Vacation Bible School 2017


… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
~ Philippians 4:8

This year we will be exploring whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise. Our journey will take us on an exploration of the Holy Scriptures, into the beauty of nature, and alongside commendable and praiseworthy members of our community.

We will use music, arts and crafts, cooking, study, service, and fun to help us make this journey. And we invite our families and friends to join us on Saturday for a festive picnic celebration that will feature a presentation, food, bouncy house, and more!


June 27-30, 2017, 9 am-12:30 pm
$40 ($35 before June 1)

Optional Afternoon Program
12:30-4 pm
$16 per day

Saturday Special Event
for VBS participants and their families and friends
July 1, 2017, 4-6 pm

– Scholarships are available –

VBS 2017 Registration Form [pdf]

Annual Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) Benefit Concert

Sunday, May 21, 2017 ~ 7:00pm

This is a wonderful way to support our youth! Please come and enjoy inspiring performances by our Youth Choir, past choir members, instrumentalists, and musical friends.

All proceeds go to support our scholarship fund to LSM, allowing many of our own choir members to attend camp this summer.


Meet Your Congregation Council

My name is Corey Golden, and currently I serve as vice-president of our church council. I’ve been a part of council since July 2014. I initially joined council during our transition from Pastor Hoffman to Pastor Hansen because I was concerned about the change and wanted to make sure the church was going on a path that made sense to me. Although council is a substantial time commitment, I can’t tell you how rewarding it has been to see how engaged our members are and how we as a congregation serve God in our community.

My husband Hunter and I have been members at PRLC since 2009 — we joined shortly after we moved back to Seattle from Washington, DC. We went through The WAY with Pastor Paul Hoffman and Pastor Bev Piro in 2008/2009. Our two children – Peter and Erin – are currently going through confirmation classes at PRLC. This congregation has always been welcoming to our family and is an anchor in our lives.

Professionally, I am the regional Chief Financial Officer for the Latin America, Africa and Caribbean sales team at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. At PRLC our family is active in Bread for the Journey, as acolytes and lectors, serving on the council, and auditing the church financial statements.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you’re interested in being a part of the church council, I’m more than happy to talk with you.


PRLC Member Carys Davis “Walks for Water”

Dear Family and Friends,

I serve on the WaterFirst Middle School Board and I’m advocating for over 2.5 billion people who still lack access to clean water and a toilet.

On May 7 I’ll walk in the Carry5 Walk for Water, where I’ll carry 5 gallons of water for 5 kilometers in solidarity with the women and girls who still spend their days carrying water rather than going to school.

Please support my walk and help me end the walk for women and girls in communities in Ethiopia, Honduras, Bangladesh, and Mozambique. Every donation to my page will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a matching fund for Water1st youth boards!

You can donate here:

If you want to walk with me, I’ve created a team with my friend and fellow board member, Rose, and we’d love to have you! To join our team, click on, scroll to the “join a team” button near the bottom of the page, and enter “True Blue Crew” to start the registration process.

Thanks for cheering me on!



Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: It Takes a Village!

~ Luci Baker Johnson

In the time that my husband and I have been members at Phinney Ridge Lutheran, my mother, Eunice Baker, has gone into greater degrees of dementia, to the point that she now requires full-time, 24-hour-a-day care, which I feel privileged to provide. Asking for help is not something that comes easily to me, but I’ve come to learn that to offer help means that you also have to be willing to ask for help. I’m grateful to these Phinney (PRLC) members for their time, energy, and prayers.

To Pastor Bryon Hansen and Pastor Anne Van Kley – for allowing both my husband and me to bend your ear and hear our frustrations, concerns, and pleas for help.

To Randi Valdok, Janel Milliren and Linda Thorson – for taking my mother into their homes for a few hours so that Doug and I could have a “date night”. It takes a special person to offer this support to a caregiver.

To Andrew and Erica Shutes-David and Mark and Jill Yetman – for their superior help in our household move on April 29. We could NOT have done it without them. They made it possible for me to stay with Mom while they assisted Doug in the enormous task of moving our belongings to a new home in Olympic Manor.

To the women of the Evening Spirited Women – for allowing me to participate. And for your prayers both on the nights we gather and beyond.

To the Caregiver Circle – for being there and helping me realize that I’m not in this alone.

To the many individuals who ask about Mom — letting me know they care.

To the many individuals who greet Mom at church. See to understand what this means to both Mom and me.

God’s peace,
Luci Baker Johnson