The WAY

“I love the relationships and connections I got to make sitting together at the meal and digging into questions of faith during the small group.”

Comments like this were received at the end of last year’s WAY cycle, a process through which we welcome those new to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.  If you’ve been visiting Phinney and want to know more about the WAY and becoming more connected to this faith community, please come to one of two gatherings:

Sunday, September 18
at 10:00 a.m. in the Library

Sunday, September 25
at noon with lunch downstairs

 

Circles in June

Pastor Hansen will meet with the Bethany and Mary/Martha circles, and Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher will meet with the Salem Circle in June, when we will discuss the Gospel of Luke. How is Luke’s Gospel about Jesus different from the others?  We’ll take a look at some of the prevailing themes and some special passages in Luke and the nature of the good news Jesus has come to bring to the world.

This month’s women’s Bible study circles will meet as follows:

  • Mary/Martha: Wednesday, June 8 at 1:00 pm at the Foss Home
  • Bethany: Monday, June 13 at 10:30 am at Lois Severtson’s home
  • Salem: Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 am at Randi Valdok’s home

These will be the last Circle meetings of the program year. Circles will be on break for July and August, and will resume meeting in September.

 

Evening Spirited Women This Month

Evening Spirited Women will gather at Stacy Harestad’s home (6721 22nd Ave. NW) this month for a celebration potluck at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 16. This will be our last meeting until September. Stacy will provide a main dish; please bring a salad or dessert to share. Even if you haven’t made it to a book discussion yet, please feel free to join this group of women who meet monthly for fellowship, meals, and conversation. We are a group of all ages and backgrounds, and newcomers are always welcome! Contact Pastor Van Kley with questions.

Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” at PRLC

God calls us to steward all that God has given us: our time, our possessions, our very selves.  Stewarding money can often be a frustrating or difficult experience. This spring PRLC member John Hubbard will lead a Financial Peace University that will teach you how to manage God’s money in God’s way for God’s glory.

These classes will meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 starting on April 27. Childcare will be available, and if you like you can begin with the Bread for the Journey dinner from 6-6:30. This 9-week course helps you eliminate debt, manage and save wisely, and most importantly will help you live more generously. Topics covered include:

  • Saving Money
  • Communicating about Money
  • Cash Flow Planning
  • Dumping Debt
  • Buyer Beware
  • The Role of Insurance
  • Retirement and College Planning
  • Real Estate and Mortgages
  • Unleashing the Power of Generous Giving

The class costs $93 per family for the materials.  Optional dinner is $7.00 per class.  Childcare is free. If you are interested in possibly joining the class, contact the church office (office@prlc.org / 206-783-2350) and we will send more information as the class date approaches.

 

Circles in April and May

Pastor Hansen will lead the April circle meetings with a study around Christ the Good Shepherd.  We will look at two lessons for the Fourth Sunday of Easter – Revelation 7:9—17 and John 10:22-30.  The Lamb is the Shepherd and the Shepherd is the Lamb!

Circles will meet as follows:

April
Mary/Martha
: Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 at Foss Home
Bethany: No meeting in April
Salem: Wednesday, April 20, at 10:00 am at Shirley Sutherland’s home

May
Pastor Van Kley will lead the May circle meetings. That month’s schedule is:
Mary/Martha:  Wednesday, May 11 at 1:00 at Foss Home
Bethany:           Monday, May 9 at 9:30 am
Salem:              Wednesday, May 18, at 10:00 am

 

 

March Meeting of Evening Spirited Women

The new Evening Spirited Women group will meet on Thursday March 17 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Tree of Life Room for our book discussion. Dinner will be provided. We will be talking about the book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans. Come prepared to discuss from section 4 to the end of the book. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the contact list for this group, please email Pastor Van Kley. New faces are always welcome!

The Five Wishes

From Your Parish Health and Wellness Ministry

One of the things people value most is being able to make their own decisions.  We decide what to have for dinner, what to wear, and whether to get up and come to church or sleep in.  There are some other important decisions you can make, but it is important you make them early and share them with other people.  These are decisions about how you want to be treated and have happen if you have a terminal illness or are in a permanent, unconscious condition.

There are legal documents that outline your decisions, such as a Living Will, Advanced Directive to Physicians, or a Medical Directive. The Five Wishes is another option, written in everyday language. It was introduced in 1997 and was written with the help of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging and leading experts in end-of-life care.

The Five Wishes approach, to be discussed during the Adult Forum on March 6 and 13, includes the following questions for you to answer:

  1. Who do you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them?
  2. What kind of medical treatment do you want or not want?
  3. How comfortable do you want to be?
  4. How do you want people to treat you?
  5. What do you want your loved ones to know?

Questions 3, 4 and 5 include your spiritual, personal and emotional wishes that are not usually included in most Living Wills.

We encourage all adults, ages 18 and above, to join us during the Adult Forum on Sunday, March 6 and 13 to learn more about the Five Wishes and prepare their own document.

Your Health and Wellness Ministry

Janel Milliren &  Kim Friedli

 

Adult Forums in February

Each Sunday at 10:00 am in the Tree of Life Room

February 7 – Intergenerational Lent Event
No Forum today as all ages come together to prepare for the season of Lent with special projects and learnings.

