April 18, 2014

Holy Week and Easter Schedule


Maundy Thursday - 7:30 pm service at Hope

Good Friday - 7:00 pm service at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale

Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of Our Lord - Potluck breakfast at 8:30 am at Hope; worship at 10:00 at Hope

Prepared for Easter 2014The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, shares an Easter message available on video.



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. 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.


We especially welcome new and returning University of Maryland students to worship with us and to participate in the life of our congregation.



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.

  • Maundy Thursday Service - Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 pm at Hope
  • Good Friday Service - Friday, April 18 at 7:00 pm at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale
  • Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of Our Lord - Sunday, April 20. Potluck breakfast at 8:30 am (Hope will provide eggs and sausage); worship at 10:00.
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry Maryland Day Cookout - Saturday, April 26 at 12:00 pm, Memorial Chapel front steps (on campus). Join students, alumni, parents, and friends at this free cookout.
  • Movies@Hope presents "Chasing Ice" - Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 pm. Spectacular 2012 documentary showing the melting of the polar ice cap. Followed by a discussion of the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities. Admission and refreshments free; donations accepted.
  • Worship Visioning Session - Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 pm.
  • Women of Hope - Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 am. Enjoy a potluck brunch and listen to our guest speaker, the Rev. Gloria Cline-Smythe.

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. Admission is free; donations accepted. All are welcome. See above for details on our next presentation.

Year-Round Gift Giving Through Gifts of Hope

Celebrating its 20th year, Gifts of Hope now offers year-round gift-giving and donation opportunities on its website, www.giftsofhopemetrodc.org.


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.


Meet Pastor VigenOur pastor, The Rev. Dr. James B. Vigen, has been an inspiration to our community and our congregation. Read more.


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 8:30 am

Please see the calendar for any exceptions. We are now studying the Epistle to the Romans.

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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