September 2017 Newsletter
Here is what is happening at First Lutheran Church this month!

Worship Schedule
September 3, 2017
Worship: 9:30 am
Fellowship Hour: 10:30 am

September 10 - 30, 2017
Worship: 8:30 & 11 am
Education Hour: 9:45 am

Communion served every Sunday
The church office will be closed on September 4th for Labor Day. 
Sunday School registrations forms are available for preschool through grade 12 on the website. Please complete and bring with you on Rally Day!
Sunday School
Grades 3 year old - 6th Grade:
9:45 am Opening in Sanctuary
10:00 - 11:45 am By age in classrooms
Confirmation - Grades 7 & 8
9:45 - 10:45 Room 110

High School - Grades 9 - 12
9:45 am - 10:45 am Youth Room
Adult Education - 9:45 am - Fellowship Hall
September 10 - Compass Housing w/ Andrew Lyon
September 17 - Ministry Fair in the Narthex
September 24 - TBA with Pastor Berg
All are welcome! Please sign up in the narthex to help with set-up, serving and parking! Many hands make light work! Brats, chicken, hot dogs, beer, wine, lemonade and water will be provided!
Pastor Berg's Message

I have not been in my office since April 30th. I will not officially be back in the office until September 5th. That's a total of 128 days including 18 Sundays. I have a deep fear that I may not know how to go about doing what I have done for 24 years. I have missed so much of the life of this congregation: funerals, hospitalizations, people falling in the parking lot and a lot of other things I have not even heard about yet.

For the rest of the article, click here .
All are welcome!
Several fall dates available! Sign up in the narthex!
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study
Saturday, September 16, 9 – 10:30 am
Come and join other men from the congregation for breakfast and conversation! There will be food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought! Gordy Phelps is preparing a delicious breakfast spread. Pastor Berg will lead an inspiring Bible study and discussion. Please join us! 
Do you like to sing? It's not too late to join the choir! Next rehearsal is September 7, 7 - 8:30 pm in the downstairs music room. We will sing on September 10 at the 8:30 am worship service! (August Note: There is a potluck dinner on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5:45 pm, and first rehearsal is at 7 pm. All are welcome)
Roger Steinke's Notes
Western States Youth Gathering (WSYG17)
Reunion Party! Saturday, September 9, 5 – 8 PM
Our friends from Peace Lutheran in Puyallup sill join us at the Payne family's home for a barbecue, lots of FUN, pictures, sharing and a campfire! We can all share how we are "Dreaming BIG!!!" . Please sign up on the youth board!

Camp Gilead Fall Retreat
Friday, October 6th – Saturday, October 7th
All confirmation students in Grades 7–8 and high school students in Grades 9 – 12 are also invited to attend and help serve as small group leaders. Please meet at First Lutheran at 4 pm on Friday (10/6);  Activities include bible study, games, hayride, put-put golf, pond games and much more! Our friends from Peace Lutheran in Puyallup are joining us! Cost is only $30 per person (scholarship help is available). Please sign up on the youth board.  

College Care Package Donations Are Needed!  Remind our college students, many who are far away from home, are reminded that their church family remembers them. Donations of treats, snack foods and cookies will be collected. Please look for the College Care Package Donation container in the church narthex before October 22nd. Questions? Contact Roger.

College Student Current Address Updates! Please forward your college student's current address to Roger or the church office by Sunday, October 22nd, so that your students can be included in the College Care Package shipment.
Rally Day., Sunday, September 10th The Start of Sunday School and the return of Pastor Tor Berg  
All are welcome!
To reserve a table for your ministry, please contact Roger Steinke!
The Fellowship Committee will collect your cookies
during the Ministry Fair in the narthex!
It has been a good summer for the library. We are pleased with the steady increase in numbers of books checked out AND returned from our newly organized church library shelves. 

We will soon be adding new books to already excellent selections on Martin Luther and the Reformation. 

Thank you for using our library! 

The FLC library is sponsoring:  Show Us Your Summer 2017 

Here is how you can participate: 

Select one photo from your photo library of 2017 summer/fall events which you would like to submit to Show Us Your Summer 2017 photo contest.  

*Have an 8x10 print of your one photo made and mount on cardboard.[change from previous years—cardboard rather than foam ] Include your name, a title for your photo entry, date, location and information you want to include—especially if this is a group event or portrait.  

*Bring your mounted photo to our church library and place it in the blue basket on the file cabinet right next to the door.  

Photos should be submitted by October 8, 2017 

All photos will be displayed in our gallery show and judged by a professional photographer. Award photos will be framed and in our library for 2018—a year on display.  

