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April 16, 2017

MOTHER & SON BOWLING EVENT:
Bring your son or grandson for an afternoon of bowling and mini-golf!
When: Sunday, April 23, 1:00 pm
Where: Tower Lanes, 6323 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA
Cost: $19 adults/$17 (12 and under). Price includes shoe rental, 2 games bowling, 1 game mini-golf.
Checks to: Martha Circle or exact cash and RSVP form in an envelope to school office or Megan Enstad’s church box. RSVP by April 14.

SOUP SUPPERS:
The Lenten Soup Suppers were a great success again this year! A big thank you to Elaine Gahan for organizing everything and making sure the soup was hot and ready to go. Many thanks also to the congregation for your support of Parkland’s LYS. The youth enjoy the opportunity to serve and are grateful for your kindness.

A NOTE OF GRATITUDE:
Mr. and Mrs. Robin Williams are grateful to the staff of PLS for the love and dedication they have for their students. They fell the staff had a big role in preparing their son Taylor for ELHS. Taylor has a cumulative GPA for this school year of 3.838 and 3.857 for this last semester. Thank you!

FROM THE FAMILY OF VELZORA STARK:
Thank you so very much for the outpouring of sympathy, prayers, and encouragement we have received. We greatly appreciated all the lovely cards, memories shared, and the generous contributions to Velzora’s memorial fund.
Sincerely, Kathi Minton and Evette Liebelt

PARKLAND CALL UPDATES:
PLC voters met and extended the following call:
Mrs. Megan Enstad as Upper Grade Teacher. Please keep her in your prayers as she deliberates this call to serve in His Kingdom. The Rev. Steven Sparley (of Grants Pass, OR, ELS) has been led to accept the call PLC extended to him to serve as Assistant Pastor/Academic Dean/Upper Grades Teacher at Parkland. He will begin his work on August 1.

THE EMMAUS CONFERENCE (APRIL 27TH AND 28TH):
This conference is an opportunity for Christians to be introduced to and expand our knowledge of various aspects of the Christian faith. Tipping our hats to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, our theme this year is: The Unassuming American Luthers, considering three servants of God who helped found and shape the old Synodical Conference. Adolph Hoenecke (WELS) will be covered by Rev. Dr. Prof. John Brenner. Ulrik Koren (ELS) will be presented by Rev. Prof. Mark DeGarmeaux. And a report on C.F.W. Walther (LC-MS) will be given by Rev. Dr. VP Daniel Preus. You can learn more about and register for the banquet and the lectures at http://theemmausconference.org/wp/.

EASTER HYMN FESTIVAL:
This hymn festival will come on the heels of the Emmaus Conference Friday, April 28 at 4:30 pm. Prof. DeGarmeaux will be leading us through a number of iconic Easter hymns. This is a free event, sponsored by Parkland’s Music Committee. Music lovers, choir directors and members will appreciate this extra opportunity to sing our Savior’s praises.

KATIE LUTHER MOTHER OF THE REFORMATION:
As the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation approaches, we have a meaningful opportunity to learn more about our spiritual fathers… and mothers. You’re invited to learn about Martin’s wife and family from Becky DeGarmeaux, who is responsible for the content on the Katie Luther Project Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KatieLutherProject/ – a great page for regular reminders of the pivotal people and events that shaped the Reformation by God’s grace-). We will meet in Parkland Lutheran Church’s Narthex from 1:00–2:45 pm on Saturday, April 29. This is a free event, sponsored by an association of the Parkland, Our Redeemer, and Lakewood Lutheran Churches.

PLS AUCTION NEWS:
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in this year’s PLS Auction. Over $10,000 was raised!

NEXT WEEK’S USHERS: 04/23
Early: Wulf Werner & Paul Mielbrecht
Late: Kelly Fagan & Kyle Fagan

WLC CHOIR HOUSING SOUGHT:
We look forward to a wonderful opportunity to host the Wisconsin Lutheran College touring choir from Milwaukee, WI for a concert at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 23, 2017! The choir, composed of nearly fifty singers, and their director, Dr. James Nowack, will present a concert of sacred and secular choral music spanning musical genres from great works that celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation to American hymns and spirituals. The concert will take place in the ELHS gymnasium.

This performance at Evergreen is just one of the choir’s concerts on their Pacific Northwest tour this spring. We hope you will attend the concert! Invite your friends, neighbors and church members to attend as well!

At this time, we are also seeking volunteers to board two to four students for the night on Tuesday, May 23 after the concert. If you would like to host some students or the Nowack’s after the concert, please complete this online survey as soon as possible. If you have questions about hosting, please contact Pastor Getka at Evergreen (jgetka@elhs.org). Our goal is to have all the choral members designated for host families by May 1.

ELHS SUMMER CAMPS:
Evergreen Lutheran High School is offering summer camps for Baseball (boys incoming grades 5-9), Volleyball (girls incoming grades 5-9), Basketball (boys & girls incoming grades 3-9), STEM (incoming grades 6-9), and Spanish (incoming grades 6-9). For general information about these camps, please contact the ELHS office at 253-946-4488. Registration forms can be found on the PLS website and are also available outside of the PLS office.

CAMP 4 STAR:
Camp 4 Star will be held July 9 thru 15 this year! Camp is for 10 to 15 year olds. Bring your friends and spend a week outdoors at Millersylvania State Park. Enjoy the sunshine, swimming, group activities, Bible class, crafts, singing, and campfire activities. We have a lifeguard, night watchmen, cooks, and a nurse on staff.
Applications can be found on the PLS website. Come join the fun at Camp 4 Star!

PLS PROGRAM SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, May 24, at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm, students in grades Pre-K thru 8 will be performing “We Sing of America”. Come join us for this fun, patriotic evening of entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend both performances in the Ark!

PLS SKATE NIGHT
The PLS Boosters, along with Faith & Lakewood Lutheran, will be hosting a skate night on Friday, April 28, from 5pm to 7pm at Skate Tiffany’s in Puyallup. Cost is $7 per skater at the door (cash only), which includes a regular skate rental or $10 for rollerblade rental (cash only). Drop-offs are not permitted.