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.

 

Adult Forums in January

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

January 13th

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.

January 20th

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.

January 27th

Annual Meeting

There will be no forum this day as the annual congregational meeting will take place between services.

 

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Adult Forums in December

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

December 2, 2018

What Are We Waiting for? (Part 2)

Pastor Hansen will lead the discussion that began on November 25 with a focus on the season of Advent and a current ecumenical proposal to expand this season of preparation from  four weeks to seven.

December 9, 2018

Pastoral Housing Update

The ad-hoc group charged with exploring options for housing arrangements for the Associate Pastor will present their findings and answer questions.

 

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Circles in December

And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!                                       ~Luke 1:46

This month both circles will enjoy their annual Christmas celebrations! Pastor Hansen will lead a conversation about the Magnificat, the song proclaimed by Jesus’ mother, Mary. You can find it in the first chapter of Luke, beginning with verse 46.

Bethany Circle will meet at 10:30 on Monday, Dec. 10 at Judy Smith’s home (note the later time).

Salem Circle will meet at 10:00 on Wednesday, December 19 at the home of Ilse Bolliger.

 

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Adult Forums in November 2018

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

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.

 

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Circles in November

As we engage in this communion with God more deeply and come to know the One with whom we are speaking more intimately, that growing knowledge of God reveals to us all the more brilliantly who we are and our need to change in conformity to God. Prayer changes us profoundly.

― R.C. Sproul, The Prayer of the Lord

 

This month the Women’s Bible Study Circles will be diving into the Lord’s Prayer and examining our use of it in our daily lives. Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle: Will NOT be meeting in November due to Veterans Day

Salem Circle:   Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 at the home of Randi Valdok

 

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Wednesday Evening Adult Education

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

When trying to determine if a Children’s Bible is going to be a good one or not, Pastor Van Kley always looks at how the editors portray the story of “Jonah and the Whale.” Find out why in this 4-week conversation about the fascinating book of Jonah!

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Circles in October

Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.” (ELW #612)

This month the Women’s Bible Study Circles will be discussing the Feast of St. Luke and PRLC’s practice of observing St. Luke Healing Sunday, which will take place October 21. Circles will meet as follows:

Bethany Circle: Monday, October 8 at 9:30 at the home of Bev Crop

Salem Circle:   Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00 at the home of Lois Huseby

 

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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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