Circle of Welcome Refugee Ministry – Very Close!
As of this writing, we are working with Lutheran Community Services Northwest to welcome a refugee family on January 23rd! We still don’t know if this family will enter the Circle of Welcome program, but if they do we will be ready to provide the crucial community support required to make a smooth transition. Please continue to pray for our progress, for the family we will meet, and for the work ahead.
We can still use more volunteers to make our team complete. We especially need servants willing to provide transportation to our eventual family. There will be opportunities to become trained in the near future, so don’t hesitate to contact co-coordinators Peggy Kreger (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alice Rowe (email@example.com) with questions and inquiries. And be sure to attend our adult forum on this important ministry Sunday, February 3rd!
Food Bank Update – Volunteers Needed!
We’re looking to expand our food bank volunteer pool as we institute changes aimed at reaching more people in need. Have you thought about serving once a month (or more!) providing the love of God through nourishing sustenance? Are you a current volunteer who might enjoy working with other friends or family not connected with PRLC? Do you know someone who might enjoy serving? All are welcome. Shifts run every Tuesday from 1-3pm, and every Wednesday from 6-8pm. Please spread the word and contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested. And a reminder to current and future volunteers to save the date of Sunday, Feb 10th, from 12-2pm for a luncheon and important training on our new procedures. We need you!
Refugee Ministry Update
The leadership team for PRLC’s refugee ministry continues to meet and plan our movement toward accepting a refugee family. We are participating in Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s Circle of Welcome program, designed to guide a family or individual though all aspects of acclimation into a new country. Many volunteers have signed up and been trained already, and we’re just making sure all of our communication and organization is in order before we accept our family. We hope to give the green light to LCSNW in January! Please continue to pray for our progress, for the family we will meet, and for the work ahead.
Are you interested in learning more and/or getting involved? Look for an information table in the Narthex on December 9 before and after services, as well as an adult forum on February 2nd. Throughout December, we’ll be collecting items to create “Refugee Welcome Kits” for our visitors. Look for more info in the Narthex. Don’t hesitate to contact co-coordinators Peggy Kreger (email@example.com) and Alice Rowe (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions and inquiries.
Refugee Women’s Alliance Early Childhood Education Drive
One congregational priority that revealed itself during our recent discernment process was outreach to refugee and immigrant communities. Now an opportunity has presented itself.
Every day the children of our Child Development Center (CDC) are supported in their learning and development by access to ample school supplies. Not all early childhood education learning centers are as fortunate.
ReWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance) is a non-profit organization that, among its many services, offers culturally supportive early childhood education to the children of the families they serve. But their preschool struggles to provide sufficient supplies for its student community. We hope that we, as the combined PRLC/CDC community, can show our gratitude for the abundance of what we have by sharing and supporting another community that is in greater need.
The educators at the ReWA Beacon Hill learning Center have compiled a list of their needs. We will be collecting items and monetary donations now through December 23rd. A box will be in the Narthex and in the CDC Office to receive items. Financial contributions will be collected at the Grace Station or church office. Money collected will go towards a supply order the CDC will facilitate.
Questions? Contact Kari VanSanford at email@example.com. Make checks out to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church and put “ReWA Donation” in the memo line.
Click on this link for a list of items needed:
Radical hospitality and welcome is a founding principle of the Aurora Commons community at 90th & Aurora. Following Jesus’ example, they practice harm reduction practices of non-judgmental acceptance and love. Please consider providing these winter clothing essentials. Both men’s and women’s items are needed in the donation box by December 12, 2018.
Brand new: hats, gloves and warm socks
New or nearly new: sweaters, jeans, shoes/boots
God’s work–our hands! Questions to PRLC member Signe Roscoe.
Food Bank Thanksgiving Distribution Report
The food bank once again spread God’s love we all share to our neighbors in need. Two hundred and two people in 60 families were served a total of 2787 pounds of food in the course of our Thanksgiving Food Bank Distribution, held Tuesday November 20.
A small army of volunteers worked in all aspects of making this happen — from answering the reservation telephone line; to donating, gathering, sorting and counting; to boxing, distributing, and cleaning up after the process was done.
And We’re Not Done Yet!
Our Christmas distribution is right around the corner! It will take place on Friday December 21 in Fellowship Hall. Your generous donations of children’s gifts are greatly appreciated. Look for the giving wreath in the narthex and choose the age of child that you would like to shop for. Please make sure that the items you donate will fit inside one of the sample gift bags on the easel. Have all gifts to the church by Sunday December 16, as all of the gifts have to be sorted by age and gender, then packaged up for each child whose families have called in reservations for Christmas boxes.
As you are able, please sign up on the Sunday count-me-in forms to volunteer for Christmas distribution and other Food Bank opportunities: yet another way to share God’s love we all know, with our neighbors who find themselves less fortunate this Christmas. Your generosity is humbling and inspiring.
