July 31, 2015


ChoirWelcome 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.

  • Worship Service - Sunday, August 9 at 10:00 am. Pastor-candidate Julie Bringman will be preaching.
  • Congregational Meeting - Sunday, August 9 at 11:00 am.
  • Movies @ Hope - Friday, August 14 at 8:00 pm. Vote at Hope for your favorite!

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. 

It's Time for School Supplies!Hope and Lutheran Campus Ministry are again collecting school supplies for backpacks for elementary school children. The following supplies are requested: backpacks, pens (black, blue, or red), #2 pencils, big #2 pencils for kindergartners, pink erasers or pencil-top erasers, small pencil sharpeners, glue sticks (no white glue), rulers (plastic or wood), student scissors (age 5+ style), pencil pouches (clear is preferred), three-ring binders (1.5-inch wide), sets of dividers, boxes of 24 crayons, box of 8 big crayons for kindergartners, composition books, colored pencils, colored markers, two-pocket folders, wide-ruled paper, highlighters, index cards (3x5). Please contribute what you can.

Meet Our Interim PastorPastor Richard A. Hoehn began serving as Hope's interim pastor in October 2014. He has a rich background in both social ministry and theology. Learn more about Pastor Hoehn and link to his blog.

Hope's Transition and Entry into Collaborative MinistryA key portion of our transition process has been a series of congregational conversations in 2014 and 2015. These conversations were facilitated by Hope’s Transition Team and addressed different areas of challenge and opportunity as we navigate the pastoral transition while continuing the vision/mission work that was begun in 2014.

In June, the congregation voted to adopt a motion that Hope enter into collaborative ministry with Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Hope will call a part-time pastor under the oversight of Senior Pastor Ray Ranker, Lutheran chaplain at the University of Maryland. The corporate structure and finances of the two ministries will remain distinct and independent.

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! Our spring 2015 schedule is now available. Admission is free; donations accepted. All are welcome.

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!


Why We Need Religious Institutions

Check out Pastor Hoehn's Top Seven List!

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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