The Adult Table and the Kids Table by Jonathan Kopecky, Hope Youth Minister
Are there adult tables and kids tables when your family gathers for special events? When you gather for Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter, do the kids and adults eat at separate tables? In theory, everyone is eating the same meal, sharing stories, laughing and having fun, but the two tables are having very different experiences – separate experiences.
We did this in my family growing up. We did it mostly because there wasn’t enough room, so we had to split up. But as we got older, the kids table wanted to sit with the adults. We’d finish dinner and join our parents, sitting on their laps, listening to their conversation. Eventually, we became old enough to sit at the big table.
I’ve been using a program called “Sticky Faith” in my youth work this year. In relation to the “adult table” and the “kid table” at church, one youth in the Sticky Faith research lamented, “So, it was kind of… I don’t like this word, but for lack of a better one, segregated, in the sense of the high school students have their thing and the adults have their thing.” Kara Powell, one of the authors of the Sticky Faith books, says, “And that segregation is causing students to shelve their faith.”
It causes youth to “shelf their faith,” because they don’t learn how to articulate their faith. They miss out on learning how to communicate with adults and how they communicate with each other. They miss out on stories and all the other interactions parents have over dinner.
I personally think youth and adults should have “outlets” where they can voice feeling, concerns and questions; however, are there events at home, where we need to raise the kid’s table up or give them a booster seat, so we can do life together? So we can have shared experiences. So we can walk in the hope of Jesus, together.
Luke 18:15-17 “People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Calendar of Events
Tues. – Fri. 5/5-5/8: Teacher Appreciation Week
Wed. 5/6: 8:40 AM Chapel w/Mr. Kapels / 2:00 PM 5th Ave Assembly Grades K-5 / 5:30 PM General PTH Meeting
Mon. – Fri. 5/11-5/15: Scholastic Book Fair
Tues. 5/12: Grades 5-8 Only – Quarter 4 Midterms Sent Home
Wed. 5/13: Grandparents Day! 8:40 AM Chapel w/Kindergarten / 10:30 Musical Performances / 12:00 Dismiss: ESC EXTRA Open
Thurs. 5/14: 6:00 PM Art Walk In Commons Hosted by PTH
PTH General Assembly – Tomorrow, May 6
You will earn double PIP hours for this meeting and enter a drawing to win a $25 scrip card! The event starts at 5:30 pm in the Commons with a dessert & coffee time (bring your favorite dessert/coffee provided) and our school business will begin at 6:00 pm. For those with younger children, childcare will be available from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Hope Honor Roll – 3rd Quarter
Middle school students who achieved a grade point average of 3.3 or higher were recognized last week at Wednesday’s chapel for their achievement in Quarter 3.
At Hope, we have three categories of Honor Roll recognition: Scholastic Merit, which is a GPA of 3.3 to 3.4; Honor Roll, which is a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9; and Principal’s List, which is a 4.0 GPA.
We would like to recognize the following students for their achievements:
Scholastic Merit: Max M.
Honor Roll: Jack C., Emy M., Ben O., Mia P., Azlin P.
Principal’s List: Carsen B., Spencer B., Josie C., Hannah H., Hope K., Melina M., Lucas R., Eva T.
Scholastic Merit: Neil B., Will C., Tatyana G.
Honor Roll: Maddie G., Reece M., David O.
Principal’s List: Lydia C., Alex D., Emily H., Riley L., Ellen L., Bryce M.
Scholastic Merit: Olivia H.
Honor Roll: Hudson H., Luke M., Brendan R.
Principal’s List: Kylie B., Simon C., Natalie G., Moselle H., Spencer H., Sarah J., Michael L., Troy M., Nicky S., Camryn Y.
Scholastic Merit: Zac G.
Honor Roll: Guillermo C., Sofie C., Callie G., Andrew K., David L., Dea S., Langston W.
Principal’s List: Gavin D., Maddie J., Mikayla M., Hannah M.
Spring Scholastic Book Fair – May 11 – 15
Looking for great summer reading books for you and your kids? Want to earn funds for our school? Then plan on attending our Scholastic Book Fair where you can purchase books for kids, grandkids, and yourself! The fair will be located on the 1st & 2nd floor and open after school from 3:00 – 4:00 PM with the exception of Wed., May 13th where we will be open for Grandparents and preschool families from 9:30 to 10:30 am then 11:15 am to 1:00 pm. Look for the teacher Wish List pockets, posted in the hall, to make special donations to promote literacy and build classroom libraries.
Grandparents / Special Person Day – May 13
Wednesday, May 13, all grandparents or that special person are invited to attend a day of celebration. We will start off at 8:45 AM with a welcome by our Principal, Mrs. Okabayashi and Pastor Peter in the Sanctuary followed by our Chapel service. On the agenda: brunch with your grandchild, musical performances, and our book fair. Sign-up sheets can be found here and RSVP’s are due Friday, May 8th.
Hope Lutheran School Preschool Lead Teacher Position
Hope Lutheran School seeks a full time preschool 4s lead teacher beginning with the 2015/2016 academic year. Applicants must have experience working with preschool students, along with a strong personal faith and a servant heart. Early childhood education is preferable. Applicants must be professional and have good oral and written communication skills. Hope Lutheran School preschool teachers teach with a play based approach and a creative curriculum, using a variety of learning centers. Interested parties can visit our website at HopeSeattle.org for an application, or call the school office at (206) 935-8500. Interested candidates should submit a resume and application to the school office or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10, 2015.
Eagle Classic Golf Tournament – Register Here
Afterschool Activities – Click Here
Parent Involvement Program Opportunities – Click Here
Help needed with our Book Fair the week of May 11 – 15. Earn double PIP hours!
Raising Up Smart Savers, Sustaining Our School
Teaching children the value of sharing, saving and spending money is an important step for us as parents. We can help them in a way that also benefits our school. Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) offers a Young Investors Club, specially designed for children through age 18. This program offers premium investment rates (currently 3.5%) on balances up to $1,000 and provides lots of teaching tools. All LCEF investments help fund loans for ministries like outreach centers, churches and schools, like ours. Now, by opening new investments, our school family can help to earn a rebate for Hope’s LCEF loan to help pay for programs or capital improvements, whatever is needed most. Brochures and applications with more information about the Young Investors Club are included in your Tuesday envelope. See Shari Wallace for more information or visit http://www.lcef.org/yi_club/. Mail completed applications to LCEF, PO Box 229009, St. Louis, MO 63122.