August 30, 2014



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
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.

  • We Make the Road by Walking Discussion Group 1 - Monday, September 8 at 7:15 pm. This group also meets on September 15, 22, 29, and October 6. The same content is discussed at the Thursday sessions. We will begin with the first two meditations, "Awe and Wonder" and "Being Human."
  • We Make the Road by Walking Discussion Group 2 - Thursday, September 11 from 6-7 pm (bring your own brown bag dinner). This group also meets on September 18 and 25, and October 2. See above for more information.
  • Joyful Noise - Sunday, September 14 at 10 am. Joyful Noise, the praise band of Lutheran Campus Ministry (The Humble Walk), leads worship at Hope.
  • Congregational Conversation--A Call to Service: Update - Sunday, September 28 after worship/fellowship
  • We Make the Road by Walking Skype Conversation with Brian McLaren - Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm
  • Movies@Hope presents "Dead Poets Society" - Friday, October 10. Check back for more details. As always, admission and refreshments are free.

Our TransitionAfter saying farewell and Godspeed to Pastor Vigen and his family and thanking them for five years of ministry and service to Hope, we are actively planning for Hope's future. Working with James L. Pence, PhD, a strategic planning coach recommended by the Metro DC Synod, a transition team of Hope members will guide us through the coming months.

A key portion of our transition process will be a series of conversations after worship/fellowship. These conversations will be facilitated by Hope’s Transition Team and will 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 Groups

Hope members and friends are invited to participate in discussion of We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren. Meetings will be held Monday and Thursday evenings (beginning on September 8 and 11, respectively, with the same content at each session) until our 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 had a chance to read the meditations 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. Check back soon 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 Receives Scientists in Congregations (SIC) Grant Hope received a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation to implement the Scientists in Congregations program (SIC), which allows for "a sustained, creative collaboration between practitioners in the fields of science ... and theology/faith practice." As part of the grant, Hope provided a major regional symposium in April 2012 focused on the perspective that faith and science do not need to be mutually exclusive, as well as two smaller events in 2013. Read more and watch videos from the events.

Hope is on FacebookSearch for "Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center" on Facebook and then click to "like" us.




WORSHIPSunday 10 am

Child care is available.



Sunday School will resume in September.

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.



Last month August 2014 Next month
week 31 1 2
week 32 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
week 33 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
week 34 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
week 35 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
week 36 31

Members Login