A Farewell Thank You from the Vicar

It is hard to believe a year has gone by already! And what a blessed year I have had with you all here at Phinney Ridge. You have taught me so much and allowed such deep experiences and relationships to form. Thank you! Some of my highlights of this year include participation in The Way, Lunch & Lectionary, Theology Pub, CDC Chapels, BFJ nights, Worship leadership & preaching, the Food Bank, Adult Forums, Women’s Circles, participation in the Women’s March and Pride Parade, the Refugee outreach, alongside all of the one-on-one coffee times I’ve been blessed to have with so many of you. You have been gracious and flexible in my training this year. You have allowed me to better understand what “intentional liturgy” means and come to deeply love it, making me feel like I’ve truly come home. You have invited me to learn by reflection of sermons, email responses, and pastoral care visits with you. I continue to be humbled by Phinney’s great love and care for the neighbor through your advocacy in marches, parades, and outreach services which stand as voices in the wider community of Seattle. You have stretched me and provided space for clarification on theological issues and staffing dynamics, as PRLC had some major staffing changes/adjustments/juggles this year. I’ve even learned how to chant the Psalms and Great Thanksgiving from such talented musicians as Valerie and Beth Ann! Bless you all! I look forward to hearing how you continue to serve your neighbors, especially the refugees of Seattle through the newly formed PRLC Refugee Action Team. May you persist in caring and loving the widow, orphan, and foreigner through the Refugee Action Team. PRLC is blessed deeply by two talented and caring pastors, a wonderful staff, and a Council who has a healthy transparent communication and leadership style. You continue to impress me AND bless me. Thank you Phinney! I have fallen in love with you and will deeply miss you. Thank you for being my final step towards ordination and being so supportive of this journey.

~ Your sister in Christ, Vicar Pam Gompf

Bread for the Journey Resumes Wednesday, September 12

Come join in this family-focused evening of learning, music, and fellowship! There are choirs and educational opportunities for everyone in your family. Child care is also available for our youngest members. Dinner is provided; donations are encouraged to help cover costs.

Please note that our schedule has changed slightly this year! The BFJ schedule will be:

5:15      Youth Choir,  Confirmation

5:30    Angel Choir,  Cherub Choir (K-2), Elementary Education (3-5)

6:00    Dinner

6:30    Confirmation, Choristers Choir (3-6), Gospel Choir, Elementary Education (K-2), Adult Education

7:20    All BFJ Classes Conclude

7:30    Chancel Choir


Church Council Installation

On Sunday, July 8 (in both services) we will be installing the Congregational Council for the 2018/2019 program year. Members joining council this year are marked with an asterisk.

Jill Yetman* (President)

Russ Simonson (Vice-President)

Todd Wathey* (Treasurer)

Andrew Shutes-David (Secretary)

Jannah Fitch

Matthew Hendrickson*

Carolyn Hostetler

Alan Pearson

Signe Roscoe*

Joan Sorensen Rice


Many thanks for their service on council to the four outgoing members:

Keith Doorenbos

Matthew Eng

John Breen

Peggy Martin Kreger


Well done, good and faithful servants!


In the Family

The Faithful Departed

John Cooley; died June 10, 2018



Molly Chrisman and Daniel Rathbone; married June 9, 2018


Transferred to a New Congregation

Mike and Alicia Jancola; transferred to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, Seattle


Wilderness Wednesdays Are Here!

Come join Vicar Pam  Gompf on various hikes in the Cascades to encounter the beauty of the Pacific Northwest! All are welcome — please check the details of each hike on the WTA website to pick a hike for your capabilities and interests for the day. Please note if you need a Discover/NW Forest parking pass for each site. If you plan on participating on a hike, please email vicar@prlc.org no later than the Sunday before the Wednesday hike. We will try to coordinate carpool to the trailheads from Seattle, otherwise you are welcome to meet us at the trailhead at 9am. Please pack accordingly for weather, and always have ample snacks and water for your trip!

Here are the upcoming hikes:

*(rt= round trip mileage from trailhead)

Wednesday, July 11th: Rattlesnake Ridge in North Bend (4m rt, 1160’ elev. gain)

Wednesday, July 18th: Kamikaze Falls, Snoqualmie Pass (5.4m rt, 1585’ elev. gain)

Wednesday, July 25th: Snow Lake, Snoqualmie Pass (7.2m rt, 1800’ elev. gain)

Wednesday, August 1: Kendall Katwalk, Snoqualmie Pass (12m rt, 2600’ elev. gain)

Wednesday, August 8th: Twin Falls, Snoqualmie Pass (2.6m rt, 500’ elev. gain)

Wednesday, August 15th: Mount Si, in North Bend (7.4m rt, 3420’ elev. gain)

Wednesday, August 22nd: Granite Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass (8.6m rt, 3800’ elev. gain)

Wednesday, August 29th: Mailbox Peak, North Bend (6m rt, 4250’ elev. gain)



Take a Sunday Evening Stroll with Us This Summer

Starting July 8, join a small group of your fellow PRLC friends (and future friends) for a weekly local walk in the warm summer sun of one of Seattle neighborhoods. We’ll gather at 7:00pm at a different park featured in the new book Discovering Seattle Parks (2017) by Linnea Westerlind, head out for an approximately 90 minute loop walk at an easy pace, and be back in time to take in the sunset before heading home and getting the week off to a great start.

The walks in July will start/finish at:

July 8: Sunset Hill Park (Ballard)
July 15: Fremont Peak Park (Fremont)
July 22: Parsons Gardens (Queen Anne)
July 29: Magnolia Boulevard Viewpoint (Magnolia)

The walks will continue on Sunday evenings through the end of August, locations TBD.

This is a “drop in” group, so you can come to all or only one of the walks as you are available and interested. All ages are welcome, and dogs (on leashes) too!

If you would like to participate, have any questions, and/or would like to be included in the weekly email list which will include all the details about each walk, please contact Don Boelter, donboelter@gmail.com or 206-276-4687.


Traveling “Theology Pub”

The amazing PRLC Theology Pub is on the move! Come join us as we come closer to your neighborhood! The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of July and August we’ll gather to discuss the upcoming Sunday’s texts and ideas related to our current contexts seen through these lenses. Like, “what does a plumb line have to do with the community of Seattle, or Phinney today?” (Amos reading) All are welcome! Bring a friend, and come drink, discuss and discover together! Here are the summer locations and schedule:

Tuesday, July 10th at 6pm: 74th Street Ale House in Phinney Ridge
Texts: Amos 7:7-15, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29

Tuesday, July 24th at 6pm: Populuxe in Ballard
Texts: 2 Kings 4:42-44, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21

Tuesday, August 14th at 6pm: Elliott Bay Brewing in Lake City
Texts:  Proverbs 9:1-6, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58

Tuesday, August 28th at 6pm: Phinney Market in Greenwood
Texts: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23