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).


Circles in September

Pastor Hansen will lead a discussion of the Book of James, specifically the passages that serve as the second lesson on Sundays throughout September. Bible study circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle: Monday, September 10 at 9:30 at the home of Birgit Lyshol

Salem Circle:    Wednesday, September 19 at 10:00 at the home of Ilse Bolliger


Bread for the Journey Resumes Wednesday, September 12

Come join in this family-focused evening of learning, music, and fellowship! There are choirs and educational opportunities for everyone in your family. Child care is also available for our youngest members. Dinner is provided; donations are encouraged to help cover costs.

Please note that our schedule has changed slightly this year! The BFJ schedule will be:

5:15      Youth Choir,  Confirmation

5:30    Angel Choir,  Cherub Choir (K-2), Elementary Education (3-5)

6:00    Dinner

6:30    Confirmation, Choristers Choir (3-6), Gospel Choir, Elementary Education (K-2), Adult Education

7:20    All BFJ Classes Conclude

7:30    Chancel Choir


Traveling “Theology Pub”

The amazing PRLC Theology Pub is on the move! Come join us as we come closer to your neighborhood! The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of July and August we’ll gather to discuss the upcoming Sunday’s texts and ideas related to our current contexts seen through these lenses. Like, “what does a plumb line have to do with the community of Seattle, or Phinney today?” (Amos reading) All are welcome! Bring a friend, and come drink, discuss and discover together! Here are the summer locations and schedule:

Tuesday, July 10th at 6pm: 74th Street Ale House in Phinney Ridge
Texts: Amos 7:7-15, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29

Tuesday, July 24th at 6pm: Populuxe in Ballard
Texts: 2 Kings 4:42-44, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21

Tuesday, August 14th at 6pm: Elliott Bay Brewing in Lake City
Texts:  Proverbs 9:1-6, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58

Tuesday, August 28th at 6pm: Phinney Market in Greenwood
Texts: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


Raising White Kids: An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us

The Well, 1606 5th Ave W, Seattle WA 98119
May 24, 2018
7-9 pm

Powerful and difficult conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is one of the most racially diverse in the world, while also being full of racial tension and inequity.

Developing strategies for raising “healthy” (by definition, “anti-racist”) white kids is a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children.

This plenary will map common conundrums relative to nurturing anti-racist white identity: conundrums that impact adults as much as they do young people. Whether you have or were a white kid, or just have relationships with people who used to be or have white kids—the conversation this lecture will enable us to have is for everyone.

$50, $25, $15
Scholarships available upon inquiry


Circles in May

Pentecost is the “birthday” of the Christian church. It was on this day that the Holy Spirit ignited and united the hundreds gathered in the synagogue into one universal language under the name of Jesus Christ: a language of love, forgiveness and service as our Lord Jesus shared in his ministry. So what does it look like to have the Spirit alive and moving in the world? In your very life? If Pentecost is the birthday of the universal catholic church, do you know when your “birthday” into the church took place? Pentecost is a day of celebrating; let’s celebrate together our unity in the family of Christ.

Bible study circles this month will read Acts 2:1-21 and meet as follows:

Bethany Circle:  Monday, May 14 at 9:30 am at the home of Anne-Marie Wick

Salem Circle:     Wednesday, May 16 at 10:00 am at the home of Mabel Rockness


Wilderness Wednesdays and Sunset Sundays

Do you have a favorite day hike you want to share? A secret sunset location? Let’s share and get outside this summer! Something for all ages and all levels. If you’d like to join forces in the planning of these outings, please contact Vicar Pam at

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”.


Adult Forums in March 2018

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

March 4 & 11, 2018
Race and Its Contemporary Contexts

Race can be an intimidating topic, but it’s impossible to understand it in contemporary context without engaging it in all its complications.  Join us for group discussions led by Joshua Tom (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Seattle Pacific University) as we explore the intersection of faith, race, inequality, privilege and reconciliation together — with particular attention to what the Church has to contribute. Whether you’ve thought about race a lot or hardly at all, these sessions will be times for questions, growth and mutual encouragement.

March 18, 2018
What Are You Doing for Holy Week?

Join Pastor Hansen for a discussion of Holy Week and explore the possibilities of making the most of this pivotal time in the Christian year.  With the emphasis placed on the Three Days, we will share ideas for praying and celebrating that connect the congregational celebration to personal and/or family rituals.

March 25, 2018
Advocacy for the Homeless

Come and meet Nancy Amidei, a long-time writer, speaker and advocate for social justice who has worked both inside and outside government.  Retired from the University of Washington School of Social Work, where she taught Policy Advocacy, she leads numerous workshops and trainings.  Among her writings:  a weekly op-ed column for the Seattle P-I and an advocacy guide called “So You Want to Make a Difference.”