November 2018 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 Saints Sunday!
November 4, 2018
Worship at 8:30 am & 11 am
Christian Education 9:45 am
All are Welcome!
Pastor Berg's Blog: For All The Saints
One of the most meaningful worship services of the year happens on the first Sunday in November, All Saints. This is a time that we remember all those who have died and now rest in the bosom of our God. This is a time that we remember that we, who have died to sin, death and the devil in our baptisms, also rest in the Lord. We are all saints.
Read the rest of the article here .
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study, Saturday, November 17th: 9 – 10:30 AM
Please join other men from the congregation and community for breakfast and conversation! There’ll be food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought! A delicious breakfast will be served! Pastor Berg is leading another inspiring Bible Study. Please join us and bring a friend!
Roger Steinke's Notes
Youth Worship Planning Meeting
Sunday, Nov. 4th, 12:15 - 2 PM
Youth are invited to help plan and finalize the Sunday, November 11th, youth led worship. Youth are needed with readings, the children’s message, the sermon, singing with the Ensemble and other help. Participants of the 2018 ELCA Houston Youth Gathering will share about their gathering experiences. Gathering participants are especially encouraged to join us. Our lunch planning meeting will be at Sparta’s Pizza House in Bothell. Please join us and sign up on the youth board.

Youth Sunday, November 11th: 
Young people will help lead the worship services at both the 8:30 and the 11 am worship services. Come and hear participants tell their stories from the 2018 Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. The Sunday school students are singing at both worship services. Please join us on this special Sunday!

Peace Lutheran Puyallup Youth Auction & Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, November 17, 3:30 – 7:30 PM
Our friends at Peace Lutheran are holding their annual Auction and spaghetti dinner. If you want to car pool, please meet at First Lutheran at 3:30 PM. We’ll leave at 3:35 PM and return to Bothell around 7:30 PM. The auction starts at 4:30 pm (appetizers and browsing), Dinner at 5 pm and the dessert auction is at 6 pm. Please sign up on the youth board. Contact Roger for more information. 

Thanksgiving Dinner and Senior Recognition
Sunday, November 18th, from 2 - 4 PM
Youth in Grades 7 - 12 will help prepare and serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to retired members of our congregation and community. Retired members of First Lutheran Church and the Bothell community are invited to attend. Kevin Kastning will lead the kitchen crew. Set up and cooking will begin after the Sunday morning education hour. Help is needed with setting up, cooking, serving and clean up!  Please sign up on the youth board! Join us!
Thank You for your college care package donations!
This is one way our college students, many who live far away from home, are reminded that their church remembers them in thoughts and prayers. Many thanks to the families who helped support the college care package assembly. Your gifts of food and cash are appreciated. 36 college care packages have been assembled and will be shipped during the first week of November
Looking Ahead!
Children’s Christmas Program Practice and Kid’s Time!
Sat. December 15, 10 am – 2 pm

Children’s’ Christmas Program
Sun. December 16, 9:45 – 10:30 am

First Lutheran Christmas Caroling Sunday, December 16th, 4 – 6 PM

First Lutheran Church Auction
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Help is needed!. Please contact Roger Steinke for more information.
Music Happenings from Lucy Kay Osborne!
Advent Festival, Sunday, December 9, 3 - 4 pm
There will be a variety of music and musicians for the concert including members of the Sanctuary Choir, Ensemble & Brass Ensemble. Following this event, delicious beverages and appetizers will be served in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend! Please contact Lucy Kay Osborne to participate or for more information:
Pipe Organ Happenings:

Our 1973 Balcom & Vaughan pipe organ has recently been voiced. The organ has not had major work done, except tunings and simple repairs, over the last 45 years. Voicing means that every single pipe is made to play with proper sound, sustained tone and volume. In the case of our organ, that’s almost 2,000 pipes. When voicing is completed, the sound is like a beautiful orchestra or choir playing or singing with a balanced and blended sound. In the case of our organ, no individual notes stand out as super loud, shrill or too soft. The voicing is phase one of our organ repairs/upgrades.

Phase two ($12,255.00) of the project is replacing the keyboard piston action and regulating the keys to sound at the same time a finger touches them. Pistons are the “buttons” an organist pushes to change the combination of stops or sounds desired. This system, which is housed in the console of the organ, where the keyboards reside, is a very intricate and integrated electrical network. Over time, the electrical contacts wear out and ours needs replacing.  

Phase three ($17,555.00 for pipes, wind chest & installation only) is completion of the organ that was planned in 1973. Often when a pipe organ is installed, a few stops are left empty for future additions to complete the sound and round out the entire organ (in terms of available sounds and blending of sound). In our case, there are three areas of sound that we are missing that organists use to play most organ literature, hymns and liturgy: a 4-foot soft flute on the upper (swell keyboard) a tierce stop (for soloing melodies) and a trumpet stop on the lower keyboard (great keyboard). The trumpet is very much needed for hymns, weddings, festival Sundays and triumphant music calling for a trumpet.
The other part of stage three is adding pipe shades to the top front of the organ case itself. These are decorative and can tie in the organ’s aesthetic beauty to the other amazing liturgical art in our sanctuary. We are thinking of copper colored small concave squares, like the ones adorning the cross on the front wall of the chancel. An estimate of the pipe shades will be provided at a later date.
Chime Choir is Back!
Do you miss hearing the chimes? Do you want to play the chimes?
We have good news! The chime choir is back and will start rehearsing Thursday, November 1 at 6pm in the sanctuary. The first time they will play is for the Advent Festival! 
Please contact Holly Batstone via email at or call/text at 805-444-6559 if you are interested or want to join in the fun! 
November 2018

Our November Book Focus is:  Spiritual Practices 

These books are on the table outside the library. To check out: Sign the card in the back pocket of the book and place it in the box on the desk just inside the library. For more reading options, look for books under your subject title of interest in the library.   

