Adult Christian Education in March

Dwelling in the Lenten Word

A small study group for adults will take place at Bread for the Journey during Lent.

Join Pastor Hansen for a discussion and reflection on the Sunday Gospels:

  • Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness
  • his lament over Jerusalem
  • the barren fig tree
  • the prodigal son, and
  • Mary’s lavish anointing of Jesus before his death

Let these rich passages shape your Lenten journey.  We meet beginning March 13th and through Lent in the Fireside room at 6:30 p.m. following the BfJ meal.

Circles in March

The Circles will not meet in March, but all members are encouraged to attend Lenten midweek services and lunch every Wednesday.

Lenten Devotionals Available

Mind the Gap, a daily devotional for the season of Lent written by PRLC member Nancy Monelli, is now available on Sunday mornings at the Grace Station. The suggested donation for each book is $5, and all proceeds will benefit the Circle of Welcome Refugee Ministry of Lutheran Community Services Northwest.

 

 

Adult Forums in Lent

I Renounce Them!

Join us for a series of special Adult Forums during Lent as we seek to discern together what we need to renounce as we join those preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil. All forums take place at 10:00 on Sunday mornings in the Tree of Life Room.

Lent 1, March 10, 2019 – What Are We Renouncing?

Join the discussion with Pastor Hansen as we explore the wondrous gift of baptism and probe the questions: “Do you renounce the forces of evil, the systems that defy God, the ways of sin that draw you from God?”

Lent 2, March 17, 2019 – Renouncing Racism

Vicar Elizabeth Peter will lead this discussion and provide testimony.  There will also be an exploration of resources from the PRLC Race and Equity Team.

Lent 3, March 24, 2019 – Renouncing Sexism

The discussion will be led by Pastor Van Kley and include a look at the ELCA Social Statement on “Women & Justice.”

Lent 4, March 31, 2019 – Renouncing Homophobia and Transphobia

We will continue to explore what it means for us to be a Reconciling in Christ congregation and hear testimony from those facing this form of discrimination today.

Lent 5, April 7, 2019 – Renouncing Consumerism and Exploitation of the Earth

Join us as we explore God’s call to stewardship of the earth and reflect upon the systems and practices that seek to dominate the creation. Led by Ryan Ferrer, Cara Scheffler, and Robert Wall.

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 – Renouncing Together at the Easter Vigil

Having explored these renunciations in depth, what will our common prayer look like in preparation for the Three Days of Easter?

 

Adult Forums in Lent

 I Renounce Them!

Join us for a series of special Adult Forums during Lent as we seek to discern together what we need to renounce as we join those preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil. All forums take place at 10:00 on Sunday mornings in the Tree of Life Room.

Lent 1, March 10, 2019 – What are we renouncing?

Join the discussion with Pastor Hansen as we explore the wondrous gift of Baptism and probe the questions: “Do you renounce the forces of evil, the systems that defy God, the ways of sin that draw you from God?”

Lent 2, March 17, 2019 – Renouncing Racism

Vicar Elizabeth Peter will lead this discussion and provide testimony.  There will also be an exploration of resources from the PRLC Race and Equity Team.

Lent 3, March 24, 2019 – Renouncing Sexism

The discussion will be led by Pastor Van Kley and include a look at the ELCA Social Statement on “Women & Justice.”

Lent 4, March 31, 2019 – Renouncing Homophobia and Transphobia

We will continue to explore what it means for us to be a Reconciling in Christ congregation and hear testimony from those facing this form of discrimination today.

Lent 5, April 7, 2019 – Renouncing Consumerism and Exploitation of the Earth

Join us as we explore God’s call to stewardship of the earth and reflect upon the systems and practices that seek to dominate the creation.

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 – Renouncing Together at the Easter Vigil

Having explored these renunciations in depth, what will our common prayer look like in preparation for the Three Days of Easter?

PRLC Constitution and Bylaws Update

Please join PRLC member and former Council Secretary Marie Gehman on February 17, 2019 to learn about important proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. The constitution currently in effect dates back to 2008. You will be hearing why an updated, unified document will be brought for a vote at the next regular Congregational Meeting in April.

The goals of this update are in short:

  1. To unify Constitution and Bylaws into one document. They are currently two separate documents, and some of the numbering scheme has gotten misaligned over the years.
  2. To match the ELCA Model Constitution and incorporate language changes developed at the 2013 and 2016 Churchwide Assemblies.
  3. To remove language that no longer reflects current PRLC practices.

Please come to the Tree of Life Room on February 17, 2019 at 10:00 am, between services.

 

Adult Forums

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

February 10, 2019 – Earth Ministries

Care for creation, environmental justice, and responsibility for future generations are core faith values that we have an opportunity to speak up for in this legislative session. Learn how to put these values into practice with Jessica Zimmerle from Earth Ministry.  She will discuss important environmental bills being considered by the state legislature—including a 100% clean electric grid and protection for Puget Sound—and share tools to make it easy for you to speak up as a faithful advocate.

February 17, 2019 – Update on PRLC Constitution

Why do congregations have constitutions?  What are they for?  Come and learn about these questions and the revisions and updates to the Constitution with PRLC member Marie Gehman.  This will be a great opportunity to learn as we prepare to vote on the updates at the April congregational meeting.

February 24, 2019 — What is your Image of God?

As we grow and get older our lived experiences influence how we envision God.  Together we will look at some familiar images, and some that may surprise you.  Join Vicar Elizabeth Peter in a discussion as we expand our language and images for God!

March 3, 2019 – Religica

Religica is new online platform dedicated to a post-cynical approach to religious and spiritual traditions today.  Learn about this new online adventure from PRLC member Michael Trice, who, along with other religious leaders across the country, created Religica.  Religica.org will be clarified as a response to the public hunger many feel toward greater spiritual connection.  Come be present for the conversation.

 

Circles in February

Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?
Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?
Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?
Response: I renounce them!*

In preparation for Lent, the Women’s Circles will discuss the phrase “I renounce them!” which we repeat during the baptismal liturgy.

Bethany Circle will meet at 9:30 on Monday, February 25 at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church library.

Salem Circle will meet at 10:00 on Wednesday, February 20 at the home of Lois Huseby.

 

* from Evangelical Lutheran Worship © 2006. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress under license #36567.

 

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.

 

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.