As Holy Week Begins

You are invited to use these prayers and scripture readings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week

Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday in Holy Week

Prayer of the Day

O God, your Son chose the path that led to pain before joy
and to the cross before glory.
Plant his cross in our hearts,
so that in its power and love we may come at last to joy and glory,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings

Isaiah 42:1–9
Psalm 36:5–11
Hebrews 9:11–15
John 12:1–11

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday in Holy Week

Prayer of the Day

Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you.
Grant that our love may not grow cold in your service,
and that we may not fail or deny you in the time of trial,
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings

Isaiah 49:1–7
Psalm 71:1–14
1 Corinthians 1:18–31
John 12:20–36

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Wednesday in Holy Week

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, your Son our Savior suffered at human hands
and endured the shame of the cross.
Grant that we may walk in the way of his cross
and find it the way of life and peace,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings

Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1–3
John 13:21–32

March and April Circles

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures …
~ Luke 24:45

In March only Bethany Circle will meet, at Signe Lyshol’s home on March 9. Mary/Martha and Salem Circles will replace their monthly meetings with Wednesday Mid-day Lenten worship.

In April, Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher will join the women’s Bible study circles in the season of Easter to consider Luke 24:36-48. Jesus is alive and the disciples are excited but a little confused. Sound familiar? We’ll discuss what can we learn from the disciples’ experience with a resurrected Jesus.

Circles will meet as follows:
Mary/Martha:    Wednesday, April 8 at 1:00 pm in the Wartburg Room
Bethany:    Monday, April 13 at 9:30 am
Salem:         Wednesday, April 15, at 10:00 am at Mabel Rockness’ home

Caregiver Circle

The Caregiver Circle returns on January 18th. We will meet in the Wartburg room at 10 am. The theme this month is “finding the joy during difficult times.”

December Circles

Prepare the Way of the Lord!
~ Mark 1:3

“Prepare the Way of the Lord!” This is the call from the John the Baptist in the early days of Advent. What does it look like for us to prepare for the way of Jesus’ coming? We will explore this question with Pastor Hansen focusing on the Gospel reading for the Second Sunday in Advent, Mark 1:1-8.

Circles will meet as follows:

Mary/Martha:  Wednesday, December 10 at 1:00 pm in the Wartburg Room

Bethany: Monday, December 8 at 9:30 am at Judy Smith’s home

Salem: Wednesday, December 17, at 10:00 am at Ilse Bolliger’s home (to be followed by restaurant lunch)

 

Sample the Feast: A Women’s Retreat

Sample the Feast logoWe crave different foods at different times. During our retreat we’ll sample different types of prayer from the feast of ways God makes God’s self known to us. Come, be fed through prayer, reflection, fellowship and fun in a beautiful setting!

Location: Peace and Spirituality Center at St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue, WA 98009
Cost: $40 (includes lunch and dinner)
Led by Pastors Karen Hanson and Debbie Boyce
Co-sponsored by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, Issaquah, and Phinney Ridge Lutheran, Seattle
Registration deadline: December 15 … click on the link below to print out a form
Questions: PRLC/ Signe Roscoe ksroscoe@nwlink.com;   SHLC/ pastordebbie@shephillschurch.org

Pastor Karen Hanson is a Spiritual director and Intentional Interim Pastor. She has also journeyed with others as a hospice chaplain and parish pastor. Pastor Hanson delights in seeing the sacred in the ordinary. She and her husband, Terry appreciate the sacred space they discover camping and being outdoors. Pastor Debbie Boyce completed her vicar internship at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church and is the Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, Issaquah.

 

Sample the Feast Retreat registration

 

Adult Forums in November

Nov. 2 – PRLC Health and Wellness Ministry on Palliative Care
Our guest speaker, UW Medical Center RN Sharon Whyte, will inform us about palliative care. Provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists, this form of specialty assists individuals with serious illnesses. The team focuses on decreasing pain, symptoms, and stress of a serious illness along with curative treatment. The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and family. The PRLC Health and Wellness Ministry hopes you can join us for this very important topic.

Nov 9 – Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Washington
Campus Ministry is a vital, indispensable way the greater church supports young adults as they experience the joy, pain, struggle and triumph that is the college experience. Pastor Elizabeth Rawlings, former Phinney intern and current pastor for Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Washington will be here to talk to her beloved Phinney family about the joys and struggles of her new call, the exciting things happening at Lutheran Campus Ministry at UW, and about how you can support this important ministry. For more information about Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Washington email Elizabeth at uwlutherans@gmail.com, check out their website, www.uwlutherans.com or like them on Facebook!

Nov 16 – Casa Latina
Did you know you already have a direct connection with the important work of Casa Latina? PRLC member Chris Megargee recently began as the Development Director for this wonderful organization. Join Chris and other involved PRLC members as they share about the many ways Casa Latina fulfills their mission to empower Latino immigrants through educational and economic opportunities.

Nov 23 – Travelogue: Guatemala
PRLC’s Office Manager Christina Bogar is recently returned from two weeks at a Spanish-language immersion school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second-largest city. On this morning she will share some of what she learned and experienced about Guatemala’s history; its current concerns; and its wonderful, complicated, and colorful cultures. Come learn about Guatemala’s Spanish immersion opportunities and enjoy a cup of authentic Guatemalan coffee. ¡Muy sabroso!

