Bread for the Journey

Bread for the Journey is our Wednesday church night, featuring activities for all ages including education, meal, worship and choir rehearsals. BfJ returns on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Bread for the Journey is a mid-week respite for rejoicing, reflecting, and renewing with the family of faith. Read below for the evening’s schedule of activities:


 5:30 pm

Angel Choir
This choir for 4-year-olds, taught by Molly Chrisman, is an introduction to singing and music in the church through games, art, and rhythm exploration. This choir also helps build important skills for singing in the Cherub choir following year.

This choir is made up of children in the 3rd through 6th grades. Under the direction of Evelyn Hartwell, this choir continues the experience of the Cherub Choir while introducing children to more complex musical expressions of faith.

7th Grade Confirmation
The next step on the Confirmation journey takes students through an exploration of Luther’s Small Catechism and continuing discussions about their own questions and concerns as they grow in their own spiritual lives.

8th Grade Confirmation
Eighth grade students spend this final year of confirmation class focusing on worship, vocation, and the five baptismal promises which they will affirm at Pentecost.

K-2nd Grade Class
Let Us Pray: Praise God, Respect All of God’s Creation, Act in Love, Young and Old Together.   Using age appropriate stories and activities, this class helps our younger children to develop their personal prayer lives while learning more about the Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer and sharing time together working on service projects.

6:15 pm: Dinner
Dinner for the entire family of faith is served “family style” in Fellowship Hall. This is a time for families to reconnect with one another and with other members of their church family. The meal is free but donations are joyfully accepted.

6:45 pm- 7:30 pm

Cherub Choir
Children in Kindergarten through second grade meet with director Evelyn Hartwell to discover the joy of singing together in an inclusive and encouraging environment.

Youth Choir
Under the direction of Diane Figaro, students in seventh grade through high school gather each week for a time of musical expression and spiritual growth while preparing wonderful music for worship.

3rd-5th Grade Class
Let Us Pray: Praise God, Respect All of God’s Creation, Act in Love, Young and Old Together.   This program helps our older elementary children to develop their personal prayer lives while learning more about the Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer and sharing time together working on service projects.

6th Grade Confirmation
Led by Tina Georgeson, members of this class explore the Holy Scriptures while learning what it means to be in community with other believers.

Pastors Hansen and Van Kley will take turns leading a variety of six-week sessions exploring faith and life. This mid-week oasis is an opportunity to grow in Christian community and discipleship. We begin on September 20, with a discussion of “Re-remembering the Body of Christ”.

7:40 pm

Gospel Choir
Focusing on black gospel music and spirituals, this choir is a high-energy chorus under the direction of Diane Figaro. It participates in worship at least once a month. Anyone with an interest is invited to join the choir. Instrumentalists are also welcome.

Chancel Choir
Choir Director Beth Ann Bonnecroy, accompanied by pianist Valerie Shields, leads this adult choir that sings every Sunday at the 11:00 am service and at both services on festival days.


Bread for the Journey Resumes Wednesday, September 12

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)

6:00    Dinner

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


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Easter BfJ Book Study

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.)


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Refugees: an Epiphany BfJ Book Study

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.


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Children and Family Ministries News

The Monelli Memo

I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true.
Who toiled and fought and lived and died for a Lord they loved and knew….

So begins the joyful children’s hymn that was part of All Saints Day worship throughout my youth. The hymn continues to reference saints who were everything from shepherdesses to queens, and doctors to priests. But the ending of the hymn was always what I liked most:

They lived not only in ages past; there are hundreds of thousands still;
the world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea, in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea;
for the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one too.

Who are the saints in your life? Who has inspired you to deeper faith? Whose life has encouraged you to serve or speak up for those in need? All Saints is the perfect time to celebrate all those who have inspired and encouraged you and to introduce them to your children. Did a great uncle introduce you to the joy of a well told Bible story? Did a friend encourage you to service when you were hesitant to take the risk?

Whether the saints in your life can be found in books or your family’s photo album, take some time this month to introduce your children to these special people, to celebrate who they have been (or are) to you through pictures and stories. Then help your children to identify the saints in their lives and to share their stories with you.

For His Sake,


The Advent Event – Making Room for Jesus

Sunday, November 20 – 9:30 am
If you would like to help prepare for or help on the day of this event, please contact Nancy Monelli ( as soon as you can.


Continuing Programs

Bread for the Journey continues to meet each Wednesday evening. Bread for the Journey is a mid-week respite for rejoicing, reflecting, and renewing with the family of faith.

Sunday School classes meet on Sundays from 10-10:50 am each week. During this time of Christian formation there are classes for all children and young people in preschool through high school.

The Phinney Phlames! The Phinney Phlames is the Youth Group for kids in 4th and 5th grade. This month the Phlames will be attending a performance of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe on November 6th. Reservations are required so please contact Nancy Monelli right away if you have not already done so.


Programs for Adults

The Caregiver Circle: The Caregiver Circle meets at 10am on the 3rd Sunday of every month. This month we will gather on October 16th in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. If you would like more information, please contact Nancy Monelli at

Sacred Listening: Sacred Listening will meet on December 4 at noon in the Middle School Room.

More Bread for the Journey: Pastor Hansen will lead a Young Adult study during “Bread for the Journey” on Wednesday evenings beginning November 16 at 6:30 p.m. We will look at the scripture readings for Advent and consider what it means to prepare for Christ’s coming. Anyone is welcome. (we’re not restricting this to young adults).  Pastor Van Kley continues to lead a lectionary discussion during this time. All adults are welcome to participate in the BFJ closing worship at 7:15.



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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.

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Nursery Care

Care is provided Sundays 8:15 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and 5:30-7:00 p.m. (according to the church schedule), Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 a.m. (for Spirited Women) 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.

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