October 21, 2017


IMG 3383 editedHope Lutheran Church and Student Center is an active community of believers, and Hope has a long tradition of community outreach and service. New and returning University of Maryland students are invited to worship with us and to participate in the life of our congregation.

Hope welcomes all who are seeking God's love and grace; our unity is in Christ. We hope you will join us for our worship service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.

Please 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
Email: office.hopecp@gmail.com

Directions and map

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. Ongoing weekly events are listed first, followed by events on specific dates.

  • Tuesdays, Yoga Class - 7:30-8:30 pm. Bring your own mat or borrow one here. FREE!
  • Wednesdays - Bible Study - 12-1 pm. We'll work through the stories of Moses and the Israelite people in Exodus. You may want to bring a packed lunch; Hope provides coffee and tea.

  • Sunday, October 22 - NPR Podcast Listening and Discussion - 11:30 am-1:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 22 - National Lutheran Choir Concert - 7-9 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine. The event is free, but preregistration is required.
  • Saturday, October 28 - UMD Homecoming Tailgate Day - time TBA
  • Sunday, October 29 - Festive Reformation Worship - 4 pm at Washington National Cathedral. The Metro DC Synod welcomes all to join them at Washington National Cathedral for a festive worship service as we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
  • Wednesday, November 1 - Hope Book Club - 7:30 pm. We meet to discuss Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel by Elias Chacour and David Hazard.
  • Friday, November 3 - Movies@Hope Presents "Border Incident" - 7:30 pm. Join us as we watch this classic film noir from 1949. If you thought the conflict over immigrants entering from Mexico was a recent phenomenon, think again. University of Maryland professor and film scholar Jonathan Auerbach helps us get to the bottom of this story about human trafficking across the border -- and its implications for the current debate. As always, admission and refreshments are free. 
  • Sunday, November 12 - Children's Sunday School - 9 am. See below for details.
  • Sunday, November 12 - NPR Podcast Listening and Discussion - 11:30 am-1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 14 - 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.

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.

Contemplative Prayer Series

During October and November, Hope member Robin S. will lead an eight-session series called Living in the Presence: An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer Practices. The group will meet at Hope on two Saturdays (October 7 and November 18), and Wednesday evenings in between. Attend individual sessions, or participate in the entire series. View the brochure.

Reconciling in Christ

From March through May, Hope invited members and friends to stay after worship, enjoy lunch with Hope's congregation and Humble Walk students, and learn about the Reconciling in Christ process we’re re-starting. We are doing this activity as a part of the collaborative ministry and want to consider what it means to be truly welcoming to all people, especially people of all sexual orientations and gender identities,and publicly affirming that all people are welcome here, and welcome to be fully themselves. Further consideration of these topics will occur during the fall.

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 Lutheranterps.com/supportourministry.html, 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.

Hope's Little Free Librarylibrary edited

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.

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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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