Vacation Bible School – August 10–14, 2020

We can stay home, stay safe, AND Jesus’ power will STILL pull us through! ZOOM along the Rocky Railway with us August 10–14 daily at 10:00 a.m. With videos, songs, stories, skits, experiments, snacks, discussions and much more we’ll engage in online faith focused fun and exploration. Stay on track supply packs, including a t-shirt, music album, and lots of fun surprises will be provided for each participant. Cost per person is $30. Scholarships are always available if needed. Opportunities for safe and distanced in-person gatherings may be added as government and health guidelines progress and permit.

 

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A Note from Nicole

by Nicole Meyer

Happy Birthday to you!  Happy birthday to you!  Happy Birthday, Dear Church!  Happy Birthday to you!  Will you be singing this with me on the final day of May?  It’s Pentecost Sunday this year.  Pentecost is a historical, holy day that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit and celebrates the birthday of the church.  You can read the story in Acts 2 to discover that they were all gathered together.  There was no cake with candles, but there were definitely flames and the Holy Spirit was the gift; the biggest gift of all.  A cacophony of languages were spoken, yet all were understood.  

That first Pentecost was definitely not a typical party.  This year, our own celebrations look very different.  Maybe you’ve had a birthday party replaced with a Zoom date or car parade.  Some of the kids at online Sunday School marveled with me that they haven’t left their homes in over six weeks.  How unusual that they are making history by going nowhere! Spreading God’s love to our neighbors looks like staying put, to keep everyone safe.

So how will you celebrate Pentecost this year? Bake a cake? Wear red? Light a candle or build a fire? Fly a kite or inflate some balloons? Learn to say something in a different language? Whatever you do, or don’t do, the good news is that the Holy Spirit is with you, all around you and inside of you.  The church remains.  God’s power has no replacement  God’s love is not postponed.  As we creatively figure out life together apart, God stays with you; each of you.  May you know you are filled with the Holy Spirit, no matter where you are.  Happy Birthday!

Smiles,
Nicole

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 cyf@prlc.org 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
3:30–5:00pm

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.

Smiles,
Nicole

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.
Smiles,
Nicole

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 www.lutherhaven.com to learn more, and please email cyf@prlc.org 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!

Caroling

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.