1. Just the FAQs: Hope Academy Scholarships 2017-2018

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    We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships and tuition assistance to students who are in good standing, with teacher recommendation; and those who qualify as being low-income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic or cultural minority. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to teens in our HAT Co (Hope Academy Theater Company) program – this includes HAT Co Jr (middle school), HAT Co (high school) and HAT Co Band.

    Read more to find out how to apply for a scholarship; or for details about a scholarship you were awarded.

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  2. Just the FAQs: Background Checks, Clearances and Mandated Reporter Training for Hope Academy Teaching Artists, Staff and Volunteers

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    Hope Academy teaching artists, staff and volunteers are required to submit verification of required clearances and a certificate of completion for the online mandated reporter training prior to the beginning of the fall term.

    Clearances that have been obtained in Pennsylvania within the past 60 months are acceptable and considered “current.”

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  3. Just the FAQs: Applying to Teach Music at Hope Academy

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    Job Title: Private Lesson Teaching Artist (Voice and Instruments)

    Organization Overview

    Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, an arts education outreach program of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, offers a safe place where young people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious and linguistic backgrounds can further their personal and artistic growth through the study and performance of theater, dance and music. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive artistic community that provides deep arts instruction through a sequential and progressive program; that supports the personal and artistic growth of students and teaching artists, alike; and contributes to our community’s positive growth and cultural vibrancy. Over 350 young people and their families participate in Hope Academy’s programs throughout the year.

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  4. End of July Construction Update

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    You no longer have to travel to the Ground Floor or the second floor to see the construction work in progress. Recently, demolition began in both the Women’s and the Men’s restrooms by the Highland Ave. entrance. The ceilings are gone in there now, and soon work will begin to update them and make them ADA compliant (exchanging locations, too—Women’s will be Men’s and vice versa).

    The Whitfield entrance and new Ground Floor Lobby area continue to progress and carpet is on its way for the second floor offices and classrooms. We are still looking at Rally Day on September 10 to begin using the new and improved children and youth classrooms. The adult classes are likely to be a bit more transient for the first half of the year.

    Please continue to keep everyone involved in “Building Our Future”—architects, construction workers, church employees and church members—in your prayers.

  5. This Week in Worship: July 21–27, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week.

    Worship Services

    Journey Prayer | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    All are invited to join us in the Social Hall for a half-hour session with a few songs, an extended time for prayer, a reflection on the day’s bible passage, and Christian fellowship for mutual support and upbuilding. The Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan will lead us.

    Summer Worship | Sunday, at 10 am
    Our Summer worship service provides a time for worshiping, singing, praying, and sermonic teaching for all ages. The service will be held in the Courtyard, weather permitting. Additional seating is available in the Music Room on the Third Floor. The Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan will preach from 1 John 4:7–21, and her sermon will be titled “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  6. This Week in Worship: July 14–20, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week.

    Worship Services

    Journey Prayer | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    All are invited to join us in the Social Hall for a half-hour session with a few songs, an extended time for prayer, a reflection on the day’s bible passage, and Christian fellowship for mutual support and upbuilding. Pastor Randy will lead us.

    Summer Worship | Sunday, at 10 am
    Our Summer worship service provides a time for worshiping, singing, praying, and sermonic teaching for all ages. The service will be held in the Courtyard, weather permitting. Additional seating is available in the Music Room on the Third Floor. Pastor Randy will preach from Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23, and his sermon will be titled “Harvest Talk.” We also will be joined by musicians from our Journey Praise Team.

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  7. This Week in Worship: July 7–13, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week.

    Worship Services

    Journey Prayer | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    All are invited to join us in the Social Hall for a half-hour session with a few songs, an extended time for prayer, a reflection on the day’s bible passage, and Christian fellowship for mutual support and upbuilding. Pastor Patrice will lead us.

