“The Image of God is Like” Confirmation Retreat

Join us for our first of 2 confirmation retreats of the year. We will be discovering all the different images of God throughout the Bible and how we can continue to connect them to our faith today. There will be chances to learn, play, worship, take hay rides, and just have fun. Sign up and join us today!

Who: Confirmation/Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade)

What: Confirmation Retreat “The Image of God is Like”

When: Friday, November 16 – Saturday, November 17

Time: Leave St. John: Friday @ 5:00pm Arrive back at St. John: Saturday @ 5:00pm

Where: Camp Gilead

Cost: $50

Learn more at



Are you new to Phinney or seeking baptism?  Have you been visiting Phinney for a while but desire a deeper connection with the community?  Maybe you have been in this community  for several years and want to grow in your faith journey.  Any and all are welcome to the WAY.  We meet Sundays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship room.  Dinner is provided as well as opportunities for small group reflection.  Join us!  For more information please contact Lance Georgeson at


Wednesday Evening Adult Ed

What Your Sunday School Teacher Never Told You about the Bible

When I was a teenager, I heard a bishop say that, “Scripture is a pool that a child can wade in, and a sea that an elephant can swim in.” In other words, we can and do learn from God’s Word at any age and level. We often teach children a simple point, like “God created the world,” even though we know the story is much richer and more complex than that. (Heck, there are TWO versions of the creation story, even!).

For the next few weeks, I will be leading a conversation about some of our most beloved Bible stories, and we’ll be diving a little bit deeper in. You might be surprised to learn that there’s much more to the story than you were first taught! Join us in the Fireside Room from 6:30 to 7:10 each Wednesday evening as part of Bread for the Journey.

~ Pastor Van Kley


Adult Forums in November 2018

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

November 4, 2018

The Anti-Slavery Movement in America as Christian Witness

The radical Antislavery Movement of the 19th Century was the first great social movement demanding racial justice in American history.   Join Steve Pfaff for a discussion of this movement that was Christian in inspiration but went beyond the confines of conventional religion.  Insisting on the spiritual equality of the races and the sexes, activist spiritual virtuosi like the Grimke sisters and Theodore Weld called on fellow Americans to lives of active holiness that would overcome the “national sins” of slavery and racism.  The movement helped to define what it means to take moral positions in public life and has lasting implications for how we approach Christian witness today.

November 11, 2018

Praying the Psalms

Join Vicar Elizabeth Peter to learn a little bit about Martin Luther and his love of the Psalms.  We will discuss how we can connect to them too!

November 18, 2018

Consecration Sunday

On this special stewardship celebration join your PRLC family for brunch!

November 25 & December 2, 2018

What Are We Waiting for?

Church people know that Advent is about waiting.  But what are we waiting for?  Many churches are engaging in an ecumenical conversation about expanding Advent from four weeks to seven!  Whatever for?  Join Pastor Hansen for an exploration of Advent and how a richer and fuller observance of this liturgical season might deepen our experience of the liturgical year and the Christian life.


Circles in November

As we engage in this communion with God more deeply and come to know the One with whom we are speaking more intimately, that growing knowledge of God reveals to us all the more brilliantly who we are and our need to change in conformity to God. Prayer changes us profoundly.

― R.C. Sproul, The Prayer of the Lord


This month the Women’s Bible Study Circles will be diving into the Lord’s Prayer and examining our use of it in our daily lives. Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle: Will NOT be meeting in November due to Veterans Day

Salem Circle:   Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 at the home of Randi Valdok


The WAY Begins Oct. 14, 2018

  • Are you new to Phinney?
  • Have you been worshiping with us for a while?
  • Is the Christian church a brand new experience for you?
  • Do you have questions about faith?
  • Are you returning to the church after a long absence?
  • Are you a long time member who wants to connect with others and explore your faith?

If any of these ring true for you, you are invited to check out the WAY.  We begin on Sunday, October 14 and will meet weekly.  We begin with dinner at 5:00 and we are done by 7:00.  For more questions contact Lance Georgeson, WAY Coordinator.

8th grade confirmation classes also begin, congruent with the WAY, on Sunday, October 14. Classes will take place each Sunday from 5:00-7:00 in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is included.

Wednesday Evening Adult Education

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

When trying to determine if a Children’s Bible is going to be a good one or not, Pastor Van Kley always looks at how the editors portray the story of “Jonah and the Whale.” Find out why in this 4-week conversation about the fascinating book of Jonah!

Circles in October

Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.” (ELW #612)

This month the Women’s Bible Study Circles will be discussing the Feast of St. Luke and PRLC’s practice of observing St. Luke Healing Sunday, which will take place October 21. Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle: Monday, October 8 at 9:30 at the home of Bev Crop

Salem Circle:   Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00 at the home of Lois Huseby


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]