For Children

There are age appropriate opportunities on Sunday morning and Wednesday night for children of all ages.

Join Us for Sunday School Each Week at 10:00

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.

 

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Vacation Bible School June 25-29, 2018

Have you ever had a bad day, and then someone gives you an unexpected gift or reaches out with a hug and somehow it all seems much better?

 At this year’s vacation bible school, we’ll explore the nature of grace, and how God’s unexpected love changes just about everything in our lives. We’re excited to welcome our friends from Camp Lutherwood, who will lead groups, games, songs, and field trips all geared toward experiencing God’s grace for God’s people.

We’ll offer a day-long program for kids entering 1st-6th grade in the fall, as well as a half day morning program for 4-year olds through Kindergarten. Older kids and adults are still welcome (and needed!) to volunteer as leaders and helpers. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher in the office for more information.

Download the registration brochure below, and let’s have some fun!

1st – 6th grade: 9am – 3:30pm
Cost: $75 for the week

4 yo – K: 9am – 12pm
Cost: $40 half day

VBS 2018 Registration Form [pdf]

 

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Happy 2018 from the Child Development Center!

As the holidays and the year end, it is always an exciting time downstairs in the CDC.  Things slow down a bit, and we have a little time off and have a lower number of children at school each day while many of the children are visiting family and friends for the holidays.

That time always gives me a chance to reflect on the upcoming year, as well as all the joys and challenges we faced in the last year.  As I reflected on this last year, one thing I kept coming back to is how thankful I am for the position I have and the support I have from the CDC families, our local community, and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church.   One example of this was the preschool’s field trips to the local Christmas tree lot just off Holman.  As soon as we arrived in the big church bus all the workers were excited to see the children.  They told us they were wondering when we would show up, and began talking to the teachers like long lost friends.  I watched the children running around the lot, hiding behind trees, and collaborating on what tree they should bring back to their classroom.

It was a special thing to see how much joy these children could spread along to our community simply by expressing their joy.  After long days of selling hundreds of trees, the workers found their spirits refreshed by the happiness of our children, and there was a smile on everyone’s faces.  It left me proud of what an amazing school we have, and thankful that I get to be in this place every day.   I am looking forward to another amazing year in the CDC, and wish all of you the happiest of new years.

~ Tim Sullivan, Director of the PRLC Child Development Center

 

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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 Report

The Monelli Memo:  This month we celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. But I must confess that I am much more interested in the reformation I see happening every day. Babies are re-formed into toddlers, toddlers are re-formed into children, and children are re-formed into teens right before my eyes. Expanding abilities and independence are all part of this ongoing reformation and so is the growth in the knowledge of and love of God. It is such a blessing to pray with the youngsters at Bread from the Journey each week. From children aged five to ten years old I hear prayers for God’s healing of pets and grandparents as well as for those affected by natural disasters, racism, and homelessness. As their worlds expand, so does their understanding of the greatness and goodness of God’s love. This is the kind of re-formation that God offers to us all and we need only look to our children and teens to be reminded of this.

 For His Sake,
Nancy

My Tithe of Treats     

On Sunday, October 22, all children will receive a “My Tithes of Treats Bag” and will be encouraged to fill it with a portion of their trick or treating candy and return it to the church. These treats will be given to children and others who would not normally have any sweet treats at all.

The Phinney Phlames will meet on Sunday, October 8th  in room 301-302 with Joyce Aasland and Nancy Monelli

 All youngsters in the 4th and 5th grades are invited to this lively youth group experience. This month we will be celebrating Phall Phun with lunch, minute-to-win-it games, fall crafts, and much, much more. In November, the group will travel to St. Luke’s in Ballard to help with food preparation for the Edible Hope Program.

Programs and activities for the Adult Members of Children and Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle meets on SUNDAY 15, October 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 children@prlc.org.

 

 

 

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Vacation Bible School 2017

Whatever!

… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
~ Philippians 4:8

This year we will be exploring whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise. Our journey will take us on an exploration of the Holy Scriptures, into the beauty of nature, and alongside commendable and praiseworthy members of our community.

We will use music, arts and crafts, cooking, study, service, and fun to help us make this journey. And we invite our families and friends to join us on Saturday for a festive picnic celebration that will feature a presentation, food, bouncy house, and more!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Tuesday-Friday
June 27-30, 2017, 9 am-12:30 pm
$40 ($35 before June 1)

Optional Afternoon Program
12:30-4 pm
$16 per day

Saturday Special Event
for VBS participants and their families and friends
July 1, 2017, 4-6 pm

– Scholarships are available –

VBS 2017 Registration Form [pdf]

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Expansion Planned for the Child Development Center

~ Associate Pastor Anne Van Kley

CDC LogoAt our recent annual meeting, I presented the congregation with a proposed building enhancement project that would positively impact multiple PRLC ministries. Here is a summary of that presentation.

