At Phinney, we offer a way for people who are new among us to deepen their faith journey and to become part of the church community …

  • Inviting your questions and doubts, struggles and joys
  • Engaging both your head and heart
  • Handing on the traditions of the faith
  • Affirming the journey God has placed you on
  • Walking with you in a process we take together

The first few weeks in the WAY are called “The Front Porch,” a time to explore the questions of faith.  We gather for dinner at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner is followed by a brief presentation and some small group time with the Gospel reading for the next week.

Come and join us!  For more information or questions, please contact Lance Georgeson at or Pastor Hansen at


Adult Forums Fall 2017

September 17 and 24 – Christians and the Environment

Why should Christians care about the environment?  Join PRLC member Ryan Ferrer for a two-part interactive exploration of challenges and problems facing God’s creation, with emphasis on climate change from the perspective of a Christian.  Ryan teaches Biology at Seattle Pacific University.  He has researched climate change issues and has a passion for stewardship of the environment.


October 1 and 8 – Christians and Evolution

Why should Christians study evolution?  How does studying evolution help us understand how God creates and how we are part of God’s creation?  Join PRLC member Cara Scheffler for a two-week series to discuss the evolutionary process and evidence for ancient earth, particularly fossil records pertaining specifically to humans, and the evolutionary process.   Cara teaches in the Biology department at Seattle Pacific University.


October 15 – Luther 500 Tour

Several parishioners participated in the “Luther 500” Tour last June in Wittenberg, Germany to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Join them for a discussion of their trip – what they saw, enjoyed, and learned and how the experience enriched their journey of faith.


October 22 – Lutherans and the Ecumenical Movement – 500 Years in the Making

Martin Luther never intended to start a new church.  However, controversy in the church and a deep political divide led to the establishment of several Protestant churches in the 16th and 17th centuries.  Christians from various traditions sometimes stare at each other across a great divide. In this forum, we uncover rich sources within the Lutheran tradition for ecumenical conversations.  Come away with a deeper understanding of the core principles of Lutheran theology, and resources that you can use to live in harmony with other people and traditions.  This discussion will be led by PRLC member Mike Halvorson who teaches history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.


October 29 – Luther the Spiritual Virtuoso

PRLC member Steve Pfaff defines a spiritual virtuoso as someone who works toward personal holiness with the same perseverance and intensity as a virtuoso striving for excellence in the arts or in athletics. On this Reformation Sunday, join Steve as he discusses Martin Luther as a spiritual virtuoso whose personal quest for God became a movement for social change.  Steve teaches Sociology at the University of Washington and has co-authored a book with Marion Goldman on The Spiritual Virtuoso, set to be released in December.


November 5 – Surrounded by a Cloud of Witnesses 

Since the first century, Christians have kept a calendar to honor the faith and life of persons who have exemplified what it means to be “salt of the earth” and “light for the world.”  Why do we single out certain women and men among the vast communion of saints into which we are all baptized?  How did this calendar come into being and why keep it still?  How might remembering and honoring people like Julian of Norwich, Francis and Clare of Assisi, St. Luke, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mother Theresa, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King and a host of other Christian witnesses edify our lives of faith?  Join Pastor Hansen on this All Saints Sunday for a spirited conversation.


November 12 – Muslims and Christians Together

Neighbors in Faith, a ministry supported by both the ELCA Northwest Washington Synod and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, fosters mutual relationships with Muslims and other faith communities with the goal of promoting a more peaceful world.  Pastor Terry Kyllo, director of this ministry, will discuss this interfaith work.  He believes that interfaith dialogue is essential in learning to live with each other and our cultural differences.  For more information see


November  19 and 26 – That They Be One

Jesus prayed that his followers be one just as he and the Father are one.  How are Christians doing at being in communion with one another?  With whom is the ELCA in a full communion relationship and what does it mean for us to be in these relationships?  What exactly is the “Declaration on the Way” with our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers?  Join Pastor Hansen for a lively discussion on the ecumenical movement, especially the relationship between Lutherans and other Christians.


December 3 – Advent Event for everyone  (All Ages)


Children and Family Ministries Report

The Monelli Memo:  This month we celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But I must confess that I am much more interested in the reformation I see happening every day. Babies are re-formed into toddlers, toddlers are re-formed into children, and children are re-formed into teens right before my eyes. Expanding abilities and independence are all part of this ongoing reformation and so is the growth in the knowledge of and love of God. It is such a blessing to pray with the youngsters at Bread from the Journey each week. From children aged five to ten years old I hear prayers for God’s healing of pets and grandparents as well as for those affected by natural disasters, racism, and homelessness. As their worlds expand, so does their understanding of the greatness and goodness of God’s love. This is the kind of re-formation that God offers to us all and we need only look to our children and teens to be reminded of this.

 For His Sake,

My Tithe of Treats     

On Sunday, October 22, all children will receive a “My Tithes of Treats Bag” and will be encouraged to fill it with a portion of their trick or treating candy and return it to the church. These treats will be given to children and others who would not normally have any sweet treats at all.

The Phinney Phlames will meet on Sunday, October 8th  in room 301-302 with Joyce Aasland and Nancy Monelli

 All youngsters in the 4th and 5th grades are invited to this lively youth group experience. This month we will be celebrating Phall Phun with lunch, minute-to-win-it games, fall crafts, and much, much more. In November, the group will travel to St. Luke’s in Ballard to help with food preparation for the Edible Hope Program.

Programs and activities for the Adult Members of Children and Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle meets on SUNDAY 15, October in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. If you would like more information, please contact Nancy Monelli at




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.


Vacation Bible School 2017


… 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!


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



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]