Welcome 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
Directions and map
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. Check the Adult Education Forums page for all of the details about our new education series.
- Lenten Supper and Service - Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 pm (soup supper) and 7:15 pm (worship) at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale
- Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 29 at 10 am. Processional with palms.
- Adult Education Forum - Reconciling in Christ - Sunday, March 29 after worship. RIC is a program in which a congregation can choose to openly welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Visit the Reconciling in Christ website for more information.
- Maundy Thursday Communion Service - Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm at Hope
- Good Friday Service - Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lanham
- Easter Potluck Breakfast - Sunday, April 5 at 8:30 pm. Please bring a main dish, side dish, or beverage, as you are able.
- Easter Sunday Festival Eucharist with Brass - Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 am
- Movies @ Hope Presents "Food Chains" - Friday, April 10 at 7:30 pm. Seasonal agricultural workers are among the lowest paid, most marginalized workers in America. This film depicts the efforts of Florida tomato pickers whose commitment to a better way of life for their children brought them to the bargaining table with McDonald’s, Walmart, and other giants of the food industry.
- Joyful Noise Benefit Concert - Saturday, April 18 at 4 pm
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.
Pastor 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.
A 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. 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! Our spring 2015 schedule is now available. Admission is free; donations accepted. All are welcome.
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.
Celebrating its 22nd year, Gifts of Hope now offers year-round gift-giving and donation opportunities on its website, www.giftsofhopedc.org.
Find "Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center" on Facebook and then click to "like" us.
* * * * *
Hope's 2008-2009 renovation project was funded with a loan from the ELCA Mission Investment Fund.