Fall Save The Dates for Newcomers

October 6

Newcomers Luncheon at 12:30 pm

Are you new to Phinney?  Have you been visiting us for a month or a year or more?   This luncheon is a time for you to get acquainted with others and learn a bit more about Phinney and its ministries.  We will also talk about the WAY, our process for welcoming persons into the life of the congregation.  This WAY cycle begins Sunday, October 13.

October 13

The WAY Begins

The WAY connects newcomers to this community of faith and explores questions of faith in an open and relaxed environment. If you have been visiting Phinney and wish to explore the WAY, we begin on Sunday, October 13 at 12:30 p.m. We begin with lunch and meet until 2:30 p.m.  Child care is always available.    

A colorful stain glass cross encircled by blue circle.

If you are interested in the WAY, learn more at the Newcomers gathering on October 6th or please contact Pastor Hansen in the church office.

“I especially enjoyed the small group time … it was a way to get to each other better, plus feeling supported by new friends.”

Adult Forums this Fall

Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Tree of Life Room

September 15 – Phinney Houses

Join members of the parish council for a wrap-up of our summer discussions on the future direction of the Phinney Houses.

September 22 – “At all times and in all places …”

Join Pastor Hansen and Pastor Van Kley as we kick-off our Adult Forum series for the Fall.

September 29 –“At all times and in all places …” : Outreach

Join Patrick Meagher, Minister of Outreach, and Tim Sullivan, Director of the Child Development Center for an exploration of the PRLC ministries of outreach to the neighborhood and the world

October 6 – “At all times and in all places …” : Property

Join Christina Sunstone, Parish Administrator, and longtime property steward David Cress to learn more about the stewardship of our parish building and grounds.

October 13 – “At all times and in all places …” : Worship

Join Beth Ann Bonnecroy, Jeffrey Cooper, the pastors and other worship leaders to discuss the ministry of worship at PRLC.

October 20 and 27 – “At all times and in all places …” : Justice

The “Circle of Welcome,” our new ministry of assisting refugee families will be discussed in the broader context of the current refugee crisis and the church’s ministry among immigrant families.  This two-week forum will be led by Pastor Rick Rouse.

November 3 – “At all times and in all places …” : Formation

Learn about Sunday school, youth ministry, Bread for the Journey, the WAY and other ministries of faith formation with our Children, Youth, and Family Minister Nichole Meyer and other PRLC leaders.

November 10 – “At all times and in all places …” : PRLC Staff

In the interest of pursuing just wages for all staff members at PRLC, the PRLC Staffing Task Force Structure group will share its findings and suggestions.

November 17 – “At all times and in all places …” : 2020 Vision

Pastor Van Kley will lead this session to wrap-up our series and help us discern our financial pledges for the new year.

November 24 – Christ the King Sunday

Today we celebrate the reign of Christ with the offering of our pledges and a special inter-generational Sunday School.

Sing In One of Our Choirs!

Gospel Choir

Director: Craig Hopper

United in our Diversity! The Phinney Ridge Community Gospel Choir gathers singers of various musical experience, and ages to celebrate music through the rich tradition of African American religious music. Under the direction of Mr. Craig Hopper, the choir’s heart and harmonies shine through. The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir is a true ecumenical choir. Anyone is invited to sing as long as they can carry a tune! There are no auditions or dues.

Wednesday evenings beginning September 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm in the Tree of Life Room

Handbell Choir

Director: Beth Ann Bonnecroy

Do you have an interest in ringing handbells?  Come to an  introductory workshop Sat, Sept 14, 10-11am in the sanctuary.  People of middle school age and older are welcome. We will learn about ringing handbells and will practice a piece to ring at the 8:30 service Sept 15. 

Cherub Choir

Director: Evelyn Hartwell

The Cherub Choir is for children in grades K-2. We rehearse weekly from 5:30-6:00 p.m. and prepare to lead worship once a month. Our rehearsals focus on exploring our voices, matching pitch, moving to music, playing rhythm instruments and understanding our congregation’s worship. We learn to sing hymns, responses and anthems that reflect the theme of the scripture lessons.


Director: Evelyn Hartwell

The Choristers choir is for children in grades 3-6. We rehearse weekly from 6:30-7:10 p.m. and prepare to lead worship once a month. Our rehearsals focus on healthy vocal production, reading and interpreting music, and understanding our faith through music. We sing hymns, descants, Psalms and anthems that connect to the weekly lectionary. Our rehearsals close with playing handbells, praying by candlelight, or singing in the sanctuary.

Youth Choir

Director: Paul Georgeson

Youth in grades 7th-12th are invited to join the Youth Choir. Alumni often add their voices at festival services and other times throughout the year. The choir rehearses from 5:15-6:00 p.m. most Wednesdays of the school year. These rehearsals focus on bringing great texts and music off the page and into our very lives through ever-developing voices, open hearts, and active minds. In so doing we grow in our understanding of music, ourselves, and our faith, enabling us to offer these gifts at worship. The choir sings at the 8:30 a.m. service about once each month September through May, on Christmas Eve, and during Holy Week.

Chancel Choir

Director: Beth Ann Bonnecroy

Chancel Choir is for adult singers who enjoy leading in worship with the classic music of the church. Choral masterpieces from the Baroque to the present, as well as Psalms, hymns, Spirituals and world music are part of the Chancel Choir repertoire. The Chancel Choir leads congregational song and sings an offertory anthem for 11:00 a.m. worship most weeks, and rehearses Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., September through May. Previous choir or music-reading experience is helpful but not required. Practices begin September 4. New singers are welcome at any point in the year.


All interested singers, 7th grade and older, are invited to form a choir for worship Sept 8.  You may sing for the 8:30 service or for both 8:30 and 10:00.  Just show up for rehearsal in the choir room at 8:00 on Sept 8.

St Luke Episcopal Church Fundraiser- Edible Hope

Edible Hope is the feeding ministry of St. Luke Episcopal Church in Ballard.  Breakfast is served Monday through Friday, giving hope to our homeless friends through meals served up in love. The fundraiser is September 23 at Lagunitas Brewery. For tickets, visit https://ediblehope19.eventbrite.com.

Fall Rain Garden and Cistern Maintenance 

See how 12 cisterns and one rain garden manage over 66,000 gallons of water each year on  September 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Learn the basics for rain garden and cistern care at this hands-on maintenance workshop. Open to the public.

Circle of Welcome Refugee Ministry Update

As you may know, PRLC is participating in Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s Circle of Welcome program, designed to guide a refugee family though all aspects of acclimation to a new country. Our team is trained and ready to begin. LCSNW put the process on hold for a few weeks over the summer as they weren’t receiving refugees from the federal government, but that period has ended, and we’re expecting a family in September. Perhaps by the time you read this we’ll have information on our family! Look for ways to be involved (whether you’re trained or not) once we know the specific needs of the people to who God has invited us to provide a circle of welcome.

Viewing of “The Most Dangerous Year”

Tuesday, September 24 at Northlake Lutheran Church, Kenmore

Doors open at 6pm; movie at 6:30pm

The Human Rights Campaign called 2016 the most dangerous year ever for transgender Americans. Filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a

group of embattled parents — including herself and her husband, who are parents of a young trans girl — fighting to protect their children from discriminatory laws in their home states. While the movie follows the story of anti-transgender legislation, the heart of the film lies in the stories of the families who accept and support their kids for exactly who they are. Huddle Blakefield, one of the moms in the film, and Aidan Key, founder and director of Gender Diversity, will be there, available for a Q&A after we watch the

film. There is no cost for the event. Questions may be directed to Pastor Anja Helmon at 425-486-6977. Please come!