“The Image of God is Like” Confirmation Retreat

Join us for our first of 2 confirmation retreats of the year. We will be discovering all the different images of God throughout the Bible and how we can continue to connect them to our faith today. There will be chances to learn, play, worship, take hay rides, and just have fun. Sign up and join us today!

Who: Confirmation/Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade)

What: Confirmation Retreat “The Image of God is Like”

When: Friday, November 16 – Saturday, November 17

Time: Leave St. John: Friday @ 5:00pm Arrive back at St. John: Saturday @ 5:00pm

Where: Camp Gilead

Cost: $50

Learn more at


Make an Advent Wreath!

On Sunday, December 2, we will have fresh evergreen branches and other supplies available so your family can make an Advent Wreath for use at home. Sunday School and Adult Forum will continue as usual, so plan to make time either before or after worship to work on yours. Please contact Pastor Van Kley if you can donate materials or be on hand to assist people.


Update on Children and Family Minister Position

As you may know, we are down one important staff member since our Children and Family Minister Nancy Monelli resigned last May. We are thrilled that Nancy and her husband, Roy Mock, will continue their membership at PRLC as Nancy earns a doctoral degree in adult spiritual formation.

Over the summer, Pastor Van Kley met twice with a large group of parents whose children range from infants to young adults. We had rich and prayerful conversations about the spiritual, educational, and relational needs of our children and youth. We are still in the process of discerning what the full scope and salary range of this position should be. In order to give this process adequate time, we don’t plan to fill the position until January 2019. In the meantime, Pastor Van Kley will continue to oversee Sunday School, Bread for the Journey, and other aspects of children and youth formation. We are so grateful to the many volunteers who continue to faithfully and generously give their time to keep things running smoothly. Please keep this process in your prayers and contact either pastor if you have input to share.



Sept 16 – Kick-Off BBQ, 6:00-8:00pm at St John United
Hear about our summer and all the great ways you can be a part of the LYONS ministry throughout the fall and winter. Open to the whole congregation. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share; we will provide the rest.

Sept 28-30 – HS Fall Retreat
Location TBD; details to come.


Keep connected with us!
Facebook group “Lutheran Youth of North Seattle”
Instagram @roaring_lyons


Join Us for Sunday School Each Week at 10:00

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church is happy to offer faith formation opportunities for all ages. This wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our terrific volunteer Sunday School teachers: Joyce Aasland, Carolyn Murphy, Karla Ogle, Will Van Kley, Steve Milliren, Lori Chrisman, Tina Georgeson, Julie Carr, Bart Brosten, Ben Maier, and our musicians, Larry Burris and Joel Maier. Thank you to all of you! We are set to kick-off a wonderful new year of Sunday School on September 16.

Each week, we’ll begin in the Fellowship Hall with a time to chat and mingle (and have a snack) after the first worship service. Then, at 10:00, children and youth will start the Sunday School hour with a brief time of singing and dancing together. Afterward they’ll be split into their grade levels for age-appropriate learning and activity time.

Pre-K kids will be with Joyce & Carolyn in room 303/304

K-2nd grade students meet with Karla & Will or Steve & Lori in the Godly Play Room (room 418)

3rd – 5th graders will be with Tina & Julie in room 301/302

6th – 8th graders are with Bart & Ben in the Fireside Room

High School students will meet weekly in the Youth Room


Nursery care is always available for our littlest learners. An Adult Forum is also held in the Tree of Life Room each week.


Children and Family Ministries Report

Come Celebrate Our Amazing Nancy Monelli, Minister of Children & Families!

Nancy will be saying good-bye to us in her role as Minister of Children and Families at the end of this program year. She has served PRLC since 2011. WOW! Nancy’s care and influence over the children and families here during her years of ministry are immeasurable. Come join in the joyous celebration giving thanks for her years of faithful service on Sunday, May 13 at 10am in the Fellowship Hall. For details on how you can help, please contact Amy Wathey at


The Monelli Memo

Alleluia. Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

As we come to the end of the joyous season of Easter and head into Ordinary Time, we must never forget that the risen Lord continues with us and that the power of the Holy Spirit fills us so that we can boldly step out in faith no matter what lies ahead. I know that summer can be a busy time for families. Child care arrangements become even more complicated than they are during the school year, and sports, vacations, and other activities can consume every waking minute. But I hope that all of us – especially those of us with children – will consciously make time for worship and service during the summer months.

Children can easily be led to believe that the entire world revolves around them if everything we do is aimed at making sure they are occupied with healthy and fun activities. But even during the long days of summer, Jesus is calling us all (young and old alike) to follow him into the places of need in the world around us. Schools may be closed, but shelters, food banks, and soup kitchens are still open and in need of Jesus’ love and care for those they serve. And as the Feast of Pentecost reminds us, we have all been empowered to share that love and care with them.

Come for nourishment each Sunday and then take what you have received out into the community. Even little hands can make a big difference. Thanks.

