Celebrate the Light by Patra Mueller, Hope Church Family Life Minister
Lincoln Park has become a place of renewal for me during the pandemic. Being in God’s creation lightens my spirit and brings me great joy. On a recent walk, I spotted an eagle perched high in a tree, a seal bobbing in the water, and a family of ducks swimming towards the shore. But, what stood out to me the most was the sun’s reflection on the water. It was so bright and full of life. It reminded me of a verse that foretells the birth of Jesus:
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. “ Isaiah 9:2
Jesus is the light that came into a dark world to bring renewal, strength and hope wherever He went. As I walked, I pondered all of the darkness in our world and I challenged myself to make a conscious choice to focus on the light, rather than the darkness. As we prepare for Christmas this year, I encourage you to find strength through the light of Baby Jesus and be renewed through the beauty that is all around you.
I also want to invite you to participate in our upcoming virtual worship services, accessible at the times listed below and anytime afterwards, on the church website at: http://hopeseattle.org/
December 13 – Sunday School Children’s Christmas program (available at 8:00 am)
December 24 – Christmas Eve Worship Service (available at 4:00 pm)
December 25- Christmas Day Worship Service (available at 8:00 am)
Every Wednesday in December-Advent Devotions with a Christmas Hymn
Let’s celebrate the LIGHT together!
Year-End Gifts to Eagle Excellence Fund: CARES ACT tax benefits expire 12/31/20
Thank you to the many of you who have given already to the Eagle Excellence fund this month. Did you know that the CARES Act provides additional tax incentives for charitable gifts this year (expires 12/31/20)?
Your gift to the Eagle Excellence Fund is tax-deductible and allows Hope School to prepare for any technology, curriculum, and safety measures that are required in the weeks and months ahead. Give online or by sending a check to the school office.
Your gift by December 31 will also be matched thanks to a generous challenge gift from some of our Hope families. There has NEVER been a better time to make a gift to the Eagle Excellence Fund! Thank you for your generosity.
Dec. 13: Scholastic Book Fair Ends
Wed. Dec. 16: 8:40 AM Online Chapel led by Deacon Dan Jackson
Fri. Dec. 18: Early Dismissal for Christmas Break / K-3 Dismiss at 11:45 AM / 4th Dismiss at 12:00 PM
School, Extended School Care & Sand Dollar Club Closures
Please note that our School, School office and Extended School Care/Sand Dollar Club programs will be closed during Christmas/New Year’s break starting Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1, 2021. School and ESC programs will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.
School Lunch Program
NEST or Café Stellina continues to offer individually packaged lunches to Hope School 5 days a week. Visit our school website here to register each month and check out their lunch menu.
Thank you for your support of this small local business.
Scholastic Book Fair – Online Now through Dec. 13
Hope families you’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online through December 13, 2020. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.
You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:
· Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
· All orders ship direct to home
· FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
· All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards
Happy Reading! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/hopelutheranschool
Note From Admissions
As we dig into the Christmas season and many of our students are learning from home, it is important that our Hope community remain connected. If your student(s) are at home zooming into class, snap a picture and email it to Sally Heit at firstname.lastname@example.org to share with the community of Hope. We want to see what fun projects they are working on. And, spirit days are coming so we want everyone to participate in the fun!
Drive-through Food Drive – Saturday, December 12 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
My name is Atticus and I am an 8th grader here at Hope. I am organizing a COVID-safe, drive-through food drive to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank during the holiday season. Please drop off unexpired cans and packages of food. Cash and check donations for the food bank will also be accepted. Thank you for your support for people in our community during these times.
Where: Hope Lutheran Lowers (parking lot off Oregon Street)
When: December 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM
Hope Spirit Dress-up Days – December 11 – 18
Hope School is excited to offer spirit days starting this Friday, December 11! Show your school and community spirit by dressing up in the theme for each day, whether you are learning at school or learning at home. In-person students not wearing spirit day apparel must be in school uniforms except for Dec 18 which is a free dress day.
Dec 11 – Seahawks Day/Blue Friday – wear Seahawks apparel and/or colors
Dec 14 – Christmas Morning (Christmas pajamas and robes)
Dec 15 – Christmas Mistle-toes Day (Christmas socks and tights)
Dec 16 – Christmas Tree Toppers (hats and headbands, antlers, that type of thing)
Dec 17 – Christmas Card Day (Christmas ugly sweaters)
Dec 18 – Christmas Explosion (all Christmas colors, themes, characters, etc. – go all out!)
Shop with Scrip this Holiday Season and Fundraise for Hope
Reminder we have Scrip cards for all your holiday shopping needs. Scrip are gift cards that you purchase at full value that Hope Lutheran School purchases at a discount. Hope keeps the difference to help fund school extras.
If you order physical cards online or through the app, your order may qualify for shipment directly to your home. Even if your order of physical cards doesn’t qualify, orders for Christmas will be placed on 12/10 in time for Christmas Break if we don’t already have that card in stock. Contact Scrip Coordinator Sonjia Barker at email@example.com with questions or special requests.
There are many ways to order:
- Shopwithscrip.com (Enrollment code: 1C27LC3812L43)
- RaiseRight App (Enrollment code: 1C27LC3812L43)
- Paper order from (available at Hope’s website under Parents, then Scrip)