1. Year-End Giving

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    Contributions to our 2017 Stewardship Campaign, Rebuilding Bodies and Souls, will be accepted until Sun., Dec. 31, for credit in 2017. Your generous support of our ongoing mission, personnel, and property needs helps us maintain our church’s wide range of programs. In addition, your amazing financing of our Building Our Future capital campaign thus far has exceeded where we need to be at this time in the five-year pledging cycle.

    If you have questions on the status of your giving, please call Deborah Marx, our church bookkeeper, at 412.441.3800 x134.

  2. Hope Academy Winter Term 2018 Registration

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    Hope Academy’s winter term begins on Saturday, January 6, 2018

    Because of recent, unforeseen developments in our renovation project, we need to limit some of our offerings for the winter term due to a lack of available space. Our classes and most of our private lesson studios are currently full.

    We do have space in our new Flute Ensemble (5 Saturdays from 1:00-2:00 pm with Brittany Trotter – 1/13, 1/20, 2/3, 2/24, 5/10); and in Ben Barson’s Saxophone & Clarinet Ensemble (new day and time: Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 pm). Both ensembles are free for students taking private lessons with Brittany or Ben; or $40 for other young musicians interested in being part of an ensemble.

    Both sections of Musical Theater Workshop, all Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classesMusic Discovery, In partnership with Pittsburgh Girls Choir, and our teen theater company ensembles (HAT Co and HAT Co Jr) are filled.

    Private Voice and Instrument Instruction + Flute Ensemble and Saxophone/Clarinet Ensemble
    We have limited openings in our private lesson studios.

    There are spaces open in the Saxophone/Clarinet Ensemble (moving to Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 pm with Ben Barson) and our new Flute Ensemble (on Saturday’s from 1:00-2:00 pm with Brittany Trotter). Other private lesson studios with extremely limited openings include: Voice (with Katherine Bell on Thursdays and Fridays; and Gizel Rodriguez on Saturdays), Cello (with Ana Diaz on Tuesdays), and Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba (with Karen Sloneker on Fridays). Students interested in any of these ensembles or private lesson studios should fill out an Inquiry Form for Private Lessons.

    Registration and Payment for Winter 2018
    Continuing students, or those on the wait list who have been notified of an opening, can complete an online registration form and either send it in with their check or money order, or make an online credit card payment to reserve their spots in classes and lesson days/times/teachers for private lessons. Checks should be made out to “ELPC” and mailed to: Hope Academy @ ELPC, 116 S. Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    All of our scholarships have been awarded for 2017-2018.

    Thank you for your patience
    We apologize for the limitations and are looking for some alternatives for people interested in private music instruction. The best way to be updated as we add courses and open up spots in private lesson studios, is to complete a wait list form (for courses) and/or and Inquiry Form for Private Lessons.

    If you have any questions about registration or payment, contact Karly Threets at,or 412-441-3800 x117

  3. Affordable Housing Update in East Liberty

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    As you drive down Broad St., passing Target, you will notice a huge, empty lot where the East Liberty Gardens apartment complex formerly stood. For many years, ELPC leadership, members, and friends participated in East Liberty Garden’s annual Community Day celebration and served on their board of directors.

    What happened to the more than 100 families that lived there? Where did they go?

    All of the families received support through the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Initiative—including relocation assistance, employment services, health and wellness support, and education advocacy. The program’s goal is to help families move back if they choose to do so.

    • 52 families remained in East Liberty
    • 34 families moved into new housing on Larimer Ave., two blocks away
    • 25 families moved to the Hill District and Homewood
    • 25 families moved to neighborhoods within 8 miles of East Liberty

    In addition, the new housing being built on the site will have 65 units earmarked for previous East Liberty Gardens residents, and 21 other East Liberty sites are near completion, which also will provide housing for former residents.

    If you have questions about the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, or about relocation efforts for the former residents, call Becky Gloninger, ELPC Elder and Choice Neighborhoods senior project manager, at 412.520.4160.

