Phinney Family Camping Trip August 3-5, 2018

Pack up the car and the kids for a fun weekend of camping with fellow Phinney families this summer! All are welcome, but families with children under age 12 are especially encouraged to attend! We have reserved campsites in the main campground at Camp Lutherwood just south of Bellingham. It is 90 miles and 1.5 hours in light traffic but you can double that on Friday during rush hour, so leave early OR later!  RVs and trailers OK this year. Dogs are allowed on leash. Check in is 3pm Friday and check out is Sunday at 2pm. The fee for the weekend (two nights) is $70 (sorry, no refunds).

Space is limited this year, so reserve your spot right away!

The Camp, founded in 1947, has 45 acres and shoreline on beautiful Lake Samish. There are trails, a swimming beach (with lifeguard on Saturday), and lots to explore. Families will bring all their own food and gear, though sharing is encouraged!  Please submit the reservation form below and a check for $70 to the church office by Sunday, March 25. Questions to Kara Kalenius Novak at

Phinney Family Camping 2018 reservation form [pdf]

Get Ready for Easter Breakfast

Easter is soon approaching, and we hope you and your guests will join us for Easter breakfast in the fellowship hall. Serving time will be from 8:30AM till 11:00AM. Fluffy scrambled eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, cold cereal, orange juice and coffee will be awaiting you.

Organizers Jeff Hendrix and Ken Roscoe are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, serving and clean-up of this event. We especially need help with the Saturday setup (9am to 11am) and the Sunday cleanup (11am to 1:30pm). You can contact them directly, or sign up on the “Count Me In” form, and we will call you to discuss available duties.

We usually serve around 300 people, and would really appreciate your help in making this event happen. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the PRLC Outreach Fund. This is the only direct fundraising we do for this fund that helps families and individuals through times of distress. We will once again ask Thrivent for matching funds to help support this cause.



Looking for a Spiritual Discipline?

Pastor Hansen and Pastor Van Kley suggest taking up the habit of daily scripture reading during Lent. The Daily Lectionary provides you with three readings for every day of the week. Here are three easy ways to access the daily readings:

  • We will list the readings for the upcoming week in your bulletin every Sunday. (You can access the bulletin online at if you have to miss worship that week.)
  • Consider ordering a printed resource. One we recommend is called “Bread for the Day.” It includes daily readings and brief devotions, and can be purchased for $8.95 from Augsburg Fortress (
  • Download a daily lectionary app for your smart phone! We suggest one called “dailyLectio”.


Pastor’s Page

The Great Three Days

Crucifixion and Resurrection together are the church’s Pasch, her passing over from being no people to being God’s people, her rescue from alienation to fellowship, her reconciliation. Only as this is enacted in the church as one event is the Cross understood. What must happen is that the ancient single service of the Triduum, “the Three Days,” the continuous enactment of the Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection, covering Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Night, be celebrated.

 These words were penned by Robert Jenson, who died last September.  Arguably the most important contemporary theologian in American Lutheranism, he asserted what many systematic theologians are reluctant to say – the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection isn’t so much explained as it is experienced.  In fact, “good theology” comes as a reflection upon the church’s experience of God.

This year, the Three Days are celebrated at the end of March.  The services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil are one liturgy extended over a three-day period.  To miss one of these services is to miss out on the entire mystery.

When my unchurched friends ask me to explain God or Jesus, I tell them that I cannot do that.  Instead, I will invite them to worship so that they themselves may get a feel for God.  Just so, the death and resurrection of Christ is less a mystery to be understood and more a mystery under which we stand.   We experience the Three Days in its entirety not as a reenactment of the past but the community’s engagement with the saving God in the present.

Do you want to “understand” the death and resurrection of Christ? Come to worship during the Three Days.

And when we journey through the Three Days, God engages us through signs and gestures and actions and symbols.  We wash feet, strip the altar area, touch the wood of the Cross, light candles, drench people in water, and anoint them lavishly.  Lighted candles drip with wax.  Water is splashed on our bodies.  We eat from a real loaf of bread and drink from a large cup.  In these ways, messy as they are, God touches the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.   We are saved from consigning God to the realm of concepts and abstractions.  When touched by God in these ways, we are touched by God’s saving love.

Please join your sisters and brothers for the Three Days.  If you’ve made other plans, cancel them.  The annual Three-Day journey is worth the trip.  It is nothing less than a journey from death to life.

Pastor Hansen


Faith and Everyday Life

~ written by a staff member of Lutheran Counseling Network

I fell in love with the story of Naaman the first time I heard it. It didn’t appear among the Bible stories I had heard as a child. In 2 Kings 5, there is an experience of healing that starts with a girl from Israel who had been taken captive to serve Naaman’s wife. The girl shared about a prophet in Samaria who could heal leprosy, a disease from which Naaman, a commander of the army of the Aram King, suffered. Naaman ended up seeing that prophet — Elisha — who gave him instructions to bathe in the river Jordan seven times and be healed.

Naaman was frustrated by this overly simple instruction, and went away angry. A servant then suggested to him that if Elisha had asked him to do something difficult instead, he would have done it to be healed. The servant talked Naaman into trying the simple thing, in spite of his reservations, and wash in the Jordan. Naaman came out of the river after his seventh dip and his skin was restored to the skin of a young boy.

I wonder how often it is in our life that the ones who can and do speak healing and restoration come from unlikely places. It is the two servants in the story whom Naaman ultimately believed. A young servant girl spoke about her God who heals. Another servant speaks of letting go of the anger, and trying Elisha’s instructions.

Whom do we listen to? Where do we get our instruction? What healing has happened in your life?


Thank You from Lutheran Counseling Network

Dear people of God at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church,

Grace to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

As Lutheran Counseling Network continues in its strong and faithful work of service and ministry to the church, its members, and the community as a whole, please allow us the opportunity to thank you for your partnership in our mutual work of caring for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus.

As you know, LCN is committed to the practice of providing healing and wholeness to all who come through its doors. This happens, in large part, through your generous providing of office space, donations, referrals, congregational representation, and keeping us in your prayers.

Through your gifts, the therapists of LCN are able to care for those who come to them, offering them the gifts of hope, renewal, and “grace for their journey.”

On behalf of the board and staff, I would like to thank you again for your partnership with us and let you know how truly valued your gifts are to the ministry that we provide. May God continue to bless your congregation as we work together for the healing and wholeness of all God’s people.

God’s peace to you,
Rev. Thomas J. Rohede
Chair, Board of Directors

Lutheran Counseling Network is a coalition of licensed pastoral counselors who provide therapy in a variety of settings for a variety of needs. One such office is located in our building, with Counselor Rosemary Raynaud providing therapy on an appointment basis. Learn more: check out Lutheran Counseling Network at You can also reach Rosemary directly by phone at 206-364-1046, ext. 3.