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July 2020

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Hope Lutheran Church
and Student Center

12:30-1:30pm - Contemplative Prayer Group

7-8pm - Bible Study

10am - get settled online

10:30am - Worship
online here:
or call in: 301 715 8592
(Meeting ID : 338 100 220)
password 214341

2-3pm - Dear Church book group

all online, see links at
Dear People of Hope,

Members will soon receive a letter from Council President Addie Anstine inviting them to an in-person, in-your-car Congregational Meeting on Sunday July 26, 5pm at Hope.  All the information one needs is in the letter.  But here are the basics:
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in coming months, there may be decisions that require meeting and voting by the Congregational Council and by the congregation.
  • Hope’s current constitution does not allow for remote (electronic) meeting and remote voting.
  • Hope’s Congregational Council has called this one in-person meeting to allow for future remote meeting; we have consulted with the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod on how to do this safely and legally.
  • This meeting will include two votes to allow us to meet and vote remotely in the future.  A quorum of 25 members is required for these votes.
  • For everyone’s safety, please follow these meeting practices:
    • Come in your car and stay in your car the entire time. Please park in the upper parking lot; volunteers will direct you. You will be given a ballot for each vote and a sheet with information you will need for the meeting.
    • Wear a mask, even in your car, when communicating with others or handing your ballots out the window.
    • Bring your own pen or pencil for voting.
    • Bring your cell phone; we will all speak and hear others via Zoom, either video or phone/voice. The link, dial-in number, and meeting ID will be provided on the information sheet you receive when you arrive.
  • This meeting will close with prayer and Holy Communion, served through professionally packaged, individual “fellowship cups.” You will receive the elements when you arrive at Hope; they will be blessed as you hold them in your hands at the end of the meeting.
  • You may direct questions to any member of council, including Pastor Julie. During the meeting, volunteers will be available to help and answer any questions that may arise.
We hope many of you can join us on July 26.

Peace of Christ,
     Pastor Julie
Watch our Sunday worship services here:
For additional calendar notes or Zoom links, visit our website:
Everyone Invited to Virtual Choir Singing Amazing Grace
record yourself by July 21

Alex is using technology to gather people's video and voices in singing one of our best known hymns, Amazing Grace.  Want to join? He'll email you all the materials you need, you'll record yourself singing and send the video back to Alex.  He'll stitch everyone together so we can hear ourselves singing together.  All singing skills welcome.  Contact Alex for more information:
Franklins Fundraiser Update
Thank you for your support!

The June fundraiser at Franklin's was once again a tremendous success. The PG Plaza Day Center will receive $396 from the fundraiser to benefit people who are homeless and in need in our community. We have raised a total of $2,894 through Franklin's fundraisers since June 2017. Thank you for your participation and support of CUCE.

Want to support the Day Center more? Watch for another Franklins fundraiser in December 2020.  And contact Joan A about delivering lunches on July 21 or August 18.
Faith Sharing - Do You Have a Story to Share?

You may have noticed a time of Faith Sharing or Testimony within morning worship.  It has been powerful to hear how God is present to people in daily life, recently or long ago.  If you have a faith story to share with the community, contact Pastor Julie.

Thanks to Kat, Ana, JT and Lauren who have shared recently.  Hear their testimonies in the worship services posted on youtube:

Calendar and Links

Wednesday, July 15 (and following Wednesdays) 12:30-1:30pm Contemplative Prayer (meeting ID 608-303-9144)
password: Christos

Wednesday July 15 (and following Wednesdays), 7pm Bible Study

Sunday July 19, 10am sign on for worship, 10:30am worship

Sunday July 19, 2-3pm - Dear Church Book Group

Tuesday July 21, 1pm
Hope provides lunches for PG Plaza Day Center.  Contact Joan A to volunteer to help

Tuesday July 21, 8:30-9:30pm, Anti-Bias Parents Group
Password: Hope

Tuesday July 21
last day to record Amazing Grace for virtual choir

Wednesday July 22 (and August 12 and 26), 7-8:30pm Coffee and Theology with Fr Tim

Thursday July 23, 8:30pm Pandemic Journal Community Group

Friday July 24, 11am-noon Moms Group (every other week throughout the summer)

Sunday July 26, 5pm
In-your-Car Congregational Meeting and Holy Communion

zoom link provided at meeting

Tuesday July 28, 7:15pm, Congregation Council Meeting
link shared with Council
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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