February 09, 2016


ChoirWelcome to the Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center website. We hope these pages 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

Position Opening: Administrative Assistant

Hope Lutheran Church and Lutheran Campus Ministries are hiring a part-time administrative assistant. Please see and share the job description. To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Lutheran@umd.edu with the subject line, “Administrative Assistant - your name.” Questions can be sent to Lutheran@umd.edu.

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.

  • Tuesday, February 9 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - 6-7 pm. Hosted by The Humble Walk.
  • Wednesday, February 10 - Ash Wednesday Service - 7:30 pm, at Hope
  • Wednesday, February 17 - Midweek Lenten Service - 6:30 pm supper and 7:15 evening prayer, at Hope
  • Wednesday, February 24 - Midweek Lenten Service - 6:30 pm supper and 7:15 evening prayer, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale
  • Sunday, February 28 - Service of Healing - 10 am (within worship service)
  • Wednesday, March 2 - Midweek Lenten Service - 6:30 pm supper and 7:15 evening prayer, at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lanham
  • Wednesday, March 9 - Midweek Lenten Service - 6:30 pm supper and 7:15 evening prayer, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale
  • Wednesday, March 16 - Midweek Lenten Service - 6:30 pm supper and 7:15 evening prayer, at Hope
  • Thursday, March 24 - Maundy Thursday Service - 7:30 pm at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale
  • Friday, March 25 - Good Friday Service - 7:30 pm at Hope
  • Sunday, March 27 - Easter Sunday. Potluck breakfast at 8:30 am, celebratory worship at 10 am, Easter egg hunt following worship.

Winter Weather?

In the event of inclement weather or dangerous travel conditions, please do not go out if there is a risk to your safety. Hope will make every effort to keep the website updated as far as cancellations and changes.

Candidate Julie Bringman Affirmed Unanimously

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At the August 9 congregational meeting, those present and voting unanimously decided to call Ms. Julie Bringman to be the new pastor at Hope. She began on September 14 and was ordained and installed on October 17. We are blessed and eagerly look forward, guided by the Spirit, to the opportunity joyfully to embark on this next phase of fulfilling God's work with our hearts, minds, and hands.

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.

Hope's Transition and Entry into Collaborative MinistryA key portion of our transition process has been a series of congregational conversations in 2014 and 2015. These conversations were facilitated by Hope’s Transition Team and addressed different areas of challenge and opportunity as we navigate the pastoral transition while continuing the vision/mission work that was begun in 2014.

In June, the congregation voted to adopt a motion that Hope enter into collaborative ministry with Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hope will call a part-time pastor under the oversight of Senior Pastor Ray Ranker, Lutheran chaplain at the University of Maryland. The corporate structure and finances of the two ministries will remain distinct and independent.

Further information and resources are available on our Transition page.


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! Take a look at what we showed as part of our spring 2015 schedule, and stay tuned for our spring 2016 schedule. Admission is free; donations accepted. All are welcome.

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 23rd year, Gifts of Hope now offers year-round gift-giving and donation opportunities on its website, www.giftsofhopedc.org.

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.




WorshipSunday 10 am

Child care is available.


Adult Education Forums

Read about the adult education series we held on Sundays after worship and coffee hour in 2015. As we move into our new collaborative ministry with Lutheran Campus Ministry, watch for information about upcoming educational offerings. Information about earlier forums is available on our Adult Education Forums page and our News page.

Weekly Newsletter

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



Check the home page for upcoming movies.


About Hope

Come to the About Us section to find out what our nurturing community of believers is all about and why we hope you will come to visit us!


Why We Need Religious Institutions

Check out the Top Seven List created by our recent interim pastor!

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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