March 27, 2017

Dear Everett Community,

By now you may be familiar with Socktoberfest, the annual party/charity event that has taken place in downtown Everett over the past several years every fall.  Thanks to all the organizations and members of the community that have helped out, last fall’s Socktoberfest was a huge success.  Over 2,000 pairs of socks and hundreds of free shoes were distributed, lots of warm food, live music, door prizes and new friendships were created that night.  There was definitely a difference felt by all who attended.

Socktoberfest is one of the many outreach events organized by the Emmaus Community, a group of like—minded folks who desire to make a difference in Everett.  This coming May we’ll be hosting a similar event.  I’m writing today to let you know about it.

After asking around, we discovered that many people in Everett often struggle to find transportation around town, even to get to a doctor’s appointment or to visit a family member.  In response to this need, we are partnering with local churches, neighborhoods, businesses and Everett Transit to raise money to help provide free bus tickets for those who need them.  It’s called ‘May Rides‘.

It will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located on the corner of 24th and Lombard) at 5pm on Saturday, May 13th.   We will be serving a free hot meal of beef stew with a keg of locally brewed root beer and desserts.  In addition to live music, plenty of fellowship and food, attendees will also be able to stop at an Everett Transit booth to pick up free bus tickets and to learn more about how to use the bus system from Everett Transit representatives.

Financial contributions are sincerely appreciated, and will go directly towards the cost of purchasing tickets.  Volunteers are also welcome, especially on the day of the event.  If you are interested in helping out, you can contact me using the info below.

Any donation in the form of a check may be written to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with ‘May Rides’ in the memo line.

It is our hope that, with your help, prayers and support, we can make a real difference in the lives of people in need in the downtown Everett community.  Thank you!

Leasha Brown



We pulled it off and mostly without a hitch too, which is AMAZING!  Thank you to Central Lutheran Church for allowing the event to take place at their location.  Thank you to all the churches that partnered to make this a huge success.  Thank you to all who volunteered at the event too.  Without your time and attention spent, this event could not have happened.  Thank you so very much for your participation in this year’s event.

We served over 200 “neighbors” who really appreciated all the effort and the tangible items they were able to walk away with.  Not only a hot meal in their tummies but also meals to go were backed away in their possessions; not only live music was enjoyed but some even won door prizes!  The tasty locally brewed root beer (from Scuttlebutt) was gone in a flash and the never ending cookies, brownies and cookie bars were enjoyed.  All the socks…wow…all of the socks and the shoes are now out in the community of neighbors where they are most needed.  The YMCA really enjoyed their first endeavor/partnership opportunity with us and we look forward to more of that in the future.

Many thanks and blessings to all!!!


Socktoberfest – your appreciative team lead


People throughout Everett are collecting hundreds of pairs of new, warm adult socks to donate to homeless and low-income community members at the fifth annual “Socktoberfest” celebration held at Central Lutheran Church, located at 2702 Rockefeller Avenue on Sunday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. That evening local residents and members of our homeless community will gather to enjoy live music, share bratwurst, locally brewed root beer, door prizes and fun. Socks will be distributed to all in need that evening.

This year we also plan to distribute gently used shoes donated by the Seattle organization, Redeeming Soles. There will also be a portable shower unit on site to provide the opportunity for people receive a hot shower.

Socktoberfest is a joint project of Central Lutheran Church and the Emmaus Community, a mission arm of Everett’s Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Socktoberfest began five years ago when then Everett Public Library employee, Debbie Paget, learned of the urgent need for warm socks during Everett’s winter months among the homeless individuals whom she met at the library. Paget together with the Emmaus Community and Trinity Lutheran College addressed that need with the first Socktoberfest in October 2011, distributing over 1,000 pairs of socks.

