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?
Sunday mornings at 10:00 in the Tree of Life Room
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.
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.
There will be no forum this day as the annual congregational meeting will take place between services.
Sunday Mornings at 10:00 in the Tree of Life Room
November 4, 2018
The Anti-Slavery Movement in America as Christian Witness
The radical Antislavery Movement of the 19th Century was the first great social movement demanding racial justice in American history. Join Steve Pfaff for a discussion of this movement that was Christian in inspiration but went beyond the confines of conventional religion. Insisting on the spiritual equality of the races and the sexes, activist spiritual virtuosi like the Grimke sisters and Theodore Weld called on fellow Americans to lives of active holiness that would overcome the “national sins” of slavery and racism. The movement helped to define what it means to take moral positions in public life and has lasting implications for how we approach Christian witness today.
November 11, 2018
Praying the Psalms
Join Vicar Elizabeth Peter to learn a little bit about Martin Luther and his love of the Psalms. We will discuss how we can connect to them too!
November 18, 2018
On this special stewardship celebration join your PRLC family for brunch!
November 25 & December 2, 2018
What Are We Waiting for?
Church people know that Advent is about waiting. But what are we waiting for? Many churches are engaging in an ecumenical conversation about expanding Advent from four weeks to seven! Whatever for? Join Pastor Hansen for an exploration of Advent and how a richer and fuller observance of this liturgical season might deepen our experience of the liturgical year and the Christian life.
Sunday Mornings at 10:00 in the Tree of Life Room
September 16, 2018
This Changes Everything
Come learn about the LYONS summer trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. We will share memories, things we learned, and have a time to answer questions about our experience. We will also share a devotion from the Gathering and find out how we can continue to “Change Everything”. Open the pdf below to learn about the speakers and find links to their websites.
“This Changes Everything” speakers [pdf]
September 23, 2018
What’s Happening in the Synod?
Pastor Shelly Bryan Wee, Assistant to our Bishop in the Northwest Washington Synod will be present to discuss the work and ministry of our Synod and our ELCA.
September 30, 2018
Walking the WAY
The WAY is a gift to those who are new to PRLC, those seeking baptism and those already baptized who wish to deepen their faith journey. Come and learn about the WAY. This will be a good introduction for those who will participate in this year’s WAY cycle AND a forum for all PRLC members to learn more about this ministry that is at the heart of our common life and mission.
October 7, 2018
The Power of the Pen
Join Mary Lydic to discover how art illuminated the “dark ages” and kept Christianity alive through the “Book of Kells.” Explore the mysteries of St. Columba (521-597 CE) and the Isle of Iona, the cradle of Christianity in Great Britain.
October 14, 2018
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 working toward just solutions. 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, except their resilience, intelligence, generosity, labor, caring and pent-up initiative by sharing knowledge and providing training in ensuring clean water through the establishment and maintenance of water filtering systems.
October 22, 2018
Who Are Orthodox Christians?
In the days preceding, including and following Reformation Sunday, we are highlighting the stories of other Christian brothers and sisters. Today explore the Eastern Orthodox tradition, especially their use of icons for prayer.
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church is happy to offer faith formation opportunities for all ages. This wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our terrific volunteer Sunday School teachers: Joyce Aasland, Carolyn Murphy, Karla Ogle, Will Van Kley, Steve Milliren, Lori Chrisman, Tina Georgeson, Julie Carr, Bart Brosten, Ben Maier, and our musicians, Larry Burris and Joel Maier. Thank you to all of you! We are set to kick-off a wonderful new year of Sunday School on September 16.
Each week, we’ll begin in the Fellowship Hall with a time to chat and mingle (and have a snack) after the first worship service. Then, at 10:00, children and youth will start the Sunday School hour with a brief time of singing and dancing together. Afterward they’ll be split into their grade levels for age-appropriate learning and activity time.
Pre-K kids will be with Joyce & Carolyn in room 303/304
K-2nd grade students meet with Karla & Will or Steve & Lori in the Godly Play Room (room 418)
3rd – 5th graders will be with Tina & Julie in room 301/302
6th – 8th graders are with Bart & Ben in the Fireside Room
High School students will meet weekly in the Youth Room
Nursery care is always available for our littlest learners. An Adult Forum is also held in the Tree of Life Room each week.
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.
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.