Becoming the Story We Tell: A training in the Adult Catechumenate Oct. 6-7 at PRLC

Becoming the Story We Tell: A training in the Adult Catechumenate will be held from Friday evening, October 6 to Saturday afternoon, October 7, 2017 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.

This ecumenical training event is for church leaders seeking a way to welcome seekers and newcomers to the church.  This event will explore the ancient Catechumenate now being revived in the contemporary church.

Reverend Dan Benedict will lead us in considering how “we become the story we tell” as we explore the stages of the Catechumenate process and experience its elements and worship rites in both large group and small group venues.  This event is recommended for teams of two or more from your congregation – pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and staff responsible for adult faith formation.  You will be provided training and resources needed to begin a catechumenate in your congregation or enhance one already in process.

To register for the event, please complete this registration form and send, with payment, to:

Kirsten Olshausen

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

7500  Greenwood Ave N.

Seattle, WA 98103


Cost of the training is $100 per person. Congregations sending groups of between 3 and 6 persons pay $300.  For groups larger than 6, please contact Pastor Bryon Hansen at

This event is sponsored by Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church and Journey to Baptismal Living: The North American Association for the Catechumenate.


Idriss Mosque Annual BBQ!

Idriss Mosque and The Islamic Center of Washington (ICW) request your presence at our 16th annual BBQ. This year, the event will be held on Sunday, August 13th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at  Idriss Mosque (1420 NE Northgate Way, Seattle). The annual BBQ is hosted by the ICW in outreach efforts to North Seattle and the surrounding communities. We open our doors and extend our hands in friendship for the opportunity to get to know others, and together develop compassion and tolerance for our differences, strengthen our interfaith relationships and promote harmony to work together for peace, reconciliation and justice on this one day as we eat, share, and learn from each other. All are welcome to join.


Easter Breakfast Needs Volunteers

Easter is April 16th and we invite you and your guests to join us in the fellowship hall for the annual Easter breakfast benefiting our Outreach Fund. Serving time will be from 8:30AM till 11:00AM. Fluffy scrambled eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, juice and coffee will be awaiting you. Volunteer Coordinator Jeff Hendrix (206-795-0848) and Chef Ken Roscoe are also looking for volunteers to help with set-up, serving and clean-up of this event. We especially need help with the Saturday setup (9am to 11am) and the Sunday cleanup (11am to 1:30pm). We usually serve around 300 people and would really appreciate your help in making this event happen. Thrivent will generously provide some matching funds. Sign up on Sunday morning’s count me in or contact Jeff Hendrix directly to volunteer.


Outreach Update

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

St. Francis Study

I have already begun a continuing education study of St. Francis that peaks with an international journey in July. My wife Jena and I will head to Italy, spending a week at a monastery in Assisi, and connecting with local St. Francis experts.

As I research in preparation for this unique experience, I’m further drawn to Francis as a man who made a lasting impact on the church by affixing himself to the simple, authentic glory of the Gospel.  I look forward to exploring these themes and bringing back the spirit of Francis to our work together at PRLC.
I’ll share more about this journey at PRLC’s annual celebration of St. Francis Sunday in October.  My journey to Assisi is made possible by my continuing education allotment and a grant from the PRLC Endowment Fund.  I’m grateful for all at PRLC who created and support those two invaluable resources.

Neighborhood Events Season

ArtWalk Wrap Up, Car Show Coming Up!

Beautiful weather and artwork combined once again to make for a wonderful Phinneywood ArtWalk in May.  Appreciation and gratitude are required for our artists: PRLC member Sallie Shippen, Staff Member Dallas Cooper, and long time neighborhood friends Matthew Herbener, Paisley O’Farrell, and Nancy Harris.  And special thanks to our cookie donors, as well as the kind individuals who volunteered to host the hospitality table.  Our welcome to the many visiting art walkers was warm and loving thanks to your efforts.

