June 2024 Newsletter

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Laziness is Next to Godliness?

There are four months of the year that are hard to figure out because the switch of the seasons happens in them. In March we move from Winter to Spring, September we move from Summer to Fall, and December we move from Fall to Winter. June is probably the hardest of the four for me. I think the reason is that there is so much change that happens during the month. We wait for school to let out, perhaps the first camping trip, the weather changes, and the desire to enter into summer laziness. I long for that summer slowness, that time to relax and enjoy what life has to offer. I wonder if it is time to reflect on the power of laziness - the health that can come from doing nothing.

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Calling All Musicians for Summer 2024!

Do you like to sing or play an instrument? We would like you to sing/play alone or in a group for a 9:30 am Sunday summer worship service! Please contact Lucy Kay Osborne or call the church office, to sign up or ask questions.

Council Corner

Based on a recommendation from the Building & Property Committee, Council passed a motion to entertain a proposal from Harbour Homes regarding their request for a temporary shoring easement under our property. While Harbour Homes prepares their written proposal, Council will continue to pursue legal and insurance guidance and follow up with any engineering concerns. Once we have Harbour Homes’ proposal and Council is near completion of the discovery process, we do plan to hold an in-person meeting and a Zoom meeting with the membership to share information. This will occur prior to Council making a decision on the proposal. 

Yours in His service,

Ho Brown

Council President


Fellowship Opportunities

Widows Support Group

June 10, 10 am

(formerly known as Friends Supporting Friends)

We are not a therapy group, but we are a place for widows to find friendship, support, and fun.

We meet the 2nd Monday of the month at 10:00 am in the library. Please join us!

Call Paula Glandon for more info. 425-483-1783

Women's Bible Study & Fellowship opportunities available:

Hannah Circle: June 15, 9:00 am.

Contact: Linda Siebert 206-369-7047

Rebecca Circle: June 19, 10:00 am.

Contact: Lucy Kay Osborne 425-823-9793 or dlktutti@comcast.net

FLC circles welcome all women of the congregation! Please contact the persons listed above for meeting locations.

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study!

Saturday, June 15, 9 – 10:15 am. 

Join other congregation and community members for breakfast and conversation! There will be “food for the body, food for the soul and food for thought!” A group of 17 men typically attend. Please join us for discussion and enrichment. Questions to Roger Steinke

Reach Ministries
Opportunities for all Ages!

Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) - Sunday, June 2, 9:30 am Worship Service

We will celebrate the faith journeys of Hazel Baker and Trey Desilet! Please join us for the cake reception following worship.

High School Graduation Recognition - Sunday, June 9, 9:30 am Worship Service

Congratulations to Trevor Coble, Calvin Joplin, Ryan Mass, Ashlyn Noel and Morgan Thomas! Each graduate will receive a beautiful handmade quilt from the First Lutheran Quilters at the worship service. Please join us for the cake reception following worship.

NWWA Synod Youth Pregathering Event - Sunday, June 9th, 2:15 pm - 4:45 pm. 

About 100 Youth and Adults from the Seattle area (NWWA Synod) will be attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. All of the local participants going to the Gathering are invited to attend this FUN Meet and Greet! Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee will also be at this gathering. There will be games, conversation, snacks, and more. Be sure to get the latest info and announcements by joining us at this event. We will leave First Lutheran at 2:15 PM and return to the Church at 4:45 PM. To help with planning, please Sign-Up on the Youth Board.

Youth - Looking Ahead!

New Orleans Youth Gathering & Disneyworld - July 14 -July 24 Grades 9 - 12.

17 Youth and adults are attending. Please pray for us as we prepare, travel and experience this gathering.

Vacation Bible School - Together! Monday, July 29 – Thursday, August 1 

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”   Colossians 3:12-14 

All children ages 3 through 6th Grade are invited to attend.  

Preschool and Kindergarten students meet from 9 AM to 12 PM/Noon. ($35 per week)

Students in Grades 1 – 6 will meet from 9 AM to 3 PM (includes lunch). ($50 per week) Register Here! A Day Camp Team from Camp Lutherhaven will help lead this Vacation Bible School!

Movie Review: God and Country

Monday, June 10, 5 – 7 PM

Meeting in the FLC Youth Room


“GOD and COUNTRY looks at the implications of Christian Nationalism and how it distorts not only our constitutional republic, but Christianity itself. Featuring prominent Christian thought leaders, GOD and COUNTRY asks this question: What happens when a faith built on love, sacrifice, and forgiveness grows political tentacles, conflating power, money, and belief into hyper-nationalism? Directed by Dan Partland. Produced by Rob & Michele Reiner.”  (Summary by imdb.com) Please contact Roger Steinke for more information

From the Library Committee

FLC Book Club!

Life on the Mississippi by

Rinker Buck

June 25, 7 pm on Zoom

Discussion Leader: Tryvge Enger

A dry cleaner in Yankton, S.D., once told me that he had spied so many fussily costumed boaters from the banks of the nearby Missouri River that he’d grown weary of new arrivals. “People are recreating Lewis and Clark,” he said. “It happens here all the time.” He loved the river, for its waterfowl and promise of imaginative escape, but not always its thru-traveling flock, who, if not reprising the migration of previous generations, often seemed to be proselytizing for one thing or another: energy independence, say, or sobriety. “Some of these people are a little on their high horse, you know?” he said. To meet a waterborne voyager whose only cause was wanderlust: That was novel.

