Are you new to Phinney or seeking baptism?  Have you been visiting Phinney for a while but desire a deeper connection with the community?  Maybe you have been in this community  for several years and want to grow in your faith journey.  Any and all are welcome to the WAY.  We meet Sundays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship room.  Dinner is provided as well as opportunities for small group reflection.  Join us!  For more information please contact Lance Georgeson at


Wednesday Evening Adult Ed

What Your Sunday School Teacher Never Told You about the Bible

When I was a teenager, I heard a bishop say that, “Scripture is a pool that a child can wade in, and a sea that an elephant can swim in.” In other words, we can and do learn from God’s Word at any age and level. We often teach children a simple point, like “God created the world,” even though we know the story is much richer and more complex than that. (Heck, there are TWO versions of the creation story, even!).

For the next few weeks, I will be leading a conversation about some of our most beloved Bible stories, and we’ll be diving a little bit deeper in. You might be surprised to learn that there’s much more to the story than you were first taught! Join us in the Fireside Room from 6:30 to 7:10 each Wednesday evening as part of Bread for the Journey.

~ Pastor Van Kley


Hello from the Child Development Center

As the weather changes and the days get shorter, the children get chances to experience all the exciting things about fall.  This month I would expect you to see our children out and about, looking at the changing leaves, studying the fall bugs, and filling the kitchen with delicious smells when they do cooking projects from all the fun things we find around fall harvest.  Last week our children in the two-year-old class made pumpkin bread, and we celebrated the fall with a Halloween carnival in fellowship hall.  It was a great time for all as we had all our children dressed up and playing lots of spooky Halloween games.  As we move towards Thanksgiving it gives us a chance to look at all the great things we are thankful for.  On that list for the CDC is this shared community, space, and vision at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, allowing us to do God’s work with the smallest members of our community through our important ministry.

~ CDC Director Tim Sullivan


Make an Advent Wreath!

On Sunday, December 2, we will have fresh evergreen branches and other supplies available so your family can make an Advent Wreath for use at home. Sunday School and Adult Forum will continue as usual, so plan to make time either before or after worship to work on yours. Please contact Pastor Van Kley if you can donate materials or be on hand to assist people.


Adult Forums in November 2018

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

November 4, 2018

The Anti-Slavery Movement in America as Christian Witness

The radical Antislavery Movement of the 19th Century was the first great social movement demanding racial justice in American history.   Join Steve Pfaff for a discussion of this movement that was Christian in inspiration but went beyond the confines of conventional religion.  Insisting on the spiritual equality of the races and the sexes, activist spiritual virtuosi like the Grimke sisters and Theodore Weld called on fellow Americans to lives of active holiness that would overcome the “national sins” of slavery and racism.  The movement helped to define what it means to take moral positions in public life and has lasting implications for how we approach Christian witness today.

November 11, 2018

Praying the Psalms

Join Vicar Elizabeth Peter to learn a little bit about Martin Luther and his love of the Psalms.  We will discuss how we can connect to them too!

November 18, 2018

Consecration Sunday

On this special stewardship celebration join your PRLC family for brunch!

November 25 & December 2, 2018

What Are We Waiting for?

Church people know that Advent is about waiting.  But what are we waiting for?  Many churches are engaging in an ecumenical conversation about expanding Advent from four weeks to seven!  Whatever for?  Join Pastor Hansen for an exploration of Advent and how a richer and fuller observance of this liturgical season might deepen our experience of the liturgical year and the Christian life.


Women’s Retreat

Please join us

Women and Theology:
A New Perspective

with Dr. Lynn Hofstad

A Women’s Retreat —

Who one is affects how one hears and interprets the gospel. This retreat will explore how one’s perspective influences theology, including asking what happens when someone interprets the Bible and the Christian tradition with new eyes.

Dr. Lynn Hofstad holds a PhD in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She currently is a lecturer at Seattle University. Her scholarly interests focus on feminist theology, eco-theology, the doctrine of the atonement, and Lutheran theology.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Registration will open soon



Did You Know?

Many musicians love our PRLC spaces. In addition to the Northwest Chamber Chorus, which has been rehearsing and performing in our facility for a number of years, we have added two new musical groups to our weekly calendar. Wellspring Ensemble (under the direction of Evan Norberg) rehearses on Sunday nights in the Sanctuary; and the Seattle Choral Company (directed by Freddie Coleman) meets on Tuesdays in the Tree of Life room. It is thanks to the generosity of the Seattle Choral Company that we now have about 75 new chairs in the Tree of Life room. These chairs will be appreciated for the next big event. Maybe next year’s Easter Breakfast?

It is good to share our facility with the community!


Consecration Sunday Is Coming November 18

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

The PRLC stewardship committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.

New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship services on Consecration Sunday, November 18, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and governing board members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.

Jill Yetman
Council President


New Name, Same Office Manager

There’s a new name in the church staff listing, but it’s not because we have new staff. Our Parish Communications and Office Manager Christina Bogar has changed her name upon her recent divorce, and will now go by Christina Sunstone.