March 2020 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!

Sunday Worship Schedule

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

Communion served every Sunday

All are Welcome!
All are welcome to enjoy delicious homemade soup and conversation about the movie, McFarland, USA . Each Wednesday, Pastor Berg will lead a discussion reflecting on the movie. Please join us!
Pastor Berg's Blog:
Ashes of Hope

We begin our Lenten journey this year on February 26th with Ash Wednesday and it ends 40 days later, not counting Sundays, on April 11 on Holy Saturday (or the Vigil of Easter). Lent is an important time for Christians as we reflect on our relationship to Jesus who is arrested, persecuted, hung on a cross till he dies, and then rises from the dead to make sin, death and the devil nothing to us. 

Read the rest of the article here .
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Saturday, March 21, 9 – 10:30 am. 
Please join other men from the congregation and community for a delicious breakfast and interesting conversation! There’ll be “food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought!” The next Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study is on Saturday, April 18. Please join us and bring a friend!
Lyrical Arts Ensemble Concert!
Spring for your 'art
March 22, 4 pm
Kenneth L. DeJong, Artistic Director and Conductor
Free admission; free will offering to First Lutheran Musical Instrument Repair Fund.
Save the date and come to LWR Quilt-a-thon the last weekend of March. The tops, backs, and batting are ready to put together into beautiful warm quilts for those in need of help, be it war, conflict, earthquake, flood, or other major disaster. It’s simple—pin the edges and tie knots to hold all three layers together! 
Try to imagine what it would be like to have to flee with your loved ones with nothing but the clothes on your back. Let’s band together to reach our goal of 75 quilts. Last year, quilts supplied by FLC were distributed to Mali, Armenia, Tanzania, Iraq and Djibouti. Our personal care kits went to Mauritania, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Mali and Tanzania, and our fabric kits went to Mali and Armenia.
All men, women, youth, and young adults are needed! Bring a friend!   
For questions, contact Audrey Fisher 425-822-6143
Roger Steinke's Notes
A Word of Thanks:
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Sunday, February 9, Youth Auction! Over $20,000 was raised and over 110 people attended this annual event. Special thanks to Dale Amundsen, who volunteered his services as our auctioneer. Over 35 youth and adults helped with this year’s auction! Thank you again for all of your hard work and efforts!  We are richly blessed to have such a strong response from the congregation. The generosity and support to the Children, Youth and Family Ministries is truly amazing and very much appreciated!
Important February 2020 Dates:
Save the Date!
Middle School GO! NIGHT!
Friday, March 6th (5:30 PM to 12:30 AM)
Youth in Grades 6 – 8 are asked to meet at First Lutheran Church at 5:30 PM. The Church Bus leaves Bothell at 5:40 PM for our drive to Advent Lutheran Church in Mill Creek, where we join other ELCA Middle School Youth Groups for dinner, games and worship. GO Night activities continue with a visit to Arena Sports until midnight.  We return to First Lutheran at 12:30 AM. Stay tuned for more information!   The cost per person is only $20. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, February 23rd. Friends are welcome! Please Sign Up on the Youth Board!
Camp Lutherwood Elementary Retreat (Grades 3 – 6)
Friday, March 27 to Saturday, March 28 (4 PM to 8 PM) .
Youth in Grades 3 – 6 are invited to this retreat at Camp Lutherwood. This Over Nighter includes Bible Study, Campfire, Games, Music and much more!  Youth from other church groups will help fill the camp! Be prepared for some ultimate camp fun! Cost is $30 per person (includes Friday dinner & lodging and Saturday meals).  Please meet at the church at 4 PM on Friday. We will leave at 4:10 PM and return to the church on Saturday night around 8:00 PM.  The deadline to sign up is Sunday, February 23.  Please Sign Up on the Youth Board!
Important 2020 Summer Dates:

Holden Village May Youth Weekend
Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17
This High School Retreat is for students in Grades 9 -12.

May 31,9:30 AM: Rite of Confirmation

Saturday, June 20, 10 AM – 1 PM
The 12th Annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

June 25 – July 1
Western States Youth Gathering at California Lutheran University for Grades 9 – 12

July 12 – July 17
Middle School Summer Mission Trip to Camp Lutherhaven, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,
Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30 
Summer Day Camp / Vacation Bible School,

Summer Day Camp/Vacation Bible School
Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30
From Music Director, Lucy Kay Osborne
Come Sing with the Choir during Lent!
The Sanctuary Choir is beginning to rehearse the cantata for Good Friday's Tenebrae service. We’d love to have some extra voices. There are some familiar hymns and songs in the cantata, along with some reading parts. We rehearse Thursday nights from 7-9 pm during Lent and 7-8:30 pm during ordinary times. We invite all that like to sing to join us. If you have questions, please contact Lucy Kay Osborne at or 425-823-9793.
March 2020
Thank you to all who shared their favorite 2019 photos. All photos will be displayed in the
Show Us Your Favorite Photo-
Gallery Show & FLC's 134th Anniversary Celebration
March 15, 2020 
9:45 am
We will celebrate First Lutheran Church’s 134th Anniversary on March 15 as well. 
Book Theme for March:    What a Difference a Year Can Make .  
Two new books: 
- A Year of Living Prayerfully : How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life.
- 365 Thank yous : The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life 

 Also available in our library: 
- A year of Living Biblically 
- A Year of Biblical Womanhood 
- The One year Bible 
- Day by Day We Magnify You: Reading for an Entire Year  

Also in our library we have up-to-date magazines: 
Living Lutheran: February 2020 Issue :  Technology and the Church thought provoking and illuminating articles. 
Christian Century:  Thinking Critically, Living Faithfully  (publisher Peter Marty)  
Gather: For Faith and Action    
Any of our magazines can be checked out. Just sign the blue card on the magazine shelf.

Check it Out!  
Social Ministry Update
March Outreach

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 March is for personal products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, femine hygiene products, etc..) 

January Monthly Outreach: Earth Ministries
February Monthly Outreach: Faith Action Network
March Monthly Outreach: Open Door 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.
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, March 4, 10:00 am, The Landing at FLC.
(Gather magazine subscription Bible study and articles.)
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or

Hannah: Monday, March 16, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room
Christian studies & fellowship
Call if child care needed
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 am, the Library. 
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

2019-2020 Directories for Women of First Lutheran Church Bothell/WELCA are now available. For your copy, please contact Bonnie Ahlstedt at 360-805-1743 or

MISSION QUILT-A-THON: March 27/28: Friday (1-5/6-9 PM) and Saturday (9 am – 12 noon). Join in when you can and help quilters tie and complete quilts for the spring Lutheran World Relief (LWR) shipment. If you cannot join us at the QAT join the quilters on Thursdays from 9-noon. Contact Audrey Fisher 425-822-6143.

T he February 2020 ECHO newsletter has the latest for the women in our Northwest Washington Synod and information on the women's 11th National Triennial Convention & Gathering,  Embraced by God  in Phoenix, AZ July 17-19, 2020. A life-changing event with bold women of faith! Tours of Phoenix and surrounding areas specially curated by Women of the ELCA. Hotel reservations need to be made separately. Reservations online at Women of the ELCA . Contact Dawn Bastin 425-471-8084 or Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 for more information.

Visit our “For Women (WELCA)” page at for additional information and updates.
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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