The Best Thing You Can Do in High School!

Meet and Work with the Students and Teachers at Ailanga School Project

Would you like to go to Africa? If you’re a high school student starting your sophomore or junior year, here is an opportunity for you in the summer of 2020. The Ailanga School Project is a partnership with ELCA congregations in NE Seattle and the Ailanga Lutheran Junior Seminary in Usa River, Tanzania. Since 2004, high school students and adults have traveled for two weeks to meet and work with the students and teachers at Ailanga and to see the work of the Meru Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

Ailanga is in a beautiful location right at the south entrance to Arusha National Park. This might be one of the places you’ll visit during the mid-week safari to see the amazing and wonderful animals and landscape of northern Tanzania. It’s the most popular safari destination.

But the most important and wonderful thing about this trip is simply being with the students and teachers at Ailanga. Besides the school, you’ll visit congregations and hospitals and other ministry sites of the Meru Diocese. It is a wonderful thing to form these lifetime relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ in Tanzania. Their hospitality and welcome is outstanding.

An application for the 2020 trip, plus more information, is below. The Ailanga School Project Board would like applications to be submitted by August 21, 2019, but there is a little flexibility.

I was a founder of this program when I was pastor at Faith, and I’ve traveled to Tanzania three times. I cannot overestimate what a wonderful, joyous, and powerful experience this is. I’m happy to answer questions. Email is best right now:

Pastor Nancy Winder

Worship Assistant Schedule for August 2019

Here is the Worship Assistant Schedule for August 2019. Please take a look at it and note your assignments.

August 2019 Worship Assistant Schedule

If you find you need to make a change in your assignment, please trade with someone else on the list. (You can email me to request a list of names and contact info if you need it.) Then contact me at the church office to let me know.

If you find you have been scheduled in error, please contact the worship assistant organizer, Ardis Pilz, directly and let her know. And please let Ardis know by August 20 of any dates you will be unavailable in September. Thank you!


Alyssa O’Connor

Communications and Office Manager


September 8

Neighborhood Block Party

This event was so fun last year that we’ve decided to do it again! We’ll invite our neighbors to join us as we celebrate a new year of PRLC programs and a fresh year in the Child Development Center. Please contact Pastor Van Kley if you’d like to help with food, set-up, entertainment, or any other part of this great community-building event.

September 11

First day of Bread for the Journey

Our Wednesday evenings include classes, choirs, and dinner for all ages. Keep an eye on our website and bulletins for detailed information about how you can join in this weekly gathering. There really is something for everyone at BFJ.

September 15

Return to Sunday School, Adult Forum, and Fall Worship Schedule

We’ll resume our 8:30 and 11:00 worship times, with faith formation classes for all ages taking place during the 10:00 hour.

September 19

Salem Circle Returns

Salem Circle will start meeting again after their Summer Break starting September 19th at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Mary Lou Carlson.