Youth Connect For Quench Today!

All students in grades 6-12 are invited to join an online zoom meeting at 3pm today, Wednesday March 18 with this link. Download the zoom app to your phone or computer in advance and create your login. Quench is a weekly gathering time for youth (usually at Bread for the Journey) to literally quench their thirst with a fun beverage, as we quell our spiritual thirst with time to connect to one another and to God. This can and will still happen through our screens, even if we can’t pour water and pray together in person.
Are you a parent or youth and NOT receiving emails from Nicole? Contact her at and be sure to get all the youth specific news and information about new ways to creatively be community.

Coming this Summer

Family Camping Weekend
at Lutherwood · July 24–26

Grab your tent and a sleeping bag and let’s head to Bellingham. You can expect swimming, boating, hiking, singing, playing, and much more family focused fun by the lake and around the fire. Contact Kara Novak to save your spot!

Camp Lutherhaven
July 26–31

(Note Date Change!)

Vacation Bible School
August 10–14 · 9:00am–noon

Participants will explore how Jesus’ power pulls us through on the Rocky Railway! Stay tuned for registration information. Adult and youth volunteers needed. If you might be passionate about serving as a station leader in music, crafts, story, snacks, or games, please connect with Nicole.

Youth Coffee Wednesdays

Wednesdays in March

Youth Coffee Wednesdays will be happening in the Youth Corner outside Nicole’s office for the month of March. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to gather there every Wednesday afternoon.

Spring Youth Retreat

Friday, March 27, 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, March 29 noon
6th–12th Grade · $140 (scholarships always available)

Come along and explore what it means that God
places a comma where we put a period, With this weekend’s lectionary text about Lazarus as our guide, we’ll PAUSE together overlooking the ocean in a beautiful waterfront home in Seabrook, Expect time to swim in an indoor pool, beach play, scrumptious home-cooked meals, and lots of fun and laughter!

Register online by March 18.

A Note from Nicole

Our journey has begun!  For Lent this year, Phinney is focused on the feast, so I hope you’ll check out these two tangible resources that might feed you along the way.  A Lenten devotional titled “Feast on This” is available as a printed booklet to pick up at the Grace Station or download it.

Plus, all five Wednesday evenings at Bread for the Journey we will explore the theme “On Earth As In Heaven”.  You’ll be invited to (re-)experience each petition of the Lord’s Prayer, making connections between this prayer we share in the Eucharist and service in the world.  We’ll conclude our time together each week with candlelight and prayer around the cross at closing chapel. May all be fed now and forever with far more than just bread alone.


Children, Youth and Family

A Note from Nicole

Dear Phinney Friends,
You may have already heard this rumor…and it’s true! Vacation Bible School is my very favorite week of the year, and camp is one of the best places on earth. I am thrilled I will get to share these transformative faith adventures with PRLC this summer. Please check for more details below and mark your calendars.

High School Book Study

Sundays @ 10:00am

All students in grades 9–12 are invited to gather in the youth room each Sunday morning. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reading and discussing the book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore. See Nicole for a copy of the book and reading schedule and be part of the wondering about the early years of Jesus’ life.

Small Actions, Big Change

Sunday, February 23 @ 1:30–5:30pm

A teach-in style event sponsored by Kids 4 Peace in honor of Black History Month “Small Actions Big Change” on February 23 at the Centilia Cultural Center. Youth grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend and should plan to meet at PRLC at 1:30 and return by 5:30pm. This event will take the place of regular 8th grade Confirmation. Please let Nicole know if you plan to go so she can complete registration and arrange transportation.

Coffee Corner

Wednesdays, February 5, 12, & 26; 3:30–5:00pm

Youth Coffee Wednesdays will be moving to Diva Espresso for the month of February. Students in grades 6–12 are invited to gather there every Wednesday afternoon except February 19.

Bread for the Journey will NOT meet Wednesday, February 19.

Camp Lutherhaven

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho · July 12–17 · Grades 3–12

All the best of a week at camp including worship, Bible study, singing, swimming, boating, crafts, sports, ropes course, climbing tower, zip line, campfires, friendship, and so much more. There are age specific programs available for students entering third grade through high school. Transportation to and from camp will be coordinated by PRLC and Nicole will stay on site all week. Visit to learn more, and please email for the registration link.
The deadline to register is February 29.

Family Camping Weekend at Lutherwood

July 24–26

Grab your tent and a sleeping bag and lets head to Bellingham. You can expect swimming, boating, hiking, singing, playing, and much more family focused fun by the lake and around the fire. Contact Kara Novak to save your spot!

Vacation Bible School

August 10–14 · 9:00am–noon

Participants will explore how Jesus’ power pulls us through on the Rocky Railway! Stay tuned for registration information. Adult and youth volunteers needed. If you might be passionate about serving as a station leader in music, crafts, story, snacks, or games, please connect with Nicole.

Children Youth and Family Ministries in December

A Note From Nicole

By Nicole Meyer

Dear Phinney Friends, 

The King who was coming is still coming!  This is full of mystery. Our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders will be reminded of this each Sunday morning in Advent as they gather at 10am for Godly Play.  A mystery is hard to enter sometimes. That is why the time of Advent is so important. Sometimes we walk right through the mystery and do not even know it is there, distracted by baking, shopping, wrapping, giving, entertaining and so much more.  One of the most important moments at Godly Play each week is when we WONDER together. I’m WONDERING how you will notice the WONDER of our baby king in this season? A king that is on the way, yet most certainly already here. I pray that you will stop, watch, and pay attention as the light grows.  With you in all the expectation of Advent.

A Fall of Fun!

