Financial Update through Oct. 31, 2018

Compared to September giving,  October was a somewhat disappointing month, with a shortfall compared to budget of almost $10,000. Historically the generosity of our members in November and December have helped us close the gap. Thank in advance for your support of PRLC and all its ministries!

Have you ever considered using Simply Giving for regular electronic contributions? Now would be a good time to sign up. Over 90 PRLC households currently participate in this program, which is easy to set up, to change, or to stop. You can choose to contribute from a checking account or via credit card, on a weekly, semi-monthly or monthly basis. In addition to supporting the General Operating Fund you can give to the food bank, outreach, or the building fund, just to name a few designations.

Electronic fund transfers give you peace of mind that your stewardship commitment is taken care of and that PRLC receives predictable revenues, even when you’re away. And you’ll never need to play “catch up” at the end of the year.

For more information, please request a sign-up form at Grace Station or from the office; or find the “Online Giving” button on our website’s home page.

Other ways to support PRLC :

  • Cash, of course (Note that we can only credit your giving record if it’s in an envelope with your name on it—otherwise it counts toward the “Loose Offering”.)
  • Checks
  • Planned Giving (remembering PRLC in your will)


Thank you!
Kirsten Olshausen
Parish Administrator


Pastor’s Page

Wait, Watch and Wonder

A dear saint from a previous congregation would only say 2/3 of the Eucharistic acclamation “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” It was the “Christ coming again” part that tripped her up. She explained it to me and many others this way: she felt she could not say something she didn’t believe. When my former parishioner spoke of believing, she meant knowing. And by knowing she meant verifiable empirical truth.

Enchanted with reason, we modern folks often equate truth with facts and knowing with certitude. Knowing, though, in the biblical sense, is the kind of knowing that comes from the good news passing through our ears, the splash of water on our bodies, oil anointed on our brows, the bread of heaven held in our hands, Christ’s blood of salvation pressed to our lips, prayerful hands laid on our heads, a handshake or embrace at the sharing of Christ’s peace, giving and receiving forgiveness, sharing your bread with the hungry poor, and meeting Jesus in the day-to-day adventure of loving neighbors.

When we say, “Christ will come again,” we shout it out with hope. We know it to be true without doomsday predictions or cleverly devised timetables (some of our relentless attempts at trying to maintain control).  We proclaim this hope joyfully with the conviction that the future is in God’s good hands.

Advent begins with a focus on Christ’s coming again. The trajectory of Advent and the scripture used during this four-week season begins with a focus on the final coming of Christ, continues with a call to renewal and change as we walk with Christ among us, and only in the final days of Advent do we begin to focus on the coming of Christ in the child of Bethlehem.

Advent focuses on the fullness of God’s reign.

Don’t rush into Christmas. Save that for the festive twelve days beginning December 24th.  Embrace Advent as the time we Christians set aside to watch, wait, and wonder at the coming of Christ now and in the future.

Proclaim with joy what you know: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

God’s peace,
Pastor Hansen 


Lutheran Summer Music Recital and Service of Evening Prayer

Join LSM alumni and friends for a recital and

service of Evening Prayer

~ Light reception to follow ~

December 2, 4:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Mercer Island, WA

Thomas Bandar, Viola
Executive Director
Thomas Bandar, Executive Director and Viola Faculty at LSM, welcomes you to enjoy a program of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach and more. Bandar maintains a dual career as an administrator and artist, and is thrilled to bring an Evening of LSM to the Pacific Northwest.

Rev. Paul Hoffman
LSM 2019 Chaplain
Rev. Paul Hoffman, formerly of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, will preside over a service of Evening Prayer in true LSM style. Rev. Hoffman looks forward to returning to LSM in 2019 to serve as chaplain.

This recital is free and open to all! A freewill offering will be collected to support LSM 2019. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, you may do so online.

Adult Forums in December

Sunday mornings at 10:00 in the Tree of Life Room

December 2, 2018

What Are We Waiting for? (Part 2)

Pastor Hansen will lead the discussion that began on November 25 with a focus on the season of Advent and a current ecumenical proposal to expand this season of preparation from  four weeks to seven.

December 9, 2018

Pastoral Housing Update

The ad-hoc group charged with exploring options for housing arrangements for the Associate Pastor will present their findings and answer questions.


Music This Month at Phinney

With Advent and Christmas comes some amazing music. Our sanctuary here at PRLC is a wonderful performance space, and the community knows it! We provide rehearsal and performance space for a number of community musical ensembles, and as a consequence we have an exciting line-up of concerts pretty much every year at this time. Here are some of the performances scheduled here this December:

Saturday, December 1, 7:00 pm

Seattle Classical Guitar Society

Annual Holiday Fund-Raising Concert

Sunday, December 2, 3:00 pm

Saturday, December 8, 7:30 pm

Northwest Chamber Chorus

Follow the Star

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 pm

Swedish Singers of Seattle

A Nordic Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 9, 2:30 pm

City Cantabile Choir

A Celtic Magnificat

Friday, December 14, 7:30 pm

Wellspring Ensemble

No Small Wonder

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:00 & 6:30 pm

Seattle SeaChordsmen

Holiday Concert

Monday, December 24, 10:30 pm

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Chancel Choir

Christmas Eve Pre-Worship Recital


Consecration Sunday Update

Our fall stewardship campaign culminated on November 18, Consecration Sunday. Worship services with guest preacher Pastor Joan Beck were followed by well-attended gatherings in Fellowship Hall, where we enjoyed a catered brunch. Thank you to all who helped prepare for and participated in this successful event!

Some preliminary numbers (as of 11/21/18):

  • A total of 126 individuals or households completed Estimate of Giving Cards for 2019. (Additional cards were mailed to members who were not able to be at church that day.)
  • A total of 82 of these giving units increased their financial commitment above their last year’s amount.
  • A total of 121 giving units present to fill out Estimate of Giving Cards on Consecration Sunday committed a total of $502,996.
  • Based on last year’s giving records, we can expect to receive $256,960 in General Fund donations during the coming year from people who have consistent giving patterns during the past twelve months, but were not present on November 18.
  • Including loose offerings and church income from non-donor sources this gives us a grand total of at least $841,856 in anticipated income for the next twelve months.
  • The total income for our general operating budget during the last twelve months was $820,318. Therefore we can expect our operating budget income to increase by at least $21,538 next year.