Sunday Morning

We offer classes for every age group from preschool through high school between worship services from 10:00-10:50 am. Sunday school is not offered during the summer.

Sunday School 2016-2017

Sunday Morning Adult Forum Offerings Winter — Spring 2017

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

January 8, 2017 – Fonts, Tubs & Pools

On this festival of our Lord’s Baptism, join Pastor Hansen for a look at all kinds of places where baptism is celebrated: tomb-shaped, eight-sided, cross-shaped, tubs, and so much more. How do these baptismal spaces show forth the many-splendored gift that is baptism?

January 15 – The Bible in English

Reformation QuincentenaryMartin Luther was not alone in translating the Bible into the language of the people. Myles Coverdale and William Tyndale and others were translating the Bible into English at around the same time. These reformers shared a deep desire that everyone be able to read and hear God’s word. Join Pastor Nancy Winder for an exploration of the history of how we got the bibles we use and a discussion of the history of biblical literalism and American fundamentalism in relationship to the English Bible and how we read the Bible.

January 22 – Reconciling in Christ Forum

Join us for the third forum dedicated to discernment around PRLC becoming a “Reconciling in Christ” congregation. In this forum, Christians from the LGBTQ community will share their stories, experiences and perspectives on what it means to be a welcoming community.

January 29 – Annual Meeting

The Adult Forum does not meet today because of the annual congregational meeting. Please join us at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary for a review of life and ministry at Phinney this past year and a look ahead to 2017.

February 5 – What Is a Christian Response to Islam?

Christianity and Islam have considerable common ground, but also have profound differences in doctrine and theology. Dr. Michael Chrzastowski, who led us in the 6-week series “Understanding Islam” last fall, returns to examine the challenges, conflicts and opportunities for Christians to respond to Islam. In addition, we will discuss distinguishing between Islam and so-called “Islamic Terrorism.”

February 12 – Refugee Resettlement Ministry Opportunities

Come hear from John Forseth, Program Director of the Refugee Resettlement and Placement program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. John will share about his work, and we will explore possible ways for PRLC to participate in this vital ministry. We hope you can make it!

February 19 and 26 – The Living Word

Reformation QuincentenaryIn the Small Catechism Martin Luther writes: “Baptism is not simply plain water. Instead it is water used according to God’s command and connected with God’s word …” Luther’s Theology of the Word – the living word – is central to his preaching and teaching. In these sessions we will discuss how a theology of the Word influences everything we do and say. On February 19th Pastor Hansen will focus on the word that is preached. On February 26th, Pastor Nancy Winder will talk about the Living Word in music, art, service, community, and in the lives and actions of God’s people.

March 5 – Exploring Psalms

In this forum, our Vicar Katherine GrayBuck will lead us in a study of the Psalms. We will explore two psalms in depth, and discover what history, structure, and the Hebrews have to tell us in the Psalms. Come and gain a new understanding of these rich scriptures that have often been used to curse enemies, lament tragedy, explain who God is, and offer praise.

March 12 and 19 – The Story of Seminex

Reformation QuincentenaryAs we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we affirm that the reformation cannot be just a one-time event in the past. If the church is to be faithful to the Gospel and open to the Spirit, it must be always reforming. The story of Seminex highlights a significant reformation in 20th century American Lutheranism – a reformation that not only brought about a “Seminary in Exile” but led to three Lutheran church bodies – the ALC, the LCA, and the AELC – forming one new church, the ELCA. Explore with Pastor Don Maier and Pastor Al Bruck the events that surrounded the formation of Seminex, discover the relevance of this 20th century reformation for the on-going life of the church today, and discern where the Spirit might be calling us at PRLC as we seek to be faithful to the Gospel.

March 26 and April 2 – Worship among Lutherans in America

Reformation QuincentenaryIn this two-part forum, Pastor Hansen will lead us in a discussion of liturgical reform and renewal among Lutherans in America. In Part I we will explore worship life with the Service Book and Hymnal (the old red book); the Lutheran Book of Worship (the green book) and Evangelical Lutheran Worship (our current cranberry book). What were the shifts and changes that led to these resources? What has changed? What might yet change? In Part II we will explore how a common liturgy enhances our relationship with other Christians.

April 9 – A Crucified Christ in Holy Week

On this Passion Sunday, join Pastor Hansen for an exploration of the Passion story in the Four Gospels. How did early Christians view Jesus’ death? How did Jesus himself view his death? Do the Gospel accounts present the same story? Why do we celebrate the Passion?

April 16 – Easter (No forum)


April 23, 30, May 7 and 14 – The Liturgy That Does Justice

In the baptismal covenant we promise to “strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” How is it that the Christian liturgy is itself the proclamation and enactment of God’s just reign? We will explore the origins of the liturgy and how God uses the signs, symbols, acts and gestures of worship in forming us to be the just Kingdom of God. Pastor Hansen will lead these discussions, except on May 7, when our leader will be Dr. Samuel Torvend from Pacific Lutheran University.

May 21, 28 and June 4 – What is the Qu’ran?

Dr. Michael Chrzastowski returns for this three-Sunday series exploring the structure, content, and major themes of the Qur’an. We will read the Qur’an narrative of how Satan was cast out of heaven, the Qur’an accounts of Adam and Eve in the garden, and how the Qur’an depicts Noah, Moses, Joseph, Solomon, and other prophets familiar from the Bible. We will particularly focus on how the Qur’an focuses upon the coming Judgment Day, resurrection of the dead, and the issues of heaven and hell.

Adult Forum January-May 2017 (print version) [pdf]

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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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Adult Forums in November

understanding-islam-fullUnderstanding Islam

Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, and the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.7 billion followers. Our culture, however, is rife with prejudice and misunderstanding about the faith. Now more than ever, we must understand Islam if we are to know — and love — our neighbors.

In Adult Forum this month, please join Dr. Michael Chrzatowski for a six-week series titled “Understanding Islam.” This six-Sunday series will give you a sound and unbiased understanding of key elements of the religion of Islam, examining the similarities and contrasts between Islam and Christianity. Associated with the series will be a group visit to the Idriss Mosque in Northeast Seattle to observe an evening prayer and tour the mosque (date for mosque visit to be determined). Topics covered in this class will include:

1 / Nov 6: The Roots and Beginnings of Islam
2 / Nov 13: Structure and Content of the Qur’an
3 / Nov 20: The Practice of Islam
4 / Nov 27: Islam and the Issue of Violence
5 / Dec 4: Women in Islam
6 / Dec 18: How the Qur’an Describes the Birth of Jesus

Instructor Michael Chrzastowski has a PhD in geology and an MA in religion. Classes will take place at 10:00 on Sunday mornings in the Tree of Life Room.


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Sunday Morning Adult Forums – Fall 2016

Meet in the Tree of Life Room on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.


500 Years of the Protestant Reformation

Reformation QuincentenarySeptember 18: 500 Years – So What?

Join Pastor Hansen as we kick off this year’s adult forum with a discussion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Along with Lutherans worldwide, Phinney will be celebrating this fall and into 2017.  We will review what’s ahead and discuss how the Reformation has impacted church and world and what it means to be a Lutheran today.

September 25: Luther’s Early Life and Spiritual Formation

Join PLU History Professor (and PRLC member) Mike Halvorson for a fascinating overview of medieval Christianity in Europe and its formative influence on young Luther.  Discover how Luther searched for God and initiated change and reform that would characterize Protestants and Lutherans in particular.

October 2: Key Lutheran Reforms – and Why They’ve Lasted 500 Years

Join Mike Halvorson again for an exploration of how Lutheranism arose through the teaching of Martin Luther and his colleagues.  Explore key texts and their influence on global Christianity – the 95 Theses, On the Freedom of the Christian, and Luther’s translation of the Bible. Come away with a deeper understanding of the core principles of a Lutheran way of living in the world.


Sample ballotOctober 9 and 16PRLC Election Forums: Building Community Amidst a Divisive Election

Join PRLC member Andrew Shutes-David and PRLC Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher for a two-week discussion of the issues surrounding the November Presidential election through our shared lens of faith.  In Week 1 we will facilitate conversation around challenging our personal “political non-negotiable.”  The goal isn’t to change anyone’s mind but to journey toward a greater understanding of and of and tolerance for the other.  With this experience in mind, in week 2 we will focus on sharing information on hot button ballot measures and other pertinent issues. Please plan to engage and help us be a church that participates in the election in a manner consistent with our first call as people of the Gospel of Love.


Reformation QuincentenaryOctober 23: Intergenerational Event: 500 Years

In lieu of the forum today, join everyone in Sunday School for an intergenerational “Kick-off” to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation celebration.


October 30: Reconciling Works 101

RIC LogoHow appropriate it is that, on this Reformation Sunday, we should formally launch our process of exploration around becoming a “Reconciling in Christ” congregation! The Spirit reforms us and renews us.  Join Pastor Rick Pribbernow, Director of Open Door Ministries, who will discuss what it means to be an RIC church welcoming our gay and lesbian sisters and brothers.



November 6 – December 4

Understanding Islam, Parts 1-5

Islam crescent moon & starJoin Dr. Michael Chrzatowski for a six-week series on “Understanding Islam.”  Dr. Chrzatowski spent much of his career teaching geology, and now in retirement has pursued his passion for the study of religions.  He will provide a sound and unbiased presentation of Islam, as well as explore the relationship between Islam and Christianity.

1 / November 6: The Roots and Beginnings of Islam
2 / November 13: Structure and Content of the Qur’an
3 / November 20: The Practice of Islam
4 / November 27: Islam and the Issue of Violence
5 / December 4: Women in Islam


RIC LogoDecember 11: What the Bible Says about Homosexuality

In this second installment of “Reconciling Works 101” with Pastor Rick Pribbernow from Open Door Ministries, we will explore what the Bible  says (or doesn’t say) about homosexuality.


December 18: Understanding Islam, Part 6

Islam crescent moon & starHow the Qur’an Describes the Birth of Jesus

Dr. Michael Chrzatowski concludes his six-week series on “Understanding Islam” with this examination of the similarities between the Qur’an’s description of Jesus’ birth and those of the apocryphal gospels.




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Adult Forum Offerings in November

November 1, 2015
All Saints Day
Join in our intergenerational event to explore All Saints: engage with the lives, faith, and vocations of the historical saints and the saints of Phinney Ridge Lutheran! Look soon for opportunities to share about PRLC saints from your life, and for young people to interview some Phinney saints who may or may not be able to join us in worship regularly.

November 8, 2015
PRLC’s Endowment: Giving Through the Ages
We invite you to come and hear about the good ministry that your Phinney Ridge Lutheran Endowment Fund supports. Learn how you can give to the Endowment Fund now or as part of your estate planning, and learn how to apply for an Endowment Fund grant that will expand PRLC’s ministry in the church, community and world.

November 15, 2015
Diversity and the Church
Come hear from the members of Phinney’s newest ministry, the Diversity Team. This team seeks to consider how our love for Jesus and other people might propel us and our fellow members of PRLC toward necessary change. We want to encourage discussion among the people of PRLC about how we as a community of faith might make changes and choices for the equality of all.

November 22, 2015
How Much Is Enough?
Join us to explore the consumer economy, “affluenza”, and what Jesus calls us to do in these times of economic inequality and climate change. “As sages have said, contentment lies not in obtaining things you want, but in giving thanks for what you have.” ~Arthur Simon

November 29, 2015
Advent Intergenerational Event
All members of the church family are invited to gather to prepare for this celebration of the incarnation of our Lord. The words Prepare, Proclaim, and Share form the basis for this event that includes making an Advent Wreath (all supplies provided) and other activities for families with children to help them learn more about this special time and prepare their hearts, minds, and homes for the coming of Christ. Special devotional activities for adults will be provided and take-home materials for members of all ages will be provided. And there will even be a visit from St. Nicholas!


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Adult Forum

Spiritual development is a life-long process! Adult Education provides opportunities to study the Bible and apply the scriptural teachings to our lives as disciples of Jesus. It also provides opportunities to learn about and discuss a variety of contemporary issues facing Christians today. Adult Education is offered between worship services each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (except during Summer months). There is never any advance registration necessary. All that’s needed is a desire to learn – so just come and join in the opportunity.

Our Sunday classes range from beginning level Bible studies to what you might expect in a university level learning opportunity. Some are taught by our own members and pastors; sometimes we bring in guest speakers on a variety of topics. Every summer a group of members gets together to plan adult education for the Sunday mornings of the coming year.

Click on the link below to see this season’s offerings.

Adult Forum Catalog Fall 2015 [pdf]

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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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