We hear a lot about the dangers of the border, about the people who live there and about those who come here for a new life. For spring break this year, six students and the priest and pastor from The Sanctuary at UW went to the El Paso/Juarez region to take a deep dive into learning about life on the border and immigration through a program with Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey in El Paso. They would like to share what they saw, heard and learned with the community — stories of struggle, hope, and faith alongside facts about what life on the border is like. They will serve a light dinner of tamales and salad ($5 suggested donation, give as you can). For more information about the trip and a preview of the stories, visit their website.
Missionary Friends Visit in April
On April 29th, we welcomed back church member Zach Courter for an adult forum about the work he and his wife, Rev. Rachel Eskesen, do as ELCA missionaries in Hungary. We heard about the ups and downs of being Program Coordinators for Young Adults in Global Mission-Central Europe, as well as the work Zach does at City Park Lutheran in Budapest, Hungary. Zach and Rachel both returned the following Wednesday evening to connect with our confirmation classes. You can read more about their ongoing adventures via their blog at zachandrachel.wordpress.com.
In 2017, we began supporting Zach and Rachel by joining the ELCA’s Covenant Sponsorship program. Their important work doesn’t happen without support from communities like ours, and our church’s support of Zach and Rachel comes from you. Would you like to join the effort by offering a one-time gift or make a monthly pledge for the remainder of 2018? Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher, or simply mail or bring a check by the church (made out to PRLC) with “Zach and Rachel” in the memo line. Thank you for continuing our support of this wonderful missionary couple!
New Opportunities at the PRLC Food Bank
Spring is a time to say goodbye to past seasons, and look forward to new growth and opportunity. For the past year, the Food Bank Mission Team has been dreaming up a new season for this wonderful program. Most of you know that our client numbers are considerably down in recent years. The changing economic demographics of our area, as well as the convenience of other food banks, mean we aren’t serving the people we want to serve.
While we can’t change housing prices, we feel we can work to remove possible barriers our clients face in accessing our program. All of our plans at this stage are tentative, but proposed ideas include moving on from an appointment system, switching to a digital database, and reconfiguring the food bank space to allow for a more interactive experience with clients.
At this stage, we need your input! We’ll hold an adult forum on April 15th to share our ideas and hear yours. Whether you have a volunteer stake in the program, or are just interested in learning more, all are welcome to participate. The PRLC food bank has always been a mission of the people of the church, and the only healthy future we can imagine continues this tradition. Please plan to come and help us plan out a new season for this vital PRLC ministry!
An Upcoming Visit from our Missionary Friends
Seminarian and PRLC member Zach Courter, along with his wife Rev. Rachel Eskesen, serve in Hungary as Coordinators for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program. Last year, PRLC began a Covenant Sponsorship relationship with Zach and Rachel pledging to support them financially. Many of you contributed toward this support and follow their work through newsletters. Now, we have the chance to hear from our friends directly! On April 29th, Zach will present an adult forum, and on Wednesday May 2nd both Zach and Rachel will meet with our confirmation classes and be on hand for BFJ dinner. We look forward to their visit!
2018 PRLC Vacation Bible School and Camp Lutherwood
Despite the fact that our dear Minister of Children and Families Nancy Monelli is moving on in June, we have a plan to continue the vibrant tradition of Vacation Bible School. To fill the humungous void of Nancy’s planning efforts, we’re taking advantage of a VBS program offered by Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center. Many of you know Lutherwood from their children’s outdoor camp, but they also provide teams of young adults who come to area churches to run bible schools.
During our regular week—June 25-29—many of the same elements of past years’ programs will be in place, but we’ll have the new energy of our Lutherwood guests to cover curriculum, group leadership, games, and music. We’ll still rely on youth and adult volunteers to make this week a success, so if you’d like to be involved please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher (firstname.lastname@example.org). And look for flyers to emerge soon for signing up your kiddos!
Every Tuesday morning throughout the year, a dedicated crew of volunteers gathers in our quilting room upstairs to assemble quilts for donation to Lutheran World Relief. On Sunday April 29, 2018 we will bless those quilts at both services as we prepare to send them off to comfort and be of use to people in areas hit by natural disaster, poverty and unrest. It’s a special service. Please plan to attend!
Click on the link below to read the latest news from seminarian Zach Courter and his wife Rachel Eskesen, who are working with Young Adults in Global in Budapest, Hungary.
Easter is soon approaching, and we hope you and your guests will join us for Easter breakfast in the fellowship hall. Serving time will be from 8:30AM till 11:00AM. Fluffy scrambled eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, cold cereal, orange juice and coffee will be awaiting you.
Organizers Jeff Hendrix and Ken Roscoe are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, serving and clean-up of this event. We especially need help with the Saturday setup (9am to 11am) and the Sunday cleanup (11am to 1:30pm). You can contact them directly, or sign up on the “Count Me In” form, and we will call you to discuss available duties.
