November 23, 2017


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Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center is a community of growing disciples of Jesus Christ who love our neighbors, both near and far. We affirm that everyone is created in the image of God and is deserving of God’s love and grace. We recognize that for many people, “church” has not always felt like a welcoming place. We celebrate our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, and age. We embrace differences in relationship status, physical and mental ability, education, income, worldview, and political affiliation. We are committed to the full inclusion of all people in our community and invite you to journey with us toward a deeper faith, mutual respect, greater love and understanding, and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. We invite you to read our full Welcoming Statement.

New and returning University of Maryland students are invited to worship with us and to participate in the life of our congregation.

We hope you will join us for our worship service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ. Please also scroll down to see more about our upcoming activities, as well as featured information, and be sure to check the calendar for more detailed information.

Please join us at 10 am for worship

4201 Guilford Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Office: 301-927-5508

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Upcoming Events

IMG 3669 editedEveryone is welcome to participate in the following events at Hope. Check the calendar (or click on a date on the calendar in the sidebar) for more details about our events, as well as other events in the community that may interest Hope members and friends.

  • Wednesday, November 29 - Property Talk - 7 pm. All are invited to attend this conversation about our property, our mission, and our ministry. We have planned an additional session on Sunday, December 10 after worship to try to accommodate everyone's schedules.
  • Friday, December 1 - Movies@Hope Presents "Hugo" - 7:30 pm. Join us for Martin Scorcese's Oscar-winning family film from 2011, "Hugo." Hugo is an orphan boy in 1930s Paris, living in the walls of a train station. One day he encounters the once-famous film pioneer Georges Melies, now a humble shopkeeper, with life-changing results. The feature will be preceded by Melies' 18-minute silent movie from 1902, "A Voyage to the Moon" -- considered by many to be the first film classic ever. As always, admission and refreshments are free!
  • Sunday, December 3 - Prayers for Healing - 10 am. We will have a time of special prayers for healing as part of our worship service.
  • Sunday, December 3 - Podcast and Discussion - 11:30 am. Listen to a podcast about the Holy Land, involving one house and two families, and participate in a discussion afterward.
  • Monday, December 4 - CUCE Fundraiser at Franklin's - all day. Enjoy lunch or dinner (or carry-out) at Franklin's, and shop in the general store, to benefit the day center run by Congregations United for Compassion and Empowerment (CUCE). Franklin's will donate 20 percent of your before-tax total -- but you must show your receipt to the host to participate.
  • Wednesday, December 6 - Advent Soup and Prayer - 6:30-8:00 pm, at Hope. In Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, we gather on Wednesday evenings for a soup supper (6:30 pm) and an evening prayer service (7:15-8:00 pm).
  • Saturday, December 9 - Preparation for Children's Christmas Mini-Pageant - 9-11 am. Kids and families are invited to learn and share the Christmas story. Hear the story, learn some songs, and get costumes.
  • Sunday, December 10 - Children's Sunday School/Preparation for Children's Christmas Mini-Pageant - 9 am. Come to Sunday School to review and rehearse for the mini-pageant.
  • Sunday, December 10 - Property Talk - 11:30 am-12:30 pm. All are invited to attend this conversation about our property, our mission, and our ministry.
  • Tuesday, December 12 - Hope Serves Lunch at the Prince George's County Day Center - 1-3 pm. Meet at Hope at 12:45 pm to carpool, or the Day Center at 1 pm.
  • Wednesday, December 13 - Advent Soup and Prayer - 6:30-8:00 pm, at Hope
  • Wednesday, December 20 - Advent Soup and Prayer - 6:30-8:00 pm, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale

Children's Sunday School

We want kids to know that God loves them. So we support kids and families growing in faith together. During the school year, we have Sunday School the second Sunday of each month at 9 am for children ages 2-8. Children hear a Bible story, sing songs, play games, do crafts, and have a snack. Families are welcome to stay and participate with their children. If you would like to learn more, or if you have older children who also want to be involved, contact Pastor Julie.


Movies@Hope is a film series dedicated to enriching our community by presenting documentary and feature films that explore the environmental, social, moral, and spiritual issues that define our time. Join us for films that make you think! Check out our fall 2017 movie schedule and take a look at the list of movies we have shown and discussed. Admission and refreshments are free; donations are accepted. All are welcome.

Reconciling in Christ

Hope members voted unanimously on November 19 that Hope become a Reconciling in Christ congregation and to adopt our new Welcoming Statement. We have been engaged in a lengthy self-study process as we considered whether to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation. We publicly affirm that all people are welcome here, and welcome to be fully themselves.

Gifts of Hope

Gifts of Hope is an alternative gift-giving program of our synod that makes a difference locally and globally. Starting Sunday, November 26th, and continuing through December 17th, Gifts of Hope will be available again in the narthex/lobby area. In 2017, Gifts of Hope celebrates its 25th anniversary bringing hope to others in our community. Over 25 years, Gifts of Hope has disbursed $3,337,000 to beneficiary organizations, helping them achieve their mission. Beneficiary organizations now include our own Lutheran Campus Ministry. Give a unique gift to your loved ones this Christmas and help those in need by selecting gifts from the 2017 Catalog of Gifts.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

  • Listen to a four-minute NPR podcast about the Reformation.
  • Watch a video recording of the festive Reformation worship service that took place Sunday, October 29 at Washington National Cathedral.

Holy Land Travels

Hope and The Humble Walk (Lutheran Campus Ministry) are taking a trip to the Holy Land to walk with Christians in Jesus's homeland. We will visit some important sites and spend a lot of time in relationship with Christians and other peacemakers. Dates are December 28, 2017-January 8, 2018. Read the flier for more trip details. Although registration is full, we invite you to donate to help offset the costs of our pastors' travels. Visit, then scroll below the pictures and look for the yellow "Donate" button and follow the prompts.

Meet Our PastorsPastor Julie and Pastor Ray edited

Learn about Pastor Julie Bringman and Pastor Ray Ranker, their previous experiences, and their ministry at Hope.

Members' Website

To access the members' website, use "Create an Account" below the calendar in the sidebar to the right. If your account has already been activated, simply log in.

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Have you noticed anything different in front of Hope? Check out our Little Free Library! A unique feature is the solar-powered LED lighting, allowing you to see what's available even if it's dark out. Take a book - leave a book.

Hope is on FacebookFind "Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center" on Facebook and then click to "like" us.

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Hope's 2008-2009 renovation project was funded with a loan from the ELCA Mission Investment Fund.



Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center

4201 Guilford Drive

College Park, MD 20740



WorshipSunday 10 am

About Hope

Visit the About Us section to find out what our nurturing community of believers is all about and why we hope you will come worship with us!


Our Core Values

We are ...

  • Welcoming
  • Growing Disciples who Lead
  • Loving Our Neighbors, Near and Far


Our weekly newsletter includes all of the information you need about our activities and opportunities to serve.



Check the home page for upcoming movies and the fall 2017 movie schedule. Join us for movies that make you think! Take a look at the list of movies we have shown.


Christian Education

Visit our new Learning page to find out about the variety of adult education activities at Hope, as well as Children's Sunday School. Activities are always listed on the home page and in the newsletter and online calendar.


What is the ELCA?

Find out about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, its history, and current events on our About the ELCA page.

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