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September 2019

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

Friday, September 13
8-9pm - AA meeting

Saturday, September 14
9:30am-3pm - Living Water SDA worship and fellowship at Hope

Sunday, September 15
10am - Worship, including Growing Something Beautiful for God
11:30am - Accessibility Audit at Hope

5-7pm - Humble Walk student meal and worship

Monday, September 16
7-8pm - AA meeting

Tuesday, September 17

1-3pm - Serve Lunch at PG Day Center

Thursday, September 19

7:30-8:30pm - Choir begins at Hope
Dear People of Hope,

This autumn brings many new things- in our region and at Hope specifically.  This newsletter, I specifically want to welcome and introduce new staff:

At Hope, Alex Kostadinov is our new Church Music and Choral Director.  He is a Doctoral Student at UMD in Collaborative Piano, specifically studying how to play piano with other instrumentalists and singers.  He comes to Maryland, most recently from Baylor University in Texas.  Before Texas, he studied and grew up in Bulgaria.  Alex looks forward to meeting everyone at Hope and getting choir started soon.
Beyond Hope, our Metro DC Synod of the ELCA has a newly elected bishop and her appointed synod staff.  You can meet and read more about this faithful and inspiring team of leaders here:

As a church, we are called and committed to praying for our leaders.  This week, pray for:
Bishop Leila Ortiz
Chief of Staff, Assistant to the Bishop for Mobility and Candidacy, The Rev. Dr. Erin Swenson-Reinhold
Director of Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Lamar Baily
Additional Synod Staff: Laura Stall, Katharyn Wheeler, Christy Hartigan, Katie Simbala, Kelly Champagne

We are grateful to God for these many gifted leaders!

Peace of Christ,
Pastor Julie
Serve at PG Plaza Day Center
Tuesday September 17, 1-3pm

Join us next week as we prepare and serve lunch at the PG Plaza Day Center.  This is always a good time to be in relationship with each other from Hope and with our neighbors in the area.  Meet at Hope at 12:50, or the Day Center (6800 Adelphi Rd) at 1pm.
Kids Sunday School re-starts
9-9:50am, 2nd and 4th Sundays in Sept, Oct, Nov

Sunday School teachers have planned the full fall line-up for children at Hope.  They'll increase from once-a-month to twice-a-month, meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of September, October and November, 9-9:50 at Hope (same time).  All fall, children will be learning about prayer and joining the church theme of Growing Something Beautiful for God (through prayer).  Share this invitation with any children and families you know.

The team is also seeking additional volunteers.  If you want to hear more about working with children at Hope, contact
Kat M.
Immigration and Immigration Reform Conversation
LAST Sunday, September 8, after the worship service

Nearly 25 people stayed and engaged this important and timely conversation.  Thank you to Pastor Ana L for leading us and inviting guests to join and share their personal stories.  There is clearly interest in how we faithfully engage this topic.  Listen for next-steps, or share your ideas with Pr Ana.
News of the Community:

Accessibility Audit: Sunday September 15, a group from Hope will be doing an Accessibility Audit of the building and grounds to evaluate how welcoming Hope is to different people.  If you are interested to be involved, talk with Addie A.

Growing Something Beautiful for God: Sunday we launch our fall theme, “Growing Something Beautiful for God”. We will use these inspiring words to reflect on areas of growth in our personal and collective life of faith during the coming weeks. What dreams do you have for our church? What fruit are we called to develop with the Spirit’s help? What might we present to God as a harvest in terms of our individual discipleship or congregational ministry? Through Temple Talks, hymns, and some symbolic actions, we will move from sowing the seeds (September 15) to harvesting fruit (November 3). Let us be a people of hope.

Pastor Ray recognized: Campus pastor, Pastor Ray Ranker has recently received the James R. Carr Award for Distinguished Service, an award given to “those who demonstrate excellence in ministry, have an adventuresome enthusiasm for travel abroad, foster engagement with others–especially campus ministry colleagues from around the globe, and exude a passion for integrating a wider worldview into their local ministries.”  If you know Pr. Ray even a little, you know he is a perfect candidate for this! You can read more online or by picking up the article in the Narthex.