• Praying in Color
• Practicing our Faith
• When in Doubt, Sing
• Keeping the Sabbath Wholly
• Reading the Bible Again for the First Time
• Liturgy of the Ordinary

2018 photo entries,  Show Us Your Summer will be featured in the library during 2019. This year the entries chosen for framing are: 
Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater: Ann Borman, Tanzania, Eastern Africa.

Carved Canyon by the River: Ben Miller ( age 12) British Columbia 

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge: Alain Adjorlolo, Charleston, South Carolina 

Mountain View with Floral Outlook: Richard Edmonds, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada 

Iris: Nora Strothman, Garden tour in Medina 

Howler Monkey in Costa Rica: Matthew Siebert 

Dark-Eyed Junco: Joe Siebert, Our Deck This Spring

Lilac Breasted Roller: Dan Bormann, Tarangire National Park,Tanzania 
Social Ministry Update
November Outreach
Christmas is coming! This thought brings joy to many people, but to those persons in need it is a difficult time. During the months of November and December our Change for Change effort will be to collect for providing holiday food for Hopelink clients. Please empty your wallets or pockets during the week into a baggie or small jar and place in the Change for Change jar located in the narthex. It is an easy way for everyone to contribute, and the change really does change peoples lives for the better!

The focus of donations to the Hopelink grocery cart will be food for the holidays as well as easy to prepare or heat food including flour, sugar, rice, cereals, peanut butter, condensed milk, pasta sauce, dry beans, canned tomatoes, fruit, oil and tuna.
November Monthly Outreach: $1,100.00 each, will go to Lutheran World Relief.
Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pies
for Compass Housing Alliance
First Lutheran Church will be collecting donations to help purchase 50 pumpkin pies and whipped cream for the many women and men who reside at Compass Housing shelters and homes for their Thanksgiving celebrations.  Pies will be purchased from a commercial bakery as required by health and safety laws. If you wish to make a cash or check donation, please make checks payable to First Lutheran Church and write Thanksgiving Pies on the memo line and giving envelope. Please contact Cathy Tanner or Eleanor Walters for more information.
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.
Thank You for your support of the October Sock it to the Homeless sock drive! Over 670 pairs of new white socks were collected for Compass Housing Alliance. 
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, Nov. 7, 10:00 am, The Landing.
(Gather magazine subscription Bible study and articles.)
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or

Hannah: Monday, Nov. 19, 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room
Christian studies & fellowship
Call if child care needed
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 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

Quilt-a-Thon for Lutheran World Relief
Fri. Oct. 19 (1:30 PM - 5 PM & 6 - 9 PM) Light supper at 5 pm
Sat. Oct. 20 (9 AM – 2 PM). Lunch at noon
Please sign up in the Narthex. Contact Audrey Fisher 425-822-6143.

Veterans Appreciation Day Potluck: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Noon. Celebrate all military and veterans. Invite friends, neighbors and veterans you know. Bring memorabilia to share for friends and family that have served or are serving in the military. A potluck dish to share is appreciated.

WELCA Quilt and Bake Sale: Sunday, Nov. 18 after both services: Calling on all bakers for those favorite baked goodies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please sign up in the Narthex if you can provide baked goods. The quilters will have quilts and other items for you to purchase for a favorite gift.  
THANK YOU to the FLC Bothell CONGREGATION, QUILTERS & FRIENDS, BIBLE STUDY CIRCLES and all who participated in the Quilt A Thon and donated funds towards shipping costs. Quilts, Personal Care, Sewing and School Kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) will be shipped.

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Looking Ahead!
SAVE THE DATE - Lucy Kay Osborne, FLC Music Director
Advent (& Christmas) Festival is Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 pm. Appetizers & wine in the Fellowship Hall at 4 pm.  The choir and Ensemble will sing a couple of selections and we like to keep the festival at an hour (not including the refreshments).

If you need an accompanist for your selection, please ask him/her before Nov. 4th. The season gets very busy and I know one accompanist (who could that be??) that would like the music early, due to the number of people she accompanies.

I will be setting up practice rooms a week or two before this wonderful event along with times that people may warm up before the performance. Also, there will be more details to come about a theme for this event.

Please let me know as soon as you can if you'd like to perform (solo, duet, small ensemble, etc.)
From Our Partners
Saturday, November 3, 4:30 pm
If you are interested in helping with or attending, please contact Alexia or Tom Payne for information.
For more information, click here. To sign up click here or contact Carsten Thode.
Connect With Our Partners
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