Following Jesus with My Friends
June 24-28, 9AM-12:30PM
(Optional afternoon program offered in addition, 12:30-4PM)
We are gearing up for another week of Vacation Bible School. Our dates for 2013 are June 24-28, 9am-12:30, with an option for the afternoon as well from 12:30-4pm. The deadline for registrations is June 2, but the earlier you register, the better! Just print out the VBS Registration Form [pdf], fill it out, and bring it in with you to church on Sunday or mail it to the church office, marked “Attn: Nancy Monelli”.
Some special activities we have planned include tie-dying our VBS T-shirts, meeting and hosting some elderly friends for a luncheon on Friday, and assembling food packages to be sent overseas. The rest of our time will be full of songs, thoughtful lessons, and the limitless love of Christ. Our afternoon program will get your kids outside for various adventures including a nature hike, an afternoon at Green Lake, and more. Come join us!
$35 for the week-long morning program
$12/day for the optional afternoon program
Scholarships are available. Contact Children and Family Minister Nancy Monelli to inquire.
Donna Hoffman has invited her treasured alums to come join her current choirs to worship and sing together, honoring the gift of music, the holiness of worship, and the years she and our young people have together led us. Come, let’s worship together.
Mingle and move among your congregational family, enjoy delectable heavy hors d’oeuvres, and reminisce together over the wonderful years Paul and Donna have been at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church!
We’ll begin at 4 pm to socialize and greet the Hoffmans; then at about 5:30 we’ll transform our space with seating for a program of tribute, music, gifts, gratitude, and farewell. You may bring along last-minute gifts for the Future Rostered Leaders Endowment Fund in Pastor Hoffman’s honor, or the card whose inspiration just came to you this week, to a table in the Tree of Life Room.
Many of us have turned our thoughts to what parting gift we might give to Pastor Hoffman. If your heart is moved to honor and celebrate Pastor Hoffman’s ministry among us by giving, you are invited to donate to the Future Rostered Leaders Endowment Fund, an endowment fund started by Pastor Hoffman to provide tuition assistance to those people from our synod called to rostered ministry. We know how deeply dedicated Pastor Hoffman is to helping faithful and promising men and women accept the call to ministry and provide leadership for the ELCA in the future. We can help support this mission so close to his heart by giving gifts in his name. Checks should be made to PRLC and should have “Pastor Hoffman Gift” in the memo. You can drop them in a Sunday morning collection plate, or deliver them to the church office in person or by mail. Our collective gift will be given in Pastor Hoffman’s name to the synod’s Future Rostered Leaders Endowment Fund.
As the time of Pastor and Donna Hoffman’s retirement nears, all of us in the PRLC faith community will be reflecting on the vibrant ministry they have shared with us. We invite you to write cards and letters describing memories of special moments (tender or funny, unique, comforting, holy–YOUR special experiences) during their ministries. Please take a moment to share your thoughts. Parents and singers are invited to think and talk together about their choir experiences and write letters of thanks and farewell to Donna. There is a basket in the Narthex where your cards and letters are being collected. They will be presented to the Hoffmans at next Saturday night’s May 11 reception.
There is a special “Procrastinators’ Support Group” in the library this Sunday morning May 5 between services for those who have been meaning to write a card, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Please join us and make sure Pastor and Donna Hoffman know how much they have meant to you!