Phinney Ridge Lutheran Volunteers Needed for MLK Day of Service Project

January 15, 2018          9am-Noon

For the first time, PRLC is participating in the United Way Day of Service on the MLK Holiday. We have always thought it was a great idea–a way to actually honor the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr with action!

We have chosen a project benefiting the Seattle office of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. They have had an office on the 4th floor at PRLC for many years and are moving!

NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. The Seattle staff and volunteer leaders work to raise awareness and provide essential and free referral, support, education, and outreach surrounding mental illness.

We need 30 volunteers–families welcome but volunteers must be 16 years of age or older (sorry!). We also need a couple of trucks to move their office items in. Not everyone will need to be moving furniture. Some will help them unpack & settle into their new office in the U District. Won’t you please consider joining this worthwhile project to help a long-time tenant doing vital work in our community? Please indicate your willingness on the “Count Me In” form on the back of the half sheet in your bulletin and we’ll be in touch with more logistics and details. —Signe Roscoe & Jenn Boelter


Spirited Women Beginning New Book Study

Spirited Women is a group of women who meet every Wednesday morning to talk about the book they’re reading, as well as the questions, doubts, and certainties of daily faithful living. Their first meeting of the year will be January 10, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Tree of Life room. They are starting a new book: Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God, by Kent Dobson. Books are available for purchase at the Grace Station on Sunday morning (cost $20, payable by check or exact change only), or at Phinney Books, across the street from the church, where you will receive a discount if you mention Spirited Women. The book is also available for download on to electronic readers.

Start the new year off by joining Spirited Women for spirited conversation, coffee, tea, and treats. All are welcome.


Pastor’s Page: Taking the Plunge

On New Year’s Day I drove our dog Sally to Magnuson Park.  It’s her favorite place to play.  Along the way, I noticed an unusually large number of people gathered at the entrance to Matthews Beach.  Cars were parked for a long stretch on either side of the road.  Some of the folks getting out of their cars carried swimming gear.  I wondered what in the world was going on and then it dawned on me.  It was the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Every year people take the plunge into a bitter cold Lake Washington.  For many people, this has become a New Year’s Day ritual.  Despite the bitter cold, many people enjoy the invigorating rush of dipping into cold water.

Last Sunday we began a new year with the celebration of the Baptism of our Lord.  And every Sunday, worship begins when water is poured into the font.  We begin worship in the name of the one in whose name we were first baptized.

Last Sunday gave us opportunity to renew our baptismal vows.  We renounced again those things that separate us from God, renewed our trust in the triune God, and renewed our promises to remain in the community, keep worship central, and to practice the ways of discipleship.  All of this took place around the pouring water that was felt on our bodies when the entire assembly was sprinkled with the water and we dipped our hands into the font.  We renew these promises, not by our resolve, but in and through the power of the Spirit.

The jury is out as to whether I’ll ever take the Polar Bear Plunge.  If it were up to Sally, we would give it a try.  You can probably guess the final verdict.  Though I’m loath to jump into the lake, there is something I can say with great certainty — I will continue to join you in returning again and again to the pouring water and the font.

There we remember who we are by remembering whose we are.  Join me in taking the plunge!

Pastor Hansen


LYONS Visioning

Lutheran Youth of North Seattle (LYONS) is celebrating its 20th year of ministry in the North Seattle area. As most people do, we will be celebrating throughout the year, but in addition to looking back we want to take a focused look at what is ahead for LYONS in the next 20 years and beyond. To do that we are embarking on a visioning process this winter and spring, and we are looking for the input and prayers of all congregation members.

The goal of the visioning process is to create a new, renewed and refreshed vision for youth faith formation and youth ministry, and to continue supporting, growing and sustaining this vibrant ministry. A visioning team has been created that includes congregational members and pastors from each of the LYONS member churches (PRLC, Queen Anne Lutheran, Ballard First Lutheran, St. John United Lutheran and University Lutheran). Members Joel Maier and Pete Vickers are your Phinney representatives on the Vision Team. We have also solicited the help of Dave Ellingson to help shepherd us through the process. Dave is a Lutheran Pastor, an educator who has taught youth ministry courses at Trinity Lutheran College and has consulted with a number of churches on visioning and program development.

As we progress into January and February we will be looking for input from our congregation community at large. We are hoping to hear from everyone, including those who have not been involved with LYONS, as well as avid supporters and volunteers. We are hoping that with some prayerful thought your ideas will help us shape the future of LYONS. We will cast our net for input by sending out an online survey, hard copy survey, and conducting face to face meetings. Dave Ellingson will also visit Phinney in February (date to be determined) to attend a face to face meeting to help gather your input. Joel and Pete will also be available between services to hear your input about the future of LYONS.

Once the input collection phase is complete the visioning team will review the data collected and  issue a report with recommendations for the future of the LYONS Ministry. The report will then be used to develop goals and strategies for implementation.

