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April 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

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Worship with Animal Blessing
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

all online, see links at
Dear People of Hope,

Its OK not to be OK.  These are unusual times.  People are anxious and isolated; our lives have changed quickly; we don’t have access to many of our usual coping and support strategies.  Of course God is with us.  AND things may be really hard.

Before the pandemic reached the United States, my husband Silas was working as a consultant with an education organization.  In the past few weeks, that organization has laid off all consultants, so Silas is unemployed right now.  Financially we will be ok; I am still working at Hope and we have a family savings account.  Silas is spending a lot more time with the baby and taking a sort of parental leave he didn’t have when Katesh was first born.  But we are seeing, as I’m sure you are seeing, that this pandemic is reaching and unsettling more and more households.

You likely know people who are or have been sick.  We know stories of people who are without work, without food, without the ability to pay their rent.  This newsletter has a list of resources: ways to give support and ways to reach out for support.  You can always call me or the church office- and below are still more options.

We pray to you almighty God, in this time. You are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Do not let us fail in the face of these events. Uphold us with your love, and give us the strength we need. Help us in our confusion, and guide our actions. Heal the hurt, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the innocent and helpless, and deliver any who are still in peril; for the sake of your great mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Yes, God is with us and with our world.  And God gives us a range of resources for support.

May God’s peace and God’s support fill you this week,
Pastor Julie
Watch Easter Sunday worship here: - and find other worship services by clicking on the "St Andrews" channel below this service.
For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
It's OK not to be OK- and you don't have to go through this alone.  Call any of these free numbers for support from trained individuals, or simply for someone to talk to.

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.

Suicide Prevention in College
~For college students~

A Valuable Resource Guide on Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

US Dep't of Health & Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
~For people struggling with substance abuse and mental health~

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

The Trevor Project
~For LGBT Youth~

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Text and chat options:

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: 
Our neighbors are not OK
Give money for food assistance in Langley Park

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.  You may give to buy grocery gifts cards for these families- 100% of donations by these means will go directly to families in need.

Online: Go to the Hope's donation website: 
Under "Select Fund," select "Langley Park Food Assistance."  You can pay through your checking account or by credit card.

PayPal or Venmo:
Donate by Venmo @LutheranTerps or email Katie for PayPal information (  

Check: If you prefer to write a check to "Hope Lutheran Church," with "Langley Park Food Assistance" in the memo line, mail checks to Hope Lutheran Church, 4201 Guilford Dr., College Park, MD 20740.
Some of us are not OK
Free lunches, every weekday

World Central Kitchen (the organization launched by celebrity chef Jose Andreas) is offering free lunches to anyone who needs them, Monday through Friday, in our area.

Noon-1:30, James E Duckworth Regional Center
11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville MD

2-3:30 Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School
13725 Briarwood Drive, Laurel MD
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!
Join a group of Hope Church connections
Connect more with others at Hope for small group/community support

Are you interested in more connection with others from Hope in these stay-at-home times? If so, email Beth (  We'll collect interested people and match you into small groups of 5-8 people.  These are completely unstructured groups- you may choose to call each other, Zoom hang out together, and/or pray for each other.  (Feeling connected enough?  It is fine to pass on this one).
Worship this Week
God is with us in our animal companions

Join Zoom worship this Sunday, and bring your animal friends.  We will have a special time to bless the animals- both live pets, plush toys, anything that brings comfort and companionship.  Consider inviting families and friends who love animals to join.  This will be at the very beginning of worship, because we know some of these creatures have limited attention spans.  At our usual Zoom time and link:

10am sign on and get settled
10:30 worship

Find us here:
or call in: +1 301 715 8592 ; Meeting ID: 338 100 220
password: 214341
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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