May 2018 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!

Sunday Worship Schedule
Worship: 8:30 & 11 am
Education Hour: 9:45 am

Summer Worship Schedule Starts May 27!
Worship: 9:30 am
Fellowship Hour: 10:30 am

Communion served every Sunday

Pastor Berg's Blog
Come this June I have served First Lutheran Church for eight years. It has been a good eight years from my perspective. When I came to this congregation there was a lot of anxiety about the future of the congregation, about whether a pastor would even want to serve in this place, about finances, and many other issues. I am happy to say that these worries are in the distant past. Currently our anxiety here is about more mundane things: getting a newsletter out, how are we going to repair the skylight in the atrium, will we get an usher to serve for a particular sunday, you know ordinary, small things. We have come a long way to be in this state of normalcy.

But now we are experiencing change in our midst. This change is causing a new kind of anxiety, an exciting kind of anxiety. The Holy Spirit is blowing through this congregation and is calling us to new ministry opportunities. Below I will outline three movements that will affect FLC and how we will move into God's preferred and promised future for us.

Read the rest of the article here .
Altar Flowers Request
Now that Lent is over we are again accepting donations for altar flowers. The altar flower forms are on the bulletin board above the toddler’s play area. Please remember your special occasions with a gift of altar flowers. Special occasions will be acknowledged in the bulletin. The flowers are now being purchased from Bothell Florist, and the suggested donation is $35. Thank you for your generosity.
Roger Steinke's Notes
An ELCA Youth Gathering Houston Pre-Gathering “Get-Together” is happening on Sunday, May 6th at First Lutheran Church Bothell from 2 – 4 PM! All Houston Youth Gathering participants from the NWWA Synod are invited to attend. There are 20 NWWA Synod congregations, with 266 participants, attending the Houston Youth Gathering.

Affirmation of Baptism and Rite of Confirmation
Sunday, May 20th, 11 AM worship service.Five students are preparing to celebrate their Affirmation of Baptism. A Confirmation Reception with sandwiches, salads, cake and beverage will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the Worship Service. The congregation is invited to this Confirmation Service and Reception. 

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 10th. 
Last Sunday School Classes are May 20th! Summer worship schedule starts May 27th. Rally Day will be September 9th.
From Roger: What's Coming Up!
Helping Hands Day with Cub Scout Pack #584 is on Saturday, May 5, from 10 AM to 12 PM. First Lutheran’s Cub Scouts are going to be helping with some Spring Cleaning! Projects they will be working on include washing the church bus and trailer, cleaning the church parking lot, helping with general clean-up, picking up trash around the church and our neighboring properties. Special thanks to the First Lutheran Garden Guild who have agreed to help lead and supervise several of these projects! “Many Hands make the Labor Light!”

Guys Night Out!   Saturday, May 5,  4 - 7 pm
The men of First Lutheran are invited to meet at the Foggy Noggin Brewery at 4 pm on Saturday, May 5th to sample an assortment of craft brews. Since this is in a residential neighborhood, please pull forward into the long driveway to avoid clogging the street. There is plenty of parking on the property near the garage. The brewery is located at 22329 – 53rd AVE SE in Bothell.  After our tasting, around 5 PM, we will move to Rob and Kim McCaw’s home for a BBQ Pot-Luck. The McCaw home is nearby at 23415 – 49th AVE SE. For the BBQ Pot-Luck, please bring some brats or burgers to throw on the BBQ, or a salad to share and / or some beverage to share. To help with planning, please RSVP to Rob or Roger.  We hope that you can join us! 

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study, Saturday, May 19: 9 – 10:30 AM
Come and join other men from the congregation and community for breakfast and conversation! There will be “food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought!” Once again, Gordy Phelps is preparing a delicious breakfast spread. Pastor Berg is leading another inspiring Bible study and discussion. Future Breakfasts are scheduled for Saturday, May 19th and Saturday, June 16th. Please join us!  

It’s A Church Work Party (Spring Cleaning) at First Lutheran on Saturday, May 19, starting from 9 AM to Noon. Please join the Properties Committee for a “Spring Cleaning!”  Our Work Party will include dusting, vacuuming and washing. Please bring your favorite cleaning utensils and help us spruce up our Church for the coming Pentecost Celebration! Please contact Audrey Fisher with any questions regarding the Spring Work Party.

