Northwest Washington Synod Assembly

May 17-19, 2019
Lynnwood Convention Center

Our Synod Assembly is a few weeks away. Here are some ways you can begin to get ready.


Pray for open ears, open hearts, and the Spirit’s wisdom; for our planning team, our synod staff, and our many volunteers; for the convention center staff; for our ministry partners who will be present in our display area; for the voting members, observers, and visitors; for our Bishop Nomination & Election Task Force and our nine nominees for bishop; and  for the nominees for our synod committees and synod council.

Mark Your Calendar:

We are planning for the following start/end times:

Friday – 1pm – 5:30pm (check in desk opens at 11am)
Saturday – 8:30am – 5pm
and Sunday – 8:30am – 2pm

Each day will feature worship/devotions and various business items: reports, budget approval, resolutions, general elections for committees & synod council, bishop election process, etc. A few folks have asked when the ballots for bishop will be cast. One ballot is planned for Friday afternoon, two ballots are planned for Saturday, and the final ballot is planned for Sunday morning after worship. While the timing of these four ballots has been set, there may be an election at any ballot along the way. You may read more about that here.

Prepare for the Bishop Election Process:

On our Bishop Election web page, you may read about the following:

  • The bishop nomination and election process
  • The results of the synod survey and other statistical data
  • The response forms from our nominees for bishop

Plan to attend one of the Bishop Nominee Forums:

Showing our gratitude for Bishop Unti:

At 4pm on Friday of the Assembly (May 17), we will show our appreciation for Bishop Unti’s leadership these past six years. We have some fun things planned: special music, a few thank you speakers, a spread of delicious appetizers and drinks. Here are two ways you can add to the joy and gratitude:

  • Notes of Gratitude – we collecting cards/letters/kids’ drawings/notes of gratitude for the bishop; AND
  • Gifts of Gratitude: make a donation in Bishop Unti’s honor.

Learn more about the assembly at


Outreach News

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

Neighborhood Events Season Is Upon Us!

With spring comes the annual tradition of the neighborhood Art Walk on May 10-11. As usual, our narthex and entry way will be full of beautiful work presented by local artists who have a connection to PRLC. We offer coffee, tea, and cookies to all our visitors, along with a warm welcome. We need your help! Would you be able to volunteer some time at our hospitality table? Could you provide cookies for our effort? If so, contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher, or mark your Count Me In form this Sunday.

On Saturday, June 1 from 10:30-1:30 come to Greenwood for the Rainbow Hop! The 7th annual PhinneyWood Pride Rainbow Hop celebrates love and solidarity with our LGBTQ families and friends. Join us to kick off Pride month with face painting, arts and crafts, and other exciting activities. Explore the neighborhood, have fun, and get your event map stamped at each stop up and down Greenwood Ave. PRLC doesn’t have a direct activity at the event, but we are opening our lawn to host outside groups to join in the fun. Be sure to stop by!

The largest neighborhood event of them all unfolds on Saturday, June 29th, during the Greenwood Car Show. This all day event—part car show, part street fair—brings thousands of visitors right to our door. We offer free coffee, cookies, and popcorn all day long as our lawn comes alive with music to entertain passers by. We always need volunteers to help out! Look for invitations in June.

Circle of Welcome Refugee Ministry Update

While we continue to prepare to come around a refugee family through the Circle of Welcome ministry of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, here’s an update from one of our team coordinators, PRLC member Alice Rowe:

  1. We are still waiting for the connection to a refugee family.
  2. Everyone is welcome at a training for the “Circle of Welcome” refugee family support program. Training will be at our church on Saturday May 11 from 9am to 1pm. The training will enhance your understanding of the challenges refugees experience before arriving and during their first year in the US. Anyone who volunteers and would like to interact with our family must be trained. Please let Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher know if you plan to come.
  3. A book we recommend is Assimilate or Go Home, by D. Mayfield, available through the Seattle Public Library. More resources can be located through the following link:
  4. Also, there are books in the church library about refugees for you to read in the section titled “Refugee/Neighbor.”