The award photos will be returned to the winning photographers in 2019. 

The 2017 award winning photos, in our library, can provide ideas for your photo project: 
Osprey- Dan Bormann 
Chukanut Ride- Alain Adjorolo 
Ducklings- Ann Bormann
Geraniums:Warm Red and White- Judy Edmonds 
Paradise- Judy Richards 
White Crowned Sparrow Singing- Joe Siebert 
Rooftops to God- Richard Edmonds 
Oppheimsvatnet, Norway- Jean Peterson 
Enter your one favorite photo. 
Thank you for participating in our 2017 Show Us Your Summer contest.

Questions: Sue Toyoda 206-890-0017 or Ann Aagaard:425-488-8418 

Happy Birthday to our 80+ Year Olds!
  • Carlene Russell      September 10
  • Eloise Helseth       September 11
  • Larry Baker          September 12
  • Pauline Schweizer    September 12
  • Gordon Eide         September 16
  • Joanne Bjornsen     September 18
  • Jack Pickner         September 18
  • Rachel Carron       September 25
  • Sherrill Baker        September 27

RISE – Resurrection + Respiration + Reformation
I was privileged to be one of your representatives to the NW Washington Synod Assembly at Salem Lutheran in Mount Vernon on Saturday, May 20th along with Kathy Konieczka and Dan Bormann. Rev. Daniel Rift, Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeals was the church wide representative. His keynote talk to the 365 attendees about how our benevolence mission support dollars are being used world-wide made me proud to be an ELCA Lutheran. So much good work is being done on our behalf!
In 2015, ELCA members gave 1.75 billion dollars in unrestricted offerings to support God’s mission and ministry through the three expressions of the ELCA. Of the almost $34,000 FLC will give to mission support in 2017, 47% goes to church wide. The annual report shares that “We are the church together for the sake of the world.”
Did you know that the Lutheran World Federation runs many large refugee camps? Did you know that ELCA Lutheran pastors are specifically requested as federal prison chaplains because of how they relate to inmates? 
South Sudan is the first internationally declared famine anywhere in the last six years. Lutheran Disaster Response is committed to provide life giving aid to the 100,000 people who have fled their homes, 90 percent of them are women and children.
Bishop Unti led us in worship. He told us that Americans are becoming more afraid. He said, “Locked doors did not keep Jesus out. Jesus brought peace”. “I send you” are the most important words for the Northwest. Faith is formed in being sent.” He went on to say, “We need to learn to know our neighbor. Jesus breathed on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” “Come Holy Spirit” is Pastor Unti’s mantra. Should we adopt it as well?
In addition to hearing these two motivational talks and hearing about ELCA services provided in our synod, we did the business work of the church: elections, budgets, and resolutions.
Next year there will not be a business meeting. It will be something new.
With thanksgiving,
Ann Bormann
Bell Tower Donations Report
Thank you for your gifts to the Bell Fund!
Good news! We have reached our fund raising goal of $53,000. Gabbert Architecture will manage construction. We are waiting for the last of the bids for cement work.
Social Ministry Update
September Outreach
Money deposited in the Change for Change jar in September will be used to support Hopelink's food bank.

The focus of donations to the Hopelink grocery cart in June will be for baby supplies (formula, baby food, diapers, baby wipes, etc.)

September Monthly Outreach: $1,000.00 will go to Lutheran World Hunger .
If you would like to donate to Hurricane Harvey Lutheran Disaster Relief, click here .
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.
Our own Marcus Hodges is in the news! His parents, Linda and Jerome Hodges shared Marcus' story about his positive experiences being part of the Northshore Wranglers Inclusion Program, which promotes fun for all , regardless of age or ability. To read the whole whole Woodinville Weekly article, click here.
Looking Ahead
Registration opens on October 1!
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:
Deborah: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 10:00 am, The Landing at FLC. 
Reformation Bible Study, Galatians: Christian Faith and Freedom
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743

Hannah: No September meeting, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room, 
Child care available
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 am in the Landing. 
Women of the ELCA Gather Bible Study and articles
Contact: Barbara Thieme 425-898-8982

Bible Study, Saturday, September 16, 2017
Grace Lutheran Church, Des Moines, WA.
Opportunity to meet and greet Pastor Julia Seymour from Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, Alaska and author for the September-November Gather Bible study. Let’s carpool from First Lutheran. Contact Bonnie Ahlstedt at /360-805-1743.

Looking Ahead: NW WA Synodical Women’s Organization Convention October 7, 2017, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood. Theme: Dancing through the Waters, Exodus 15:20 focusing on Miriam’s story. Worship Leaders: Pastor Joan Beck and Pastor Heidi Fish. $40.00 registration includes lunch. See Women’s bulletin board for registration form and program.

