Raising White Kids: An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us

The Well, 1606 5th Ave W, Seattle WA 98119
May 24, 2018
7-9 pm

Powerful and difficult conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is one of the most racially diverse in the world, while also being full of racial tension and inequity.

Developing strategies for raising “healthy” (by definition, “anti-racist”) white kids is a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children.

This plenary will map common conundrums relative to nurturing anti-racist white identity: conundrums that impact adults as much as they do young people. Whether you have or were a white kid, or just have relationships with people who used to be or have white kids—the conversation this lecture will enable us to have is for everyone.

$50, $25, $15
Scholarships available upon inquiry

https://raisingwhitekids.bpt.me

 

Vacation Bible School June 25-29, 2018

Have you ever had a bad day, and then someone gives you an unexpected gift or reaches out with a hug and somehow it all seems much better?

 At this year’s vacation bible school, we’ll explore the nature of grace, and how God’s unexpected love changes just about everything in our lives. We’re excited to welcome our friends from Camp Lutherwood, who will lead groups, games, songs, and field trips all geared toward experiencing God’s grace for God’s people.

We’ll offer a day-long program for kids entering 1st-6th grade in the fall, as well as a half day morning program for 4-year olds through Kindergarten. Older kids and adults are still welcome (and needed!) to volunteer as leaders and helpers. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher in the office for more information.

Download the registration brochure below, and let’s have some fun!

1st – 6th grade: 9am – 3:30pm
Cost: $75 for the week

4 yo – K: 9am – 12pm
Cost: $40 half day

VBS 2018 Registration Form [pdf]

 

Easter BfJ Book Study

Wednesdays during the Easter season, Pastor Hansen, Donna Linn, and Vicar Gompf will facilitate conversation over Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book “Life Together.” Books are available for purchase at the Grace Station. We look forward to understanding  what it means and looks like to live in community, learning where you have/have not felt community, and the struggles/joys of community. Join us every Wednesday in the Fireside Room, 6:45pm-7:30pm. (We will not meet during Spring Break on 4/11.)

 

Adult Forums in April 2018

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

April 8, 2018
Making Space Sacred, Part I
The first of a series of forums presented by Pastor Hansen and a group that has been meeting to discuss the aesthetics of our worship space.  How does the place we worship facilitate an encounter with the ever present and Risen Christ?  Does it evoke the sense of a community where “all are welcome?”  What makes for sacred space?

April 15, 2018
What’s Next for PRLC’s Food Bank?
For the past year, the Food Bank Mission Team has been dreaming up a new season for this wonderful program. Proposed ideas include moving on from an appointment system, switching to a digital database, and reconfiguring the food bank space to allow for a more interactive experience with clients. At this stage, we need your input.  Please plan to come to next Sunday’s Adult Forum and help us plan this new season. Whether you have a volunteer stake in the program, or are just interested in learning more, we’d like to hear your ideas. The PRLC food bank has always been a mission of the people of the church, and a healthy future will continue this tradition.

April 22, 2018
Making Space Sacred, Part II

April 29, 2018
A Visit from our Missionary Friends
Seminarian and former member Zach Courter, along with his wife Rev. Rachel Eskesen, serve in Hungary as Coordinators for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program. Last year, PRLC began a Covenant Sponsorship relationship with Zach and Rachel, pledging to support them financially. Many of you contributed toward this support and follow their work through newsletters. Now, we have the chance to hear from our friends directly! On April 29th, Zach will present an adult forum, and on Wednesday May 2nd both Zach and Rachel will meet with our confirmation classes and be on hand for BFJ dinner. We look forward to their visit!

 

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

 

Lenten Book Group Forming

Last summer, as a congregation, we read Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America by Michael Eric Dyson, and then met together on an evening in August to discuss the book.

This year, we would like to offer a six-week book group during Lent in an effort to “unpack” the book and grow further through the experience together. If you are interested in being a part of this book group, please contact Jenn Boelter at jenneepiejoi@aol.com, and more information will be provided as Lent approaches.

Adult Forums in February

Sunday mornings at 10:00

Feb. 4 – Peanut Butter Miracles!

