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  1. Hope Academy’s Spring Term 2017

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    Hope Academy’s spring term begins on Tuesday, April 18 and runs thru to Saturday, May 20 (with makeup  lessons continuing on into mid-June, as needed).

    On-site registration will take place on Saturday, April 1 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 

    You can download a spring term registration form here: Hope Academy Registration Form SPRING 2017

    pittsburgh ballet theatre BRIDGE BALLET and pittsburgh school for the choral arts BRIDGE vocal ensemble

    Bridge courses run from April 22 – May 20 (5 sessions) on Saturdays

    Bridge courses are for more committed and focused students who want to work with other young artists who share their level of discipline and enthusiasm. Punctuality, attendance, behavior and dress (proper dance clothing for Bridge Ballet) will be held to a higher standard and the expectation is that students will attend every class, be on time and prepared, and dressed appropriately (black leotards, pink tights and pink ballet shoes). Please do not register for these courses if you aren’t able to commit to all 5 sessions.

    BRIDGE BALLET

    Saturday classes in partnership with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – $40 + $10 registration fee
    Bridge Ballet 1 – 9:00 to 10:00 am for 5 to 7 year olds (PBT scholarship prep)
    Bridge Ballet 2 – 10:00 to 11:00 am for 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Ballet 3 – 11:00 am to 12 noon for 9 to 13 year olds

     

     

    BRIDGE VOCAL Voices of Hope Christmas Concert at East Liberty Presbyterian ChurchENSEMBLE

    Saturday classes in partnership with Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts – $40 + $10 registration fee
    Bridge Vocal Ensemble 2 – 9:00 to 10:00 am for 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Vocal Ensemble 3 – 10:00  to 11:00 am for 9 to 13 year olds

     

     

     

    BRIDGE BALLET AND VOCAL ENSEMBLE

    Both Saturday classes for $50 + $10 registration fee (best experience and value)
    Bridge Ballet & Vocal Ensemble 2 – Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 am – 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Ballet & Vocal Ensemble 3 –  Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12 noon – 9 to 13 year olds

    Students who currently receive scholarships/financial assistance will automatically receive the same level (full or half) for spring term Bridge courses.

    PRIVATE LESSONS AND MUSIC ENSEMBLES

    Spring term private lessons run from April 18 – May 20 with makeup lessons through June 10

    Piano lesson Deidre and ElisaPrivate music instruction is offered at Hope Academy for piano, organ, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon), brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba), percussion (djembe, drum set, cajon);  classical and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and voice; for students as young as 3 years old.

    Private lessons take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, after school (Tuesday-Friday) and all day on Saturdays. 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute lessons are offered. Suzuki piano lessons are offered on Saturdays.

    Three levels of Suzuki Violin and one level of Suzuki Cello (including a group class and private lesson each week) are currently running; new, beginner Suzuki groups will start in the fall of 2017.

    We do not accept new, beginning private lesson students for the spring term.

    New students, who have had at least a year of private instruction should fill out this online inquiry form for private lessons. Once we receive a completed form a teaching artist will contact you.

    Spring term tuition for private lessons and Suzuki Violin & Cello (5 lessons):

    30 minute – $80 + $10 registration fee
    45 minute – $120 + $10 registration fee
    60 minute – $160 + $10 registration fee
    Suzuki Violin & Cello (30 minute private lesson and 1 hr group class each week) – $100

     FLUTE CHOIR & CLARINET / SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE

    Flute ChoirFLUTE CHOIR under the direction of Kristine Rominski will continue on for the spring term and new students will be accepted.

    Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm – April 19 to May 31
    Tuition is $25 + $10 registration fee

    Ideal for advanced beginner or intermediate flutists (1+ year of private lessons, or 2 years of school ensemble), who want to play and perform fun arrangements of classical, pop, folk and holiday tunes with other flutists.

     

     

     

     

    CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE under the direction of Ben Barson will continue on for the spring term and new students will be accepted.

    Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm – April 19 to May 31
    Tuition is $25 + $10 registration fee

    The Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble at Hope Academy is an collaborative ensemble which allows young wind players to perform exciting material from jazz, classical, and even funk musical traditions. Students will learn how to blend harmonies, solo,  hold bass lines and improvise in the blues-jazz language. Learning how to develop trust and have fun with each other is a class goal as important as the musical skills developed.

     

  2. 2016 Advent Devotionals are Available

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    The Christian Education committee is offering Advent Devotionals so that you might deepen your faith as you await the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. The devotionals will be available on Sun., Nov. 20, on the table outside of the East Transept and on the Christian Education table on the Second Floor.

