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.
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)
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.
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!
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]
Have 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.
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!
Joy, Mercy, Simplicity
Join Pastors Ivar Hillesland, Britt Olson, and Bryon Hansen for a weekend for an exploration of the “Rule of Taizé .” Held at the Seabeck Conference Center on beautiful Hood Canal, this is a time to “get away” and experience the intentional faith practices of the Taizé community that have been adapted by Christians worldwide. Registration brochures are available at the link below.
Young Adult Retreat Brochure & Registration [pdf]
God calls us to steward all that God has given us: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Without a plan for how to manage God’s money, in God’s way for God’s glory, we are often left wondering where the money went. Starting on Thursday, January 26th, PRLC member John Hubbard will be leading a Financial Peace University course focusing on budgeting to eliminate debt, managing and saving wisely, and most importantly prioritizing goals to enable us to live more generously. Topics covered during the 9-week course include:
- Saving Money
- Communicating about Money
- Cash Flow Planning
- Dumping Debt
- Buyer Beware
- The Role of Insurance
- Retirement and College Planning
- Real Estate and Mortgages
- Unleashing the Power of Generous Giving
Class will meet from 6:30-8:30 pm. The class costs $109 per family for the materials. Free childcare will be available. If you are interested in joining the class, contact member John Hubbard to sign up.