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 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.


Circles for June

Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
~ Matthew 10:39

Minister of Outreach Patrick will join the circles to discuss the Gospel of Matthew 10:24-39.  Jesus invites us to lose our life for his sake.  What do we find in this process?
Circles are scheduled for the following times and places:

Mary/Martha: On summer break. No meeting in June.
Salem: Wednesday June 18 at 10:00 at the home of Ilse Bolliger
Bethany: Monday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Carol Olson

Adult Forums in April

Every Sunday at 10 am in the Tree of Life Room

April 6
Part Two of “5 Wishes”

One of the things people value most is being able to make their own decisions.  The Five Wishes is a practical program designed to discuss and guide you through decisions around these questions:

  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?  And
  5. What do you want your loved ones to know?

Questions 3, 4, and 5 especially include your spiritual, personal, and emotional wishes that are not usually included in most Living Wills.  This important event spans two Sundays and is presented by the PRLC’s Health and Wellness Ministry.


April 13
Rick Grant – Inspired Churches

We welcome special guest Rick Grant, author of Inspired: Churches of Seattle.  Rick will take us through his remarkable book featuring 52 of Seattle’s most beautiful churches, including PRLC.  You won’t want to miss the chance to hear from the source, and learn about many other churches like Phinney whose architecture attempts to communicate the limitlessness of God.


April 20
Easter Breakfast

Can you smell the cinnamon rolls?  Following the beauty of Saturday evening’s Easter Vigil service, on Easter morning we welcome the glory of the risen Christ and the return our collective “Alleluia” to the worship service. We also share our biggest communal meal of the year! Dedicated volunteers create and serve Easter Breakfast to everyone from 8:30-11am. There is no price tag for breakfast, but a free-will donation is taken to cover expenses and support the Parish Outreach Fund.  This is the Fund’s largest single fundraiser of the year, and your generosity is appreciated to continue our ministry of direct financial assistance for community members in need.  Thrivent members are especially encouraged to participate, as Thrivent matches a portion of the money raised.  Look for opportunities to volunteer at the breakfast in the Count Me In form on Sunday mornings.


April 27
The PRLC Child Development Center

Here’s your chance to learn about one of PRLC’s most successful yet anonymous (to the church anyway) forms of community outreach.  The Child Development Center brings the education wing alive with children all week long.  While most of the CDC families do not attend PRLC, their children are wrapped in the love of Christ while receiving loving care and instruction.  Come hear CDC Director Tim Sullivan share the ins and outs of this vibrant ministry.

Art Committee: A Creative Ministry

Ever wonder how those welcoming images on the Narthex wall that change with the Church’s seasons, get there? It’s the Art Committee’s ministry at work! Do you wish you could use your creativity to express your Christian journey? Want to exercise the right side of your brain for a change? Just have some Christian fellowship and fun in a small group setting?  Then become a member of the Art Committee. Our next planning meeting will be Wednesday, March 12th at 6:15pm in the Narthex. Join us then, or let us know of your interest on Sunday’s Count-Me-In form.


Circles for March

… Therefore let all who are faithful
offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
shall not reach them …

~ Psalm 32


The Psalms for Lent are marvelous. At the Circle meetings this months we will read them. Welcome.

Circles are scheduled for the following times and places during the month:

Mary/Martha: Will gather on Wednesday March 12 for Lenten midweek services in lieu of regular meeting

Salem: Will gather on Wednesday March 19 for Lenten midweek services in lieu of regular meeting.

Bethany: Monday, March 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Caroline Brakken


ADULT FORUM MARCH 30 & APRIL 6: The Five Wishes

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 what you want to have happen to you 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, which will be discussed on March 30 and April 6, 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 hope that you can join us on these two Sundays to learn more about the Five Wishes and prepare your own document.


Your Health and Wellness Ministry

Peg Radford, Janel Milliren, &  Kim Friedli


ADULT FORUM MARCH 23 / Orphan Dreams: Songea’s Kids

Take a safari (“journey” in Swahili) during adult education on March 23 with Songea’s Kids as your guide! “Walk” with 65 of the poorest orphan children in remote Songea, Tanzania, East Africa, as they dare to dream of a happy, healthy future instead of poverty and death. Put a face to the success stories of Lucy, Eliana, Dickson, Erick and other children.

Imagine yourself in Hope Village complex as we take you on a “fly-through”, replicating the residential complex that will house 160 of the most vulnerable orphan children and provide highly-valued clean water, a health clinic, a pre-primary school and much more. All this is possible with Seattle-based pro bono partners Sundberg Architectural Initiatives and Puget Sound Engineers Without Borders working with villagers.

Come! Celebrate the children’s successes and dream with us about future possibilities. Watch our short video. Visit the display table in the narthex. Check us out at to hear in the children’s own words how their lives are changing. It will be a journey to remember!

Songea’s Kids, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization based in Sammamish, partners with Jirani Mwewa (Good Neighbor), a Tanzanian nonprofit founded by Songea Lutheran Parish. We’ve taken responsibility for 65 orphans since 2008, including 4 babies, by providing basic needs for each child and paying for their education expenses. Education enables them to become self-supporting, breaking the cycle of poverty. USA child sponsors help dreams become a reality.

The work of Songea’s Kids is very close to Pastor Dick’s heart, and he invites you to learn more and see if you wish to become involved.



Adult Forum March 16: How to Use a Hymnal

Each year the candidates in The WAY receive two books: a bible and an Evangelical Lutheran Worship book. These two books have been the two main books of devotion in Lutheran homes for centuries. Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006) restored many of the things that made Lutheran hymnals rich treasuries for personal and family prayer, song, and worship. Come to Adult Forum on March 16 and learn more about this wonderful book we use every Sunday, and why it is a very cool thing to give to new members of our community. Led by Pastor Nancy Winder, Beth Ann Bonnecroy and Valerie Shields.


Education Hour March 9: The Lent Event!

Spring Training for Christians
Sunday, March 9th at 10 am in Fellowship Hall

Just as ball players go to Spring Training to get back into shape and ready for a new season of baseball, Christians need a time to recommit themselves to the life God calls them to live. Sometimes we get busy and forget to be as committed to our faith lives as we should be. But Lent gives us the opportunity to get back in spiritual shape by calling us to recommit to the disciplines of fasting, prayer and worship, study, giving, and service. This year’s Lent Event will offer opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about the traditional disciplines of Lent and to take part in activities that will help them use these disciplines to grow in their love for and service to our Lord. There will be a creative station for adults to make something to enhance their Lenten journey.

Attention all Mentors and Confirmation Students – Due to the Lent Event there will be NO Mentor-Student during March. All Mentors are encouraged to attend the Lent Event and to make contact with their student during that time.