“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday on September 11!
Last year, as part of our 100th Anniversary celebration, we participated in this ELCA-wide day of service joining Lutherans around the country in sharing God’s love in tangible ways throughout our community. We had so much fun we thought we’d do it again! This year’s program takes on special meaning as we serve on the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. What a great way to shine a bright light of hope in our world on this special day.
We’ll worship together at one 10am service that morning, share a light soup lunch following, and honor our upcoming Sunday School Teachers. Then, we’ll get to work serving in these areas:
- “Sweet Dreams Bags” for Women’s Shelter: Gather items and assemble these loving bags for distribution at a neighborhood shelter for homeless women run by Compass Housing Alliance.
- Yard Work for Area Seniors: Partner with the PNA’s Village program aimed to help keep seniors in their homes by lending a hand with arduous but necessary yard work.
- Landscaping at PRLC: Join our grounds gurus Scott and Joel as they continue improvements outside around the church.
- Refugee Resettlement Kits: Assemble and decorate these important kits to be distributed to refugees who settle in our area through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.
- Litter Pickup in Greenwood: Walk an assigned route picking up litter and beautifying our neighborhood.
- St. Luke’s Work Projects: Join a team headed to St. Luke’s Episcopal in Ballard to fix up that wonderful building and bless our friends there.
Where is your heart stirred into action? Please sign up ahead of time by marking your Count Me In form on Sunday, or contact Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher directly in the office. Thanks for participating and spreading our witness of love in the community!
Outreach Support Team Forming
The honor of serving as your Minister of Outreach gets outweighed only by the blessing this work heaps upon me. I dedicate most of my time to being available to people in need who contact the church in desperation. Thanks to your generous support of the Parish Outreach Fund, we can often step into this need and provide a source of direct relief. In 2015 alone, we extended this assistance in 148 separate instances, ranging from a tank of gas to a few hundred dollars of move-in assistance toward a permanent home.
The satisfaction of this work comprises only a part of the blessing I receive. The stories I hear, the faces I remember, and the gratitude that flows back on an almost daily basis has enriched my life and changed my heart for the better. This abundance cannot be kept to myself.
For some time, I’ve wanted to bring together a collection of like-minded church people who could both share in the blessing of this work and also help expand our outreach ministry. The time is right to form an Outreach Support Team. I anticipate gathering at the church once a quarter, sharing a meal, and conspiring to draw from the blessings and shine the light of Christ even farther into our world. Is this an idea to which you feel drawn? If so, please contact Patrick Meagher in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org / 206-783-2350) and we can discuss more.