June 2021 Newsletter

Worship Schedule

Sundays with Holy Communion 10 am

Please join us for worship. Contact Pastor Berg or Kristin Smith for the Zoom links. Zoom meetings can be accessed via your smart phone, computer, tablet or, for audio only, by phone. Download the zoom app today!

Recreating and Remembering
Rev. Tor K. Berg
As we move from the busiest months to the vacation months, as we move from the height of the pandemic to a less viral mess, it is good to be reminded of the power of recreation. In the United States of America we have the fewest guaranteed vacation time then any other country in the industrialized world, so when we do take our time off from work we really do need to make the most of it!

The root word “create” denotes a sense of artistry and newness, a making of something that has not been seen or experienced before. “Creation” then is something inherently new. God created the heavens and the earth. Something that had never been seen or experienced before. God promises us that God will make us a new creation through our baptisms. We then are someone new, someone no one else has experienced before.
High School Graduation Recognition and Blessing, June 13, 2020, 10 am Zoom Worship and Fellowship Hour.
Special thanks to Audrey Fisher and the FLC Quilters for their gifts of beautiful, hand-made quilts to each of the graduates. Contact Roger Steinke with questions regarding the high school graduate recognition.
Thank you!
Dear FLC Congregation,
My family and I would like to thank you for your cards and words of encouragement and comfort in the death of Gordon. We have appreciated it very much, as well as the beautiful graveside service officiated by Pastor Berg.
The peace of Christ be with you,
Ethel Eide and Family
Thank you, thank you to all the thoughtful people of First Lutheran Church who helped make my 100th birthday on April 1st such a joyful occasion. A “ committee”, long before I woke up on the 1st, decorated my front gate and living room with 100 balloons.
Gifts, cards, photos, telephone calls and visits—I am still enjoying these.
I wish I could thank you all in person.
I thank the Lord for Blessings of a long life, and I will ask the Lord to Bless all of you.
Trudy Eichelsdoerfer
From the FLC Council's Reopening Committee

Re-Opening Goals:
June 7 - FLC Office Reopens
September 12, Rally Sunday - Return to In-Person Sunday Worship
Zoom Sunday Worship is ongoing.
Small Group In-Person Meetings at FLC - Paused until Covid number reduce. Please check back after monthly FLC Council meetings for updates.

The FLC Council uses Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery in making re-opening decisions. To see the current state of cases and vaccinations, please visit:

Please note that all people entering the FLC building or using the parking lot for meetings must complete a temperature check and wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth. In addition, they must hand sanitize and complete the CDC Covid Self-checker, found here, This must be done even if you are fully vaccinated. Questions to Christy Freriks.
Do You Still Want Offering Envelopes?
As more and more congregants are moving to bill pay services and online giving, the Finance Committee is auditing giving envelope use. If you have been receiving giving envelopes and no longer feel you have a need for them, please let the church office know at 425-486-2314 or by email by June 7th.
Women's Bible Study & Fellowship opportunities available:

Deborah: June 8, 10:30 am on Zoom. Everyone is invited to join as we explore session 1, Just Wisdom, part of of a three session Bible study inspired, in part, by Jesus proclamations. (Sessions 2 and 3 will be studied in July and August.)
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or bobbon_9@msn.com.

Rebecca Circle: June 17, 10 am on Zoom. Everyone is welcome!
Contact: Barbara Thieme 425-898-8982
Rebecca Circle will take July and August off and will resume on September 15th.
Men’s ONLINE Breakfast and Bible Study via Zoom!
Saturday, June 19, 9 – 10:15 am. 
Come join other men from the congregation and community online for breakfast and conversation! There will be food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought! A group of 11 men attended the April 2021 online breakfast. Please join us from the comfort of your own home for discussion and enrichment.
Roger Steinke's Notes
Director of REACH Ministries
Monday, July 26 – Thursday, July 29, 9 AM to Noon
All children ages 3 through 6th Grade are invited to attend. Registration will open in early June. We are excited to hold in person Vacation Bible School! Please watch for more information.
IN Person Outdoor Youth Group Event at the Coble family's home in Brier
Saturday, June 5, 3 - 5 pm.

All Youth (Grades 6 - 12) are invited to attend. Plans include an outdoor gathering (physically distanced and wearing masks) with games, time for catching up and enjoying some s'mores around their fire pit. We will continue to monitor the State COVID health directives and guidelines.

The FLC bus will provide transportation to and from the church at 2:30 pm. We will return to FLC at 5:30 pm.

We are hoping for a beautiful day! This will be our first in person youth event since February 2020!

Please watch for more detailed information.
All Sunday morning Christian Education classes are on summer break, and will resume on Rally Day Sunday, September 12.
I hope that you can join your First Lutheran Church family in these exciting events!     
With JOY in Christ,
Roger Steinke, 
Director of REACH Ministries 
Zoom Movie Review
The Pursuit of Happiness
Sunday, June 27, 3 pm
The Pursuit of Happiness “is based on a true story of a man named Christopher Gardner, a struggling salesman who takes custody of his son as he begins a life-changing professional career. As Gardner works to make ends meet, his wife leaves him and he loses his apartment. Forced to live out in the streets with his son, he continues as a sales person while concurrently taking on an unpaid internship as a stockbroker. Chris is willing to go to great lengths to succeed. Will his efforts pay off? Can the determined parent make dreams come true?” Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Starring: Will Smith, Thandiwe Newton and Jaden Smith. Written by Steven Conrad.

