Theology Pub Has Started Back Up!

Weekly Thursday night PRLC Theology Pub began back up on April 5th at Razzi’s Pizzeria from 5:30-7pm. All are welcome to join in the community of conversation as we discuss, discover, and share drinks together. See you there!

 

Cross-Cascade Hike 2018

Do you like to hike/backpack? Want to see breath-taking views? Come join in the adventure as Vicar Gompf leads you across the Cascades from Western Washington into Eastern Washington. The current planned route is Cascade Pass into Stehekin, 23 miles, with potential for small side hikes. Planned departure is August 4 (early AM), with arrival into Stehekin around the 6th. Dates and routes are dependent on trail conditions. Interested? Please email vicar@prlc.org AND fill out your Count-Me-In on Sundays! Deadline to RSVP is May 1. Team planning will begin shortly after to go over gear and finalize routes.

 

Outreach News

New Opportunities at the PRLC Food Bank

Spring is a time to say goodbye to past seasons, and look forward to new growth and opportunity. For the past year, the Food Bank Mission Team has been dreaming up a new season for this wonderful program. Most of you know that our client numbers are considerably down in recent years. The changing economic demographics of our area, as well as the convenience of other food banks, mean we aren’t serving the people we want to serve.

While we can’t change housing prices, we feel we can work to remove possible barriers our clients face in accessing our program. All of our plans at this stage are tentative, but proposed ideas include moving on from an appointment system, switching to a digital database, and reconfiguring the food bank space to allow for a more interactive experience with clients.

At this stage, we need your input! We’ll hold an adult forum on April 15th to share our ideas and hear yours. Whether you have a volunteer stake in the program, or are just interested in learning more, all are welcome to participate. The PRLC food bank has always been a mission of the people of the church, and the only healthy future we can imagine continues this tradition. Please plan to come and help us plan out a new season for this vital PRLC ministry!

 

An Upcoming Visit from our Missionary Friends

Seminarian and PRLC member Zach Courter, along with his wife Rev. Rachel Eskesen, serve in Hungary as Coordinators for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program. Last year, PRLC began a Covenant Sponsorship relationship with Zach and Rachel pledging to support them financially. Many of you contributed toward this support and follow their work through newsletters. Now, we have the chance to hear from our friends directly! On April 29th, Zach will present an adult forum, and on Wednesday May 2nd both Zach and Rachel will meet with our confirmation classes and be on hand for BFJ dinner. We look forward to their visit!

 

2018 PRLC Vacation Bible School and Camp Lutherwood

Despite the fact that our dear Minister of Children and Families Nancy Monelli is moving on in June, we have a plan to continue the vibrant tradition of Vacation Bible School. To fill the humungous void of Nancy’s planning efforts, we’re taking advantage of a VBS program offered by Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center. Many of you know Lutherwood from their children’s outdoor camp, but they also provide teams of young adults who come to area churches to run bible schools.

During our regular week—June 25-29—many of the same elements of past years’ programs will be in place, but we’ll have the new energy of our Lutherwood guests to cover curriculum, group leadership, games, and music. We’ll still rely on youth and adult volunteers to make this week a success, so if you’d like to be involved please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher (outreach@prlc.org). And look for flyers to emerge soon for signing up your kiddos!

 

Blessing of the Quilts on April 29, 2018

Every Tuesday morning throughout the year, a dedicated crew of volunteers gathers in our quilting room upstairs to assemble quilts for donation to Lutheran World Relief. On Sunday April 29, 2018 we will bless those quilts at both services as we prepare to send them off to comfort and be of use to people in areas hit by natural disaster, poverty and unrest. It’s a special service. Please plan to attend!

Adult Forums in April 2018

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

April 8, 2018
Making Space Sacred, Part I
The first of a series of forums presented by Pastor Hansen and a group that has been meeting to discuss the aesthetics of our worship space.  How does the place we worship facilitate an encounter with the ever present and Risen Christ?  Does it evoke the sense of a community where “all are welcome?”  What makes for sacred space?

April 15, 2018
What’s Next for PRLC’s Food Bank?
For the past year, the Food Bank Mission Team has been dreaming up a new season for this wonderful program. Proposed ideas include moving on from an appointment system, switching to a digital database, and reconfiguring the food bank space to allow for a more interactive experience with clients. At this stage, we need your input.  Please plan to come to next Sunday’s Adult Forum and help us plan this new season. Whether you have a volunteer stake in the program, or are just interested in learning more, we’d like to hear your ideas. The PRLC food bank has always been a mission of the people of the church, and a healthy future will continue this tradition.

