May 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

Summer Schedule begins May 26!
One worship service at 9:30 am

All are Welcome!
Pastor Berg's Blog:
20/20 Vision

When I was in my thirties I was having trouble concentrating when I was reading. I finally visited my eye doctor and asked him about it. He said that I did have a little correction and that maybe we should try a prescription for reading glasses. So, I did. Then something peculiar happened. When Susan and I were on the freeway we both missed our exit because I could not read the signs! I went back to my eye doctor and apparently my brain realized that it did not need to work so hard anymore. I went from needing reading glasses to trifocals in three weeks time. I no longer had 20/20 vision. I was no longer that 20 year old I thought I was.
with God.

Read the rest of the article here .
Adult Education with Pastor Berg:
May 5: Peter and Paul: Expanding the Mission
May 12: Peter and Paul; Expanding the Mission
May 18: No Class - Synod Assembly
May 26: Memorial Day Weekend, change one worship service
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Saturday, May 18th: 9 – 10:30 AM
"Food for the Body, Food for the Soul"
Gordy Phelps is preparing breakfast!
Pastor Berg will lead the Bible study.
Attend a Bishop Nominee Forum!
Your participation in the process to call a new bishop is desired!
One will be right here at First Lutheran Church!
Saturday, May 4, 10 am to 12 noon - First Lutheran Church of Bothell
Sunday, May 5, 2 pm - 4 pm - Salem Lutheran in Mount Vernon
Roger Steinke's Notes
May Youth Activities:

Cub Scout Pack 584 Helping Hands Day
Saturday, May 4,10 AM to 12 PM. 

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, June 2, 9:30 AM Confirmation

Sunday, June 9, 9:30 AM High School Graduation Recognition and Breakfast!

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 

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.  

All Sunday school, confirmation, and adult classes will have their last class on Sunday, May 19th . Sunday School and the two worship schedule resumes on Rally Day, Sunday, September 8th.

From the Endowment Committee
Scholarships are available from the Endowment Committee for students attending Lutheran colleges and Universities. Click here to download an application, which will be due May 1 for the school year 2019/2020.
May 2019

In honor of Mother’s Day our library table features books on women. Here are the special books Linda Siebert has reviewed and chosen for our May book display:

• The Red Tent
• The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught

Biblical Women
• Kindred Sisters: New Testament Women Speak to Us Today
• Unveiling Mary Magdalene

Collections of Prayers/Devotions
• Soul Weaving: A Gathering of Women’s Prayers
• Simple Words of Wisdom: 52 Virtues for Every Woman

Practical Guides for Contemporary Women
• Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
• A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study

Our church is a member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Church Librarians (PNACL) -Seattle Chapter. Meetings are hosted monthly by member churches in the area (all denominations) with interesting speakers, helpful suggestions by experienced church librarians, and early morning snacks. In April our hosts were Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue. Greg Asimakoupoulo, Chaplain of Covenant Living at the Shores on Mercer Island-- a poet and author, was our speaker. Here is a poem he composed for PNACL:   

An Ode to the Church Librarian
Church librarians are heroes 
For they challenge changing times. 
They refuse to buy the lie that no one reads. 
So, they catalog what’s current 
In the world of Christian thought
As they shelve what duped believers 
all should heed.

Church librarians are heroes 
Though their efforts are unpraised 
by the congregants who don’t know what they do. 
Still they lobby for their purpose 
Quite convinced their goals are pure
(praying books thought lost are simply overdue.) 
by Chaplain Greg Asimakoupoulos Covenant Living on the Shores 

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 in May will go to Hopelink's End Summer Hunger program. 

HOPELINK food bank emphasis in March is for replacements for school lunch programs (peanut butter, jelly, fruit cups, cracker & cheese packs, etc.)
First Lutheran Church Welcomes Northshore YMCA Totes-to-Go Program
The program provides prepared food & groceries to families in need throughout the Northshore area. In April 2019, this YMCA program began using the space that was recently used by the Living Truth Chinese Lutheran Church. A small group of YMCA staff and volunteers meet weekly to assemble 30 Totes and 35 Fuel Packs for delivery to over a dozen schools.   

In addition to collecting food donations for Hopelink, the Social Ministries Committee is also collecting donations for the YMCA Totes Program. This is another opportunity for First Lutheran to provide nutritionally acceptable and safe foods to children and families in our Bothell and Northshore community. Please look for the YMCA Food Donation Container in the Narthex Caring Corner. Find the list of suggested food items here or in the narthex. For more information, please contact Kathy Konieczka, Donella Robbins or Roger Steinke. Please help and donate!    

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.
Please join Linda and Joe Siebert on Friday evening, May 17, 2019 (7 PM in Fellowship Hall) as they recount their ten days of birding in Costa Rica this spring. Plan on enjoying photos that depict the geography, culture, and natural wonders of this beautiful land; plan also for some Costa Rican treats and coffee.
Summer Worship starts May 26!
Looking Ahead!
Leadership Retreat
June 1, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
The First Lutheran Vision Team invites all leaders in the congregation to attend this retreat in the Fellowship Hall. We will discuss our Vision for Mission and how we at First Lutheran can live into God's Promised Future for our congregation. Lunch will be served.
After working together for 60 years, LWR has joined with IMA (Interchurch Medical Assistance). Lucy Kay Osborne will be heading up the school kit project this summer and will need several helpers to sew, collect school supplies and pack the kits for shipment. Please join in the fun! Thank you for all your fabulous support!  
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 1, 10:00 am, The Landing at FLC.
(Gather magazine subscription Bible study and articles.)
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 am in the Landing. 
Women of the ELCA Gather Bible Study and articles
Contact: Barbara Thieme 425-898-8982

Hannah: Monday, May 20, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room
Christian studies & fellowship
Call if child care needed
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

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

Mini Work Party for Eastside Baby Corner! Saturday, June 15, 2019 9 am - 1 pm.
The FLC quilters need your help to complete 19 baby and snuggle sized quilts for WELCA's Eastside Baby Corner shower in September. Please join us for fellowship, coffee and fun while pinning and tying the quilts. Share the Love! Contact Audrey Fisher for more info. 425-822-6143

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
Enjoy fellowship with women from WA, OR, ID, AK and MT and Your Faith Journey, led by Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the Sensible Shoe book series. Be sure and check out Sharon’s web page.
Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hillsboro, OR TEL:1-503-718-0007. Group Name: Oregon Women of the ELCA. Hotel reservations needs to be made separately. See
our WELCA bulletin board for registration forms or contact Dawn Bastin 425-471-8084 or Dorene Mollenhauer, 503-475-6701

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7 AM – 3:30 PM 
NWWA Synodical Women’s Organization’s Convention. FLC's women will host and provide greeters, continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch in the fellowship hall. Business and worship sessions will be held in the sanctuary. Please mark your calendars for worship, christian ministry opportunities and fellowship with other women in our synod. Contact: Dawn Bastin 425-471-8084 if you can help.

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
Living Local Listening Event:
Embracing Difference
Living Local Listening Event:
Embracing Difference
Saturday May 11, 9am - Noon
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seattle

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you.”
Romans 15:17 

If Living Local means engaging publicly in our neighborhoods and larger communities it means moving from an interest in facilities to fellowship, from constructing buildings to building community. For churches that are more homogeneous than their respective neighborhoods it is necessary now more than ever to develop competencies of difference, not only those we see in others, but also those we don’t see in ourselves. More often than not, the hidden biases of good-intentioned people are not fully explored, let alone engaged. Any effort to embrace will instead be experienced as exclusion. These implicit dynamics are an attention deficit disorder, the church’s ADD, inhibiting us from sharing more fully in God’s mission among us, and essentially co-opting the Spirit’s liberating ministry.

Join us at the next Living Local event where we will help congregational leaders to respectfully explore this reality, and how to practically engage differences that will shift how you engage neighbors and neighborhood in your area.
Congregational teams, councils, and those passionate about mission and evangelism are welcome to attend. 

Please RSVP to

Questions? Reach out to Living Local Coordinator, Rev. David Hahn:

See  for more details.
Compass Housing Alliance Compassion Brunch
Saturday, May 11, 10:30am at the Swedish Club, Seattle
Proceeds will benefit the transformational work of Compass Housing Alliance. Learn more and get registered here:
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! Camp Lutherwood is just outside of Bellingham.
Join Hands Day 
June 1 at Camp Lutherwood  
Come out to camp to help us get camp ready for the summer, we have many projects to choose from including: splitting wood, weed whacking, washing windows and the list goes on. Bring a group from your church, family, friends, etc. The fun will begin at 9am and lunch is included.
Lutherhaven in Coeur d'Alene, Id is also accepting registration for summer camp.
Connect With Our Partners
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