December 12, 2018
 
Welcome!

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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.

We hope you will join us for our worship service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ. Please also 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

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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 - Humble Walk Dinner and Worship - 5-7 pm. All students are welcome to participate. Begins again with the spring semester.
  • Mondays - AA Meeting - 7-8 pm. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome.
  • Mondays - Bell Choir - 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Thursdays - Choir Rehearsal - 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Fridays - AA Meeting - 8-9 pm. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome.

  • Wednesday, December 12 - Advent Soup Supper and Evening Prayer - 6:30 for supper, 7:15 for prayer. At Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lanham. Meet at Hope at 6 pm to carpool.
  • Saturday, December 15 - Cookie Exchange and Kids' Christmas Party - 2-4 pm. Bring about 4-5 dozen of your favorite holiday cookies. and bring containers to take home your gourmet haul. Feel free to invite a friend!
  • Sunday, December 16 - Children's Sunday School - 9 am. See below for more information.
  • Sunday, December 16 - Prayers for Healing - 10 am, as part of our worship service
  • Tuesday, December 18 - 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.
  • Wednesday, December 19 - Advent Soup Supper and Evening Prayer - 6:30 for supper, 7:15 for prayer. At St. John Lutheran Church in Riverdale. Meet at Hope at 6:15 to carpool.
  • Sunday, December 23 - Decorate for Christmas - 11:30 am
  • Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service - 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

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 third Sunday 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. If you would like to learn more, or if you have older children who also want to be involved, contact Pastor Julie.

Movies@Hope

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 the fall 2018 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.

Devotional Practice Video

Pastor Julie Bringman presents a devotional practice that has been meaningful to her. The video is linked from the Metro DC Synod Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/metrodcelca/videos/187517775522406/.

Reconciling in Christ

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Gifts of Hope

Hope will again be participating in Gifts of Hope, an alternative gift-giving program of our Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, during Advent. Pick up the 2018 Catalog of Gifts in the narthex after Sunday’s service to find out about the 19 Gifts of Hope beneficiaries and 42 unique gifts available this year. The Community of St. Dysmas, a congregation and ministry in the Maryland State prison system, is the latest beneficiary organization to join Gifts of Hope. In addition, the catalog has a Challenge Gift (#42), with lead donors matching your donation, dollar for dollar. In 2017, Hope’s members donated $2,025 to Gifts of Hope to benefit programs and organizations serving individuals and families in need locally and internationally.

Introducing GivePlus!

Everything is a gift from God. We are called to be wise stewards of those gifts. One simple way to carry out our call is to support the church's mission through generous giving. Our new eGiving platform, GivePlus, allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions or make a quick, convenient one-time donation. You will be able to view your complete online giving history all at your own convenience, too.

Click on the Donate button at the top of this page. Follow the on-screen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions. Please contact the church office with questions. Many thanks for your generosity to our community and various ministries!

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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 would like to create an account, please use the "Contact Us" form to receive instructions. (We have had to turn off the option to create an account because of spamming.)

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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.

Hope is on FacebookFind "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

301-927-5508

office.hopecp @ gmail.com

 

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! 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

Newsletter

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

 

Movies@Hope

Check the home page for upcoming movies and the fall 2018 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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