CARing Kids and En Camino Celebration: Come celebrate with Humble Walk all those whose lives have been changed through 25 years of the CARing Project and 15 years of En Camino. October 5th 3:30-5:30 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring. Contact: if you have any questions 

Humble Walk new website: There is a new website with great photos and stories about the ministry.  Students, Lutheran and otherwise, gather each week for food and worship, community, service, intramural sports, and all kinds of other things.  Check it out here:

Create an Account on Hope's Website: Our website has a members-only section (open to members and friends), and you are invited to create an account to access this content, which currently consists of policies, procedures, reports, and the guidelines for worship assistants. The "Create an Account" option has been re-activated near the bottom of the right sidebar on To create an account, you need to include only your name, password, and email address. The account request is forwarded automatically to our web manager, Liz D., for approval, and she will email you once your account is active. Members and friends who created accounts in the past do not need to recreate their accounts; we just had to turn off the "Create an Account" option for a while because of spamming.

Moms in Community Group: Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center in College Park has renewed its drop-in support group, Moms in Community, for pregnant women and new and breastfeeding moms. Share the invitation that people may come for free support and connection, to meet other parents and parents-to-be, to relax with tea, snacks, and conversation. A professional lactation consultant (IBCLC) will be present to answer any questions and offer additional support. Older siblings welcome. The support group will meet at Hope on Fridays between September 20 to November 22, from 11 am-1 pm. Participants may come once or come to all ten sessions.

movies@hope presents Days of Heaven: Join us, Friday September 20, 7:30pm, as movies@hope celebrates working men and women with this visually awesome, Oscar-winning drama from 1978, directed by the great Terrence Malick. Escaping the grime and poverty of early 20th century Chicago, a young couple hopes to better their lot by finding work on a farm in the Texas panhandle. Stars the young Richard Gere and the late, great Sam Shepard.  As always, admission and refreshments are free.

Boat Ride on the Anacostia River: Sunday September 22, after worship a group will take a boat ride on the Anacostia River.  This is September's social gathering (rescheduled from earlier this year).  Talk to Paul T for more information.

Baby Shower Thanks: A note from Pastor Julie and Silas:
We were so moved by your abundant generosity at last-last week's baby shower.  It is powerful to have a community to welcome this expected child before any of us have even seen his/her face, before he/she has come fully into the world and been given a name.  What a powerful Christian witness, to say to this little one, "You belong here before we have even met you."  Thank you for sharing our joy and supporting us in this special time.

Pastor Julie’s Parental Leave: Pastor Julie is expecting a baby in mid-September.  Throughout the fall she’ll take 12 weeks parental leave to connect with her new and growing family.  During this time, she won’t be responding to email, phone messages or even worshiping at Hope.  Throughout the fall, Pastor Ray Ranker will be available for pastoral care, staff support and monthly council meetings.  Beth Cooler will maintain Hope’s office and calendar.  Several different pastors will be present on Sunday mornings to preach and lead worship.  This is an exciting time for both Pastor Julie and also for Hope to grow in new ways.  You may contact Council President, Mary C, or any member of the Parental Leave Planning Team: Paulette T, Liz D, and Jeff T with questions.

Scrip at Hope: Hope has joined the nationwide Scrip program as a way for members and friends of the congregation to support Hope through purchases from over 750 retailers. Like the former Giant gift card program, Scrip offers gift cards at face value, but then pays Hope a rebate of from 2% to 16%, depending on the retailer. Unlike the Giant program, the range of products available is almost unlimited -- including gas, groceries, clothing, dining, entertainment, home improvement, travel, and other items. Gift cards can be ordered through the program coordinator, Paul Thompson, or can be purchased directly on line by members who register with Scrip. Please contact Paul for a list of participating retailers and more information about how the program works. Proceeds from this incredibly flexible and easy-to-use program will be used to support special ministry projects and possible building improvements.   Take a look at their website ( To enroll and order your own gift cards use the Enrollment code of B869LA2L63874 to link yourself to Hope to donate the proceeds.
Prayers for the Community
If you have a prayer request to share in the bulletin, please send it to the office: or 301-927-5508.
Pastor Julie builds this newsletter each week.  If you have announcements or photos to share, email her at
Looking into coming months
Put these dates on your calendar to plan ahead for worship, service and community.  (newly added events highlighted)

Sunday September 15, within worship introducing Growing Something Beautiful for God; following worship, accessibility audit of Hope’s space (talk with Addie A for more information)

Tuesday September 17, 1-3pm prepare and serve lunch at PG Plaza Day Center (3rd Tuesdays)

Thursday September 19, 7:30-8:30pm choir begins at Hope 

Friday September 20, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 1 of 10)

