Give Thanks by Patra Mueller, Family Life Minister
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Give thanks in ALL situations? It seems impossible but something happens in our hearts & minds when we choose to be thankful even in the hardest situations we experience in life; we begin to see that our cup is half full, instead of half empty. Our perspective begins to change. Taking that first step to choose to be thankful is where we need resurrection power. Call out to Jesus and ask him to help you think of one thing to be thankful for. The apostle Paul did this often on his missionary journeys.
He was brutally beaten, shipwrecked, hungry, naked, in prison and yet he challenged the church in Thessaloniki to rejoice always, pray continually and give thanks in ALL circumstances. Paul knew that the secret to true joy and contentment was a connection with Jesus! He wrote in Philippians 4:12-13, “I have learned the secret of being content…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Paul’s reaction doesn’t come naturally to me. But all of us have an opportunity to practice giving thanks and trusting Jesus in order to gain a NEW PERSPECTIVE in our lives.
As we head into this season of giving thanks, let’s consider changing our perspective by:
REFLECTING on the many blessings in our lives
RESETTING our priorities
RENEWING our faith in Jesus
Will you join me in thanking God for five blessings today?
Thanks to a group of generous Hope families, gifts given to the Eagle Excellence Fund between now and December 31st will be multiplied. Your gifts will help transform our computer lab into an Innovation Lab with cutting-edge technology including robotic arms, drones, 3D printers, and additional makerspace materials. It’s easy to give on our website or by submitting a check to the school office. Thank you for your generosity!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 11/24: 8:40 AM Chapel for K-4 & 9:05 AM Chapel for 5-8 Led by Grade 3 / Last Day of Trimester 1 / K- 8 Grades Early Dismissal, k-3 at 11:50 am and 4-8 at 12:00 pm / Preschool & ESC “XTRA” Closes at 3:00 pm
Thurs. & Fri. 11/25 & 11/26: All School & ESC Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Mon. 11/29: School Closed for Trimester 1 Grading Day / Preschool Open & ESC “XTRA” Open with Pre-registration Here
Tues. 11/30: 6:30 PM Auction Meeting in Church Commons – Open to All!
Living Water International
Our chapel speaker last week was Julie Hill from Living Water International. Did you know that over the past eight years, our Hope congregation has raised more than $100,000 and built thirteen wells providing clean water all over the world! We have an opportunity to build another well this year so we can provide clean water for a community in need. Consider joining in this awesome cause. Click HERE for details and to give!
Athletic Events – Click Here
School Closures in November
Please note that we will have an early dismissal this Wednesday and our Extended School Care program will close at 3:00 PM. No lunch service on this day.
School and ESC will be closed for Thanksgiving break Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. Then on Monday, November 29, our kindergarten – 8th grade will be closed for grading day as our trimester 1 ends on Wednesday. Preschool is open and our ESC program will be open with pre-registration.
Hometown Holidays Night Market December 4, 2021 – PIP Opportunity
The West Seattle Junction Association is excited to welcome back the Hometown Holidays Night Market in the Alaska Junction on December 4 from 3 to 7 pm. Hope and SLHS students will be serving hot chocolate and cider and supervising an ornament making station at the market. It is a very festive and fun night, and a great opportunity for each school to get back into the community! More information will follow November 30th in the newsletter so parents and students can sign up to help. Questions? Contact Admissions Director, Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Tree Game Drive – November 23 to December 3
Once again this year we will be providing gifts for families in need from the public schools in West Seattle. We will be collecting NEW GAMES to be included in each family’s bag of gifts. You can help by sending your child’s favorite unwrapped game to school between now and DECEMBER 3rd. Other items needed are boys underwear and boys socks (all sizes). Thank you so much for your support!
Auction Meeting – Tuesday, November 30 @ 6:00 PM
If you signed up at the PTH General Meeting to be a part of the 2021 Auction Committee, or would like to, please plan to attend our 1st meeting. This is a great way to earn your PIP hours for the year. Committee meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings in the school commons. At the first meeting we will determine the following: 1. Auction Chairs and Committee leads (sign up will be provided), 2. Decide on a theme (theme must be approved by principal), 3.Come up with 2-3 dates (April May) in person/ online, 4. Venue ideas. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email your PTH members at email@example.com.
2nd Annual Holiday Drive-Through Food Drive!
My name is Dominic, and I am a 7th grader here at Hope Lutheran. My brother, Atticus, and I are once again doing a Covid-safe food drive to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank during the holiday season. Just drive up and pop your trunk! Monetary donations are also appreciated. This year we are also collecting new or gently used coats of all sizes which will be placed by WIN (Westside Interfaith Network) at their welcome table, every Saturday in White Center.
Thank you once again for helping us support the members of our community during these times.
When: Dec. 11th from 10am to 3pm
Where: Hope Lutheran lower parking lot (behind school off of Oregon Street)
We have good news to share about Hope’s upcoming Christmas and winter performances…. The show(s) must go on! We are restructuring the concerts slightly and putting in place some parameters around attendance, but we are thrilled to add these performances back into our December schedules. Performance dates and times are:
- Tuesday, Dec 7 6:00 PM – Kindergarten through Grade 2
- Wednesday, Dec 8 6:00 PM – Grades 3-5
- Friday, Dec 10 6:30 PM – Preschool Sea Stars and Orcas
- Tuesday, Dec 14 7:00 PM – Middle School
Audiences will be limited to immediate family members only (household members) of the performing class to allow space for all our families to join us. Audience members age 3 and older must remain masked at all times and we encourage everyone to remain socially distanced in household groups as much as possible. Students are encouraged to wear Christmas apparel for the performances. We look forward to it!
L.E.S.T. stands for Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament and has been a staple for Hope Lutheran students for 60+ years! This year, it relocates to Tacoma after being held virtually last year. It will be held from February 17th -19th, 2022. Students from Hope’s 5th -8th grade will compete in various types of activities, ranging from basketball to knowledge bowl, math to swimming, robotics to art, along with numerous others. We are in the process of confirming coaches and selecting competitors for all teams, and will have more information including tentative schedules for Hope competitions in early January. If you have questions, please reach out to Tim Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The L.E.S.T. 2022 website is www.lestnorthwest.org.