September at First Lutheran Church of Bothell!
January 2017 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!

Worship Schedule
Worship: 8:30 am & 11:00 am
Christian Education: 9:45 am

New Year's Day Worship: One service at 10:00 am
No Education Hour

Communion served every Sunday
Happy New Year!
Committee annual reports are due now!
Pastor Berg's Message

2017 – A New Year 

Many of my friends are calling 2016 "The worst year ever!" Maybe a bit of an overstatement. Most of them are saying this as yet another popular person died. Wham! lead singer George Michael, Star Wars hero Carrie Fisher, not to forget Alan Rickman or Prince and our little buddy Bob Denver. So, many! 

Yet, others, more humble, have died this year as well. They will die with no fanfare from the media. No "shoutout" from fawning fans on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

For the rest of the articleclick here.

January Adult Education
Sundays 9:45 am - Starting on the 8th.
Introduction to the Miracles of Jesus led by Pastor Berg
2017 FLC Budget Review - January 15

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study, Saturday, January 14th:  9 – 10:30 AM

Come and join other men from the congregation for breakfast and conversation!  There will be food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought! Gordy Phelps is preparing a delicious breakfast spread.  Pastor Berg is leading an inspiring Bible study and discussion. Future Breakfasts are scheduled for Saturday, February 18 and Saturday, March 18.  Please join us!  

Roger Steinke's Notes
Journey Classes are Back!
January 8, 15 and 22, 5 – 7 PM. 

Dr. Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the University of Washington College of the Environment  will lead  Anthropo-what? How new findings by earth scientists add urgency to planning for resilience in the Pacific Northwest."    
Each Journey Class includes a delicious dinner.  Please join us! More information.


January 15th: Youth Room Painting Party!
12:15 – 4:30 PM
Calling all painters!  Youth and adult painters are needed to help paint the Youth Room!  Lunch will be served at 12:15 PM.  Please bring your painting clothes and your favorite paint brushes. Please contact Roger for more information.   Please sign up on the youth board.

January 22nd: 2017 Youth Auction Planning Meeting 12:15 – 1:30 PM
Help is needed with: donation procurement, communications, food, set up & decorations, silent auction, cake auction and clean up.  Please come ready to sign up and make the youth auction a success!  Lunch will be served  at 12:15 PM.   Contact Roger for more information.  Please sign up on the youth board.

January 29th:Peace Lutheran Puyallup Spaghetti Dinner and Youth Auction!     
2:30 – 7 PM  
Our friends at Peace Lutheran Church have invited us to their annual youth auction!  Please meet at First Lutheran at 2:30 PM to travel to Puyallup.  Please bring $12 each for dinner tickets and money for any auction purchases. Please sgn up on the youth board.

Save the Date!
February 12th:  2016 Annual Youth Auction        3:45 – 7 PM
Supporting the FLC youth ministries, this year will have a Disney theme to celebrate our youth traveling to Thousand Oaks, California for the Western States Youth Gathering this summer.

For over l00 years, Altar Guild, Ladies Aide (aka WELCA), Men's Brotherhood, and many other faithful lay members have been an integral part of our church activities.  They raised money, hosted countless activities, set up for communion, provided church flowers, recorded baptisms, helped with weddings—countless activities for our First Lutheran Church families.   To safeguard our story of serving Bothell the library committee has inventoried the meeting minutes, documents, and notebooks.

During January and February 2017, we are asking you to help preserve the historical documents from 1909 to the early 1950's. We will be transferring the pages of these notebooks into digital format, and protect the documents in special conservation boxes.  

We need volunteers to contribute one to two hours January 11th or 25th. (February hours to be determined later),   We will be scanning the document pages and saving them digitally both on a hard drive and in the cloud. 

What would you be doing? You will carefully place pages of the historical document on the scanner, push the button, and turn the pages.  Not difficult, but very important!  

January 11,10:00-2:00  and January 25th, 10:00 - 2:00: Please sign up on the sheets posted on the library window.

Check it Out!            

Happy Birthday to our 80+ Year Olds!

Jean Pickens on January 31!


