Missionary Support for Familiar Faces
In July, PRLC had a visit from PRLC member Zachary Courter and his wife the Rev. Rachel Eskesen. Through a sermon and a presentation following the service, we heard about their work as coordinators for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program in Hungary. They not only co-lead a group of YAGM volunteers each year, but also develop connections of support with NGOs working to dismantle Anti-Gypsism in Central Europe. Zachary also just became installed as a pastoral intern at Fasori Evangelikus Egyhaz (Hungarian Lutheran Church). This will be his final step to finishing his Master’s of Divinity, a process PRLC helped start with an endowment fund gift.
The PRLC Council would like to partner with these two wonderful missionaries through prayer, encouragement, and financial support. The ELCA has organized a “Covenant Sponsorship” program for congregations to connect with missionaries. Under this program, we would commit to regular prayer and financial support for Zachary and Rachel, and would receive regular communication about their work in Hungary including opportunities to be involved.
In short, we support the mission of the global ELCA church, and our faith is formed and encouraged by sharing in their work.
While discussing how to organize our participation in a covenant sponsorship with Zachary and Rachel, the council wanted to give the church membership a chance to respond directly. Would you be willing to commit to a monthly or annual gift of support to Zach and Rachel? If so, please contact Parish Administrator Kirsten Olshausen to make arrangements. To read up on their adventures and learn more about their important work, please visit their wonderful blog at zachandrachel.wordpress.com.
“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday Report
Many Phinney folks participated in outreach activities on September 11th in our celebration of the national ELCA “God’s Work. Our Hands.” day of service. People of all ages packed refugee resettlement kits and “sweet dreams bags” for homeless women, helped improve St. Luke’s Episcopal, beautified the PRLC grounds, and collected dozens of bags of litter from our neighborhood.
Patrick would like to single out for huge thank yous all of the volunteers on this special day. Whether you brought soup, cleaned the kitchen (it was spotless!), coordinated or participated in a project, or simply extended patience to me as I juggled a lot of details, I truly appreciated your willingness to be servants in the Kingdom of God.
Not meant for just one Sunday, the Spirit invites us to take the nourishment of mind and body we receive in communal worship and be in the world daily, living out our faith as the hands of God. As we sang in worship on September 11th:
Hands of God, hands of faith,
offering hope, offering grace,
Hands of blessing, hands of love,
we are the hands of God.
Hands of God, by Michael Austin Miller