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.

Food Bank’s 2014 Thanksgiving Distribution

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

Oct 26-Nov 23
Holiday shopping lists are on the church website and in the Sunday morning bulletins.  Please purchase the items on the list and bring them in by Sunday Nov. 23. Consider donating a large turkey! 20+ pound birds are in great demand, and we’ll gladly make room in the freezer for them.

Nov 2-23
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 24
Prepare the Fellowship Hall for distribution.  There will be lots of projects that families can do together.

Tues Nov 25
9-11 am           Pack boxes for distribution to needy families
11am-12pm    Lunch
12-4 pm          Distribution
4-5 pm            Clean up

Take part in any or all events.  If you have questions, contact PRLC member Jo-Ann Cress or Outreach Minister Patrick Meagher.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at PRLC

Interfaith svc 2013As has been our blessing over the years, PRLC will once again host an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on the Sunday before the holiday, November 23, at 7pm. We look forward to welcoming familiar faces, and enjoying the now-familiar expressions of thanksgiving we’ll witness representing the Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions.   Please put the date on your calendar and support this wonderful interfaith community we enjoy so much. A pot-luck pie reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall, and volunteers are needed to provide set up and clean up. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher if you can help.


Quilters’ R&R (Report and Request)

Phinney’s faithful little group of quilters shipped off 63 quilts and 105 school kits last month to Lutheran World Relief. The quilts are constructed all year long by volunteers who meet here on Tuesday mornings; the school kits were a project of the kids of Vacation Bible School this summer.

Thanks to all who have given fabric, fillers, and sheets, with one more small request. The cost of shipping is $380. Any financial help will be greatly appreciated. Make checks out to PRLC with “Quilt shipping costs” in the memo line. Thank you!


Greenwood Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event

Members Amber Ronald and Karen Kosciolek at last year's Greenwood "Hunger Goblin" event

Members Amber Ronald and Karen Kosciolek at last year’s Greenwood “Hunger Goblin” event

Our neighborhood comes alive on Saturday October 25th for another afternoon of trick or treating. The Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat event runs from 12-3pm, and we hope to participate. Can you volunteer to greet little ghosts and superheros at our front door? We also hope you will buy an extra bag or two of candy for us to hand out. This really helps cut down the cost of participation in this wonderful and fun neighborhood event.


Outreach Update

I met Javon over the phone one afternoon. His too-eager voice sounded like a young man trying to do the right thing, but not sure what the future held. He was recently released from prison, in a job-training program, and seeking rental assistance to remain in a good living situation. I made a time to meet with him at the church. While discussing his situation in my office, my heart really went out to Javon. He had found a good church community since leaving prison, and he spoke hopefully of pastoral mentors who were helping him find his way. Ensuring stability in his living arrangements would be a huge weight off his mind. His humility, perseverance, and honesty made an impact on me. I was happy to offer rental help through PRLC’s Outreach Fund.

Thanks to your generous support of the Outreach Fund, we have helped hundreds of individuals and families in 2014 facing a moment of financial crisis much like Javon. I appreciate your partnership in support of the fund, and look forward to sharing the love of Christ to our neighbors in need down the road.

Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher


Compass on Dexter Move-In Work Party

Compass on DexterHave 3 hours on Saturday? Join the Move In Work Party, Saturday Sept 27 10am-1pm at Compass Housing Alliance’s new low income housing apartment Compass on Dexter

Here are the tasks for the day:

  • Unpacking boxes and sorting donations – we have lots of boxes full of donations that need to be sorted out and separated for individual apartments.
  • Loading bins of housewares to be delivered to each apartment.
  • Bringing bins of housewares to apartments – groups will bring laundry bins full of housewares (sheets, towels, etc.) to apartments. Many of the items will just be dropped off in the apartments, but we will have you hang the shower curtains in each apartment’s bathroom.

Please note you will not be moving any furniture or heavy items.

Please confirm with Kevin Friedrich  that you plan to attend the volunteer event and are from Phinney Ridge Lutheran. Compass on Dexter is located at 756 John St, Seattle 98109. It is on the corner of Dexter and John across from Denny Park. It is a large, new apartment building.

Parking: When you arrive you may park in the building’s garage. The garage is accessible by the alley between the building and Denny Park Lutheran Church.

Upon Arrival: When everyone arrives, I will give a brief orientation and introduction to the building and volunteer tasks. This will be on the 1st floor of the building, which is easily accessible from the garage.

Thanks for considering! I’ll be there ~Signe Roscoe