January 31, 2015



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. Check the Adult Education Forums page for all of the details about our new education series.

  • Adult Education Forum - Hunger and Poverty: Domestic and International Policies and Strategies - Sunday, February 1 after worship. Our speaker will be Tia Upchurch-Freelove, director of Communications at LOGA, the federal public policy advocacy office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a program of the ELCA Division for Church in Society.
  • Adult Education Forum - Hunger and Poverty: Domestic and International Policies and Strategies - Sunday, February 8 after worship. Nancy Neal, Bread for the World, will speak. Child nutrition programs will be reauthorized in 2015. Bread is organizing an advocacy campaign for reauthorization, which only
    occurs every five years.
  • Movies@Hope Presents "Gideon's Army"- Friday, February 13 at 7:30 pm. Join us as Hope celebrates the season of Epiphany by shining a light on the dark corners of injustice and inequality in the world around us. This 2013 documentary tells the inside story of the dedicated men and women who struggle to realize the American Dream of equal justice for all. Introduced by Benjamin Thompson, Esq., Prince George's County defense attorney. Discussion will follow. Admission and refreshments are free. All are welcome!
  • Adult Education Forum - Hunger and Poverty: Domestic and International Policies and Strategies - Sunday, February 15 after worship. Pastor Hoehn, former director of Bread for the World Institute and author of Up From Apathy, will speak on organizing for action.

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. 

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

We Make the Road by Walking Discussion Group

During the fall and Advent, Hope members and friends participated in discussion of We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren, including a Skype conversation with McLaren in October.

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, www.giftsofhopedc.org.

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.


Adult Education Forums

An adult education series will begin on January 4, to be held after the worship service and coffee hour/fellowship (11:15 am). Check the home page, our Adult Education Forums page, and our News page for details.

Weekly Newsletter

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



Mark your calendar for our full 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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