  4. 2017 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 at Journey worship, outside the Sanctuary, and on the Christian Education table on the Second Floor. Devotionals include: (more…)

  5. Karl Jacob Sellner Singer-Songwriter Scholarship

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    The Karl Jacob Sellner Singer-Songwriter Scholarship provides one teen singer-songwriter from the Pittsburgh area private music instruction in voice and guitar; the opportunity to develop songs, collaborate with our house band; record and perform. It honors the memory of Karl Jacob Sellner and ensures that his  love of music will live on through the beautiful voices and songs created by Hope Academy students for many years to come.

    Here is a link to an online application for the Karl Sellner Singer-Songwriter Scholarship. The deadline is October 15, 2017.

    Please join us for the Karl Sellner Memorial Benefit Concert on SUN Sept 24 from 5 to 8 pm.

    From an early age, Karl Jacob Sellner was simply captivated by his grandfather John Alden’s music, foreshadowing his life-long love of the performing arts.  This passion was nurtured by his family and by his many experiences as a student of Hope Academy. As a teen and young adult, Karl became an accomplished guitar player and lyricist.  As with his love of music, Karl found the other things he cared about early in life, including his wife Shelby and his calling to join the US Army to serve, like his grandfather had during WWII.  Like so many gifted musicians before him, Karl’s light was also shadowed by bi-polar disorder. On, September 11, 2016 Karl’s pain was too much and he ended his life.  The support of the Hope Academy community was treasured by his parents and 6 siblings during this time of grief and together they channeled this sadness into the Karl Jacob Sellner Memorial Fund for Hope Academy.  This fund honors his memory and ensures that his  love of music will live on through the beautiful voices, playing of various instruments, dance and acting of children for many years to come.

  6. DACA for “Dreamers” Program is Under Immediate Threat

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    From the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Action Alert

    President Trump is seriously considering putting an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—a highly successful program with strong, bipartisan support that has 800,000 immigrant youth obtain work permits, build lives here, and strengthen the entire country.

    Killing off DACA would be an unmitigated disaster. DACA has unlocked economic opportunities for the nearly 800,000 beneficiaries who have come forward, passed background checks and been granted permission to live and work legally in America. Many have been able to fulfill their dreams of attending and completing college. Most are working legally, paying taxes and providing for their families.

    The moment of truth has arrived. People of good will from across the political spectrum must take a stand. We must stand up for Dreamers, insisting that DACA be kept in place until Congress can pass a clean version of the DREAM Act or broader immigration reform. We must stand up for immigrant families who are settled in America and contribute so much to the country they now call home. We must stand up to an agenda focused on deporting millions of hardworking immigrants with deep ties to America. If President Trump won’t defend DACA, it will be yet another confirmation that every undocumented immigrant in America is under immediate threat.

    Please consider contacting your representatives in Congress in support of keeping the DACA program by phone or social media. Learn more at

    Senator Pat Toomey: 412.803.3501 or 202.224.4254
    Senator Bob Casey: 202.224.6324

  7. Just the FAQs: PBT Classes at Hope Academy 2017-2018

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    PBT PreBallet B Fall 2013This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes at Hope Academy, including the class schedule for Saturdays, PBT teaching artists and Hope Academy staff, the calendar for 2017-2018, what to wear, our safety and respect rules; and policies and procedures.


    The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School has been offering dance classes at East Liberty Presbyterian Church since 1993 as part of PBTS’ Community Schools initiative. The Community Schools initiative began as a way to build relationships with people and communities who may not have otherwise had access to the classical art of ballet. Since then, PBTS faculty members have continued to provide the highest-quality studio experience, in order to open children to the great challenges and aesthetic achievements of the professional world of dance.


