Wonderful Counselor by Marie Tornow, Preschool Director
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. John 16:7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
: a person who provides advice as a job : a person who counsels people
: a person who is in charge of young people at a summer camp
The recent world, national and local news can dampen and discourage us. The push to buy and acquire more stuff can be overwhelming. Health issues, job and relationships can be in real trouble. How do we cope with all this? As always, if we turn to the Lord in prayer, read His word and trust in His plan for us, we can find relief. As the verses above tell us, He is always there, ready to listen, to give guidance and hope. He is our Wonderful Counselor! He sent His Holy Spirit to counsel us after He went to heaven!
I have had the pleasure of working along with the Hope teachers now for years, and see our children surrounded by many counselors. These teachers spend hours in preparation, thoughtful planning and passionate delivery of their knowledge. The counseling they do is done every day, with genuine love, compassion, patience and Christian guidance creating that safety spoken of in Proverbs.
We all long for good news! There is Good News! The Mighty God, Prince of Peace and Wonderful Counselor is being celebrated on Christmas Day! Please join the Early Childhood Department in spreading the word! Our Advent Program “C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. IS COMING” will be on December 12 at 6:30 in the sanctuary. All are welcome. May your heart be filled and alive in the Spirit of Christmas!
Calendar of Events
Tues. 12/9: 1:30 & 7:00 PM School Christmas Musical / 5-8 Gr. Mid-Terms Sent Home
Wed. 12/10: 8:40 AM Chapel w/kindergarten
Fri. 12/12: 6:30 PM Early Childhood Program
Wed. 12/17: No Chapel / 7:00 PM Sounds of Christmas
Thur. 12/18: No Hot Lunch
Fri. 12/19: 8:40 AM Chapel w/5th Grade / Free Dress Day-Spirit Day / Noon Dismiss / ESC Open
Mon. 12/15: 3:30 Girls Game @ Buena Vista / 4:45 Boys Game @ Buena Vista
Santa-grams Sales End December 15th
Santa-grams sales continue through December 15 to raise money to support our school. Each candy cane comes with a Christmas greeting and they will cost 50 cents. Look for the table in the entryway of the school in the morning. Buy one for all your friends and teachers. Student council will deliver on Dec. 19.
Christmas Pie Sales – Time to order for Christmas
What would the holidays be without some delicious pie?! The PTH is proudly offering 10 varieties to choose from to make your holiday feast complete. Order forms sent home last week, or you may order online here. All orders must be received and paid for by Thursday, December 18th and may be picked up on Monday, December 22nd 4-6 p.m. or Tuesday, December 23rd 4-6 p.m.
Have questions or would like to volunteer for PIP for this event? Please contact Sonjia Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-310-6103 or Beth Grotelueschen at email@example.com or 206-852-6846.
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Lunch & Recess Help Still Needed!
Volunteers still needed for our Pacific Science Center Van – Thursday, Jan. 15
Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club
Please note that our Extended School Care and Sand Dollar Club will be closed during Christmas/New Year’s break starting Monday, December 22 through Friday, January 2, 2015. Both programs will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Are you looking for a fun way to teach your child how to give to others at Christmas? Our school lunchroom has been transformed into Santa’s workshop. Hope’s Church Human Care Ministry is wrapping over 1500 gifts that will be given to families from our local public schools. Stop by with your child anytime (morning, noon or night) this week and wrap a few gifts! Share in the joy of giving!
Lunchroom Furniture Donations
Last weekend, the Women’s Ministry Team at Hope Church hosted their annual “Gifts & Goodies” sale to raise money for both missions and for new chairs and round tables for the Fellowship Hall, which is where school lunches are now located. Almost $5000 in total was raised, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans matched $1000 to it! We are still short of our goal to replace all of the chairs and add round tables, which will help create a more family-like environment. If you would be willing to donate toward this effort we may be able to complete the entire project. The chairs are $55 each and there is a poster in the school lobby showing the chairs we plan to purchase. Could you buy a chair (or two, or even half of a chair)? Just write your check to Hope Lutheran School and write “chairs” in the memo line. Thank you for your support!
eScrip Online Shopping
Hope Lutheran School earns more when you do your online shopping at shopping.escrip.com. Help Hope Lutheran School, shop at the NEW eScrip Online Mall. Just visit shopping.escrip.com. Great deals from awesome merchants like Amazon, Apple Store and Barns & Noble!
Christmas Spirit Day, Friday, 12/19
Student council is sponsoring a Christmas Spirit Day on Friday, December 19, 2014. Students may wear Christmas colors to show their Christmas spirit, including Santa hats or other apparel. This is a free dress day so students choosing not to dress up can still be in free dress. Merry Christmas from student council!