August 11, 2020

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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. All are welcome to attend. Admission and refreshments are free, and donations are accepted. Take a look at the list of movies we have shown, including three on Zoom during the spring of 2020!

Gathering the Children

We want kids to know that God loves them. So we support kids and families growing in faith together. During the school year, we offer 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. Children's Sunday School moved successfully to Zoom during the spring and early summer of 2020. If you would like to learn more, or if you have older children who also want to be involved, contact Pastor Julie.

Hope's Offering of Food

Please bring an item of non-perishable food, especially proteins, forward when you come to commune at the altar. It will be taken to the College Park Food Bank at the Church of the Nazarene, which serves local needy people. The food bank suggests: high protein items, baby food/supplies, healthy “on-the-go” food for people who may not have any means to cook; and healthy,easy-to-eat snacks such as granola bars, protein bars, dried fruit, and nuts. This offering of food will help others while witnessing to Hope’s commitment to community service. Participation is optional.

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!

New Books in Hope's Library

Did you know Hope has a library of adult and children's spiritual books you can borrow to read at home? It is in the alcove in the narthex and in the white cabinet downstairs in the hallway outside the pastor's office. We have just added new books to the library, thanks to a Thrivent Action Grant.

Scrip at Hope

Hope has joined the nationwide Scrip program as a way for members and friends of the congregation to support Hope through purchases from over 750 retailers. Like the former gift card program, Scrip offers gift cards at face value, but then pays Hope a rebate of from 2-16 percent, depending on the retailer. Unlike the previous program, the range of products available is almost unlimited -- including gas, groceries, clothing, dining, entertainment, home improvement, travel, and other items. Gift cards can be ordered at church through the program coordinator or can be purchased directly online by members who register with Scrip. Proceeds from this incredibly flexible and easy-to-use program will be used to support special ministry projects and possible building improvements. More information is available on the Scrip website. To enroll and order your own gift cards, use the enrollment code of B869LA2L63874 to link yourself to Hope to donate the proceeds.

Useful Links

Visit our page of useful links for all things Lutheran and other resources.

Year-Round Gift Giving Through Gifts of Hope

Gifts of Hope now offers year-round gift-giving and donation opportunities on its website,

Altar Care Volunteers Requested

You are invited to help with altar care by washing and ironing the fine linens and setting up for Communion and cleaning up afterwards (on a rotating schedule). If you are interested, please contact the pastor.

Do You Have a Thrivent Account?Hope members who have Thrivent products of any kind can, at no cost, register to have Hope receive Thrivent money, which accrues to the company over and above its expenses. Because Thrivent is a not-for-profit company, it cannot hold on to profits.

Is This Your Year to Join the Choir?

Have you been hiding your light under a bushel? Join Hope's choir this year! All voices are welcome, and choir membership is open to high school and college students and adults. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm in the chancel (enter from the upper parking lot). The choir's pre-service rehearsal occurs in the chancel on Sunday mornings at 9:30.

Living LutheranEach "family unit" (which could mean a single person) of Hope may receive through the church a discounted subscription to our denomination's monthly magazine, Living Lutheran. If you have not been receiving a copy of this periodical and would like to do so (or if you would like to have your name removed from Hope's subscription list), please contact the church office. If you would like to help defray the cost of the congregational subscription, please write "Living Lutheran" on your check memo line. The cost of one individual congregational subscription is $8 per year.

Check Out Our Information KioskAnnouncements of upcoming events of special interest to our faith community are posted weekly on the information kiosk in the narthex.

Lord, When Did We See You in Need?Hope continues to receive requests by phone and at the door from people in need of daily basics. The current policy has been to provide gift cards for the pastor to distribute in response to such requests. It is suggested that gift cards for this endeavor be in amounts up to $25. These may be from CVS, Giant Food, or Safeway. You are also welcome to donate a Metro farecard in the amount of $20 or less for those persons who come to us with transportation needs. Donated gift cards may be given to the pastor. Many thanks for your support!
Coffee Hour Hosts SoughtIf you are willing to provide a simple coffee hour, please sign up on the form in the narthex near the elevator. Instructions for making coffee and finding supplies are posted in the kitchenette off the narthex.

Equal Exchange Fair Trade CoffeeThis fairly-traded coffee is for sale in the narthex after worship. The coffee is produced all over the world and comes to us through a partnership with Lutheran World Relief. The goal of fair trade is to create more equitable trading relationships between producers and consumers as an alternative approach to the international trade of many of the items we consume on a daily basis. The Coffee Project promotes the five major principles of fair trade:

  1. a fair price, including a guaranteed minimum price for agricultural products (the world market price for a given commodity such as coffee or cocoa is often lower than the cost of production);
  2. direct trade with cooperatives of small-scale farmers;
  3. affordable advanced credit offered to farmers;
  4. efforts to build long-term trading relationships; and
  5. practices that promote sustainable agriculture and protect biodiversity.

The cost of the coffee is $7 per bag. Please make your check payable to Hope and note “coffee” on the memo line.

Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center

4201 Guilford Drive

College Park, MD 20740


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