November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 pm
All are welcome!



Backpacks 9editedWelcome to the Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. Our church is an active community of believers, and Hope has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. New and returning University of Maryland students are invited to worship with us and to participate in the life of our congregation.

Hope welcomes all who are seeking God's love and grace; our unity is in Christ. We hope you will join us for our worship service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.

Please 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 

Directions and map

Upcoming Events

Everyone is welcome to participate in the following events at Hope. Check the calendar (or click on a date on the calendar in the sidebar) for more details about events listed here, as well as other events in the community that may interest Hope members and friends.

  • Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service - Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 pm
  • We Make the Road by Walking Discussion Group - Monday, December1 at 7:15 pm. Please read chapter 13. Feel free to join us even if you have not had a chance to read the meditation or have not attended before.
  • Midweek Advent Service - Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 pm (soup supper) and 7:30 pm (worship)
  • Movies @ Hope - "Holiday Inn" - Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm. Movies @ Hope goes musical for the first time with this Irving Berlin classic starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. This is the movie that launched the most beloved popular Christmas song of all. You may not be dreaming of a white Christmas, but this 1942 feature is sure to put you in a holiday mood! As always, admission and refreshments are free!
  • Women of Hope - Saturday, December 6 at 10 am. Join us for a light breakfast brunch and a brief program by Pastor Hoehn. Bring two dozen of your favorite cookies to exchange (with the recipe if you like). All are welcome to attend!

Hope Welcomes Pastor Richard Hoehn as Interim

PastorHoehnphotoPastor Richard A. Hoehn began serving as Hope's interim pastor on October 1, 2014.

He has a rich background in both social ministry and theology. He worked for many years at the Bread for the World Institute, starting as a community organizer and rising to the position of director. Prior to this, Pastor Hoehn was an associate professor of Church in Society at the Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. At the seminary, he expanded the social conscience of the school by introducing courses in Mexican-American Culture and Women in American Culture. He also supervised seminarians in their first experiences being a pastor in a church.

Pastor Hoehn is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethics and Society from the University of Chicago.

Pastor Hoehn served as the interim pastor at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Montgomery Village, MD from 2011-2012.

Learn more about Pastor Hoehn and link to his blog.

Our TransitionA key portion of our transition process is a series of conversations after worship and fellowship. These conversations are facilitated by Hope’s Transition Team and address different areas of challenge and opportunity as we navigate the pastoral transition while continuing the vision/mission work that was begun earlier this year. Members and friends are encouraged to participate. Topics will be listed above and on the calendar. Further information and resources are available on our Transition page.

We Make the Road by Walking Discussion Group

Hope members and friends are invited to participate in discussion of We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren. Discussion group members participated in a Skype conversation with McLaren on October 7. Several copies of the book are available at Hope, and it is also available at Barnes and Noble bookstores and for Nook and Kindle. Feel free to join us even if you have not read the meditation assigned to each week.


Movies at 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! Admission is free; donations accepted. All are welcome. Mark your calendar now for our full fall schedule!

Members' Website

To access the members' website, use "Create an Account" below the calendar in the sidebar to the right. If your account has already been activated, simply log in.

Year-Round Gift Giving Through Gifts of Hope

Celebrating its 22nd year, Gifts of Hope now offers year-round gift-giving and donation opportunities on its website,

Hope is on FacebookSearch for "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.





WorshipSunday 10 am

Child care is available.


Study/Discussion Group

The Monday evening We Make the Road by Walking group is continuing to meet through Advent. Check our home page for details.


Weekly Newsletter

Catch up with news from Hope by reading the newsletter each week.



Mark your calendar for the full fall schedule!


About Hope

Come to the About Us section to find out what our nurturing community of believers is all about!


SIC Resources

Learn about the Scientists in Congregations resources developed at Hope. 


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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