“Fear Not!” by Patra Mueller, Family Life Minister
“But the Angel said to them, “Fear not! I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the City of David, A Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11
These simple words written over 2,000 years ago are often glossed over during the Christmas season, but they have such a profound message: “Fear Not- Jesus will bring you joy!” Regardless of what is happening in your life right now or in the world around you, Jesus was born to conquer our fears and bring us joy! Stop for a moment and take this profound message in. The God of the Universe was born for YOU!
We will be celebrating this simple, yet profound message throughout the month of December.
I invite you to join for the following:
- Sunday, December 4th at 3:00 PM for “An Advent Experience” filled with carols, special music, stories and scripture by candlelight. Holiday refreshments will follow.
- December 11 at 10:30 AM – Sunday School Christmas drama “Sing a Song of Christmas”. This will be a special opportunity to experience “Christmas joy” watching the children recite the words from the first Christmas story, to share the history of famous Christmas hymns, as well as to sing those favorite Christmas hymns yourself.
- Our Christmas Eve services are at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM (Contemporary Family Services) and 11:00 PM (Candlelight Communion Service) and Christmas Day, 10:30 AM (Traditional Service). I look forward to celebrating “Christmas Joy” with you!
Hope School Christmas Performances
Get in the spirit of Christmas by attending one or more of Hope School’s Christmas performances this December! First is our Christmas musical performed by students in grades 1-5 on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 PM. Hope’s early childhood program (preschool and kindergarten) will perform “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S is Coming!” on Friday, December 9 at 6:30 PM. Then Hope’s middle school musicians will perform in our annual “Sounds of Winter” concert on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 PM. This concert will feature our middle school concert band, chapel band/choir, handbell choir, and Glee club performing with the Seattle Lutheran High School band. We hope you can join us for at least one of these festive events, all of which will be held in the Hope Church sanctuary. Merry Christmas!
Calendar of Events – Click Here
Wed. 11/30: 8:40 AM Chapel Led by Grade 7 – Advent, No More Tears
Thurs. 12/1: 9:00 – 10:30 AM School Picture Re-takes
Wed. 12/7: 8:40 AM Chapel led by Grade 1 – Symbols of Advent / 7:00 PM Gr. 1-5 Christmas Performance
Fri. 12/9: 6:30 PM Kindergarten & Preschool Christmas Is Coming Performance
Chapel Talk Sheets – Click Here
PIP Opportunities – Click Here
Help needed to assist with school picture re-takes this Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 am.
Volunteers needed at our Pacific Science Center Van – Friday, Jan. 6
School Athletic Calendar of Events – Click Here
School Clubs – Click Here
Picture Re-Take Day – Thursday, Dec. 1st – 9:00 – 10:30 AM
School picture re-take day is this Thursday between 9:00 and 11:00 AM for those students that were absent or needing retakes. If your student is in need of retakes, please send your picture packet back with them for replacement. Lifetouch picture ID is LS116232Q1 – Customer Service 866-955-8342.
Our December Chapel Offerings will support Living Water International whose mission is to bring clean water and life to people around the world. During the month of December, Pastor Peter has challenged us to “Buy Less, so we can Give more”. As a result, Hope Church has built three different fresh water wells in Nicaragua and India and brought life to these small villages. As a family, consider taking the challenge to buy a few less gifts this Christmas so that families on the other side of the globe can have clean water. Click here https://vimeo.com/94040591 for a short video explaining more. Thank you.
Benefit Mobile App – Fundraise while you shop!
PTH has partnered with Benefit as a fundraising solution. It is free to members and free to Hope Lutheran. Benefit is a free iPhone or Android phone app that can be used to pay for your everyday purchases such as groceries, clothes, home goods, and more. You can pay on site at the store or online. A portion of your purchase goes directly back to the PTH. Retailers include Lowe’s, Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and many more! For instance, buy $200 worth of presents on Amazon.com and $6 goes back to PTH, combine that with AmazonSmile for an additional $1. Download the app and add Hope Lutheran School as your beneficiary to start giving. Find more information in the app or at www.benefit-mobile.com. Feel free to tell family and friends. The more people who participate, the more funds we will raise!
Scrip Orders for Christmas
Scrip order forms are available on our website here or from the school office. The last date to get your order in for Christmas scrip purchases is Monday, December 12! After that date we will only have what is available daily in the box. Now is a great time to order for your teachers, family and kids. We also have “Scrip Gift Certificates” that can be turned in to purchase scrip if you don’t know what that special person wants! Thanks for your continued support!
Hope Church & Youth Events – Click Here
Inspire Your Christmas Spirit! – Join Us On Sunday, December 4, 3:00 P.M.
Enjoy An Advent Experience of singing carols, special music, stories, and scripture by candlelight – followed by holiday refreshments. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m. Hosted by our Music Ministry Teams and Hope Choir.
Rare Concert Coming To Hope – Order Your Tickets Soon!
Hope is proud to host Grammy-nominated musical artists Michael and Lisa Gungor for a Gungor Acoustic Christmas show on December 11, at 8:00 p.m. In this acoustic show, the duo will play new songs from the trilogy and Christmas favorites. The performance will be followed by a Q and A session and an opportunity to meet Michael and Lisa. Tickets available at hopeseattle.org: $18 General Admission. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gungor-acoustic-christmas-tickets-29191971974. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m.