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April/May 2021

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

7:30pm - Hope Congregation Council meeting


9am - Kids Sunday School (last one of the year)

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
Sometimes you find random things, just walking around Hope's property

Dear People of Hope,

Perhaps you've heard the joke that pastors only work on Sundays.  While I've never heard anything but respect for my work from all of you, you might not know what I do on the non-Sunday days.  Especially during the pandemic, sometimes I don't know what I do on the non-Sunday days.  To share an example, here's what I did yesterday:

9am - check email to see if anything surprising came up on Monday (when I don't check email);. good news from one property lawyer email, an invitation to leadership from the synod staff, follow up with someone about discernment, plan for finals kits for students

9:45 drive into church office, check the mail

10:30 - interview lawyer for property process on zoom

noon - facilitate small group Huddle for community building and prayer on zoom

1:15 - walk outdoors at Hope, discover unusual thing in the upper parking lot, pictured above; it looks like a vandalized part of a bell tower, but we don't have a bell tower

1:30pm -  read and listen to a podcast for sermon preparation

2:20 - greet Alex who came in to practice music at Hope

2:30 - start drafting this newsletter

3:15 - talk to someone who stopped by Hope to mow the lawn; ask if he knows what that unusual thing in the upper parking lot is (he does - it is a broken piece from an electrical wire)

3:30pm - call some church people to check in on heath and pastoral care concerns

4:15pm - drive home;  Katesh is quietly reading with our nanny (another pastor's kid who we've known since she was in 8th grade); sit down on the floor to continue reading books; and eventually start dinner preparations

There is no such thing as a typical day.  Sometimes I'm out of the church building taking walks with people.  Sometimes I spend a lot more time on zoom for different meetings.  Sometimes more people come through Hope to water the plants or drop off donations and I'll pause whatever I'm doing to talk.  Sometimes I have an evening meeting or do some more emailing or phone calls after dinner.  Sometimes I'll find something as unusual as the electric-wire-connector piece, but it'll take longer than a few hours to figure out what it is.  One of the things I like most about being a pastor is that it isn't entirely predictable, but it is usually interesting, and it is usually relational with other people.

I'm grateful to serve God through this church and to partner with you all in this ministry- even in the pandemic.

Thank be to God,
   Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:

Watch special music here:

For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Outdoor Communion returns
various dates, times, locations

The schedule is in! Join us outside for any or several of these outdoor communion opportunities.  More specific dates coming soon.

Please follow these parameters::
- If you’re feeling sick, stay home
- Wear your mask the entire time
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet
- Bring your own chair if you will want to sit (or just plan to stand for 15 minutes)
- Use the bathroom before you come
- If you test positive for COVID-19 later, contact Pastor Julie

Specific addresses not shared here for privacy.  Look up the exact address in your Hope directory or email/call for details.

Wednesday May 5, 8pm, Deliver finals kits to Campfire communion, outdoors at Hope

Thursday May 12, 7pm, Outdoor Communion in North College Park, at Addie's house

Wednesday May 19, noon, Outdoor Communion in Old Greenbelt, at John Henry's house

Tuesday afternoon date/time TBD, Outdoor Communion in College Park Estates, at JT, Jacob, Alex and Amanda's house

Sunday May 30, 9am, Outdoor Communion at Hope, join us outdoors before zoom worship
Finals Kits for Students
collecting goodies between now and Wednesday May 5

Hope has a long tradition of collecting goodies to support students through the stressful time of finals.  This semester we're trying our first pandemic-collection.  If you are able, bring goodies to Hope (let yourself in with a key or coordinate a time with Pastor Julie).

Wednesday May 5, at 1pm Bonnie M and a small group will pack the kits.  That same evening at 8pm, Hope folks are invited to Humble Walk's Campfire communion to greet student, receive communion, and give away the bags of treats.

Items good for finals kits:
granola or other snack bars
Chewing gum
Tea bags
Flavored drink packets 
Cracker packs

Contact Bonnie M with any questions.
Alex's UMD Piano Recital
Thursday May 6, 5pm online

Hope's musician Alex is a doctoral student in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland School of Music.  He is playing a recital and we are all invited to attend (virtually).  This recital includes some very complex pieces, including a duet with two piano that Alex and Bonnie play together.  Click on the above link to watch from wherever you are.
movies@hope presents "76 Days"
Friday May 7, 7:30pm by zoom

Join movies@hope on Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m., for  76 Days.  As the world slowly recovers from the worst pandemic in a century, this critically acclaimed documentary captures the trauma of the initial outbreak and subsequent lockdown in Wuhan, China.  Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at George Mason University Amira Roess will introduce this riveting story of human struggle and resilience in the face of great adversity. For those of you who may prefer to stream the film, it's available for rental on Amazon and other streaming services, with no charge to Prime members.  You can join us for the discussion, beginning around 9:20.  

Even though we can't gather in person, we think it's more important than ever to watch important films and have the opportunity to discuss afterwards what we've seen.  So put on some popcorn and join us!  Hope to "see" you then, and invite a friend or neighbor!

Join here:
   Dial-in number is:  301 715 8592
   Meeting ID : 86455123132
   Password 214341 
Property Development Discernment Process
check out the bulletin board for more info:

written by Joan A.

This is the first in a series of reports to keep Hope Congregation updated on progress regarding the property development discernment.  

Since December 2020, the Congregation has engaged in several large group meetings, including those with CA Development and the Metro DC Synod.  There was also a virtual tour of St Mathews Lutheran Church in DC.  Video recording of all these sessions are available on the property google-drive.  In addition, there have been four meetings of 3 different small groups.  During these various meetings, congregation members have asked questions and provided insights for the Council to consider.  Notes from these meetings are available upon request.

Also, the Hope Council has met regularly specifically to engage in discernment regarding the property development proposal.  In addition, a Process Planning Group, consisting of Pastors Julie and Ray, Jeff, Pat and Paulette, was formed to develop a detailed process going forward.

Currently the Council is proceeding in two main areas with the purpose of setting parameters for negotiation:

l. Several lawyers have been recommended and have been contacted for interviews.  The Interview Committee consists of Pastor Julie, Jeff, Pat and Mona.  The team is also meeting with an attorney from the synod.  

2. CA Development has been contacted by Pastor Ray regarding specifics of the Letter of intent.  So far they have said, if we proceed with this LOI they will cover legal fees up to $25,000; this and additional details (including the important topic of green space) will be subject to professional negotiation as and if we move ahead.

As we move forward, the plan is for the Council to meet weekly and provide continuous updates to the Congregation.  Also in the planning is to have another large congregational meeting to share updates and next steps, as well as to invite comments and questions from the congregation.  
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

Tuesday April 27, 7-8:30pm "If Grace is True" Book Conversation with St Andrews
contact Lynne ( if you are interested in participating

Sunday May 2, 9am Children's Sunday School

Sunday May 2, 10:30am Sunday Worship

Wednesday May 5, 8pm, Deliver finals kits to Campfire communion
outdoors at Hope

Thursday May 6, 5pm, Alex's piano recital online

Friday May 7, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents 76 Days

Thursday May 12, 7pm, Outdoor Communion in North College Park
at Addie's house

Wednesday May 19, noon, Outdoor Communion in Old Greenbelt
at John Henry's house

Tuesday date/time TBD, Outdoor Communion in College Park Estates
at JT, Jacob, Alex and Amanda's house

Sunday May 30, 9am, Outdoor Communion at Hope
join us outdoors before zoom worship

Friday June 4, 7:30pm, movies@hope presents Shoplifters
Copyright © *2021* 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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