June 2017 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!

Worship Schedule
Worship: 9:30 am
Summer Breakfast: 10:30 am

Communion served every Sunday
Pastor Berg's Message

Sabbatical Time.

Pastor Berg is on sabbatical and will have a new article in September. 

To see Pastor Berg's past articlesclick here.

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study, Saturday, June 17th:  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.  Ron Sailor will lead an inspiring Bible study and discussion.  Please join us!  

Roger Steinke's Notes


Graduation is near!   
Graduation Information is needed! 
Please remember to forward information about your High School and College Graduates to Roger.  Please include any important information about their choice of college, awards, scholarships and other achievements.   The High School Graduate Breakfast and Recognition is scheduled for Sunday, June 11.

Here are several “Spring and Summer 2017” dates for your calendars!  

* High School Graduate Breakfast & Recognition: Sunday, June 11 (Starts at 9:30 AM)

* “Hot Rods & Hot Dogs!” 8th Annual Car Show which benefits Hopelink:  Saturday, June 24 (10 AM – 1 PM)

* High School Western States Youth Gathering, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California:  Sunday, June 25 – Sunday, July 2

* Junior High / Middle School Mission Trip, Camp Lutherhaven & Shoshone Retreat, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho:  Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21

* Vacation Bible School / Summer Day Camp (Grades 3 Year-olds – 6th Grade) “We are God’s Masterpiece!” Monday, July 31 – Thursday, August 3

Congregational Sabbatical Breakfast - June 25, 10:40 am

As you may recall, Pastor Berg's sabbatical grant from the Lilly Foundation stipulated that the congregation experience a sabbatical as well. For that purpose, the sabbatical committee selected the book Christianity After Religion, by Diana Butler Bass, as a guide. We spent three weeks with the book as part of Sunday adult education and would like to review that experience at a breakfast after worship this June 25. Please join us for good food and conversation. We will discuss the book with the assumption that you haven't been able to read it! You can still read it by borrowing a copy from the FLC library. 

A new DVD in celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation is available for check out. (DVD’s are located  on the wall next to the Storage Door): Luther and the Reformation- Rick Steves' travelogue in Germany  The story of the Bold Munk, chaos of the Reformation, confrontation with the Pope and the Holy Roman Empire, creating conflict that led to the birth of our modern world.  

Library is sponsoring :  Show Us Your Summer 2017 

Here is how you can participate:  

Select one photo from your photo library of 2017 summer/fall events which you would like to submit  to Show Us Your Summer 2017 photo contest.   

*Have an  8x10  print of your one photo made and mount on cardboard.[change from previous years—cardboard rather than foam ]  Include your name,  a title for your photo entry, date,  location and  information  you want to include—especially if this is a group event or portrait.    
*Bring your mounted photo to our church library and place it in the blue basket on the file cabinet right next to the door.    

Photos should be submitted  by October 8, 2017 

All photos will be displayed in our gallery show and judged by a professional photographer.  Award photos will be framed and in our library for 2018—a year on display.   

The award photos will be returned to the winning photographers in 2019. 

The 2017 award winning photos, in our library, can provide ideas for your photo project:  
Osprey- Dan Bormann 
Chukanut Ride- Alain Adjorolo 
Ducklings- Ann Bormann
Geraniums:Warm Red and White- Judy Edmonds 
Paradise- Judy Richards 
White Crowned Sparrow Singing- Joe Siebert 
Rooftops to God- Richard Edmonds 
Oppheimsvatnet, Norway- Jean Peterson  
Enter your one favorite photo. 
Thank you for participating in our 2017 Show Us Your Summer contest.

Questions: Sue Toyoda 206-890-0017 or Ann Aagaard:425-488-8418 

Happy Birthday to our 80+ Year Olds!
  • Anne Marie Klein        June 11
  • Audrey Fisher            June 12
  • Ron Sailer                  June 13
  • Mary Ann Oliver         June 22
  • Katherine Nelson       June 25
  • Barbara Ray              June 25
  • Edna Kastning           June 26
  • Elsbeth Dudey           June 27


God’s Love, Our Hands 

Do you knit or crochet? First Lutheran has received a large supply of yarn which you can turn into knitted or crocheted items that can help others. The yarn is available in Room 111 (downstairs near elevator). Stop in anytime to pick up yarn and get started on a project. Return finished items to the drop box in Room 111.  Your knitted and crocheted items will be taken to places such as Compass Center, Eastside Baby Corner, Mary’s Place, nursing homes, and the Multiservice Center. You could also knit for our prayer shawl ministry. Needed items include:

               Warm hats for men, women, and children

               Warm scarves for men, women, and children

               Sweaters for infants and children to size 14

               Twin bed size afghans

               Infant blankets

               Prayer shawls

               Kitty blankets for the Seattle Humane Society (about 2 x 2 feet)

We also have a large amount of cotton yarn suitable for dishcloths or other projects.  

If you have unused knitting needles or crochet hooks that you would like to donate for others to use please leave them in the box provided in Room 111. Questions? Contact Karen Thomas.

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. Gabbert Architecture will manage construction. We are waiting on the city permitting process
Social Ministry Update

The "Towel Tally" Is In!

THANK YOU to First Lutheran on behalf of Compass Housing Alliance and the Social Ministries Committee for your tremendous response to our April “Towels and Toiletries Drive.” Thanks to you, we gave 41 bath towels, 71 hand towels, 60 wash cloths, and 25 kitchen towels, as well as several bags of personal size toiletries, to Compass Housing Alliance for use in their Women's Programs, Men's and Women's Hygiene Center, Emergency Shelter for Women, and at their Transitional Housing facility. 