     


     

    look-around-the-mangerLook Around the Manger
    Children (pre-school and younger)
    This devotional booklet introduces different characters who are part of the Christmas story. Read a Bible verse each day and learn about the figures who gathered to welcome our newborn Savior. The devotional comes with a cut-out manger scene and stickers.

     


     

    lets-go-see-the-saviorLet’s Go See the Savior!
    Children (all ages)
    This devotional booklet encourages children to accept the invitation of the angels, shepherds, prophets and kings to look for the promised Savior throughout Advent. Each devotional includes a Scripture verse, prayer, and reflection.

     


     

    lift-up-your-headLift Up Your Heads
    All ages
    Place this pop-up Advent calendar on a mantle or table. Lift up a numbered window each day, and when Christmas arrives, an entire nativity scene will appear where there was once an empty field—a wonderful reminder that Jesus was born to fill our emptiness with love and hope eternal.

     


     

    from-heaven-to-mangerFrom Heaven to Manger
    Families or individuals of any age
    This devotional explores the meaning of Advent through prayer, reflection, Bible verses, and action. This resource is wonderful for personal reflection or for discussion shared with loved ones as you Journey each day to Bethlehem.

     


     

    peace-hope-light-reflections-on-the-writings-of-c-s-lewisPeace, Hope, Light
    Adults
    Deepen your Advent experience with insights from C. S. Lewis and reflections by Dr. Joel Heck. The daily Scripture, quotes, reflections, and prayers will enrich your Christmas preparations as you await the Savior who comes to offer peace, hope, and light for all.

  3. Children’s Sabbath Sunday

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    Ageism in Reverse: Ageism is defined as “discrimination against persons of a certain age group, usually associated with a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.” Often, children also are victims of ageism, not seen as having value or worth by society.

    On Sun., Oct. 16, we will celebrate the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, Children of Promise: Closing Opportunity Gaps, as we strive to close opportunity gaps that exist as a result of poverty, and lack of access to high-quality early childhood development and a high-quality education so that every child can reach their God-given potential. As people of faith we stand tall and push our nation to keep our promises of love, justice, equality, and dignity for all—especially our children.

  4. Hope Academy’s Spring Term 2016

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    Hope Academy’s spring term begins on Tuesday, April 5 and runs thru to Saturday, May 28 (with makeup  lessons continuing on into mid-June, as needed).

    New private lesson students should complete this online inquiry form before registering and paying for the term.

    Students interested in our spring mini-term Bridge courses (Ballet and Chorus) should RSVP for the placement auditions on Saturday, April 2.

    On-site registrations will take place on Thursday, March 31 and Saturday, April 2.

    Private lessons

    Piano lesson Deidre and ElisaPrivate music instruction is offered at Hope Academy for piano, organ, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon), brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba), percussion (djembe, drum set, cajon);  classical and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and voice; for students as young as 4 years old.

    Private lessons take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, after school (Tuesday-Friday) and all day on Saturdays. 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute lessons are offered. Suzuki piano lessons are offered on Saturdays.

    Three levels of Suzuki Violin (including a group class and private lesson each week) are currently running; a new, beginner Suzuki group will start in the fall of 2016.

    New students should fill out this online inquiry form for private lessons. Once we receive a completed form a teaching artist will contact you.

    Spring term tuition for private lessons and Suzuki Violin (5 lessons):

    30 minute – $80 + $10 registration fee
    45 minute – $120 + $10 registration fee
    60 minute – $160 + $10 registration fee
    Suzuki Violin (30 minute private lesson and 1 hr group class each week) – $100

    BRIDGE BALLET and BRIDGE CHORUS

    Voices of Hope Christmas Concert at East Liberty Presbyterian ChurchBridge courses are for more committed and focused students who want to work with other young artists who share their level of discipline and enthusiasm. Punctuality, attendance, behavior and dress (proper dance clothing for Bridge Ballet) will be held to a higher standard and the expectation is that students will attend every class, be on time and prepared, and dressed appropriately.

    Bridge courses run from April 9 – May 7 (5 sessions)

    Bridge Ballet in partnership with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
    Bridge Ballet A – Saturdays from 9:00 to 9:30 am for 4 to 7 year olds

    Bridge Ballet B – Saturdays from 10:15 to 11:00 am for 6 to 8 year olds

    NEW Bridge Chorus in partnership with Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts
    Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am for 7 to 10 year olds

    Tuition for each course is $40 + $10 registration fee. Students who currently receive scholarships/financial assistance will automatically receive the same level for spring term Bridge courses.