Youth room damage repair is still ongoing. Drywall work will begin in the new year, as will new floor installation. The parking lot light will be repaired sometime in January.

Pick up your 2017 offering envelopes in the narthex!
Bell Tower Donations Report
Thank you for your gifts to the Bell Fund!
Good news! We have reached our fund raising goal of $53,000.  We are waiting on the city permitting process.                     

Social Ministry Update

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 January is for household paper and plastic products (cleaning products, toilet paper, paper towels, plastic wrap, foil laundry soap, etc.) 

January Monthly Outreach: $750.00 will go to Maritime Ministry

Thank You!

Big hearts this Christmas

Thanks to the many generous folks at church this year, we were able to stock the Hopelink Christmas store with 205 awesome gifts and $175.00 in gift cards.  Hopelink provides gifts to all their clients each Christmas season, and without the help of generous people in and around our community, there would be no gifts.

FLC members also provided the gifts that were requested from our Compass Housing Alliance Easternwood apartment here in Bothell.  

There are many things to be thankful for during this holiday season.  

We thank you,

Your Social Ministry Committee

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.
This Month!
WFLC (WELCA) Board Meeting
January 11 at 9:30 am.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - Epiphany by Starlight Dessert at 6:30 pm  An evening of music, dessert, fellowship and inspirational message by Dr. Sharon Henderson Callahan, ED.D.  All women 18 and older are invited. Please sign up with Cathy Tanner or Marilyn Iverson.  

Looking Ahead!
Quilt-a-Thon - February 24 (6 - 9 pm) & February 25 (9 am - 2 pm) Many hands can help us reach our goal of 80 quilts! Call Audrey Fisher with any questions.

Women of the ELCA Tenth Triennial Gathering, July 13 - 16, 2017 in
Minneapolis, MN. Make your reservations now for All New. For more information click here.

Looking Ahead!
The 2017 Youth Auction will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017:  
The youth auction supports the youth ministries of First Lutheran Church.  The 2017 Youth Auction will have a Disney theme, celebrating the upcoming 2017 summer trip to the Western States Youth Gathering at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.  Auction donations are already being received.  Please contact Roger for more information about the upcoming youth auction.  Please mark your calendars!
From Our Partners
From the Cascadia Parish
From The Lutheran World Federation - 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Motto:  We are Liberated by God’s Grace.

The Lutheran World Federation, which has 145 member churches in 98 countries and over 70 million members, including the ELCA, has produced a document to support the 500th commemoration of the Reformation called: We are liberated by God's grace:  Across the world Lutherans are offering God’s grace revealed through Christ to God’s people everywhere. 
One of the highlights of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 is the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation that will meet in Namibia in May under the theme “Liberated by God’s Grace”. 
To read more click on the link above pick up the full article from the news shelf in the narthex.
Monday, February 6, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PST)
Ronald Commons
17839 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, Washington 98133
First Lutheran Church has supported 3 apartments in this newest shelter. All members of the congregation are welcome to attend the grand opening. To rsvp click here.

From Lutheran Counseling Network - January 2017 


“Too” is an adverb meaning – 1: in addition, 2: more than enough, 3: to a regrettable extent, 4: extremely or too much or too many.

It doesn’t seem like much of a word, but it will provide a key this year to exploring the heights of God’s grace and the depths of our human struggle to live with each other.

Let’s try it out with definition 4, “extremely.” “That was too funny!” It makes no sense literally, but if we understand the idiom we discover that someone finds something very humorous. As a matter of fact, it was so funny there may not have been words to describe it.

We are eavesdropping on a private moment between two people and there is a positive relationship implied here. The “too” carries a sense of intimacy and sharing.

The words “God is too gracious and forgiving!” is not criticizing God's generosity, but recognizing God’s extreme love for people. In this positive relationship, God's very essence has flowed through and to someone and they are expressing awe and gratitude.

Try it out for yourself. Use the “too” word once a day with definition 4 (until family and friends get tired of it). See how this little word might expand your experience of what is large in God’s universe and of what might be enlarged between you and the people around you.

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