Spring Cleaning Event

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mark your calendars for our Building & Grounds clean-up event on March 24 (the day before Passion/Palm Sunday), 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Help get our church home ready for Holy Week! Come for an hour, or come for the day, whatever your schedule allows – many hands make light work.

Want to polish up our sanctuary pews, dust the shelves in the library, deep clean the kitchen or organize an area?

Or are the outdoors where you’d prefer to spend your Saturday? Please bring your gloves, rake and wheel barrow or other tools! Also let me know if you can bring a pick-up truck, which would allow us to haul away leaves and clippings.

My hope is to have teams to tackle different areas, and I’m looking for volunteers to head these different groups. Please contact me if you’re interested, or have suggestions for tasks that can get done in a few hours. See you then!

~ Parish Administrator Kirsten Olshausen


Music Performances in March

Bach “Suites for Solo Cello” Marathon

March 17, 2018, 10am-2:30pm

The Seattle Violoncello Society is pleased to announce its 30th annual Bach Suite Marathon.

Johann Sebastian Bach composed 6 Suites for Solo Cello. Twenty of the Pacific Northwest’s best cellists will take turns performing movements from the Suites. We are so blessed to be able to hold this performance at Phinney Ridge Lutheran! It is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Come for all or any part of this fun event!


Mirinesse Women’s Choir in Concert

Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

Everyone is invited to “Spark! To Music”, the upcoming concert of Mirinesse Women’s Choir, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm here at Phinney.  Featuring composers from Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann to Eric William Barnum, Joan Szymko and Kim André Arnesen, this year’s concert program praises music and the ways in which music connects us as a community, soothes us in our sorrow, inspires us to act, and transports us to a higher plane.  Now in its 12th year, Mirinesse continues to thrill and entertain audiences throughout the Puget Sound region with engaging repertoire and gorgeous sound.  For details on other concert dates, times and locations, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit their website .


Northwest Chamber Chorus Concerts

Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm and Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm.

Join Music Director Mark Kloepper and the Northwest Chamber Chorus as they continue their 50th Anniversary Season with music about life’s sorrows and redemptive joys. The program includes a great variety, from works by Schütz, Monteverdi, Elder and others, to spirituals and gospel songs.

Tickets are available at northwestchamberchorus.org or 206-523-1196.



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.”


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,


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.





Come Learn the Art of Pysanky

Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 12:30-5pm, with potluck meal following

Come for an afternoon of artistic Easter fun! Join Vicar Pam Gompf and member Monica Hartley as they teach the art of “pysanky”, or Ukrainian Eggs. Participants will work on a traditional design as directed in class in a step-by-step process. No artistic talent required!

Adults and children 10+ old are welcome. We will be using an open flame, so children are required to have an adult with them for supervision.  Cost is $10 to help cover the cost of supplies, which will be provided. Just come to have fun and learn this amazing art form. Class size is limited. Contact Vicar Gompf to reserve your spot.

Please bring a potluck dish to share at dinner after class with this year’s WAY candidates, as you are able.

You may offer a donation at the class to benefit the NWWA ELCA partnership with Russian Lutheran itinerant pastors.


Walking Alongside Our WAY Candidates

In Lent, we support our WAY candidates as they prepare to renew their baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil in these ways:

Rites during Sunday worship – On the Third Sunday in Lent, those walking the WAY will receive the gift of the Creed and on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, they will receive prayer books.  In both rituals, we will pray God to” raise them by God’s Spirit, revive them by God’s word, and form them by God’s hand.”

Prayers of the People – Each Sunday, several of the petitions led by the Assisting Minister come from the intentions of these persons preparing to affirm their baptisms.

Sponsors – A sponsor functions as a companion for folks in the process.  They join them all through the journey and are present, too, at the Sunday evening gatherings.

Pray for: Ellen Arrington, Amanda Darling, Riley Donelson, Renée Dudley, Darrell Kirk, Jim Popp, Liz Schmidt, Steve Schmidt, Daniel Vanger, Fred Vonderlage


Navigating PRLC on Facebook

Last year in  May we put out a notice about PRLC’s new Facebook PAGE. Since that time we’ve had some traffic on both the PAGE and within the GROUP. To help better explain the difference between the two identities, member Luci Baker Johnson has produced a brochure titled Find Us On Facebook. Please click on the pdf below or pick up a copy at the Grace Station and learn more about our social media presence. Even if you’re not on Facebook, others you encounter may be, and this will serve as a good way to reach out to the broader community.

PRLC Facebook Brochure [pdf]


Financial Update through January 31, 2018

At the time of this writing, we are more than half way through February. As requested at the Annual Meeting on January 28 we will publish regular updates on the church’s finances in bulletin.

January Offerings                       $57,811
Needed per month                     $64,583

In the Family

Recently Born

Eugene Warren Smith, born to parents Jacob Smith and Christina Avolio on February 20, 2018