Is it weird that I love Lent? By Kelsey Clark, PE and History teacher
Usually when I say that I love Lent, the response I get is confusion. Why would someone love a time marked by fasting, suffering, or denying oneself of the things we enjoy in the world? My answer comes from a friend of mine who described Lent as something else. She told me that from her perspective, when you give something up, you make space for something new. In acknowledging that something may take up too much space in life, it gives us the chance to reflect on the ways we can give more fully to God or make room for more of God’s perspective.
This does not always have to be a material thing. For example, fasting from negative comments can make space for more positivity and understanding. This year during the Lenten season, I have chosen to show restraint in my tendency to rush through a school day. My goal is to shift from focusing on to-do lists and what needs to be done next, to making the time to genuinely listen to students. In entering into a conversation with a second grader today, I learned about the snowman she built last night with her parents, the new bracelet she got with her dad at the mall that she is really excited about, and an idea she had to build an obstacle course competition for us to do in PE. I also took the time to play a short game of tag with the first and second graders at recess!
Moments like these where I intentionally make time to connect with the kids of Hope are part of why I love the time Lent provides us to empty what is not needed in order to make space for something else, and to view God’s world with a new perspective.
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Hopecoming is almost here! Complete Class Baskets are due to the auction committee this Friday March 2. Each included item needs to have a completed procurement form. Procurement forms are available in the school office and in the yellow envelope today. Keep those donations coming! The planning committee is still seeking donations of beer and wine, services, and goods for the silent auction. Advertising opportunities are available. Information is in yellow envelopes or contact the auction team (firstname.lastname@example.org) get involved in the final countdown. Remaining planning meetings are at 6pm in the Commons on March 13, March 26, April 9, and April 16. Sign up to help via the sign up genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545ada823aafa7-hope
Donuts with Dad! – Wednesday, March 7 at 8 AM
Calling all Dads or special guests! Start your day with delicious donuts and put a smile on your child’s face. PTH will serve donuts, coffee, juice, and milk in the Commons. We will gather in the church commons at 8:00 AM. Students must be in class by 8:30 AM. However, you are welcome to mingle and then join the Hope students at chapel starting at 8:40 AM led by 4th gr.
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Wed. 2/28: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 2
Fri. 3/2: Free Dress Day
Wed. 3/7: 8:00 AM Donuts with Dad / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 4
Fri. 3/9: Trimester 2 Ends / 5:30 PM & 7:00 PM East Coast Trip Dinner Fundraiser
Mon. 3/12: No School Trimester 2 Grading Day / ESC “XTRA” Open
Fri. 3/16: 7:30 PM 7th & 8th Grade Dance!
Library Book Reminder
Have a student in kindergarten thru 3rd grade that loves library day?? Don t forget to return those library books!!! Currently, there are a lot of books that have been checked out for longer than a month and we would love to see them returned. This is a perfect time to search bedrooms, shelves, cars, and backpacks. Reminder slips will be sent home in March.
We have the following opportunities: Hopecoming Auction Planning help- still lots to do, Midwinter Dance, Co-Lead a Parents Night Out/Movie Night. Also, your PTH Board is anticipating vacancies for the following positions for the 2018/2019 school year: President, Member-at-Large.
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Save the Date! – Spaghetti Dinner and Art Show – March 9th
Join us for the 2nd annual home cooked spaghetti dinner and art show in the Hope Fellowship Hall benefiting students attending the East Coast bi-annual trip. Eat a scrumptious dinner of homemade sauce and pasta (gluten free option available) and bread served by the students, and treat yourself to dessert and a fabulous art show in the Commons! Two seatings available, 5:30 and 7:00 PM; RSVP to Sally Heit @ email@example.com. Cost: Free will donation.
Pizza Fridays- Extra slices
Thank you for your support of the students attending the East Coast trip next year by signing up for Pizza Fridays and Burrito Mondays! We wanted to let you know that we will have approximately 6 slices of cheese pizza and 7 slices of pepperoni available for purchase on Fridays. This is first come first serve and each slice is $2.50.
New Date for the 7th & 8th Grade Mid-Winter Dance – March 16
Friday, March 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM at the Menashe Family Gym at Seattle Lutheran High School 4100 SW Genesee St., West Seattle (parking lot and gym entrance off of Genesee St.)
Cost is $8 with two canned food items, $10 without. Light Refreshments are included in the admission fee and glow bracelets will be available for purchase of 50₵ each.
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Employee Service Matching Funds
As part of the passage of tax reform law, some companies, such as Boeing and Microsoft, have expanded their employee gift match programs so that in addition to matching monetary donations to non-profits such as Hope, they will also make donations to non-profits when their employees volunteer at such organizations. Please consider checking with your employer to see if they have an employee gift match program. Some of the companies that have provided matching donations to Hope in the past are Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, TIAA Cref, Starbucks, and The Standard. Please contact Shari Wallace for more information.
Lutheran Hour Ministries Minute – “Please Take One”
In our church Commons you will find a new display filled with booklets on various topics. These booklets are designed to meet the needs of today’s adults and families. Please feel free to stop by and visit the display today! Each topical booklet covers real-life issues written from a Christian perspective. To help support our booklet ministry, you will find offering envelopes located on the display. If you are led to contribute, please place the envelope into the church offering basket. If you have questions, please call Dave and Irene Gehring, (206-937-9180) LHM Ambassadors for Hope. Thank You.
Lenten Services – Wednesdays 7:00 P.M.
We will gather for a short worship experience featuring some of the best of our traditional and contemporary worship hymns and songs, special elements, and inspiring messages to take us deeper into Jesus’ amazing love.
Soup Supper – Come to the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays for an informal meal of a variety of soups, green salad, and bread. It’s a wonderful way to connect! Your Hope teachers and staff will be hosting on Wednesday, March 14th.
Youth Mexico Mission Fundraiser – Sunday, March 11 @ 5 P.M.
Join us in the Fellowship Hall for a delicious St. Patty’s Dinner complete with all the fixings! Support the youth in building two houses in Mexico. Sign up in the church Commons or call the church office at 206-937-9330 to let us know you are coming.
Fundraising Opportunities for Seattle Lutheran High School Seniors
Support SLHS seniors in their fundraising for Grad Night 2018 at Universal Studios
All proceeds go directly to helping students offset the cost of the trip.
1) Tuesday, February 27th, 3 pm – 11 pm: Fundraiser night at Puerto Vallarta. Eat out while supporting SLHS seniors. 20% of sales that afternoon/evening go toward Grad Night 2018.
2) March 10, 6 pm: A Chili Cook Off will be hosted in the Menashe Family Gymnasium. Show up, sample, vote, and support our seniors. Adult prices are $10, students are $5, and children five and under are free. If you are interested in bringing chili, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) March 5 (time TBD): Fundraiser night at Great American Diner. A percent of the proceeds go toward Grad Night 2018.