Good News from a Mary’s Place Guest

Solomon MucheSolomon Muche is a former Mary’s Place client who has stayed with us at PRLC several times. The Seattle Times reported recently that Solomon did so well in high school that he has been accepted to the University of Washington’s bioengineering program, where he started in September.

Mary’s Place reports that Solomon is doing well and was back at Mary’s Place as a volunteer over the holidays. You can read more about Solomon in the September 22, 2014 issue of the Seattle Times: How a homeless student found hope in the margins, by Thanh Tan, Times editorial columnist.


Mary’s Place Returns Feb 10-17

We look forward to extending the gift of hospitality to our visitors from Mary’s Place again this month. From Feb 10-17, we’ll have 14 homeless women and children spend the night in the 3rd floor classrooms.

With dinner every night, and plenty of kids to help take care of, these weeks take many volunteer hands and hearts to accomplish. Even if you are too late to be trained, there are ways to help that don’t require training. Please contact volunteer coordinator Peggy Kreger ( if interested.

Outreach Update: From Anxiety to Peace

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

From my office, I could hear “Michelle” share her story with an office volunteer. Even from down the hall, I could sense the urgency and anxiety in her voice.

The volunteer lovingly listened, consoled, and invited Michelle to have a seat and wait for me in the office lobby. I came out to hear her story again.

She, her husband, and two kids were staying in a motel in Edmonds. Her husband was working, but there would be a few more days before his paycheck came, and they were facing eviction from the motel today. The kids were at school, her husband was out working, and she didn’t know what to do when they all came home.

Thanks to your generous support of the Parish Outreach Fund, we were able to cover a couple of nights in the motel for this anxious family. The relief washed over Michelle when I gave her this news, and she fell silent. I could almost see the Holy Spirit bring peace into her body.

Her gratitude because of our gift was a gift to me that I kept with me the rest of the day. Thank you for your partnership in bringing the peace of Christ to our community.


Mary’s Place Returns in February

So many of you contribute to our regular hosting of the Mary’s Place group.  Thank you.  If you would like to share in the transformative work associated with this ministry, please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher to find out how.

Volunteers report profound personal experiences of surprise, growth, and a new perspective on homelessness in Seattle.  There is always room for more dedicated souls to join the effort and share in this blessing.  We welcome our guests February 10-17, so there’s plenty of time to get involved!

Food Bank Christmas Distribution a Success

Many thanks again to everyone who contributed to the “well oiled machine” that is our food bank Christmas distribution operation!

In four hours last December 23 we sent our clients home with just shy of 6,500 pounds of food—plus the kids all got a gift bag! We served 212 adults, 99 elder folk over 55 years of age, and 265 children ages birth to 17 years old.

Total families served was down a bit at 144 families (from Thanksgiving numbers of 168 families) for reasons unknown. Changes in neighborhood demographics may be the explanation.

Thanks be to God for allowing us all the abundances we are blessed with, that we can continue the ongoing tradition of PRLC Food Bank Giving! Thank you each and every person who gave so freely of their time, talents, dollars, gifts for the children, and muscle power to make it all a reality once again.

In service to others,

Jo-Ann, David, and Abigail Cress
Food Bank Volunteers

Upcoming Adult Forums

Spiritual development is a life-long process! Adult Education provides opportunities to study the Bible and apply the scriptural teachings to our lives as disciples of Jesus. It also provides opportunities to learn about and discuss a variety of contemporary issues facing Christians today. Adult Education is offered between worship services each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Jan 11 – Mary’s Place Volunteer Check In
Join the coordinators of our Mary’s Place ministry to share feedback on your experience as a volunteer, and help plan our future involvement with this remarkable program.  This will also be a great opportunity for new volunteers to learn about how to help.  Past, current, future, and even moderately interested volunteers are invited!

Jan 18 – PRLC 100th Anniversary – Outreach at PRLC
The 100th Anniversary Organizing Committee and Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher invite you to this presentation about outreach at PRLC over the years.  Come to hear and share stories about reaching out beyond our walls, and help develop ideas for future outreach endeavors.

Jan 25 – Congregational Meeting
Our annual meeting will span the entire morning, but it’s especially important you come to the sanctuary between services for the business agenda.  We will discuss the budget for 2015, and various other important church business items.  Everyone’s presence is welcome; please make plans to attend!