More details will be forthcoming as we move down the visioning path. We look forward to gathering your comments, concerns and ideas for the future of LYONS.


Happy 2018 from the Child Development Center!

As the holidays and the year end, it is always an exciting time downstairs in the CDC.  Things slow down a bit, and we have a little time off and have a lower number of children at school each day while many of the children are visiting family and friends for the holidays.

That time always gives me a chance to reflect on the upcoming year, as well as all the joys and challenges we faced in the last year.  As I reflected on this last year, one thing I kept coming back to is how thankful I am for the position I have and the support I have from the CDC families, our local community, and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.   One example of this was the preschool’s field trips to the local Christmas tree lot just off Holman.  As soon as we arrived in the big church bus all the workers were excited to see the children.  They told us they were wondering when we would show up, and began talking to the teachers like long lost friends.  I watched the children running around the lot, hiding behind trees, and collaborating on what tree they should bring back to their classroom.

It was a special thing to see how much joy these children could spread along to our community simply by expressing their joy.  After long days of selling hundreds of trees, the workers found their spirits refreshed by the happiness of our children, and there was a smile on everyone’s faces.  It left me proud of what an amazing school we have, and thankful that I get to be in this place every day.   I am looking forward to another amazing year in the CDC, and wish all of you the happiest of new years.

~ Tim Sullivan, Director of the PRLC Child Development Center


Adult Forums in January

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in Tree of Life

January 7, 2018
Welcoming Refugees
How can we welcome those who are fleeing violence and persecution? Please join Sam Altis from Lutheran Community Services this morning to learn what it’s like for refugees arriving in the US, what the current state of refugee resettlement is both nationally and locally, and some ways you can be involved in welcoming refugee families.

January 14, 2018
Mark: The Gospel of Surprise
During this year, most of our Gospel readings come from Mark.  What is unique about Mark’s Gospel?   What is Mark’s contribution to our understanding of Jesus and the Christian life?  Mark has been described as the “Master of Surprise.”  How does this Gospel surprise us?  Join Pastor Hansen for the conversation.

January 21, 2018
Jessica Zimmerle from Earth Ministries
For over 25 years, Earth Ministry has been inspiring and mobilizing the faith community to play a leadership role in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Join us on January 21 for an engaging adult forum on care for creation led by Jessica Zimmerle, Program & Outreach Director for Earth Ministry. We will explore the connection between faith and sustainability, think about how our congregation can get involved, and learn tools to advocate for the protection of our one and only planet.

January 28, 2018
Congregational Meeting—No Adult Forum
Due to the PRLC Annual congregational meeting, there will be no Adult Forum on January 28th.


Outreach Report

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

 Outreach Fund Gratitude

Do you know you are a safety net for the most vulnerable in our community? Those of you who donate to the PRLC Outreach Fund create hope and security for families going through a difficult time. Through the distribution of bus tickets, rental assistance, gasoline assistance, utility bill assistance, and many other forms of help, we meticulously gave away over $25,000 to over 150 households in 2017! The entire budget for the Outreach Fund comes from individual donations, not from the church budget. This partnership ensures our community shines God’s light of hope and help during a very dark time for many. Thank you for your support of this vital safety net!

Women’s March 2018

The scene was dark in January 2017. Then a large group from PRLC joined a massive group to march through downtown extolling the value of women, people of color, people of all religions, gay and transgender people, and many other vulnerable populations under attack today. The empowerment of the event could not be understated, and kept many of us going through the tumult of the rest of the year. Organizers are at it again planning a march on Saturday, January 20th from Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, running from 10-4pm. We’ll be organizing another PRLC group to attend, and hope you can make it. All ages and genders welcome! Look for sign ups on upcoming Sunday morning Count Me In forms. 

Interfaith Advocacy Day February 20th

If you’re like me, a scroll through the news  leaves you feeling unsettled and powerless. What can one person do? Where can one person do it? Thanks to our long-standing partnership with Faith Action Network, you have an outlet! FAN organizes Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia every year and offers us the chance to learn about important state legislative issues before meeting face to face with our actual representatives. You’ll leave feeling educated, empowered, and part of the solution. This year’s IFAD falls on Tuesday, February 20th (more info at We’ll be organizing a team from PRLC to attend. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher, or mark your Count Me In form on an upcoming Sunday

PRLC Member Michael Trice to be Ordained

You Are Cordially Invited

By the grace of God, the Reverend Kirby Unti, Bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod, will ordain Michael Reid Trice, Ph.D. into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 at two o’clock in the afternoon
Campion Ballroom, Seattle University, 901 – 12th Avenue, Seattle

Rostered ministers are invited to vest. The color of the day is red.  Reception immediately following. Parking is available at the Murphy & Broadway garages.