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December 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Sunday Worship

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

see links for online events at
Dear People of Hope,

While the world displays after-Christmas sales, New Years decorations, and Valentines candy, the church says it is only the 5th day Christmas- 7 more to come!  We continue Christmas prayers throughout the week and worship on Sunday.  In this very unusual year, I share this blessing from Jan Richardson, a United Methodist preacher and writer:
We draw close to the end of the season, and I find myself with fewer and fewer words. Divested of them as December wanes. These are days for gathering in, gathering up, gathering together the pieces as this year of Big Events draws to a close. Stealing moments for recollection and remembrance.

Standing now on this side of the passages that these past twelve months have held, I think of Mary, at the ending of the birthing and bringing forth:

after the angel
let it be,
after Elizabeth
blessed is she,
after angels
and shepherds
and alleluias:


But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart, Luke tells us in the Gospel lection for Christmas Eve.

And so I am keeping quiet this night. Pondering. Treasuring. Gathering up the year nearly gone.

What are you treasuring as we continue this Christmas season?


And so we take the ragged fragments,

the patches of darkness
that give shape to the light;
the scraps of desires
unslaked or realized;
the memories of spaces
of blessing, of pain.

And so we gather the scattered pieces

the hopes we carry
fractured or whole;
the struggles of birthing
exhausted, elated;
the places of welcome
that bring healing and life.

And so we lay them at the threshold, God;

bid you hold them, bless them, use them;
ask you tend them, mend them,
transform them
to keep us warm,
make us whole,
and send us forth.


Blessings to all, in this continued Christmas season.

In Peace and Hope,
  Pastor Julie
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Prayers for Pastor Beth
recovering from a fall

Pastor Beth Platz had a fall on Monday, December 21. Nothing is broken, but she is recovering in a rehab facility.  She welcomes prayers.  And if she needs anything more tangible, she’ll let us know how we can support her.  We offer this prayer for Pastor Beth and all in need of healing:

God of compassion, your Son Jesus Christ, the great physician, made the broken whole and healed the sick. Touch our wounds, relieve our hurts, and restore to us wholeness of life, through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
movies@hope presents Traces of the Trade
Friday January 8, 7:30m

Join us as, Hope Lutheran Church and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of College Park proudly present the award-winning 2008 documentary, Traces of the Trade.  Director/Producer Kristina Browne will be on hand to introduce her film and lead the discussion afterwards.  The film tells the story of her forefathers the DeWolfs of Rhode Island, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.   Don't miss this timely and thought-provoking examination of a disturbing corner of human history.  

Zoom login information can be found above.

Even though we can't gather in person, we think it's more important than ever to watch great films with the opportunity to discuss afterwards what we've seen.  So please put on some popcorn and join us!  Hope to "see" you then, and invite a friend or neighbor, including those who wouldn't usually be able to come out to our regular showings at the church!   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.
Hope's Development Discernment
Pray, find documents online, ask questions
join next meeting Sunday January 10, 1pm

Hope's Council is inviting all people to engage in a discernment process about a possible property sale and redevelopment.  Recently, many people gathered to learn about a development proposal Hope has received.  If you couldn't make this meeting, find resources online and plan to join the next large group meeting.

1) Join council in praying, using this and other prayers:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the endings, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils and joys unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

2) Find documents here (listen or ask for the password):

3) Ask questions here:

4) And join us Sunday January 10 at 1pm for the next gathering:
   Meeting ID: 870 5686 4241
   Passcode: 123456

Give warm things to people at the PG Day Center
between now and January 19

Hope continues our relationship with people at the PG Plaza Day Center, recognizing that this time of year, when the weather gets colder, is a hard time to live outdoors.  The day center can most use:

New socks and underwear
New gloves and hats
Nice jackets
   large sizes especially appreciated

Hope is collecting any of these items between now and January 19.  If you have a key, you can bring things to Hope and place them on a table in the fellowship hall (staff are at Hope intermittently, so you'll need to let yourself in).  Or you may take things to Joan A's house in Berwyn Heights.
Calendar and Links

12 Days of Christmas Devotions from the Metro DC Synod

Sunday January 3, 10:30m Sunday Worship, including installing new countil members

Wednesday January 6, 8pm Epiphany Worship Service, hosted by ELCA bishops

Friday January 8, 7:30pm movies@hope presents Traces of the Trade

Sunday January 10, Council hosts community conversation via zoo

Sunday and Monday January 17 & 18, 4pm each day
"A Prophetic Call to The Church: The Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr."

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

Tuesday January 19, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group

Sunday January 24, 1pm Congregational Meeting
     Meeting ID: 890 2943 2330
     Passcode: 123456
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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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