A Note from Nicole
from Nicole Meyer
Happy New Year! I’ve spent over three months with you now, immersed in learning the rhythms and traditions of Phinney Ridge. There have been both laughter and tears, but mostly beautiful new friendships. Thank you to each of you who have connected with me. To be in relationship with each of you is truly holy. As I glance at the first page of lovely 2020 calendar gifted to me this Christmas, I see the words of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” I indeed feel God moving among us now and I am eager to see where the Spirit sends us this year. I know there is great potential in this place to love God and God’s world together in new, unique, and surprising ways. If you have an idea or a prayer or a calling for “things that have never been” here at PRLC, I’d love to listen and walk with you in that. Here’s to those things that have never been!
A Fa-la-la-la LOT of FUN!
December was full of fun and opportunities to drink hot cocoa for the youth of PRLC, as we “stayed in” hanging out near Nicole’s office each Wednesday before BFJ. You’ll want to stop by this space again soon to check out the makeover taking place!
The lock-in was attended by 22 students and although record amounts of rain kept us from the lights at the zoo, gingerbread house building was a blast. Confirmation students gathered with their mentors for a Christmas Trivia challenge. Be sure to congratulate our champions Charlie Van Kley and Becky Roby. Finally, a huge thank you to all our young musicians and choir members who shared their gifts, by caroling at the Norse Home and leading Christmas Eve worship. Your music really made Christmas merry!
Youth Coffee Wednesdays will be heading back to Herkimer Coffee for the month of January. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to gather there on January 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 3:30-5pm.
High School Book Study
Sundays @ 10am
All students in grades 9th-12th are invited to gather in the youth room each Sunday morning. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reading and discussing the book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore. See Nicole for a copy of the book and reading schedule and be part of the wondering about the early years of Jesus’ life.
~ Save the date for Vacation Bible School August 10–14, 9am to noon ~
Special Sunday School
Sunday, January 26 @ 10am
Adults and high school students are invited to attend the Annual Meeting, while students in grades K-8 will gather with Nicole for a special multi-age, large group experience.
Bowl Your Brains Out!
Sunday, January 26 @ 7–9pm
Tis’ bowl season, but instead of watching football, we’ll be bowling with balls and pins at Spin Alley in Shoreline. Kids, youth, adults…everyone is invited! The cost is $12 for all you can bowl.
~ Bread for the Journey will NOT meet Wednesday, January 29. ~
May Youth Weekends at Holden Village
High School Youth – Grades 9-12
May 14–17 – Cost: $225
Time to “think spring” because the registration deadline for this epic experience is Wednesday, January 29. The program includes speakers, music, worship, small group conversations, a day of service and free time activities, which will surround this year’s theme: Transformation. There are many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including hiking. Holden has a recreation center, an ice cream parlor, and plenty of space to sit outside and enjoy the beauty surrounding this extremely remote Cascade Mountain village in north-central Washington. It will be a tech-free weekend and getting there (by car, boat, and school bus) is an adventure itself! If you intend to attend, let Nicole know ASAP or watch for the registration link via email.
An Evening with Lutheran Summer Music
Sunday, February 9 – 4:00pm
A freewill offering will be collected in support of Lutheran Summer Music (LSM).
Mark your calendar for an evening of music, worship, and fellowship as Lutheran Summer Music presents: An Evening with LSM at PRLC. LSM alumni from many different years as well as current students will perform a recital, wherein they will have an opportunity to share about their LSM experience and how it has influenced their lives. Following the recital, we will worship together with a service of Evening Prayer, led by LSM participants. A light reception and time of fellowship will follow.
Lutheran Summer Music is thrilled to continue their long and wonderful partnership with Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, and looks forward to several youth from the congregation attending LSM 2020!