Ethiopian Dinner Fundraising Event for Friendly Water for the World!

Please join your friends and neighbors for an authentic Ethiopian meal prepared by Ethiopia Friendly Water representative Abraham Bezabeh on August 4 at 7PM here in the fellowship hall. Admission is by donation, and all funds raised will benefit the work done by Friendly Water for the World, whose mission is to provide training, technology and financial resources to communities in developing countries that struggle to find clean water to drink. There will be a short program after dinner where you can find out more about the work they do. Pick up a free ticket (so we’ll know how many are coming) at the Grace Station on Sunday morning. (You can donate at the dinner that night to offset food costs.) Or just contact PRLC member Steve Johnson and let him know you’d like to come.

Outreach Ministry Report

~ Patrick Meagher, Outreach Minister

 God’s Work, Our Hands Throughout the Year

For two years, we have participated in the national ELCA day of service known as “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday.” This year, we’ll focus on getting plugged into the church community to share in God’s work all year long. The morning of Sunday, September 10th, there will be a Ministry Fair in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall. Plan to attend to learn about the many ways our hands, minds, and resources are at work for the Kingdom of God. If you’re involved in a group at PRLC that could use more participants and would like to have a table at the fair, please let me know!

Direct Help Needed for a Refugee in our Neighborhood

Do you wonder what can be done to combat the hostility toward refugees that pervades our country’s politics these days? Through our friends at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, we’ve learned of a 24-year-old woman from Iraq in need of a place to live in North Seattle. She currently has a temporary living situation in Phinney Ridge, but needs something more permanent as she transitions to a new country and culture. There are two ways we may be able to help. Does anyone have a room in North Seattle available either for rent or donation? Also, I’d like to form a care team to support her as she navigates ESL classes, a job training program, and generally adjusts to life in America. Let me know if you are interested in extending hospitality to one of God’s children in need.

Personal Thanks

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the entire PRLC community for your love and support while I took a few weeks of leave to care for my family during Jena’s treatments. It was not an easy time, but we felt your holistic care for us in many ways. Thanks to all who prayed, sent cards, brought meals, and donated funds to help us with the financial strain. Time and again, we were speechless with your generosity. You loved us well and kept us going. Jena is almost back to full strength, and the prognosis looks good for now. We look forward to normal life again! Thank you.


Phinney Reads!

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.


Find Us on Facebook!

On August 17, 2011, longtime member Candi Olson created a Facebook group for Phinney Ridge Lutheran as “a place for members and friends … to share.” That group has grown to over 160 members. It’s been a great place for members to share videos, celebrations, neighborhood information, and appeals for help and/or prayers. It has served our congregation well.

A Facebook GROUP, though, is restricted to members and is not accessible to the general public. We’d like to grow our outreach so that PRLC has a greater presence in the community as a whole. To that end, we have launched a PRLC Facebook PAGE. This PAGE went live on May 2 and already has 30+ “likes”. Everyone on Facebook can connect with our new Facebook page by becoming a fan and then receive updates.

To find the page you can search for “Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church” or just use this link. Here are some things that you can look for when you arrive on the page:

  • On the right side (panel) you will find 1) a brief description of the congregation and # of likes 2) Logistical particulars (address, web address, hours, phone number, and a live link to messaging-privately. 3) Visitor Posts.
  • On the left side (panel) you will find several tabs, i.e. Home, About, Events, Photos, Videos, Notes, etc. You can click on these and it will take you to a page that provides additional information, including other links.

We welcome your engagement on the page. Please do one or more of the following:

  • Tag people you know in the photos.
  • Check out the Events link and click if your interested and/or going to an event.
  • Check out the photos! I’ve set up various albums; e.g. God’s Work. Our Hands; Historic Photos; Pastoral Staff; 100th Anniversary Celebration. Upload your photos to any of these albums and/or start a new album! I’ve uploaded a couple of videos and more will be coming soon. If you have a video from a church function, consider uploading it here. (Be sure to include only pictures and videos that either a) have already been made public on Facebook, or b) you have permission to share.)
  • Check out the Notes section in particular. I’ve used this section to profile various aspects of our church community. For example: Worshiping at PRLC; CDC; Food Bank at PRLC; Music is God’s Creation; The WAY; Sunday School; Adult Forums.
  • “Review” the church. Tell people what you think about PRLC and rate it 1-5 stars.

Our hope and intent is to raise public awareness of our congregation and to reach out to the larger community with God’s work and our hands.

~ Luci Baker Johnson


The King of Neighborhood Events

The Car Show, which takes place on Saturday, June 24th, delivers to our front door one of the largest street fairs in the state! What an opportunity to engage our beautiful city, and share the gift of warm hospitality with thousands. Plans are in the works for live music on our front lawn, and as always we’ll have treats and refreshments for all visitors. Look for volunteer sign-ups in Sunday bulletins, or contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher if you can make it. We’ll need lots of help!