Visit our Web Page !
If you are unable to attend the shower, Items may be dropped off in the Narthex in the Caring Corner.  Cash is always needed for emergencies. A list of items accepted will be posted on the Women of the ELCA bulletin board.. Contact Dawn Bastin at 425-471-8084 or
We need your help making baby, twin or snuggle size quilts. Contact Audrey Fisher (425-822-6143) for fabric, or join the quilters every Thursday at 9 am. 
From Our Partners
From the Cascadia Parish
From The Lutheran World Federation - 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Motto:  We are Liberated by God’s Grace.

The Lutheran World Federation, which has 145 member churches in 98 countries and over 70 million members, including the ELCA, has produced a document to support the 500th commemoration of the Reformation called: We are liberated by God's grace: Across the world Lutherans are offering God’s grace revealed through Christ to God’s people everywhere. 
One of the highlights of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 is the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation that will meet in Namibia in May under the theme “Liberated by God’s Grace”. 
To read more click on the link above pick up the full article from the news shelf in the narthex.
You Are Welcome to Lutheran Community Service's Annual Fundraising Luncheon
Sunday, September 24, 2017
DoubleTree Suites Southcenter
Social Hour: 12:30 pm + Lunch & Program: 1:30 pm
Questions: Julie Kissick Malloy, 253-298-9170,
Jesus Christ: Yesterday, Today and Forever with the National Lutheran Choir
Friday, September 29, 2017 – 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102

The National Lutheran Choir leads a community-wide evening of singing in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This unique program, featuring the National Lutheran Choir, a massed choir of singers from local choirs assembled for this momentous occasion, and the congregation, will celebrate the rich treasury of music – from early hymns to new works – expressing the journey of the Church. Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien, the 64-voice National Lutheran Choir seeks to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music. More information at

Would you just love to sing with this group on September 29th? Great! Just such an opportunity is open to the first 150 singers who sign up. There will be three anthems and a few hymn descants to learn ahead of time by attending at least one of the following prep rehearsals, both held at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle:
Tuesday, 19 September, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, 24 September, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Music will be distributed at the rehearsals. There will also be a rehearsal with NLC the night of the concert at St. Mark’s, exact time still TBD.

To sing, you must sign up – take a minute to do it now – by responding with your name, congregation, and voice part via e-mail at Your gift of song is a cherished gift.
From Lutheran Counseling Network 
Faith and Everyday Life - September 2017

That Was Too Much

This is the “regrettable extent” definition of “Too”. “That was more than I needed, or wanted, or could use or...” well, fill in the blank. 
Sometimes I do it to myself. “I just realized I hadn’t been tracking how many cookies I have been eating but my stomach’s delayed reaction just let me know I should have stopped several cookies ago.” Or, “I think I misjudged how much fill dirt I needed. Fifty yards was just too much.” How hard it can be to distinguish “just right” from “too much.”
Sometimes it is us who gives the “too much.”
We often don’t know how much of anything another needs from us, especially when it comes to emotional support, love, caring. It’s kind of a trial and error process. They have to have a way to say to us, “That is too much” without pushing us away or us getting our feelings hurt. 
It may not be that we tried to do something wrong when we tried to give what we did. But maybe we gave too much because that was how much we would have needed it, not how much they did. That kind of giving can turn away the recipient.
So if someone says to us, “That is just too much.” Try to consider the possibility that it is, examine your motives and try again.
God’s grace covers missteps, honest!
We hope that is not “too much” for you to consider.

Lutheran Counseling Network
An Evening with Rick Steves

Lutheran Peace Fellowship invites you to meet a remarkable Lutheran public figure: Rick Steves! Rick is host and producer of Travel with Rick Steves on NPR, and Rick Steves’ Europe on PBS. You may also recall that he created and narrated a superb film on Luther and the Reformation... He will speak about how travel and faith shape his politics and commitment to peace. In the second part of this multimedia program, he will share the latest on travel in Europe:
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 
10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA 

7 pm, Talk by Rick Steves (general admission $15 in advance; $18 at door, $8 student/limited income).
6 pm, Reception with Rick Steves ($50, with talk)

Tickets available from LPF, or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Our thanks to Rick Steves for his generosity in donating the proceeds to Lutheran Peace Fellowship to further its efforts towards peace with justice in our troubled world For more information: Alice McCain, 360.328.0920 or Glen Gersmehl, LPF Nat. Coord., 206.349.2051
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