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.


Greetings from the Child Development Center

What a fun time of the year it is here as the children and parents get ready for the holidays.   Last month  the school came together with all the families and staff at the CDC to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving lunch together as a family.  It was great fun, and gave us an opportunity to break bread with the church staff and be led in prayer by Pastor Hansen.  We are also looking forward to our annual Christmas program on December 8, when Pastor Van Kley and I will lead the children in the Christmas story through song and hand motions, and then celebrate with a craft fair in the Fellowship Hall.  The children will all dress up in their Christmas best. It is one of the highlights of our school year.

We are so happy to have Pastor Van Kley, Pastor Hansen, and this congregation as such strong supporters of our children and the whole child development program.   From all of us at the Child Development Center we wish you the merriest of Christmases and a happy new year.

~ CDC Director Tim Sullivan


PRLC Food Bank 2017 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 list of volunteer activities and a shopping list.

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 30, 31, or November 1; or the following week on November 6, 7, or 8, 2017; 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 21, 2017 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 21, 2017. 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.

Outreach Ministry Report

Outreach Story: You Saved a Family This Month

I greeted a young woman holding back tears in our office lobby. Her face revealed her pain well before I heard details of what she and her husband had been through. Their stable living situation had been ripped apart suddenly by family members they had thought they could trust. Their two kids were with other family, as homelessness would trigger the threat of CPS. They were between paychecks, and would not receive any income for several weeks.

When faced with these tragic stories, I know I am not alone. God guides and provides a way forward, and you have donated to the Outreach Fund with such generosity that I can extend your blessing to dozens of families such as these each month. I found this couple a safe hotel to serve as refuge until their income could guide them toward a more stable situation. Their kids could be with them in the hotel, and the anxiety of losing each other would not be a burden during this difficult time. I received hugs, gratitude, and tears of joy that were really meant for you. These gestures carried the heavy sincerity of hearts surprised and changed by the abundant love of God. Thank you for your support of the Outreach Fund!


 Halloween Trick or Treat Event a Scarily Huge Success

Warm and dry weather plus an abundance of costumed visitors plus dedicated volunteers plus a mountain of donated candy all equaled a wonderful Trick or Treat event this year. It’s such a blessing to be a part of our remarkable neighborhood, and I’m so grateful for the support you offered to make our participation happen. We had just enough donated candy to make it through the busy afternoon. That is amazing! Magnus counted close to 700 trick or treaters during one hour alone. Thanks to Don, Carol, Amber, Karen, Alan, Magnus, Bonnie, Kristen, and Midge who gave of their time to great our visitors, and the dozens of you who provided candy.


Refugee Ministry Update: Our Friend has a Home!

A few months ago, through our partnership with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, we became aware of a young woman from Iran being settled in our area. She had temporary housing and needed a more permanent situation to continue her diligent work of acclimating to a new culture. Many of you responded positively to the opportunity to help her in whatever way we could. I’m please to report that through the work of the group this young woman has an affordable room in Wedgewood in as supportive of an environment as possible! We’ll continue to support her as needed, and I look forward to our continued involvement in this work.


Ministry Updates from YAGM Central Europe

Always Reforming

by Rachel Eskesen

We’ve been leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation for years and finally (finally!) yesterday was the big day! Now it is November 1st and I find myself asking — what is next? How do we continue to carry the spirit of the reformation onward into the next 500 years?

Some of the answers to these questions can be found in the lives and stories of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers who serve around the world …

Click on the link below to read the latest updates from Young Adults in Global Mission Central Europe, where PRLC’s seminarian Zach Courter is serving with his wife Rachel Eskesen.

YAGM Hungary Ministry Updates November 2017 [pdf]

2017 Food Bank Thanksgiving Distribution

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Phinney Ridge 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 29 to Nov 19, 2017
Click here for a pdf of the shopping list.  Please purchase the items on the list and bring them in by Sunday, November 19, 2017.

MTW Oct 30-Nov 1 and MTW Nov 6-8, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm
Volunteer to man our phone lines as we take reservations for the November 21 distribution.

Nov 5-21, 2017
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 20, 2017
7-9 pm:  Prepare the 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 21, 2017
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.  Please sign up on this Sunday’s Count Me In form.  If you have questions, please contact  member Jo-Ann Cress or Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher.


