For Adults

Learning is life long at Phinney. Sunday morning provides a number of adult education opportunities. Click on the link below to read about this season’s offerings.

Adult Forum Fall 2018 [pdf]

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”.

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 PRLC member 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 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.

October 22, 2018 — Who Are Orthodox Christians?

When did the Christian church split into east and west? Who are the Eastern Orthodox? What do they believe and how do they pray? Learn more with Mark Stokoe, a practitioner in the Orthodox Church.

October 28, 2018 – May They Be One

On this Reformation Sunday, we lament the divisions in the Christian church and pray for the church’s unity. Join Pastor Hansen for a discussion of a groundbreaking 1982 agreement from the World Council of Churches and the state of Christian ecumenism since that time. Why is it important to celebrate Reformation Sunday as Reconciliation Sunday?

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 — Consecration Sunday

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.

 

Small Group Opportunities

Park Hoppers: Families with young children will gather at various playgrounds in our area for simple fun and fellowship. Meets every Sunday throughout the school year after the second service. Contact Kara Kalenius Novak (kkalenius@hotmail.com) for more information.

Spirited Women: Spirited Women of PRLC meet weekly for spirited conversation. Large and small group conversation, care for one another, coffee, tea and healthy snacks are shared as women discuss openly their questions, doubts, certainties and challenges of daily faithful living in response to the current book they are reading. Spirited Women meet every Wednesday through the school year from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Tree of Life Room.

Spirits-Filled Men: The Spirits-Filled Men is for all men of all ages.  (Well, at least 21 years of age and over.) We meet on the first Tuesday of the month for fellowship and support.  We want to provide a place for men to meet, get to know each other, and also to share the wisdom of the years.  Contact Brad Wressell at 206-789-5915 or brad@sixteenpenny.net for more information.

WAY Alumni Group (“WAG”): WAG is for those who have journeyed The WAY and want to continue to explore their faith journeys in a small-group setting.  Stay tuned for more information.

Adult Small Group at Bread for the Journey: Come share with others thoughts about PRLC becoming a refugee sponsor. We’ll discuss some specifics about what that means, plus step back and examine the big picture with topics such as the history of the church response to refugees, a Biblical basis for refugee response, global migration and the problems of displacement, among others. Remaining dates and times are Wednesday September 19, 26, and October 3 from 6:30-7:10 pm in the Fireside Room (north end of Fellowship Hall).

Lectionary and Lunch: We meet every Tuesday at noon in the church library. The lectionary texts (scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday) are discussed. Bring a sack lunch. The pastor who preaches the following Sunday leads the discussion. Contact: Pastor Van Kley (206-783-2350 /associatepastor@prlc.org) or Pastor Hansen (206-783-2350 / pastor@prlc.org) for more information.

Men’s Retreat: Make plans to join us for a fun time of connection exploring the life of the Apostle Peter. On the evening of October 19th and all day on the 20th, we’ll gather at PRLC to connect with the story of Peter, with God, and with each other. Don’t miss breakout workshops, worship, delicious lunch at Gorgeous George, a trivia challenge, and many more creative ways to be together. This event is great for all identifying men college age and up. Contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher (206-783-2350 / outreach@prlc.org) for more information.

Women’s Retreat: Save the date for PRLC’s women’s retreat: January 26, 2019, from 9am -4 pm. Contact Pastor Van Kley (206-783-2350 /associatepastor@prlc.org) for more information.

 

PRLC Men’s Retreat 2018

October 19, 2018      6pm-10pm
October 20, 2018      9am-4:30pm

Make plans to join us for a fun time of connection exploring the life of the Apostle Peter. On the evening of October 19th and all day on the 20th, we’ll gather at PRLC to connect with the story of Peter, with God, and with each other. Don’t miss breakout workshops, worship, delicious lunch at Gorgeous George, a trivia challenge, and many more creative ways to be together. This event is great for all identifying men college age and up. Can you bring a friend or two? Registration fee is $55 (scholarships available), and includes t-shirt, notebook, and Saturday lunch. Please see the retreat brochure below for more details. Registrations due by October 3rd to secure a t-shirt size!

