August 11, 2020

Worship With Us Online!

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Join online Sunday worship here (password: 214341) and download the bulletin (the link is added toward the end of each week; the bulletin will be shared to your screen during worship). Sign in at 10 am to troubleshoot any technical issues; combined worship with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church begins at 10:30 am. If you need dial-in numbers for worship or the online events below, see the most recent newsletter. Video recordings of our combined worship services from previous weeks are available here. (The photo to the right is from Easter 2015.)

Please note that information on this webpage and in the most recent newsletter is up to date and supersedes information that appears on other pages of the website.

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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.

Please join us at 10:30 am for worship online

4201 Guilford Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Office: 301-927-5508
Email: office.hopecp @

Directions and map

Ongoing and Upcoming Events

BaptismEveryone is welcome to participate in the following events of the Hope community. Ongoing events (separated by day) appear above the list of individual events.


  • Sundays, through August 16 - Dear Church Book Study Group - 2 pm, online. Join here (password: Micah68).

  • Monday through Saturday - Morning Prayer led by Father Tim Johnson of St. Andrew's - 8 am, online. Join here (you do not need a Facebook account).
  • Monday through Sunday - Night Prayers (Compline) led by Father Tim - 9 pm, online. Join here (you do not need a Facebook account).

  • Tuesdays, Once a Month - Hope Delivers Lunch to the Prince George's County Day Center - 1 pm. The next date when we deliver lunch is August 18. Contact us if you would like to help prepare bagged lunches.
  • Tuesdays, Once a Month - Anti-Bias Parent Group - 8:30 pm, online. Join here (password: Hope). The next meeting will be on August 18.

  • Wednesdays - Contemplative Prayer - 12:30-1:30 pm, online. Join here (password: Christos).
  • Wednesdays, Twice a Month - Coffee & Theology Chats - 7-8:30 pm, online. Learn more about this discussion series provided by St. Andrew's and access the Zoom link here. Upcoming meeting dates are August 12 (The Creeds) and August 26 (Episcopal Evangelism).

  • Fridays, Twice a Month - Moms in Community - 11 am-12 pm, online. Join here. Upcoming meeting date: August 21. See event description below.

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  • Sunday, August 16 - Family Friendly Worship - 10:30 am, online (see link at top of page). Worship will be extra interactive, with songs kids know by heart or can learn easily. Kids will read scripture and lead prayers, and the sermon will include a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturday, August 29 - Scripture Mini-Retreat, Online; Hope Welcomes New Members, Online. Join us from 10:00-10:45 am for the opening session (Zoom link to be provided). Throughout the day, read The Gospel According to Mark on your own. Then join us again on Zoom from 8:30-9:30 pm for our closing session.

Donate to Hope

Your generosity helps us continue to be the Body of Christ in and for the world. As we continue to seek ways to be faithful and look for opportunities to serve our neighbors, we encourage you to be faithful in your giving. You may donate to support Hope's ministries in the following ways:

  • Give online using the "Donate" button at the top of this page.
  • Mail checks to Hope at the address at the top of the sidebar.
  • Text your donation to 844-904-1808 and enter the amount you want to give in the message space. You will need to register the first time, even if you are registered with Vanco for online giving or the mobile app. Video instructions.
  • Use the GivePlus mobile app. Download the app from the app store on your phone. Search for Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church or zip code (20740). If you have an online account with Vanco, sign in with your email address. If you don't have an account, you can create one. You can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation.

It's OK to Not Be OK

These are unusual times. People are anxious and isolated. Our lives have changed quickly; we don’t have access to many of our usual coping and support strategies. Of course God is with us. And things may be really hard. You don't have to go through this alone. Call any of these free numbers for support from trained individuals, or simply for someone to talk to.

Reconciling in Christ

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Anti-Racist Resources

We are called as Christians to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. In living this out, we are called to amplify the voices of our black and brown siblings. Hope has developed the following resources:

  • Educational and Support Resources (PDF)
    Learn about books, podcasts, black-owned businesses in College Park, petitions, people to follow, and more to help you support and advocate for your neighbors.
  • Anti-Bias Parent Group
    See the list of ongoing activities above for the parent group exploring ways to raise anti-biased children. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month and is led by an early childhood educator with experience teaching an anti-bias curriculum in preschool.
  • Book Study Group
    See the list of ongoing activities above, and join us in reading and discussing Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US. Contact Matthew for more information: salzano @

Moms in Community Support Group

Pregnant? New mom? Breastfeeding? Join us on Zoom (the link appears above) on Fridays from 11 am-12 pm for free support and connection. Meet other parents and parents-to-be. A professional lactation consultant (IBCLC) will be present to answer any questions and offer additional support. Connect for one or all of the sessions.

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 (previously in-person, recently online) every Sunday at 9 am for children ages 2-10. If you would like to learn more, or if you have older children who also want to be involved, contact Pastor Julie.

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Learn about Pastor Julie Bringman, her previous experiences, and her ministry at Hope.

Members' Website

If your account has already been activated, log in at the appropriate space in the sidebar to the right. Unfortunately, we have had to remove the "Create an account" link because of spamming. If you need access to the content on the members' website, please call, email, or use the Contact Us page to get in touch.

Hope's Little Free Library

Check out our Little Free Library! Take a book - leave a book.

Hope is on Facebook

Find "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


office.hopecp @


Online WorshipSunday 10:30 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 worship with us! Hope is a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Read our full Welcoming Statement.

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Our Core Values

We are ...

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


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