May 26, 2016


ChoirWelcome to the Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center website. We hope these pages 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 our events, as well as other events in the community that may interest Hope members and friends.

  • Wednesday, May 25 - Bible Study: Tricky Parables of Jesus - 12 pm. Join us for any or all of this lunchtime Bible study series. Bring a lunch; we provide coffee and tea.
  • Friday, June 3 - Movies @ Hope presents "A Face in the Crowd" - 7:30 pm. Directed by Oscar winner Elia Kazan and starring a pre-Mayberry Andy Griffith, this 1957 film depicts the rise of a charismatic outsider who uses his skill at manipulating the media to gain national prominence. Don’t miss the film described by the Washington Post as “the movie that foretold the rise of Donald Trump.” As always, admission and refreshments are free.

Candidate Julie Bringman Affirmed Unanimously

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At the August 9 congregational meeting, those present and voting unanimously decided to call Ms. Julie Bringman to be the new pastor at Hope. She began on September 14 and was ordained and installed on October 17. We are blessed and eagerly look forward, guided by the Spirit, to the opportunity joyfully to embark on this next phase of fulfilling God's work with our hearts, minds, and hands.

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. 

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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 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! 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 23rd year, Gifts of Hope now offers year-round gift-giving and donation opportunities on its website,

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.


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.  


WorshipSunday 10 am

Child care is provided.


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!



Check our weekly newsletter for all of the information you need about our activities and opportunities.


Movies @ Hope

Check the home page for upcoming movies. Join us for movies that make you think!

Adult Education Forums

Read about the adult education series we held on Sundays after worship and coffee hour in 2015. As we progress with our new collaborative ministry with Lutheran Campus Ministry, watch for information about upcoming educational offerings. Information about earlier forums is available on our Adult Education Forums page and our News page.


Why We Need Religious Institutions

Check out the Top Seven List created by our recent interim pastor.

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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