    More information and a link to RSVP for Bridge Ballet and Bridge Chorus placement auditions here.

    BALLET 2

    Ballet 2 Peter and the WolfBallet 2 students will continue on through the spring term in order to be performance-ready for an upcoming event.

    Ballet 2 runs from April 9 – May 7 (5 sessions)
    Ballet 2 in partnership with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am for 9 to 12 year olds

    Tuition for each course is $40 + $10 registration fee. Students who currently receive scholarships/financial assistance will automatically receive the same level for the spring term.

     

    FLUTE CHOIR

    Flute ChoirFlute Choir, under the direction of Kristine Rominski,  will continue on for the spring term and new students will be accepted.

    Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm – April 6 to May 11
    Tuition is $25 + $10 registration fee

    Ideal for advanced beginner or intermediate flutists (1+ year of private lessons, or 2 years of school ensemble), who want to play and perform fun arrangements of classical, pop, folk and holiday tunes with other flutists.

     

     

    HAT Co (Hope Academy teen Theater Company) Theater Ensemble and Band

    This Girl Dress Rehearsal CollageThis audition-only company provides a more intensive, ensemble- and performance-based experience for students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in the performing arts. HAT Co members are encouraged to make their own work, as they learn to think about and respect dance, theater and music as art forms — and themselves as artists and creators.

    This program is uniquely suited for teens who are motivated to study and perform across a range of disciplines; and who have an interest in being part of an inclusive, supportive, non-competitive group. Ensemble members receive individual, class and ensemble training in acting, singing, dance and instrumental music. Selected students rehearse and perform as part of a dance ensemble; another select group rehearses and performs as part of a rock band.

    If you are interested in auditioning for HAT Co’s 2016-2017 theater ensemble and/or band, send an email to HopeAcademyArts@gmail.com.

     

    Thursdays
    5:30 – 6:30 pm – Workshop original songs + core singers
    6:30 – 8:00 pm – Enrichment/Enhancement and rehearsals, as called

    Saturdays
    9:00 – 11:00 pm – band
    10:00 – 11:00 pm – band and core singers
    11:00 – 12:00 pm – vocal ensemble (including core singers)

    12:30 – 3:00 pm – theater ensemble
    3:00 – 4:00 pm – rehearsals as called

    HAT Co Spring Term Performances

    HAT Co Band at CAPA Battle of the BandsThursday, March 31 @ 7 pm – KST Rhythm and Youth Concert
    Friday, May 13 – TBD – Warhol Youth Invasion
    Saturday & Sunday, May 21-22 – Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues
    Sunday, May 22 – Hope Academy Recitals
    June 25 – WYEP Summer Music Festival

  5. Lenten Devotionals are Available

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    Lenten devotionals are available for persons of all ages, a gift to you from the Christian Education Committee as we journey through this sacred season of our liturgical calendar together. Choose the devotional booklet that best suits you and your family.

    Home-Heart-and-SpiritHome, Heart, Spirit—Family Prayers and Activities for Lent. This devotional is perfect for family use, for persons of any age. It includes a daily scripture reading, reflection, and prayer, and offers suggestions for Lenten activities to help family members participate in practices of faith together.

    Mercy-Passion-and-JoyMercy, Passion & Joy—Reflections on the writings of C.S. Lewis. This devotional offers daily scripture readings, readings from Lewis’ writings and reflections on the mercy of Christ, the passion He suffered, and the astounding joy that is ours because of Christ’s great gift to us.

    Finally, our pastors will be preaching a sermon series this Lent that will guide us through themes of justice lifted up by the Belhar Confession—the most recent Confession of the PC(USA). A weekly devotional booklet will be available as well, providing reflections on the themes addressed in worship, and lead us into a deeper understanding of the confessional nature of our faith and the justice to which we are called.

  6. Diapers for ‘Burgh Babies’

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    Presbyterian Women is hosting a Diaper Drive to collect diapers for children in Western Pennsylvania. One in three American moms struggle to provide clean diapers for her children. Food stamps and WIC don’t cover diapers, and families often are forced to make tough decisions regarding day care and employment because they can’t afford diapers.

    The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank partners with local organizations to distribute free diapers to families in need. Diapers collected at our drive will go to families in our community.