For His Sake,


Last Day of Sunday School Party on Sunday, May 13

Included in this time of celebration will be our annual Blessing of the Bicycles (and other non-auto modes of transportation). Please leave your person-powered vehicles in the Tree of Life room when you arrive for worship.


Bread for the Journey End-of-Year PICNIC

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
West Woodland Park Playground
5500 Phinney Ave. North  (corner of Phinney Ave N and N 59th)

Hot Dogs and Veggie Dogs, beverages, plates and utensils, and s’more fixings will be provided. Just bring something to sit on and a side dish to share.


Thank you

Thank you so much for inviting me into this wonderful community of faith. The past five years have been a tremendous blessing for me and I give thanks to God for it all. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to have spent time with the children, tweens, and teens as we ambled together on our journeys of faith.

For His sake,





Vacation Bible School June 25-29, 2018

Have you ever had a bad day, and then someone gives you an unexpected gift or reaches out with a hug and somehow it all seems much better?

 At this year’s vacation bible school, we’ll explore the nature of grace, and how God’s unexpected love changes just about everything in our lives. We’re excited to welcome our friends from Camp Lutherwood, who will lead groups, games, songs, and field trips all geared toward experiencing God’s grace for God’s people.

We’ll offer a day-long program for kids entering 1st-6th grade in the fall, as well as a half day morning program for 4-year olds through Kindergarten. Older kids and adults are still welcome (and needed!) to volunteer as leaders and helpers. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher in the office for more information.

Download the registration brochure below, and let’s have some fun!

1st – 6th grade: 9am – 3:30pm
Cost: $75 for the week

4 yo – K: 9am – 12pm
Cost: $40 half day

VBS 2018 Registration Form [pdf]


Confirmation Rites on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

We are one in the Spirit … and there will be one service on the Feast of Pentecost!

Zachary Branica, Erin Golden, Peter Golden, Grace Kaste, Logan Nickel, Magnus Pearson, Alec Simonson, Avery Sutton, and Lydia Van Kley will affirm their baptismal promises during this service. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.


Cross-Cascade Hike 2018

Do you like to hike/backpack? Want to see breath-taking views? Come join in the adventure as Vicar Gompf leads you across the Cascades from Western Washington into Eastern Washington. The current planned route is Cascade Pass into Stehekin, 23 miles, with potential for small side hikes. Planned departure is August 4 (early AM), with arrival into Stehekin around the 6th. Dates and routes are dependent on trail conditions. Interested? Please email AND fill out your Count-Me-In on Sundays! Deadline to RSVP is May 1. Team planning will begin shortly after to go over gear and finalize routes.


Outreach News

New Opportunities at the PRLC Food Bank

Spring is a time to say goodbye to past seasons, and look forward to new growth and opportunity. For the past year, the Food Bank Mission Team has been dreaming up a new season for this wonderful program. Most of you know that our client numbers are considerably down in recent years. The changing economic demographics of our area, as well as the convenience of other food banks, mean we aren’t serving the people we want to serve.

While we can’t change housing prices, we feel we can work to remove possible barriers our clients face in accessing our program. All of our plans at this stage are tentative, but proposed ideas include moving on from an appointment system, switching to a digital database, and reconfiguring the food bank space to allow for a more interactive experience with clients.

At this stage, we need your input! We’ll hold an adult forum on April 15th to share our ideas and hear yours. Whether you have a volunteer stake in the program, or are just interested in learning more, all are welcome to participate. The PRLC food bank has always been a mission of the people of the church, and the only healthy future we can imagine continues this tradition. Please plan to come and help us plan out a new season for this vital PRLC ministry!


An Upcoming Visit from our Missionary Friends

Seminarian and PRLC member Zach Courter, along with his wife Rev. Rachel Eskesen, serve in Hungary as Coordinators for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program. Last year, PRLC began a Covenant Sponsorship relationship with Zach and Rachel pledging to support them financially. Many of you contributed toward this support and follow their work through newsletters. Now, we have the chance to hear from our friends directly! On April 29th, Zach will present an adult forum, and on Wednesday May 2nd both Zach and Rachel will meet with our confirmation classes and be on hand for BFJ dinner. We look forward to their visit!


2018 PRLC Vacation Bible School and Camp Lutherwood

Despite the fact that our dear Minister of Children and Families Nancy Monelli is moving on in June, we have a plan to continue the vibrant tradition of Vacation Bible School. To fill the humungous void of Nancy’s planning efforts, we’re taking advantage of a VBS program offered by Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center. Many of you know Lutherwood from their children’s outdoor camp, but they also provide teams of young adults who come to area churches to run bible schools.

During our regular week—June 25-29—many of the same elements of past years’ programs will be in place, but we’ll have the new energy of our Lutherwood guests to cover curriculum, group leadership, games, and music. We’ll still rely on youth and adult volunteers to make this week a success, so if you’d like to be involved please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher ( And look for flyers to emerge soon for signing up your kiddos!