Adult Forums in January

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

January 13th

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 is working toward just solutions.  PRLC member 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 by sharing knowledge and providing training in ensuring clean water through the establishment and maintenance of water filtering systems.

January 20th

Preparing for the Annual Meeting

In a conversation facilitated by your pastors and parish council, come and hear about the items to be discussed at the PRLC Annual Meeting on January 27th.

January 27th

Annual Meeting

There will be no forum this day as the annual congregational meeting will take place between services.

 

Communion Instruction for Children

At PRLC, all are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Instruction is appropriate for children at any age that the parents see fit. Many children receive “First Communion” instruction at around Kindergarten or 2nd grade, and then again when they are older and able to think differently about the sacrament. Frankly, we all need instruction throughout our lives! We never fully grasp the mystery.

Pastor Van Kley will offer communion instruction for children in February. She will gear her lesson toward the ages and abilities of those interested. Please contact her directly if this is something you desire for your child, whether communion will be new for them, or if they’ve already been communing but desire further instruction.

The WAY

The WAY meets every Sunday at 5:00 pm for dinner and small-group conversation. If you’re new to Phinney or just want to check it out, please join us from 5-7 pm in Fellowship Hall.

Adult Forums in December

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

December 2, 2018

What Are We Waiting for? (Part 2)

Pastor Hansen will lead the discussion that began on November 25 with a focus on the season of Advent and a current ecumenical proposal to expand this season of preparation from  four weeks to seven.

December 9, 2018

Pastoral Housing Update

The ad-hoc group charged with exploring options for housing arrangements for the Associate Pastor will present their findings and answer questions.

 

Circles in December

And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!                                       ~Luke 1:46

This month both circles will enjoy their annual Christmas celebrations! Pastor Hansen will lead a conversation about the Magnificat, the song proclaimed by Jesus’ mother, Mary. You can find it in the first chapter of Luke, beginning with verse 46.

Bethany Circle will meet at 10:30 on Monday, Dec. 10 at Judy Smith’s home (note the later time).

Salem Circle will meet at 10:00 on Wednesday, December 19 at the home of Ilse Bolliger.

 

LYONS News

“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 www.roaringlyons.org.

 

The WAY

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 lgeorgeson@juno.com.

 

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.