Yours in Christ,
David and Jo-Ann Cress
PRLC members and Food Bank volunteers
Update on Food Bank Changes
For some time now, the food bank leadership team and a few extra helpers (thank you!) has been orchestrating a change in operational procedure aimed at eliminating the barriers some clients face to accessing our program, and hopefully reaching more people. We are just about ready to switch over from our analog database system to a robust digital platform. With this system, along with the physical improvements to the food bank already completed, we will be ready to institute our new procedure soon. We’ll hold an all-volunteer lunch and training after church on Sunday, Feb 10th, and go live the following week. We’ll need more volunteers to make these changes work, so please consider volunteering if you haven’t yet!
The Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank is preparing for its annual Christmas distribution. We will supply area families with all the elements of a Christmas feast, including a ham, plus a small gift for each child in the family.
If you would like to register to receive a Christmas Box, follow these steps:
- Call the food bank at 206-784-7964 at one of these times: November 26, 27, or 28; or the following week on December 3, 4, or 5, 2018; between 5:00-7:00 pm. You will be asked for your name, address, and the number of adults and children (and children’s genders and ages) in your household.
- Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) on Friday, December 21 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 Christmas Box, you may still be able to receive one. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 3:00 pm on Friday, December 21, 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 Christmas Boxes to everyone who wants one, so your chances are good.
On October 5, 2018, PRLC member Zachary Courter was ordained to Ministry of Word and Sacrament at City Park Lutheran Church in Budapest, Hungary, where he is working in the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission with his wife, the Rev. Rachel Eskesen.
Dear Phinney Ridge Phamily!
Thank you so much for your prayers and support throughout the many years as I’ve continued down this road following God’s call. I very much appreciated the stole and the Trinity icon, as well as all of the cards and notes of support! I look forward to our paths crossing again soon. Thank you again for everything!
My ordination was an incredible celebration of what it means to be church in the world, and what it means to be church–together. It was a joy to receive Bishop Unti’s (ELCA Northwest Washington) and Bishop Fabiny’s (Lutheran Church in Hungary’s Presiding Bishop) blessing on my ministry of preaching/teaching and administering the church’s sacraments. But it was not just the bishop’s blessings, but those in my church family from near and far who were there in person and in spirit.
The service took place on Friday October 5th, at 5pm. The ordination service was bilingual in English and Hungarian, including Bishop Unti’s sermon being translated and preached by Pastor Aradi György of the Budapest-Fasori Evangelical Lutheran Church community. We sang, we cried, we laughed, we shared fellowship, we ate bread and drank wine–followed by cake and goulash. In short, we unabashedly worshiped God.
Thank you so much for your interest and encouragement in my development as a leader in the church. By God’s grace and your support, I have found myself affirmed in a call to God’s people and the church on earth.
If you’d like to be in touch about how to connect with, or enhance your ongoing relationship, with the YAGM Central Europe Program or City Park Lutheran, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Pastor Zachary Courter
As the weather changes and the days get shorter, the children get chances to experience all the exciting things about fall. This month I would expect you to see our children out and about, looking at the changing leaves, studying the fall bugs, and filling the kitchen with delicious smells when they do cooking projects from all the fun things we find around fall harvest. Last week our children in the two-year-old class made pumpkin bread, and we celebrated the fall with a Halloween carnival in fellowship hall. It was a great time for all as we had all our children dressed up and playing lots of spooky Halloween games. As we move towards Thanksgiving it gives us a chance to look at all the great things we are thankful for. On that list for the CDC is this shared community, space, and vision at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, allowing us to do God’s work with the smallest members of our community through our important ministry.
~ CDC Director Tim Sullivan
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank is preparing for holiday distribution activities. We hope that you will help us serve the needy families that will visit our food bank this Thanksgiving. Here is the Thanksgiving distribution schedule:
Oct 28 to Nov 18:
The holiday shopping list is found below and at this link. Please purchase the items on the list and bring them in by Nov. 18.
Food Bank Holiday Shopping List [pdf]
MTW Oct 29-31 and MTW Nov 5-7, 5:00-7:00 pm:
Volunteer to man our phone lines as we take reservations for the November 20 distribution.
Bake cookies and bring them to the church kitchen. Cookies and coffee will be served to the clients who are waiting for their boxes on the day of the distribution.
Mon Nov 19, 7-9 pm:
Prepare Fellowship Hall for distribution. Includes bringing out cases of canned goods and other non-perishable items. There will be lots of projects that families can do together.
Tues Nov 20:
9-11 am: Pack boxes for distribution to needy families
11-12 ish: Lunch
12-4 pm: Distribution
3:30-5 pm: Cleanup
Consider donating a large turkey to the food bank! With low-cost turkey offers beginning to be advertised, we will gladly make room in our freezer to accommodate a big bird. Twenty-plus-pound birds are in great demand for large families.
Take part in any or all events. If you have questions, please contact member Jo-Ann Cress or Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher.
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:
- 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.
- 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.