Join Us for a Special Sunday Stroll this Week

Every Sunday evening this summer, a group of 10-15 Phinney members and friends has gathered for friendly conversation while taking walks around different neighborhoods, starting and ending in different parks featured in Linnea Westerlind’s Discovering Seattle Parks: A Local’s Guide. Over 25 people of all ages have participated (along with five different dogs!).

All are welcome to join us for one or both of our final two walks of this series. This Sunday, August 19, we will be gathering at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St) courtyard (in the middle of the building-walk straight through from the parking lot) at a special start time of 6:30pm. Larry Howard, husband of Pastor Nancy Winder, will be leading us on a tour of the Lake Union Natural Area in the Laurelhurst neighborhood (near University Village). Nancy and Larry have graciously invited us for dessert after the guided walk at their home a few blocks away.

Children are welcome, and please feel free to invite your non-Phinney family and friends. Please leave your dog home for this walk, as we want to be gentle with the natural area we’ll be walking through (as well as the Winder/Howard home!).

Our final walk of this series will bring us back to the site of our first walk—Sunset Hill Park in Ballard—7:00pm on August 26.
Please RSVP or send questions to Don Boelter (donboelter@gmail.com, 206-276-4687)

Phinney’s Troubled Trees

You may have noticed the bright yellow notices on the sweetgum trees on N 75th Street, at the southwest corner of our building. They are there to notify the neighborhood that we’ve applied for a permit to have two trees removed.

We at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church love our tall and stately sweetgum trees. They’re a special treasure in a neighborhood that’s short on green space. These particular trees, though, have shown themselves to pose a real danger, dropping extremely heavy limbs without warning on two occasions in the last few years. It’s sheer luck that no one has been hurt, or even killed, so far.

After the second “sudden limb fall” event (which mangled the iron fence beneath it), we consulted with a private arborist, who recommended removal. We then applied for a permit to act on this expert’s recommendation. A city arborist is currently reviewing our permit application, and has not yet made a ruling. If the arborist determines that selective pruning would be enough to ensure safety and preserve the trees, we will gladly follow that recommendation. If removal is deemed necessary, we will replant with trees better suited to this site. Either way, the decision rests with the city.

We recognize that these trees are citizens of the neighborhood, having provided shade, air quality, and beauty for all the decades they’ve been in place. We know that the loss of them would grieve our friends and neighbors. We take our responsibility as stewards of these grounds seriously, and will do our best to keep them both safe and green.

You may contact Parish Administrator Kirsten Olshausen for more information.

The most recent limb fall event, November 2017.

Logs cut from the fallen limbs. They range in size up to 6″ diameter.

The iron fence that was damaged by the limb fall and subsequently removed.

Guest Preacher and Luncheon on August 19, 2018

Pastor Robert Moore, director of the ELCA Wittenberg Center in Germany, will be preaching at PRLC on Sunday, August 19.  If you are interested in having lunch with him after the second service that day, please contact the church office and let us know.  This will be a chance to learn about the ministry of the Wittenberg Center, a place that welcomes travelers, hosts conferences, and is committed to fostering Global Lutheran Identity in the interest of spreading God’s healing and reconciling work in the world.  Lunch will be served in the fellowship hall.

 

Aurora Commons Meal Team Invites You to Participate

Aurora Commons is a “living room” community founded by Awake Church at 89th & Aurora, where they focus on the values of offering a hospitable space; a place where strangers become friends, where societal norms are challenged and vulnerability is welcomed; accompanying & connecting, and opportunities to call out folks’ beauty, their gifts, and gently ask them to dream.

The need at Aurora Commons has grown incredibly over this season! Please volunteer for the Second Wednesday Women’s Night Meal Team. If you enjoy cooking, baking, buying food or delivering–we’d love to have your help. Learn more about them at: www.auroracommons.org

The details: Every second Wed of the month (food to church by 5:30pm) we will provide a delicious buffet style meal for 50 in the Aurora Commons “living room” at 8914 Aurora Ave N. We plan via an online sign-up sent via email. Here are the remaining 2018 dates: Aug 8, Sept 5, Oct 10, Nov 14 & Dec 12.

Email either Signe Roscoe or Tiffany Megargee to volunteer. God’s work–our hands.

School Supplies Needed!

We have been asked to help provide basic school supplies for children living in Compass Housing Alliance (CHA) communities before school starts.  PRLC is a long-time sponsor of CHA which provides housing, shelter and support services to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Puget Sound region. There are 46 children who are 12 years of age and under, and 22 children who are 13 to 18 years of age.

The elementary age children need:

  • backpacks
  • pencils
  • notebooks
  • glue
  • erasers
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • paper
  • rulers
  • pencil pouches
  • crayons

The middle school and high school children need:

  • backpacks
  • pencils
  • pens
  • notebooks
  • glue
  • highlighters
  • post-its
  • erasers
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • paper
  • rulers
  • folders
  • dividers
  • calculators
  • pencil pouches
  • compasses
  • 3-ring binders
  • graph paper
  • flash drives

There will be a large box marked “School Supplies for CHA” in the narthex Sundays between now and August 19th.  Please shop the sales and give what you can. School supplies are standard purchases for most kids, but if your family is income-challenged, school supplies compete with food and health care for a family’s limited resources.

Thanks so much for your generosity!  Questions? Email PRLC member Sally Thompson (seattlesally2000@yahoo.com).