April 2024 Newsletter

Please join us for worship. Service will be both in person and live streamed. Contact Pastor Berg or Kristin Smith for the streaming information.

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Resurrection Lives

 It is pretty obvious why people in the Northern hemisphere chose the spring equinox, or times close to it, to celebrate new life. The Christian Church is no different. The days are noticeably longer, the weather tries to be a little warmer, and the rich earth shoots out new growth all around us. I do not know about you, but I am finding myself smiling a lot more living amongst this bursting beauty.

Jesus used horticulture as a tool to teach us about all kinds of ideas about the Kingdom of God. He spoke about vineyards, seeds, pruning, planting, and harvesting. I think when we pull these metaphors together we see that the Kingdom of God seems to involve a lot of care and attention.

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Sunday Morning Adult Education - After worship.

Required Minimum Disbursements Donated Directly to First Lutheran Church

We are very blessed to have several givers who donate all or portions of their RMDs from their IRAs to First Lutheran Church. Please add your name and address to your RMD check request. This guarantees that your donation will be credited to your FLC giving account.

We recently encountered a donation that can't be attached to a giver. Please check your quarterly giving statement coming out in the next few weeks; if you are missing an RMD to FLC, please contact Melanie Veazey. If you would like more information about how Required Minimum Distributions to charities might be beneficial to you, please click here.

Do you know where the missing silverware went?

The Fellowship Committee recently discovered that we are missing about half of the kitchen silverware from the downstairs FLC kitchen; we are especially low on soup spoons. We are hoping that someone borrowed it for a party, and forgot to bring it back.

Coffee With Council

Sunday, April 7 10:30 am

Meet with Jess Faubion and David Shogren in the Landing.

There will not be a Weekly News publication on April 10.

Weekly News will return on April 17.

Register Now for First Lutheran Church Preschool!

There is still time to register preschoolers for the fall!  First Lutheran Church Preschool is now accepting applications for current families and church members. Open registration begins February 5th. Church members receive a 10% discount on tuition. Our preschool has classes for children ages 3-5 years old. If you have children, grandchildren, neighbors, or friends preschool age, please send them our way. We are happy to give tours and answer any questions that you may have. You may go to our website for registration packets and more information. Or email Beth Bowers to schedule a tour.

Fellowship Opportunities

Widows Support Group

April 8, 10 am

(formerly known as Friends Supporting Friends)

We are not a therapy group, but we are a place for widows to find friendship, support, and fun.

We meet the 2nd Monday of the month at 10:00 am in the library. Please join us!

Call Paula Glandon for more info. 425-483-1783

Women's Bible Study & Fellowship opportunities available:

Hannah Circle: April 17, 9:00 am.

Contact: Linda Siebert 206-369-7047

Rebecca Circle: April 20, 10:00 am.

Contact: Lucy Kay Osborne 425-823-9793 or [email protected]

FLC circles welcome all women of the congregation! Please contact the persons listed above for meeting locations.

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study!

Saturday, April 17, 9 – 10:15 am. 

Join other congregation and community members for breakfast and conversation! There will be “food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought!” A group of 17 men typically attend. Please join us for discussion and enrichment. Questions to Roger Steinke

Reach Ministries
Opportunities for all Ages!

ELCA New Orleans Youth Gathering INFO Meeting

Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 11:45 AM to 2:00 PM

A group of 17 First Lutheran youth and adults will be attending the July 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. A Gathering Info Meeting will be held at the Carolina Smoke BBQ Restaurant in Bothell on Sunday, April 21. Dave and Jim at Carolina BBQ are planning a New Orleans themed lunch for our group, featuring Fried Catfish, Hushpuppies and Red Beans and Rice! Important information about the gathering (airfare, lodging, Disney World, and “Experience Days”) will be shared. We will leave the Church at 11:45 AM and return to First Lutheran at around 2:00 PM. To help with planning, PLEASE Sign Up on the Youth Board. You can also email or text me to let me know you are attending. Please JOIN US!!! 

