Fall Small Group Meetings

Live Elementary Sunday School
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
contact Nicole Meyer: cyf@prlc.org
Each Sunday, elementary students are invited to explore the lectionary text of the day before worship, in an engaging, fast-paced, age appropriate, and fun way! Videos that connect Bible stories to daily life with our Whirl buddies are always included.

Sunday Worship, Coffee Hour, & Adult Forum
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.; Adult Forum at 11:15 a.m.
contact Jeffrey Cooper: office@prlc.org

Live Middle School Confirmation
Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
contact Nicole Meyer: cyf@prlc.org
Middle school students, this is especially for you! Ninth graders are invited and encouraged to join in, but it is NOT required for them. This Fall, it’s CAFETERIA CONFIRMATION, with an ala carte menu for helping students build faith, community, and identity. We want a resilient faith and to be fed what we hunger for…food for the body and food for the soul!

Live High School Sunday School
New Time!
Sundays at noon
contact Nicole Meyer: cyf@prlc.org
Note the new time and link!  We’ll look at the lectionary texts and learn…well, maybe!  We’ll laugh for sure.  You don’t want to miss this, High Schoolers!

New: Meeting God in Everyday Life: An Online Retreat
Sundays, beginning September 13 at 5:00 p.m.
contact Pastor Bryon Hansen: pastor@prlc.org
Retreats are times to get away from the daily routine and spend time deepening your relationship with God. The pandemic doesn’t make that possible. This online retreat opportunity makes it possible. If you are interested in participating in this 8-week session, please set aside this hour every Sunday evening. During our time together we will explore what it means to meet God in community, creation, prayer, worship, and service. We will spend some time listening for the voice of God. Our hour together every week will include time for
conversation, reflection, and prayer.

New: Creeds Matter!
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Contact Vicar Sara Funkhouser: vicar@prlc.org
Have you ever wondered how the Creeds of the church were created and why we say them often in church?  Join Vicar Sara in an 8-week conversation about Christian creeds and the Trinity, primarily focusing on the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.  In the first week we will take a brief look at the history of the creeds and then spend time in each of the following weeks dwelling in different sections of the Creed.  Bring your questions and curiosities as we together ponder what the Creeds mean and why they matter.

Wednesday Morning Early Bible Study
6:30 a.m.
contact Chris Shultz
Are you an early riser? Are you craving conversations about something other than COVID-19 or the weather? Then ZOOM in to the Wednesday morning Bible Study from your home. This study is open to anyone, male or female, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. We take a look at the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday and discuss them. This is the highlight of my week and it feels empty if I have to miss. Come and join us!

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
contact Pastor Bryon Hansen: pastor@prlc.org
The gift of praying at certain times of the day is a way to mark God’s presence throughout the day. One of these is Morning Prayer, a time to open our hearts and voices to God’s presence, pray psalms, hear and reflect upon the day’s scripture, give thanks and pray for others. Join us as we give thanks for the resurrection dawn of a new day and join in the ceaseless prayer of the church at all times and in all places.

Live Quench for Youth
Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
contact Nicole Meyer: cyf@prlc.org
Beginning again September 16, students in grades 6–12 are encouraged to meet up for virtual quenching of our social and spiritual thirsts. Note the new time and link! For Fall, we have super special surprise supply bags in the works to add to the fun and excitement of each week’s fun theme. Stay tuned for details on how to get yours! There are always some shenanigans and laughter too! Join the youth email list to receive up-dates, info, and reminders!

Spirited Women
Thursdays at 10:00 am
contact Pastor Anne Van Kley: associatepastor@prlc.org
The Spirited Women are meeting Thursdays at 10:00 for rich book discussion and fellowship. We’re almost finished reading Austin Channing Brown ‘s book I’m Still Here; our next book is On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old, by Parker J. Palmer. Consider yourself invited!

