Children and Family Ministries Report

The Monelli Memo

Happy Easter! I hope that all of you are taking time to celebrate during this glorious season. The church sets aside fifty days for Easter – ten more than Lent! So our alleluias don’t need to end after Easter day.

To help your family make the most of this wonderful season I hope you will take some time to mark and celebrate this joy-filled time in your home. The great resurrection stories – from Mary at the tomb, to the road to Emmaus, to Jesus meeting his disciples on the beach—make for wonderful read-a-load experiences for families. And if you need children’s versions of these narratives, just stop by my office to pick them up.

This is also a great time to do some planting and to talk about the gift of new life. Even a simple project with a small pot and some seeds can be a fun activity that can encourage a an Easter discussion. Whatever you do, take time to do it with joy so that the Easter experience can continue in your family’s daily life.

For His Sake,

Mentor Sunday is May 14th.

All Confirmation students and their mentors will meet at 10 am in the chapel.

The Phinney Phlames (the youth group for 4th and 5th graders)

Sunday, May 7th
12:15-1:30pm in Room 301-302

Please Note: The May meeting of the Phlames has been moved to the first Sunday of the Month (May 7th) and will be our annual Phlames and their Phamilies Event! tThis year’s theme is Bible Runway and there will be games, competitions, crafts, and more for everyone. And, of course, lunch will be served.

Vacation Bible School News

VBS, 2017! Tuesday, June 27– Saturday, July 1

This year’s theme is Whatever!

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Tuesday through Friday, Whatever! will meet from 9am until 12:30 pm. An optional aftercare program takes place from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm. The cost for VBS is $40 ($35 if you register before May 28th) and the Afternoon Program cost is $16 per day. Scholarships are available.

On Saturday, July 1st the VBS children and their families along with all members of PRLC and other guests will celebrate together at a festive picnic/party.

Brochures and Registration Materials will be available by the middle of this month.

Programs and activities for the Adult Members of Children and Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle

The Caregiver Circle will meet on Sunday, May 21st at 10 am in Pastor Hansen’s office. This month’s theme is Letting Go. In addition to our usual time for sharing, we will discuss the difficult but necessary discipline of letting go of control, expectations, plans, etc.

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. If you would like more information, please contact Nancy Monelli at

Looking Ahead…

Pentecost Sunday Celebration

Sunday, June 4, 2017
10 am in Fellowship Hall

All members of the Congregation are invited to this celebration! During this festive hour, we will give thanks for our Sunday School teachers and students, bless bicycles, share in crafts, games, food, and fun. And, of course, break the traditional Pentecost Piñata!