We usually serve around 300 people, and would really appreciate your help in making this event happen. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the PRLC Outreach Fund. This is the only direct fundraising we do for this fund that helps families and individuals through times of distress. We will once again ask Thrivent for matching funds to help support this cause.
Please bring in new underwear, bras and socks for our Adult Sock and Underwear Drive benefiting our friends at Aurora Commons. You’ll find the donation box in the entryway over the next few weeks. All donations will be taken to Aurora Commons for distribution after February 18th. Thank you for helping care for our precious community. Please direct questions to Jenn Boelter at email@example.com or 206-661-5525.
Many White people are at a loss and need tangible tools and skills to participate in healthy, productive, and effective dialogue with racism skeptics.
Questions addressed in this workshop include:
- How can a White anti-racist ally speak to racism skeptics in a way that is effective and not off-putting so that they stop listening?
- What do research finding tell us about the effectiveness of various strategies for helping racism skeptics broaden their view of issues like structural racism, unfair treatment by institutions, and white privilege?
It might surprise people to learn that there is increasing scientific evidence that shows that empathy-based dialogues are the way to go if you want to have a chance to change adults minds. According to this research, the best way to foster debiasing is to first listen empathetically to skeptics so they feel heard, and after that, raise experiences and facts that invite them to a broader and more nuanced perspective.
Come and participate in this vital conversation.
This workshop was developed by and is facilitated by Dr. David Campt, who is nationally renowned in the areas of community engagement, conflict resolution, inclusion, and equity. His clients have included large corporations, the White House, the US Military, and nonprofits. He is known as The Dialogue Guy. You can learn more about him and this work at www.whiteallytoolkit.com.
Register for this workshop at whiteallytoolkit.bpt.me.
The Mary’s Place Rotating Shelter program has ended. The program has grown incredibly since its beginning — and with more overnight options for women and children, this model of shelter has become obsolete. With gratitude to everyone on the team, we end this incredible ministry. But as the saying goes, “when one door closes, another opens” so I’m also excited to announce new outreach opportunities are emerging at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church!
You got an introduction to Aurora Commons at Christmas, when we asked you to donate hats and gloves. It’s 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 asks them to dream.
We are forming a Fourth Sunday Community Meal Team for Aurora Commons and invite you to join us. If you enjoy cooking and baking and serving hungry folks, we’d love to have your help. Our team (and a generous donation from the PRLC Outreach fund for Aurora Commons staffing) is enabling Aurora Commons to expand their service hours by one Sunday evening per month, and they’re very excited about that. Learn more about them at www.auroracommons.org
The details: Eight ‘fourth-Sundays’ in 2018 (5:30-7:00pm) we will provide a delicious Community Meal (buffet style for 50) in the Aurora Commons “living room” at 8914 Aurora Ave N (Greenwood Senior Center will provide the other 4 monthly meals). Here are the 2018 dates: Jan 28, Mar 25, April 22, June 24, July 22, Sept 23, Oct 28, Dec 23. Contact Signe Roscoe at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
There is also an existing Second Wednesday Aurora Commons ‘Women’s Night’ Meal Team seeking new volunteers. They prepare a meal on the second Wednesday of each month for 50 women. It is coordinated by Tiffany Megargee. So if you want to be on both teams, or a Wednesday night works better for you, or that group meets your needs better, please contact Tiffany at email@example.com.
God’s work–our hands.
Signe Roscoe & Tiffany Megargee
Advocating for the Vulnerable at PRLC
The rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of the 100,000 strong at this year’s Women’s March through Seattle. Our large PRLC contingent participated with a great joy matched only by the creativity of our signs. Much like last year, we felt at peace marching on behalf of the vulnerable in our society who face increasing challenges from our federal government. I was very proud of our participants young and old, who followed Jesus and showed up to speak truth to abusive power.
The resistance continues in February through a chance to advocate on the state level through participation in Interfaith Advocacy Day. Long-time partner Faith Action Network organizes IFAD in Olympia every year providing the chance to learn about important legislative issues before meeting face to face with our actual representatives. You’ll leave feeling educated, empowered, and part of the solution. This year’s IFAD falls on Tuesday, February 20th (more info at http://fanwa.org/interfaith-advocacy-day/). Contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher if you’re interested in going!
The Women’s March 2018
Shout outs to:
Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher for his organization, planning, van driving, and knowledge of exactly the right place to drop us off.
Pastor Anne Van Kley for helping in facilitation of transportation, being ready in case she was needed, and for her beautiful prayer to send us on our way.
The confirmation students for their great signs.
All the wonderful kids and adults who showed up from PRLC. Personally, the fact that I participated causes me to stand a bit taller. Think about joining us next year.
~ PRLC member Ruth Nielsen