With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
~ Mark 4:33-34
Parables: it seems the New Testament is full of Jesus always trying to explain things with stories, and yet not everyone understanding what he’s trying to get across. This month’s Circles will focus on Mark 4:26-34 and the concept of parables. Maybe you have a favorite parable? Or maybe you have one that completely baffles you? Come discuss and discover with us this month.
Bible study circles this month will meet as follows:
Bethany Circle: Monday, June 11 at 10:30 am at the home of Lois Severtson
Salem Circle: Wednesday, June 13 at 10:00 am at the home of Randi Valdok
The Well, 1606 5th Ave W, Seattle WA 98119
May 24, 2018
Powerful and difficult conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is one of the most racially diverse in the world, while also being full of racial tension and inequity.
Developing strategies for raising “healthy” (by definition, “anti-racist”) white kids is a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children.
This plenary will map common conundrums relative to nurturing anti-racist white identity: conundrums that impact adults as much as they do young people. Whether you have or were a white kid, or just have relationships with people who used to be or have white kids—the conversation this lecture will enable us to have is for everyone.
$50, $25, $15
Scholarships available upon inquiry
Wednesdays during the Easter season, Pastor Hansen, Donna Linn, and Vicar Gompf will facilitate conversation over Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book “Life Together.” Books are available for purchase at the Grace Station. We look forward to understanding what it means and looks like to live in community, learning where you have/have not felt community, and the struggles/joys of community. Join us every Wednesday in the Fireside Room, 6:45pm-7:30pm. (We will not meet during Spring Break on 4/11.)
Sunday Mornings at 10:00 in the Tree of Life Room
April 8, 2018
Making Space Sacred, Part I
The first of a series of forums presented by Pastor Hansen and a group that has been meeting to discuss the aesthetics of our worship space. How does the place we worship facilitate an encounter with the ever present and Risen Christ? Does it evoke the sense of a community where “all are welcome?” What makes for sacred space?
April 15, 2018
What’s Next for PRLC’s Food Bank?
For the past year, the Food Bank Mission Team has been dreaming up a new season for this wonderful program. Proposed ideas include moving on from an appointment system, switching to a digital database, and reconfiguring the food bank space to allow for a more interactive experience with clients. At this stage, we need your input. Please plan to come to next Sunday’s Adult Forum and help us plan this new season. Whether you have a volunteer stake in the program, or are just interested in learning more, we’d like to hear your ideas. The PRLC food bank has always been a mission of the people of the church, and a healthy future will continue this tradition.
April 22, 2018
Making Space Sacred, Part II
April 29, 2018
A Visit from our Missionary Friends
Seminarian and former member Zach Courter, along with his wife Rev. Rachel Eskesen, serve in Hungary as Coordinators for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program. Last year, PRLC began a Covenant Sponsorship relationship with Zach and Rachel, pledging to support them financially. Many of you contributed toward this support and follow their work through newsletters. Now, we have the chance to hear from our friends directly! On April 29th, Zach will present an adult forum, and on Wednesday May 2nd both Zach and Rachel will meet with our confirmation classes and be on hand for BFJ dinner. We look forward to their visit!
Last summer, as a congregation, we read Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America by Michael Eric Dyson, and then met together on an evening in August to discuss the book.
This year, we would like to offer a six-week book group during Lent in an effort to “unpack” the book and grow further through the experience together. If you are interested in being a part of this book group, please contact Jenn Boelter at firstname.lastname@example.org, and more information will be provided as Lent approaches.
Sunday mornings at 10:00
Feb. 4 – Peanut Butter Miracles!
PRLC members Rody and Alice Rowe led a nutrition program for six years serving severely malnourished children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will tell the story of that calling and reflect on:
- The vocational call on all followers of Jesus
- The “Feed Congo Kids” venture
- Life in the Congo
- On-going work in the Congo through a non-profit called “Our Family in Africa”
Feb. 11 – No Forum today
All ages are invited to come take part in the Lent Event.