Youth - Looking Ahead!

New Orleans Youth Gathering & Disneyworld - July 14 -July 24 Grades 9 - 12.

Vacation Bible School - Together! Monday, July 29 – Thursday, August 1  

All children ages 3 through 6th Grade are invited to attend.  

Preschool and Kindergarten students meet from 9 AM to 12 PM/Noon.  

Students in Grades 1 – 6 will meet from 9 AM to 3 PM (includes lunch).Registration will open in May 2024. A Day Camp Team from Camp Lutherhaven will help lead this Vacation Bible School!

From the Library Committee

FLC Book Club!

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuchoff

April 23, 7 pm on Zoom

Discussion Leader: Joe Siebert

“A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush and impenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame with great gams, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. This is a true story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeply satisfying read!" —Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic.”  


“Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, and David Grann’s The Lost Cityof Z will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfully recounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery in jungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.”  (Summary by goodreads)

Please contact Clint Bastin, Ann Aagaard or Roger Steinke for additional information about the Book Club. A copy of this Featured Book of the Month is available in the First Lutheran Church Library. Please join us!  

Click here for Financial Updates as of February 2024

The above link will be updated with the previous month's financial information after the Finance Committee is able to review the financial statements at their monthly meeting.
Social Ministry Update

Monthly Outreach

CHANGE FOR CHANGE All money received in the Change for Change jar will be used to support HOPELINK food bank.

FLC Faith Partner Opportunities:

Thank you for your generous donations to our February 2024 Food Drive!  First Lutheran Church Bothell’s Social Ministries Committee, partnered with the Northshore Nourishing Network with this Community Food Drive. Donations of non-perishable food items were shared with local Northshore Community Food Banks and Food Pantries.

Monthly Financial Outreach

January Outreach: Compass Housing Alliance

February Outreach: Hopelink

March Outreach: Lutheran Community Services

April Outreach: Poor People's Campaign

May Outreach:

June Outreach:

July Outreach:

August Outreach:

September Outreach:

October Outreach:

November Outreach:

December Outreach:


National Arbor Day

National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April (April 26th this year), but many states observe the day at different times of the year, depending on the best time for planting in each state. The first Arbor Day occurred on April 10, 1872, so celebrating, caring and planting trees isn’t new but is a long-recognized way of sustaining our planet, our forests, our wildlife, and our lives. In Washington State, Arbor Day is celebrated on the second Wednesday of April, so plant a tree on April 10th this year!


King County 2024 Household Hazardous Waste Collection – April Events 

According to their website, King County prevented 3,231,340 pounds of hazardous waste from going into the environment in 2022! The traveling Wastemobile program is active from February thru October each year, and provides a safe and easy method for King County residents and small businesses to dispose of household hazardous waste such as oil-based paint, batteries, antifreeze, or pesticides, all at no cost. The Wastemobile location nearest FLC is at the University of Washington - Bothell campus (18115 Campus Way NE) in Bothell. The website currently shows that April’s event for this location has been cancelled. If you’re interested, check out the detailed instructions, acceptable items, allowable quantities for each, and the complete 2024 schedule of dates, times, and locations here.

This year, Earth Day is on Monday, April 22nd. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Although it will be 54 years since the inception of Earth Day, the need to support the environment has not diminished. This year’s theme of “Planet vs. Plastics” advocates widespread awareness on the health risk of plastics, the need to rapidly phase out all single use plastics, and the need for a strong UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution. Check out www.EarthDay.org for a variety of events that are being coordinated on a global basis to recognize the significance of this day. 

From Our Partners

First Lutheran Church has purchased the Northwest Washington Synod's LiVE bundle for 2023-24, so any LiVE events are free to our congregation! See the complete LIVE Project Catalog and register using FLC's Confirmation Code to register for free!

Upcoming events:

Looking Ahead

April 2024 - The Spirit

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