February 28, 2015


After churchWelcome 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 - Sunday, March 1 after worship. The forum will focus on an Offering of Letters for the reauthorization of child nutrition programs. Visit www.bread.org/ol/2015 for more information.
  • Lenten Supper and Service - Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 pm (soup supper) and 7:15 pm (worship) at Hope
  • Adult Education Forum - Reconciling in Christ - Sunday, March 8 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.
  • Lenten Supper and Service - Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 pm (soup supper) and 7:15 pm (worship) at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lanham
  • Movies @ Hope Presents "Noah" - Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm. Join us for Darren Aronofsky's thought-provoking 2014 retelling of the classic tale of Noah. Russell Crowe stars as the man chosen by God to save the world from destruction. All are welcome! As always, admission and refreshments are free.
  • Lenten Supper and Service - Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 pm (soup supper) and 7:15 pm (worship) at Hope
  • 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

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'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. 

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! See the schedule above. Admission is free; donations accepted. All are welcome.

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 FacebookFind "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 is being held after the worship service and coffee hour/fellowship (beginning at 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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