Phinney Reads!

Since mid-January, a group of Phinney people have been working with the ELCA’s “Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the Church” curriculum. Its subtitle is “A Journey for White Christians from Privilege to Partnership.”  We’ve looked at US history and church history through a non-white lens. While we’ve completed the curriculum, I think it’s safe to say that we all feel that we’ve only begun the work.

We’d like to invite you to join us in this journey.  Following the model of Spirited Women, we’d like to read a book together. So this summer we are offering Phinney Reads! and encouraging everyone in the congregation to read Tears We Cannot Stop, by Michael Eric Dyson. This book is intense. Its message is urgent, uncomfortable, and yet hopeful. The book tells a story that our black neighbors deeply want us to hear. Let’s listen.

Phinney Books, our local bookstore (nearly across the street from PRLC, at 7405 Greenwood Ave N), has agreed to keep this book well-stocked, and will offer a 20% discount to anyone purchasing the book this summer.

We’re planning a book discussion at the end of August to talk about it. We hope you can join us.

 

Circles in June

In June, Pastor Van Kley will lead the circles in a study of the reluctant prophet, Jonah. You’re encouraged to read the whole book of Jonah (don’t worry…it’s only four chapters!) before we gather. Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany:     Monday, June 12 at 10:30 am at Lois Severtson’s home

Salem:    Wednesday, June 21 at 10:00 at the Norse Home (Mabel Rockness and Reidun Totland hosting)

 

Vacation Bible School 2017

Whatever!

… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
~ Philippians 4:8

This year we will be exploring whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise. Our journey will take us on an exploration of the Holy Scriptures, into the beauty of nature, and alongside commendable and praiseworthy members of our community.

We will use music, arts and crafts, cooking, study, service, and fun to help us make this journey. And we invite our families and friends to join us on Saturday for a festive picnic celebration that will feature a presentation, food, bouncy house, and more!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Tuesday-Friday
June 27-30, 2017, 9 am-12:30 pm
$40 ($35 before June 1)

Optional Afternoon Program
12:30-4 pm
$16 per day

Saturday Special Event
for VBS participants and their families and friends
July 1, 2017, 4-6 pm

– Scholarships are available –

VBS 2017 Registration Form [pdf]

Eucharistic Practice in the Midst of Economic Injustice

Saturday, May 6, 9am-3pm at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

In this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation year you are invited to a workshop that explores the revolutionary reforms promoted by Martin Luther and early Lutheran congregations.

These reforms linked sacramental practice with social assistance.  There will be time to consider the relevance of Luther’s economic and social writings, many of which speak to contemporary issues that ask for an informed Christian response in word and deed.

This workshop is led by Dr. Samuel Torvend, an Episcopal Priest and Professor of the History of Christianity at Pacific Lutheran University.  He is author of Daily Bread, Holy Meal: Opening the Gifts of Holy Communion and Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments, an examination of Luther’s response to the poor.

 

Wednesday Evening Adult Study

For the remainder of Bread for the Journey Pastor Van Kley will lead a discussion about the ELCA’s newest social statement on Faith, Sexism, and Justice, which is still being formulated. This important and timely conversation will take place at 6:30 on May 10 and 17 in the Fireside Room. All are welcome!

Eucharistic Practice in the Midst of Economic Injustice

Eucharistic Practic in the Midst of Economic Injustice

The cry of the poor has become your own cry; our hunger and thirst for justice is your own desire.
~ Eucharistic Prayer VII Evangelical Lutheran Worship

a workshop at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

in commemoration of the
500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Saturday, May 6, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Some of Martin Luther’s reforms linked sacramental practice with social assistance.

  • What was the relevance of Luther’s economic and social writings?
  • What does that mean for the church today?

Led by Dr. Samuel Torvend, Professor of the History of Christianity at Pacific Lutheran University. Dr. Torvend is the author of Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments and Daily Bread, Holy Meal: Opening the Gifts of Holy Communion

 

SPRING WOMEN’S RETREAT IS COMING UP!