Thank you,
Alice Rowe


Adult Forums During Easter

Practicing Resurrection

At the Adult Forums during Easter we will consider what it means to practice resurrection by hearing the testimony of PRLC members as they reflect on living out the Baptismal covenant of bearing witness to God’s love, serving all people, and striving for justice and peace in the world.

3 Easter, May 5 – Practicing Resurrection: Being open to God’s call

Led by Nancy Monelli
Usually,  when we see a break in the cement of a sidewalk  or a crack in a wall,  we notice that something is growing, or trying to grow, out of that broken place. There are cracks like these in all our lives when pain, disappointment, or sorrow cause cracks in our confidence, serenity or even faith. But these are also the times when God can give us growth in new and transformative ways.  Easter living includes being attentive to the broken places in the lives of the people God places in our lives, and  being a companion who is willing to listen and share God’s love with them during these dark times, trusting that God will fill their places of darkness with new life and growth. Nancy will use this lens to discuss her vocation of spiritual direction and mentoring.

4 Easter, May 12 — Practicing resurrection: going to prison

Led by Chris Shultz
Kairos is a prison ministry that seeks to share God’s unconditional love with people who have often experienced little of it. Chris will tell how he got involved with this ministry and how going to prison has been one of the best things that has ever happened to him.

5 Easter, May 19 — Practicing Resurrection: Living out Baptism as Journalists

Led by Amy Radil and Martin Kaste
How do we testify to the Gospel in the public sphere – especially at work? Or SHOULD we testify? We’ll look at arguments for keeping faith out of work.

But we’ll also discuss the ways that — even in secular fields such as journalism– we can watch for the opportunities God sets before us to live out the Gospel and witness to those who wish to hear.

6 Easter, May 26 — Practicing Resurrection: Patience

Led by Pastor Hansen
How is the cultivation of patience a way of living for members of the Body of Christ?  In what ways is Jesus revealed in the cultivation and practice of patience?  How is patience a virtue?  How might Christians be trained for patience?  Come and learn about this holy habit as it was practiced in the earliest centuries of the church and what it may look like for us today.


Worship in May

We are currently celebrating the great 50 days of Easter, considered to be one continuous feast that culminates on the day of Pentecost.

At worship during Eastertide we say the Paschal greeting “Christ is risen,” and sing and say innumerable alleluias.   We begin each Sunday with the thanksgiving for baptism and light the Paschal candle, the sign of our baptism into Christ and the light of Christ shining against the darkness.  These actions, like so much of the liturgy during Easter, are echoes of the Easter Vigil.  At the sharing of communion we stand.  It’s a venerable Christian tradition that during Easter we refrain from kneeling to underscore the joyous nature of the Eucharistic feast, acting out the Resurrection with our bodies and standing in the grace bestowed upon us at baptism.


Adult Bible Study on Wednesday Evenings in May

Experiencing the Resurrection with Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul

This bible study class for adults will explore the stories of the resurrected Christ with the Gospel writers and the Apostle Paul as our guides. Please join Nancy Monelli in the chapel at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays (during BfJ) for this joy-filled experience with our risen Lord.


Children, Youth, and Family Ministry News

Children, Youth, and Family Staff Update

This month, the personnel committee and pastors will finalize the position description for a fulltime Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. We hope to begin interviews soon. Our goal is to have the position filled well before the 2019-2020 program year begins in September. If you know of qualified candidates for this position, please share the information with them as it becomes available. Most importantly, please pray for the  person who will come to us, and for all those involved in the search and discernment process.

Please take our Vacation Bible School Survey!

A couple of things have thrown a wrench in our usual VBS plans. First, the dates that PRLC families normally prefer for VBS (the first full week after school ends) have been filled with snow make-up days. Since the next week includes a holiday, we are proposing July 8-12 as tentative dates. We will need to rely heavily on volunteers In order to have a successful VBS, especially because we are currently without a dedicated staff member. It may be that a year off of VBS is what is called for, but if we have enough interest, we will continue. Please follow this link to take the survey, so that we can determine the feasibility of VBS this year. Thank you!