I thought of my conversation with the dry cleaner while reading Rinker Buck’s engaging “Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure,” which recounts the author’s 2,000-mile journey from Pittsburgh to New Orleans aboard a purpose-built wooden flatboat, like the ones used by Appalachian farmers in the decades after the Revolutionary War. His rotating crew includes a sometime Meriwether Lewis impersonator whom Buck loathes, not only for his casual racism and misogyny but for his pretension — archaic speech, suitcase bulging with 19th-century outfits.

Historical re-enactors, Buck writes, are “overdressed losers.” Readers of his previous book, “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey,” will recognize the particular sensitivity. For that entertaining project, Buck traversed the old pioneer route by covered wagon, while railing against those purists who would lament the intrusions of asphalt and soft serve. The frontier was ever debased. Still, you might say that Buck is a re-enactor by another name: a travel writer, who delights in incongruity and in history’s rhymes.

Please contact Ann Aagaard, Linda Siebert or Roger Steinke for additional information about the Book Club. A copy of this Featured Book of the Month is available in the First Lutheran Church Library. Please join us!  

FLC Library News: 

The June library display highlights some of the novels we have read in our monthly book discussion group.

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Click here for Financial Updates as of April 2024

The above link will be updated with the previous month's financial information after the Finance Committee is able to review the financial statements at their monthly meeting.
Social Ministry Update

Monthly Outreach

CHANGE FOR CHANGE All money received in the Change for Change jar will be used to support HOPELINK food bank.

Camp United

Our ministry of the month is Camp United Tent City (CUWS). CUWS works to assist residents with daily needs by facilitating their transition to independent living. All individuals deserve respect, and Camp United models empowerment, stewardship, and democratic self-governance. Check out https://campunitedwestand-tentcity.org for more information.

From the First Lutheran Quilters

We need your help to be ready for the next Quilt-A-Thon in October!

First Lutheran Quilters need people with sewing machines to assemble donated material into quilt tops and backs for Lutheran World Relief. We need 50 sets to have a Quilt-A-Thon in October. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall on Thursdays from 9:00 am to noon for instructions and materials for sewing at home. If you have questions, contact Audrey Fisher at 425-822-6143, Sue Ebert at 425-466-1717 or Donella Robbins at 206 550 8440.     

FLC Faith Partner Opportunities

Ongoing Community Food Drive: First Lutheran Church has partnered with the Northshore Nourishing Network to collect donations of non-perishable food items. Food donations can be dropped off at any time. Food is distributed to local food pantries, the Northshore Senior Center and to several school food banks on a weekly basis. Thank you for supporting the First Lutheran Food Drive and giving what you “CAN!”

Thank you!

We want to thank all of our volunteers who helped us ship 102 mission quilts, 104 school kits, and 288 personal care kits to Lutheran World Relief this spring. These gifts go to help people coping with poverty, hunger, drought, conflict and more.

Monthly Financial Outreach

January Outreach: Compass Housing Alliance

February Outreach: Hopelink

March Outreach: Lutheran Community Services

April Outreach: Poor People's Campaign

May Outreach: ELCA World Hunger

June Outreach: Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services

July Outreach:

August Outreach:

September Outreach:

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November Outreach:

December Outreach:


World Environment Day

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations in 1972 and is celebrated annually on June 5th. Saudi Arabia will host this year’s global celebrations, supporting the slogan of “Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration.” This slogan highlights land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience. In the last 24 years (since 2000) the amount and length of droughts has increased by 29%. Within the next 26 years (by 2050), it’s estimated that 3/4 of the world’s population could be affected.

World Oceans Day 2024

Each year on June 8th we recognize that our oceans are in crisis due to the impacts of issues like overfishing, abandoned fishing nets and climate change. World Oceans Day’s message is to conserve our marine resources. The theme for 2024 is “Catalyzing Action for Our Ocean & Climate.” What can we do? Buying sustainable seafood is one what to help. For information, check out the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) website at: https://www.msc.org/en-us/what-you-can-do/where-to-buy-msc-certified-sustainable-seafood/united-states

Leave No Trace (LNT)

Planning an outdoor activity this summer? Whether you’re heading to the back yard or the back country, check out Leave No Trace’s Pacific Northwest Skills and Ethics Booklet at https://lnt.org/research-resources/pacific-northwest-skills-and-ethics-booklet/ for the seven principals to consider in order to protect the environment of our great Pacific Northwest. Want to do more? Go to https://lnt.org/leave-no-trace-in-daily-life-challenge-2/ to see all the possible ways we can incorporate Leave No Trace in our daily lives and make the pledge to ourselves and our Creator. 

King County 2024 Household Hazardous Waste Collection June Event 

King County’s traveling Wastemobile will be at the University of Washington - Bothell campus (18115 Campus Way NE) on June 21st thru 23rd. If you need to disposing of household hazardous waste, check out the detailed instructions, acceptable items, allowable quantities for each, and the complete 2024 schedule of dates, times, and locations at: https://kingcountyhazwastewa.gov/en/households-disposal

From Our Partners

First Lutheran Church has purchased the Northwest Washington Synod's LiVE bundle for 2023-24, so any LiVE events are free to our congregation! See the complete LIVE Project Catalog and register using FLC's Confirmation Code to register for free!

Upcoming events:

June 2024 - The Spirit

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