Children and Family Ministries

The Monelli Memo

Footprints in the snow: this was one of my favorite sights on Seattle’s snow day this year. I couldn’t help but to step inside the prints I saw to see if I could fill (or overfill) them. It was also fun to try and guess what kind of critters had left their marks as well. This reminded me that we as Christians have very big footprints to fill if we want to follow Jesus. Fortunately, Jesus leaves plenty of “wiggle room” within his prints to let us find our own way of following him. At this year’s Lent Event, and throughout the Lenten season, we will be talking a lot about following Jesus. How will you and your family join in this endeavor? Jesus walked the way of love and peace. How will you take steps in that direction and lead your children to do the same? Jesus prayed. How can your family develop or strengthen your prayer lives? Jesus walked up to those who were in need of healing or acceptance. What activities can you lead your family in that will take you down that same path? There are so many ways that each of us can follow Jesus in all that we say and do. And if we remember that we are leaving our own footsteps for our children to follow, perhaps we will be a little more intentional in the steps we take.

For His Sake,

The Lent Event

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 10am
In His Steps: Following Jesus Through Lent
You are invited to follow Jesus on a journey through the church building to learn more about how Jesus taught, prayed, healed, cared for those in need, spent time in community, and sacrificed himself for us. At each stop on your way you will also be receiving or making something to help you continue this journey with your family all though the season of Lent. All adults, and children accompanied by their parents, are invited to gather in Fellowship Hall at 10am to prepared for this short pilgrimage.

Ash Wednesday is March 1

There will be a special service for families with children at 6:30 pm in the Tree of Life Room. All Bread for the Journey programming that happens before dinner (Youth, Cherub, and Chorister Choirs) will meet before dinner, which will be served at the usual time of 6pm. Because of this family service and the 7:30pm service, no other regular programming will take place after dinner.

Mentor Sunday is March 12

All Confirmation students and their mentors will take part in A Walk to the Cross. This experiential program will help all involved to grow in their understanding of the overwhelming love of God in Christ while offering their own struggles and burdens to their loving Lord.

The Phinney Phlames

(the youth group for 4th and 5th graders)
Sunday, March 12, 12:15-1:30pm in Room 301-302
This month the Phlames will be working on their special service project: recording books for young children at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Lunch and fun is also on the agenda.

Elementary School Retreat at Camp Lutherwood

The Elementary School Retreat at Camp Lutherwood is Friday evening, March 17 – Saturday March 18. Cost is $57 for campers and $40 for chaperones (Scholarships are available). Nancy will be attending with any girls who want to attend. If you are a man who would like to serve as a chaperone so that boys can take part in this event, please contact Nancy as soon as possible. For more information about the camp and scholarships, please contact Nancy Monelli at

Vacation Bible School News

VBS 2017 will meet this year on Tuesday, June 26th – Saturday, July 1st. More information will be coming your way soon.

The Caregiver Circle

The Caregiver Circle meets on SUNDAY, March 19 in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another.

Sacred Listening  

Sunday, March 26 at noon in the Middle School Room
Using the book Sacred Listening, participants gather for a time together each month to share their experiences with this imaginative form of Bible study based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola as they have been adapted for those of us in Protestant denominations.