Hot Rods & Hot Dogs! 10th Annual Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show!
Saturday, June 23, 10 AM – 1 PM
First Lutheran Church will again partner with Ceremony Masters and Life Celebrations by Evergreen Washelli and hold this spectacular summer event! The event will feature a variety of hot rods, motorcycles, imports, custom cars and trucks!  The Community is invited to support “The End Summer Hunger” Campaign, a Hopelink lunch program to feed kids. Admission is free. Please consider bringing a donation of cash or canned food to help “End Summer Hunger!” A concession stand will feature “Hot Dogs,” condiments, chips and beverage. Plenty of summer food and fun! Help is needed with the BBQ and food tables. Please let Roger know if you can help.
May 2018

New Books In Our FLC Library!
Library Committee recently ordered new books for our Library.  Here are two reviews. 

By Amy Rosenthal Krouse (New York Times Best Selling Author)
A children’s book that all ages will enjoy. Amy writes about what it means to cooperate through the eyes of baking, sharing chocolate chip cookies. What “patience” means; what “nicely” means; what “polite” means; what “proud” means; what “trust” means, what “fair” means. 

Riley Unlikely: With Simple Childlike Faith, Amazing Things Can Happen.
By Riley Banks- Snyder 
Riley Unlikely is the inspiring story of Riley Banks, who first traveled to Kenya at age 13. She has been back every year since bringing backpacks of school supplies and hygiene kits for young girls, developing relationships and friendships. Riley is currently, as a young millennial, raising money to build a complete learning complex in Kibwezi, Kenya for those who have nothing. 

Check it out!  
Social Ministry Update
May Outreach
When 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.  
Money deposited in the Change for Change jar will be used to support Hopelink's End Summer Hunger program.

The focus of donations to the Hopelink grocery cart will be for be for replacements for school lunch programs (peanut butter, jelly, fruit cups, cracker & cheese packs, etc.)  
May Monthly Outreach: $1,100.00 will go to Augusta Victoria Hospital .
Annual Towel Drive Benefits
Compass Housing Alliance
Thanks to all of you for your towel and toiletry donations. This year we collected 105 bath towels, 57 hand towels, 37 wash cloths and a lot of soaps and shampoos, etc. Compass Housing Alliance will love them all.
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.
God’s Love, Our Hands
Do you knit or crochet? First Lutheran has a large supply of yarn which you can turn into knitted or crocheted items that can help others. The yarn is available in Room 104 (downstairs, off Fellowship Hall). Stop in anytime to pick up yarn and get started on a project. Return finished items to the drop box in Room 104. Your knitted and crocheted items will be taken to places such as Compass Center, Eastside Baby Corner, Mary’s Place, nursing homes, animal shelters, 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, potholders, or other projects. 
Questions? Contact Karen Thomas.
Looking Ahead
For Our Youth!
Sunday, June 3rd, 12:15 – 3:30 PM: Meet-N-Greet with the Mount Cross Lutheran Church Crew.

Sunday, June 10, 9:30 – 11:30 AM: High School Graduate Recognition & Breakfast

June 23: 10th Annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

June 24 - July 3 - ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX (Grades 9 - 12)

July 15 - July 20: Youth Summer Mission Trip to Camp Lutherhaven, Coeur d'Alene (Grades 7-9) Grades 5 - 9. Sign up on the youth board now!

July 30 - August 2: Vacation Bible School/Summer Day Camp - Speak Life! Ages 3 - 6th Grade. Registration opens soon!
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, May 3, 10:00 am, The Landing.
May's study and devotion on Hospitality, All are Welcome by Rev. Julie A Kanarr, Belfair Christ Lutheran Pastor.  (Gather magazine subscription Bible study and articles.)
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or

Hannah: Monday, NO May meeting, Fireside Room, 
Child care available
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, May 16, 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

Gather , the magazine of the Women of the ELCA is presenting two provoking Bible studies in its spring and summer 2018 issues. Each May Gather takes a break to offer a one-session devotional. This year Pastor Kanarr writes the devotional “All Are Welcome” on how groups and congregations can open their ministry to diverse newcomers. WELCA has a special offer to order multiple copies of the May issue.

By late spring, the 3-session summer study will be available to download free.   The June & July/August Bible Study is on prayer by Theologian Anna Madsen of the OMG: Center for Theological Conversation. Questions, contact Bonnie Ahlstedt at 360-805-1743 or .  
Download the June, July/August Bible Studies at :
·       Session one – The paradoxes of prayer (1 Samuel 12:16)
·       Session two – The practices of prayer (Psalm 19:14)
·       Session three – The products of prayer (Romans 8:26-28)

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June 2, 9 am - 2 pm
Lunch Provided
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