March 2019 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!

Worship Schedule

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

Communion served every Sunday

All are Welcome!
Pastor Berg's Blog:
Fishhook Barrel Cactus. Desert Wolf. Pit Viper. Cougar.

It may have been a mistake to go to the Desert Museum and Zoo on our first day in Arizona. My take away from that wonderful place was that just about everything in the desert wants to either hurt you our kill you; and most of them are not as visible as the Fishhook Barrel Cactus.
Read the rest of the article here .
Adult Education with Pastor Berg:
Church – A Community Called for the Future. This study will seek to impart and share important studies with the church universal to show how the life-giving and life-sustaining work of the Spirit can spark and ignite churches. Based on the book by Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, Church: A Generous Community Amplified for the Future. This class is led by Pastor Berg and meets in the Fellowship Hall.
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Saturday, March 16th: 9 – 10:30 AM
"Food for the Body, Food for the Soul"
Gordy Phelps is preparing breakfast!
Joe Siebert will lead a Bible study on "Heroes."
Roger Steinke's Notes
Silent Auction - 3:45 pm
Dinner buffet - 4:45 PM. 
Cake and live auction - 6 pm. 
A portion of this year’s proceeds will help support the purchase of a new HVAC system for the education/preschool wing. Local Northshore celebrity, Dale Amundsen, will serve as our auctioneer. Donations for the youth auction are being received. Please contact Roger for auction and donation information. 
Youth Auction Final Set Up,
Saturday, March 23, 9 AM -1 PM.
Join a Youth Auction Team to help set up and prepare for the Youth Auction. Sign up to help with setting up tables or preparing the dinner.
“GO! NIGHT!” Over-Nighter - Friday, March 1 to Saturday, March 2, 7 PM - 8 AM

Camp Lutherwood Elementary Retreat (Grades 3 – 6)
Friday, March 15 - Saturday, March 16, 4 PM to 8 PM Sign up on the youth board!

Holden Village May Youth Weekend, Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26 (Grades 9 - 12) Sign up on the youth board!
Important 2019 Summer Dates:
Sunday, May 19, 11 AM Confirmation
Saturday, June 22 (10 AM – 1 PM)
12th Annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19
Youth Summer Mission Trip

Mon. July 29 – Thurs. August 1
Summer Day Camp / Vacation Bible School 
February 2019

Libraries, and especially Church Libraries Matter
Occasionally, I have heard someone say “ Why do we need libraries when we have the “internet?” It is a good question because there are so many good answers.
Libraries, as repositories of knowledge, have been around for about 5,000 years, dating back to ancient Middle Eastern civilizations that began to preserve important records and texts. The first public libraries appeared in Athens, Greece around 500 B.C. 

Libraries are places that are free and welcoming to people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, religions, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Libraries level the playing field, providing equal access to information and creating equal opportunities to learn and grow.  

Libraries play a critical role in building community by providing spaces for people to gather and interact. 

Libraries provide assistance for real-life challenges, including seeking help raising children, times of grieving, navigating modern day media, theological jargon, or cultural changes.
So, if you think libraries are no longer relevant, check out all there is to discover in our church library—the choices will surprise you. 
Note: The contents of this article were adapted from an article on public libraries by our local King County librarian, Lisa Rosenblum.  Thank you for the good thoughts, Lisa. 

March Books on Display
The books featured this month are the books scheduled for February. The Fiction books were a welcome distraction during the snowstorm. So Linda is featuring books on grieving for March (on display outside the library):
The Bright Hour ; A Widow’s Journey; Getting Ready for the New Life; Holding on to Hope; Silent Cradle; Winter Grief, Summer Grave; A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance; When Your Baby Dies; Mourning into Dancing; Water Bugs and Dragonflies; My Favorite Color is Blue, Sometimes; What is Heaven Like? 
The new interesting religious fiction books are now in place in the Fiction section of our library, alphabetically on west wall next to the sanctuary, second set of book shelves on the right.   

Check it Out!  
Social Ministry Update
March Outreach
All money received in the Change for Change jar will be used to support HOPELINK food bank.

HOPELINK food bank emphasis in March is for personal products (shampoo, conditioner, soap toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, etc.) 
March Monthly Outreach: TBD
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.
Bible Study opportunities available: All are welcome!
Deborah: Wednesday, Mar. 6, 10:00 am, The Landing at FLC.
(Gather magazine subscription Bible study and articles.)
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or

Hannah: Monday, Mar. 18, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room
Christian studies & fellowship
Call if child care needed
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 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

March Quilt-a-thon! 
Friday, March 1 (1:30 PM - 5 PM & 6 - 9 PM) & Saturday, March 2 (9 AM – 2 PM).
A light supper Friday at 5 PM. Lunch Saturday at Noon. 
Please sign up in the Narthex or contact Audrey Fisher 425-822-6143. No experience needed. Enjoy a mission project for Lutheran World Relief and Eastside Baby Corner.

2019 Directories for Women of First Lutheran Church Bothell/WELCA are now available. For your copy, please contact Bonnie Ahlstedt at 360-805-1743 or

JUNE 20-23, 2019 
REGION ONE GATHERING for (WA, OR, ID, AK, and MT), Embassy Suites, Hillsboro, OR
Join women from Region One for the Spiritual Journey led by Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the Sensible Shoe book series.

JULY 16-19, 2020 Eleventh Triennial Convention & Gathering. Save the date! Details are being finalized. The theme is Embraced by Grace in Phoenix, Arizona. See 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 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
Concordia Choir In Concert!
One of the nation's finest college choirs will perform Sunday, March 10, 7:00 pm at University Presbyterian Church. $25 adults/ $5 students. Tickets available online at , by phone at 800-838-3006 or at the door. Concordia is an ELCA affiliated college in Moorhead, MN.
Camp Lutherwood News!
The summer camp schedule is available and registration is open! Early Bird special of $50 is available until April 15. Grab your friends and sign up now!
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