    Summer Worship | Sunday, at 10 am
    Our Summer worship service provides a time for worshiping, singing, praying, and sermonic teaching for all ages. The service will be held in the Courtyard, weather permitting. Additional seating is available in the Music Room on the Third Floor. Pastor Patrice will preach from Acts 8:26–40, and her sermon will be titled “Do We Understand?”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  8. Pastoral Message: July 2017

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    Life is full of unintended consequences, both good and bad. We’ve all had times of serendipity and grace, in which a chance meeting bears rich fruit in the future. Think of those moments when you bump into someone at a store or on the sidewalk, and from that conversation a special blessing later comes your way—a new job opportunity, reconnecting with an old friend, a word of advice that in hindsight makes all the difference in the world. We consider those moments as “lucky breaks” or “chance encounters,” yet it is always appropriate to look for God’s fingerprints in the seemingly mundane events of daily life.

    In the same way, we sometimes make decisions today that end up unleashing a host of negative, unintended consequences tomorrow. We give in to an impulse purchase that unknowingly leads to a serious string of bank overdrafts and financial problems. We jump to a conclusion based on incomplete information and set in motion unfortunate events like broken friendships or lost jobs. I recently read how in 1958 Chairman Mao was concerned about the infestation of rats in Chinese granaries. So he encouraged people nationwide over a two-day period to kill every fly, rat and sparrow they could find. The campaign celebrated the death of almost 1 million rats and 1.4 million sparrows. Unfortunately, the sparrows didn’t just eat grain; they also ate a wide range of pests. With their predators removed, these pests ended up destroying the next year’s grain harvest, which led to the death by starvation of millions of people.

    We will always act on incomplete information and our actions will always have unintended consequences, both good and bad. We never have absolute certainty before making any decision, nor can we foresee the “ripple effect” that will flow out from the individual choices we make this day. An important daily discipline is to remind yourself that God is near at all times. That awareness can help you keep your “spiritual senses” sharp, so that you can perceive both the times God is moving you in a faithful direction or when God is sending you warnings about a dangerous path you’re on. God’s grace is manifest both in unexpected joys and in hints and “spirit whispers” that redirect you from bad inclinations. But to be aware of both the positive nudges and the warning intimations, you need to follow the advice of Psalm 46:10—“Be still and know that I am God!”

    Each of us is a special child of God, beloved by our Lord and Savior. Learning to listen to the still, small voice of God is an important spiritual discipline. Take time to look around each day, giving thanks to the God who is ever near. Hopefully, prayerfully, all the unintended consequences in your life will be positive ones—fruits of a spirit open to the providential leading of our loving God.

    —Randy Bush

  9. End of June Construction Update

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    If you walk around the Ground Floor or Second Floor of our church, you can see that construction work is well underway now. Current work is focused on two main areas and one secondary area. Primary work is happening around the church’s Whitfield St. entrance and up on the Second Floor—including demolition/renovation work in the bathrooms, flooring removal in many of the classrooms, removal of the stage area in Room 234, and some necessary asbestos remediation.

    Secondary work continues on the Third Floor regarding some duct work needed to supply air-conditioning/air improvements on the floor below it.

    The current schedule is to have the bulk of work done on these two floors by the beginning of September, with work on the First Floor to commence thereafter.

    Check back soon for more updates!

  10. This Week in Worship: June 30–July 6, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week.

    Worship Services

    Journey Prayer | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    All are invited to join us in the Social Hall for a half-hour session with a few songs, an extended time for prayer, a reflection on the day’s bible passage, and Christian fellowship for mutual support and upbuilding. Pastor Randy will lead us.

    Summer Worship | Sunday, at 10 am
    Our Summer worship service provides a time for worshiping, singing, praying, and sermonic teaching for all ages. The service will be held in the Courtyard, weather permitting. Additional seating is available in the Music Room on the Third Floor. Pastor Randy will preach from Genesis 22:1–14, and his sermon will be titled “Walking On Together.” Communion will be celebrated.

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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