Women, please mark your calendars for a one-day retreat on April 29,2017 at St. Mary-on-the-Lake Peace and Spirituality Center in Bellevue. This annual retreat will again be led by Pastor Van Kley and three other pastors from area churches (including former PRLC vicar, Rev. Debbie Boyce). Our theme is “The Word Made Flesh,” and we will explore it through several hands-on activities. Along with worship and presentations from the pastors, you’ll also have options to bake bread, practice yoga, study Scripture, walk the labyrinth, and much, much more! The retreat will be from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the cost is $40. Watch your bulletin for registration details in coming weeks, and contact Pastor Van Kley with questions.

Registration deadline is April 20. Printable registration form below.

Womens Retreat 2017 registration form [pdf]

Spirited Women and “Painting the Stars”

Starry Night Van GoghHave you ever looked up at the stars at night and had questions as to how science, religion, and our evolving faith can work together in our universe? And what about beyond? Join Spirited Women for the next few weeks as we tackle this subject through video and discussion. You won’t be bored.

When I have a terrible need – dare I say religion? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Starts Wednesday March 22 at 10:00 am in the Tree of Life Room. You won’t want to miss it.

 

Expansion Planned for the Child Development Center

~ Associate Pastor Anne Van Kley

CDC LogoAt our recent annual meeting, I presented the congregation with a proposed building enhancement project that would positively impact multiple PRLC ministries. Here is a summary of that presentation.

In the fall Tim Sullivan, director of our Child Development Center (CDC) approached the staff to talk about expanding the CDC. Currently the CDC includes five classrooms for children ages one through five. However, many kids age out of our program before they are ready (or old enough) for kindergarten. Each year, the CDC turns down multiple requests for kids to stay in our five-year-old room another year, because we simply don’t have the capacity for that right now.

Tim reported that for several years he’s seen a growing need among the families we serve for a classroom that would serve older five year old children.

Tim brought an initial proposal to the church council in November, asking for permission to pursue this possibility. He asked the council first to decide if this was a worthwhile mission for us to take on, and the consensus was a strong yes. The CDC has always existed to serve the needs of our community, and our desire is to continue that mission.

Tim’s original proposal included five options for use of space in our building. And this is where things got even more exciting.

We realized that talking about an expansion of the CDC provides us with a wonderful opportunity to consider all of our ministries. Many of our spaces have not been updated for many years, and there are several rooms in our building that could be used more efficiently.

So, we next formed an exploratory committee to look closely at our options. This group gained energy as we studied our current space use and tried to re-imagine how we could update our building and benefit multiple ministries at once.

At this point, the committee and church council agree that the best option is to convert our current nursery into a new, permanent CDC classroom.

Obviously that means we need a new nursery, since it is a vital part of our congregation. Considering many options, our team concluded that a wonderful new nursery could be created in what is currently known as the Tower Room (located on the 4th floor near the balcony). The current women’s restroom on that floor will become the new private nursery bathroom; the men’s room will become a unisex bathroom; the Cry Room that’s in the balcony will be updated to match and complement the new nursery; and we will move the archives that are currently stored in the Tower Room to a new and improved location.

As you can see, this whole proposal really creates a “domino effect” that ends up affecting many of our ministries in ways that give us some really exciting opportunities!

Currently the Tower Room is used for many meetings – both for congregational ministries and outside groups. It’s also where we teach confirmation; and frankly, our confirmation classes have outgrown that space. To accommodate all of that, we also are proposing enhancements to both the Fireside Room and the Youth Room, which are downstairs off the Fellowship Hall. These spaces are multi-functional and need to remain multi-functional. Upgrades will include improved, functional archive space; a large meeting table; intentional youth and confirmation space; and added work space for the Food Bank.

I’m sure you’re wondering about finances and next steps. The project is not anticipated to affect our budget because the CDC currently has enough reserved funds to cover the proposed costs. In fact, reinvestment of CDC profits into multiple PRLC ministries is good stewardship of those profits.

Our hope is to have the new classroom available for students this fall. We would work backwards (beginning with downstairs enhancements) so that we are never without a meeting space or nursery during the transition. The next step is to meet with a contractor and designer to begin work on the details of the project. The congregation will have an opportunity to vote on the complete proposal at our congregational meeting in April.

Please know that your questions, feedback, and ideas are always welcome.

 

Evening Spirited Women

Evening Spirited Women will gather Thursday March 26 from 6-7 pm to discuss the rest of Eat This Bread by Sara Miles. Join us!