building in a possible future building, thus reducing waste.

Affordable Housing: Many of you raised concerns about affordable housing in College Park and the surrounding area.  Hope has had conversation with two affordable housing developers (Enterprise Community Partners and Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc.) about the feasibility of building an affordable development on our property.  It would be an entirely different type of project, with different timelines, financing, risks, and rewards.  The team is curious about this possibility and will share more information as it becomes available.

Ongoing Prayer: As a church, we don’t simply seek to make the most sound business decision.  We do want to be wise and discerning; and we remember that we are not discerning alone, but with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We regularly return to our core values, to be Welcoming; Growing Disciples who Lead; and Loving our Neighbors, near and far.  We research, we discuss, we pray.

What’s Taking so Long? Hope’s Council was almost ready to return to the congregation with a specific proposal about how to move forward.  In fact, you may have seen that some meetings were scheduled and then canceled for late September.  This is due to the fact that the team has recently received new information, mostly about the affordable housing options, that deserves careful study and consideration.

Next Steps: Hope’s Council and Steering Committee want to research all the options and present one to the congregation.  As the team hones in on one path forward that takes our range of priorities and values into account, you will be invited to a large group meeting to hear about the proposal.  Then there will be a range of small group and large group sessions, both online and in person, to discuss the specifics.  Eventually, there would be a congregational vote about moving forward with the proposal.

As members of the team, we are honored and pleased to lead the congregation in this important process.  Please continue to pray for Hope’s future.  You can reach out to any of the council or committee members with thoughts or questions.  And we will continue to keep you informed as more becomes clear.

Peace of Christ,
Pastor Julie, Hope Congregational Council and Property Steering Committee
Puerto Rico Trip this Winter
December 29, 2021 - January 7, 2022

We have been invited by the Caribbean Synod for an accompaniment/relationship building trip between our ministry and the Puerto Rican Lutheran Church.  This trip, like one a few years ago to the Holy Land, will be made up of UMD students and Hope Church as we learn about the people, culture, and church in Puerto Rico.  Spanish is not required.  

We will have more details shortly, including information on cost and accommodation options.  As a trip focused on relationship building, much of our time will be spent visiting church communities and Lutheran Social Services sites where ministry is happening.  There will be chances to experience the sites with our local hosts, including a New Year's Eve and Three Kings festival.  COVID precautions will be in place during the trip.  To express interest or learn more, contact Pastor Julie or Pastor Ray.

Curious, but not able to travel? There will be plenty of opportunities to pray, learn about, and support this trip from right here as well.
movies@hope presents The Man Who Knew too Much
7:30pm Friday October 1, online only

movies@hope is delighted to feature for the first time one of the all-time masters of film art, Alfred Hitchcock.  Film scholar and Prince George's Community College faculty member, Mary Dutterer, returns to introduce the brilliant British director's timeless classic from 1956, The Man Who Knew Too Much.  Starring James Stewart and Doris Day, this thriller tells the tale of an ordinary man and woman caught in a web of international intrigue when their son is kidnapped.  Can the hope and faith in ultimate justice of these innocents abroad prevail against the dark forces taking hold of them?

Join online here:
St Francis Pet Blessing (in partnership with St Andrews)
10-11am Saturday October 2, outdoors at St Andrews
    4512 College Ave, College Park MD 20740

Bring your animals – live and toy – and your whole family and group of friends for this fun outdoor event.  In celebration of St. Francis who preached to birds and tamed a wolf, we will celebrate the joy that animals bring to our live and bless these animals.  Come at the beginning if you want to hear a short prayer liturgy; or come anytime for a quick blessing, and maybe a cookie
Support Afghan families moving to the area
in the coming weeks; reach out to Mary B to participate

UPDATE: Hope continues to wait until we are matched with a family resettling in this area.  We hear there are 344 teams ready to support a family and 150 families have resettles so far - so our turn should come in the next few months.  Learn more from Mary: or 202-509-7991.

Want to donate financially?
You can do this anytime by sending a check to Hope with "Refugee Resettlement" in the memo line.  Or give online, selecting "Refugee Resettlement Fund" in the drop-down menu:
Homecoming Football Parking
Friday October 1, early evening
Saturday October 30, morning ish

Want to spend some time outside while also helping the church earn some money? Want to be hospitable and welcoming on Hope's behalf?  Several weekends throughout the fall, Hope volunteers offer paid parking for football games.  This Friday evening should be a big game; Homecoming is October 30 and there is a morning game.  If you'd like to participate, volunteers will train you in everything you need to know.  Contact Liz to volunteer, or listen for additional dates.

(old photo, parking is $20 now...)
Property Development Discernment Process
check out the bulletin board for more info:

Hope's Council and Steering Committee continue to research, learn and guide Hope's property discernment process.
You can continue to find documents and past zoom meeting here. (listen or ask for the password):
You may also ask questions here:
Calendar and Links

Wednesday September 29, 7:30pm, Hope Council and Steering Committee Property Meeting
link shared with council and committee

Thursday September 30, 7:30pm Choir of Hope rehearses at hope
contact Alex for more information

Friday October 1, early evening, Small Group offers football parking at Hope
contact Liz D to volunteer to help

Friday October 1, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents The Man Who Knew Too Much

Saturday October 2, 10-11am, St Francis Pet Blessing in partnership with St Andrews
front lawn at St Andrews Episcopal Church in College Park

Saturday October 2, 11am-1pm ish, Living Water SDA worships at Hope
anyone welcome, in the sanctuary

Sunday October 3, 10:30am, in person worship at Hope and continued zoom worship
indoors at Hope, see safety practices
Same zoom link:

Sunday October 3, 5-7 pm ish, Humble Walk meal and worship for students
in person at Hope, students only

Friday October 8 - Monday October 11, Pastor Julie away
Contact Beth with any administrative needs; contact Pastor Ray with any pastoral care needs

Friday-Sunday October 15-17, St Andrew's Retreat at Shrine Mont

Saturday October 16, 11am-1pm ish, Living Water SDA worships at Hope
anyone welcome, in the sanctuary

Sunday October 17, 9:30-10:30 Kids Sunday School
outdoors at Hope

Tuesday October 19, 1pm ish - Hope provides lunches to PG Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Saturday October 30, morning ish, Small Group offers Homecoming football parking at Hope
contact Liz D to volunteer to help

Sunday October 31, 10:30am Reformation Sunday worship at Hope
in person and on zoom as usual

Friday November 5, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Dick Johnson is Dead

Sunday November 7, 10:30am All Saints Sunday worship at Hope
in person and on zoom as usual

Sunday November 21, 1:30pm Hope Congregational Meeting
on zoom

Friday December 3, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Alex Kostadinov, student musician,, cell: 530-608-6860
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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