Outreach News

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

Perspective Lessons Through the Outreach Fund

Perspective can make all the difference. Of the many ways I’m thankful for the work I do as Minister of Outreach, I’m most grateful for the perspective it sheds on the rest of my life. I think of long-time friend of the church Jason. We’ve helped him numerous times over the years when expenses of keeping up a modest low-income housing apartment and an old car outstripped his small monthly disability check. We’ve also served as a bank of sorts for him to occasionally order something online, always paying the church up front with cash. We don’t often think how hard it can be for someone without access to a bank account to participate in an increasingly online economy.

Recently Jason brought in a significant (for him) donation to the Outreach Fund. Confused, I asked what brought this on. He explained that after four years of steady monthly payments, he finally paid off a $4,000 bill for an accident he caused with his old car. Awash in gratitude to God for his blessings, he committed to donating to a few local churches who had been a support to him. He said he’d be in the next two months as well with the same donation.

What a gift. His donation will be married with yours to continue to be a safety net for those at financial risk in our community. For me, the real gift is knowing Jason and being encouraged by his faithful use of his limited funds to create love and security for his neighbors. Thank you for joining him by supporting the Outreach Fund so faithfully.

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. Thanks to the artists and volunteers who made this happen! We’ll enjoy another and much larger event on Saturday, June 29th, during the Greenwood Car Show. This event—part car show, part street fair—brings thousands of visitors right to our front door. We offer coffee, cookies, and popcorn all day long with donated proceeds supporting our food bank. We always need volunteers to help out! Please let me know if you are interested, or mark your Count Me In form in June.

An Update from our Missionary Friends

Pastors Zach Courter and Rachel Eskesen serve as ELCA missionaries in Hungary where they pastor a thriving church in Budapest along with hosting and coordinating a YAGM cohort each year. We’ve received a colorful newsletter update [pdf] from this special couple, and you can pick up printed copies at Grace Station in June.

PRLC has agreed to support Zach and Rachel through the ELCA’s “Covenant Sponsorship” program. We’ve pledged to contribute $4000 in 2019 to sustain their work, and all of this comes from individual contributions. If you’d like to contribute, please send a check in to the office or the offering with “Zach and Rachel” in the memo line. Thank you for joining us in this important partnership!

Refugee Team Update

Five more people were trained to be Circle of Welcome Volunteers on May 11, bringing our total trained team to 28! We are now very close to telling our partner Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) that PRLC is ready to welcome a refugee family.

We will be furnishing an apartment for the family. Small items have already been generously donated. These things include cleaning supplies, personal care items, towels, and kitchen items including dishes. As we get closer to welcoming a family our focus is on larger items including:

  • Kitchen table and chairs for each person
  • Sofa
  • Upholstered chairs
  • Coffee table
  • Dressers
  • Regular size and twin size headboards (mattresses, mattress pads and sheets must be new)
  • Night tables

We’ve been encouraged to only accept new or like new items so unfortunately we can’t accept older furniture. We won’t need these items until we actually have a family assigned to us. We are getting the word out now so that if you have any of these items and are ready to give them up you can keep them for this ministry. If you are able to assist with the move of donated items your help will be much appreciated. Please let Peggy  or Alice  know if you have any of these items to donate. Look for more frequent updates in the weeks ahead!

Circle of Welcome Leadership Team:

Alice Rowe, Peggy Martin Kreger, Linda Thorson, Luci Baker Johnson, and Patrick Meagher

Special Phinney Houses Forum

Led by Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher & Pastor Hansen
Sunday, June 9   11:00 (right after 10:00am service is over), in the Tree of Life Room

If you missed the Congregational Meeting please join us to learn about some recent church news! Topics will include what’s new with the Phinney Houses — a 35 year partnership with Community Psychiatric Clinic, housing folks under their behavioral health care in two homes we own on 76th Street.