April 2019 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!
All are welcome! Free will offering at breakfast to support FLC Youth Ministries.

Worship Schedule

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

Communion served every Sunday

All are Welcome!
Pastor Berg's Blog:
Holy Week

April 14-20 is Holy Week for the Protestant/Roman Catholic Christian Churches. Orthodox Christians will honor this important time a week later. We call this week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Holy because it is the time when we remember the most powerful action our God has done for us. We walk the entire week reflecting on who this Jesus is and what he did for our sin and our salvation. That is, Jesus conquered sin, death and the devil and made us whole again with God.

Read the rest of the article here .
Adult Education with Pastor Berg:
April 7: Meditation on Holy Week
April 14, Palm Sunday: Meditation on Holy Week
April 28: Peter & Paul: Expanding the Mission
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Saturday, April 27th: 9 – 10:30 AM
"Food for the Body, Food for the Soul"
Gordy Phelps is preparing breakfast!
Joe Siebert will lead a Bible study on "Heroes."
Holy Week Schedule
An Invitation From
Music Director, Lucy Kay Osborne!
If you have sung Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from his Messiah, please join us for the Easter sing-along with brass quintet at 8:30 and 11 am worship services. There will be a bin of music at both ends of the balcony stairs in the inner narthex to pick up before and deposit after the services. If you’d like to join us for a rehearsal, we’ll meet on Thursday, April 11, 7:15 pm and Easter morning at 8-8:15 am to go through it. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!  
Roger Steinke's Notes
April YOUTH ACTIVITIES:
Easter Breakfast Prep, Saturday, April 20, 9 AM – 11 AM
Youth and adults are needed to help set-up the fellowship hall and prepare for the Easter breakfast.

Easter Breakfast, Sunday, April 21, 8 AM – 10:30 AM
 Youth and adult helpers are needed for the breakfast. Shift #1 - 7 AM: help get breakfast started. Shift #2 - 9 AM: help with serving, clean up and take down. Please sign up to help on the Youth Board.

UPCOMING YOUTH ACTIVITIES:
Cub Scout Pack 584 Helping Hands Day
Saturday, May 4,10 AM to 12 PM. 

Holden Village May Youth Weekend
Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26 (Grades 9 - 12) Sign up on the youth board!
Important 2019 Summer Dates:
Sunday, June 2, 9:30 AM Confirmation

Saturday, June 22 (10 AM – 1 PM)
12th Annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19
Youth Summer Mission Trip

Mon. July 29 – Thurs. August 1
Summer Day Camp / Vacation Bible School 

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2019 Youth Auction! Over $22,000 was raised and over 125 people attended. Special thanks to Dale Amundsen, who volunteered his services as our auctioneer.
Over 40 youth and adults helped with this year’s auction!   The generosity and support to the Children, Youth and Family Ministries is truly amazing and extremely gratifying!

Once again, we will journey through 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.  

May the love of our Risen Lord continue to shine through you! Easter JOY to you!
From the Endowment Committee
Scholarships are available from the Endowment Committee for students attending Lutheran colleges and Universities. Click here to download an application, which will be due May 1 for the school year 2019/2020.
April 2019

Books on the library display table in April, highlight Bible Basics.  

Lent is a time to read, or re-read, books that help us focus on Christ’s message, and what the events in his last weeks of life, leading to his crucifixion, mean for us on our Lenten Journey.  

Here are several books you will find interesting this Lenten season: 

Walking the Bible, A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler. While this book is NOT about Christ and Lent, it is very interesting to read the history of the area and become familiar with the history that was ever present in Christ’s time.  

The Last Week – a day-by-day account of Jesus’s final week in Jerusalem, by Marcus Borg. Using the gospel of Mark as a guide, this is a day-by-day account of Jesus’s final week of life—beginning with Palm Sunday and the two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor.  We not only meet the historical Jesus, but a new Jesus who engages and invites us to follow him.  

Check it Out!  
Social Ministry Update
April Outreach
All money received in the Change for Change jar will be used to support HOPELINK food bank.

HOPELINK food bank emphasis in March is for personal products (shampoo, conditioner, soap toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, etc.) 
 
April Monthly Outreach: Compass Housing Alliance
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.
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.
Bible Study opportunities available: All are welcome!
Deborah: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 10:00 am, The Landing at FLC.
(Gather magazine subscription Bible study and articles.)
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or bob.bon@comcast.net.

Hannah: Monday, Apr. 15, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room
Christian studies & fellowship
Call if child care needed
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, Apr. 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

Soap Drive!
In response to an urgent request from Lutheran World Relief-IMA World Health, WELCA is collecting 4-5 oz size bars of individually wrapped bath soap. Please place at least one bar of soap for each family member, in the Caring Corner wash tub by April 28. We would like to include 520 bars in the May 2nd quilt shipment to LWR-IMA World Health! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the March Quilt A Thon. FLC quilters, volunteers and friends completed 52 quilts. Thrivent Financial'sTeam Action funds provided food and supplies. Thank you to Clint and Dawn for ordering & delivering the food. The quilts will be included in the May 3 (spring) shipment for LWR. Helping hands will be needed for boxing the quilts and kits.  

2019 Directories for Women of First Lutheran Church Bothell/WELCA are now available. For your copy, please contact Bonnie Ahlstedt at 360-805-1743 or bob.bon@comcast.net.

JUNE 20-23, 2019 
REGION ONE GATHERING for (WA, OR, ID, AK, and MT), Embassy Suites, Hillsboro, OR
Join women from Region One for the Spiritual Journey led by Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the Sensible Shoe book series. Be sure and check out Sharon’s web page.

JULY 16-19, 2020 Eleventh Triennial Convention & Gathering. Save the date! Details are being finalized. The theme is Embraced by Grace in Phoenix, Arizona. See www.welcatg.org for more details.

ECHO: is the Synodical Women Organization’s (SWO) newsletter providing information for Women of the ELCA and their congregations in our NW Washington Synod. The newsletter is sent to all congregations, those who give an email or request a copy by US mail. Send email address to Missy French at elca.swo@gmail.com. For a copy by US mail, please send a check for $5.00, payable to NW WA SWO to: Jan Hunter, 3802 James St., #57, Bellingham, WA 98226.

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Last session is this Saturday. All are welcome!
From Our Partners
Camp Lutherwood News!
The summer camp schedule is available and registration is open! Early Bird special of $50 is available until April 15. Grab your friends and sign up now! Camp Lutherwood is just outside of Bellingham.
Lutherhaven in Coeur d'Alene, Id is also accepting registration for summer camp.
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