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 wathey@hotmail.com

 

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,
Nancy

 

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,
Nancy

 

 

 

 

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 vicar@prlc.org 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 (outreach@prlc.org). And look for flyers to emerge soon for signing up your kiddos!

 

Children and Family Ministries

The Monelli Memo

How will you celebrate the season of Easter in your home? Pope John Paul II is quoted as saying, “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” But how do we live out this joy when there is so much sadness in the world?

Our former vicar Kate Nikklasson used to encourage her Confirmation students to “put on their Jesus glasses” to see the situations they encountered from a Christ-centered perspective. This seems like good advice for us all, especially during the season of Easter. What would happen if each night around the dinner table we encouraged one another to share something we saw or were involved in that day that was worthy of an “alleluia”? Everything from seeing a plant burst into bloom to experiencing a kind word from a coworker or teacher would qualify for an “alleluia”. After a while we might all become sensitized to seeing God’s loving presence in the world around us in ways we have never noticed before. Like everything else in life, this discipline will take practice, but I really believe that it will make our entire evening meal a prayer of thanksgiving and joy. Alleluia!

For His Sake,
Nancy

Bible Stories and Discussions to Share with Your Family during Easter Season

The first Easter day (Matthew 28; Mark 16:1-12; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18)
How is your family seeing or experiencing new life?

Jesus appears to his disciples (John 20:19-29)
How does your family see the risen Lord in your daily life?

Jesus surprises his followers (Luke 24:13-35; John 21:1-19)
How has the love of our risen Lord surprised you?

If you need suggestions for versions of these stories for different ages and stages of children please contact Nancy at children@prlc.org.

Lenten Self Denial Offerings

Lenten self-denial offerings will be collected on Sunday, April 8 and 15. These gifts will be used to help support Lutheran Community Services’ work with refugees.

Phinney Phlames (4th & 5th-graders)

THE GREAT ESCAPE
Sunday, April 15, Noon – 1:30 PM
This month the Phlames will be tasked with finding their way out of a Puzzle Room. The will need their wits and their energy in order to work together to escape and earn a delicious reward. Lunch will be served and fun will be had! (Note: This month we will be meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month.)

For Adult Members of Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle meets on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. This month we will explore the new life that can come out of the sacrifices caregivers make. If you would like more information please contact Nancy Monelli.

Sunday School and Bread for the Journey – April Schedule

Sunday School: Classes for children and young people (age 3 through high school) meet every Sunday (except April 1) throughout the month of April.

Bread for the Journey: Spring Break is celebrated during the second week of April so there are no classes or choirs on Wednesday, April 11. The regular schedule of classes and choirs resumes the following week:

5:30 pm: Angel Choir, Choristers, K-2nd class, 7th grade Confirmation,  8th grade Confirmation
6:15 pm:  Dinner in Fellowship Hall
6:45 pm: 3rd – 5th grade class, Cherub choir, 6th grade Confirmation, Youth Choir

 

 

 

Lutherwood News

Calling all Summer staff!

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who love God, kids, and the outdoors.  If you are college age and looking for a summer job that will positively impact many kids apply today. Apply at www.camplutherwood.org

Camp Early Bird Discount

Save $50 on summer camp by signing up before April 15th. Register online at www.camplutherwood.org

 

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 kkalenius@hotmail.com

Phinney Family Camping 2018 reservation form [pdf]

Children and Family Ministries

The Monelli Memo

The gifts of Lent are many, especially for families. Lent gives everyone the built-in excuse to say “no” to the busy-ness of activities we think we need to be involved in and to say “yes” to more quiet time together with our loved ones. At the Lent Event this year families received devotional guides, and the materials needed to create worship centers for their homes. These were all intended to encourage times together for prayer and for talking about how they can give to and serve God in loving ways. If you couldn’t make it to the Lent Event, these materials are still available in my office, and I am happy to share them with you.

For His Sake,
Nancy

 

Some Bible Stories (and Discussions) to Share to Help Your Family Prepare for Easter

Jesus Calls the Disciples (Luke 5:4-11 or Matthew 4:18-22)
How is your family called to be disciples of Jesus?

The Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41)
What church activities can your family take part in to help you more clearly see Jesus and his call to love?

Jesus Washes the Feet of the Disciples (John 13:1-7)
How is your family being called to serve others in Jesus’ name?

If you need suggestions for versions of these stories for different ages and stages of children please contact Minister of Children and Families Nancy Monelli.

Elementary Retreat at Lutherwood

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.          ~Ephesians 6:18
March 16-17th  (7pm-6pm)
$57/Camper and $40/Chaperone (Scholarships are available)
This is a great opportunity for elementary age children to experience the joys of Church Camp at Lutherwood. Elementary aged youngsters are invited to meet new friends, play games, and learn about different ways of praying. Flyers are available at the Grace Station. Interested children and adults can also contact Nancy Monelli for more information.

The Phinney Phlames

the Youth Group for 4th and 5th Graders
Lenten Serve-A-Thon
Sunday, March 11, 2018             Noon – 1:30 PM
This month the Phlames will be participating in Olympian Feats of Love and Service. The activities will test their skills in cooking, cutting and tying, artwork, and agriculture. Phlame Phamily Members are invited and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served and fun will be had!

Sunday School and Bread for the Journey – March Schedule

Sunday School: Classes for children and young people (age 3 – high school) meet every Sunday during March.

Bread for the Journey: All Classes and Choirs will meet on Wednesday evenings during March. On March 28th choirs and classes will participate in a rehearsal for the Great Vigil of Easter. The Wednesday night schedule is as follows:

5:30 pm: Angel Choir, Choristers, K-2nd class, 7th grade Confirmation,  8th grade Confirmation
6:15 pm:  Dinner in Fellowship Hall
6:45 pm:   3rd – 5th grade class, Cherub choir,  6th grade Confirmation, Youth Choir

 

For Adult Members of Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle meets on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. This month we will explore the new life that can come out of the sacrifices caregivers make. If you would like more information please contact Nancy Monelli.