Circles in June

The Holy Trinity is celebrated this year on June 16th.  What does scripture say about the Trinity?  How does the mystery of the three persons in one God say about the nature of God and our life in God?  In what ways does the Trinity serve as the foundation of our life and faith?  We will look at a number of scripture passages as well as passages form prayers and hymns in our worship book.

The Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle will meet on Monday, June 10 at 9:30 am in the home of Caroline Brakken.

Salem Circle will meet on Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 am in the home of Mabel Rockness.

Adult Forums During Easter

Practicing Resurrection

At the Adult Forums during Easter we will consider what it means to practice resurrection by hearing the testimony of PRLC members as they reflect on living out the Baptismal covenant of bearing witness to God’s love, serving all people, and striving for justice and peace in the world.

3 Easter, May 5 – Practicing Resurrection: Being open to God’s call

Led by Nancy Monelli
Usually,  when we see a break in the cement of a sidewalk  or a crack in a wall,  we notice that something is growing, or trying to grow, out of that broken place. There are cracks like these in all our lives when pain, disappointment, or sorrow cause cracks in our confidence, serenity or even faith. But these are also the times when God can give us growth in new and transformative ways.  Easter living includes being attentive to the broken places in the lives of the people God places in our lives, and  being a companion who is willing to listen and share God’s love with them during these dark times, trusting that God will fill their places of darkness with new life and growth. Nancy will use this lens to discuss her vocation of spiritual direction and mentoring.

4 Easter, May 12 — Practicing resurrection: going to prison

Led by Chris Shultz
Kairos is a prison ministry that seeks to share God’s unconditional love with people who have often experienced little of it. Chris will tell how he got involved with this ministry and how going to prison has been one of the best things that has ever happened to him.

5 Easter, May 19 — Practicing Resurrection: Living out Baptism as Journalists

Led by Amy Radil and Martin Kaste
How do we testify to the Gospel in the public sphere – especially at work? Or SHOULD we testify? We’ll look at arguments for keeping faith out of work.

But we’ll also discuss the ways that — even in secular fields such as journalism– we can watch for the opportunities God sets before us to live out the Gospel and witness to those who wish to hear.

6 Easter, May 26 — Practicing Resurrection: Patience

Led by Pastor Hansen
How is the cultivation of patience a way of living for members of the Body of Christ?  In what ways is Jesus revealed in the cultivation and practice of patience?  How is patience a virtue?  How might Christians be trained for patience?  Come and learn about this holy habit as it was practiced in the earliest centuries of the church and what it may look like for us today.


Adult Bible Study on Wednesday Evenings in May

Experiencing the Resurrection with Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul

This bible study class for adults will explore the stories of the resurrected Christ with the Gospel writers and the Apostle Paul as our guides. Please join Nancy Monelli in the chapel at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays (during BfJ) for this joy-filled experience with our risen Lord.


Circles in May

…  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

~ John 14:25-26

Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher will join the circles in May to discuss John chapter 14, and specifically the role of the Holy Spirit as advocate in our lives. The Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle will meet on Monday, May 13 at 9:30 am in the home of Ann-Marie Wick.

Salem Circle will meet on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 am in the home of Randi Valdok.


Bethany Circle in April

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

~ Luke 23:46


As we prepare for Passion/Palm Sunday, Pastor Hansen will lead the study covering the Passion story according to Luke’s Gospel.  (Luke 22:14-23:56).

Bethany Circle will meet on Monday, April  8 at 9:30 am in the home of Judy Smith. Salem Circle will not meet this month.


Adult Forums in Lent

I Renounce Them!

Join us for a series of special Adult Forums during Lent as we seek to discern together what we need to renounce as we join those preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil. All forums take place at 10:00 on Sunday mornings in the Tree of Life Room.

Lent 1, March 10, 2019 – What Are We Renouncing?

Join the discussion with Pastor Hansen as we explore the wondrous gift of baptism and probe the questions: “Do you renounce the forces of evil, the systems that defy God, the ways of sin that draw you from God?”

Lent 2, March 17, 2019 – Renouncing Racism

Vicar Elizabeth Peter will lead this discussion and provide testimony.  There will also be an exploration of resources from the PRLC Race and Equity Team.

Lent 3, March 24, 2019 – Renouncing Sexism

The discussion will be led by Pastor Van Kley and include a look at the ELCA Social Statement on “Women & Justice.”

Lent 4, March 31, 2019 – Renouncing Homophobia and Transphobia

We will continue to explore what it means for us to be a Reconciling in Christ congregation and hear testimony from those facing this form of discrimination today.

Lent 5, April 7, 2019 – Renouncing Consumerism and Exploitation of the Earth

Join us as we explore God’s call to stewardship of the earth and reflect upon the systems and practices that seek to dominate the creation. Led by Ryan Ferrer, Cara Scheffler, and Robert Wall.

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 – Renouncing Together at the Easter Vigil

Having explored these renunciations in depth, what will our common prayer look like in preparation for the Three Days of Easter?


Circles in January

Arise! Shine! Your light has come!    

Our Circles this month will study The Epiphany of our Lord, which we celebrate on January 6. You may read Matthew 2:1-12 in advance of our gatherings, if you’d like to.

Bethany Circle will meet at 9:30 am on Monday, January 14 at the home of JoAnn Thuring

Salem Circle will meet at 10:00 on Wednesday, January 16 at the Norse Home, where Mabel Rockness will host.


Wednesday Evening Adult Ed

What Your Sunday School Teacher Never Told You about the Bible

When I was a teenager, I heard a bishop say that, “Scripture is a pool that a child can wade in, and a sea that an elephant can swim in.” In other words, we can and do learn from God’s Word at any age and level. We often teach children a simple point, like “God created the world,” even though we know the story is much richer and more complex than that. (Heck, there are TWO versions of the creation story, even!).

For the next few weeks, I will be leading a conversation about some of our most beloved Bible stories, and we’ll be diving a little bit deeper in. You might be surprised to learn that there’s much more to the story than you were first taught! Join us in the Fireside Room from 6:30 to 7:10 each Wednesday evening as part of Bread for the Journey.

~ Pastor Van Kley


Wednesday Evening BfJ Class on Refugee Issues

For the first four weeks of Bread for the Journey this fall, we will offer an important adult education class intended to educate us on the deeper issues of the current refugee crisis. PRLC is organizing to be directly involved in this issue, and the more we’re educated the better we’ll love God’s people who can’t go home.

The class will be led by PRLC member Alice Rowe and Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher, and pulls content from a wonderful program developed by Sparkhouse and used by other Lutheran communities. Dates and times are September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, from 6:30-7:10pm in the Fireside Room (north end of Fellowship Hall).