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New Worship Schedule to Begin in September! (A message from Pastor Joe)
There’s been an ongoing conversation within the Worship and Music Committee for the last several years. Currently we have two worship services during the school year, and move to one service for the summer months.

We’ve pondered together for quite some time if it would make sense for us to move to having just one Sunday service year round. There are pros and cons to both ways of doing things, and there have been lots of points of view!
For several different reasons, the Worship Committee and I made the recommendation to the Church Council that we indeed go to one service starting in September. The council approved our recommendation, and the service will be at 10 a.m. with Sunday School, Confirmation, and Adult Bible Study at 9 a.m. starting on September 9.

Having one service year round can provide us with more of a sense of unity as we’re all together each Sunday. A fuller sanctuary means stronger singing and a more robust worship service to which to invite visitors. It also fits with changes happening in our Church Musician’s life, as Kevin and Kristi are moving to the Hillsboro area. Having one service will make it more possible for Kevin to continue playing for us.

Sometimes it seems that the older I get the harder it is to handle change. This change is one I’m excited about! I believe it will offer us a chance to become stronger as a congregation and build unity in our common mission to share the Love of Jesus Christ. - Pastor Joe

No Community Meals in August
There will be no Community Meals during the month of August so volunteers can have a well-deserved break. The shutdown is also needed for inventory, deep cleaning, and to do some repairs. There will be some ready-to-eat food packages available at the church during this time for the homeless guests.

Woodworkers Needed
Several different items made from wood are being considered for the Creation Station at the Harvest Bazaar.  If you are willing to try your hand at one or more of our ideas, we would be very interested in talking to you.  Before buying material, it would be great to know that the items will be made.  Ideas floating around include crosses, snowmen, gingerbread men, nativity sets, and more yard dice.  

Helping those in need
We continue to help those in our local community who are in need by providing items through our “Collection Center,” which is housed in the Fellowship Hall closets. The collection boxes for this project are in the closet on the far left as you face the three double doors on the east wall. The blue and tan colored bins are on the end wall of that closet. You can donate personal care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioners, razors and shave gel, facial tissue, nail clippers, combs, soaps, toilet paper, sanitizers and wipes.  When we get a good supply, they will be taken to the Community Action Team for distribution.

The closets store many other items:

Market Fresh receipts (we get 1% return)
White sheets for bandages
Personal care items for Lutheran World Relief
Flav-r-pac & Santiam labels
Labels for Education (Campbell’s, etc.)
Eyeglasses for the Lions’ Program
Postage stamps (please cut or tear the stamps
from the envelope, leaving at least 1/4” border.

"Christ in our home" devotionals available

The current church budget includes funding for several copies of the "Christ in our home" devotional.

Each page includes a scripture reading, a devotional message, and a prayer.  It is a useful tool to help us slow down and spend a bit of time with our Bible and with Christ during our busy days. They are available in the church narthex. 

We have regular and large print versions available.  We hope you can take advantage of this thoughtful gift.

Calling All Crafters

Wednesday at First Lutheran is typically called quilting day.  However, the quilters also welcome knitters and other crafters. Since everyone is not a quilter, it provides a fun and productive way for people to join in the Wednesday fellowship.  We even have a few cribbage players added to the mix.

The official start of the activity is 10 a.m., but people come throughout the morning and early afternoon.  It wraps up at 3 p.m.  Note:  The quilters are always looking for additional help with both tying and stitching and are willing to train.

Welcome on Wednesdays!
No compensation is offered, just the satisfaction of knowing you are helping spread the mission of Christ into the world. Our amazing team of quilters need some help with both tying and stitching. Whether experienced or not, if you have an interest in this ministry, bring a sack lunch and come join the group on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Quilts are tied for Lutheran World Relief. If you can tie a good knot, you can start right in on this one. And if you know how to put simple squares together into a quilt top, they are needed too. Especially needed are hand stitchers, aka needlers. If you don’t think you are good enough, there are baby quilts for practice before you work on the consignment quilts. With practice, you might “graduate” sooner than you think!

Funds raised by consignment quilts go into the WELCA treasury and are used to help support a whole list of local agencies and worldwide efforts.

Audio Visual Updates
Now that we have the smart TVs in place, we’ve started displaying announcements and the worship hymns in the sanctuary, and have been able to livestream the service in the fellowship hall, and nursery.  We are now in need of volunteers to help operate the system on Sundays.  If you can help, please let Candice or Pastor Joe know, and they can show you the ropes.

Keep Harvest Bazaar in Mind
While the 2018 Harvest Bazaar, Saturday November 3, may seem far away at this time, it is never too early to think about how you can help. You can work on craft projects to donate to the WELCA Creation Station throughout the year. WELCA is also collecting items for the popular grab bag packages. Emma Riley volunteers to wrap these items and would like to do this ahead of time.  There is a box for your donations in the Collection Closet. If you need someone to pick up your items, please contact the church office.  If you have something that would make a good addition to our silent auction, please let Caroline DuBois know.  Special thanks to Michelle Worden, who will be organizing the bake sale.  Please consider what you can bake and watch for the sign-up sheet.  Finally, please mark your calendar for November 3 and help spread the word about this festive fall fundraiser.

Vacation Bible School canceled; Backyard Bible Blast scheduled for first four Wednesdays in August (SEE BBB FLYER HERE!)

