January 2018 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!

Sunday Worship Schedule

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

December 31, 2017
10:00 am

Communion served every Sunday
Pastor Berg's Blog
A New Year's Note

When our calendars get old and run out of days, we search for the newest and best to replace the worn. The old datebook is full of notes and dates and appointments and reminders and is weighted down with memories so numerous we have forgotten most of them. It is attractive to search out one with empty squares, clean lines and, even better, with pictures of places one would like to visit; a calendar ready for new possibilities.

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Roger Steinke's Notes
Friday, January 12 – Saturday, January 13:
Youth in Grades 9 – 12 are invited to join in a New Year “Over Night” Retreat being held here at First Lutheran Church.  We’ll enjoy a two hour session of WhirlyBall in Edmonds, eat pizza, play games, watch some favorite movies and enjoy an incredible night! This Over-Nighter will provide plenty of fun, treats and time to visit! Cost for the Over-Nighter is only $10 per person. Please sign up on the Youth Board!
Save the Date!
Donations for the
2018 Youth Auction
The Youth Auction committee is accepting donations for the 2018 youth auction in February. If you would like to donate please speak to someone on the committee or Roger Steinke.
January 2018
The library committee will again be scanning historical documents from our church records. The documents will be preserved in digital format, and made available to our church members. They will also be indexed and preserved in archival boxes . We made excellent progress in 2017 with our scanning, and our goal is to complete the project in 2018. It is fun, interesting, and you will learn about our church and early church family members. 

Sign up sheets are on the Library Window.

Here are the dates for January and February:
(Please sign up for one hour (or more) between l0:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.) 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:00A.M.- 2:00 P.M.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 10:000 A.M. -2:00 P.M.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018  10:00 A.M. -2:00 P.M.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

Check it out!
Bell Tower Donations Report
The new bell tower has been installed! The garden guild will begin the beautification project in the spring. A dedication is being planned for March 2018.
Social Ministry Update
January 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 household paper and plastic products (cleaning products, toilet paper, paper towels, plastic wrap, foil, laundry soap, etc .)
January Monthly Outreach: $1,000.00 will go to Maritime Ministries .
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
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:
Deborah: Wednesday, January 3, 10:00 am, The Landing.
Women of the ELCA Gather Magazine bible study. 
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or bob.bon@comcast.net.

Hannah: Monday, January 15, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room, 
Child care available
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, January 17, 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

WFLC Open Board meeting, Wed. Jan. 10 at 9:00 AM. Please join the Women of First Lutheran Board as we make plans for 2018. Prayerfully consider becoming a member of the board.  

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, 6:30 PM.  Epiphany by Starlight Dessert for Women: Delicious desserts, music, and Pastor Mary Lindberg will present an inspirational message on Faith Resolutions for the New Year. Please sign up and consider hosting a table. For additional information an evite has been sent to members with email, or contact Marilyn Iverson or Cathy Tanner.

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From Our Partners
From the Cascadia Parish
Holden Evening Prayer
Save the Date! February 7, 7:30 - 9 pm
Wooden Cross Lutheran Church

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