October 29, 2020


Worship With Us Online!

 Cross on baptismal fontOur combined worship with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in College Park begins at 10:30 am. Hope invites you to:

  • Join online Sunday worship here (password: 214341)
  • Download the bulletin (the link is added near the end of each week; the bulletin is shared to your screen during worship)
  • Log in between 10-10:20 am to troubleshoot any technical issues

If you need dial-in numbers for worship or the online events listed below, see the most recent newsletter. Video recordings of our combined worship services from previous weeks are available here.

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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 @ gmail.com

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events

BaptismEveryone is welcome to participate in the following events of the Hope community and beyond. Ongoing events (separated by day of the week) appear above the list of individual events. Also see our most recent newsletter or the St. Andrew's website for information about additional learning opportunities for adults.


  • Daily, October 26-November 13 - Synod-Wide Prayer Before and After the Election. We hope to reflect on how we practice our faith in public, how we care for our neighbors, and how we bear witness to God at work in our world despite the challenges of this year and season. Early every morning, a short devotional will be made available on the synod Facebook and Instagram pages. You are invited to share these devotionals widely and freely.

  • Sundays - Children's Sunday School - 9 am, online. Join here. Visit our Learning page for more information.


  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - Morning Prayer led by Father Tim Johnson of St. Andrew's - 8 am, online. Join here (you do not need a Facebook account).
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 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. Upcoming dates are November 17 and December 15. 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). Upcoming meeting dates are November 17 and December 15.

  • Wednesdays - Contemplative Prayer - 12:30-1:30 pm, online. Join here (password: Christos).

  • INDIVIDUAL EVENTS:Front Yard Communion

  • IMG 3669 editedSunday, November 1 - Education Session on Luther's Small Catechism - 2 pm, online. Information is available on our Learning page. Join here.
  • Sunday, November 1 - Synod-Wide All Saints Sunday Worship - 4 pm, online. Join on Facebook or YouTube.
  • Thursday, November 5 - Celebration of 50 Years of Women's Ordination in the ELCA Panel Discussion - 8 pm, online. Link forthcoming.
  • Friday, November 6 - Movies@Hope Presents "Slay the Dragon" - 7:30 pm, online. Movies@Hope commemorates election week with this recently released documentary on gerrymandering. Now that we have cast our votes, the question remains: How will our representatives determine the boundaries for contesting future elections? This acclaimed film confronts head-on this fundamental question about the fairness of our democracy. Join here.
  • Sunday, November 8 - Education Session on Luther's Small Catechism - 2 pm, online. Information is available on our Learning page. Join here.
  • Thursday, November 12 - Celebration of 50 Years of Women's Ordination in the ELCA Panel Discussion - 8 pm, online. Link forthcoming.
  • Sunday, November 15 - Congregational Meeting - 1:00 pm, online. Link forthcoming.
  • Thursday, November 19 - Celebration of 50 Years of Women's Ordination in the ELCA Panel Discussion - 8 pm, online. Link forthcoming.
  • Saturday, November 21 - Celebration of 50 Years of Women's Ordination in the ELCA Online Event with Pastor Beth Platz - 2 pm, online. Link forthcoming.
  • Friday, December 4 - Movies@Hope Presents "While You Were Sleeping" - 7:30 pm, online.
  • Thursday, December 24 - Outdoor Christmas Eve Worship at Hope - 5:30-6 pm. Dress for the weather!
  • Thursday, December 24 - Traditional Christmas Eve Worship - 8 pm, online. Join here.

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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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! Admission is free; donations are accepted. All are welcome. We are currently planning to offer movies both in person on our large patio (with a limited number of attendees and following safe practices) and online during the fall. Visit the Movies@Hope page for details and the full schedule.

Anti-Racist Resources

New artworkWe 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
    Hope members and friends recently read and discussed Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan. The group is continuing to discuss and pray about the issues raised in this book and what they mean for Hope.

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, now on Zoom) every Sunday at 9 am for children ages 2-8. Visit our Learning page to find out more. If you have older children who also want to be involved, contact Pastor Julie.

Hope's Music YouTube Channel

If you love the music that Alex and others share on Sunday mornings, you will be glad to know you can re-watch some of your favorites. Follow this link to listen or watch. Thanks be to God for the gift of music! Share the link freely with others who may enjoy it.

Pastor Julie BringmanMeet Our Pastor

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 would like 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.

Photo credit (baptismal font): Naviimpressions.com



Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center

4201 Guilford Drive

College Park, MD 20740


office.hopecp @ gmail.com


Online WorshipSunday 10:30 am

Online Children's Sunday SchoolSunday 9:00 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


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



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