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

Summer Worship Schedule
Worship: 9:30 am
Fellowship Hour: 10:30 am

Regular Worship Schedule Resumes Sept. 9, Rally Day!
Worship: 8:30 am and 11 am
Education Hour: 9:45 am

Communion served every Sunday

Rally Day!
September 9, 2018
Worship at 8:30 am & 11 am Christian Education 9:45 am
All are Welcome!
Pastor Berg's Blog
The FLC staff finally were all together in one place after a summer of vacation, retreats, and mission trips. We sat around the table and realized that it was great to be all together AND that it was a sign that the program year was just about to commence.
Read the rest of the article here .
All are welcome! Class begins at 5 pm, and a meal will
be served during discussion and fellowship time.
FLC Vision Team August 2018 Meeting
The FLC Vision Team is planning cottage meetings in October for conversations about opportunities for ministry, congregational values, facilities, assets, programs and staffing. To get a picture of our community, some of us are collecting demographic information about the Bothell area (statistics concerning racial background, average income, cost of living, educational level, etc.) This kind of information is important as we consider future avenues of ministry. We hope to hear from many FLC members, to get a good feeling for the breadth of thoughts and desires that we all have. If you are able to host one of these meetings, please contact Valarie Cole ( or 206-817-4799).
The church council established a Parish Leadership Team of Carsten Thode and Kathy Konieczka at their June meeting. Carsten and Kathy will work with Kenmore’s Northlake Lutheran Church and our Chinese partners to identify opportunities for ministry collaboration (for example, FLC members provided meals for the North King County Winter Shelter at Northlake Lutheran Church last fall). 

Our goal is to launch wide-ranging conversation that involves FLC members, nearby Lutheran congregations, and community. All findings will be recorded, so a final mission plan can be presented to the congregation in Spring, 2019.

Please direct questions to any of the Vision Team members (Valarie Cole, Kaaren Hatlen, Jessica Lichtenstein, Joe Siebert, Ryan Stute, Karen Thomas, and Tom Payne – chair) or Parish Leadership Team members (Carsten Thode, Kathy Konieczka). Pastor Berg and our parish consultant, Pastor Rouse are working with both groups and happy to speak with you as well. 

Please pray about these matters and be prepared to share your thoughts about where God is leading First Lutheran Church.
Thank you,
The FLC Vision Team
All are welcome to join us for the fellowship of learning and growing. It's an opportunity, and a simple way to get to know you! You are welcome to share your favorite stew if you have a recipe! Please sign up by September 21. If you have any questions, please email Pastpr Jade.

Other CCLC (Chinese Christian Lutheran Church) Events:
Every Sunday, 12:15 - 1:30 pm: Fellowship & Bible Study
Last Sunday Each Month, 12:15 - 1:30 pm: Fellowship & Meal
Sanctuary Choir will begin to sing for 8:30 am worship on Rally Day, Sept. 9th. We'll have a potluck dinner on Sept. 6 at 6 pm in the atrium, followed by rehearsal. Anyone that likes to sing may join us - we are a welcoming group, sing a variety of musical styles and enjoy singing to the glory of God. Please join us for any amount of time you are available.
Lucy Kay Osborne, Music Director
Roger Steinke's Notes
A Youth Over-Nighter is happening on Friday, September 21 to Saturday, September 22. Youth in Grades 9 – 12 are invited to attend! We start at 8 PM on Friday at First Lutheran and end at 9 AM on Saturday. Our night includes games, pizza, reviewing summer events, snacks, time for chilling and WhirlyBall in Edmonds! The cost per person to attend is $10. Our friends from Mt Cross Lutheran in University Place and Peace Lutheran in Puyallup are joining us! Please sign up on the Youth Board!

The Camp Gilead Fall Retreat is on Friday, October 26th – Saturday, October 27th.  All Confirmation students in Grades 7–8 are invited to attend this retreat at Camp Gilead in Carnation, WA! 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). We’ll leave from the church at 4:15 PM and return to the church at 4 PM on Saturday (10/7). Activities include Bible Study, Games, Hayride, Put-Put, 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 Student Addresses Needed! Please forward your college student (‘s) current address to Roger Steinke, so that your student (‘s) can be included in the upcoming College Care Package shipment. Can you please help and spread some JOY? Please watch for more information.  “Not everyone has a student in college, but anyone can help provide a college student with a Care Package!”  
From Roger: What's Coming Up!
A Church Work Party is happening on Saturday, September 8, from 9 AM to 12 PM / Noon. Please come and help prepare our building and property for the start of the Fall Season. A list of work projects will be available and many cleaning supplies will be provided. “Many hands make the labor light!” Join us! 
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study, Saturday, September 15: 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 will be preparing a delicious breakfast. Pastor Berg will lead interesting Bible studies. Please mark your calendars and join us! 
September\ 2018
You may want a book to finish out your summer reading. Here is the list of five books selected by Linda for September’s book theme: Exploring Our Faith.
Look for the small tag in each book summarizing the theme of the book i.e. Days of Awe and Wonder—the tag says “ Christian theologian Marcus Borg reminds us to keep an open mind as we explore what it means to be Christian” 
September: Exploring Our Faith
• Days of Awe and Wonder- Marcus Borg 
• The Sin of Certainty
• What’s So Amazing about Grace?
• Lutheran Questions, Lutheran Answers
• The Gift of the Gospel
2018 Show Us Your Summer

Yes, just one month to take your “ Show Us Your Summer” photos and select the ONE you wish to submit for the photo contest. Photo submittals are due September 23rd. Place the 8x10 print mounted on cardboard of your selected photo in the basket on the desk inside the church library. Photo may have been taken any time in 2018. 

Include the following information: Your name, date and location of photo, title of photo entry, additional description or information you wish to share. 

Gallery showing for all photos: October 14, 2018 in library at 9:45 A.M. Fellowship Hour. 
Social Ministry Update
September Outreach
All money received in the Change for Change jar will be used to support Hopelink Food Bank.
The focus of donations to the Hopelink grocery cart will be for be for baby supplies (formula, baby food, diapers, baby wipes, etc.)
July & August Monthly Outreach: $1,100.00 each, will go to ELCA World Hunger .
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!
Dear First Lutheran Family,
Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers through my injury and subsequent surgeries. I am now on the way to recovery, and have been blessed with all your support.
Connie Wolter
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, Sept. 5, 10:00 am, The Landing.
(Gather magazine subscription Bible study and articles.)
Contact: Bonnie Ahlstedt 360-805-1743 or

Hannah: Monday, Sept. 16, 6:30 pm at Karen Thomas' home
Christian studies & fellowship
No child care available for the June meeting
Contact: Linda Siebert 425-821-1703.

Rebecca Circle: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 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
Wednesday, Sept. 12, Potluck and Shower at noon for EASTSIDE BABY CORNER. Keep EBC needs in mind as you garage sale and sales shop for babies and children up to age 12. Items needed will be posted on the WELCA bulletin board or at

WELCA NW WA Synodical Retreat, Sept. 21-23, 2018 at Warm Beach Conference Center, Stanwood. Save the Date!! Guest speaker Barbara Bell will focus on “Attitudes are Contagious”. Always a delightful weekend of refreshing our souls. Contact Bonnie Ahlstedt or Dawn Bastin.

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