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Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center is a community of growing disciples of Jesus Christ who love our neighbors, both near and far. We affirm that everyone is created in the image of God and is deserving of God’s love and grace. We recognize that for many people, “church” has not always felt like a welcoming place. We celebrate our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, and age. We embrace differences in relationship status, physical and mental ability, education, income, worldview, and political affiliation. We are committed to the full inclusion of all people in our community and invite you to journey with us toward a deeper faith, mutual respect, greater love and understanding, and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. We invite you to read our full Welcoming Statement.

New and returning University of Maryland students are invited to worship with us and to participate in the life of our congregation.

We hope you will join us for our worship service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ. Please also 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
Email: office.hopecp @

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Position Opening - Church Music and Choral Director

Hope is seeking a church music and choral director who is passionate about working in a church environment and possesses the necessary skills to foster our communal worship life. The position is part-time (10-12 hours per week). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see the position description and application instructions.

Upcoming Events

IMG 3669 editedEveryone is welcome to participate in the following events at Hope. Ongoing events appear above the list of individual events. 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.

  • Sundays - Humble Walk Dinner and Worship - 5-7 pm. All students are welcome to participate. Begins August 26.
  • Mondays - AA Meeting - 7-8 pm. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome. We at Hope are happy to share space for this important community of support.

  • Tuesday, August 28 - Congregational Unity Exercise - 7:30-8:30 pm. We will have another conversation about where we are as a congregation and where we would like to be.
  • Friday, September 7 - Movies@Hope Presents "The Good Lie"- 7:30 pm. We kick off our seventh season with this overlooked 2014 film about Sudanese immigrants struggling to make a new life in the U.S. Reese Witherspoon stars in this touching tale of determination and hope. In an era where immigrants are often marginalized and dehumanized, this film reminds of us of their hopes and dreams as the newest Americans. Mira Mendick of Lutheran Social Services and Kathryn Tobias, local volunteer working with refugees, will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterward. As always, admission and refreshments are FREE!
  • Tuesday, September 11 - Hope Serves Lunch at the Prince George's County Day Center - 1-3 pm. Meet at Hope at 12:50 pm to carpool, or the Day Center at 1 pm.
  • Sunday, September 16 - Biblical Storytelling - 5:00-8:30 pm. Hope and The Humble Walk gather to hear a professional storyteller tell us the Gospel According to Mark, word-for-word, as it was originally heard in the oral tradition of the early faith. We'll have dinner and then sit together as Tracy Radosevic tells us the story she has learned by heart.

Children's Sunday School

We want kids to know that God loves them. So we support kids and families growing in faith together. During the school year, we have Sunday School the second Sunday of each month at 9 am for children ages 2-10. Children hear a Bible story, sing songs, play games, do crafts, and have a snack. Families are welcome to stay and participate with their children. If you would like to learn more, or if you have older children who also want to be involved, contact Pastor Julie.


Movies@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! Check out the fall 2018 movie schedule and take a look at the list of movies we have shown and discussed. Admission and refreshments are free; donations are accepted. All are welcome.

Collecting Backpack Supplies

This is one of the ways we live our core value: Loving our Neighbors, Near and Far. Check out the following list and bring donations to the church between now and August 26. Then stay after worship that week to pack backpacks. We are collecting: backpacks, 3-ring binders (1 ½ inch), wide-ruled paper, sets of dividers, two–pocket folders, composition books, 12-inch rulers, pens (blue, black, or red), #2 pencils (kindergartners use “fat” pencils), small pencil sharpeners, pink erasers, pencil top erasers, pencil pouches, student scissors (age 5+ style), glue sticks (no white glue), highlighters (any color), boxes of crayons (24 pack or 8 pack for kindergarten), colored pencils, colored markers, index cards (100 pack), and post-it notes.

Reconciling in Christ

RIC logo_web-01Hope members voted unanimously on November 19, 2017 that Hope become a Reconciling in Christ congregation and to adopt our new Welcoming Statement. We have been engaged in a lengthy self-study process as we considered the opportunity to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation. We publicly affirm that all people are welcome here, and welcome to be fully themselves.

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Learn about Pastor Julie Bringman and Pastor Ray Ranker, their previous experiences, and their ministry at Hope.

Members' Website

If your account has already been activated, simply log in at the appropriate space in the sidebar to the right. If you would like to create an account, please use the "Contact Us" form to receive instructions. (We have had to turn off the option to create an account because of spamming.)

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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.

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Hope's 2008-2009 renovation project was funded with a loan from the ELCA Mission Investment Fund.



Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center

4201 Guilford Drive

College Park, MD 20740


office.hopecp @


WorshipSunday 10 am

About Hope

Visit the About Us section to find out what our nurturing community of believers is all about and why we hope you will come worship with us! Hope is a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Read our full Welcoming Statement.

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Our Core Values

We are ...

  • Welcoming
  • Growing Disciples who Lead
  • Loving Our Neighbors, Near and Far


Our weekly newsletter includes all of the information you need about our activities and opportunities to serve.



Check the home page for upcoming movies and the fall 2018 movie schedule. Join us for movies that make you think! Take a look at the list of movies we have shown.


Christian Education

Visit our new Learning page to find out about the variety of adult education activities at Hope, as well as Children's Sunday School. Activities are always listed on the home page and in the newsletter and online calendar.


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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