PRLC Food Bank 2018 Thanksgiving Distribution

The Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving distribution. We will supply area families with all the elements of a Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey (or a chicken for smaller families).

If you would like to help make this distribution possible, click on this link for a shopping list of needed items. A list of volunteer activities will soon be posted.

If you would like to register to receive a Thanksgiving Box, follow these steps:

  1. Call the food bank at 206-784-7964 at one of these times: October 29, 30, or 31; or the following week on November 5, 6, or 7, 2018; between 5:00-7:00 pm. You will be asked for your name, address, and the number of adults and children in your household.
  2. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 between 12:00-3:00 pm to pick up and take home the box which has been prepared for you.

If you miss your chance to pre-register for a Thanksgiving Box, you may still be able to receive one. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. At that point we will give away any unclaimed boxes from the day’s distribution. Historically, we have almost always been able to provide Thanksgiving Boxes to everyone who wants one, so your chances are good.

Blessings on you and on the people you love.

HS Sunday School class to assemble wound care kits for Aurora Commons

Our high school youth will be assembling wound care kits for our neighbors at the Aurora Commons. We’d like you’re your help donating the items that go in the kits!

You’ve heard of Aurora Commons right? It’s a home-away-from-home on 90th & Aurora practicing radical hospitality and love to unhoused folk. Phinney already has a meal team that delivers a delicious home-made dinner the second Wed night every month for their Women’s Night event.  Anyway, please consider purchasing one or two of these items and putting them in the donation box in the narthex by Sunday Oct 28th. Thanks!!

These items may be purchased wherever you like–we’ve just provided the links so you can see the item details. We’d like to make a 100 kits if possible.

In gratitude,

the High School Sunday School class

Congregational Meeting to Explore Purchase of Parsonage

October 14, 2018 at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary

The PRLC Parish Council has been in much deliberation, prayer and study about the urgent and ongoing need to provide pastoral housing for the Associate Pastor. In response to this need, the PRLC Council proposes the purchase of a parsonage for the use of pastoral staff as part of their compensation.

The Seattle housing crisis directly affects the congregation’s ability to hire and/or retain pastoral staff with less experience or seniority than the Lead Pastor. Such individuals are less likely to have the funds to rent, buy, or co-invest in a house in the PRLC neighborhood. Currently, the Associate Pastor and her family have been renting a home at a below-market rate from a former PRLC member who is planning to sell the house in the near future.

Renting another home has been explored, but it was determined that renting a home does not solve our anticipated ongoing housing need and may open pastors up to the risk of needing to move during their call.

It was suggested that one of the Phinney Houses be renovated and used as a parsonage.  We investigated the possibility of repairing, remodeling, and expanding these houses so that most of the current residents could be accommodated while the other house be used for pastoral staff. However, lot restrictions, remodeling time tables, and the well-being of the current residents made this option significantly more complicated that the current proposal. The council suggests keeping pastoral housing questions separate from questions concerning the Phinney Houses so that any changes to these houses are made prayerfully, thoughtfully, and without unnecessary timing or financial pressure.

To fund the parsonage, we have been approved to invest up to 25% of the total value of the PRLC Endowment Fund. There remains a need to pay for the amount not covered by the endowment. Potential ways to pay for the monthly mortgage include, for example, a capital campaign, reduced spending in current ministry programs, increased monthly giving, sale of other assets, and major gifts. Anticipated cost of a proposed house would be roughly $800,000. We have created a Parsonage Team to consider all of the in-depth factors associated with this decision and to then choose the right home for all the right reasons. The Parsonage Team will work out the details and oversee the purchase of a house and its maintenance needs.

As with all staff members, salary guidelines provided by our Northwest Washington Synod are used to determine the appropriate combination of salary and housing benefit.  Obviously, those living in a parsonage are not given a housing allowance.

Feel free to contact members of the Executive Committee: Jill Yetman, president; Russ Simonson, Vice-President; Andrew Shutes-David, Secretary; Todd Wathey, Treasurer; or Pastor Bryon Hansen.

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Gift and Challenge

About a year ago, folks from our Synod joined several Christian friends for a service of Evening Prayer at the Cathedral of St. James to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. A display of unity like this, after centuries of division in the Christian church, is testimony to the resiliency, grace, and healing power of God’s Holy Spirit.

In his homily at the service, Peter Sartain, Archbishop of the Seattle Diocese, observed “Christian unity is both gift and challenge.” The statement rings true. How do Christians work and pray and share ministry together? How do we heal the wounds caused by division? While questions such as these are without easy answers, Christ gives us ways to live into the gift and the challenge.

We do well to notice where Christians are exercising the gift of unity. A wonderful example is the Taizé community in France. Taizé is often described as a “parable of ecumenism.” (Ecumenism is the word we use to describe ways Christians draw closer to one another) Taizé is composed of Protestants and Roman Catholics and enjoys a rich relationship with the Eastern Orthodox. Brother Roger, founder of the community, was passionate about reconciliation and unity among all Christians. These things are central to their rule of life:

If communion is a gift from God, then ecumenism cannot be primarily a human effort to harmonize different traditions. It must situate us within the truth of the redemption of Christ, who prayed: “My wish is that where I am, they too may be with me.” The first ecumenical effort is to seek to live in communion with God, in Christ, through the Holy Spirit. Churches sometimes show different paths to achieving this communion with Christ. However, the more deeply each one belongs to Christ, the more they are enabled to see the others correctly, seeing them as sisters and brothers … this requires a conversion undertaken over and over again in a church continually in need of reformation.

– Brother Alois

I have always been supportive of the suggestion that Reformation Day be recast as Reformation/Reconciliation Day. While Reformation Sunday honors the witness of Martin Luther and those who labored for renewal in the church’s past, the day may also serve as a time to pray for the unity of all Christians, to confess the ways we have failed to live as brothers and sisters, to pray for healing where the church remains divided, and plead with the Spirit to deepen our love of each other and our union with Christ.

Our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America enjoys a full communion relationship with many other Christians. This year, on Reformation/Reconciliation Sunday, we begin the practice of inviting the preacher to be someone from one of these traditions. Rody Rowe, a pastor in the United Methodist church and a member of PRLC, will preach the sermon on Reformation Sunday.

God alone brings the gift of unity to Christ’s body. The continual prayer of the church includes praying for the grace to recognize this unity and to dwell in the gift. Join me on Reformation/Reconciliation Sunday to especially pray, as Jesus did, that his followers be one. Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Pastor Hansen

Hello from the Child Development Center

~ CDC Director Tim Sullivan

Fall is our favorite time of the year, here at the CDC.  It’s a time of renewed excitement and energy as we welcome our new students, and our current students move on to their new classes.  Everything is fresh with new bulletin boards and supplies.  It’s a time of new adventures for all our children.  In the fall we look forward to our many visits from our new kindergarteners who want to stop by and let us know all about their teachers and the great things they are doing in their new “big” school.  It’s always ended with a great big hug on their way out.  The teachers and I can see the pride in their faces and fondly remember with them their journey through the CDC to get to that place of self-confidence and capableness.  It is why our dedicated staff is here day in and day out and work so hard in our craft.  This year we are looking forward to the new adventures, challenges, and accomplishments that this year brings to the 82 children enrolled in this special place.