Outreach News

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

Easter Breakfast to Benefit the Outreach Fund

Can you smell the cinnamon rolls?  On Easter morning we welcome the glory of the risen Christ and the return of our collective “Alleluia” to worship. We also share our biggest communal meal of the year! Dedicated volunteers create and serve Easter Breakfast to everyone from 9-11am. There is no price tag for breakfast, but a free-will donation is taken to cover expenses and support the Parish Outreach Fund.

Already in 2019 the Outreach Fund has helped individuals like Shalane keep her phone on, Emilio finally attain permanent housing, and Shawn with a tank of gas to stay warm while he spends a couple of weeks in his van awaiting housing.

Easter Breakfast is the Fund’s largest single fundraiser of the year, and your generosity is appreciated to continue our ministry of direct financial assistance for community members in need. Look for opportunities to volunteer at the breakfast on your Count Me In form in April.

Food Bank Transition Moving Along

Despite the snow, we enjoyed a great turnout at our Feb 10 volunteer training on the new procedures. Thank you to all who came and especially those who signed up for new shifts! What a joy to have so many people behind our new adventure. We went “live” the week following the training, and continue to train volunteers along the way. By all accounts the new procedures create an easier and more productive food bank experience for both clients and volunteers.

I’ve been especially appreciative of the commitment of those volunteers who don’t feel comfortable on the computer. I’ve worked with a few of you to learn the new software and become proficient at entering a client visit. Your bravery and flexibility to learn something new has been an inspiration to me! Thank you to all volunteers for your commitment to this vital community ministry. We’ll continue to improve and promote our food bank and hopefully we’ll be reaching more clients in the year ahead.

 

Outreach News

~ Patrick Meagher, Minister of Outreach

Outreach Fund Helps Big in 2018

Sometimes in this space I share an “on the ground” story of a family we helped through the PRLC Outreach Fund. It’s important to understand the significant impact your donations have on real people with real problems. This month, I’ll offer a bigger picture of what we accomplished together in 2018. We reached out to give financial assistance through rent, utility, gas, and other assistance a whopping 136 times! That’s 136 heart-melting stories of a family in crisis who found relief because of the generosity of this community.

Seventy times we helped an individual or family achieve housing stability through rent assistance. Forty-two times we bought a tank of gas to keep someone moving to doctor appointments or keep the heat on if living in their car. Fifteen times we kept the electricity on and water flowing through utility assistance. And 9 times we helped in other ways, such as paying a storage space fee, making a copay on a life-giving prescription, or providing a scholarship for a child’s reading program.

I’m grateful to serve as a Minister of Outreach supported by such a consistently generous community of faith. I feel confident sharing the love of Christ, knowing we dedicate our resources as well as our hearts to this work. Your partnership in this sends God’s life-changing kindness all over our city.

As always, please send donations to the Outreach Fund to the office or into the Sunday offering plates, and thank you for your support!

Food Bank Volunteer Celebration, Recruitment, and Training Feb 10

The Food Bank Mission Team invites all past, current, and future volunteers to enjoy lunch, hear about our new procedures, and try them out yourself! We’ll meet following 2nd service (about 12:30) on Sunday, Feb 10, in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone will go through the new procedure as a client and then as a volunteer. This is a great time to join the food bank volunteer roster as we need more people to make this client-friendly procedure work. Even if you’re not ready to join, please come and learn about the food bank. All are Welcome. Please RSVP to Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher – outreach@prlc.org. See you there!

 

Food Bank Report

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!

 

 

PRLC Food Bank 2018 Christmas Distribution

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.

Food Bank Thanksgiving 2018 Distribution Volunteers and Donations

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.

Nov 4-20:

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.

 

PRLC Food Bank 2018 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 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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
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.  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.

 

Food Bank in Urgent Need of Phone Volunteer

Our food bank operates on a reservation system, meaning clients call and let us know they’re coming in advance. These reservations allow our small food bank (and its stalwart volunteers) to operate efficiently. We’ve had a problem now for several weeks though: we do not have any volunteer in place at all to answer phones on 4th Mondays of the month! This work is vitally important both to food bank operations and to our clients, who are not sure what to do when they call to make a reservation and no one answers. If you can help out with this ministry once a month (or even less often, as a substitute), please contact member Jo-Ann Cress. Thank you!

 

Food Bank Holiday Shopping List

As a continuing ministry to our neighbors, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank will distribute Thanksgiving meal boxes on November 24, 2015 to approximately 200 families. 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 November 22, 2015. 

_____    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

_____    Granulated sugar

Thanksgiving Distribution Shopping List [pdf]

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