Due to a combination of circumstances with Camp Lutherwood, our Vacation Bible School for this year has been canceled. The VBS committee met to discuss this and have organized a new summer event, the Backyard Bible Blast!  It will take place on the first four Wednesdays in August, from 5-8 p.m. The evenings will include food, friends, family, fellowship, and fun!  All ages are welcome (everyone from the congregation -  grandchildren to grandparents, neighbors, friends, everyone!)
The evenings will include gathering for dinner at 5 p.m., with activities following from 6 to 8 p.m. Here is the basic plan:
August 1 - Backyard Campfire Gathering
August 8 - Backyard Bible Clues & Crafts
August 15 - Pizza & Movie
August 22 - Blast in the Park

The BBB Committee is working on details, and those will be shared in the Weekly Windows and the August Skylight. There is a new sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall if you would like to help.

Sunday School changes
First Lutheran is blessed to be an active force in our community – we serve the hungry every week by hosting Community Meals; our quilters provide warmth and comfort to people in our congregation, community and all over the world with handmade quilts; members work in the community garden, tending to God’s creation; the music program under the direction of Kevin and Pastor Joe is always a source of inspiration and joy; members use their skills to craft amazing items for Harvest Bazaar – the list goes on and on.  

Our congregation is pretty amazing, but if you look around you can’t help but notice a fair amount of silver hair - I keep telling myself it’s a sign of accumulated wisdom and joyful life experiences!  Our young families are incredibly busy and we need to revamp the Sunday School experience to make it meaningful, accessible and reflective of our values; giving our kids the faith and tools they need to shine Christ’s love when they are at home, school and in the big wide world. 

We are discussing the possibility of an intergenerational program, meeting once or twice a month, focused on a specific theme or project.  For instance – Rally Sunday coincides with the Lutheran Churches initiative – God’s Work, Our Hands.  We will have a service project where anyone who is interested can participate – from our youngest to our most mature member.

Communication will continue with the parents to find interests and concerns we should address, I will try my best to update the congregation.  We welcome your participation!  Some of our best lessons have been when we integrated a project – fixing meals for the homebound, planting bulbs around the church, making soup packets.  These projects correspond with lessons and values described in the Bible – making that connection between the lessons and our daily life.

Following is an example of a fun Sunday School session last year where all of the kids – from the youngest through Confirmation class spent time discussing the Psalms.  We talked about the author of many of the Psalms, the various types of Psalms and how Psalms are poems, songs and prayers all wrapped up together. 

To illustrate, we tried to sing Psalm 121 to a favorite song – Sweet Caroline, and sadly we were not successful.  We had much better luck using Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.  We learned a lot about Psalms.  Shortest Psalm?  Psalm 117.  Longest Psalm? Psalm 119.  Most “popular” Psalms?  Psalm 23, followed by Psalm 121, which happened to be part of the readings for the day.

During the discussion the group learned about the acrostic Psalms.  An acrostic is a poem in which the initial letters of each successive line form a word, phrase, or pattern. It was hard to understand the concept; because of course we don’t read the Psalms in Hebrew.  The group took the challenge and created an acrostic Psalm of our own – and now we would like to share it with all of you.  For extra credit, try singing it to any Neil Diamond or Peter, Paul & Mary tune.

Alleluia! God is good!
Be present at our table Lord.
Care for us when we pray.
Deliver us to your holy world.
Enter our hearts and stay,
For we need peace.
God be with us always,
Hold our hands.
In your presence we find wholeness,
Journey with us.
Kindness is the key,
Love us always
Many people are suffering,
Never forsake us.
Open our hearts to you,
Prepare the table
Quell our fears.
Remove the barriers between us,
Sit with us,
Turn us toward You.
Under Your wings we are safe.
Value life,
Welcome us home.
X-cite us to spread your word.
You make us feel comfortable
Zat’s the end – Amen!
Please keep the Sunday School in your prayers this year.   Respectfully, Katie Garman




Here is your 2018 coffee hour list for May 6 through September 2

Here is your 2018 coffee hour list for May 6 through September 2. Folks had a few months to choose a service that worked best for them. Thank you to Sharyn Sundeen and Sandy Young, who volunteer to put this schedule together for the church. They had to assign people to the empty slots. Please take a moment to find the dates you are asked to serve and mark your calendars. If for any reason you have problems with the dates that you are assigned, please find a substitute. Thank you.

May – Sep, 2018 Coffee Hour Schedule

May 6    8:30 a.m.   Harold & Louise Gullickson       
11:00 a.m.  Scott & Kathy Bauska   
May 13  8:30 a.m.   Mike & Linda McCoy
11:00 a.m.  Beth Hunnicutt & Nancy
May 20  8:30 a.m.   Ken & Jennifer Anderson          
11:00 a.m.   Tom & Christina Vingerud         
May 27  9:30 a.m.   Mike & Jessie McClintock and
Sandy Young     
June 3  9:30 a.m.    John & Jan Burdett
June 10  9:30 a.m.  Chuck & Katie Garman
June 17  9:30 a.m.  Tim & Donna Meyers and
Terry & Wendy Rude
June 24  9:30 a.m.  Kristol Cohn and Penny Miller
July 1  9:30 a.m.     Maxine Emond and
Christine Trabucco        
July 8   9:30 a.m.     Chuck & Katie Garman            
July 15  9:30 a.m.    Matt & Kate Freitag      
July  22  9:30 a.m.   Janet Abbott and Don & Rose
July 29  9:30 a.m.    Dan & Lynn Green and
George & Jean LeMont
Aug. 5   9:30 a.m.    Jerry & Judy Ann Johnson and
Scott & Candice Becker
Aug. 12  9:30 a.m.   Marilyn Hensley and
Jon & Jackie Vingerud
Aug. 19  9:30 a.m.   Sue Christophersen, Ellen
Bailey, and Patty Pribyl
Aug. 26  9:30 a.m.   Diane Dillard and Edee Douglas
Sept. 2   9:30 a.m.   Margaret Booth and Audrey