Nov 30 – Advent Event
The Advent Event takes place every year on the first Sunday in Advent. All members of the congregation are invited to this festive intergenerational event. Displays and activities help young and old alike learn more about the meaningful traditions of this short but wonderful season of the church year and plan for ways they can experience more of the true meaning of the season each and every day. Evergreen branches, wreath forms, and candles are provided for those who wish to make their own Advent Wreath (nonflammable supplies are available for families with young children), a photo area is available for holiday picture taking, and traditional (and not so traditional) crafts can also be made. Advent calendars and devotional materials are on sale as well.

 

November Circles

… you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
~ from Psalm 65

Please join Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher for a conversation about the last psalm of the lectionary year — Psalm 65. We’ll bask in the beauty of this scripture, as well as reflect on where God has led our community in the past year.

Circles will meet as follows:

Mary/Martha:  Wednesday, November 12 at 1:00 pm in the Wartburg Room
Bethany: Monday, November 17 at 9:30 am at Signe Lyshol’s home
Salem: Wednesday, November 19, at 10:00 am at Randi Valdok’s home

 

Upcoming Adult Forums

All classes are held at 10 AM, between services on Sunday mornings in the Tree of Life Room.

Oct 5 – World Communion Day: Abby Cress in Jerusalem
Abby Cress, recently returned from a year in East Jerusalem with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program, will share a bit of her work and experiences at this morning’s adult forum. Abby would love to hear some of your questions and interests ahead of time in order to incorporate them into her presentation (they can be sent to cress.abigail@gmail.com) – questions will of course be welcome during the presentation as well!

Oct 12 – Election Forum: Gun Rights Initiatives 594 & 591
This election forum will provide an overview of both gun rights initiatives on the November ballot. With contentious messages on all sides of this issue, we aim to offer a perspective grounded in our passion for Christ’s love for all creation. At this unique forum, hear from representatives of both initiatives as we seek understanding to make an informed decision.

Oct 19 – St Luke’s Healing Service Conversation
Why do Christians hold services of healing? What’s behind the tradition of prayer, laying on of hands and anointing? Why is St. Luke associated with the practice of Christian healing? Join Pastor Hansen as we explore these questions on the day we celebrate St. Luke and lift up healing prayer in our Sunday worship.

October 26 – Guided Pathways
Funded by King County, Guided Pathways empowers and supports families and youth struggling with behavioral, emotional or substance abuse challenges in navigating resources to achieve wellness and resilience. Come hear from a representative of Guided Pathways share resources available to the community, as well as ways PRLC may form a partnership with the organization down the road.

Nov. 2 – PRLC Health and Wellness Ministry on Palliative Care
Our guest speaker, UW Medical Center RN Sharon Whyte, will inform us about palliative (pal-lee-uh-tiv) care.  Provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists, this form of specialty assists individuals with serious illnesses.  The team focuses on decreasing pain, symptoms, and stress of a serious illness along with curative treatment.  The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and family.  The PRLC Health and Wellness Ministry hopes you can join us for this very important topic.

Adult Forums in September and October

September 7
Meet Pastor Bryon Hansen

Our new lead pastor preaches and presides for the first time this morning. Come and greet Pastor Bryon over coffee and cookies in between services in the fellowship hall. We look forward to celebrating this momentous Sunday together as a community of faith.

September 14
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church has housed the Washington State office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the past two years. The State office:

  • supports 22 affiliates around the state
  • trains teachers for our free public education and support programs
  • advocates for people living with mental illness and their families at the state and local levels

A NAMI representative will present information about their programs and the current status of mental health services in Washington.

September 21
Bishop Kirby Unti

Bishop Unti preaches at both services this morning, and as a bonus we’ll welcome him for an adult forum conversation. Don’t miss this wonderful chance to hear directly from our Synod leader. See you there!

September 28
Dr. David Ellingson: Paddle Pilgrim

Pilgrimage! The ancient idea of a spiritual journey is given new meaning by Dr. David Ellingson, author of Paddle Pilgrim, the exciting story of his solo kayak trip down the Mississippi River. Ellingson — an ELCA ordained pastor and faculty member at Trinity Lutheran College — shares both captivating stories and slides about this journey and raises questions for each of us about our own pilgrimages.

October 5
World Communion Day: Abby Cress in Jerusalem

PRLC member Abby Cress, recently returned from a year in East Jerusalem with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program, will share a bit of her work and experiences at this morning’s adult forum. Abby would love to hear some of your questions and interests ahead of time in order to incorporate them into her presentation (contact her at cress.abigail@gmail.com). Questions will of course be welcome during the presentation as well!

October 12
Election Forum: Gun Rights Initiatives 594 & 591

This election forum will provide an overview of both gun rights initiatives on the November ballot. With contentious messages on all sides of this issue, we aim to offer a perspective grounded in our passion for Christ’s love for all creation. At this unique forum, hear from representatives of both initiatives as we seek understanding to make an informed decision.