New: How to be an Anti-Racist
Thursdays, beginning September 18 at 6:30 pm
contact Pastor Bryon Hansen: pastor@prlc.org
In the wake of recent racial violence and surge of white supremacy, the church is called to grapple with the systems that defy the way of Christ. The PRLC Race & Equity Team continues to promote ongoing education and awareness around this reality. Join Pastor Bryon for an 8-week conversation as we read together How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi.  The author explores racism and proposes anti-racist actions and systemic change.

Holy Happy Hour with Special Guests!
Saturdays at 5:00 pm
contact Pastor Anne Van Kley: associatepastor@prlc.org
Several PRLC members and friends have made a good routine of gathering on Zoom for an authentic conversation about life, God, theology, and more. Sometimes it’s full of laughs and light-hearted topics, and sometimes we go deeper. Recent topics include the presence of angels, the nature of sin, our favorite Bible stories, coffee shops in Milwaukee, our questions and doubts, our joys, and so much more.
We’re shaking things up this Fall! Beginning Saturday, September 12 we will begin each week with a short ted talk or video from someone outside our community (special guests may include Rachel Held Evans, Michelle Obama, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Phil Hansen, Lenny Duncan, and more!). We’ll use these voices as the jumping-off point for our conversation the rest of the hour. Please join us!

Adult Forums for September & October

Every Sunday this fall, Adult Forums continue virtually.  After a brief time of coffee and conversation following worship, the Forum will begin every week at 11:15 a.m. and last until noon.

September 13
State of the Church
Join the pastors and church council leaders for an update on PRLC ministries and how we continue to be the church in these challenging times.

September 20
Fiftieth Anniversary of the Ordination of Women
Join Pastor Nancy Winder, Pastor Anne Van Kley, and Vicar Sara Funkhouser for a presentation and conversation on this important legacy among Lutherans in America.

September 27
St. Francis for Everyone, Part I: Who was Francis?
Join Susan Pitchford for a three-week series on the Spirituality of St. Francis. In this first week we explore something of his life and witness and what that might mean for us today. Susan teaches Sociology at the University of Washington and is author of Following Francis: The Franciscan Way for Everyone. She is also a member of the Third Order of Franciscans.

October 4
St. Francis for Everyone, Part II: Who was Clare?
On this actual Feast of St. Francis we will consider Clare of Assisi.  She was deeply influenced by Francis and, like him, dedicated her life to prayer and service.  She established the “Poor Clares,” an order of religious women dedicated to caring for the poor.

October 11
St. Francis for Everyone, Part III: Toward a Rule of Life
The Franciscan way is one of many rules practiced by a variety of Christians. What does it mean for us to develop and practice a “Rule of Life?” Susan will lead us in an exploration of this based upon her own experience as a Third Order Franciscan and what she learned from Francis and Clare.

October 18
Redlining to Reparations: The Love Through Justice Project
Like many American cities, Seattle operated for years under the racist practice of redlining. Families of color were systematically denied the opportunity their white neighbors enjoyed of developing familial wealth through real estate investments and keeping up with the rising cost of living. PRLC’s recent profitable sale of a former Phinney House affords us an opportunity to talk about reparations for this injustice. The PRLC Race and Equity Team invites you to come learn about this project and what you can do to help!
Led by Patrick Meagher, PRLC Minister of Outreach

October 25
Reconciling in Christ

In 2016 PRLC became a Reconciling in Christ congregation. RIC churches welcome all in the LGBTQIA community. Vicar Sara Funkhouser will lead us in a conversation of what it means for us to be a Reconciling in Christ congregation.

Columbarium Mishap

If you’ve passed by the church building lately, you might have noticed something awry with the columbarium. Two of the stone shutters were damaged and broken in a landscaping accident in late July, and although the niches they covered were both empty (thank God!), the empty spaces they left made the whole row vulnerable to vandalism. To reverently protect the remaining niches, we removed all the shutters in that row, along with the enclosed urns holding cremains. They are currently resting in the Chapel, awaiting new hardware on order. Once we get the new fasteners, we will return the urns to their niches and seal them securely behind their stone shutters once again.