New adult pairs of socks may be donated for this year’s Socktoberfest event at locations across Snohomish County. These include:

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 2324 Lombard Ave, Everett
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 215 Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett
  • Central Lutheran Church, 2702 Rockefeller Ave, Everett
  • Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett

(with more locations popping up)

Cash donations toward the purchase of socks are also welcomed. Checks may be mailed or dropped off at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 2927, Everett WA 98213. Please write “Socktoberfest” in the memo line. 100% of the money donated will go towards socks and a hot meal for those who attend this year’s event.

For more information, you may contact Leasha Brown, (425.293.3896)

October 25th, 2015
Trinity Lutheran College

We asked, they answered. What do they need? Socks!!

Looking around Everett, it’s easy to see that there are many people in need. In an effort to reach out, we asked a few homeless folks what we could do to help them. What did they really need? Something simple? Something helpful? And the answer that always came back: SOCKS.
And so we’re collecting socks. Please donate New Adult Pairs. Collection bins can be found at various locations around Everett. 

And then, on Sunday, October 25th at 6pm, all are invited to the Trinity Lutheran College commons (with or without socks) to celebrate the 3nd annual Socktoberfest! There will be live music, bratwurst, door prizes, locally brewed root beer free shower services and SOCKS!!!

Here are a few ways you can help:

1. Host a sock bin in your place of business or worship: Just contact us and we’ll provide you with what you need. A poster, a 1-sheet with the event info, and a sign for your sock bin. And if you need one, we’ll even get you a bin to collect the socks in.

2. Give a $ donation: 100% of the money donated to Socktoberfest will go towards socks, a hot meal for event attendees, and additional expenses for this year’s event. Every little penny helps!! Write checks to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with “Socktoberfest” in the memo line. THANK YOU!!!

3. Volunteer: We’ll need help setting up, tearing down, decorating, greeting, BBQ-ing, serving rootbeer, sock modeling… you name it! Just let us know and we’ll include you in the day’s festivities. Many hands make light work, or so they say.

4. Donate socks: I don’t think it’s possible to collect too many socks for Socktoberfest. Last year we collected something close to 1,000 pairs! Let’s beat the record. Donate NEW ADULT SOCKS at a donation bin near you!

The sockless of Everett thank you for your help. And don’t forget, YOU’RE INVITED!!

Sean Bendickson & The Emmaus Community

CONTACT: 253.279.2895

(The Emmaus Community is a mission of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran College, dedicated to service and justice in the Spirit of Jesus Christ in the city of Everett.)

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midsummers ice cream 2014 11x17 poster

What: A Midsummer’s Ice Cream

Where: Trinity Lutheran College, 2802 Wetmore Ave, Everett

When: Sunday, July 20th, 2014 6pm-7:30pm

Who: All are invited

Why: Cuz everybody loves ice cream


A couple years ago, a small group of people in Everett decided that they needed something to bring the neighborhood together, something we could invite everyone to. Not a church service or a concert, a sports event or a political rally. No, we needed something a little more universal. Something everyone could enjoy. And of course, in the middle of summer, who doesn’t love ice cream?

And so, Trinity Lutheran College volunteered the space, and dozens of volunteers from all over the city stepped forward to pull together the first “Midsummer’s Ice Cream: An Ice Cream Social for the Whole Neighborhood” in July of 2012. It was definitely a wonderful event, with plenty of smiles and scoops of cool, ice-creamy goodness on that Sunday evening in the heart of Everett. Over 100 people from all over showed up to be a part of the festivities.

This year there are hopes for many more friendly faces. Ice cream has already been donated, and the space has been reserved. Musicians are signing up to entertain and ice cream scoopers are volunteering by the dozens. A special invitation is going out to the under-resourced and isolated in the community. A mobile shower facility will also be on-site for any who would like to use it.

This will be a time to make new friends, bring along your old friends, build community and have fun. No sermons will be preached, just plenty of ice cream, music and smiles. If you’re not sure if you’re invited… you are!


See ya then!

Organized by the Emmaus Community

a mission of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Everett