February 14 –The Jordan River Today
There is much fear about people and places in the Middle East. There is worry around climate change and environmental issues. Join Abby Cress, who spent a year in Palestine and Israel, to explore one of the biggest environmental issues in the Middle East through a Christian lens. This Bible Study was created by an environmental and pro-peace organization in Israel, Palestine, and the Jordan: Eco Peace Middle East.

February 22 – Biblical Peacemaking
Promoting neither passivity nor violence, Jesus offers a third way to address conflict and injustice. Examine this vision, practical insights, and how to apply Jesus’ Way of Shalom to the various conflicts in our lives and in the world. This forum will be facilitated by members of the Lutheran Peace Fellowship (www.lutheranpeace.org)

February 28 – Diversity and the Church
Continuing our discussion around racial identity and privilege, PRLC’s DiversiTeam will host another dialogue to consider how our love for Jesus might propel us as a congregation and the church universal toward necessary change. We want to encourage discussion among the people of PRLC, while empowering congregants to continue this discussion outside of church walls. Topics include white racial identity, privilege, and alliance. Liturgy, resources and snacks will be provided!

 

In addition to Adult Forum, PRLC offers these faith formation opportunities throughout the week:

Tower Study
Meets each Sunday, 10:00 a.m. in the Tower Room
Liturgy and Justice: Making the Connections
Join Pastor Hansen for a discussion on the relationship between Sunday worship and God’s vision of justice. Explore the ways in which the vision of God’s Kingdom is enacted around font, word and table and how this Kingdom flows out into the world. All are welcome!

 

Tuesdays

Lectionary and Lunch
Noon in the Library
Join the pastors for an exploration of the Sunday scripture readings. A great way to prepare for Sunday worship. All are welcome and are invited to bring a sack lunch.

 

Wednesdays

Spirited Women
10:00 a.m. in Tree of Life
Spirited Women have been meeting every Wednesday morning for 16 years for fellowship, faith exploration, reflection, and prayer. This is an open group and women are welcome to join at any time.

 

Help! My kid’s in confirmation and I don’t know the answers!
6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room
Join Pastor Van Kley during Bread for the Journey time to discuss Luther’s Small Catechism in an informal setting. Whether you have it memorized from childhood, have never look at it, or simply want to know more about the core aspect of the Lutheran tradition, please join the conversation. All are welcome!

 

Prayer Oasis
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel
Using the “aural bible study” method, join Pastor Hansen in the Chapel as we pray the scriptures. The scripture will be the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday. We will also explore, over these weeks, other venues for prayer such as Imaginative Prayer, the daily prayer office and praying with icons. All are welcome!

 

Thursdays

Evening Spirited Women
Third Thursdays at 6:00 pm in the Tree of Life Room
Like the Wednesday morning group, Evening Spirited Women seeks to provide a place for faith sharing, fun, and mutual support shaped by book discussion and prayer. This group is currently reading the book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, by Rachel Held Evans. The group meets every third Thursday of the month. Soup suppers will be provided at the meetings. Childcare is available upon request.

 

February Meeting of Evening Spirited Women

The new Evening Spirited Women group will meet on Thursday February 18 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Tree of Life Room for our book discussion. A soup supper will be provided. We will be talking about the book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans. Come prepared to discuss through section 3 of the book. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the contact list for this group, please email Pastor Anne at associatepastor@prlc.org.

Reflection on Sabbath

Beyond Sunday, Sabbath may take many forms. The following reflection, penned by PRLC member Jasen Frelot, is one example.

This Advent my family and I resolved to practice an extended Sabbath. This meant for us, as a family, the praying of the hours and for me, individually, the reduction of non-essential work (e.g. starting no new projects and focusing exclusively on the development of pre-existing relationships).

In my prayers I have asked God to give me the courage to live slowly,  to truly see and hear the people I encounter throughout the day and to give me a heart and mind towards Sabbath.

After a week of practicing this discipline I have found that Prayer has become an essential part of my day, to the point where I am shocked that I ever existed without doing it with greater frequency.

I have discovered that Sabbath is, as Walter Brueggemann teaches, truly an act of resistance. Living my life attuned towards Sabbath rest is a truly freeing and liberating experience that reminds me that I and my family are ultimately accountable to God. I am reminded of the Psalm of forgiveness David prays: Against you, and you alone, have I sinned oh God. Sabbath practice has shown me that we are all God’s children, all accountable to God and all loved by God.

This realization simultaneously increases and decreases the importance of each person and interaction. It liberates me from the need and desire to please people but convicts me to love more deeply and fully. Freed from the fear of disappointing or saving others, I have entered into a space of deep connection, love and liberation.

This practice has also revealed how odd and rare the practice of rest and reflection is in our culture. In my desire to move more slowly I can see others around me moving at fast-forward, frantically trying to keep time that there never seems to be enough of. Yet Sabbath has taught that there is enough time; in fact time is infinite, sprawling and unchanging . God gives us time as a gift, a tool to love each other and to find peace and love in him.

I have found that Sabbath practice has caused me to see the injustices I experience as a black man in our culture more clearly. I have seen how this culture demands that I justify it by submitting to it even as it refuses to acknowledge my humanity and individuality. Sabbath and prayer ground me in the divinity of my humanity and compel me to act as simply a man, a child of God, nothing more and nothing less. It has given me the freedom to assert the simple but profound authority I have as a human, born free and designed to live free.

Sabbath practice has not been easy but it has been good in the best possible way. I look forward to experiencing more of what God has to teach me through this discipline.
Jasen Frelot