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).

 

A statement on family separation from the ELCA’s presiding bishop and other faith leaders

6/7/2018 12:30:00 PM

CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely result in an increase in family separations.

The letter follows:

Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news.

We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and wellbeing of children. Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children.

As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.

His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
Diocesan Legate and Director of the Ecumenical Office
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

Mr. Azhar Azeez President
Islamic Society of North America

The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton, PA
Chair, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Bishop H. Kenneth Carter, Jr.
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop Episcopal Church (United States)

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister & President
United Church of Christ

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. David Guthrie
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Southern Province

Mr. Glen Guyton
Executive Director
Mennonite Church USA

The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
President
Union for Reform Judaism

Mr. Anwar Khan
President
Islamic Relief USA

The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church Northern Province

The Rev. Dr.  J. Herbert Nelson II
Stated Clerk
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Director
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

The Rev. Don Poest
Interim General Secretary
The Rev. Eddy Alemán
Candidate for General Secretary
Reformed Church in America

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III
Presiding Bishop, The Eighth Episcopal District
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

The Rev. Phil Tom
Executive Director
International Council of Community Churches

Mr. Jim Winkler
General Secretary & President
National Council of Churches USA

Senior Bishop McKinley Young
Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District
African Methodist Episcopal Church

Update from Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

Exciting Food bank Changes

We enjoyed a great turnout at our April adult forum on proposed changes to our foodbank program. If you weren’t able to attend, the proposal in a nutshell suggested we eliminate our appointment system, modify the food bank space to facilitate a “cafeteria style” client experience, and switch to a digital database for tracking client visits. These changes developed in response to a clear decline in visitors, and to research the Foodbank Mission Team gathered by visiting area foodbanks. We aim to remove as many barriers as possible that clients might face in accessing our services.

The response from the forum was very favorable to these changes, along with good suggestions for how to get the word out better to clients. With this feedback, the Mission Team met in May and developed a timeline for implementation. We’ll begin work on the physical changes July 5th, working from Thursday through Sunday so we won’t need to miss a distribution time. Volunteers are welcome to help! Watch your Sunday bulletins in June for more info.

In August, we’ll begin recruiting new volunteers ahead of a September training date for all foodbank volunteers. Once everyone feels familiar and confident with our new procedures, we’ll switch over completely. We’ll continue to take appointments through the summer until we’re ready to change over. Preparing the digital database will occur simultaneously to the physical changes and may come online sooner.

This year, the foodbank ministry at PRLC is 50 years old, and we’re excited to be improving our program so we’re ready to care for the vulnerable in our community for decades to come. Thanks for joining us on this journey!

Phinney Houses Yard Work Party

Did you know you own two houses on N 76th St. and run them in partnership with Community Psychiatric Clinic as group homes for individuals with mental health issues? You do! The church has kept this ministry thriving thanks to the work of the Phinney Houses Mission Team, and with occasional help from volunteers to keep the houses looking great. Our next Yard Work Party will be the morning of Saturday, June 9th, from 9-11:30am. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, hand tools such as loppers, hedge sheers, hand clippers, and anything else that could be helpful. Please let me know if you can help (my contact info is on page 2), and you’ll be contacted with more information.

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. We’ll enjoy another and much larger event on Saturday, June 30th, during the Greenwood Car Show. This event—part car show, part street fair—brings thousands of visitors right to our door. We offer free coffee, cookies, and popcorn all day long as our front lawn comes alive with music to entertain passers by. We always need volunteers to help out! Please let me know if you are interested, or mark your Count Me In form in June.

Missionary Friends Zach and Rachel

In May, we relished a visit from the Rev. Rachel Eskesen and PRLC member Zachary Courter. This married missionary couple organize the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Program in Central Europe, as well as help lead an English Language Lutheran Church in Budapest, Hungary. Zach shared about their adventures during an adult forum, and both were on hand to discuss baptism and vocation with our confirmation classes. You can follow their work more closely by visiting their blog at zachandrachel.wordpress.com.

PRLC has agreed to support Zach and Rachel through the ELCA’s “Covenant Sponsorship” program. We’ve pledged to contribute $4000 in 2018 to sustain their work, and all of this comes from individual contributions. Contact me if interested in joining this effort, or simply send a check to the office made out to PRLC, with “Zach and Rachel” in the memo line .

 

Border Immersion Presentation

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.

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From Budapest with Love

Missionary Friends Visit in April

PRLC member Zach Courter and his wife Rachel Eskesen, currently serving with YAGM in Budapest, Hungary

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!

 

Outreach News

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 (outreach@prlc.org). And look for flyers to emerge soon for signing up your kiddos!

 

Blessing of the Quilts on April 29, 2018

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!

Get Ready for Easter Breakfast

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.