Thanksgiving Distribution Shopping List

As a continuing ministry to our neighbors, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank will distribute Thanksgiving meal boxes on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Each box contains the ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner. Below is a list of items that will be included in each box. (A link to a pdf of the same list is also found below.) If you can help us fill those boxes, please bring your food contribution to PRLC as soon as possible, but no later than Sunday, November 19, 2017. 

_____    Cranberry sauce

_____    Canned evaporated milk

_____    Stuffing mix

_____    Canned pumpkin

_____    Canned corn

_____    Canned green beans

_____    Boxed dry pie crust mix (non-refrigerated)

_____    Jell-O

_____    Canned mandarin oranges

_____    Apple juice

_____    Olives (canned)


Food Bank Holiday Shopping List [pdf]

Thank you for making this a memorable holiday for those in need.


Outreach Ministry Report

Neighborhood Events Aplenty

While it’s no secret our church sits amidst an active and vibrant neighborhood, I’m often taken aback at just how much this is true. At a recent networking meeting of local organizations, I heard about these happenings for the month of October alone:

Woodland Park United Methodist Church offers free movies with discussion at 7pm every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. October’s movies are Requiem for the American Dream (10/13), and Gender Revolution (10/27). Free popcorn!

The Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts a Seattle mayoral candidate forum on Sunday, October 22nd from 4:30-6pm at the Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N). Come and pose questions to our next Mayor!

The Greenwood Library hosts a monthly “Full STEAM Ahead” night offering fun activities using principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. October’s event on Tuesday, 10/24 from 6-7pm is Halloween themed with watercolor spider webs, static electricity ghosts, and building with Candy.

And of course the whole neighborhood is overrun by ghosts and superheroes for the Greenwood Hunger Goblin Trick-or-Treat event on Saturday, 10/28 from 12-3pm. Donations of candy and volunteer greeters are needed at PRLC!

Because of these and so many other activities I am grateful to spend each day knowing and sharing the love of God with this wonderful community.

– Patrick Meagher,

Outreach Minister

Ethiopian Dinner Fundraising Event for Friendly Water for the World!

Please join your friends and neighbors for an authentic Ethiopian meal prepared by Ethiopia Friendly Water representative Abraham Bezabeh on August 4 at 7PM here in the fellowship hall. Admission is by donation, and all funds raised will benefit the work done by Friendly Water for the World, whose mission is to provide training, technology and financial resources to communities in developing countries that struggle to find clean water to drink. There will be a short program after dinner where you can find out more about the work they do. Pick up a free ticket (so we’ll know how many are coming) at the Grace Station on Sunday morning. (You can donate at the dinner that night to offset food costs.) Or just contact PRLC member Steve Johnson and let him know you’d like to come.

Outreach Ministry Report

~ Patrick Meagher, Outreach Minister

 God’s Work, Our Hands Throughout the Year

For two years, we have participated in the national ELCA day of service known as “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday.” This year, we’ll focus on getting plugged into the church community to share in God’s work all year long. The morning of Sunday, September 10th, there will be a Ministry Fair in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall. Plan to attend to learn about the many ways our hands, minds, and resources are at work for the Kingdom of God. If you’re involved in a group at PRLC that could use more participants and would like to have a table at the fair, please let me know!

Direct Help Needed for a Refugee in our Neighborhood

Do you wonder what can be done to combat the hostility toward refugees that pervades our country’s politics these days? Through our friends at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, we’ve learned of a 24-year-old woman from Iraq in need of a place to live in North Seattle. She currently has a temporary living situation in Phinney Ridge, but needs something more permanent as she transitions to a new country and culture. There are two ways we may be able to help. Does anyone have a room in North Seattle available either for rent or donation? Also, I’d like to form a care team to support her as she navigates ESL classes, a job training program, and generally adjusts to life in America. Let me know if you are interested in extending hospitality to one of God’s children in need.

Personal Thanks

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the entire PRLC community for your love and support while I took a few weeks of leave to care for my family during Jena’s treatments. It was not an easy time, but we felt your holistic care for us in many ways. Thanks to all who prayed, sent cards, brought meals, and donated funds to help us with the financial strain. Time and again, we were speechless with your generosity. You loved us well and kept us going. Jena is almost back to full strength, and the prognosis looks good for now. We look forward to normal life again! Thank you.