PRLC Men’s Retreat 2018

October 19, 2018      6pm-10pm
October 20, 2018      9am-4:30pm

Make plans to join us for a fun time of connection exploring the life of the Apostle Peter. On the evening of October 19th and all day on the 20th, we’ll gather at PRLC to connect with the story of Peter, with God, and with each other. Don’t miss breakout workshops, worship, delicious lunch at Gorgeous George, a trivia challenge, and many more creative ways to be together. This event is great for all identifying men college age and up. Can you bring a friend or two? Registration fee is $55 (scholarships available), and includes t-shirt, notebook, and Saturday lunch. Please see the retreat brochure below for more details. Registrations due by October 3rd to secure a t-shirt size!

Men’s Retreat 2018 brochure [pdf]

Read the Koran in Four Weeks

Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7-9pm at First Lutheran Church, West Seattle

Check out this unique class taught by Pastor Marshall since 2003. The cost is $50 – which covers over a hundred handouts from Islamic scholars on Islam and the Koran, as well as your own copy of an approved English translation of the Koran. Enrollment is limited. Call or email to register or ask questions: 206-935-6530 or For more information on the class, see, “Reading the Koran with Pastor Marshall.”


Adult Forums This Fall

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


September 16, 2018

This Changes Everything

Come learn about the LYONS summer trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. We will share memories, things we learned, and have a time to answer questions about our experience. We will also share a devotion from the Gathering and find out how we can continue to “Change Everything”. Open the pdf below to learn about the speakers and find links to their websites.

“This Changes Everything” speakers [pdf]


September 23, 2018

What’s Happening in the Synod?

Pastor Shelly Bryan Wee, Assistant to our Bishop in the Northwest Washington Synod will be present to discuss the work and ministry of our Synod and our ELCA.


September 30, 2018

Walking the WAY

The WAY is a gift to those who are new to PRLC, those seeking baptism and those already baptized who wish to deepen their faith journey.  Come and learn about the WAY.  This will be a good introduction for those who will participate in this year’s WAY cycle AND a forum for all PRLC members to learn more about this ministry that is at the heart of our common life and mission.


October 7, 2018

The Power of the Pen

Join Mary Lydic to discover how art illuminated the “dark ages” and kept Christianity alive through the “Book of Kells.”  Explore the mysteries of St. Columba (521-597 CE) and the Isle of Iona, the cradle of Christianity in Great Britain.


October 14, 2018

Friendly Water for the World

Lack of access to clean water has taken its toll on people around the world.  In the past decade alone, many have died from waterborne illnesses.  Come and learn how Friendly Water for the World working toward just solutions.  Steve Johnson serves on the Board of Friendly Water for the World and will speak of its work with communities around the world who have little in the way of access to resources, except their resilience, intelligence, generosity, labor, caring and pent-up initiative by sharing knowledge and providing training in ensuring clean water through the establishment and maintenance of water filtering systems.


October 22, 2018

Who Are Orthodox Christians?

In the days preceding, including and following Reformation Sunday, we are highlighting the stories of other Christian brothers and sisters.  Today explore the Eastern Orthodox tradition, especially their use of icons for prayer.



Spirited Women News

Spirited Women of PRLC meet weekly for spirited conversation. Group conversation, care for one another, coffee, tea and healthy snacks are shared as women discuss openly their questions, doubts, certainties and challenges of daily faithful living in response to the current book they are reading. Spirited Women meet every Wednesday through the school year from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Tree of Life Room.

 Our first fall meeting will be Wednesday September 12, at PRLC in the Tree of Life room at 10am. Our hostesses will be Linda Dalbec and Barb Doherty. We will be deciding on our next book, so we encourage you to bring ideas, along with recalling our previous thoughts. We hope to view Nadia Bolz-Weber’s recent address to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston.


Join Us for Sunday School Each Week at 10:00

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church is happy to offer faith formation opportunities for all ages. This wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our terrific volunteer Sunday School teachers: Joyce Aasland, Carolyn Murphy, Karla Ogle, Will Van Kley, Steve Milliren, Lori Chrisman, Tina Georgeson, Julie Carr, Bart Brosten, Ben Maier, and our musicians, Larry Burris and Joel Maier. Thank you to all of you! We are set to kick-off a wonderful new year of Sunday School on September 16.

Each week, we’ll begin in the Fellowship Hall with a time to chat and mingle (and have a snack) after the first worship service. Then, at 10:00, children and youth will start the Sunday School hour with a brief time of singing and dancing together. Afterward they’ll be split into their grade levels for age-appropriate learning and activity time.

Pre-K kids will be with Joyce & Carolyn in room 303/304

K-2nd grade students meet with Karla & Will or Steve & Lori in the Godly Play Room (room 418)

3rd – 5th graders will be with Tina & Julie in room 301/302

6th – 8th graders are with Bart & Ben in the Fireside Room

High School students will meet weekly in the Youth Room


Nursery care is always available for our littlest learners. An Adult Forum is also held in the Tree of Life Room each week.


Wednesday Evening BfJ Class on Refugee Issues

For the first four weeks of Bread for the Journey this fall, we will offer an important adult education class intended to educate us on the deeper issues of the current refugee crisis. PRLC is organizing to be directly involved in this issue, and the more we’re educated the better we’ll love God’s people who can’t go home.

The class will be led by PRLC member Alice Rowe and Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher, and pulls content from a wonderful program developed by Sparkhouse and used by other Lutheran communities. Dates and times are September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, from 6:30-7:10pm in the Fireside Room (north end of Fellowship Hall).


Bread for the Journey Resumes on September 12

Bread for the Journey is PRLC’s Wednesday evening ministry for all ages. During a three-hour time period, all members of Phinney can gather for education, fellowship, choir practices, and a quiet worship time. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow together as a community, and grow individually in our lives of faith and baptismal vocation. Here is the schedule for this year’s Bread for the Journey:


Youth Choir (grades 7-12) in the Choir Room
6th Grade Confirmation in the Tower Room


3rd – 5th Grade Class in Room 301-302
Cherub Choir (K-2nd grade) in the Tree of Life Room
~ Nursery Care available ~


Family-style dinner for everyone in the Fellowship Hall
~ Please consider making a regular donation to help cover our costs ~


Adult Education: The Deeper Issues of the Refugee Crisis, in the Fireside Room (9/12-10/3)
Gospel Choir (adults) in the Tree of Life Room
8th– 12th Grade LYONS Youth Group in the Youth Room
7th Grade Confirmation in the Tower Room
Chorister Choir (3rd – 6th grade) in the Choir Room
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Class in Room 303-304
~ Nursery Care available ~


Chapel for all in the Sanctuary


BFJ Dismissal


Chancel Choir (adults) in the Choir Room


Sept 12: First day of BFJ

Oct. 31: No BFJ

Nov. 21: No BFJ

Dec. 19: Christmas Eve worship walk-through and rehearsal for choirs. No classes. Dinner provided.

Dec. 26: No BFJ



Are you new to PRLC?  Have you been visiting a while?  Would you like to connect with others in our faith community?  Do you want to delve deeper into the questions of faith?  The WAY begins Sunday, October 14.  To learn more about the WAY, please come to the Adult Forum on Sunday, September 30th; or contact WAY Coordinator Lance Georgeson at or Pastor Bryon Hansen at


Circles in September

Pastor Hansen will lead a discussion of the Book of James, specifically the passages that serve as the second lesson on Sundays throughout September. Bible study circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle: Monday, September 10 at 9:30 at the home of Birgit Lyshol

Salem Circle:    Wednesday, September 19 at 10:00 at the home of Ilse Bolliger