March 24, 2017


IMG 2273 editedHope Lutheran Church and Student Center is an active community of believers, and Hope has a long tradition of community outreach and service. 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

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Position Opening - Director of Music Ministries

Hope is seeking a Director of Music Ministries 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 hours per week). All applications postmarked/received by April 21, 2017 will be reviewed.

Position Opening - Administrative Assistant

Hope is seeking an Administrative Assistant who is passionate about working in a congregation and campus environment and possesses the necessary skills to manage general office functions and foster collaborative relationships. The position is part-time (approximately 20 hours per week). All applications postmarked/received by April 21, 2017 will be reviewed.

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 our events, as well as other events in the community that may interest Hope members and friends.

  • Sunday, March 26 - Holy Land Trip Information Session - 9-9:45 pm
  • Sunday, March 26 - Worship Service with Special Prayers for Healing - 10 am
  • Sunday, March 26 - Holy Land Trip Information Session - 7:15-8:15 pm
  • Wednesday, March 29 - Lent Supper and Taize Prayer - 6:30 pm (soup supper), 7:15 pm (prayer). At St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale.
  • Wednesday, April 5 - Lent Supper and Taize Prayer - 6:30 pm (soup supper), 7:15 pm (prayer). At Hope.
  • Friday, April 7 - Movies@Hope Presents "Walking the Camino" - 7:30 pm. The 500-mile journey from France to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela is perhaps the most famous pilgrimage route in all of Christendom. Join us as we mark the Lenten season with this award-winning documentary from 2013, which follows the journey of a few of those pilgrims on “The Way.” The film will be introduced by Gabe and Joani Horchler, who made the pilgrimage last year and will share their own experience. Discussion will follow. As always, admission and refreshments are free.
  • Sunday, April 9 - Children's Sunday School - 9:00 am
  • Thursday, April 13 - Maundy Thursday Evening Worship Service - 7:00 pm.
  • Friday, April 14 - Good Friday Evening Worship Service - 7:00 pm. At St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverdale.
  • Sunday, April 16 - Easter Sunday. All are welcome to join us for a potluck breakfast at 8:30 am, worship at 10 am, and a children's Easter egg hunt at 11:15 am.

Children's Sunday School

We want kids to know that God loves them. So we support kids and families growing in faith together. The second Sunday of each month, we have Sunday School at 9 am for children ages 2-7. 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.

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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.


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 our 2016-17 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.

Holy Land Travels

Hope and The Humble Walk (Lutheran Campus Ministry) are taking a trip to the Holy Land to walk with Christians in Jesus's homeland. We will visit some important sites and spend a lot of time in relationship with Christians and other peacemakers. Dates are December 28, 2017-January 8, 2018. Read the flier for more trip details, and to learn more, attend one of the information sessions on March 26, as listed above under Upcoming Events, or contact Pastor Ray if you are unavailable at these times.

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

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 24th year, Gifts of Hope now offers year-round gift-giving and donation opportunities on its website,

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


On Friday, April 29 at 7:30, movies@hope proudly presents Last Days in Vietnam.  This heartrending documentary from Rory Kennedy uses archival footage to depict the desperate attempt to rescue as many Vietnamese allies as possible along with our American armed forces as Saigon fell before the North Vietnamese onslaught in 1975.  Ms. Anh Bolles, who was evacuated with her family as a child, will be on hand to introduce the film and share her personal perspective on this world-changing event.  


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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!


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 full 2016-17 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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