Summer 2019 Trips!

Please visit the LYONS website ( to find information about our middle school trip to Lutherwood Oregon and our high school trip to Idaho Servant Adventures, and how you can sign up. Deadline to sign up is March 17

Sunday Night Live (All LYONS)

6:00-8:00pm Sunday February 3
St John United
All LYONS youth and friends are invited to join us for dinner, games, worship, and time with friends.

Snowshoeing with Peak 7 (High School)

7:00am-4:00pm (ish) Wednesday, February 20
Meet at SJU, cost $45
Looking for a great way to get up into the snow during mid-winter break? Join us for a day of snowshoeing at Snoqualmie Pass with Peak 7 Adventures’ guides leading the way. Friends welcome! Please sign up on the LYONS website.

Middle School GO! Night

6:00pm Friday, March 1st – 7:30am Saturday, March 2nd
Meet at St. John United
Cost $45
Join us for a fun filled night with youth from across the Northwest Washington Synod. We will be heading down to St. Matthew’s in Renton for an all night event. We will be doing all sorts of different fun activities, enjoying food, worshipping, and having great fellowship together. As always, friends are more than welcome to join and are highly encouraged to.

Keep Up to Date with LYONS!

If you haven’t already, you can join the LYONS Facebook group (Lutheran Youth of North Seattle), follow us on Instagram (@roaring_lyons), or check out our website

Communion Instruction for Children

At PRLC, all are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Instruction is appropriate for children at any age that the parents see fit. Many children receive “First Communion” instruction at around Kindergarten or 2nd grade, and then again when they are older and able to think differently about the sacrament. Frankly, we all need instruction throughout our lives! We never fully grasp the mystery.

Pastor Van Kley will offer communion instruction for children in February. She will gear her lesson toward the ages and abilities of those interested. Please contact her directly if this is something you desire for your child, whether communion will be new for them, or if they’ve already been communing but desire further instruction.

Children and Family Minister Update

By now, you’ve probably noticed the absence of a paid Children and Family Minister at PRLC. The position has been vacant since last May. Thanks to our many wonderful volunteers, and the temporary rearranging of some pastoral duties, we have been able to maintain key ministries to our children and youth. But we are certainly operating at a deficit, and one that we don’t want to continue for too long. A dedicated staff person in this role has been sorely missed by our families and our staff. We look forward to filling the position in the near future, but have been discerning what that position should entail, exactly. The resignation of our previous Children and Family Minister has allowed us the opportunity to re-evaluate, to meet with parents and other stakeholders, and to think really intentionally about how to best serve the children, parents, and teens in our midst. During the summer months, Pastor Van Kley met with around two dozen parents of children from birth to age 20. Together we talked about our hopes, dreams, and needs for this position. We talked about budgets and hours and duties. We prayed and pondered and discerned. In November, the church council discussed the position, including the option to hire a full-time Children, Youth, and Family Minister, which would be an increase from our previously held half-time position.

When we look around at who continues to come through our doors, and who is living in our neighborhood, we see an ongoing need to make children and families a priority in this congregation. The pastors, council, stakeholders and staff all agree that children, youth, and family ministry is a congregational priority that should be reflected both in staffing and budget. The decision of whether to hire someone at a full- or half-time level is still pending, but will be made in time for our January congregational meeting. If you have questions or ideas around this topic, please contact Pastor Van Kley. She’d love to hear from you!


Wreath Making December 2

On Sunday, Dec. 2, we will have fresh evergreen branches and other supplies available in the church library. Your family is invited to use these items to create an Advent Wreath for use in your home. We’ll also have resources available to help guide your Advent devotions. Sunday School and Adult Forum will continue as usual that day, so plan to make time either before or after worship for this do-it-yourself activity. If you have a reusable metal ring from last year, please bring it with you!


“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,