Update from Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

Exciting Food bank Changes

We enjoyed a great turnout at our April adult forum on proposed changes to our foodbank program. If you weren’t able to attend, the proposal in a nutshell suggested we eliminate our appointment system, modify the food bank space to facilitate a “cafeteria style” client experience, and switch to a digital database for tracking client visits. These changes developed in response to a clear decline in visitors, and to research the Foodbank Mission Team gathered by visiting area foodbanks. We aim to remove as many barriers as possible that clients might face in accessing our services.

The response from the forum was very favorable to these changes, along with good suggestions for how to get the word out better to clients. With this feedback, the Mission Team met in May and developed a timeline for implementation. We’ll begin work on the physical changes July 5th, working from Thursday through Sunday so we won’t need to miss a distribution time. Volunteers are welcome to help! Watch your Sunday bulletins in June for more info.

In August, we’ll begin recruiting new volunteers ahead of a September training date for all foodbank volunteers. Once everyone feels familiar and confident with our new procedures, we’ll switch over completely. We’ll continue to take appointments through the summer until we’re ready to change over. Preparing the digital database will occur simultaneously to the physical changes and may come online sooner.

This year, the foodbank ministry at PRLC is 50 years old, and we’re excited to be improving our program so we’re ready to care for the vulnerable in our community for decades to come. Thanks for joining us on this journey!

Phinney Houses Yard Work Party

Did you know you own two houses on N 76th St. and run them in partnership with Community Psychiatric Clinic as group homes for individuals with mental health issues? You do! The church has kept this ministry thriving thanks to the work of the Phinney Houses Mission Team, and with occasional help from volunteers to keep the houses looking great. Our next Yard Work Party will be the morning of Saturday, June 9th, from 9-11:30am. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, hand tools such as loppers, hedge sheers, hand clippers, and anything else that could be helpful. Please let me know if you can help (my contact info is on page 2), and you’ll be contacted with more information.

The Art Walk and Car Show Bring Joy to our Neighborhood

Our participation in this year’s Phinneywood Art Walk was a great success. We welcomed hundreds of visitors with gorgeous weather, and enjoyed the festive atmosphere this event always produces. We’ll enjoy another and much larger event on Saturday, June 30th, during the Greenwood Car Show. This event—part car show, part street fair—brings thousands of visitors right to our door. We offer free coffee, cookies, and popcorn all day long as our front lawn comes alive with music to entertain passers by. We always need volunteers to help out! Please let me know if you are interested, or mark your Count Me In form in June.

Missionary Friends Zach and Rachel

In May, we relished a visit from the Rev. Rachel Eskesen and PRLC member Zachary Courter. This married missionary couple organize the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Program in Central Europe, as well as help lead an English Language Lutheran Church in Budapest, Hungary. Zach shared about their adventures during an adult forum, and both were on hand to discuss baptism and vocation with our confirmation classes. You can follow their work more closely by visiting their blog at zachandrachel.wordpress.com.

PRLC has agreed to support Zach and Rachel through the ELCA’s “Covenant Sponsorship” program. We’ve pledged to contribute $4000 in 2018 to sustain their work, and all of this comes from individual contributions. Contact me if interested in joining this effort, or simply send a check to the office made out to PRLC, with “Zach and Rachel” in the memo line .