Parish Outreach: Fall 2016

Jennifer Ibach
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach

JustFaith “Crossing Borders” 8-week Small Group Module
How do we faithfully engage the major issues of our day? OLG will be hosting an 8-week module called “Crossing Borders: Migration, Theology and the Human Journey” created by JustFaith Ministries. This module invites small groups to explore the complex issue of immigration within the context of the Gospels and the life and example of Jesus. Through reading, reflection and discussion, the module aims to cultivate genuine dialogue, prayer and community. It will provide participants a chance to find common ground and to discover more about themselves, their values, our God, and the millions of people who are on the move in every part of the world. The group will meet Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8:30 pm, October 5 – November 23. If you are interested in joining, contact Jennifer at 206-935-0358 x120. One group will meet Friday mornings from 10 am – 12:30 pm, September 30 – November 17. Space is limited, so please RSVP by September 9.

Becoming Peacemakers: A Gospel Response to Violence
You are invited to a half-day of education, prayer, reflection and public witness on Saturday, September 24, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Parish’s Unity Place (15216 21st Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166). Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, will be the keynote speaker. She will address the call to be peacemakers and consider the evolving Church teaching from Just War to Just Peace. There will also be local stories of transformation from violence, resources, and time for prayer. At 12:45 pm you have the option of participating in a Press Conference and Public Witness for peacemaking. There is also an optional afternoon workshop on Contemplative Dialogue with Sr. Linda Haydock from the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center. Sponsors include JustFaith local leadership, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, local Pax Christi groups, Maryknoll and the Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Cost is $10 (or $15 at the door). Please bring a sack lunch. You can register by phone at (206) 223-1138.

Lettuce Pray runs through October 2nd
This is a seasonally low time for donations at our local food banks and they need your help. One way to replenish their shelves is through the Lettuce Pray program. If you’re a home gardener, here’s all you need to do to participate: pick what’s fresh in your garden, bring it to church, and put it in the Lettuce Pray box in the narthex by 11 am. If you don’t garden, you can also buy fresh produce and donate it. Lettuce Pray volunteers will pick up the produce and transfer it directly to the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks. Please keep in mind that many food bank patrons walk, so keep the produce light! Thank you for sharing what comes from your heart — and your garden — with those in need in our community! Lettuce Pray will run through Sunday, October 2. For more information, contact Jennifer at 206-935-0358 x 120.

Help Take Lettuce Pray into a new Decade
Do you really value the Lettuce Pray program? After 10 years of running it, Jane and Kristen are stepping down. Would you be willing to take it over in 2017? The ministry is simple and requires no meetings or mission statements. It’s perfect for one or two people who have a reliable car and a heart for direct service. The churches and route are all set so you’d just set the pickup dates and let the churches know. As it is currently set up, it takes about 90 minutes every Sunday morning. For more information, contact Jane at (206) 841-2601.