Because of their ongoing need, towels and toiletries are always needed. We will have another towel drive again next year, but if you have towels to donate anytime throughout the year, place them in the Caring Corner marked for Compass.  

Many thanks to each of you who made this year’s drive such a success. You are a blessing.

June Outreach

Money deposited in the Change for Change jar in June will go to Hopelink for End Summer HungerWhen school is out for the summer, many of the nearly 14,000 children in north and east King County who qualify for free or reduced cost meals during the school year may go hungry.

The focus of donations to the Hopelink grocery cart in June will be for replacements for school lunch programs (peanut butter, jelly, fruit cups, cracker & cheese packs, etc.)  

June Monthly Outreach: $1,000.00 will go to Lutherwood Camp & Retreat Center

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.
This Month!
Bible Study opportunities available:
Deborah:  Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 10:00 am, The Landing at FLC.  
Reformation Bible Study, Galatians: Christian Faith and  Freedom
Contact:  Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743

Hannah: Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room, 
Child care available
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle:  Wednesday, June 21, 10:00 am in the Landing. 
Women of the ELCA Gather Bible Study and articles
Contact:  Barbara Thieme 425-898-8982

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.

Visit our Web Page!
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.
 Story of a Holocaust Rescuer
Presented by Foss Home and Village  
Sunday, June 4, 3pm
Shoreline Community College
Main Dining Room - Building 9000
$10 admission (limited seating)
Russian Sacred Music and Folk Songs

Wednesday, June 7, 7 PM - Peace Lutheran Church, 8316-39th Ave. SW, Seattle (206) 935-1962
Friday, June 9, 7 PM -  Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7215-51st Ave NE, Marysville (360) 659-2022
Saturday, June 10, 7 PM: Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, 1253 NW 2nd Ave., Oak Harbor (360) 679-1561
Sunday, June 11, 10 AM worship service and noon concert - Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 911 Stewart St. Seattle. (206) 474-2130
The concerts are open to the public. Free-will donations from the concerts go to support the ensemble in their tour of the U.S. west coast. It is hoped the concert will challenge concert goers to experience, through music, a culture and way of life different from our own.   
Jesus Christ: Yesterday, Today and Forever with the National Lutheran Choir
Friday, September 29, 2017 – 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102

The National Lutheran Choir leads a community-wide evening of singing in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This unique program, featuring the National Lutheran Choir, a massed choir of singers from local choirs assembled for this momentous occasion, and the congregation, will celebrate the rich treasury of music – from early hymns to new works – expressing the journey of the Church. Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien, the 64-voice National Lutheran Choir seeks to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music. More information at NLCA.com

Would you just love to sing with this group on September 29th? Great!  Just such an opportunity is open to the first 150 singers who sign up.  There will be three anthems and a few hymn descants to learn ahead of time by attending at least one of the following prep rehearsals, both held at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle:
Tuesday, 19 September, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, 24 September, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Music will be distributed at the rehearsals.  There will also be a rehearsal with NLC the night of the concert at St. Mark’s, exact time still TBD.

To sing, you must sign up – take a minute to do it now – by responding with your name, congregation, and voice part via e-mail at Sept29Singer@gmail.com.  Your gift of song is a cherished gift.

From Lutheran Counseling Network 
Faith and Everyday Life - June 2017

Too Much Damage

In the movie “Who Killed Roger Rabbit” we learn that you can’t kill a Tune. No matter how many times Wiley Coyote gets a death blow rock on his head; he springs back to life in the next frame.
Unfortunately, relationships are not Tunes. All damage is not reversible. Some is permanent.
Sometimes couples come to a counselor’s office and one person desperately asks, “Can my marriage be saved?” They tell tales of long years of damage or neglect and now a crisis has arisen and the need for resolution seems urgent. Sometimes adult children come to therapy trying to find a way to keep their hearts connected to a parent who continually abuses and ridicules. Sometimes it is not possible. 
Friendships can be strained beyond repair too, as can co-worker relationships. 
We humans are resilient, but not unbreakable. Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, but he did not raise all of his contemporaries from the dead. Jesus wept for his dead friend and probably wept for many who did not return to life.
God may weep for the relationships that we kill but may not miraculously restore them.
Do be careful with these precious gifts God has given you. Be aware that you can do “too much damage” and the gift might be lost forever.
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) needs a few more local willing people – anyone who can lift 30 pound boxes – to help with the twice-a-year Seattle LWR quilt and kit collection on Friday May 5th from 8am to 3pm, and Saturday May 6th from 8am to noon. If you cannot lift, or do not want to lift boxes, we also need traffic directors to manage the incoming loads, and help with checking cars in. Traffic directors get to wear bright yellow vests, and talk with everyone who comes into the parking lot. Traffic director is nice job if you like to socialize.  Food is provided for all.

Volunteers work two-hour shifts, if possible  – with time off between incoming vehicles for conversation and snacks. This is a physical Tetris game – we stack the boxes 9.5 feet high and 8 feet across in 53-foot long containers.  The boxes range from banana and apple boxes to various packing boxes, so loading can be challenging.   

This event takes place in the parking lot west of Our Redeemers’ Lutheran Church (2500 85th Ave NW).  We have two loadings a year – first week in May, and late October/early November.  

Please call Rich Mathes (206-384-1183) or Email lwrmathes@aol.com if interested in the loading, or just have questions.   

Summer Camp Registration is  Open!
We have a new online registration system. Please click the link below to register for camp. Questions to office@camplutherwood.org or call 360-734-7652, M - F 9 -4.

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