PRIDE Weekend Is Coming!

Join your Phinney Ridge Lutheran friends and other congregations in support of the LGBTQ community! 

The annual Seattle Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 25, and a group from our congregation is participating again this year.  We will join the “Loving Lutherans of the Northwest Synod” as we march in support of the LGBTQ community and proclaim God’s love for everyone.

We will leave from the church at 10:00 a.m. to carpool or bus downtown to get to the parade starting point. It is not necessary to commit to walking the entire parade route.  Some folks gather with us at the staging area (along 4th Ave) and leave the parade before we reach the Seattle Center, others join us en route.

Please contact Tiffany Megargee, (206) 200-5358 with any questions, or to connect with the group on the day of the parade.  We hope to have a large showing from Phinney at our first march as an official RIC congregation!

In addition to the parade, the Seattle Pride Interfaith Service and Social (this year’s theme is Holy Resistance) will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway East on Capitol Hill).  Every year during LGBTQ+ Pride, people of many different faiths come together to celebrate diversity.  It will feature speakers from Christian, Jewish, Sufi, Buddhist, New Thought, and Pagan traditions and will include music by the SpiritVision Mass Choir!  A wine and finger food social will follow the service.  You are welcome just as you are!  FREE Admission.  For more information about the Interfaith Service call 206-325-2421.


Help for Jena

More than once, you’ve heard me say “Never resist a generous impulse.”  It is one of the ways we live as disciples of Jesus.  I saw this in action last Sunday when several of you asked about helping the family of Patrick Meagher, our Minister of Outreach, in the months ahead as his wife Jena will be receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments.  You can practice generosity by contributing to a special fund to assist the family with Jena’s medical bills and other expenses.  If you want to contribute to the fund, please make checks out to PRLC and in the Memo line write: “Jena’s Fund.”  You may also contact Kirsten, our Parish Administrator.  In addition, you can sign up to bring meals to the Meagher family and help in other ways by accessing Jena’s Caring Bridge Website.  Please offer healing prayers for Jena and prayers for Patrick and Kloe as well.

Pastor Hansen

Eucharistic Practice in the Midst of Economic Injustice

Eucharistic Practic in the Midst of Economic Injustice

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


Eucharistic Visitors Hit the Road!

Recently I visited one of our wise elders – someone who hasn’t been mobile for a long time. And while we were talking she said to me, “I haven’t been to church in a long time, but I’m so glad that church still comes to me.” This sentiment is exactly what lay Eucharistic Visitation is all about.

Beginning in April, you’ll see something new in worship about once a month. Members of our lay Eucharistic Visitor team will come forward after communion, and together we will bless and pray for them, sending them out of our assembly and into the homes of those who cannot be with us physically on Sundays. The Eucharistic Visitors will then make home visits, bringing with them conversation, prayer, scripture, and communion.

The concept of lay Eucharistic visitation is not new, and it’s not even new to PRLC. This ministry has existed on-and-off here for decades. What’s important to remember about this is that it is not done purely for practical purposes. The pastors will, in fact, continue to visit homebound members just as regularly as always. But visits by fellow congregation members serve to remind us all of the communion of saints! They remind us that we are one in Christ. By bringing communion straight off of our table and putting it into the hands of those who can’t get here, we simply extend our worship. Isn’t that a beautiful thing??

I invite you to be a part of it. If you or someone you know would like a visit from a lay Eucharistic Visitor, or if you’d like to be trained to participate in this ministry, please let me know.

Pastor Van Kley


From Our Minister of Outreach

Update on Jena

In April, my family will enter another season of health challenges, and I want to take a moment to fill you in. Jena, my lovely wife, has dealt with a slow growing brain tumor for the past 5 years. So many of you supported us in significant ways during her brain surgery in 2014. We learned in January that the time has come for her to seek radiation and chemotherapy treatments for the remaining tumor material. This came as a surprise, and made the past couple of months difficult as we plan for the upheaval this will cause.

You can read more specifics about Jena’s journey, as well as access ways to help out on a Caring Bridge site we set up:

This site is a great way to keep you updated, and allows for me to do a better job sharing information than I can do on a busy Sunday morning when I see most of you.

Unfortunately, I will need to be free to care for Jena and Kloe (our 9-year-old daughter) during these treatments. For this purpose, I’ll scale back my involvement with the church through June. My focus will be on keeping office hours to see clients, and I won’t be involved in other church programs. I look forward to re-engaging in the wonderful work of PRLC outreach with a clear mind and freer schedule in July.

It’s hard to write about your extensive support and love for me and my family over the years. I get very emotional. We appreciate every caring gesture, and value your prayers most of all. Thank you.

In love,
Patrick, Jena, and Kloe