“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


Thanks from Budapest

On October 5,  2018, PRLC member Zachary Courter was ordained to Ministry of Word and Sacrament at City Park Lutheran Church in Budapest, Hungary, where he is working in the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission with his wife,  the Rev. Rachel Eskesen.

Dear Phinney Ridge Phamily!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support throughout the many years as I’ve continued down this road following God’s call. I very much appreciated the stole and the Trinity icon, as well as all of the cards and notes of support! I look forward to our paths crossing again soon. Thank you again for everything!

My ordination was an incredible celebration of what it means to be church in the world, and what it means to be church–together. It was a joy to receive Bishop Unti’s (ELCA Northwest Washington) and Bishop Fabiny’s (Lutheran Church in Hungary’s Presiding Bishop) blessing on my ministry of preaching/teaching and administering the church’s sacraments. But it was not just the bishop’s blessings, but those in my church family from near and far who were there in person and in spirit.

The service took place on Friday October 5th, at 5pm. The ordination service was bilingual in English and Hungarian, including Bishop Unti’s sermon being translated and preached by Pastor Aradi György of the Budapest-Fasori Evangelical Lutheran Church community. We sang, we cried, we laughed, we shared fellowship, we ate bread and drank wine–followed by cake and goulash. In short, we unabashedly worshiped God.

Thank you so much for your interest and encouragement in my development as a leader in the church. By God’s grace and your support, I have found myself affirmed in a call to God’s people and the church on earth.

If you’d like to be in touch about how to connect with, or enhance your ongoing relationship, with the YAGM Central Europe Program or City Park Lutheran, please email me at with questions.

In Christ,

Pastor Zachary Courter



Are you new to Phinney or seeking baptism?  Have you been visiting Phinney for a while but desire a deeper connection with the community?  Maybe you have been in this community  for several years and want to grow in your faith journey.  Any and all are welcome to the WAY.  We meet Sundays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship room.  Dinner is provided as well as opportunities for small group reflection.  Join us!  For more information please contact Lance Georgeson at


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


Hello from the Child Development Center

As the weather changes and the days get shorter, the children get chances to experience all the exciting things about fall.  This month I would expect you to see our children out and about, looking at the changing leaves, studying the fall bugs, and filling the kitchen with delicious smells when they do cooking projects from all the fun things we find around fall harvest.  Last week our children in the two-year-old class made pumpkin bread, and we celebrated the fall with a Halloween carnival in fellowship hall.  It was a great time for all as we had all our children dressed up and playing lots of spooky Halloween games.  As we move towards Thanksgiving it gives us a chance to look at all the great things we are thankful for.  On that list for the CDC is this shared community, space, and vision at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, allowing us to do God’s work with the smallest members of our community through our important ministry.

~ CDC Director Tim Sullivan


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.


Adult Forums in November 2018

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

November 4, 2018

The Anti-Slavery Movement in America as Christian Witness

The radical Antislavery Movement of the 19th Century was the first great social movement demanding racial justice in American history.   Join Steve Pfaff for a discussion of this movement that was Christian in inspiration but went beyond the confines of conventional religion.  Insisting on the spiritual equality of the races and the sexes, activist spiritual virtuosi like the Grimke sisters and Theodore Weld called on fellow Americans to lives of active holiness that would overcome the “national sins” of slavery and racism.  The movement helped to define what it means to take moral positions in public life and has lasting implications for how we approach Christian witness today.

November 11, 2018

Praying the Psalms

Join Vicar Elizabeth Peter to learn a little bit about Martin Luther and his love of the Psalms.  We will discuss how we can connect to them too!

November 18, 2018

Consecration Sunday

On this special stewardship celebration join your PRLC family for brunch!

November 25 & December 2, 2018

What Are We Waiting for?

Church people know that Advent is about waiting.  But what are we waiting for?  Many churches are engaging in an ecumenical conversation about expanding Advent from four weeks to seven!  Whatever for?  Join Pastor Hansen for an exploration of Advent and how a richer and fuller observance of this liturgical season might deepen our experience of the liturgical year and the Christian life.


Women’s Retreat

Please join us

Women and Theology:
A New Perspective

with Dr. Lynn Hofstad

A Women’s Retreat —

Who one is affects how one hears and interprets the gospel. This retreat will explore how one’s perspective influences theology, including asking what happens when someone interprets the Bible and the Christian tradition with new eyes.

Dr. Lynn Hofstad holds a PhD in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She currently is a lecturer at Seattle University. Her scholarly interests focus on feminist theology, eco-theology, the doctrine of the atonement, and Lutheran theology.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Click on this link to download a registration form and turn it in to the church office by January 10, 2019.

Women and Theology Retreat registration form [pdf]



Did You Know?

Many musicians love our PRLC spaces. In addition to the Northwest Chamber Chorus, which has been rehearsing and performing in our facility for a number of years, we have added two new musical groups to our weekly calendar. Wellspring Ensemble (under the direction of Evan Norberg) rehearses on Sunday nights in the Sanctuary; and the Seattle Choral Company (directed by Freddie Coleman) meets on Tuesdays in the Tree of Life room. It is thanks to the generosity of the Seattle Choral Company that we now have about 75 new chairs in the Tree of Life room. These chairs will be appreciated for the next big event. Maybe next year’s Easter Breakfast?

It is good to share our facility with the community!