Lutheran World Relief School Kits

From now until September 9, PRLC is collecting cash, checks (make out to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church with the memo line “LWR school kits”) and school supplies for LWR’s School Kits campaign. These kits are sent to children in disaster and poverty-stricken countries who aren’t able to attend school unless they can provide their own basic school supplies. We need the following school supplies:

  • 70-sheet notebooks, approx. 8×10.5”
  • 30-cm rulers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Blunt/safety scissors
  • Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • Black or blue ballpoint pens
  • Boxes of crayons (16 or 24)
  • 2.5” erasers

The donated school supplies should not have any military, patriotic or religious symbols. Please put all offerings in the containers in the narthex (notebooks can be stacked on the table). Help us reach our goal of assembling 100 kits! Questions? Contact Amanda Darling at 206.697.7447 or


Adult Forums This Fall

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


September 16, 2018

This Changes Everything

Come learn about the LYONS summer trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. We will share memories, things we learned, and have a time to answer questions about our experience. We will also share a devotion from the Gathering and find out how we can continue to “Change Everything”. Open the pdf below to learn about the speakers and find links to their websites.

“This Changes Everything” speakers [pdf]


September 23, 2018

What’s Happening in the Synod?

Pastor Shelly Bryan Wee, Assistant to our Bishop in the Northwest Washington Synod will be present to discuss the work and ministry of our Synod and our ELCA.


September 30, 2018

Walking the WAY

The WAY is a gift to those who are new to PRLC, those seeking baptism and those already baptized who wish to deepen their faith journey.  Come and learn about the WAY.  This will be a good introduction for those who will participate in this year’s WAY cycle AND a forum for all PRLC members to learn more about this ministry that is at the heart of our common life and mission.


October 7, 2018

The Power of the Pen

Join Mary Lydic to discover how art illuminated the “dark ages” and kept Christianity alive through the “Book of Kells.”  Explore the mysteries of St. Columba (521-597 CE) and the Isle of Iona, the cradle of Christianity in Great Britain.


October 14, 2018

Friendly Water for the World

Lack of access to clean water has taken its toll on people around the world.  In the past decade alone, many have died from waterborne illnesses.  Come and learn how Friendly Water for the World working toward just solutions.  Steve Johnson serves on the Board of Friendly Water for the World and will speak of its work with communities around the world who have little in the way of access to resources, except their resilience, intelligence, generosity, labor, caring and pent-up initiative by sharing knowledge and providing training in ensuring clean water through the establishment and maintenance of water filtering systems.


October 22, 2018

Who Are Orthodox Christians?

In the days preceding, including and following Reformation Sunday, we are highlighting the stories of other Christian brothers and sisters.  Today explore the Eastern Orthodox tradition, especially their use of icons for prayer.




Sept 16 – Kick-Off BBQ, 6:00-8:00pm at St John United
Hear about our summer and all the great ways you can be a part of the LYONS ministry throughout the fall and winter. Open to the whole congregation. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share; we will provide the rest.

Sept 28-30 – HS Fall Retreat
Location TBD; details to come.


Keep connected with us!
Facebook group “Lutheran Youth of North Seattle”
Instagram @roaring_lyons


Maker Ministry Coming to Phinney!

Would you enjoy relaxing with friends working on a craft project? Is there a new creative endeavor you’d like to try with others? Do you have artistic skills you’d be willing to teach in an informal setting?   Do you know of a hidden Phinney gem who might be persuaded to pass on a heritage art or craft? Do you have ideas of how the creative arts might connect members in our congregation and support other ministries at PRLC?

Inspired by the welcoming, joyful, and co-operative model of the Holden “Craft Cave”, a Maker Ministry could be so many things. All are welcome to join in the conversation about what a creative fellowship might look like, and brainstorm ideas about how to begin.   Please join in on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Room (next to the Fellowship Hall).

Update on the PRLC Tower Maintenance Project

Thank you to all who have so positively responded to our appeal for funding the needed maintenance project of the PRLC tower and some of the distinctive exterior masonry! As most of you may have heard by now, we are scheduled for repairs, cleaning and sealing work in September, hopefully while our dry weather hangs around. It has been a long time since our tower and some of the exterior walls (especially on the weather-beaten South side) have had any maintenance, and they are overdue for cleaning, sealing and (in the case of the top of the tower) painting. We want our distinctive landmark to look its best!

To date the office has received donations and pledges totaling over $56,000, which represents over 2/3 of the anticipated cost. We are still gladly accepting your designated gifts, however, which will allow us to retain more of the reserves in the Building and in the Maintenance Reserve Fund for other projects. Please mark your gift “Tower Campaign” in the memo line. You could also use your credit card and do a one-time donation on our website, – just designate it to the Building Fund.