Feb. 18 – Lutheran World Relief: Helping Families in Poor Communities across the World
Come and learn what you are doing through Lutheran World Relief around the world to break the cycle of poverty and to respond to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. In addition to financial gifts, did you know that the quilts tied on Tuesday mornings at PRLC go to Lutheran World Relief efforts? Our guest speaker will be Reverend Jonathan Buck, philanthropic advisor for LWR.
Feb. 25 – Welcoming the Stranger: Sanctuary and Faith-Based Solidarity for Such a Time as This
Acts of accompaniment and solidarity, sanctuary and immigration rights, are all part of the Christian tradition. As people of faith, public witness rooted in our relationships with immigrants and refugees can help lead us toward the vision of the Beloved Community. How are we called to act in “such a time as this?” Our guest speaker will be Michael Ramos, Executive Director of the Seattle Greater Council of Churches.
Spirited Women is a group of women who meet every Wednesday morning to talk about the book they’re reading, as well as the questions, doubts, and certainties of daily faithful living. Their first meeting of the year will be January 10, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Tree of Life room. They are starting a new book: Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God, by Kent Dobson. Books are available for purchase at the Grace Station on Sunday morning (cost $20, payable by check or exact change only), or at Phinney Books, across the street from the church, where you will receive a discount if you mention Spirited Women. The book is also available for download on to electronic readers.
Start the new year off by joining Spirited Women for spirited conversation, coffee, tea, and treats. All are welcome.
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in Tree of Life
January 7, 2018
How can we welcome those who are fleeing violence and persecution? Please join Sam Altis from Lutheran Community Services this morning to learn what it’s like for refugees arriving in the US, what the current state of refugee resettlement is both nationally and locally, and some ways you can be involved in welcoming refugee families.
January 14, 2018
Mark: The Gospel of Surprise
During this year, most of our Gospel readings come from Mark. What is unique about Mark’s Gospel? What is Mark’s contribution to our understanding of Jesus and the Christian life? Mark has been described as the “Master of Surprise.” How does this Gospel surprise us? Join Pastor Hansen for the conversation.
January 21, 2018
Jessica Zimmerle from Earth Ministries
For over 25 years, Earth Ministry has been inspiring and mobilizing the faith community to play a leadership role in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Join us on January 21 for an engaging adult forum on care for creation led by Jessica Zimmerle, Program & Outreach Director for Earth Ministry. We will explore the connection between faith and sustainability, think about how our congregation can get involved, and learn tools to advocate for the protection of our one and only planet.
January 28, 2018
Congregational Meeting—No Adult Forum
Due to the PRLC Annual congregational meeting, there will be no Adult Forum on January 28th.
Wednesdays Jan. 10– Feb. 7, 2018
The worst refugee crisis since WWII is upon us: With 34,000 people fleeing their homes a day and a total of 65 million displaced persons in the world, 20 million of which are refugees, there is a major crisis going on awaiting our awakening. Join Vicar Gompf as she leads you through conversation and a reading of “Seeking Refuge” by Stephan Bauman. Vicar Gompf also recommends the book “Refugee” by Alan Gratz for teenagers, and for families with younger children, “My Name Is Not Refugee” by Kate Milner. Please purchase your adult BFJ book prior to attendance. A few copies are available for sale at Grace Station ($15), and you will also find them in stock across the street at Phinney Books.
This month’s theme: Refugees
What does the Bible say about the treatment of refugees? Who were refugees in the Bible and why? How does our response to refugees help or hinder? Vicar Pam Gompf will lead the women’s circles in January on a journey of the refugees of the Bible and how biblical response to refugees over the millennia has changed … or not.
Bethany Circle will meet January 8 at 9:30 at the home of JoAnn Thuring.
Salem Circle will meet January 24 at 10:00 at Randi Valdok’s home.