April 17, 2021


Hope provides various learning and discussion activities for members and friends to grow in their knowledge and faith. Learning activities for adults and children have moved online successfully in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scroll down to find out about Children's Sunday School and current and recent adult education opportunities.

Children's Sunday School

IMG 6598_editedWe 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 online every week for children ages 2-8 (the Zoom link appears in the list of ongoing events on our home page).

Children hear a Bible story, sing songs, play games, and do crafts. Parents are encouraged to check the most recent newsletter for any craft supplies needed.

This year's theme is "Who Was Jesus Friends With?" Kids will be exploring important people from the Bible as well as how Jesus is our friend today.

When we are able to meet safely in person, families will again be welcome to stay and participate with their children. All Sunday School teachers have passed background checks.

If you would like to learn more, or if you have older children who also want to be involved, contact Pastor Julie.

For Adults

IMG 3609 editedWe often hold adult education forums after worship, as either a series or a stand-alone discussion. Check our home page or newsletter for information about adult forums, Bible study series, Scripture Mini-Retreats, and other activities.

Current and Recent Activities

  • Learning opportunities are also available as part of our online worship partnership with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Find out more here.
  • Luther's Small Catechism: 10 Commandments in Modern Context
    The Small Catechism was Martin Luther's attempt to review and interpret the Ten Commandments, The Apostles' Creed, The Lord's Prayer, baptism, and communion. In two sessions in November, we went over what Martin Luther said about the Ten Commandments. We also heard modern views of the commandments, specifically from The Forgotten Luther Project, ELCA World Hunger, Lutherans Restoring Creation, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and a group of theologians of African descent.
  • During the late summer/early fall of 2020, Hope members and friends read and discussed Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan. The group is continuing to discuss and pray about the issues raised in this book and what they mean for Hope.
  • Even while we were in our own spaces during the pandemic, Hope and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church held an online mini-retreat on spiritual grief and lament in October 2020. We named our grief, both specific and general, personal and collective, contemporary and timeless, and we were invited to acknowledge and seek God’s presence with us, in all things, including grief. The retreat resource packet remains available for download.

Hope Lutheran Church and Student Center

4201 Guilford Drive

College Park, MD 20740


office.hopecp @ gmail.com


Online WorshipSunday 10:30 am

Online Children's Sunday SchoolSunday 9:00 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 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


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