Circles in December

Pastors Hansen and Van Kley will visit the women’s Bible study circles in December to celebrate this special time of year. Circles meet as follows:

Salem Circle: Meets Wednesday December 21 at 10:00 at the home of Ilse Bolliger

Bethany Circle: Meets Monday December 12 at 9:30 am


Circles for December

Pastors Hansen and Van Kley will visit the women’s Bible study circles in December to celebrate this special time of year. Circles meet as follows:

Salem Circle: Meets Wednesday December 21 at 10:00 at the home of Ilse Bolliger.

Bethany Circle: Meets Monday December 12 at 9:30 am.

Children and Family Ministries News

The Monelli Memo

I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true.
Who toiled and fought and lived and died for a Lord they loved and knew….

So begins the joyful children’s hymn that was part of All Saints Day worship throughout my youth. The hymn continues to reference saints who were everything from shepherdesses to queens, and doctors to priests. But the ending of the hymn was always what I liked most:

They lived not only in ages past; there are hundreds of thousands still;
the world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea, in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
for the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one too.

Who are the saints in your life? Who has inspired you to deeper faith? Whose life has encouraged you to serve or speak up for those in need? All Saints is the perfect time to celebrate all those who have inspired and encouraged you and to introduce them to your children. Did a great uncle introduce you to the joy of a well told Bible story? Did a friend encourage you to service when you were hesitant to take the risk?

Whether the saints in your life can be found in books or your family’s photo album, take some time this month to introduce your children to these special people, to celebrate who they have been (or are) to you through pictures and stories. Then help your children to identify the saints in their lives and to share their stories with you.

For His Sake,


The Advent Event – Making Room for Jesus

Sunday, November 20 – 9:30 am
If you would like to help prepare for or help on the day of this event, please contact Nancy Monelli ( as soon as you can.


Continuing Programs

Bread for the Journey continues to meet each Wednesday evening. Bread for the Journey is a mid-week respite for rejoicing, reflecting, and renewing with the family of faith.

Sunday School classes meet on Sundays from 10-10:50 am each week. During this time of Christian formation there are classes for all children and young people in preschool through high school.

The Phinney Phlames! The Phinney Phlames is the Youth Group for kids in 4th and 5th grade. This month the Phlames will be attending a performance of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe on November 6th. Reservations are required so please contact Nancy Monelli right away if you have not already done so.


Programs for Adults

The Caregiver Circle: The Caregiver Circle meets at 10am on the 3rd Sunday of every month. This month we will gather on October 16th 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

Sacred Listening: Sacred Listening will meet on December 4 at noon in the Middle School Room.

More Bread for the Journey: Pastor Hansen will lead a Young Adult study during “Bread for the Journey” on Wednesday evenings beginning November 16 at 6:30 p.m. We will look at the scripture readings for Advent and consider what it means to prepare for Christ’s coming. Anyone is welcome. (we’re not restricting this to young adults).  Pastor Van Kley continues to lead a lectionary discussion during this time. All adults are welcome to participate in the BFJ closing worship at 7:15.



The WAY at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church


Evenings at The WAY begin with dinner, conversation, and a short presentation.

Before the first followers of Jesus were known as Christians, they were called “People of The WAY.” Then, and now, The WAY refers to a style of life in which both believing and living are centered in Jesus Christ.

At Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, The WAY is an opportunity for you to explore, nurture, and renew your faith; to affirm your commitment to Jesus Christ; and to establish or re-establish your walk as a disciple of Christ in the life-giving waters of Holy Baptism or the Affirmation of Baptism.

The WAY meets most Sunday evenings from 5-7 pm, and it begins with dinner. You are welcome to just come and check it out. Contact Pastor Hansen with any questions.


Travel to Russia with the NW WA Synod

There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, December 4, 11 AM – 2 PM at Grace Lutheran Church (9625 NE 8th St., Bellevue) about a proposed tour to Russia on the topic of Exploring the Life, Faith and Ongoing Challenges of the Lutheran Church in Russia, with NW WA Synod Team Russia. This tour is planned for March 7-19, 2017. High school age youth are encouraged to participate. Contact Ken Grigsby, Team Russia Chairman, at, if you plan to attend the Dec. 4 meeting.


Evening Spirited Women Meet November 17

We are in the middle of a very lively conversation about the book Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. At this month’s gathering we will wrap up our discussion of this book and select our next read!

Women of all ages are invited to join us for conversation, dinner, and fellowship. We meet from 6:00-7:30 in the Tree of Life Room. Contact Pastor Van Kley if you’d like to purchase a copy of the book for $15.


Circles in November

Pastor Hansen will lead the Bethany Circle and Salem Circles this month. In anticipation of the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will talk about gratitude as a spiritual practice. A passage to consider – Matthew 6:25-34.

Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany:     Monday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Salem:        Wednesday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m.


Adult Forums in November

understanding-islam-fullUnderstanding Islam

Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, and the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.7 billion followers. Our culture, however, is rife with prejudice and misunderstanding about the faith. Now more than ever, we must understand Islam if we are to know — and love — our neighbors.

In Adult Forum this month, please join Dr. Michael Chrzatowski for a six-week series titled “Understanding Islam.” This six-Sunday series will give you a sound and unbiased understanding of key elements of the religion of Islam, examining the similarities and contrasts between Islam and Christianity. Associated with the series will be a group visit to the Idriss Mosque in Northeast Seattle to observe an evening prayer and tour the mosque (date for mosque visit to be determined). Topics covered in this class will include:

1 / Nov 6: The Roots and Beginnings of Islam
2 / Nov 13: Structure and Content of the Qur’an
3 / Nov 20: The Practice of Islam
4 / Nov 27: Islam and the Issue of Violence
5 / Dec 4: Women in Islam
6 / Dec 18: How the Qur’an Describes the Birth of Jesus

Instructor Michael Chrzastowski has a PhD in geology and an MA in religion. Classes will take place at 10:00 on Sunday mornings in the Tree of Life Room.