Outreach News

Circle of Welcome Refugee Ministry – Very Close!

As of this writing, we are working with Lutheran Community Services Northwest to welcome a refugee family on January 23rd! We still don’t know if this family will enter the Circle of Welcome program, but if they do we will be ready to provide the crucial community support required to make a smooth transition. Please continue to pray for our progress, for the family we will meet, and for the work ahead.

We can still use more volunteers to make our team complete. We especially need servants willing to provide transportation to our eventual family. There will be opportunities to become trained in the near future, so don’t hesitate to contact co-coordinators Peggy Kreger (kregerbp@msn.com) and Alice Rowe (alicerowe100@gmail.com) with questions and inquiries. And be sure to attend our adult forum on this important ministry Sunday, February 3rd!

Food Bank Update – Volunteers Needed!

We’re looking to expand our food bank volunteer pool as we institute changes aimed at reaching more people in need. Have you thought about serving once a month (or more!) providing the love of God through nourishing sustenance? Are you a current volunteer who might enjoy working with other friends or family not connected with PRLC? Do you know someone who might enjoy serving? All are welcome. Shifts run every Tuesday from 1-3pm, and every Wednesday from 6-8pm. Please spread the word and contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher (outreach@prlc.org) if interested. And a reminder to current and future volunteers to save the date of Sunday, Feb 10th, from 12-2pm for a luncheon and important training on our new procedures. We need you!


Thank You for Your Christmas Blessings!

The pastors and staff would like to thank you for all of the cards, letters, and goodies that came to us in the month of December. We feel so blessed to be remembered by you. Thank you for your generosity and care for us and our families. Blessings!

Ordination of Diakonda Gurning

January 25, 2019 at 5pm

By the grace of God, +Bishop Kirby Unti will ordain Diakonda Gurning to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, January 25th, 5:00 p.m. at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.  All are welcome!  Diakonda has accepted a call to serve Bethany Lutheran Church in Shoreline.


Circles in January

Arise! Shine! Your light has come!    

Our Circles this month will study The Epiphany of our Lord, which we celebrate on January 6. You may read Matthew 2:1-12 in advance of our gatherings, if you’d like to.

Bethany Circle will meet at 9:30 am on Monday, January 14 at the home of JoAnn Thuring

Salem Circle will meet at 10:00 on Wednesday, January 16 at the Norse Home, where Mabel Rockness will host.


In the Family

Lincoln Michael Mitzel, son of Elizabeth and Michael Mitzel

The Faithful Departed
Robert McMaster
Charlotte Holmes

Received into Membership
Jim and Betty Christensen



The WAY meets every Sunday at 5:00 pm for dinner and small-group conversation. If you’re new to Phinney or just want to check it out, please join us from 5-7 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Please mark your calendar for the last Sunday in January for our Congregational Meeting between services. We will gather at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary to receive the 2018 Annual Report and vote on the 2019 budget.

This is the occasion, every winter, when we review the previous year, and celebrate ministry highlights. At both worship services we will give thanks for the people and ministries of PRLC and pray for God’s lead in the future. Nursery care will be provided for children under 5. Older children are invited to Fellowship Hall for games and crafts. There will not be Sunday School or Adult Forum.


Worship in January: An Epiphany Triptych

Christmas culminates at our Epiphany celebration. On the Baptism of our Lord we will celebrate affirmation of baptism.

Among early Christians, the Feast of Epiphany celebrated three events: the birth of Jesus, the baptism of Jesus, and Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Over time, this single celebration broke up into three. This year, we get to celebrate all these Christ events over a period of three Sundays.

Epiphany, January 6, includes the story of the journey of the Magi revealing Christ’s birth for all people. The Baptism of Jesus is celebrated on the next Sunday (January 13), and on the following Sunday, January 20, the Gospel reading is the Miracle at Cana.

The classical triptych is a panel of three paintings interrelated, with the middle panel being the largest of the three. That’s not a bad way to approach these Sundays. Jesus’ baptism shines with God’s brilliant light. All the Gospel writers agree that the baptism is pivotal. Jesus was anointed at the river with God’s spirit to begin his ministry and the work of redeeming the world. Jesus’ birth and the transforming work at Cana surround the event of his baptism where Jesus receives the Spirit and the Father’s endorsement: “You are my Son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased.”