Circles in October

Circles in October

The Beatitudes: feeling verses being blessed despite one’s circumstance, is there a difference? As All Saint’s Sunday approaches, where have you encountered saints, who despite their circumstances, are/were a living example of sharing the good news? How have you been blessed as a baptized saint, despite simultaneously being a sinner? Come join in this scripture text conversation.


Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Meets Monday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m. at Birgit Lyshol’s home.


Salem Meets Wednesday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Randi Valdok’s home.


Children and Family Ministries Report

The Monelli Memo:  This month we celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But I must confess that I am much more interested in the reformation I see happening every day. Babies are re-formed into toddlers, toddlers are re-formed into children, and children are re-formed into teens right before my eyes. Expanding abilities and independence are all part of this ongoing reformation and so is the growth in the knowledge of and love of God. It is such a blessing to pray with the youngsters at Bread from the Journey each week. From children aged five to ten years old I hear prayers for God’s healing of pets and grandparents as well as for those affected by natural disasters, racism, and homelessness. As their worlds expand, so does their understanding of the greatness and goodness of God’s love. This is the kind of re-formation that God offers to us all and we need only look to our children and teens to be reminded of this.

 For His Sake,

My Tithe of Treats     

On Sunday, October 22, all children will receive a “My Tithes of Treats Bag” and will be encouraged to fill it with a portion of their trick or treating candy and return it to the church. These treats will be given to children and others who would not normally have any sweet treats at all.

The Phinney Phlames will meet on Sunday, October 8th  in room 301-302 with Joyce Aasland and Nancy Monelli

 All youngsters in the 4th and 5th grades are invited to this lively youth group experience. This month we will be celebrating Phall Phun with lunch, minute-to-win-it games, fall crafts, and much, much more. In November, the group will travel to St. Luke’s in Ballard to help with food preparation for the Edible Hope Program.

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

The Caregiver Circle meets on SUNDAY 15, October 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. If you would like more information, please contact Nancy Monelli at




Outreach Ministry Report

Neighborhood Events Aplenty

While it’s no secret our church sits amidst an active and vibrant neighborhood, I’m often taken aback at just how much this is true. At a recent networking meeting of local organizations, I heard about these happenings for the month of October alone:

Woodland Park United Methodist Church offers free movies with discussion at 7pm every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. October’s movies are Requiem for the American Dream (10/13), and Gender Revolution (10/27). Free popcorn!

The Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts a Seattle mayoral candidate forum on Sunday, October 22nd from 4:30-6pm at the Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N). Come and pose questions to our next Mayor!

The Greenwood Library hosts a monthly “Full STEAM Ahead” night offering fun activities using principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. October’s event on Tuesday, 10/24 from 6-7pm is Halloween themed with watercolor spider webs, static electricity ghosts, and building with Candy.

And of course the whole neighborhood is overrun by ghosts and superheroes for the Greenwood Hunger Goblin Trick-or-Treat event on Saturday, 10/28 from 12-3pm. Donations of candy and volunteer greeters are needed at PRLC!

Because of these and so many other activities I am grateful to spend each day knowing and sharing the love of God with this wonderful community.

– Patrick Meagher,

Outreach Minister