Summer 2019 Trips!

Please visit the LYONS website ( to find information about our middle school trip to Lutherwood Oregon and our high school trip to Idaho Servant Adventures, and how you can sign up. Deadline to sign up is March 17

Sunday Night Live (All LYONS)

6:00-8:00pm Sunday February 3
St John United
All LYONS youth and friends are invited to join us for dinner, games, worship, and time with friends.

Snowshoeing with Peak 7 (High School)

7:00am-4:00pm (ish) Wednesday, February 20
Meet at SJU, cost $45
Looking for a great way to get up into the snow during mid-winter break? Join us for a day of snowshoeing at Snoqualmie Pass with Peak 7 Adventures’ guides leading the way. Friends welcome! Please sign up on the LYONS website.

Middle School GO! Night

6:00pm Friday, March 1st – 7:30am Saturday, March 2nd
Meet at St. John United
Cost $45
Join us for a fun filled night with youth from across the Northwest Washington Synod. We will be heading down to St. Matthew’s in Renton for an all night event. We will be doing all sorts of different fun activities, enjoying food, worshipping, and having great fellowship together. As always, friends are more than welcome to join and are highly encouraged to.

Keep Up to Date with LYONS!

If you haven’t already, you can join the LYONS Facebook group (Lutheran Youth of North Seattle), follow us on Instagram (@roaring_lyons), or check out our website

The Vicar’s Voice


When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.

–Howard Thurman, “The Mood of Christmas”.

Christ has been born, presents unwrapped, all the cookies have been eaten, and life has gone back to “normal” with work, school, activities. Yet the good news of Christmas resounds in this season after Epiphany, a time where we get to witness the manifestation of God’s love through Jesus’ preaching and teaching, and to understand just how much God loves us by bringing Godself to walk amongst us humans. It is all about identification: Jesus is the messiah for all people.

I’m almost at the halfway mark of my time at Phinney Ridge as your Vicar. These first few months have been instrumental in establishing my own pastoral identity, finding my voice, shaping my work relationships and broadening my knowledge of Scandinavian and Norwegian heritage! Needless to say, it has been a whirlwind of adventures in Seattle, and many moments of learning things on the fly.

One of the things I have truly loved learning about is the people of Phinney Ridge. I have been going on lunches and dinners with any member who wants to take me out! I have been blessed with the opportunity to be invited into people’s homes, eating at their favorite places, hearing their stories, and really beginning to understand how each person’s identity is wrapped up in our relationship with God. God is truly at work amongst this community. What I love the most is the diversity of life journeys: no two persons have the same story, and hearing your story has been one of the greatest learning pieces for me. For it is in our diversity within community that the fullness of God’s love for us can be realized.

As we continue journeying with Jesus, we learn more and more about our own identities and who we are in the eyes of God. This message is as real today as it was during biblical times. For people today, the fullness of Epiphany is realized in the fullness of our relationships. For every person in whom Christ is born, there is a person who needs to hear a human neighbor affirm that this person’s life is good news, God with us, that it matters to the world. This year, as we enter into this season of revelation, let us not only take note of God among us, but also to affirm God’s activity in one another. Get to know your neighbor, cause I’m really loving getting to know you.

Vicar Elizabeth Peter


December Financials

December General Fund Gifts         $96,675 (5 Sundays)
Needed per month      $64,583 (1/12 of  annual budget)



Update of PRLC Constitution and Bylaws

Our church constitution is a carefully written document that serves to define the purpose of the church, the function and interaction of organizations and positions within the congregation, and its relationship to the larger church body, the ELCA. Bylaws were written to flesh out some of the details, for instance the role of various council positions or the purpose of annual congregational meetings.

The constitution currently in effect dates back to 2008. You will be hearing more in coming weeks about an effort to update the PRLC Constitution and Bylaws, with the following goals:

  1. To unify the two documents into one, with bylaws being logically numbered and placed by the corresponding chapters of the Constitution. They are currently two separate documents, and some of the numbering scheme has gotten misaligned over the years.
  2. To match the ELCA Model Constitution and incorporate language changes from the 2013 and 2016 Churchwide Assemblies.
  3. In some instances it has been recommended to make changes to remove language that no longer reflected current PRLC practices.

Please look for announcements in future bulletins and newsletters about Adult Forum-style information being made available. Members will have opportunity to study the proposed changes, and ask questions. It is the goal and hope of your council that we will be able to approve the updated, unified document at the April 2019 Congregational Meeting.


Adult Forums in January

Sunday mornings at 10:00 in the Tree of Life Room

January 13th

Friendly Water for the World

Lack of access to clean water has taken its toll on people around the world.  In the past decade alone, many have died from waterborne illnesses.  Come and learn how Friendly Water for the World is working toward just solutions.  PRLC member Steve Johnson serves on the board of Friendly Water for the World, and will speak of its work with communities around the world who have little in the way of access to resources by sharing knowledge and providing training in ensuring clean water through the establishment and maintenance of water filtering systems.

January 20th

Preparing for the Annual Meeting

In a conversation facilitated by your pastors and parish council, come and hear about the items to be discussed at the PRLC Annual Meeting on January 27th.

January 27th

Annual Meeting

There will be no forum this day as the annual congregational meeting will take place between services.


Communion Instruction for Children

At PRLC, all are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Instruction is appropriate for children at any age that the parents see fit. Many children receive “First Communion” instruction at around Kindergarten or 2nd grade, and then again when they are older and able to think differently about the sacrament. Frankly, we all need instruction throughout our lives! We never fully grasp the mystery.

Pastor Van Kley will offer communion instruction for children in February. She will gear her lesson toward the ages and abilities of those interested. Please contact her directly if this is something you desire for your child, whether communion will be new for them, or if they’ve already been communing but desire further instruction.