PRLC Food Bank 2017 Thanksgiving Distribution

The Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving distribution. We will supply area families with all the elements of a Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey (or a chicken for smaller families).

If you would like to help make this distribution possible, click on this link for a list of volunteer activities and a shopping list.

If you would like to register to receive a Thanksgiving Box, follow these steps:

  1. Call the food bank at 206-784-7964 at one of these times: October 30, 31, or November 1; or the following week on November 6, 7, or 8, 2017; between 5:00-7:00 pm. You will be asked for your name, address, and the number of adults and children in your household.
  2. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 between 12:00-3:00 pm to pick up and take home the box which has been prepared for you.

If you miss your chance to pre-register for a Thanksgiving Box, you  may still be able to receive one. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. At that point we will give away any unclaimed boxes from the day’s distribution. Historically, we have almost always been able to provide Thanksgiving Boxes to everyone who wants one, so your chances are good.

Blessings on you and on the people you love.

News from Former Vicar Katherine GrayBuck

Dear Friends,

This month, I took on a new role. I’m headed to Harborview Medical Center, where I will be the spiritual care provider (chaplain) on the palliative care team. I’m looking forward to working with patients and families in difficult situations, and providing spiritual companionship along some of life’s hardest journeys. While at Harborview, I will continue with my education with the goal of becoming a board certified chaplain. I love the spiritual care team at Harborview, and after a life-changing CPE experience with them this summer, I’m proud to join them as a staff member.

Thank you for all your support, prayer, and well wishes as I make this career transition. I have enjoyed my time among you, and I will always know that I have a home at PRLC.

Katherine GrayBuck



You’re invited to the LYONS’ Stay at Home Tea!

Rather than inviting you to another fundraising event, we are inviting you to relax, put your feet up, and enjoy a cup of tea on us and consider supporting Lutheran Youth of North Seattle. We are in our 20th year of ministry serving all youth from our 5 member congregations in a Christ-centered community of worship, witness, service, education, and fun. Invitation letters with tea will be available after worship on November 5 through the end of the year. Funds received this year will go to support our trip to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, June 2018.


Upcoming Events:

Middle School Dessert and Devotions: Sunday November 5, 6:00-8:00pm at the LYONS Den at St John United

Middle School/Confirmation “Advent” Retreat: November 10-12 at Camp Lutherwood

All LYONS Friendsgiving: Sunday November 19, 6:00-8:00pm, location TBA

All LYONS Advent Event: Sunday, November 26, 6:00-8:00pm, Phinney Ridge Lutheran

All LYONS Cookie Bake-Off: Sunday, Dec 3

Middle School Christmas Party: Sunday Dec 10

High School Christmas Lock-In: Sunday Dec 17-18

Please visit to find the most up-to-date information on events and activities and other ways to support our shared ministry. We’re also on Facebook (Lutheran Youth of North Seattle)


Pastor’s Page

Engage with Love

Recently, I got involved in a Facebook quarrel.  An old friend posted a thought provoking question and invited responses.  One of the responders took issue with my reply.  Others chimed in and within minutes several of us got embroiled in an online argument.  When I was feeling agitated and when it dawned on me that I was debating with people I had never met, I left the debate and resumed my preferred posture of Facebook observer.  I discovered that I was engaged in the very behavior I eschew.

In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks reflected on the pervasive heated rhetoric in these bitter times.  Brooks spoke of the need for civility in public discourse: “If you make people feel heard, maybe in some small way you’ll address the emotional bile that is at the root of their political posture.”  Citing Stephen L. Carter’s book Civility, he points to a shining example in the American era of post-Civil War reconstruction: “the best abolitionists restrained their natural hatred of slaveholders because they thought the reform of manners and the abolition of slavery were part of the same cause – to restore the dignity of every human being.”

In the baptismal covenant, we promise to “serve all people, following the example of Jesus and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”   What does it mean to live out this baptismal promise?   I think it includes how we speak and listen to our neighbors, especially those with whom we disagree.  Instead of presuming to persuade others to our point of view, we are free to approach others with listening ears and the expectation of learning something new.

It is easy to turn up the volume in noisy and polarizing times, but instead of talking with one another, we end up talking past each other.  Living peaceably involves more than turning down the volume.  It is a matter of honoring others.   I like the wisdom of St. James: “Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger…” (James 1:19)

Let us love one another in the manner and way of Christ.

Pastor Hansen