In the fall Tim Sullivan, director of our Child Development Center (CDC) approached the staff to talk about expanding the CDC. Currently the CDC includes five classrooms for children ages one through five. However, many kids age out of our program before they are ready (or old enough) for kindergarten. Each year, the CDC turns down multiple requests for kids to stay in our five-year-old room another year, because we simply don’t have the capacity for that right now.

Tim reported that for several years he’s seen a growing need among the families we serve for a classroom that would serve older five year old children.

Tim brought an initial proposal to the church council in November, asking for permission to pursue this possibility. He asked the council first to decide if this was a worthwhile mission for us to take on, and the consensus was a strong yes. The CDC has always existed to serve the needs of our community, and our desire is to continue that mission.

Tim’s original proposal included five options for use of space in our building. And this is where things got even more exciting.

We realized that talking about an expansion of the CDC provides us with a wonderful opportunity to consider all of our ministries. Many of our spaces have not been updated for many years, and there are several rooms in our building that could be used more efficiently.

So, we next formed an exploratory committee to look closely at our options. This group gained energy as we studied our current space use and tried to re-imagine how we could update our building and benefit multiple ministries at once.

At this point, the committee and church council agree that the best option is to convert our current nursery into a new, permanent CDC classroom.

Obviously that means we need a new nursery, since it is a vital part of our congregation. Considering many options, our team concluded that a wonderful new nursery could be created in what is currently known as the Tower Room (located on the 4th floor near the balcony). The current women’s restroom on that floor will become the new private nursery bathroom; the men’s room will become a unisex bathroom; the Cry Room that’s in the balcony will be updated to match and complement the new nursery; and we will move the archives that are currently stored in the Tower Room to a new and improved location.

As you can see, this whole proposal really creates a “domino effect” that ends up affecting many of our ministries in ways that give us some really exciting opportunities!

Currently the Tower Room is used for many meetings – both for congregational ministries and outside groups. It’s also where we teach confirmation; and frankly, our confirmation classes have outgrown that space. To accommodate all of that, we also are proposing enhancements to both the Fireside Room and the Youth Room, which are downstairs off the Fellowship Hall. These spaces are multi-functional and need to remain multi-functional. Upgrades will include improved, functional archive space; a large meeting table; intentional youth and confirmation space; and added work space for the Food Bank.

I’m sure you’re wondering about finances and next steps. The project is not anticipated to affect our budget because the CDC currently has enough reserved funds to cover the proposed costs. In fact, reinvestment of CDC profits into multiple PRLC ministries is good stewardship of those profits.

Our hope is to have the new classroom available for students this fall. We would work backwards (beginning with downstairs enhancements) so that we are never without a meeting space or nursery during the transition. The next step is to meet with a contractor and designer to begin work on the details of the project. The congregation will have an opportunity to vote on the complete proposal at our congregational meeting in April.

Please know that your questions, feedback, and ideas are always welcome.

 

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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,
Nancy

 

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 (children@prlc.org) 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 children@prlc.org.

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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LYONS News

LYONS LogoThis fall, LYONS (Lutheran Youth of North Seattle) started combined confirmation retreats again. We have now had three of the six retreats for this class. The retreats cover the five baptismal promises that are made at baptism and again in confirmation, with one post-confirmation retreat. While these retreats are full of learning, they are also a time for youth from different churches to get to know each other. It’s been a great way to build community among the middle school youth of the LYONS churches!

February Announcements

GO! Night for middle school youth is Friday, March 4. This is the synod-wide, fun-filled, up-all-night event you won’t want to miss! More info to come.

Wednesdays After School have moved to Holy Grounds Coffee (9000 Holman Rd NW). We still meet 2:30-4:00pm. All youth and friends welcome! Any changes to this weekly time will be announced in church bulletins and on the LYONS Facebook page.

Dinner Theater Rehearsals begin Sunday, February 28 from 6:00-8:00pm at Queen Anne Lutheran. Full rehearsal schedule available at www.roaringlyons.org.

Dinner Theater Parent Volunteer Meeting will be Thursday, February 18. More details to follow.

 

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The Blessing of a Christian Education

A Formation Event

Please join Pastor Hansen and Children and Family Minister Nancy Monelli for this opportunity to

  • Explore your call to teach
  • Get to know the community of teachers
  • Learn about this year’s schedule and curriculum
  • Celebrate the blessings of this ministry
  • Learn about opportunities for your own continuing spiritual growth

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 11:15-12:30 in the Tree of Life room. A light meal will be provided and childcare will be available if you need it. RSVP to children@prlc.org or 206-783-2350.

 

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