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!

PRLC Youth Set Sights High for Heifer Project

It is with great joy that we share the happenings that occurred this Sunday school year in the 3rd -5th grade class. We (teachers Patty Maier and Tina Georgeson) witnessed the growth of servant hearts as our students learned about Heifer International and all the work that they do around the world. With Katie Bishop as our leader, we set a goal of $500 to purchase a heifer for a village somewhere in the world so that they could become a self-sustaining community. We did not quite reach our goal, but we did raise $400, and were able to purchase a sheep, honey bees, rabbits, trees, chicks, ducks, and geese which will help families around the globe. However, it was more about learning about how we can be humble servants than how much money we raised. You should know that our 3rd-5th graders are spirit-filled global thinkers and were truly excited learning about and contributing to Heifer International; these humble servants make our hearts swell with pride.

Sincerely,
Patty Maier and Tina Georgeson

Greenwood Car Show June 28, 2014

Car Show aerial picYou may wonder why we consider a 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.

Offering a warm welcome to so many requires a group effort.  Will you join the group?  If you’re able to offer a couple of hours helping at the hospitality table, or willing to donate cookies, let Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher know, or mark your Sunday Count Me In form.

And be sure to stop by and enjoy our in-house blues band, Left Turn on Blue, as well as other musical offerings on the church’s front  lawn.

Food Bank Help Needed in June

Do you want to try out helping in the food bank for a month?  To help cover a volunteer on vacation, we need someone every Monday morning from 8:30-10:30am to help unload and sort a food delivery.  This will be for the whole month of June.  If you are interested, please contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher.

Mary’s Place Training Opportunities

Sunday May 4, 2014

Attend this one & a half hour training session which is required in order to help with Mary’s Place and other PRLC ministries.

  • Boundary Training 9:45-10:15am in the Office Workroom (required of all church volunteers, not just Mary’s Place—come to this one to work in the Food Bank, Sunday School, and other ministries as well)
  • Mary’s Place Training 10:15-11:15am in the Office Workroom.
  • Van Driver Training will be scheduled with individual applicants

Please just come to the Office Workroom for this Sunday’s classes, or contact member David Cress about van driver training.