The youth of PRLC have had a fall full of fun including our first fellowship event in October with pumpkin carving followed by dinner roasted over the fire, a fabulous weekend youth retreat at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, and a delicious feast for Friendsgiving.  Every gathering has included more than 20 youth and many rounds of their favorite game, sardines. Looking forward to much more hiding and seeking in 2020 and beyond!


Christmas Eve rehearsal for those participating in the 5pm worship service will take place on Sunday, December 22 at 3:00. Choristers, Cherubs, and Youth Choir members are all asked to attend the rehearsal.

Later, all are welcome to gather at the Norse Home to offer some festive carols to the community there from 5:30 to 6:30. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Non-choir members of all ages are invited to be a part of the caroling!

Falalala Lock-In

December 20-21st @ 6pm – 9am

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited!  We’ll meet at PRLC at 6pm and then things will get WILD as we head to Woodland Park Zoo to see the lights, before returning to church for a full night of festive fun.  Late night pizza, ingredients for the great Christmas cookie bake-off, and a hot breakfast will be provided. Please dress warmly and bring a wrapped gift for a white elephant exchange, your sleeping bag, pillow and whatever else you need to be cozy overnight.  If you can contribute $20, that will help cover our costs.

Sunday School Schedule

Confirmation Mentor Sunday is December 15

Confirmation students in grades 6,7, & 8 and their mentors will gather in the Fellowship Hall for an experience sure to be full of ADVENT-ure and other age groups will meet as usual. 

December 8th and 22nd are regular class days. 

There will be NO Sunday School on December 29, but we’ll resume on January 5th.

Coffee Corner

We’ve decided to “stay in” for coffee Wednesdays this month and will be gathering in the youth room for hot cocoa, Christmas movies, and other seasonal surprises December 4, 11, and 18 from 3:30-5pm.

BFJ December Schedule

Our whole community is invited to join in midweek evening prayer on Wednesdays during Advent. We will gather for contemplation, song and prayer, using the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday December 4, 11, and 18.

For this reason, we’ve slightly revised our usual BFJ schedule for December. Here’s what will happen: 

*No Confirmation classes

5:15 Youth Choir

5:30 COMBINED Choristers and Cherubs rehearsal

6:00 Dinner for all (watch your bulletin for opportunities to sign up!)

6:20 Gospel Choir rehearsal

6:30 Advent Evening Prayer in the Sanctuary (30-45 minutes)

7:30 Chancel Choir 

There will be NO Bread for the Journey activities on December 25 or January 1. Our regular schedule resumes January 8.

Children, Youth, and Family Ministry News

Children, Youth, and Family Director Search Update

Our search for a full-time Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry is underway! Currently the search committee is finalizing the job description, which we will begin advertising nationwide in early June. We still hope to have our new staff person in place well ahead of our program year kick-off in September (ideally by early August). We ask for your prayers as we begin this important work. The members of the committee are: Pastor Anne Van Kley, Vicar Elizabeth Peter, David Roby, Joe Huber, Karla Ogle, Amy Wathey, Erica Shutes-David, Joyce Aasland, and youth representatives Zach Branica and Lindsey Wilder.

Vacation Bible School news

For a variety of reasons (including snow make-up days and staff transitions), we are taking this year off of Vacation Bible School. Families who are looking for a VBS option for their children might consider contacting another church in your neighborhood. Contact Pastor Van Kley if you need help finding these opportunities.

PRLC Family Camping at Camp Lutherwood

The Phinney Family Camping Trip is coming up on July 26-28 at Camp Lutherwood on Lake Samish, and there are still spots available!  The cost is $50 per family.  All are welcome, but families with children under 12 are especially encouraged to attend.  For more information or to sign up, contact Kara Kalenius Novak at

Quilting of the Graduating Seniors

On Sunday, June 2, we will wrap our high school seniors in quilts and surround them with our prayers, marking this important milestone in their lives. Thank you to the PRLC Quilters for these handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts. The 2019 high school graduates are Felix Halvorson, Lachlan Imel, Jonah Maier, and Kai Vickers. Congratulations, graduates!


Come sing or play music!

Phinney Bread for the Journey concert May 15


A Concert to celebrate our musical community and benefit the ELCA program God’s Global Barnyard


All Phinney children and youth are invited to perform music: sing or play a solo, duet, group number, give a preview of your upcoming recital piece, have fun! Any style of music is welcome. We welcome your help to make the concert a success!


May 15th, our second-to-last BFJ, following the the Confirmation dinner.


The PRLC sanctuary


Phinney kids have played music in the past to benefit the family shelter of Mary’s Place. BFJ is winding down so this will be a fun chance to enjoy music together and support a program that seeks to aid people all over the world, supplying people with animals, bees, even water filters and solar lanterns, everything to make their lives better.


Contact our children’s choir director Evelyn Hartwell if you can sing or play something that night! Email Evelyn by Wednesday, May 8th.


All are welcome to enjoy the concert. Treats to follow!


Here’s more info on God’s Global Barnyard:

What is the difference between ELCA Good Gifts and similar organizations?

Many other organizations are doing wonderful work around the world, and some do work in similar ways. A main difference between the ELCA and other programs is that this church receives almost all of the money to fund its work directly through its congregations and members, and almost all of the money that we distribute goes to support the work being carried out by our congregations, global companion churches and ecumenical partners. This is unique because the church is our delivery system. It is successful because the church is present in far corners of the world and already connected and trusted in communities. And finally, it is sustainable. Our churches and partners are the ones who identify local needs and solutions; we just help make those dreams a reality.

What about animals? How can I talk about the importance of animals with others?

Your gifts to God’s Global Barnyard support the sustainable development ministries of ELCA World Hunger, which include training, education, resources (and much more) to help the community care for animals and create new market opportunities like starting a small business selling eggs, meat or dairy products. Your gifts support this comprehensive approach to animal husbandry.