December 03, 2016


IMG 2273 editedHope Lutheran Church and Student Center is an active community of believers, and Hope has a long tradition of community outreach and service. 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

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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 our events, as well as other events in the community that may interest Hope members and friends.

  • Wednesday, November 30 - Advent Soup Supper and Evening Prayer - 6:30 pm. At Hope.
  • Friday, December 2 - Movies@Hope double feature: "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" plus "Amahl and the Night Visitors" - 7:30 pm. Join us to watch two TV classics remastered in glorious Blu-ray. Dr. Seuss’ immortal "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is celebrating its 50th anniversary on the small screen, and the animated classic continues to enthrall children of all ages with its timeless wit and wisdom. This feature will be followed by the one-act opera for people who don’t opera, Gian Carlo Menotti’s tuneful "Amahl and the Night Visitors," which debuted on NBC-TV on Christmas Eve, 1951. This touching tale of a poor widow and her son visited by three strange men from the East is guaranteed to warm your heart. As always, admission and refreshments are free.
  • Wednesday, December 7 - Advent Soup Supper and Evening Prayer - 6:30 pm. At Hope.
  • Wednesday, December 14 - Advent Soup Supper and Evening Prayer - 6:30 pm. At St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverdale.
  • Sunday, December 18 - Special Prayers for Healing - as part of worship, 10:00 am. And stay after worship to help us decorate for Christmas!
  • Wednesday, December 21 - Advent Soup Supper and Evening Prayer - 6:30 pm. At St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverdale.
  • Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion - 7:30 pm, with special music beginning at 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day Worship with Holy Communion - 10:00 am

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. 

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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.


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 our 2016-17 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.

Meet Our PastorsPastor Julie and Pastor Ray edited

Learn about Pastor Julie Bringman and Pastor Ray Ranker, their previous experiences, and their ministry at Hope.

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 24th year, Gifts of Hope now offers year-round gift-giving and donation opportunities on its website,

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.


On Friday, April 29 at 7:30, movies@hope proudly presents Last Days in Vietnam.  This heartrending documentary from Rory Kennedy uses archival footage to depict the desperate attempt to rescue as many Vietnamese allies as possible along with our American armed forces as Saigon fell before the North Vietnamese onslaught in 1975.  Ms. Anh Bolles, who was evacuated with her family as a child, will be on hand to introduce the film and share her personal perspective on this world-changing event.  


WorshipSunday 10 am

  • Child care is provided.
  • Our worship space is on the upper level.

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!


Our Core Values

We are ...

  • Welcoming
  • Growing Disciples who Lead
  • Loving Our Neighbors, Near and Far


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



Check the home page for upcoming movies and the full 2016-17 movie schedule. Join us for movies that make you think! Take a look at the list of movies we have shown.


Adult Education Forums

In late July and early August, Hope's former interim pastor, Richard Hoehn, and Pastor Michael Kuchinsky presented information about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Information about earlier forums is available on our 2016 and 2015 Adult Education Forums pages.


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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