If your employer offers matching funds through Benevity Causes, this would be a great project since there are restrictions on what your matched gifts can go to – the Building Fund is one of the options listed, together with the Foodbank and our Outreach Fund. Thank you in advance!

A special tip for Thrivent members: If you like, you could request that your “choice dollars” are sent to PRLC. Just let me know that you would like these funds to go to the Tower Campaign. Every dollar counts!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.

Kirsten Olshausen


Aurora Commons Meal Team Invites You

Aurora Commons is a “living room” community at 89th & Aurora founded by Awake Church, where they focus on the values of offering a hospitable space: a place where strangers become friends, where societal norms are challenged and vulnerability is welcomed; offering accompaniment, connection, and opportunities to call out folks’ beauty, their gifts; and gently asking them to dream.

The need at Aurora Commons has grown incredibly over this season! Please volunteer to join us for the Second Wednesday Women’s Night Meal Team by contacting member Signe Roscoe ( or Tiffany Megargee ( If you enjoy cooking, baking, buying food or delivering — we’d love to have your help. Learn more about them at

The details: Every second Wednesday of the month (food to church by 5:30pm) we will provide a delicious buffet style meal for 50 in the Aurora Commons “living room” at 8914 Aurora Ave N. We plan via an online sign-up sent via email. Here are the remaining 2018 dates:  Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 & Dec 12.


Outreach Update

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

The Façade of Artemis

In my daily interactions with clients, I often think about the role facades play in our lives. Whether it’s my own struggle to remain consistently present, or a client’s resistance to live in the truth of their situation, I’m gently reminded of the need to bring our true selves into relationships with others and with God. Healing can begin only in that tender place of our revealed selves.

For a number of years, I had frequent interactions with a client in her 60s who I’ll call Artemis. I found these interactions profoundly difficult. Artemis would operate in an extended state of mania, and often sabotaged important meetings that could get her vital help. I began to see she had fabricated many details of her life— including her name— as well as squandered significant resources on beauty treatments and products to maintain what she thought was the correct outward appearance.

I reached the point where I encouraged her to seek treatment for her mental struggles, and gave her some resources. Not pleased, she refused my advice, but still periodically called me to ask for prayer for the latest crisis. I obliged every time, but eventually I stopped hearing from her for a couple years.

Artemis has come back around recently, but now goes by what I know to be her actual name. Gone is the mania and chaos. Gone is the evidence of squandered resources and the facade of outward appearance. In her presence I now experience peace, and our conversation encourages us both. Though I know this to be the same woman, interestingly, when I made inquiries about our past interactions she denied ever talking to me before. Whether she literally doesn’t remember, or just doesn’t want to dwell on who she used to be isn’t important. She found the help she needed and could bring her real self into relationship again.

We extended rent help again within the limitations of our program, and this brought some stability to her humble living situation. I’m grateful to be able to see neighbors like “Artemis” through many ups and downs of life, all the while knowing our church can extend direct financial help in the right situation. This is possible because of your generous support of the Outreach Fund. Thank you!


Zachary Courter Ordination

Last year, we began supporting missionaries Zach and Rachel by joining the ELCA’s Covenant Sponsorship program. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher if you’d like to contribute, or simply mail or bring a check by the church (made out to PRLC) with “Zach and Rachel” in the memo line.

Missionary and former PRLC member Zach Courter visited in April and talked with excitement about his upcoming ordination. The date is now set for October 5th! Zach’s ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in service of City Park Lutheran Church in Budapest, Hungary, will be a bilingual service taking place in the Lutheran Church of Budapest-Fasor. Zach will be ordained by NW Washington Bishop Kirby Unti, with the support of Presiding Bishop Dr. Tamàs Fabiny of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary. We are invited to the service and reception that follows! If you can’t make it to Hungary, well wishes can be sent to Zach at Way to go Zach!


Refugee Training at PRLC September 22nd

Are you interested in joining a growing effort among PRLC members to actively and directly support incoming refugee families in our area? We’ve been organizing around this issue for over a year, and are ready to commit to the “Circle of Welcome” program through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. We’ll have a training with LIRS and Lutheran Community Services at PRLC on Saturday, September 22nd, from 9am-2pm in the Tree of Life Room. This training is mandatory for all volunteers, and will be informative and useful to all who attend. If you’ve signed up to help already, you’ll get an email about this training. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact PRLC member and Refugee Communications Coordinator Peggy Martin to get on the list at