August Financials

  August 2020 Year-to-Date 2020 (as of 8/31/2020) 2020 Budget YTD (as of 8/31/2020)
Tithes, offerings, and other income $59,854 $594,154 $629,086
Expenses   $71,769 $603,752 $615,418
CHURCH NET INCOME ($11,915) ($9,598) $13,668

Dear members and friends,
This strange year has been hard on me in a lot of ways, but it has worked wonders for my faith. In spite of everything, the congregation has continued to support its ministries; our connections have endured; and our worship is still meaningful and rich.
This month’s financials make my point. Although our net income shows a deficit, that is typical for this time of year, and in fact it is much smaller than the deficit we ran last year at exactly this time!
I feel so blessed and amazed to serve, and be part of, this community of faith. Thank you.
Christina Sunstone, Parish Administrator

Children’s Choir Online

Cherubs and Choristers rehearsals will be on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. over Zoom as we begin this school year during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cherubs (K–2nd grade) at 5:30 p.m. and Choristers (3–5th grade) at 6:00 p.m. Your child will need a comfortable pair of headphones and a screen that is set up for them to view the zoom rehearsals where they can comfortably stand to sing. We will also play rhythm games and do fun activities together even over zoom! Evy will do her best to provide a fun and musically engaging environment. Contact her or the office for zoom link information and music.

BfJ a Bit Backwards with the Beatitudes

We used to gather together in one big group on Wednesday evenings; sharing a meal, rehearsing for choirs, confirmation class, Quench, chapel and so much more. This fall, things are very backwards, opposite, and even upside down! Right now loving each other well looks like staying apart and covering our faces. God’s way is often the opposite of our ways! God is great at seeing things backwards! We’ll explore this much more with the help of the Beatitudes.  Be-atti…WHAT!? BE at your mailbox each week to receive printed materials for a new way of BFJ at home! Please let us know if you’d like to be included at office@prlc.org.

Meet Phinney’s Newest Friend!

This rubber ducky pal will be spending time visiting with lots of different Phinney families this school year.  There will be a traveling journal too, so we can write and photograph all the adventures!  This friend reminds us that no matter where we are or where we go or what we do, we are ALWAYS splashing in our baptismal waters as beloved children of God!  Ducky needs a name!!!  There will be a Facebook poll and PRLC youth instagram post where you can make your suggestions or just email Nicole.

Beyond Sunday Morning: Daily Prayer Online

In addition to our ongoing Sunday Morning Worship and Morning Prayer on Wednesday and Friday, Compline will be prayed at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday nights. Compline or “Night Prayer” is a brief and beautiful way to conclude the day. We will be primarily using the service from our Evangelical Lutheran Worship. This quieting service, going back to ancient times, includes prayer, song, psalms, and scripture passages. Compline has been described as a communal “now I lay me down to sleep” prayer. Join us on the PRLC Youtube Channel at 9:00 p.m. every Sunday, watch it later, or use it throughout the week. On the channel you can also find our ongoing Morning Prayer offerings Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:45 a.m, and our Sunday Worship video week by week.

Thanksgiving for a Habitat

It’s been exactly five years since I interviewed for the position of Associate Pastor at PRLC. I knew immediately that this was the place God was calling me to serve. At that time, the call committee was already discussing the challenge of housing a first call pastor in such a high-cost location. But since then, you have faithfully and lovingly cared for my family, and made housing possible for us through creative and generous means. This week the Van Kley 6 made our official move into the newly renovated parsonage on North 76th Street. This is the result of months and years of discernment, prayer, and affirmation of our partnership. I want to personally thank: the congregation for your willingness to see new possibilities; the leadership team that put in unimaginable numbers of hours planning, designing, and overseeing the project; a talented and gracious contractor, Ty Lambrecht, for bringing it to reality; and the countless volunteers who have worked on this house, provided (unexpected!) housewarming gifts, and supported my family through the transition. I also thank all those who came before us and stewarded the Phinney Houses through years of meaningful ministry. Most of all I thank God for each of you and for my call to this congregation and neighborhood. I look forward soon to a virtual open house and home blessing! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Pastor Anne, & Will, Lydia, Charlotte, Nick, & Matthew