Phinney Ridge Lutheran Volunteers Needed for MLK Day of Service Project

January 15, 2018          9am-Noon

For the first time, PRLC is participating in the United Way Day of Service on the MLK Holiday. We have always thought it was a great idea–a way to actually honor the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr with action!

We have chosen a project benefiting the Seattle office of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. They have had an office on the 4th floor at PRLC for many years and are moving!

NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. The Seattle staff and volunteer leaders work to raise awareness and provide essential and free referral, support, education, and outreach surrounding mental illness.

We need 30 volunteers–families welcome but volunteers must be 16 years of age or older (sorry!). We also need a couple of trucks to move their office items in. Not everyone will need to be moving furniture. Some will help them unpack & settle into their new office in the U District. Won’t you please consider joining this worthwhile project to help a long-time tenant doing vital work in our community? Please indicate your willingness on the “Count Me In” form on the back of the half sheet in your bulletin and we’ll be in touch with more logistics and details. —Signe Roscoe & Jenn Boelter


Outreach Report

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

 Outreach Fund Gratitude

Do you know you are a safety net for the most vulnerable in our community? Those of you who donate to the PRLC Outreach Fund create hope and security for families going through a difficult time. Through the distribution of bus tickets, rental assistance, gasoline assistance, utility bill assistance, and many other forms of help, we meticulously gave away over $25,000 to over 150 households in 2017! The entire budget for the Outreach Fund comes from individual donations, not from the church budget. This partnership ensures our community shines God’s light of hope and help during a very dark time for many. Thank you for your support of this vital safety net!

Women’s March 2018

The scene was dark in January 2017. Then a large group from PRLC joined a massive group to march through downtown extolling the value of women, people of color, people of all religions, gay and transgender people, and many other vulnerable populations under attack today. The empowerment of the event could not be understated, and kept many of us going through the tumult of the rest of the year. Organizers are at it again planning a march on Saturday, January 20th from Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, running from 10-4pm. We’ll be organizing another PRLC group to attend, and hope you can make it. All ages and genders welcome! Look for sign ups on upcoming Sunday morning Count Me In forms. 

Interfaith Advocacy Day February 20th

If you’re like me, a scroll through the news  leaves you feeling unsettled and powerless. What can one person do? Where can one person do it? Thanks to our long-standing partnership with Faith Action Network, you have an outlet! FAN organizes Interfaith Advocacy Day in Olympia every year and offers us the chance to learn about important state legislative issues before meeting face to face with our actual representatives. You’ll leave feeling educated, empowered, and part of the solution. This year’s IFAD falls on Tuesday, February 20th (more info at We’ll be organizing a team from PRLC to attend. Please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher, or mark your Count Me In form on an upcoming Sunday

Mary’s Place Rotating Shelter Comes to a Happy End

We have spent many weeks over the past 6 years providing loving overnight shelter to homeless women and children through participation in Mary’s Place’s rotating church shelter. Sadly for us, but happily for the clients, Mary’s Place has decided not to continue the shelter program in 2018. As the organization has grown, they can now provide regular shelter beds to all the families they serve. It’s much easier for the clients to operate from one location while they work for permanent housing, instead of picking up and moving each week. When it started, the rotating shelter was a better and cheaper way to keep families safe when the alternative was paying for hotel rooms. We’re sad to see them go, but happy it’s to a better situation.

On behalf of the all the PRLC coordinators who made this program run, I thank each and every one of you who gave of your time and resources toward this wonderful ministry. We look forward to continued partnerships with Mary’s Place down the road.

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher


Gifts needed by Tuesday Dec 12 for Aurora Commons Holiday bags

Did you notice that we’re not collecting gifts for our food bank neighbors this year? That’s because the food bank has enough left over from last year to cover this year. Instead we’re collecting for our neighbors at Aurora Commons!

What is Aurora Commons? It’s basically a “living room” on 89th & Aurora, an area long known for its issues of homelessness, addiction, and commercial sexual exploitation. Aurora Commons is a welcoming space for our unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community. They seek to be a space for authenticity and conversation, to bring the wider community to the table to learn from one another, to be transformed by one another, and to embrace one another. They dive into the messiness of what the day brings, make food, share the table, grieve with one another and celebrate together. The Commons’ desire is to be a space where hope overrides fear, where community interrupts isolation, and dignity is offered to all.

Won’t you please join us in supporting our neighbors at Aurora Commons? Thank you!

Nancy Monelli, Minister of Children and Families
Patrick Meagher, Minister of Outreach
Signe Roscoe, Member and Volunteer

Aurora Commons Gift Bag Items Needed

Deadline: December 12, 2017

  • $20 Fred Meyer gift cards
  • gloves
  • men’s belts
  • nail clippers
  • nail files
  • make up

Phinney children have created lovely ornaments that you may have with your donation to Aurora Commons.


Greetings from the Child Development Center

What a fun time of the year it is here as the children and parents get ready for the holidays.   Last month  the school came together with all the families and staff at the CDC to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving lunch together as a family.  It was great fun, and gave us an opportunity to break bread with the church staff and be led in prayer by Pastor Hansen.  We are also looking forward to our annual Christmas program on December 8, when Pastor Van Kley and I will lead the children in the Christmas story through song and hand motions, and then celebrate with a craft fair in the Fellowship Hall.  The children will all dress up in their Christmas best. It is one of the highlights of our school year.

