School Supplies Needed for Compass on Dexter

Compass Housing Alliance (CHA) has asked PRLC to help them generate school supplies for 57 children living at Compass on Dexter for the new school year.

Compass on Dexter, located in South Lake Union, provides 72 units of housing for formerly homeless and low-income men, women and children. Many of the families who live at this apartment complex have moved into the building directly out of homelessness, and in the past, relied on programs that specifically provided school supplies for homeless families. But this year they don’t qualify for these programs because they are permanently housed. However, many of the families still struggle with poverty and are working with case managers to address barriers to employment, education and more, and do not have the resources for school supplies.

Here is a list of what the children need. They would love new backpacks, too, but the need for supplies is more critical.

General School Supplies

  • Flash Drives (USB Storage Devices)
  • 3-ring or 6-8 pocket binder with pencil pouch
  • 6 index dividers
  • Loose leaf (lined) notebook paper
  • Composition books (lined)
  • Composition books (quad ruled/ graph paper)
  • 3” x 3” post-its
  • Ballpoint pens (blue/black only)
  • #2 pencils
  • Erasers
  • Ruler (metric and standard markings)
  • Glue stick/ glue
  • Colored pencils and highlighters
  • Scissors with blunt ends
  • Kleenex
  • Pocket Calculator/Basic Calculator

Math Supplies

  • Protractor/Compass
  • Algebra TI-36x Pro Calculator

We need to deliver the school supplies to CHA no later than August 13th, so please bring what you can by Monday, August 10th, and leave them in the designated basket near the Grace Station. If you would like a tax receipt, or an acknowledgement of your contribution, leave your name and address with your donation. Questions? Contact PRLC member Sally Thompson at (206) 706-7653 or seattlesally2000@yahoo.com. Thanks!

 

Outreach Ministries Report

St. Francis Trip

MEAGHER-Patrick in AssisiBy the time you read this, I’ll be settled amongst the same hills of Assisi that St Francis strolled 800 years ago. The more I learn about Francis, the more I’m finding connections to my life and our ministry at PRLC. I’ll share more about this journey at PRLC’s annual celebration of St. Francis Sunday in October. I’m also working out some ideas as I go, and I’d love to share those with you: http://patrickinassisi.blogspot.fr.

My journey to Assisi is made possible by my continuing education allotment and a grant from the PRLC Endowment Fund. I’m grateful for all at PRLC who created and support those two invaluable resources.

 

“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday

GWOH displayAs part of our 100th Anniversary celebration, PRLC will participate in the ELCA’s nationwide “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday on September 13th. We continue to hope and plan for what this day will look like. One element of the program is to wear identifiable yellow shirts showing our church’s name while we serve out in the community. If you’d like to order a shirt for yourself and your family, please indicate your sizes on a Count Me In form in July, or email Patrick directly. We’re asking for a $10 donation for the shirts, with about half of that going toward the service projects.

I would still love to hear about ideas you have for service projects on September 13th. I encourage you to consider serving as an organizer for a small group. Email me directly (outreach@prlc.org) if you are interested. Let’s make the most of this chance to love our community!

 

Car Show a Huge Success

Gorgeous weather and thousands of visitors once again helped create a wonderful Car Show experience. While we didn’t give away as much coffee as in years past, we did go through 20 gallons of lemonade! The PRLC-connected blues band Left Turn on Blue provided hours of great music, and your cookies went great with the lemonade.

I personally need to thank the many volunteers who helped to make the day great. This was the least stressful Car Show in my time here, and mostly that’s due to how willing volunteers were to buy supplies, help set up, maintain the hospitality table, organize the music, and help clean up to the end. And we raised about $500 for the food bank!

 

~ Minister of

Outreach Patrick Meagher

 

Outreach Update

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

St. Francis Study

I have already begun a continuing education study of St. Francis that peaks with an international journey in July. My wife Jena and I will head to Italy, spending a week at a monastery in Assisi, and connecting with local St. Francis experts.

As I research in preparation for this unique experience, I’m further drawn to Francis as a man who made a lasting impact on the church by affixing himself to the simple, authentic glory of the Gospel.  I look forward to exploring these themes and bringing back the spirit of Francis to our work together at PRLC.
I’ll share more about this journey at PRLC’s annual celebration of St. Francis Sunday in October.  My journey to Assisi is made possible by my continuing education allotment and a grant from the PRLC Endowment Fund.  I’m grateful for all at PRLC who created and support those two invaluable resources.

Neighborhood Events Season

ArtWalk Wrap Up, Car Show Coming Up!

Beautiful weather and artwork combined once again to make for a wonderful Phinneywood ArtWalk in May.  Appreciation and gratitude are required for our artists: PRLC member Sallie Shippen, Staff Member Dallas Cooper, and long time neighborhood friends Matthew Herbener, Paisley O’Farrell, and Nancy Harris.  And special thanks to our cookie donors, as well as the kind individuals who volunteered to host the hospitality table.  Our welcome to the many visiting art walkers was warm and loving thanks to your efforts.

We’ll need your help again on June 27th.  The Greenwood Car Show is upon us and promises to be bigger than ever.  If you attend, be sure to stop by the PRLC front lawn and enjoy the blues and jazz band Left Turn on Blue, featuring PRLC members and friends.  “Left Turner” Scott Radford is also organizing other music to entertain the thousands of attendees throughout the day.  We’ll need a solid team of volunteers to put on our hospitality table, and another round of delicious home-baked or store-bought cookies.  Contact Patrick or look for sign up opportunities in the June Count Me In forms on Sundays.

Food Bank Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on June 7th

Calling all food bank volunteers, and others interested in learning more about our illustrious food bank program!  The Food Bank Mission team invites both groups to a volunteer appreciation and informational meeting at 11am (following 2nd service) on June 7.  A light lunch will be served, procedural updates and recent statistics discussed, and conversation about your volunteer experience encouraged.  This will be a great time to grow together as a food bank team, and also to share about our ministry to anyone interested in learning more.

“God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday

As part of our 100th Anniversary celebration, PRLC will participate in the ELCA’s nationwide “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday on September 13th.  This day of service to our community will take whatever shape and scope we want.  We’ll rely on the skills and passions already present in our church body to reach our neighbors with God’s love.

Do you have an idea for a work party you’d like to organize?  Do you know of a need in our community we could address that day?  Please share your thoughts with Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher as we plan this unique opportunity together.

Food Bank Volunteer Appreciation Event

Calling all food bank volunteers, and others interested in learning more about our illustrious food bank program!  The Food Bank Mission team invites both groups to a volunteer appreciation and informational meeting at 11am (following 2nd service) on June 7.

A light lunch will be served, procedural updates and recent statistics discussed, and conversation about your volunteer experience encouraged.  This will be a great time to grow together as a food bank team, and also to share about our ministry to anyone interested in learning more.

Outreach News for May

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

Easter Breakfast Wrap Up

Easter morning is always a special time around PRLC, and this year was no different. In the middle of our resurrection celebration, you donated just over $3,500 into the bowl in front of me at the Easter Breakfast. It’s a unique experience to watch the generosity literally pile up in front of me every year. Every penny finds its way to helping someone in need in our community, and I thank you for your support of the Outreach Fund.

And of course, we should all recognize the dedication of organizers Jeff Hendrix and Ken Roscoe and their crew of volunteers who make this happen every year.

 

Neighborhood Events Season Kicks off with the ArtWalk

With spring and summer comes the opportunity for PRLC to participate in the wonderful slate of annual neighborhood events. The foundation of our presence is you! Your willingness to staff our hospitality tables and extend a warm welcome over the years has earned us the reputation as “that friendly church with the delicious cookies.” Will you join this year’s effort?

The Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk kicks off on May 8th (6-9p) and 9th (12-5p) with our usual line up of fantastic artists. Plan to stop in and see the work of church member Sallie Shippen, staff member Dallas Cooper, and long time friends Paisley O’Farrell, Matthew Herbner, and Nancy Harris. We’ll need hosts, as well as delicious home made or store bought cookies to pair with coffee and tea for all our visitors. Please see Sunday’s Count Me In forms, or contact Minister of Outreach Patrick in the office if you will help.

Plan ahead to participate in the humungous 23nd Annual Greenwood Car Show taking place this year on June 27th!

 

Jena Update / Blog

As always, I’m very grateful for the concern and care for my family during my wife Jena’s ongoing health concerns. As appreciative as I am, I have found it difficult to discuss her situation on Sunday mornings. My mind is necessarily on the work of the church, and it’s difficult to enter the emotional space I need to appropriately discuss Jena’s health. The best way to share complete updates has been through her caringbridge website. The link is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jenacmeagher. I truly appreciate everyone’s care, and we would not be doing as well as we are without it. Thank you for loving us so well.

 

Caravana43 from Ayotzinapa, Mexico at Phinney

Caravana43 LogoCaravana43 was formed by relatives and families of the 43 students who are victims of forced disappearance last September in Ayotzinapa, Mexico. We are invited to hear their stories and to support them at either or both of two opportunities while they are here in Seattle:

Friday, April 17 at 7pm

Story Telling & Fundraising Dinner here at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Suggested donation $10. The money will be used to fund their way to the United Nations in New York.

Saturday, April 18 at Noon

Community forum at Immanuel Lutheran, Seattle. Traditional Perupacha welcoming ceremony will be performed. Folks are welcome to give donations at this event as well.

For details, please contact Diakonda Gurning, Indonesian Lutheran Fellowship, at (425)231-2814.

Two Feet, Two Towels, One Commandment

Compass Housing AllianceAre you attending the Maundy Thursday foot washing service this year? Carry Jesus’ commandment to love one another a step further by bringing two towels along on Maundy Thursday. It’s easy to remember—two feet, two towels! After you get your feet washed, you can donate your two towels to Compass Housing Alliance.

Compass Housing Alliance, a Lutheran ministry in Pioneer Square, desperately needs new or gently-used towels for their hygiene program. The program serves approximately 150 homeless men and women who get free showers at Compass every day. Thanks for your help!

Easter Breakfast

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 2015 the Outreach Fund has helped individuals like Lisa keep her phone on, David finally attain permanent housing, and Theresa with a gas voucher to stay warm while she spends a couple of weeks in her 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.  Thrivent members are especially encouraged to participate, as Thrivent matches a portion of the money raised.  Look for opportunities to volunteer at the breakfast in the Count Me In form as the event draws close.

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.