Mary’s Place Here February 2-9, 2016

PRLC will once again welcome the families of Mary’s Place, who will be staying here the week of February 2-9, 2016. Mary’s Place is a shelter for homeless women and families. It does not have its own facilities; instead these families spend one week at a time in various area churches until their search for permanent housing is successful.

The ministry of Mary’s Place changes lives, and it would not be possible to host them here without the dozens of volunteers who give so generously of their time and energy. All volunteers must undergo both the boundary training required of all church volunteers and special training focused on Mary’s Place in particular. If you’d like to take part in this ministry but have not yet undergone training you have two opportunities this month:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Boundary Training 6:00-6:30 pm
Mary’s Place Training 6:30-7:30 pm

Sunday, January 24, 2016
Boundary Training 9:45AM to 10:15AM
Mary’s Place Training 10:15AM to 11:15AM

Contact members Ardis Pilz or Steve Johnson with questions.

 

Outreach Update

from Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

Sabbatical Plans

For this month’s outreach update, I want to share about my own upcoming exciting opportunity. Since before the pastoral transition, I’ve been working on plans for a sabbatical. With our pastors in place, these plans become a reality in early 2016. Starting December 24th, I’ll be away from PRLC for 10 weeks returning on March 1st.

My plans for this time include a focus on the candidacy process for becoming a Diaconal Minister in the ELCA. A Diaconal Minister is a rostered position performing the ministry of Word and Service. This role wonderfully suits both the work of a Minister of Outreach and my own personal gifts and calling. I will attend a week long formation event at Gettysburg Seminary, and spend time in renewal and refreshment for the work ahead.

My return date of March 1st marks my 10-year anniversary of coming to PRLC. I could not be more excited about the next chapter of my time with you, and look forward to continuing our mutual work of bringing God’s love to those who need it most.

Trick-or-Treat Gratitude

A sincere and abundant thank you to all the servants who helped make our participation in the Greenwood Trick-or-Treat event a huge success. It seems every year more little vampires and Harry Potters stalk the streets of Greenwood, and it says a lot to the community that we participate. Our candy donations lasted the whole event, and many friendly volunteers dedicated time to extend a warm welcome to our visitors. Thank you!

 

Food Bank’s 2015 Thanksgiving Distribution

The Phinney Ridge Food Bank is preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution activities, when it will serve nearly 200 needy families at each event. Here’s the schedule for November:

October 25 to November 22:       
Holiday shopping lists can be found here and in the Sunday morning bulletins. Please purchase the items on the list and bring them in by Sunday Nov. 22. Consider donating a large turkey! 20+ pound birds are in great demand, and we’ll gladly make room in the freezer for them.

November 2-22:  
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.)

Monday, November 23:
Prepare the Fellowship Hall for distribution. There will be lots of projects that families can do together.

Tuesday, November 24:
9-11 am    Pack boxes for distribution to needy families
11am-12pm    Lunch
12-3 pm    Distribution
3-4 pm    Clean up

 

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.

 

An Aurora Commons Story

The Aurora Commons Ministry on Aurora Ave provides a safe space of hospitality to share relationships, resources, and the fullness of life with all visitors, especially those involved in street-based sex work. PRLC has enjoyed many fruitful partnerships with the Commons, and we’re sharing a series of stories from the front lines of ministry to the hurting in our community. Please read and consider with me how to continue our partnership with this vital organization.

This past year, the Aurora Commons has helped 13 people transition into housing.

Most fresh on our minds and hearts is the recent transition of our friends— a mother and father with two kids under four and with one on the way— into temporary housing.

Many resources came together to make this happen. Our emergency fund helped fill a gap at a motel. The phenomenal support and generosity of the Aurora Commons’ greater community gave this family stability in relationship. And two families donated a car and a temporary home. Our dear, deserving friends now have a place to rest and call home, and a car to get around in as they navigate all their appointments and job interviews with the hope of stability and the ache to dream.

Aurora Commons FamilyHere’s a picture that captures the beauty of what can happen when two families care for one another!

 

Mary’s Place Is Close

Our homeless friends from Mary’s Place Shelter return November 3rd-10th. Every three months we provide dinner and safe shelter to up to 14 women and children as part of a rotating group of area churches. It takes many hands and hearts to carry out this important ministry, and the rewards of volunteering are immeasurable. It’s not too late to get involved! Contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher (outreach@prlc.org) to get involved.

