March 23, 2019

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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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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. For the Moms in Community group, see below (Fridays, April 5 - May 24).

  • Sundays - Humble Walk Dinner and Worship - 5-7 pm. All students are welcome to participate.
  • Thursdays - Choir Rehearsal - 7:00 pm

  • BaptismWednesday, March 27 - Soup Supper and Lenten Prayer Service - 6:30-8 pm. At Hope. (Soup at 6:30; prayer begins at 7:15.)
  • Friday, March 29 - Game Night: March Social Gathering - 7:00-9:00 pm. Our plan is to simply have fun together. Games and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring a game if you'd like to.
  • Saturday, March 30 - Friends of Guilford Run Stream Clean-Up - 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 31 - Adult Forum: Spiritual Arts Event - 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, April 3 -Soup Supper and Lenten Prayer Service - 6:30-8 pm. At St. John Lutheran Church in Riverdale. Meet at Hope at 6:15 to carpool. (Soup at 6:30; prayer begins at 7:15.)
  • Thursday, April 4 - Photos for Photo Directory - afternoon/evening. Sign up to have your photo taken and be included in Hope's Community Photo Directory. It's free, and  you'll receive a free 8x10 picture from your session. Visit or contact the church office to schedule a time.
  • Friday, April 5 - Moms in Community - 11 am-1 pm. Pregnant? New mom? Breastfeeding? Drop in for free support and connection. Meet other parents and parents-to-be. Relax with tea, snacks, and conversation. A professional lactation consultant (IBCLC) will be present to answer any questions and offer additional support. Older siblings are welcome. Come once or come to all eight sessions. Fridays, through May 24.
  • Friday, April 5 - Movies@Hope Presents "A People Uncounted" - 7:30 pm. Movies@Hope teams up with The Humble Walk to proudly present this riveting documentary from 2011. The film will be introduced by a scholar from the University of Maryland and tells the tale of the Romani people, who are thought to have migrated from northern India to Europe 1500 years ago. Long viewed as unwanted outsiders in Europe and North America, the Romani people suffered genocide under Nazi Germany and continue to exist on the margins of society in Hungary and elsewhere. As always, admission and refreshments are FREE! 
  • Sunday, April 7 - Children's Sunday School - 9 am. See below for more information.
  • Friday, April 12 - Moms in Community, 11 am-1 pm
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Hope Serves Lunch at the Prince George's County Day Center - 1:00 pm. Meet at Hope at 12:50 pm to carpool, or the Day Center at 1 pm.

Hope also provides space for the following ongoing activities of external organizations:

  • Mondays - AA Meeting - 7-8 pm. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome.
  • Fridays - AA Meeting - 8-9 pm. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome.
  • Saturdays - Living Water Seventh Day Adventist Congregation - 9:30 am-3 pm

Lent at Hope

Lent is the six weeks of prayer, reflection, and preparation before Easter, starting Wednesday, March 6 this year. Throughout these weeks at Hope, we’ll be listening for how God speaks in a variety of ways, through a variety of people. Each Sunday in our worship, we’ll highlight a different historic saint and what we can learn from their lives of faith. These saints come from the church calendar. Some post-worship education events and Wednesday mid-week prayer services will continue these themes. Wednesdays throughout Lent, we gather with our neighboring church, St. John Lutheran Church in Riverdale, for soup and prayer (check the list of upcoming events above). These Wednesday services will help us consider our own lives and contemporary saints. We hope you will join us for any or all of our Lenten events.

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 first 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 winter-spring 2019 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.

New Books in Hope's Library

Did you know Hope has a library of adult and children's spiritual books you can borrow to read at home? It is in the white cabinet downstairs in the hallway outside the pastor's office. We have just added new books to the library, thanks to a Thrivent Action Grant.

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, her previous experiences, and her 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 winter-spring 2019 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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