We’ll need your help again on June 27th.  The Greenwood Car Show is upon us and promises to be bigger than ever.  If you attend, be sure to stop by the PRLC front lawn and enjoy the blues and jazz band Left Turn on Blue, featuring PRLC members and friends.  “Left Turner” Scott Radford is also organizing other music to entertain the thousands of attendees throughout the day.  We’ll need a solid team of volunteers to put on our hospitality table, and another round of delicious home-baked or store-bought cookies.  Contact Patrick or look for sign up opportunities in the June Count Me In forms on Sundays.

Food Bank Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on June 7th

Calling all food bank volunteers, and others interested in learning more about our illustrious food bank program!  The Food Bank Mission team invites both groups to a volunteer appreciation and informational meeting at 11am (following 2nd service) on June 7.  A light lunch will be served, procedural updates and recent statistics discussed, and conversation about your volunteer experience encouraged.  This will be a great time to grow together as a food bank team, and also to share about our ministry to anyone interested in learning more.

Greenwood Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event

Members Amber Ronald and Karen Kosciolek at last year's Greenwood "Hunger Goblin" event

Members Amber Ronald and Karen Kosciolek at last year’s Greenwood “Hunger Goblin” event

Our neighborhood comes alive on Saturday October 25th for another afternoon of trick or treating. The Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat event runs from 12-3pm, and we hope to participate. Can you volunteer to greet little ghosts and superheros at our front door? We also hope you will buy an extra bag or two of candy for us to hand out. This really helps cut down the cost of participation in this wonderful and fun neighborhood event.


Rummage Sale September 20

Benefit for the Northwest Firelight Chorale

NWFC Rummage SaleThe Northwest Firelight Chorale is familiar to many at PRLC because of its involvement in the neighborhood community and its participation in our Interfaith Thanksgiving services. PRLC’s own office manager Christina Bogar sings in this choir.

On Saturday September 20 the choir will be holding a rummage sale in PRLC’s Fellowship Hall to raise funds for its upcoming European tour. Come enjoy fabulous rummage items, baked goods and joyful songs!

Proceeds will help to fund the tour and will reduce the out-of-pocket costs for individual members. Please join if you can, and come browse the wares. With more than 30 families participating, you are bound to pick up some wonderful and wacky items — AND have a great time. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate Pastor Christensen and the Call Committee

Sunday August 17 will be Pastor Christensen’s last service at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Come celebrate his time with us and honor the work of the Call Committee at an ice cream reception that morning. There will be one at 9:30 and one at 11:00, so you’ll get to attend no matter which service you come to. We hope you can be there to express your appreciation for the work behind us and excitement for the time ahead.


Summer Streets Neighborhood Event This Saturday!

Summer Streets 2013 (smoothies) (compressed)We’re looking forward to sharing another beautiful summer afternoon with our neighborhood at the 2014 Summer Streets Event.  Will you join us? Volunteers are needed from 1-5pm to help with our free smoothie stand and to run the games we’ll be providing on the front lawn.  We don’t currently have enough volunteers for these activities, so if you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday, we would love to have you!  Contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher in the office (206-783-2350 or if interested.

Greenwood Car Show This Saturday June 28, 2014

Car Show aerial picYou may wonder why we consider the Greenwood Car Show an important annual outreach event. Well, there’s simply no other single day of the year that we can greet tens of thousands of visitors at our front door!

If you like cars, you should plan to attend the event. It is the state’s biggest single-day auto event, consuming a mile and a half of Greenwood Avenue North and running from  8 am to 4 pm. Organized by the Greenwood Knights Car Club and run by volunteers, the show features hundreds of restored vehicles (mostly classics) of all shapes, sizes, makes and models.

Feel free to stop by PRLC, where volunteers will be greeting visitors, offering cookies, and pointing the way to the restroom. And don’t miss our in-house blues band, Left Turn on Blue, along with other musical offerings on the church’s front  lawn!