 

God’s Work. Our Hands.

Liljegren GWOH lunches kids Maier & Totland GWOH Willie Gregory GWOH

A great thank you to all the volunteers and organizers who helped make our participation in this wonderful event on September 13 a fun success. Let’s do this again next fall!

Mary’s Place Returns in Early November

Our homeless friends from Mary’s Place Shelter return as our guests at PRLC November 3rd-10th. Every three months we provide dinner and safe shelter to up to 14 women and children from Mary’s Place as part of a rotating group of area churches.

It takes many hands and hearts to carry out this important ministry, and the rewards of volunteering are immeasurable. If you’d like to get involved, check the bulletin for training opportunities to be scheduled in October.

 

An Aurora Commons Story

The Aurora Commons Ministry on Aurora Ave provides a safe space of hospitality to share relationships, resources, and the fullness of life with all visitors, especially those involved in street-based sex work.  PRLC has enjoyed many fruitful partnerships with the Commons, and we’re sharing a series of stories from the front lines of ministry to the hurting in our community. Please read and consider with me how to continue our partnership with this vital organization.

 

by Karen Cirulli, Aurora Commons Director of Community Life

Last Tuesday was a very special day because she got to be outside.

A very dear woman and friend of the Aurora Commons for many years is an office manager at the Georgian Motel on Aurora. Until her collapse in June, “Margaret” had been working to keep the office open 24/7 all year round. Margaret’s situation is not unheard of, as an office manager at an Aurora motel. A loss of her job would also mean the loss of her home, so she continued and still continues to work above what is acceptable for anyone in our society because desperate times call for desperate measures.

During her many years at the Georgian Margaret has been a mother hen and protector of the most vulnerable. One cannot get more front lines then Margaret. Last Tuesday, Margaret boldly put a sign on her door saying she’d be “back at 5”, and hopped in a Commons staff member’s car to go downtown to work on her disability claim. After the appointment, they drove around town just looking at the city. It had been so long since she had been able to just take time to be an observer. It was such a special day. At day’s end, the two got burgers at Little Coney Island and fed the birds while sitting on a bench at Golden Gardens. It is hard to describe how meaningful those moments were. She kept breathing in the air and sighing as she repeated, “This is wonderful, this is wonderful.” And it was.

 

Incidentally, our friends at the Commons contacted us recently about a need “Margaret” had to treat her beloved cat, George. Through the PRLC Outreach Fund, we helped pay for the cat’s treatment and bring peace to Margaret’s world. This is just one of the many ways the Commons helps us help those in need on Aurora Avenue.

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

 

A New Ministry to Help Sexually Exploited Women

When Tracy Garza began talking about Hope House, I heard a cautious longing in her voice. It was clear she felt drawn to the immense and compassionate work of walking beside women who were escaping the sex trade. But it was also clear she felt apprehensive at leaving the stability of her career as a high school teacher. Through prayer and discernment, she took a leap of faith to serve women who are often cast aside. Please consider how you might be able to support her and this ministry, financially and with prayer.

~ Erica Shutes-David

For the last 9 years, I have been teaching at a high school in the Seattle area. However, in the last year, after much thought and prayer, the calling on my life has changed direction.  I now serve Mosaic Community Church and our anti-trafficking organization, Unbound, by working as a coach at the Hope House.

Before the opening of the Hope House I, along with 6 others on our team, began a program of trauma-informed training, began planning for women to come to the Hope House, and developed a program of holistic healing for the women who enter Hope House.  As women participate in the program, they will receive hope and freedom along with practical skills which will help them as they transition out into the world free from sex-trafficking. Over the next two years, I will be working closely with the women, mentoring, guiding, teaching, and loving them as they journey to freedom.

We are already seeing fruit from the hard work and preparation that has gone into the Hope House.  In the time that Hope House has been open, I personally have attended community life-groups with the women, led them through coping skills and process groups, and even walked with one of the women as she made the decision to follow Jesus and to get baptized!

~ Tracy Garza

Please join us at the adult forum at PRLC on October 25 as we welcome Tracy to tell us more about Hope House and ways we can support her through prayer and financial aid. If you’d like more information you can visit the Hope House website at http://www.mosaic-seattle.org/#/ministries/unbound.