MOVIE REVIEW: Please watch the movie prior to our Zoom Movie Review. The Pursuit of Happiness is available to watch on Netflix, ITunes, Google Play and Vudu. Our discussion will begin with a review of the main plots of the movie. We will also explore the spiritual themes of the movie. Questions? Please contact Roger Steinke. Join us!
June 2021
Book Club!
Discussion Book: No-No Boy, by John Okado
June 22, 7:00 pm on Zoom
Discussion Leaders: Ann & Dan Bormann

"John Okada was born in Seattle, Washington in 1923. He attended the University of Washington and Columbia University. He served in the US Army in World War II, wrote one novel and died of a heart attack at the age of 47. John Okada died in obscurity believing that Asian America had rejected his work.

In this work, Okada gives the perspective of a no-no boy, a Japanese-American man who would neither denounce his Japanese heritage nor fight for the U.S. Army during WWII. This novel takes place after the main character spent two years in a Japanese internment camp, and two years in prison after saying no when asked to join the U.S. Army. Okada's novel No-No Boy shows the internal and external struggles fought by Japanese-Americans in that time period, be they no-no boys or not." (From goodreads.com)

Questions to Clint Bastin (Book Club Coordinator) or Roger Steinke. Copy of book is available on table outside the library.  The zoom link will be sent on June 21.
The above link will updated with May's financial information after the Finance Committee is able to review the financial statements later in May.
These are anxious and trying times for all of us. Physical distancing has changed how First Lutheran provides mission and ministry. We are all eager to have worship and all ministries return to normal.
What has not changed are the expenses for mission and ministry. Thank you to all who have continued their faithful giving.
Listed below are ways for you to share with First Lutheran.
  • Mail in your checks. We are still doing weekly deposits.
  • Set up electronic giving by using the Give Online button at flc.bothell.org, or calling Vanco services at 800-675-7430. Note: there is a one time fee to FLC for the set up of bank to bank transactions. There are approximately 3% transaction fees on all credit card donations, making credit card and debit card giving more effective if combined into a monthly transaction, rather than smaller amounts, weekly.
  • Set up one time or auto payments through your bank’s pay service

Thank you for your faithfulness. 
The Finance Committee
Bob Berg, Chair 
Social Ministry Update
First Lutheran Church Continues Support of Lutheran World Relief
Quilting is being done at home. Thank you to all who are continuing to sew for the upcoming shipment in April.

People are needed to sew school bags. Fabric and instructions are on the black table by the Care Corner in the narthex. Questions about sewing the bags to Audrey Fisher 425-822-6143 or Lucy Kay Osborne.

Help is Needed!

Items for school kits are being accepted now (no substitutes!):  
spiral notebooks (70 page/college or wide ruled) 
rulers (metric & empirical)
scissors (for age 7+)
pencils (#2) 
pens (ball point only/blue or black) 
pencil sharpeners with receptacle for shavings 
pink 2.5” erasers
Please call Lucy Kay if you’d rather donate funds for this.
Thank you!!! Thank you for supporting the Cascadia College Kodiak Cave (Food Pantry) Kitchen and Household Item Drive! Many new and used household and kitchen items were collected during April and May. The students and staff of Cascadia College are very thankful for your generous donations!  
Monthly Outreach

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

HOPELINK helps homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities gain stability, while providing others with the tools and skills they need to exit poverty for good. Hopelink is not accepting food or other goods at this time. Click here for donation information.

January Monthly Outreach: Compass Housing Alliance
February Monthly Outreach: Hopelink
March Monthly Outreach: Lutheran Community Services
April Monthly Outreach: Earth Ministries
May Monthly Outreach: ELCA World Hunger
June Monthly Outreach: Lutheran World Relief
July Monthly Outreach:
August Monthly Outreach:
September Monthly Outreach:
October Monthly Outreach:
November Monthly Outreach:
December Monthly Outreach:
Scrip and Other Passive Fundraising for First Lutheran Church!

This is an excellent time to set up Shop with Scrip and Presto Pay for instant Scrip purchases and redemption on your smart phone. This is a super easy way to continue to support FLC's Scrip program. (See below for more information.)

Additionally, while worship is being celebrated virtually, you may mail a check to FLC Scrip, attention Gordy Phelps, with a note of what scrip cards you wish to purchase, and he will mail the cards back to you.

We have several other opportunities for earning money while you shop for FLC's many social ministry programs:

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.

If you have questions email Gordy Phelps.
Mary Ann Oliver
June 22, 1927 - May 2, 2021

Dale Oliver has notified the church office that her mother, long time member, Mary Ann Oliver passed away in Sedona, Arizona on May 2. No service is planned at this time.
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Connect With Our Partners
From KBIG - Kenmore Bothell Interfaith Group
After 14 years of providing shelter to people who are unhoused in North King County with the support of many community partners via the Lake City Taskforce on Homelessness, Lake City Partners 501c3 is pleased to announce that we have transitioned our winter shelter to a 24/7 Enhanced Shelter at The Oaks in Shoreline. The Oaks will serve 60 unhoused single adults and couples with pets - more than double the number of people that were served during this past Winter Shelter season. Rather than move from location to location and only being open at night and in the winter, this new 24/7 location will be a springboard for residents to move into permanent housing. We are so grateful to be able to create privacy and safety for people as they will have their own rooms at this new location.

See the KBIG Website for a full release and Volunteer opportunities and signups for helping with Meals, Snacks, Painting, clothing/hygiene Product Drives, Landscaping/Gardening and more!
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