September 19, 2019


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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 am for worship

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

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Upcoming Events

IMG 3669 editedEveryone is welcome to participate in the following events at Hope. Ongoing events appear above the list of individual events. 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.

  • Sundays - Children's Sunday School - second and fourth Sundays of September, October, and November; 9:00-9:50 am
  • Sundays - Humble Walk Dinner and Worship - 5-7 pm. All students are welcome to participate.
  • Thursdays - Choir Rehearsal - 7:30-8:30 pm. Begins September 19.
  • Fridays, Moms in Community Support Group - September 20-November 22, 11 am-1 pm. See below for more information.

  • BaptismFriday, September 20 - Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm. See below for more information.
  • Friday, September 20 - Movies @ Hope Presents "Days of Heaven" - 7:30 pm. This 1978 drama/romance stars Richard Gere and Brooke Adams. The film garnered an Oscar for the cinematographer who was going blind during production and took a full two years to edit. This film scored a 7.9/10 on IMDB and appears on Roger Ebert's list of greatest movies. As always, admission and refreshments are FREE!
  • Sunday, September 22 - Children's Sunday School, 9:00-9:50 am. See below for more information.
  • Sunday, September 22 - September Social Event: Anacostia Pontoon Boat Ride - 12:30 pm
  • Friday, September 27 - Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm
  • Friday, October 4 - Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm
  • Saturday, October 5 - Humble Walk CARing Kids/En Camino Anniversary Celebration - 3-5 pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring
  • Friday, October 11 - Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm
  • Friday, October 11 - Movies@Hope Presents "Stories My Brother Taught Me" - 7:30 pm. See below for more information.
  • Saturday, October 12 - Metro DC Synod Bishop Installation Worship Service - 10 am at the chapel at the University of Maryland
  • Sunday, October 13 - Children's Sunday School, 9:00-9:50 am
  • Sunday, October 13 - Adult Forum: Student Stories from European Pilgrimage - 11:15 am
  • Tuesday, October 15 - Hope Serves Lunch at the Prince George's County Day Center - 1:00 pm. Meet at Hope at 12:50 pm to carpool, or the Day Center at 1 pm.
  • Friday, October 18 - Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm
  • Friday, October 25 - Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm
  • Sunday, October 27 - Children's Sunday School - 9:00-9:50 am
  • Sunday, October 27 - Reformation Sunday Worship Service, 10:00 am. You are invited to wear something red, the color of the day.
  • Sunday, October 27 - October Social Event: Trunk or Treat - 3:00-4:00 pm

Hope also provides space for the following ongoing activities of external organizations:

  • Mondays - AA Meeting - 7-8 pm. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome.
  • Fridays - AA Meeting - 8-9 pm. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome.
  • Saturdays - Living Water Seventh Day Adventist Congregation - 9:30 am-3 pm


Movies@Hope is a free 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! The fall 2019 movie schedule is as follows (all movies are at 7:30 pm):

  • Friday, Sept. 20 - "Days of Heaven"
  • Friday, Oct. 11 - "Songs My Brother Taught Me"
  • Friday, Nov. 1 - "Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community"
  • Friday, Dec. 13 - "Meet John Doe"

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

RIC logo_web-01Hope members voted unanimously on November 19, 2017 that Hope become a Reconciling in Christ congregation and to adopt our new Welcoming Statement. We engaged in a lengthy self-study process as we considered the opportunity to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation. We publicly affirm that all people are welcome here, and welcome to be fully themselves.

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 two Sundays of each month at 9 am for children ages 2-10 (dates for the fall are the second and fourth Sundays of September, October, and November). 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.

Moms in Community Support Group

Pregnant? New mom? Breastfeeding? Drop in on Fridays (September 20-November 22 from 11 am-1 pm) for free support and connection. Meet other parents and parents-to-be. Relax with tea, snacks, and conversation. A professional lactation consultant (IBCLC) will be present to answer any questions and offer additional support. Older siblings are welcome. Come once or come to all of the sessions. Enter through the lower parking lot.

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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, simply log in at the appropriate space in the sidebar to the right. If you need to create an account, use the "Create an account" link in the right sidebar.

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Check out our Little Free Library! 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


office.hopecp @


WorshipSunday 10 am

  • Child care is provided.
  • Our worship space is on the upper level.
  • Children's Sunday School - takes place the second and fourth Sundays of September, October, and November at 9 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! 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


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



Check the home page for upcoming movies. 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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