Young Adult Pre-Lenten Retreat Feb 17 & 18

Joy, Mercy, Simplicity

Join Pastors Ivar Hillesland, Britt Olson, and Bryon Hansen for a weekend for an exploration of the “Rule of Taizé .” Held at the Seabeck Conference Center on beautiful Hood Canal, this is a time to “get away” and experience the intentional faith practices of the Taizé community that have been adapted by Christians worldwide. Registration brochures are available at the link below.

Young Adult Retreat Brochure & Registration [pdf]

Financial Peace University

God calls us to steward all that God has given us: our selves, our time, and our possessions.  Without a plan for how to manage God’s money, in God’s way for God’s glory, we are often left wondering where the money went.  Starting on Thursday, January 26th,  PRLC member John Hubbard will be leading a Financial Peace University course focusing on budgeting to eliminate debt, managing and saving wisely, and most importantly prioritizing goals to enable us to live more generously.  Topics covered during the 9-week course 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 $109 per family for the materials.  Free childcare will be available.  If you are interested in joining the class, contact member John Hubbard to sign up.

 

Ongoing Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

Sunday Mornings

WAY Alumni Group (WAG)

Every first Sunday of the month — 10:00 am in the church office reception area
WAG is for those who have journeyed The WAY and want to continue to explore their faith journeys in a small-group setting.

Adoption and Foster Care Support Group

Every second Sunday of the month—10:00 am in Pastor Hansen’s office
The Adoption Group meets to explore personal experiences with adoption and foster care. Individuals interested in participating should contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher or member Scott Shiebler for more information.

Caregiver Circle

Every third Sunday of the month—10:00 am 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.

Sacred Listening

Every fourth Sunday of the month—12:00 pm in the Fireside Room
Using the book Sacred Listening, by James Wakefield, participants in this group gather for a time together to share their experiences with this imaginative form of Bible study based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola as they have been adapted for use in Protestant denominations.

More Opportunities

Lectionary and Lunch

Every Tuesday – 12:00 pm in the Library
Join Pastors Hansen and Van Kley every Tuesday for a discussion of the scripture readings for the next Sunday. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Lent Midweek

Wednesdays during Lent, starting March 8, concluding April 5—11:00 am in the Sanctuary
Come spend time in prayer during Lent. Give yourself a chance to reflect on the mysteries of the season. We will be gathering for worship on Wednesdays, with a special emphasis on the Psalms. A simple soup lunch (at which all are welcome) will be served after worship.

The Parents’ Study Group

Every Wednesday – 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room
Join Pastor Van Kley to talk about the challenges and joys of raising our children in faith. Pastor Van Kley has collected several questions that have come from our youth themselves during confirmation retreats, and we’ll use these to start our conversations. Topics include: faith and science; wrestling with doubt; understanding Lutheranism; and Christian vocation. This is a time to share, learn, support one another, and grow in our own faith, too.

Spirited Women

Daytime Spirited Women every Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. in the Tree of Life Room
Evening Spirited Women every third Thursday of the month – 6:00 p.m. in the Tree of Life Room
We have two groups of Spirited Women at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church: one that meets in the morning (every Wednesday), and one that meets in the evening (every third Thursday of the month). Women of all ages and backgrounds come together in these groups to discuss a particular chosen book and talk about their lives, their faith, and whatever else comes up!

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Every Wednesday – 6:30 p.m. in the Library
Pastor Hansen leads a discussion on the upcoming Sunday lectionary readings.

Women’s Bible Study Circles

Bethany Circle — every 3rd Monday of the month at 9:30 am
Salem Circle— every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am
These groups meet once each month in members’ homes to study a specific book or passage in the Bible under the guidance of one of our pastors.

Troubling the Waters

Every Wednesday beginning January 11— 7:30 pm in the Tree of Life Room
The Troubling the Waters group will wade into the questions of race, identity, and faith that confront the ELCA as a whole and in our community here at Phinney Ridge. The sessions will follow curriculum established by the ELCA as “a journey for White Christians from privilege to partnership.” While periodic absences are understandable, we ask participants to commit to the program so that we can create a reliable space to dialogue about these difficult topics.

The WAY

Sunday evenings—5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall
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.

The formal word for this process is the catechumenate. At Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, The WAY is an opportunity for your faith to be explored, nurtured, and renewed; your commitment to Jesus Christ affirmed; and your walk as a disciple of Christ to be established or re-established in the life-giving waters of Holy Baptism or the Affirmation of Baptism.

Young Adult Pre-Lenten Retreat

February 17 & 18 — Seabeck Conference Center
Joy, Mercy, Simplicity
Join Pastors Ivar Hillesland, Britt Olson, and Bryon Hansen for a weekend for an exploration of the “Rule of Taizé .” We will learn about the “Way of Joy, Mercy, and Simplicity”; and we will pray together and individually using music and songs from the Taizé Community.

Liturgy and Justice

Saturday, May 6 — 10:00 am-3:00 pm in the Tree of Life Room
Sunday, May 7— 10:00 am and 6:00 pm in the Tree of Life Room

Dr. Samuel Torvend, Professor of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University, will help us probe the relationship between Christian worship and justice. At the Saturday event (10:00 am-3:00 pm) we will remember the “forgotten Luther” who nurtured civic as well as church reform with initiatives toward the poor and hungry. Dr. Torvend will speak on Sunday at the Adult Forum and at the evening WAY gathering. Dr. Torvend is the author of Luther and the Hungry Poor, Fortress Press, 2008.

 

Adult Faith Formation Opportunities Jan-May 2017 (print version) [pdf]

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,
Nancy

 

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 (children@prlc.org) 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 children@prlc.org.

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

whole-group

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 island66@comcast.net, if you plan to attend the Dec. 4 meeting.