February 2020 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!

Sunday Worship Schedule

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

Communion served every Sunday

All are Welcome!
Pastor Berg's Blog:
Moving Forward Into 2020

In the Gospel of Mark there is scene in chapter two that is outstanding; Jesus is hanging out with the most recent disciple he has called and the religious leaders ask a very challenging question. They ask, "Why is Jesus eating with all those sinners?" Three observation about this challenge: 1. Jesus calls sinners to be his disciples. 2. Eating together is an important part of Jesus ministry. 3. Ministry often will take us in directions that those in power will be intimidated by.

Read the rest of the article here .
Registration for First Lutheran Preschool begins January 31st for church members, current students, and alumni. Open registration begins on February 10th for new families.  Did you know that church members get a 10% discount on tuition?   Registration forms can be picked up outside of the first preschool room on the bulletin board, or download here!. Tell all of your friends and neighbors what a great program we have here at First Lutheran Preschool! For more information visit our website!
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Saturday, February 15, 9 – 10:30 am. 
Please join other men from the congregation and community for a delicious breakfast and interesting conversation! There’ll be “food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought!” The next Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study is on Saturday, March 21. Please join us and bring a friend!
Roger Steinke's Notes
Important February 2020 Dates:
Save the Date!
2020 Youth Auction
Sunday, February 9
The Annual Youth Auction supports the Youth Ministries of First Lutheran Church. This year’s auction will feature a “Beach Theme.” The Silent Auction begins at 3:45 PM, the Dinner Buffet begins at 4:45 PM and the Cake and Live Auction begins at 6 PM. Local Northshore Celebrity, Dale Amundsen, will once again serve as our Auctioneer. Donations for the Youth Auction are being received. Please contact Roger for auction and donation information.  
Important 2020 Summer Dates:
May 31,9:30 AM: Rite of Confirmation

Saturday, June 20, 10 AM – 1 PM
The 12th Annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

June 25 – July 1
Western States Youth Gathering at California Lutheran University for Grades 9 – 12

July 12 – July 17
Middle School Summer Mission Trip to Camp Lutherhaven, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,
Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30 
Summer Day Camp / Vacation Bible School,
February 2020
Thank you to all who shared their favorite 2019 photos. All photos will be displayed in the
Show Us Your Favorite Photo-
Gallery Show
March 15, 2020 
9:45 am
We will celebrate First Lutheran Church’s 134th Anniversary on March 15 as well. 
Scanning of historical documents dates: February 12 and 26. Please sign up on library date to help.
Book Theme for February: Sustainability
How people and congregations are working to protect the earth and mitigate climate change: 
  • Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change 
  • Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth’s Climate 
  • Love God, Heal Earth: 21 Religious Voices Speak Out on our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment
  • Ecofaith: Creating and Sustaining Green Congregations
  • Greenfaith: Mobilizing God’s People to Save the Earth 

Check it Out!  
Donating IRA Required Minimum Distributions to Charity
You may request that a portion of your IRA required minimum distribution (RMD) be payable to and sent directly to First Lutheran Church.

How it works:
The provision allows retirees age 70 ½ and older to donate up to $100,000 tax free from their IRA each year. Generally, when you take an RMD from your IRA, it is treated as taxable income. Under this provision those assets are excluded from income if the RMD is made directly to charity.

The distribution is not included in your income so you avoid the potential negative consequences that regular IRA withdrawals in retirement can create, including taxes on Social Security benefits.
RMDs excluded from income are also equivalent to a 100% deduction. Normally, charitable contribution deductions are limited to a lower percentage (or are eliminated altogether) for taxpayers who do not itemize and take the standard deduction.

IRS rules mandate that individuals age 72 (70 ½ if you reach 70 ½ before January 1, 2020) and older take RMDs from their IRA each year, regardless of whether the income is needed. These annual withdrawals are subject to ordinary income taxes. By making a charitable contribution from your IRA, you can satisfy your RMD amount without reporting additional income. 

You cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction for any distribution not included in your income.
Social Ministry Update
What is Lutheran World Relief?
Since 1945, LWR has been working around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.
What We Do:  
Invest in agriculture -- Teach ways to capture and protect water -- Provide emergency disaster recovery -- Make quilts -- Assemble personal care kits -- Provide school kits -- Build coffee-farming communities -- Deliver critical aid                                                           
Where We Serve
DR of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Colombia, Dominica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
Watch for more details for how you can get involved!
February Outreach
Christmas is coming! This thought brings joy to many people, but to those persons in need it is a difficult time. Here are two easy ways to help:

CHANGE FOR CHANGE All money received in the Change for Change jar will be used to support HOPELINK food bank.
HOPELINK food bank emphasis in February is for household paper and plastic products (cleaning products, toilet paper, paper towels, plastic wrap, foil laundry soap, etc.) 

February Monthly Outreach: To be determined
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.
Special WELCA Announcement

It is with a heavy heart as well as a heart full of joyful anticipation that we announce the final year of First Lutheran’s WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) hosted events.

The following events will take place during our final year, 2020:
  • Eastside Baby Corner “shower” 
  • Quilt-a-Thon to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief
  • Work party to make quilts for Eastside Baby Corner
  • Quilt and Bake Sale
  • Veterans Appreciation event
  • Christmas program and potluck

We will also support the following ministries as we have in the past years: FLC Quilters, Hopelink, Camp Lutherwood, Maasai Girls School (Tanzania), Compass Housing Alliance, Project Hannah/TransWorld Radio, Augusta Victoria Hospital (Jerusalem), Mary’s Place and Lutheran World Relief.

The Circles and Quilters will continue as they have in the past, and funds in the WELCA account will be distributed by year-end 2020.

Thank you to all for the many years of this congregation’s support of WELCA activities and events. It is our hope that these events and ministries continue to be supported in the future with fresh and innovative ideas.

With our immense gratitude and prayers for God’s blessings on each of you,
WELCA Board: Marilyn Iverson, Terry Straka, Dawn Bastin, Bonnie Ahlstedt, Ruth Neitzel, Audrey Fisher, Nancy Davis
Bible Study opportunities available: All are welcome!
Deborah: Wednesday, February 5, 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, February 17, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room
Christian studies & fellowship
Call if child care needed
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 am, the Library. 
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

2019-2020 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.

JULY 16-19, 2020 Eleventh Triennial Convention & Gathering. Women of the ELCA gathers every three years to act boldly on our faith. Lisa Plorin, President, invites you to this life-changing event. Join thousands of women and be inspired to live out your faith in new & invigorating ways. Invite friends and family. Day trips are offered around Phoenix and Scottsdale including the Bioscience center and shopping.  Early registration through January 6, 2020, is $325. Registration after January 6, 2020 is $375. Day registration is $200. Hotel reservations need to be made separately. Hotels near the Convention Center will offer WELCA group discounts.You can ask to be on the same floor(s)as friends. 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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From Our Partners
Thank You!
The scouts from our chartered Pack 584 helped us fill the Hopelink Cart with food in January. We really appreciate their generosity!
Camp Lutherwood
Registration is Open!
Get ready for summer camp! Visit the link below to explore registration times, cost and discounts. Don't miss the early bird specials!

Looking Ahead!
Next Lyrical Arts Concert!
March 22, 4 pm
Connect With Our Partners
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