April 2018 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!
Easter Sunday
April 1, 7 am, 8:30 am & 11 am
Breakfast served by FLC Youth 8 - 10:30 am

Sunday Worship Schedule

Worship: 8:30 & 11 am
Education Hour: 9:45 am

Communion served every Sunday

Pastor Berg's Blog
It is time
A year ago we were anticipating the start of our Sabbatical time. Four months of reflection and wondering about who we are in the midst of God’s ministry here in Bothell. The Sabbatical was all it was built up to be, a time of rest, a time of learning, a time to recommit. For me personally the Sabbatical reaffirmed my vow to serving this amazing congregation.
With the Sabbatical in our review mirror it is time to keep our eyes on the road ahead. Your congregational council has decided to ...

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Roger Steinke's Notes
Youth and adult helpers are needed for the breakfast. Shift #1 starts at 7 AM and helps get the breakfast started. Shift #2 starts at 9 AM and helps with serving, clean up and take down. Please sign up to help on the Youth Board.

An ELCA Youth Gathering Houston Pre-Gathering “Get-Together” is happening on Sunday, May 6th at First Lutheran Church Bothell from 2 – 4 PM! All Houston Youth Gathering participants from the NWWA Synod are invited to attend. There are 20 NWWA Synod congregations, with 266 participants, attending the Houston Youth Gathering.
From Roger: What's Coming Up!
Youth Auction Planning Team Celebration and Reflections Night is on Saturday, April 7, starting at 5 PM. Alexia and Tom Payne are hosting this evening of conversation, food and fun! Auction Team members are invited to celebrate and reflect on the success of the 2018 First Lutheran Youth Auction!

Helping Hands Day with Cub Scout Pack #584 is on Saturday, May 5, from 10 AM to 12 PM. First Lutheran’s Cub Scouts are going to be helping with some Spring Cleaning! Projects they will be working on include washing the church bus and trailer, cleaning the church parking lot, helping with general clean-up, picking up trash around the church and our neighboring properties. Special thanks to the First Lutheran Garden Guild who have agreed to help lead and supervise several of these projects! “Many Hands make the Labor Light!”

Elementary Students entering Grades 3 – 5 in the Fall of 2018 are invited to register for a session of Summer Camp at Camp Lutherhaven (Coeur d’Alene) for the week of July 15 – 20. Our group of Middle School and High School students will be at Lutherhaven that week attending our Summer Mission Trip. Registered elementary student campers are invited to ride to and from camp with the older students. Please register soon! This week of summer camp is very popular and fills very quickly! Please contact Roger for more information. 

Guys Night Out!   Saturday, May 5,  4 - 7 pm
The men of First Lutheran are invited to meet at the Foggy Noggin Brewery at 4 pm on Saturday, May 5th to sample an assortment of craft brews. Since this is in a residential neighborhood, please pull forward into the long driveway to avoid clogging the street. There is plenty of parking on the property near the garage. The brewery is located at 22329 – 53rd AVE SE in Bothell.  After our tasting, around 5 PM, we will move to Rob and Kim McCaw’s home for a BBQ Pot-Luck. The McCaw home is nearby at 23415 – 49th AVE SE. For the BBQ Pot-Luck, please bring some brats or burgers to throw on the BBQ, or a salad to share and / or some beverage to share. To help with planning, please RSVP to Rob or Roger.  We hope that you can join us! 
From Roger:

Once again, we will journey through another Easter. We will hear familiar events that took place and hear the message of God’s incredible love. What a message of Good News! Jesus sacrifice for our sins and resurrection victory over death. With Christians around the world we celebrate the JOY of Easter.

Like the first disciples, we will gather before the empty tomb and hear the angel’s amazing announcement, “He is not here! He is risen!” Easter is a celebration of the risen and living Lord Jesus. With joyous music and beautiful flowers, we celebrate new hope and new life. As Easter people, we continue to gather together, to worship and sing praises. May God’s Spirit empower each of us to live new lives in Christ.  
April 2018

Thank you to Knut Aagaard for the transcript of the bell tower dedication history on March 18:

In 1886, 21 years after the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, seven immigrant families founded the congregation which we have inherited. Washington was still a territory. Three years later the white wooden church that was to house the congregation for the next seven decades was completed.

Then in 1907, 21 years after the congregation was founded, the church bell that we see here was purchased for $52.50 from the Polson Supply Company of Seattle, having been cast in Cincinnati, Ohio and shipped west by train in a year when Teddy Roosevelt was president.

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Check it out!  
Bell Tower Dedication
The new bell tower dedication took place on March 18 at 9:45. Thank you to Jessica Lichtenstein for the first ring! And, thank you to the FLC Garden Guild for their hard work to beautify the planting beds around the bell!
                    We Need Experienced HAM Radio Operators!
The Emergency Preparedness Task Force continues its work learning the considerations and issues relative to our congregation’s preparedness for all varieties of unexpected events that will require reasoned response. One thing we need is a group individuals who have experience with, and are licensed in operating HAM radios. Please contact me if you feel you could be of help in this regard.
Thank You,
Paul A. Anderson
C: 206-914-1424
H: 425-485-9883
Email: paul.a.anderson49@comcast.net
Social Ministry Update
April Outreach
Money deposited in the Change for Change jar will be used to support Hopelink's food bank.