PRLC members Rody and Alice Rowe led a nutrition program for six years serving severely malnourished children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will tell the story of that calling and reflect on:

  • The vocational call on all followers of Jesus
  • The “Feed Congo Kids” venture
  • Life in the Congo
  • On-going work in the Congo through a non-profit called “Our Family in Africa”

Feb. 11 – No Forum today

All ages are invited to come take part in the Lent Event.

Feb. 18 – Lutheran World Relief: Helping Families in Poor Communities across the World

Come and learn what you are doing through Lutheran World Relief around the world to break the cycle of poverty and to respond to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. In addition to financial gifts, did you know that the quilts tied on Tuesday mornings at PRLC go to Lutheran World Relief efforts?  Our guest speaker will be Reverend Jonathan Buck, philanthropic advisor for LWR.

Feb. 25 – Welcoming the Stranger: Sanctuary and Faith-Based Solidarity for Such a Time as This

Acts of accompaniment and solidarity, sanctuary and immigration rights, are all part of the Christian tradition. As people of faith, public witness rooted in our relationships with immigrants and refugees can help lead us toward the vision of the Beloved Community.  How are we called to act in “such a time as this?” Our guest speaker will be Michael Ramos, Executive Director of the Seattle Greater Council of Churches.

 

Spirited Women Beginning New Book Study

Spirited Women is a group of women who meet every Wednesday morning to talk about the book they’re reading, as well as the questions, doubts, and certainties of daily faithful living. Their first meeting of the year will be January 10, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Tree of Life room. They are starting a new book: Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God, by Kent Dobson. Books are available for purchase at the Grace Station on Sunday morning (cost $20, payable by check or exact change only), or at Phinney Books, across the street from the church, where you will receive a discount if you mention Spirited Women. The book is also available for download on to electronic readers.

Start the new year off by joining Spirited Women for spirited conversation, coffee, tea, and treats. All are welcome.

 

Happy 2018 from the Child Development Center!

As the holidays and the year end, it is always an exciting time downstairs in the CDC.  Things slow down a bit, and we have a little time off and have a lower number of children at school each day while many of the children are visiting family and friends for the holidays.

That time always gives me a chance to reflect on the upcoming year, as well as all the joys and challenges we faced in the last year.  As I reflected on this last year, one thing I kept coming back to is how thankful I am for the position I have and the support I have from the CDC families, our local community, and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.   One example of this was the preschool’s field trips to the local Christmas tree lot just off Holman.  As soon as we arrived in the big church bus all the workers were excited to see the children.  They told us they were wondering when we would show up, and began talking to the teachers like long lost friends.  I watched the children running around the lot, hiding behind trees, and collaborating on what tree they should bring back to their classroom.

It was a special thing to see how much joy these children could spread along to our community simply by expressing their joy.  After long days of selling hundreds of trees, the workers found their spirits refreshed by the happiness of our children, and there was a smile on everyone’s faces.  It left me proud of what an amazing school we have, and thankful that I get to be in this place every day.   I am looking forward to another amazing year in the CDC, and wish all of you the happiest of new years.

~ Tim Sullivan, Director of the PRLC Child Development Center

 

Adult Forums in January

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in Tree of Life

January 7, 2018
Welcoming Refugees
How can we welcome those who are fleeing violence and persecution? Please join Sam Altis from Lutheran Community Services this morning to learn what it’s like for refugees arriving in the US, what the current state of refugee resettlement is both nationally and locally, and some ways you can be involved in welcoming refugee families.

January 14, 2018
Mark: The Gospel of Surprise
During this year, most of our Gospel readings come from Mark.  What is unique about Mark’s Gospel?   What is Mark’s contribution to our understanding of Jesus and the Christian life?  Mark has been described as the “Master of Surprise.”  How does this Gospel surprise us?  Join Pastor Hansen for the conversation.

January 21, 2018
Jessica Zimmerle from Earth Ministries
For over 25 years, Earth Ministry has been inspiring and mobilizing the faith community to play a leadership role in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Join us on January 21 for an engaging adult forum on care for creation led by Jessica Zimmerle, Program & Outreach Director for Earth Ministry. We will explore the connection between faith and sustainability, think about how our congregation can get involved, and learn tools to advocate for the protection of our one and only planet.

January 28, 2018
Congregational Meeting—No Adult Forum
Due to the PRLC Annual congregational meeting, there will be no Adult Forum on January 28th.