For Children

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

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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Kids & Race: Beyond Colorblindness

kids & Race WorkshopRace: We can talk about it!

As parents, how do we recognize the ways we are shaped by race and privilege in order to raise children who see beyond superficial notions of colorblindness? Let’s explore how we can prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them. Join scholar and activist Stacy Kitahata and children’s therapist Donna Linn for this interactive workshop on how we can help kids understand race, privilege, and its impact on all our lives.

For families of all races with preschool through early elementary children. Childcare includes age-appropriate program for kids on appreciating difference and recognizing privilege.

Kids & Race Workshop: Beyond Colorblindness

Sunday, August 23, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

$15 per family or pay what you’re able

 

 

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Vacation Bible School 2014

A time for learning, exploring, growing, sharing, fellowship … and fun!

Entertaining senior guests

Entertaining senior guests

At Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

At the library

At the library

Exploring Christian cultures through art

Exploring other Christian cultures through art

Fellowship and fun

Fellowship and fun!

Packing school kits for LWR

Packing 100 school kits for Lutheran World Relief

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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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