Easter Thoughts by Kristen Okabayashi
Like some of you, I did not grow up in an overtly Christian household. While my parents were not opposed to Christianity, we did not typically attend church or even pray together. However, I was fortunate to learn many biblical foundations such as the Lord’s Prayer and bible stories from one of my grandmas, who had a very strong personal faith. My sister, brother and I would visit her often in the summers, and I was always fascinated by the interesting stories I would learn in Sunday School at her church, especially stories about unlikely heroes who would step up when you would not expect it, such as David in his battle with Goliath or Daniel in the Lion’s Den.
Despite my lack of church attendance however, the one Sunday my family would often attend services was Easter Sunday. There is something so amazing about Easter services! With the onset of spring and the promise of new life for us as people, Easter is such an uplifting and incredible day to celebrate.
Please feel invited to join us this Easter at Hope Church on Sunday, March 27th. We offer a traditional service at 8:00 AM and two contemporary services at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. My family will be greeting at the 11:00 service and we would love to see you there. He is Risen!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. – Thurs., 3/23 – 3/25: 8:40 AM Daily Chapel for Holy Week
Fri. 3/25: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter / Noon Dismiss for Good Friday / ESC “XTRA” Open 12 – 3 PM
March 28 – April 1: Spring Break School Closed – No School & No ESC
Mon. 4/4: Auction RSVP’s Due – Register Here
Wed. 4/6: 8:40 AM Chapel – Easter Theme led by Patra Mueller
Sat. 4/9: 5:30 PM Great Gatsby Gala Auction @ Seattle Lutheran Gym
Sports Events Calendar – Click Here
Track Coaches Still Needed! Season runs from April 11th until May 24th and includes 4 Saturday meets and 1 Tuesday Meet. Practices will be Mondays and Thursdays after school. Currently we have 2 Parents (Louis Couwenberg and Tonia Davidson) signed up to help. We could use 2 more to help! Please contact Brett Kapels if you are interested @ Bkapels@hopeseattle.org.
Eagle Classic Golf Tournament
Dust off those clubs and polish them up for the 14th Annual Golf Tournament. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 4th 8am for the shotgun tee off. More information to come soon. The tournament has grown every year and we are looking to send Mr. Kapels off with one last long drive! Bring your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Kapels at Bkapels@hopeseattle.org.
Great Gatsby Gala
18 days left until the big Gala! Please send in your donations to the office by Friday the 25th so we can begin to package items. Check your yellow envelope for event information. Don’t forget RSVPs are due by April 4th. If you are free April 2nd, we are packing items for the silent auction and would love help, especially if you are talented at making bows, using cellophane and creative. Even if you aren’t, we need help! Email Sally Heit if you are interested in earning those PIP hours with auction preparations.
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
Auction Help – Still spaces available to complete your PIP hours
Track Coaches Needed! Please contact Brett Kapels @ Bkapels@hopeseattle.org.
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Chess & Lego Clubs continue!
Get Buzz-y Cleaning Those Closets
Spring Cleaning is here and why not get busy cleaning those closets! Donate your gently used clothing, shoes, and handbags to Hope Lutheran School! Bring your clothing donations to your child’s classroom between April 11th and April 20th. A special prize will be awarded to the classroom that brings in the most donations (determined by average articles of clothing per student). Please see the instructional flyer will be included in this week’s envelope.
Donuts with Dad – Wednesday, April 13 at 8 a.m.
Calling all Dads or special guests! Start your day with delicious donuts and put a smile on your child’s face. PTH will serve FREE donuts, coffee juice, and milk in the Commons. We will gather in the church commons at 8:00 a.m. Students must be in class by 8:30 a.m. However, you are welcome to mingle and then join the Hope students at chapel starting at 8:40 a.m.
HOPE 101 – Interested in learning more about Hope?
Classes led by Pastor Peter begin Wednesday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. and will continue for eight weeks through May 25. If you are transferring from another LCMS congregation, we ask that you participate in the first two classes. Upon completion of the class, new members will be welcomed into the Hope family on Sunday, June 5, at the 10:30 service. If you are interested in signing up or have questions, contact Patra Mueller, our Family Life Minister, at email@example.com. We are excited to help make Hope your church home!
Hope Lutheran Church Dates to Save
Easter Sunday, March 27th with 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am church services – All are welcome
Vacation Bible School – July 18 – 22, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Registration Opens Soon! – Visit Here
Hope 101 New Member Class –April 6th – May 25th – If you are interested in signing up or have questions, contact Patra Mueller, our Family Life Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org.