    The drive begins on Fri., Jan. 1, and will run for approximately six months. Please drop donations in the box in the front office marked “PW Diaper Drive.” Check the bulletin for more information.

  7. Special Availability for the Labyrinth

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    Through the end of December, ELPC will set up the labyrinth in the Social Hall and offer extended hours. Availability is as follows:

    • Mon., Dec. 21, from 7 am–1 pm
    • Wed., Dec. 23–30, from 9 am–9 pm (except Fri., Dec. 25 and Mon., Dec. 28)
    • Thurs., Dec. 31, from 9 am–5 pm

    The labyrinth is an ancient, sacred symbol found in many religious traditions throughout the world. During the Middle Ages, labyrinths were prominent in numerous cathedrals in Europe, where Christians walked floor labyrinths or traced their fingers along the carved ridges of wall labyrinths. For medieval Christians, the labyrinth was a symbolic pilgrimage: instead of taking a costly and dangerous pilgrimage to Jerusalem, worshipers made a symbolic journey on a cathedral labyrinth. The best know of these Christian labyrinths is in Chartres Cathedral in France, which was built during the 13th century.

    For more information about the Labyrinth Ministry at ELPC, click here.

  8. Hope Academy’s 2015-2016 Season of Theater, Music and Dance

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    Hope Academy Brochure Cover 2015-2016Hope Academy’s fall term classes and private lessons begin on September 14. Registration is now open so download the Hope Academy Course Brochure 2015-16, fill out the registration form and return it with your payment, apply for a SCHOLARSHIP or to AUDITION for HAT Co (Hope Academy Teen Theater Company), or HAT Co Rock Band. On-site registrations take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, Sept 1 and Friday, September 4 from 6 to 8 pm.

    If you are interested in registering for private music instruction, please complete the online Inquiry Form. This will help us to have a more informed conversation with you, and will expedite the process of matching your child with a teacher and finding a lesson day/time that will fit into your schedule. You may also come to a “Meet the Music Teachers Open House” on Saturday, September 5 from 2 to 4 pm.

    NEW for 2015-2016: an expansion of our Tap Dance  program (two additional levels); Songwriting for Teens; Beginning Ukulele Class for Teens; a 3rd year level for our Suzuki Violin Program; and a NEW Music Discovery class for five and six year olds, in partnership with the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts.

    A more intensive level of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) dance at Hope Academy is being offered to prepare select dancers for PBT scholarship auditions in the spring; last year 5 of the 20 recipients were from Hope Academy. This Bridge Ballet 1 class is geared to more committed and focused young dancers, from 5 to 8 years old. There will be a placement session on Saturday, September 5 at 12 noon, for anyone interested in this class.

    Finally, there is a new online application process for scholarships and HAT Co. You can fill in these forms online and submit them electronically.

    Auditions for Hope Academy’s Teen Theater Company and Rock Band  (HAT Co) will take place on Saturday, September 5 from 9 to 11 am.

    We have a year full of exciting performances and events lined up, so keep checking our calendar and follow us on social media!

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  9. Dream On…

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    Thanks to the participants of all ages who came out for some meaningful conversation and tasty food as you talked about your dreams at the Great Exchange. Hope to see you again next time!

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  10. Got Questions?

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    ELPC-billboardA membership video from the Presbyterian Church (USA) includes the following quote: “In our church we do not claim to have all the answers, but rather we seek to ask the right questions.” At ELPC, we believe that is a healthy response for anyone striving for a vibrant, growing, healthy faith.

    • We ask questions about things we care about.
    • We ask questions when we want to understand difficult things or find resolution for that which is troubling us.
    • We ask questions to make sure we are hearing clearly what another person is sharing with us.
    • We ask questions as a humble practice acknowledging that there is always more to learn in life.
    • We ask questions as a mark of a curious, open mind anxious to engage fully with all that God wishes to reveal to us.

    Asking questions is not the same as expressing doubt. Nor are questions automatically designed to challenge or contradict what is being taught in church. Sincere questions engage the persons being asked and seek to walk together with them in a dialogue of respect and mutual learning.

    The best example of this type of “faithful questioning” comes from early in John’s gospel. Jesus was passing by the region where John the Baptist was teaching his disciples. When Jesus was spotted, two people ran to catch up with him and asked him a question: “Rabbi, where are you staying?” In response, Jesus simply said: “Come and see” (John 1:35–39).

    If you’ve got questions, know that we do, too. That’s why our response is to invite you to ELPC to “come and see.” Let us grow in our faith and knowledge and active service together!