Men’s Retreat 2018 brochure [pdf]

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Read the Koran in Four Weeks

Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7-9pm at First Lutheran Church, West Seattle

Check out this unique class taught by Pastor Marshall since 2003. The cost is $50 – which covers over a hundred handouts from Islamic scholars on Islam and the Koran, as well as your own copy of an approved English translation of the Koran. Enrollment is limited. Call or email to register or ask questions: 206-935-6530 or deogloria@foxinternet.com. For more information on the class, see flcws.org, “Reading the Koran with Pastor Marshall.”

 

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Adult Forums This Fall

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.

 

 

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Spirited Women News

Spirited Women of PRLC meet weekly for spirited conversation. Group conversation, care for one another, coffee, tea and healthy snacks are shared as women discuss openly their questions, doubts, certainties and challenges of daily faithful living in response to the current book they are reading. Spirited Women meet every Wednesday through the school year from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Tree of Life Room.

 Our first fall meeting will be Wednesday September 12, at PRLC in the Tree of Life room at 10am. Our hostesses will be Linda Dalbec and Barb Doherty. We will be deciding on our next book, so we encourage you to bring ideas, along with recalling our previous thoughts. We hope to view Nadia Bolz-Weber’s recent address to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston.

 

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Circles in September

Pastor Hansen will lead a discussion of the Book of James, specifically the passages that serve as the second lesson on Sundays throughout September. Bible study circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle: Monday, September 10 at 9:30 at the home of Birgit Lyshol

Salem Circle:    Wednesday, September 19 at 10:00 at the home of Ilse Bolliger

 

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Circles in June

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;  he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
~ Mark 4:33-34

Parables: it seems the New Testament is full of Jesus always trying to explain things with stories, and yet not everyone understanding what he’s trying to get across. This month’s Circles will focus on Mark 4:26-34 and the concept of parables. Maybe you have a favorite parable? Or maybe you have one that completely baffles you? Come discuss and discover with us this month.

Bible study circles this month will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle:  Monday, June 11 at 10:30 am at the home of Lois Severtson
Salem Circle:     Wednesday, June 13 at 10:00 am at the home of Randi Valdok

 

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Raising White Kids: An Anti-Racism Conversation for All of Us

The Well, 1606 5th Ave W, Seattle WA 98119
May 24, 2018
7-9 pm

Powerful and difficult conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is one of the most racially diverse in the world, while also being full of racial tension and inequity.

Developing strategies for raising “healthy” (by definition, “anti-racist”) white kids is a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children.

This plenary will map common conundrums relative to nurturing anti-racist white identity: conundrums that impact adults as much as they do young people. Whether you have or were a white kid, or just have relationships with people who used to be or have white kids—the conversation this lecture will enable us to have is for everyone.

$50, $25, $15
Scholarships available upon inquiry

https://raisingwhitekids.bpt.me

 

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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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Adult Forums in April 2018

Sunday Mornings at 10:00 in the Tree of Life Room

April 8, 2018
Making Space Sacred, Part I
The first of a series of forums presented by Pastor Hansen and a group that has been meeting to discuss the aesthetics of our worship space.  How does the place we worship facilitate an encounter with the ever present and Risen Christ?  Does it evoke the sense of a community where “all are welcome?”  What makes for sacred space?

April 15, 2018
What’s Next for PRLC’s Food Bank?
For the past year, the Food Bank Mission Team has been dreaming up a new season for this wonderful program. Proposed ideas include moving on from an appointment system, switching to a digital database, and reconfiguring the food bank space to allow for a more interactive experience with clients. At this stage, we need your input.  Please plan to come to next Sunday’s Adult Forum and help us plan this new season. Whether you have a volunteer stake in the program, or are just interested in learning more, we’d like to hear your ideas. The PRLC food bank has always been a mission of the people of the church, and a healthy future will continue this tradition.

April 22, 2018
Making Space Sacred, Part II

April 29, 2018
A Visit from our Missionary Friends
Seminarian and former member Zach Courter, along with his wife Rev. Rachel Eskesen, serve in Hungary as Coordinators for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program. Last year, PRLC began a Covenant Sponsorship relationship with Zach and Rachel, pledging to support them financially. Many of you contributed toward this support and follow their work through newsletters. Now, we have the chance to hear from our friends directly! On April 29th, Zach will present an adult forum, and on Wednesday May 2nd both Zach and Rachel will meet with our confirmation classes and be on hand for BFJ dinner. We look forward to their visit!

 

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