The focus of donations to the Hopelink grocery cart will be for personal products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
April Monthly Outreach: $1,100.00 will go to Compass Housing Alliance .

In April, the Social Ministries Committee is conducting a Towel Drive to benefit Compass Housing Alliance. Towels of all sizes are needed: bath, hand, wash cloth, and kitchen towels. They don't need to be new, but need to be serviceable. Here's the perfect opportunity to replace those towels that no longer fit your color scheme, or that you rarely use. They will be welcomed and put to use in Compass’ women's programs, men's and women's hygiene center, emergency shelter for women, First Church Men's Overnight Shelter, and at their transitional housing facility.

Compass can also use individual size (like those from hotels/motels) shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. 

Anytime in April, please place your towel (and toiletries) donations in the designated receptacle in the narthex caring corner. Your gift will touch many lives. Thank you for taking care of the needs of others.
Scrip and Other Passive Fundraising for First Lutheran Church!
We have several opportunities for earning money while you shop for FLC's many social ministry programs:
  1. Buy Scrip on Sunday mornings or sign up for Shop with Scrip. Many vendors are available for instant purchase and redemption from your mobile phone in the Shop with Scrip program. No more writing checks; the money is automatically deducted from your checking account using Presto Pay. (The profit margin for scrip is not great enough to support credit card payments.) Scrip returns anywhere from 3 - 12% of your purchases to FLC! You can buy grocery cards, movie tickets, Amazon, even Groupon - the list is great!
  2. Sign up for Amazon Smile and name First Lutheran Church as your charity. Every time you shop with Amazon Smile FLC receive .05% of your purchase price. You can still use Amazon Prime. Get your kids to sign up, too!
  3. Link your Fred Meyer rewards card to their Community Rewards program for First Lutheran Church. All of your purchases will result in a quarterly donation to FLC.
  4. Sign up for Bartell's B Caring Program, and name First Lutheran Church as your charity.
Looking Ahead
For Our Youth!
May 20, 11 am Worship Service - Rite of Confirmation

May 25 - 27: Holden Village May Youth Weekend (Grades 9 - 12)

June 23: 10th Annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

June 24 - July 3 - ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX (Grades 9 - 12)

July 15 - July 20: Youth Summer Mission Trip to Camp Lutherhaven, Coeur d'Alene (Grades 7-9)

July 30 - August 2: Vacation Bible School/Summer Day Camp
Women of First Lutheran Church (WFLC or WELCA)
The Women of First Lutheran Church (WFLC) is a local organization of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA). All women at FLC are considered members of both WFLC and WELCA. You are invited to participate in any of the bible study circles, WFLC sponsored events and/or regional and national events.
Thank you to Audrey Fisher and the FLC quilters for preparing the quilt sets which were completed at the Quilt-a-Thon! Quilt Blessing Sunday will be April 29, before the quilts, health kits and soap ship in May.
Bible Study opportunities available: All are welcome!
Deborah: Wednesday, April 4, 10:00 am, Elodie Ragan's daughter, Jennifer's home.
April’s Session focuses on the meanings of The Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-32 from the WELCA Gather
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or bob.bon@comcast.net.

Hannah: Monday, April 16, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room, 
Child care available
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, April 18, 10:00 am in the Landing. 
Women of the ELCA Gather Bible Study and articles
Contact: Barbara Thieme 425-898-8982

Quilters: Every Thursday, 9:00 am - noon
All are welcome, no experience needed! Tasks for any ability. Cutting and ironing can also be done at home.
Contact: Audrey Fisher 425-822-6143

Women of First Lutheran/WELCA Board Meeting: Wed. April 11 at 12:30 PM in the Landing. Notice time change. The meetings are open, and all are welcome to attend.

Bring Soap during April. Please bring at least one bar of individually wrapped soap per family member. Let’s see how many bars of soap we can get for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). Fill the Wash Tub in the Caring Corner.

Quilt Blessing Sunday, April 29 at both services: Donation envelopes to defray shipping costs for the quilts, soap and kits will be available. Packing the shipment boxes for LWR will be Thursday, May 3rd.

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From Our Partners

Compass Housing Alliance’s
12th Annual Auction & Gala
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | Grand Hyatt Seattle
JOIN US for a spectacular evening of fine dining, live and silent auctions, and inspirational stories in support of Compass Housing Alliance programs that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
The theme for this year's Auction & Gala Charting Futures, Rising Stars reflects the transformations your support makes possible in the lives of the individuals and families working hard for their futures.
WHAT    12th Annual Auction & Gala
WHEN   Saturday, April 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
WHERE  Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine St
ATTIRE   Dress to impress 

Connect With Our Partners
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