Sock and Underwear Drive Benefiting Aurora Commons

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 jenneepiejoi@gmail.com or 206-661-5525.

 

Becoming a Better Ally: White Ally Toolkit Workshop

Do you struggle as a White person to respond in social or work situations when someone questions the reality of racism or fails to advance anti-racist work?

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.

Aurora Commons Meal Teams Invite You to Participate

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 ksroscoe@nwlink.com 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 tiffgm@comcast.net.

God’s work–our hands.

In Christ,
Signe Roscoe & Tiffany Megargee

 

Outreach News

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.

And lastly:

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

 

 

Lenten Pilgrimage with Refugees

During Lent we invite families to look at forgoing a meal, a purchase of clothing of non-necessity, or to engage in other acts of mindfulness in this season of self denial. As so many refugees in the world go without the luxuries we daily enjoy, this Lenten pilgrimage may help you understand their plight. Consider donating the money you would have spent on these items to PRLC’s Refugee Outreach Fund, as we work to build our partnership with Lutheran Community Services NW and become a “Circle of Welcome” congregation.

The LCSNW “Circle of Welcome” congregational partnership starts at $6000-$8000. We hope you will prayerfully consider your participation in this pilgrimage with us this season. Everyone will have the opportunity to decorate a giving box at the Lent Event on Sunday, February 11. There will be an ingathering of the giving boxes during the Easter season. There will also be bookmarks at the Grace Station inviting you to pray over 40 days of scripture regarding refugees in the Bible to help guide you and your family on this Lenten Pilgrimage with Refugees.

THANK YOU!

A huge thank you to all those who helped provide the supplies needed by the refugee families during December and January. You are blessed to be a blessing! Thank you for your addictive passion towards helping your neighbor in need. Truly humbling to witness PRLC’s graciousness and attitude of servanthood. God bless you all!

-Vicar Gompf

 

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Volunteers Needed for MLK Day of Service Project

January 15, 2018          9am-Noon

For the first time, PRLC is participating in the United Way Day of Service on the MLK Holiday. We have always thought it was a great idea–a way to actually honor the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr with action!

We have chosen a project benefiting the Seattle office of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. They have had an office on the 4th floor at PRLC for many years and are moving!

NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. The Seattle staff and volunteer leaders work to raise awareness and provide essential and free referral, support, education, and outreach surrounding mental illness.

We need 30 volunteers–families welcome but volunteers must be 16 years of age or older (sorry!). We also need a couple of trucks to move their office items in. Not everyone will need to be moving furniture. Some will help them unpack & settle into their new office in the U District. Won’t you please consider joining this worthwhile project to help a long-time tenant doing vital work in our community? Please indicate your willingness on the “Count Me In” form on the back of the half sheet in your bulletin and we’ll be in touch with more logistics and details. —Signe Roscoe & Jenn Boelter

 

Outreach Report

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

 Outreach Fund Gratitude

Do you know you are a safety net for the most vulnerable in our community? Those of you who donate to the PRLC Outreach Fund create hope and security for families going through a difficult time. Through the distribution of bus tickets, rental assistance, gasoline assistance, utility bill assistance, and many other forms of help, we meticulously gave away over $25,000 to over 150 households in 2017! The entire budget for the Outreach Fund comes from individual donations, not from the church budget. This partnership ensures our community shines God’s light of hope and help during a very dark time for many. Thank you for your support of this vital safety net!


Women’s March 2018

The scene was dark in January 2017. Then a large group from PRLC joined a massive group to march through downtown extolling the value of women, people of color, people of all religions, gay and transgender people, and many other vulnerable populations under attack today. The empowerment of the event could not be understated, and kept many of us going through the tumult of the rest of the year. Organizers are at it again planning a march on Saturday, January 20th from Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, running from 10-4pm. We’ll be organizing another PRLC group to attend, and hope you can make it. All ages and genders welcome! Look for sign ups on upcoming Sunday morning Count Me In forms. 


Interfaith Advocacy Day February 20th

If you’re like me, a scroll through the news  leaves you feeling unsettled and powerless. What can one person do? Where can one person do it? Thanks to our long-standing partnership with Faith Action Network, you have an outlet! FAN organizes Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia every year and offers us the chance to learn about important state 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/). We’ll be organizing a team from PRLC to attend. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher, or mark your Count Me In form on an upcoming Sunday

Mary’s Place Rotating Shelter Comes to a Happy End

We have spent many weeks over the past 6 years providing loving overnight shelter to homeless women and children through participation in Mary’s Place’s rotating church shelter. Sadly for us, but happily for the clients, Mary’s Place has decided not to continue the shelter program in 2018. As the organization has grown, they can now provide regular shelter beds to all the families they serve. It’s much easier for the clients to operate from one location while they work for permanent housing, instead of picking up and moving each week. When it started, the rotating shelter was a better and cheaper way to keep families safe when the alternative was paying for hotel rooms. We’re sad to see them go, but happy it’s to a better situation.

On behalf of the all the PRLC coordinators who made this program run, I thank each and every one of you who gave of your time and resources toward this wonderful ministry. We look forward to continued partnerships with Mary’s Place down the road.

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

 

Gifts needed by Tuesday Dec 12 for Aurora Commons Holiday bags

Did you notice that we’re not collecting gifts for our food bank neighbors this year? That’s because the food bank has enough left over from last year to cover this year. Instead we’re collecting for our neighbors at Aurora Commons!

What is Aurora Commons? It’s basically a “living room” on 89th & Aurora, an area long known for its issues of homelessness, addiction, and commercial sexual exploitation. Aurora Commons is a welcoming space for our unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community. They seek to be a space for authenticity and conversation, to bring the wider community to the table to learn from one another, to be transformed by one another, and to embrace one another. They dive into the messiness of what the day brings, make food, share the table, grieve with one another and celebrate together. The Commons’ desire is to be a space where hope overrides fear, where community interrupts isolation, and dignity is offered to all.

Won’t you please join us in supporting our neighbors at Aurora Commons? Thank you!

Nancy Monelli, Minister of Children and Families
Patrick Meagher, Minister of Outreach
Signe Roscoe, Member and Volunteer

Aurora Commons Gift Bag Items Needed

Deadline: December 12, 2017

  • $20 Fred Meyer gift cards
  • gloves
  • men’s belts
  • nail clippers
  • nail files
  • make up

Phinney children have created lovely ornaments that you may have with your donation to Aurora Commons.