Casa Latina Anniversary Gala

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Casa Latina logoFor twenty years, Casa Latina has walked alongside the Latino immigrant community, empowering women and men through employment and education, creating new leaders, and organizing for justice. This month, Casa Latina celebrates its 20th anniversary with a gala event and fundraiser on September 13.  PRLC members Scott Shiebler and Eric Liljegren will be hosting a table with some Phinney members to kickstart our community’s support of Casa Latina.  If you would like to join them, contact Chris Megargee (PRLC member and Director of Development at Casa Latina) at (206) 686-2606, or email Scott Shiebler to let him know.

Summer Streets Wrap-Up

We enjoyed another sunny and fun Summer Streets event at PRLC this August. Our free smoothies flew fast, and the games on the lawn were enjoyed by kids of all ages. Our open doors and friendly welcome shined the light of Christ on our wonderful neighborhood. Thanks to our volunteers and staff who organized our participation. See you next year!

Thank You Mary’s Place Volunteers

When we hosted Mary’s Place shelter for women and families last month, you made it happen. You visited with our guests and spent the night on a cot in the choir room; you cooked dinner; you played with the children; you did the grocery shopping; you helped with set up; you cleaned and put supplies away; you washed all of the linens; you drove the van and picked up the families; and you prayed for and supported our guests from Mary’s Place.

Your commitment to this ministry is never failing and we’ll do it all over again in November. Thank you once again.

Your Mary’s Place Team
Steve Johnson, Signe Roscoe, Peggy Kreger, Patrick Meagher, Joe Huber  


Summer Streets Neighborhood Event This Saturday!

Summer Streets 2013 (smoothies) (compressed)We’re looking forward to sharing another beautiful summer afternoon with our neighborhood at the 2014 Summer Streets Event.  Will you join us? Volunteers are needed from 1-5pm to help with our free smoothie stand and to run the games we’ll be providing on the front lawn.  We don’t currently have enough volunteers for these activities, so if you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday, we would love to have you!  Contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher in the office (206-783-2350 or if interested.

Mary’s Place Coming Again to PRLC

Mary’s Place will come to Phinney again beginning August 12.  Please prayerfully consider how you may be involved in this very special ministry.  We will host moms and their children for one week.  Opportunities are available for overnight hosts, dinner providers, set up, drivers, take down, laundry helpers, food shoppers…  Training will be available for new volunteers.  Please watch for more details in Sunday bulletins.

Summer Streets Neighborhood Event on August 9

If you missed the Greenwood Summer Streets event last year, you didn’t enjoy free smoothies, carnival games on the front lawn, and fantastic interactions with neighborhood friends.  Good news!  On Saturday, August 9th, you have another chance to join our outreach effort.  Greenwood Avenue is closed to car traffic 11am-5pm, and we’ll be there to share the gift of hospitality with visitors.  Look for the opportunity to volunteer in upcoming Sunday bulletins or contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher in the office.

Outreach Help to Mary’s Place Families

Mahari and Yodit Osman

Mahari and Yodit Osman

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

A couple of months ago, I noticed a fortuitous problem. Thanks to your generosity, the Outreach Fund had accumulated quite a surplus. I began to dream about what a well placed larger gift could accomplish in the life of a family ready to move from homelessness to permanent housing.

I contacted our friends at Mary’s Place Shelter to see if they had any families who fit this bill. Sure enough, three families came to mind that were a deposit of $350-$500 away from transitioning into permanent housing. One family in particular might be familiar to those who volunteered in our portion of the Mary’s Place Shelter. Haimo Osman and her charming and energetic children Mahari and Yodit stayed under our very roof a few months ago. Together, we have now helped them find the safety and security of a permanent place to call home. I cannot think of a better use of the resources of the Outreach Fund. On behalf of all the families we help, thank you so much for partnering in this ministry.


Greenwood Car Show This Saturday June 28, 2014

Car Show aerial picYou may wonder why we consider the Greenwood Car Show an important annual outreach event. Well, there’s simply no other single day of the year that we can greet tens of thousands of visitors at our front door!

If you like cars, you should plan to attend the event. It is the state’s biggest single-day auto event, consuming a mile and a half of Greenwood Avenue North and running from  8 am to 4 pm. Organized by the Greenwood Knights Car Club and run by volunteers, the show features hundreds of restored vehicles (mostly classics) of all shapes, sizes, makes and models.

Feel free to stop by PRLC, where volunteers will be greeting visitors, offering cookies, and pointing the way to the restroom. And don’t miss our in-house blues band, Left Turn on Blue, along with other musical offerings on the church’s front  lawn!