  8. Hope Academy’s 2017-2018 Season of Theater, Music and Dance

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    Registration for Hope Academy’s 2017/2018
    school year is now open

    Classes and private lessons begin on  September 19, 2017

    Download and print Hope Academy’s  2017-2018 Course Brochure & Registration Form; fill out the registration form by hand and then mail it in or drop it off with your tuition payment.

    You can also fill out a 2017-2018 Registration Form online, print it and mail it in or drop it off with your tuition payment

    Musical Theater Workshop and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s dance classes at Hope Academy fill quickly, so make sure we receive your registration form and payment soon to avoid being put on the wait list.

    HAT Co

    HAT Co (Hope Academy teen Theater Company) HAT Co Jr and HAT Co Rock Bands – for teen singers, actors, dancers and musicians – are by audition only. Fill out this online HAT Co Application Form. We will contact you with information about the Saturday, September 9 audition. Generous need- and merit-based scholarships are available for teens who are interested in singing, acting and dance classes and private instrument and voice lessons; plus performance opportunities.


    If you are interested in registering for private music instruction, please complete the online Inquiry Form for Private Lessons at Hope Academy. 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. We will contact you with options for lesson days/time and teachers – after returning students are placed. Please do not register and pay for private lessons until we have placed your child with a teacher and scheduled a lesson day and time.

    If you are interested in finding out more about our Suzuki program (violin, cello and guitar) please indicate on the Inquiry Form for Private Lessons.


    Scholarship applications for courses and private lessons are due by August 20, 2017, but we will accept applications until all of the scholarships have been given out for the year. Please complete the online 2017-2018 Scholarship Application Form.

    Preference is given to returning Hope Academy students (in good standing), and those who qualify as being low-income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic, or cultural minority.

    Courses include: Musical Theater Workshop 1 & 2 (singing, acting and tap); Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) dance (Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet A, Pre-Ballet B, Ballet 2); Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble; Music Discovery for 4-6 year olds and a parent/guardian; and HAT Co (Hope Academy Theater Company) including HAT Co Jr and HAT Co Rock Bands. Please make sure to look at the yearly schedule before applying for a scholarship. Scholarship students are held to a high standard and must attend all classes and participate in all scheduled open classes, recitals and performances.

    Private lesson scholarships will be considered for:

    • Returning scholarship students, including those in the Suzuki Violin and Suzuki Cello program (on the same instrument and with Hope Academy teacher recommendation)
    • NEW Suzuki music program students from 4 to 6 years old interested in violin, cello, or guitar
    • Hope Academy Theater Company (HAT Co) students including HAT Co JR and HAT Co Rock Band
    • Invited Musical Theater Workshop students interested in voice or instrument lessons

    *Please note: new Suzuki music program students are required to take the Music Discovery course during the fall term before taking lessons.


    In order to be intentional about creating a diverse, multicultural community, Hope Academy’s scholarships, tuition assistance, and half of our available spots for classes are reserved for students who qualify as being low income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic or cultural minority.

    Preference is also given to returning students and families. Please help us live into our mission by answering the diversity questions on the registration form.

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  9. Just the FAQs: Clarinet & Saxophone Ensemble 2017-2018

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    Hope Academy offers a Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble under the direction of Ben Barson on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 pm.

    Find your groove and hone your chops in this collaborative ensemble that allows young wind players to perform exciting material from jazz, classical and even funk music traditions. Students will learn how to blend harmonies, hold bass lines, take lead solos 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 developing musical skills. Ben Barson’s private lesson students are invited to join the ensemble for free; all other students in the ensemble will have a $40 tuition fee per term.





    2017-2018 Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble Calendar
    Recitals and performances will be scheduled throughout the year

    11/23/17    No Ensemble Thanksgiving Break



  10. Just the FAQs: Musical Theater Workshop at Hope Academy 2017-2018

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    This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about Musical Theater Workshop (Singing, Acting and Tap Dance) at Hope Academy, including the schedule for Saturdays, the calendar for the entire year, what to wear and bring; our safety and respect rules, policies and procedures; and performances.