We are so happy to have Pastor Van Kley, Pastor Hansen, and this congregation as such strong supporters of our children and the whole child development program.   From all of us at the Child Development Center we wish you the merriest of Christmases and a happy new year.

~ CDC Director Tim Sullivan


PRLC Food Bank 2017 Thanksgiving Distribution

The Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving distribution. We will supply area families with all the elements of a Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey (or a chicken for smaller families).

If you would like to help make this distribution possible, click on this link for a list of volunteer activities and a shopping list.

If you would like to register to receive a Thanksgiving Box, follow these steps:

  1. Call the food bank at 206-784-7964 at one of these times: October 30, 31, or November 1; or the following week on November 6, 7, or 8, 2017; between 5:00-7:00 pm. You will be asked for your name, address, and the number of adults and children in your household.
  2. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 between 12:00-3:00 pm to pick up and take home the box which has been prepared for you.

If you miss your chance to pre-register for a Thanksgiving Box, you  may still be able to receive one. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. At that point we will give away any unclaimed boxes from the day’s distribution. Historically, we have almost always been able to provide Thanksgiving Boxes to everyone who wants one, so your chances are good.

Blessings on you and on the people you love.

Outreach Ministry Report

Outreach Story: You Saved a Family This Month

I greeted a young woman holding back tears in our office lobby. Her face revealed her pain well before I heard details of what she and her husband had been through. Their stable living situation had been ripped apart suddenly by family members they had thought they could trust. Their two kids were with other family, as homelessness would trigger the threat of CPS. They were between paychecks, and would not receive any income for several weeks.

When faced with these tragic stories, I know I am not alone. God guides and provides a way forward, and you have donated to the Outreach Fund with such generosity that I can extend your blessing to dozens of families such as these each month. I found this couple a safe hotel to serve as refuge until their income could guide them toward a more stable situation. Their kids could be with them in the hotel, and the anxiety of losing each other would not be a burden during this difficult time. I received hugs, gratitude, and tears of joy that were really meant for you. These gestures carried the heavy sincerity of hearts surprised and changed by the abundant love of God. Thank you for your support of the Outreach Fund!


 Halloween Trick or Treat Event a Scarily Huge Success

Warm and dry weather plus an abundance of costumed visitors plus dedicated volunteers plus a mountain of donated candy all equaled a wonderful Trick or Treat event this year. It’s such a blessing to be a part of our remarkable neighborhood, and I’m so grateful for the support you offered to make our participation happen. We had just enough donated candy to make it through the busy afternoon. That is amazing! Magnus counted close to 700 trick or treaters during one hour alone. Thanks to Don, Carol, Amber, Karen, Alan, Magnus, Bonnie, Kristen, and Midge who gave of their time to great our visitors, and the dozens of you who provided candy.


Refugee Ministry Update: Our Friend has a Home!

A few months ago, through our partnership with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, we became aware of a young woman from Iran being settled in our area. She had temporary housing and needed a more permanent situation to continue her diligent work of acclimating to a new culture. Many of you responded positively to the opportunity to help her in whatever way we could. I’m please to report that through the work of the group this young woman has an affordable room in Wedgewood in as supportive of an environment as possible! We’ll continue to support her as needed, and I look forward to our continued involvement in this work.


Ministry Updates from YAGM Central Europe

Always Reforming

by Rachel Eskesen

We’ve been leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation for years and finally (finally!) yesterday was the big day! Now it is November 1st and I find myself asking — what is next? How do we continue to carry the spirit of the reformation onward into the next 500 years?

Some of the answers to these questions can be found in the lives and stories of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers who serve around the world …

Click on the link below to read the latest updates from Young Adults in Global Mission Central Europe, where PRLC’s seminarian Zach Courter is serving with his wife Rachel Eskesen.

YAGM Hungary Ministry Updates November 2017 [pdf]

2017 Food Bank Thanksgiving Distribution

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Phinney Ridge Food Bank is preparing for holiday distribution activities.  We hope that you will help us serve the needy families that will visit our Food Bank this Thanksgiving.  Here is the Thanksgiving Distribution Schedule:

Oct 29 to Nov 19, 2017
Click here for a pdf of the shopping list.  Please purchase the items on the list and bring them in by Sunday, November 19, 2017.

MTW Oct 30-Nov 1 and MTW Nov 6-8, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm
Volunteer to man our phone lines as we take reservations for the November 21 distribution.

Nov 5-21, 2017
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 20, 2017
7-9 pm:  Prepare the Fellowship Hall for distribution.  Includes bringing out cases of canned goods and other non-perishable items.  There will be lots of projects that families can do together.

Tues Nov 21, 2017
am- Pack boxes for distribution to needy families.
11-12 ish:  Lunch
12-4 pm:  Distribution
3:30-5 pm: Cleanup

Consider donating a large turkey to the food bank.  With low-cost turkey offers beginning to be advertised, we will gladly make room in our freezer to accommodate a big bird. Twenty-plus-pound birds are in great demand for large families.

Take part in any or all events.  Please sign up on this Sunday’s Count Me In form.  If you have questions, please contact  member Jo-Ann Cress or Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher.