March 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update:

March 29 - Online worship. Join at and download the bulletin. Sign in at 10 am to troubleshoot any technical issues; combined worship with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church begins at 10:30 am. Worship will be online until further notice.

If you need connection information for any of the online events below, see the March 25 newsletter. Please note that information on this webpage is up to date. The website calendar has been removed temporarily from the navigation bar above.

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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

BaptismEveryone 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 - 9 am, the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Now online!
  • Sundays - Humble Walk Dinner and Worship - 5-7 pm. All students are welcome to participate. Paused.
  • Thursdays - Choir Rehearsal - 7:30-8:30 pm. Paused.
  • Fridays - Spanish-Language Moms in Community Support Group - 9 am-11 am, Postponed.
  • Fridays - Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm. Now online!

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  • Friday, March 27 - ONLINE Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm. See below for more information about this group that is open to the community.
  • Wednesday, April 1 - ONLINE Contemplative Prayer - 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Friday, April 3 - ONLINE Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm

    * * * * * The activities below were on Hope's calendar before the COVID-19 pandemic and will be updated soon. * * * * *

  • Sunday, April 5 - Palm Sunday Worship Service - 10 am
  • Thursday, April 9 - Maundy Thursday Worship Service - 7:30 at Hope
  • Friday, April 10 - Good Friday Worship Service - 7:30 at St. John in Riverdale
  • Friday, April 10 - Moms in Community Support Group - 11 am-1 pm
  • Sunday, April 12 - Children's Sunday School - 9 am
  • Sunday, April 12 - Easter Sunday - Join us at 9 am for Easter breakfast, 10 am for Easter Celebration Worship, and 11:15 am for a children's egg hunt
  • Tuesday, April 21 - 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.
  • Sunday, April 26 - Children's Sunday School - 9 am

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

Lent at Hope: Breath of God

“From your very first inhalation and exhalation, the very sound of the sacred is made. It is the literally unspeakable Jewish name for God, YHWH. It cannot be spoken but only breathed: inhaling and exhaling with open lips. It is the first and last “word” you will ever utter- most likely without knowing it.” - Richard Rohr

Lent is the six weeks of prayer, reflection, and preparation before Easter, starting Wednesday, February 26 this year. Throughout these weeks at Hope, we’ll be noticing and participating in the Breath of God. Our Sunday worship will include additional times to breathe in and out, and additional music to help us slow down and breathe together as we sing.
Wednesdays throughout Lent, we have opportunities for prayer. During the day, Robin S. will host an hour of contemplative prayer. These prayer opportunities will also invite us to breathe in and breathe out with each other and with God.

Movies@Hope - Paused

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! Check out the winter-spring 2020 movie schedule. 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

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Children's Sunday School - Now Online

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 and fourth Sundays of each month at 9 am for children ages 2-10. 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.

The theme this year is We're Friends With Jesus. We will be exploring stories from Jesus' life written in the New Testament, and how they can relate to our own lives today. Some of the topics include: we help each other, we party together, we eat together, and we adventure together. If you would like to learn more, or if you have older children who also want to be involved, contact Pastor Julie.

Young Adult Group - Pending

Hope Young Adults (HYA, prounced like a friendly "Hiya!") is planning its next meetup-- a picnic on Saturday, April 4 at Lake Artemesia. More details to come. If you have questions, please contact Addie at astraus @ or Matt at salzano @

Moms in Community Support Group - Now Online

Pregnant? New mom? Breastfeeding? Drop in with your baby on Fridays (January 24-April 10 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.

  • Madres en Grupo Comunitario – Por razones de salud, se pasará la fecha de inicio de este grupo en lengua español. Se les comunicaremos la nueva fecha de inicio tan pronto que se decida. Muchas gracias por su interés. !Por favor manténgense saludables!
  • For public safety, the Spanish-language "Moms in Community" support group will be postponed. We will communicate a new start date as soon as it is determined. Thanks for your interest. Please stay healthy!

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

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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 @


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About Hope

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