Eucharistic Practice in the Midst of Economic Injustice

Saturday, May 6, 9am-3pm at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

In this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation year you are invited to a workshop that explores the revolutionary reforms promoted by Martin Luther and early Lutheran congregations.

These reforms linked sacramental practice with social assistance.  There will be time to consider the relevance of Luther’s economic and social writings, many of which speak to contemporary issues that ask for an informed Christian response in word and deed.

This workshop is led by Dr. Samuel Torvend, an Episcopal Priest and Professor of the History of Christianity at Pacific Lutheran University.  He is author of Daily Bread, Holy Meal: Opening the Gifts of Holy Communion and Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments, an examination of Luther’s response to the poor.


Children and Family Ministries Report

The Monelli Memo

Happy Easter! I hope that all of you are taking time to celebrate during this glorious season. The church sets aside fifty days for Easter – ten more than Lent! So our alleluias don’t need to end after Easter day.

To help your family make the most of this wonderful season I hope you will take some time to mark and celebrate this joy-filled time in your home. The great resurrection stories – from Mary at the tomb, to the road to Emmaus, to Jesus meeting his disciples on the beach—make for wonderful read-a-load experiences for families. And if you need children’s versions of these narratives, just stop by my office to pick them up.

This is also a great time to do some planting and to talk about the gift of new life. Even a simple project with a small pot and some seeds can be a fun activity that can encourage a an Easter discussion. Whatever you do, take time to do it with joy so that the Easter experience can continue in your family’s daily life.

For His Sake,

Mentor Sunday is May 14th.

All Confirmation students and their mentors will meet at 10 am in the chapel.

The Phinney Phlames (the youth group for 4th and 5th graders)

Sunday, May 7th
12:15-1:30pm in Room 301-302

Please Note: The May meeting of the Phlames has been moved to the first Sunday of the Month (May 7th) and will be our annual Phlames and their Phamilies Event! tThis year’s theme is Bible Runway and there will be games, competitions, crafts, and more for everyone. And, of course, lunch will be served.

Vacation Bible School News

VBS, 2017! Tuesday, June 27– Saturday, July 1

This year’s theme is Whatever!

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Tuesday through Friday, Whatever! will meet from 9am until 12:30 pm. An optional aftercare program takes place from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm. The cost for VBS is $40 ($35 if you register before May 28th) and the Afternoon Program cost is $16 per day. Scholarships are available.

On Saturday, July 1st the VBS children and their families along with all members of PRLC and other guests will celebrate together at a festive picnic/party.

Brochures and Registration Materials will be available by the middle of this month.

Programs and activities for the Adult Members of Children and Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle

The Caregiver Circle will meet on Sunday, May 21st at 10 am in Pastor Hansen’s office. This month’s theme is Letting Go. In addition to our usual time for sharing, we will discuss the difficult but necessary discipline of letting go of control, expectations, plans, etc.

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. If you would like more information, please contact Nancy Monelli at

Looking Ahead…

Pentecost Sunday Celebration

Sunday, June 4, 2017
10 am in Fellowship Hall

All members of the Congregation are invited to this celebration! During this festive hour, we will give thanks for our Sunday School teachers and students, bless bicycles, share in crafts, games, food, and fun. And, of course, break the traditional Pentecost Piñata!


Wednesday Evening Adult Study

For the remainder of Bread for the Journey Pastor Van Kley will lead a discussion about the ELCA’s newest social statement on Faith, Sexism, and Justice, which is still being formulated. This important and timely conversation will take place at 6:30 on May 10 and 17 in the Fireside Room. All are welcome!

Circles in May

Vicar Katherine will lead the Circles this month!

Bethany Circle meets at 9:30 on Monday, May 8, at Ann Marie Wick’s home.

Salem Circle meets at 10:00 on Wednesday, May 24 (note date change!), at a location to be determined.


In the Family

Received into Membership through Baptism at the Easter Vigil, April 15, 2017

Catherine Davies
Lea Davies-Kang
Wyatt Davies-Kang

Received into Membership through Affirmation of Baptism at the Easter Vigil, April 15, 2017

Doris Cornell
Gary Cornell
Grace Urdal
Carol Bonomini
Timothy Brei
AJ Davies
Dee Dowda
Fran Gatlin
Don Gibbons
Hadley Gibbons
John Gordon
Diana Kunde
Rody Rowe
Alice Rowe
Ryan Strange
Katy Strange


The Pastor’s Page

Christ Has Broken Down All Barriers

A Welcoming Statement for PRLC was announced at the Spring Annual Meeting. The statement is the result of our discernment around becoming an RIC (Reconciling in Christ) congregation. The statement reads as follows:

As people made one in the waters of baptism, we believe our lives and faith are strengthened by diversity. We strive to be a community that welcomes people of every ability, age, citizenship status, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, language, life circumstance, marital status, political perspective, race, and sexual orientation. Whether you are a believer, doubter, or seeker, we openly welcome and value you. We celebrate God’s unconditional love and respond joyfully to your presence here. All are welcome. You are welcome.

New member Catherine Davies, baptized at this year’s Easter Vigil

This statement was received with great enthusiasm. It is an important step to take, especially during a time of deep polarization within our nation. The witness of the Gospel counters all forms of racism, sexism, and classism.

I am not surprised that the statement begins with the acknowledgment of God’s gift of Baptism. There is a baptismal spirituality or ethos at PRLC, thanks in large measure to the WAY process and the centrality of baptism in our common life and

Maxwell Johnson, an ELCA Pastor who teaches at the University of Notre Dame, is fond of describing baptism as the “Great Equalizer.” He points to St. Paul’s words in Galatians, chapter 3, that in Christ there is no longer Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all baptized in Christ have clothed themselves with Christ.

Building off Paul’s ancient welcoming statement, Johnson asks, “Who are the displaced in our world today if not those separated by race, by social and economic status, or by gender? Who are the displaced even, at times, in the Church if not those separated by race, by social and economic status, or by gender?” (The Rites of Christian Initiation)

Becoming an RIC congregation is an important way of saying that this parish is a safe place and a sign pointing to God’s redeeming work in the church and in the world.

The next time you see the water poured into the font or dip your hand in the waters and make the sign of the Cross, remember that Christ has broken down all human barriers. You are part of a community of love made possible by God. Tell others they are welcome. Invite others to make the journey to the font.

Christ is making all things new!

Pastor Hansen


Semi-Annual Election Meeting and Potluck

This Sunday April 30, 2017 at 5pm

This Sunday evening at 5:00 our congregational meeting will begin with a potluck in Fellowship Hall. We gather to elect new council members, members of the Endowment and Audit Committees, and delegates to the Synod Assembly. We will also receive the Endowment Committee Report, and hear updates on projects related to building enhancements. Finally, this is an opportunity to meet and welcome our newest members journeying through the WAY, and to participate in the PRLC Discernment Process. Be sure to be there!