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Growing Disciples Who Lead
Loving our Neighbors, Near and Far

December 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

8pm - Holy Land Advent Pilgrimage

noon-1:45pm - registration slots for Christmas Petting Zoo
1:45-2pm - everyone welcome to come see the animals at Hope

9am - kids Sunday School

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Third Sunday in Advent Worship

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

1pm ish - Hope provides lunches for PG Day Center
7:30-9pm - Council hosts community conversation

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

This Saturday we celebrate Advent and Christmas by welcoming animals to Hope.  Reminiscent of the stable where Jesus was born, there will be a sheep, a goat, a calf, a rabbit, a duck, and a pony giving rides to anyone under 100 lbs.  Many of you have registered; Madeline will be in touch soon with a time slot and any more details.

If you haven't registered, simply come for the last time slot.  Anyone, any age is welcome to come see the animals from 1:45-2pm at Hope.  Wear a mask and maintain social distance.  I'll be there the whole time and I'll be happy to see anyone who is able to come say hello.

In Peace and Hope,
  Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Holy Land Pilgrimage, Advent Conversations
Wednesdays, December 9, 16, 23, 8-9pm

For years Hope and Humble Walk have had a relationship with the Lutheran congregations and the justice work in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the surrounding area.  This December we are invited to deepen this connection with an Advent Pilgrimage.  Join others from Hope and Humble Walk each Wednesday evening from 8-9pm by zoom.  We'll watch a short video together, and talk about themes of hope, peace, love, joy and justice.  

During the Advent season we often talk a lot about the Holy Land of the past without talking much about the Holy Land of the present. This year, Hope joins ELCA Young Adults and ELCA Peace Not Walls for an Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine, talking about the past and present.
Give gift cards, support the church
Contact Paul T for details

Hope participates in the nationwide Scrip gift card program.  Participants buy gift cards at face-value for hundreds of retailers, including Amazon, Starbucks, grocery stories and airlines.  And then the church receives a percentage of the sale. With the season of gift giving upon us, now is the time to think about how we can make the best use of this easy and painless way of benefiting our church!

Gift cards can be purchased one of two ways:
1) You can order physical gift cards through Paul T, simply by identifying the retailer and the amount.  Paul will then order the cards from Scrip and you can reimburse the church by check when they arrive and Paul delivers them to you.  Share your order with Paul by December 13 (

2) Many retailers offer e-gift cards you can order yourself on line.  In that case, if you haven't previously enrolled, you must do so at the
Scrip website and enter Hope's enrollment code (DB1216C863874) to ensure Hope gets credit for your purchase.  Payment for your e-gift cards can be paid for by credit card, by debit from your bank account, or by check to the church.  Do this anytime!
Gifts of Hope
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12

Participating in the Gifts of Hope program translates into loving our neighbors. When our congregation gives Gifts of Hope, we support children, the homeless, those seeking work or education, people who need medical or dental care, and those seeking to improve their lives. This Advent season, will you consider giving a gift of love to a stranger who is in need? Visit for more information.
Calendar and Links

anytime, join Advent Pilgrimage in the Holy Land by registering here

Wednesday December 9, 8-9pm Hope Advent Conversation engaging Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Saturday December 12, noon-2pm, Hope outdoor Petting Zoo
register here so we can ensure safe numbers:

Sunday December 13, 9am Kids Sunday School

Sunday December 13, 10:30m Third Sunday in Advent Worship

Tuesday December 15, 1pm-ish, Hope provides lunches to PG County Day Center
contact Joan A to volunteer

Tuesday December 15, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group - paused this month

Tuesday December 15, 7:30-9pm - Council hosts community conversation via zoom

Wednesday December 16, 8-9pm Hope Advent Conversation engaging Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Wednesday December 23, 8-9pm Hope Advent Conversation engaging Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Thursday December 24, 5:30-6pm outdoor Christmas Eve worship at Hope
dress warmly

Thursday December 24, 8pm traditional Christmas Eve worship on Zoom

Sunday December 27, 10:30m Christmas Sunday Worship with scripture and music

Copyright © *2020* Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
All rights reserved.      Phone: 301-927-5508
Julie Bringman, Pastor,  cell: 510-529-5606
Madeline Burbank, Pastoral Intern,
Alex Kostadinov, student musician,, cell: 254-733-4089
Beth Cooler, Administrative Assistant,, 301-927-5508
Ray Ranker, Campus Minister,, cell: 410-294-6691
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