September 8

Neighborhood Block Party

This event was so fun last year that we’ve decided to do it again! We’ll invite our neighbors to join us as we celebrate a new year of PRLC programs and a fresh year in the Child Development Center. Please contact Pastor Van Kley if you’d like to help with food, set-up, entertainment, or any other part of this great community-building event.

September 11

First day of Bread for the Journey

Our Wednesday evenings include classes, choirs, and dinner for all ages. Keep an eye on our website and bulletins for detailed information about how you can join in this weekly gathering. There really is something for everyone at BFJ.

September 15

Return to Sunday School, Adult Forum, and Fall Worship Schedule

We’ll resume our 8:30 and 11:00 worship times, with faith formation classes for all ages taking place during the 10:00 hour.

September 19

Salem Circle Returns

Salem Circle will start meeting again after their Summer Break starting September 19th at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Mary Lou Carlson.


Faithfully Departed

Dorothy Rupert; died May 30, 2019


Pepper Thomas, daughter of Sean and Sally Thomas


Eberhardt Hays Schilbach, son of Sascha and Abby Schilbach; born July 1, 2019


Informational Meeting Sunday July 21, 11:30, Fellowship Hall

The Ailanga Lutheran Junior Seminary in the Arusha Region of Tanzania is a secondary school primarily supported by four churches in Seattle: University, Maple Leaf, Faith, and Prince of Peace Lutheran Churches. These congregations have sent many delegations of youth and adults to visit the school over the years. Each delegation raises funds to cover their own trip and to provide a sizeable donation that keeps the school running.

The opportunity to visit in Summer 2020 is now being made available to high school students who will be finishing 10th or 11th grade next year (so if you’ve just wrapped up your freshman or sophomore year, that’s YOU!). A member of the Ailanga School Project Board will be here at PRLC on Sunday, July 21, to tell us more about this opportunity. All eligible students and their families are encouraged to attend this meeting. And, if we do send students from PRLC, our whole congregation will be invited into the fundraising process, so even if you don’t have an eligible student in your home, please feel free to come learn more about this opportunity. Contact Pastor Van Kley if you have questions.


Elizabeth Peter has served Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church as vicar over  the past year and her time with us is nearly finished.  She will leave us at the end of July to finish her divinity studies at United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. 

The Vicar Care Committee will host a Congregational Farewell, to celebrate her time with us, in Fellowship Hall after the second service on Sunday, July 28.  Please join us for light refreshments and to bid Elizabeth farewell and good luck.

Vicar Care Committee – Alice Gregory, Alice Rowe, Bart Brosten, Dan Vangen, Steve Schmidt


 The 2019-2020 PRLC council was installed on June 16th.  Council members are Jill Yetman, President; Russ Simonson, Vice-President; Todd Wathey, Treasurer; Signe Roscoe, Secretary; and at- large members: Jannah Ferguson, Brian Gruber, Matthew Hendrickson, Carolyn Hostettler, Shannon McCarthy, and George Snelling.  Retiring from their council terms are Chris Megargee, Joan Sorensen Rice, and Andrew Shutes-David.  We are grateful to God for these servants.


Join others PRLC members and neighborhood congregations in reading this new book by Pastor Lenny Duncan over the next month, then join us for a discussion on Weds, Aug 28th at 6:30-8:30 to dive deeper together into his message. In prep for the evening discussion, look at the study questions in the book, and think about what questions you are most compelled by or most want to discuss.

There will be several copies available at Phinney Books, across the street from the church. Mention your connection with Phinney and receive a 15% discount!

Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work–drawing a direct line between the church’s lack of diversity and the church’s lack of vitality. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of the church.

Dear Church-  A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the Us

By Lenny Duncan            

Fortress Press, 9781506452562, 138pp.                  

Publication Date: July 2, 2019


This July and August you (and your non-Phinney friends and family) are invited to join us for weekly walks every Sunday evening starting at 6pm. This is a great way to meet new folks and get to know those you may have seen in church for years, but never really had the chance to have a conversation with beyond the passing the peace. Each walk will start and end from a different location around the general North Seattle area, will be around 3-3.5 miles, easy to moderate difficulty level, and we’ll take it at a relaxed Seattle Summer Strolling™ pace.

This is a drop-in group, so you are encouraged to attend as many or as few of the walks as your summer vacation schedule and interest level allows. Dogs (on leashes) are welcome, as well as kids (leashes optional). Every week I’ll send out a group email with parking and all the other walk details you need to know, so if you are not already on my contact list, please contact me at below email and I’ll add you to the list.

Our first walk on July 7th will start/finish at Gasworks Park as we’ll be strolling to Royal Brougham Pavilion on the SPU Campus and back along the Burke-Gilman trail and Queen Anne Side of the Ship Canal. Most of the walks this summer will be inspired by the 2018 Mountaineers Books Urban Trails Seattle by Craig Romano. However, if you have a favorite walk in your neighborhood you’d like to help plan, please let me know.

Please contact Don Boelter with any questions–





Emma Maier, daughter of Patty and Joel Maier, has been a member at Phinney Ridge Lutheran since she was baptized here in 1996. Read below to learn about her upcoming year of service with Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) and how you can support her mission.

I recently applied and was accepted to Young Adults in Global Mission, in which young adults participate in a yearlong adventure of international service. I was accepted into the community and will be departing in August for Australia.

During this year abroad, I am considered a missionary by the ELCA. After thoughtful conversation with others in the program, I have begun to define what being a missionary means to me. I believe this position is not about converting others to my beliefs and ideas or trying to introduce my ways of culture in a place that already has a rich and beautiful culture that is their own. Instead, I am going as someone who hopes to build relationships, learn from others, create moments of conversation and story sharing, celebrate what is means to be different but also the same, and discover the beauty of the world that God has created

It costs roughly $15,000 to send one YAGM youth to their given country. The ELCA is able to cover most of the cost, but they ask that we each raise $5,000 to help with the costs.I am hoping that you will be willing to support me on this journey. I am asking that you think about accompanying me on my walk to whatever is next. Whether that is donating to my fundraising page, keeping my in your thoughts throughout the year,passing along tips or sharing stories of your life experiences so far,or anything else you think I might benefit from before, during, and after my departure.

f you are interested in donating you can visit my fundraising page:


If you would rather donate in another way you can reach out to me and I am happy to chat with you about that! 

Thank you for reading about my next chapter!