April 22, 2018
Making Space Sacred, Part II

April 29, 2018
A Visit from our Missionary Friends
Seminarian and former member Zach Courter, along with his wife Rev. Rachel Eskesen, serve in Hungary as Coordinators for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program. Last year, PRLC began a Covenant Sponsorship relationship with Zach and Rachel, pledging to support them financially. Many of you contributed toward this support and follow their work through newsletters. Now, we have the chance to hear from our friends directly! On April 29th, Zach will present an adult forum, and on Wednesday May 2nd both Zach and Rachel will meet with our confirmation classes and be on hand for BFJ dinner. We look forward to their visit!

 

Children and Family Ministries

The Monelli Memo

How will you celebrate the season of Easter in your home? Pope John Paul II is quoted as saying, “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” But how do we live out this joy when there is so much sadness in the world?

Our former vicar Kate Nikklasson used to encourage her Confirmation students to “put on their Jesus glasses” to see the situations they encountered from a Christ-centered perspective. This seems like good advice for us all, especially during the season of Easter. What would happen if each night around the dinner table we encouraged one another to share something we saw or were involved in that day that was worthy of an “alleluia”? Everything from seeing a plant burst into bloom to experiencing a kind word from a coworker or teacher would qualify for an “alleluia”. After a while we might all become sensitized to seeing God’s loving presence in the world around us in ways we have never noticed before. Like everything else in life, this discipline will take practice, but I really believe that it will make our entire evening meal a prayer of thanksgiving and joy. Alleluia!

For His Sake,
Nancy

Bible Stories and Discussions to Share with Your Family during Easter Season

The first Easter day (Matthew 28; Mark 16:1-12; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18)
How is your family seeing or experiencing new life?

Jesus appears to his disciples (John 20:19-29)
How does your family see the risen Lord in your daily life?

Jesus surprises his followers (Luke 24:13-35; John 21:1-19)
How has the love of our risen Lord surprised you?

If you need suggestions for versions of these stories for different ages and stages of children please contact Nancy at children@prlc.org.

Lenten Self Denial Offerings

Lenten self-denial offerings will be collected on Sunday, April 8 and 15. These gifts will be used to help support Lutheran Community Services’ work with refugees.

Phinney Phlames (4th & 5th-graders)

THE GREAT ESCAPE
Sunday, April 15, Noon – 1:30 PM
This month the Phlames will be tasked with finding their way out of a Puzzle Room. The will need their wits and their energy in order to work together to escape and earn a delicious reward. Lunch will be served and fun will be had! (Note: This month we will be meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month.)

For Adult Members of Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle meets on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. This month we will explore the new life that can come out of the sacrifices caregivers make. If you would like more information please contact Nancy Monelli.

Sunday School and Bread for the Journey – April Schedule

Sunday School: Classes for children and young people (age 3 through high school) meet every Sunday (except April 1) throughout the month of April.

Bread for the Journey: Spring Break is celebrated during the second week of April so there are no classes or choirs on Wednesday, April 11. The regular schedule of classes and choirs resumes the following week:

5:30 pm: Angel Choir, Choristers, K-2nd class, 7th grade Confirmation,  8th grade Confirmation
6:15 pm:  Dinner in Fellowship Hall
6:45 pm: 3rd – 5th grade class, Cherub choir, 6th grade Confirmation, Youth Choir

 

 

 

“Friendly Water for the World” Benefit Luncheon

You are invited to join your friends and neighbors at a free lunch sponsored by Friendly Water for the World on Sunday, April 22 starting at 12:30PM in the PRLC fellowship hall. We call this event the “There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch” free lunch, because it really is free! The event includes an Assyrian lunch prepared by Nineveh restaurant from Olympia and a short program that highlights what we do at Friendly Water for the World. Donations will be graciously and enthusiastically accepted. Our mission is to expand global access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation through knowledge-sharing, training, community-building, peacemaking, and efforts at sustainability. We empower communities abroad to take care of their own clean water needs, even as we empower people here to make a real difference. Tickets are recommended in advance so we know how many to plan for. You can get your free tickets online at www.friendlywater.net/events or by calling 206-886-7474 or email at info@friendlywater.net