Friday September 20, 7:30pm movies@hope presents "Days of Heaven"

Sunday September 22, 9-9:50am Kids Sunday School; within worship Joyful Noise leads special music; 12:30pm Social Gathering Boat Ride on the Anacostia River

Monday September 23, 7pm Social Justice event in DC with pastor and author Lenny Duncan (learn more here:

Wednesday September 25, 7-8:30pm Congregation Council Meeting

Friday September 27, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 2 of 10)

Friday, Sept. 27, afternoon/evening one-time football parking at Hope for PennState game

Sunday September 29, Worship and Music Committee meets after worship

Friday October 4, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 3 of 10)

Saturday October 5, 3-5pm Humble Walk CARing Kids and En Camino anniversary celebration at St Luke's Lutheran Church in Silver Spring

Friday October 11, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 4 of 10)

Friday October 11, 7:30pm movies@hope presents “Songs My Brother Taught Me” (lives of contemporary American Indians for Columbus Day weekend)

Saturday October 12, 10am-1pm Metro DC bishop's installation worship service @ UMD Chapel

Sunday Oct 13, 9-9:50am Kids Sunday School; (Katie Evans (YAGM) preaching within worship); fall mission appeal begins; Humble Walk European Pilgrimage Sharing after worship

October 13-November 17, 6 Sundays of collecting donations for Fall Mission Appeal

Tuesday October 15, 1-3pm prepare and serve lunch at PG Plaza Day Center (3rd Tuesdays)

Friday October 18, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 5 of 10)

Wednesday October 23, 7-8:30pm Congregation Council Meeting

Friday October 25, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 6 of 10)

Sunday October 27, 9-9:50am Kids Sunday School; Reformation Sunday Worship, wear red clothing

Sunday October 27, 3-4pm October Social Gathering, Trunk or Treat at Hope (Kat M contact person)

Friday November 1, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 7 of 10)

Friday November 1, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents “Before Stonewall:  The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community” (documentary commemorating 1969, a pivotal year in the history of the LGBTQ movement)

Sunday November 3, All Saints Sunday Worship, Submit names of people who have died in the past year to be prayed aloud

Friday November 8, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 8 of 10)

Sunday November 10, 9-9:50am Kids Sunday School

Friday November 15, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 9 of 10)

Sunday November 17, following worship Congregational Meeting

Tuesday November 19, 1-3pm prepare and serve lunch at PG Plaza Day Center (3rd Tuesdays)

Friday November 22, 11am-1pm Moms in Community Group at Hope (session 10 of 10)

Sunday November 24, 9-9:50am Kids Sunday School

Wednesday November 27, Thanksgiving Eve - MAYBE worship service at St John Riverdale

Wednesdays December 4, 6:30pm soup supper; 7:15-8pm Advent prayer at St John in Riverdale

Sunday December 8, following worship [November] Social Event, lunch and tour at National Basilica (Cathy Barks contact person)

Monday December 9, all day Fundraiser at Franklins to support CUCE and the PG Plaza Day Center

Wednesdays December 11, 6:30pm soup supper; 7:15-8pm Advent prayer at Hope

Friday December 13, 7:30pm movies@hope presents “Meet John Doe” (a classic about a man who starts a political movement by threatening to jump to his death on Christmas Eve if social ills aren't addressed)

Saturday December 14, 3-5pm - cookie exchange (Pat N contact person); simultaneous Sunday School kids Christmas party

Sunday December 15, following worship inside/outside clean-up day around the church (in partnership with neighbors)

Tuesday December 17, 1-3pm prepare and serve lunch at PG Plaza Day Center (3rd Tuesdays)

Wednesdays December 18, 6:30pm soup supper; 7:15-8pm Advent prayer at St John in Riverdale

Sunday December 22, following worship, decorate for Christmas

Tuesday December 24, 7:30pm Christmas Eve worship at Hope
Sunday School children walk and pray the labyrinth
Sunday School children sing (and do hand motions, of course)
Communion at Hope
Faithful Conversation on Immigration and Immigration Reform
The Humble Walk - Lutheran Campus Ministry

Contact campus to learn more:

Students are back!  Humble Walk hosts the regular meal and worship service this Sunday and every Sunday:
5pm meal
6pm worship

Fall programming will really pick up in the coming weeks.  As always, students are welcome at Sunday morning worship at 10am, and all other Hope events.
Copyright © *2019* 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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