Feb 1 – Women’s Groups at PRLC
Have you ever wondered what sorts of Women’s groups are available at PRLC?  If you’re looking to be more plugged in to our warm and supportive community, plan to attend this forum to hear from leaders of various PRLC women’s groups.  There’s a place for you at PRLC.

Food Bank Report

Thanksgiving Distribution

One hundred sixty families came to our food bank on Tuesday November 25, and took home with them 7,000 pounds of food to feed their families on Thanksgiving!

Thanks to everyone who gave of their time, their monies, and their back breaking efforts to donate, sort, count, move each box, can, and package several times; set up tables; fill boxes; cheerfully greet our clients as they arrived; find the correct box, produce bag and poultry for each family; and send them on their way with a sincere wish for a happy Thanksgiving. Thanks also to those who stayed to the very end to help put away and clean up the whole of Fellowship Hall and the kitchen and Food Bank spaces so they could be used again the next day by the children of the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Child Development Center!

Another heart warming testimonial to the hearts of those of us at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church reaching out to our community once again in this huge way!

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Thanks be to God!


Christmas Is Coming!

Our Christmas distribution is right around the corner! It will take place on Tuesday December 23 in Fellowship Hall. Your generous donations of children’s gifts is greatly appreciated. Please make sure that the items you donate will fit inside one of the sample gift bags on the easel in the Narthex. Please have all gifts to the church by Sunday December 21, 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


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 2014

Interfaith Svc 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014
7:00 pm

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church will again host this year’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The theme is “Turning Hearts, Finding Hope”, and participants will include members of local  Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Protestant Christian faith communities.

Donations of non-perishable food will be collected, as well as monetary donations for SHARE. You are invited also to bring a pie (please cut into individual servings)  for the dessert reception that follows.

Child care will be available.


Volunteers are needed for help with set-up in Fellowship Hall, clean-up after the reception, and childcare. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher if you can help.



Boundary/Ethics Training Opportunities

Thank you so much for the time, talents, skill, and dedication you bring to vibrant and caring ministries at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church! You are appreciated!

Part of how we keep our volunteers, those we serve, and our ministry programs safe and healthy is to train those who work with vulnerable populations such as our Food Bank or Mary’s Place, Sunday School, Children’s choirs, Confirmation mentors, Office Volunteers, Ushers, Custodians, Van Drivers, Church Council.  The training sessions typically take about a half hour and most sessions will be held in the Wartburg Room. You can expect …

  • To learn some great information about appropriate ways to interact with others involved in congregation ministries and programs and to identify and report abuse;
  • To learn how to keep yourself from being put at risk for false allegations or accusations of harassment or abuse;
  • To register for a one-time Washington State Criminal Background check and have that on file with the Church Office

There are several opportunities in the next week to undergo this training:

Thursday, November 6, 3:30 pm, Wartburg Room
Sunday, November 9, 10am, Wartburg Room
Tuesday November 11, 2pm, Wartburg Room, and 7pm Wartburg Room
Wednesday November 12, 7:15pm Office Workroom

RSVP for a session that will work for you:, or 206 789 5854.  Thank you, and…

Ardis Pilz

Food Bank Thanksgiving and Christmas Distributions 2014

This year the Phinney Ridge Food Bank continues its annual tradition of special distributions for the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On these special distribution days, the food bank provides families with all the ingredients needed for a traditional holiday feast, including the turkey (or chicken, for smaller families). The Christmas distribution even includes small gifts for the children in the family.

To receive the special Thanksgiving distribution, please call the food bank at

between 5 and 7pm on
Monday 11/3, Tuesday 11/4, Wednesday 11/5 OR Monday 11/10, Tuesday 11/11, Wednesday 11/12

The phone volunteer will take your name, address, and number of children and adults in your household. The food bank will provide each family with one box. If there are multiple families in your residence, each family must make its own reservation.

The special distribution will take place on Tuesday, November 25. On that day please come to the food bank at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle between the hours of 12:00-3:00 pm, bringing picture ID and a piece of mail that proves your residence (such as a bill). If you wish to pick up a Thanksgiving box for a neighbor or friend, you will need to bring a note from that person, as well as current proof of their address (such as delivered mail). This is required even if the family shares a residence with you.

The food bank will be closed the week of Nov 24-28, except for this special distribution.

Best wishes in this season of thankfulness.