Worship Assistant Schedule for March 2019

Dear PRLC Worship Assistants,

Click on this link to find the Worship Assistant Schedule for March 2019. Please take a look at it and note your assignments.

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 March 20 of any dates you will be unavailable in March. Thank you!

Peace to all,

Christina Sunstone
Office Manager
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

March 2019 Worship Assistant Schedule [pdf]



Sermon for February 10, 2019 (video)

If you were snowed and iced in last Sunday morning and really missed hearing the sermon, please enjoy this Sunday’s Gospel and Sermon video from Vicar Elizabeth. Grab your cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and take some time to read, pray, and worship in your home. Just click on this link to watch.

Bach Suites for Solo Cello Marathon

March 23, 2019, 10am – 2pm

The Seattle Violoncello Society is pleased to announce its 31st annual Bach Suites Marathon.

Johann Sebastian Bach composed 6 Suites for Solo Cello. Twenty of the Pacific Northwest’s best cellists take turns performing movements from the Suites. We are so blessed to be able to hold this performance at Phinney Ridge Lutheran! It is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Come for all or any part of this fun event! We hope to see you Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10-2:00.

Pastor’s Page

Through the Looking Glass

Earlier this month we had a big snow day. Rather than risking a drive on complicated roads, I opted to work from home, where I could gaze through the living room window at the snow-covered ground. That way, the snow was beautiful, not dangerous.

Looking through the window on a snow day brings me a sense of calm and peace. All I want to do is soak it in and enjoy the scene for as long as possible. The mood is altogether different when I look out the window on a sunny day in spring or summer. On these days the world is beckoning me to go outside. And when I look out on a rainy day I like to remember my baptism.

Early in the PRLC discernment process, your parish council decided it would be a good spiritual exercise to look out into the world through different lenses. We created four windows through which we looked at God’s activity in the world and this shaped our prayer, discussion and resolve. Looking through each window gave us a way to see and discover God’s work and our response in several ways. The Four Windows were justice, neighborhood, ministry in daily life, and ecumenism. What did peering through these various windows stir up in us?


Looking through this window recalls the longing of God’s heart once spoken through the prophet Amos: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everlasting stream.” Just so, we partnered with Lutheran Community Services Northwest to become a “Circle of Welcome” congregation to assist refugee families seeking a home in the Seattle area. Several PRLC folks have been trained, and we are now ready to accompany refugees coming to our country. The Race/Equity Team has stirred up our hearts and minds with education on Race and Privilege. And they’ve only just begun. Stay tuned for Adult Forums in Lent.  We now have a Green Team dedicated to issues around environmental justice and we are now a Rain Wise community!  And being a Reconciling in Christ congregation has increased our awareness and involvement in advocacy for the LGBTQ community.


One of the reasons PRLC is a vibrant community is that we’ve been an active part of the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood for many years.  We’ve reaffirmed our outreach efforts and are strengthening the link between the CDC (Child Development Center) and the congregation, and have enhanced the PRLC Food Bank. Last fall we held a block party for all the neighborhood and it was great fun.

Ministry in Daily Life

When we look onto the world through this lens, we see our work in the world as a call from God. Vocation includes your job, your family, your friends, and so much more. The strong emphasis on Baptism at PRLC helps shape our notion of being in the world as those called to minister wherever we are. The work of formation for children, teens, and adults continues and grows strong. Eighth-grade confirmation students are now meeting with the WAY folks on Sunday nights with a view toward renewing baptism at the Easter Vigil and discerning what it means to “walk wet” during the great 50 days of Easter. The staff is also dedicated to developing small groups and resources for faith formation in the home.


Looking through this window is to pray along with Jesus that the church be one, just as he and the Father are one. People at PRLC took it a step further to include life together with people of faith even beyond the Christian family. A seven-week Forum series on Islam and a visit to a local Mosque was just the first step. We are committed to continue exploring the world’s religions in more depth. Locally, your pastoral staff is seeking to forge relationships with the churches in our neighborhood.

The Council used these four windows as a template on our monthly agenda for well over a year. It has served us well. Now, we will be using other tools to continue to spark our imagination as we seek to discover God in all things and respond to Christ’s call to make disciples, but the work of discernment has not ended. Discernment never ends. My friend Jack Kennedy is a spiritual director, and he met with the PRLC Council for this process. He is fond of saying that the aim of discernment is to prayerfully discover where God is calling us to “take the next loving step.” Where and how is the Spirit nudging us to do another new and loving thing?  We continue to listen and take notice of Christ among us so that we may discern the next loving step.

God’s Peace,

Pastor Hansen


Child Development Center Report

~ CDC Director Tim Sullivan

As the child development center goes into a new year we as  a staff had time to reflect on the work we do at this place and look at our goals for the children who come through our center each day.  We strive to help each child become loving a loving member of this community who has developed self-reliance, respect for self and others, emotional intelligence, and problem solving skills.   We guide the children through their learning, meeting them at their developmental level, and provide appropriate challenges. We explore the curiosity and wonder of the young mind by digging deep into their questions and interests, taking meaningful field trips, and using the neighborhood as our extended classroom. On any given day you might find our kids walking to the market to purchase ingredients for a cooking project, or out in the garden – picking tomatoes they helped plant, or exploring one of the many nearby parks and green spaces. By carefully observing and documenting the children’s development we can see, share, and expand on their emerging interests and amazing accomplishments.


Communion Bread Baking Class

Have you ever felt called to help prepare bread for the Eucharist? Now is your chance! We are in the process of forming a new team of bread bakers who will prepare bread on a rotating basis. To become a part of the team, come to a lunch meeting  on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 12:30. There you can learn more about this holy ministry, sign up for your chance to bake, and most importantly, practice the recipe with guidance and tips from the experts.