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
For the first four weeks of Bread for the Journey this fall, we will offer an important adult education class intended to educate us on the deeper issues of the current refugee crisis. PRLC is organizing to be directly involved in this issue, and the more we’re educated the better we’ll love God’s people who can’t go home.
The class will be led by PRLC member Alice Rowe and Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher, and pulls content from a wonderful program developed by Sparkhouse and used by other Lutheran communities. Dates and times are September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, from 6:30-7:10pm in the Fireside Room (north end of Fellowship Hall).
Bread for the Journey is PRLC’s Wednesday evening ministry for all ages. During a three-hour time period, all members of Phinney can gather for education, fellowship, choir practices, and a quiet worship time. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow together as a community, and grow individually in our lives of faith and baptismal vocation. Here is the schedule for this year’s Bread for the Journey:
Youth Choir (grades 7-12) in the Choir Room
6th Grade Confirmation in the Tower Room
3rd – 5th Grade Class in Room 301-302
Cherub Choir (K-2nd grade) in the Tree of Life Room
~ Nursery Care available ~
Family-style dinner for everyone in the Fellowship Hall
~ Please consider making a regular donation to help cover our costs ~
Adult Education: The Deeper Issues of the Refugee Crisis, in the Fireside Room (9/12-10/3)
Gospel Choir (adults) in the Tree of Life Room
8th– 12th Grade LYONS Youth Group in the Youth Room
7th Grade Confirmation in the Tower Room
Chorister Choir (3rd – 6th grade) in the Choir Room
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Class in Room 303-304
~ Nursery Care available ~
Chapel for all in the Sanctuary
Chancel Choir (adults) in the Choir Room
IMPORTANT BFJ DATES FOR FALL 2018
Sept 12: First day of BFJ
Oct. 31: No BFJ
Nov. 21: No BFJ
Dec. 19: Christmas Eve worship walk-through and rehearsal for choirs. No classes. Dinner provided.
Dec. 26: No BFJ
Come join in this family-focused evening of learning, music, and fellowship! There are choirs and educational opportunities for everyone in your family. Child care is also available for our youngest members. Dinner is provided; donations are encouraged to help cover costs.
Please note that our schedule has changed slightly this year! The BFJ schedule will be:
5:15 Youth Choir, Confirmation
5:30 Angel Choir, Cherub Choir (K-2), Elementary Education (3-5)
6:30 Confirmation, Choristers Choir (3-6), Gospel Choir, Elementary Education (K-2), Adult Education
7:20 All BFJ Classes Conclude
7:30 Chancel Choir
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.)
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.
Confirmation is a pastoral and educational ministry of the church which helps the baptized child identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission through Word and Sacrament.
Pre-confirmation begins in 6th grade. Confirmation continues in 7th and 8th grade until Reformation Day (end of October) when students make a public Affirmation of their Baptism. Confirmation meets during Bread for the Journey on Wednesday evenings.
Care is provided Sundays 8:15 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and 5:30-7:00 p.m. (according to the church schedule), and 5:30-6:00 p.m.,6:20-7:15 p.m. (for Bread for the Journey), and on other special occasions as needed. For children from birth to age 5. In addition to a paid attendant, the nursery is staffed by adult and youth volunteers.