Confirmation Banquet

Congratulations to our nine 8th grade students who affirmed their baptisms at the Easter Vigil: Aaron Cornell-Maier, Einar Ogle, Zoey Hogan, Eliana Megargee, Trygg Magelssen, Carys Davis, Lindsey Wilder, Luisa Miller, and Sonja Miller. We will honor them at a banquet during Bread for the Journey on Wednesday, May 15. Come celebrate, hear a bit about their faith journeys, and help us welcome them into full participation of our PRLC community!

Newly Painted Youth Room

If you haven’t wandered around the church lately take a peek inside the Youth room and the Tower room. At our March confirmation retreat we had over 20 youth painting the Youth Room and the Tower Room to renew the walls and make the space their own! We had a fun weekend learning about God, playing sardines, and bonding as a group. A huge thank you to Kari VanSanford for designing and helping to paint our Youth Room Mural. The mural is a beautiful depiction of our baptismal promises:

  • To live among God’s faithful people,
  • To hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
  • To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
  • To serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
  • And to strive for justice and peace in all the earth

Bread for the Journey End-of-Year Picnic

Wednesday, May 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
West Woodland Park Playground
5500 Phinney Ave. North

Main dish will be provided. Please bring something to sit on and a salad or dessert to share!

Last Day of Sunday School is May 26

We will meet in the Tree of Life room at 10:00. Included in this time of celebration will be our annual Blessing of the Bicycles (and other summer recreation)! Ride your bike to church that morning, or bring other symbols of your favorite summer activities for a blessing.


New Parish Administrator Named

Our new Parish Administrator needs no introduction. Christina Sunstone has served as  the PRLC Communications and Office Manager for the last 8 years. Christina now steps into this role, which offers an opportunity to exercise her leadership skills and creative gifts in new and expanding ways.  Christina is a valued member of our staff and trusted friend of our congregation, and we welcome her whole-heartedly.  Special thanks to John Breen, who is serving as Interim Parish Administrator until the end of May.

Our next step will be to hire a new Communications and Office Manager before Christina can move into her new role. Watch this space for further announcements.



We will still be hosting Coffee Wednesdays at Herkimer Coffee on Greenwood Ave after school on Wednesdays until 5:00pm. Join us after at Phinney Ridge Lutheran for dinner at 6:00pm and 8th-12th grade youth group from 6:30-7:20pm.

Please make sure all messages with questions, etc. are sent to!

Save the date: Sunday June 2 from 4:00-6:30pm will be our big End of the Year event at Ballard First Lutheran. More details coming soon!

LYONS Dinner Theater Postponed till June:Due to issues coordinating dinner theater and a minimal amount of time to put on a great performance, we have decided to postponed dinner theater until June. We will be incorporating a dinner theater event into the end of year celebration for LYONS in June. More details to follow and sorry for having to change the date.



Circles in May

…  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

~ John 14:25-26

Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher will join the circles in May to discuss John chapter 14, and specifically the role of the Holy Spirit as advocate in our lives. The Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle will meet on Monday, May 13 at 9:30 am in the home of Ann-Marie Wick.

Salem Circle will meet on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 am in the home of Randi Valdok.


In the Family

At this year’s Easter Vigil we baptized two new members into the Body of Christ, and affirmed the baptisms of twenty-one more —including our first class of 8th-grade confirmation students to be confirmed at the Vigil (rather than on Reformation Day, as was our earlier tradition). As Pastor Hansen wrote in the introduction to that night’s liturgy, “Raised with Christ, we go forth in the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.” Alleluia!

Received into membership through baptism at the Easter Vigil, April 20, 2019

Rachel Arteaga
Xia Bouzek

Received into membership through affirmation of baptism at the Easter Vigil, April 20, 2019

Heather Bouzek
Kelly Schloredt
Anita Siefert
Mark Siefert
April Middeljans
John Middeljans
Alexander Visser

Cristal Pinnix Visser
Abby Schilbach
Sascha Schilbach
Sean Thomas
Sally Thomas





Members affirming their baptism (confirmation) at the Easter Vigil, April 20, 2019

Einar Ogle
Zoey Hogan
Aaron Cornell-Maier
Eliana Megargee
Trygg Magelssen
Carys Davis
Lindsey Wilder
Luisa Miller
Sonja Miller

Transferred to a new congregation

John and Jackie Hubbard; St. Luke Lutheran Church, Spokane, WA