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Schedule for Sunday changes

We now have Sunday School, Confirmation, and Adult Forum at 9 a.m. Worship is at 10 a.m. (One service.)

New Worship Schedule to Begin with Rally Day, September 9. (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

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.


Choir Changes
This year the choir rehearsal schedule is going to look a little different!  We will be rehearsing on only  1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7 p.m.   Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 19.  Any and all are welcome!  Come and help us make a joyful noise to the Lord!



WELCA and Guilds for September
September rally season means that WELCA and the guilds are meeting again. WELCA is meeting on Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Following the business side of the meeting, special speaker Della Marie will make a presentation on emergency preparedness. Thank you to Diane Dillard for arranging this. Jean LeMont is hosting, and Beth Hunnicutt is leading devotions.

First Lutheran Church has three guilds offering different opportunities for organized Bible study and fellowship. They are once-a-month gatherings that provide reflection, inspiration, and support, and they can be a source of monthly rejuvenation. Whatever time of the day works best for you, we have a group for that—morning, afternoon, and evening. 

Sarah Guild is the morning group, meeting in the Fellowship Hall on the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. Sharyn Sundeen will host the September 20 meeting. 

Mary Guild meets in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. They meet at Avamere. Maxine Emond hosts the September 17 meeting. 

If you are busy during the day, then Soul Sisters might work for you. This evening guild meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in members’ homes. On Tuesday, September 11, the guild meets at Barbara Gordon’s home, and Susie Tolleshaug will serve as hostess.

Community Rewards
First Lutheran Church participates in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program.  If shoppers who use the rewards card actually link their card to the church, then  Kroger, who owns Fred Meyer,  makes a donation to the church. It does NOT cost you your rewards points. For the second quarter of 2018, 14 households used their Fred Meyer Rewards cards to bring in a total of $36.61  for First Lutheran.

Please note that they have upgraded their system, and as a result our non-profit organization (NPO) has a new account number. It is JJ283. So, if you haven’t yet enrolled in the Community Rewards program and plan to do so, use that new number. If you have any questions, you can talk to Audrey Webster.


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
The Harvest Bazaar is Saturday, November 3.  This is the major fundraiser for WELCA, and it takes quite a lot of hands to carry out this production. Soon, the specific organizing will begin, with official sign-up sheets.  For now, please mark your calendar and continue to consider how you may help. If you are planning on making something (for example, sewn or knitted/crocheted items, candles, paper crafts, canned pickles or preserves, etc.)  for the Creation Station area, please let Donna Meyers know.  There are a lot of talented individuals here at First Lutheran Church. Please consider sharing your gift and the treasures you make. It’s such a worthy cause.  If you have something for the popular grab bag packages, place them in the Collection Closet.  If you have an item that may be appropriate for the silent auction, please talk to Caroline DuBois.

Sunday School "Faith Exploration Adventures"

Please join us at 9 a.m. on Rally Sunday, September 9, to start our faith exploration adventures.  There will be three programs offered  — Adult Education, Confirmation, and Sunday School.  There is something here for EVERYONE, and we hope to encourage everyone to attend!

The Sunday School program is not just for kids – the intent is for all who are interested in strengthening and growing in our faith to join and be a part of this community.  Call it multi-generational, or life long learning  - we want our children to know beyond a shadow of a doubt about the love of Jesus, how it impacts our lives, and joins us together to face all of the joys and low points in our lives.

We understand that some parents may choose to drop off kids and attend the Adult Education Class.  We would love to invite parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teens, sisters, brothers – really everyone not attending the Adult Education or Confirmation Classes – to consider joining us at the Sunday School Class – every Sunday.  Pretty much everyone from birth to 110 is invited to participate!

On Rally Sunday we have an activity planned – but we aren’t giving out any clues.  You’ll have to show up to be a part of something wonderful!                                                      - Katie Garman



Here is your coffee hour list for September 9, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Here is your 2018 coffee hour list for September 9 through January 6. 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 date you are asked to serve and mark your calendars. If for any reason you have can’t serve, please find a substitute. Thank you. Remember, there is only one service, which is at 10 a.m.

Sept. 9
Scott & Kathy Bauska and Nancy Stutzman
Sept. 16 
Steve & Caroline DuBois and
Chuck & Katie Garman
Sept. 23
Mike & Linda McCoy and Beth Hunnicutt     
Sept. 30
Church Picnic
Oct. 7
Jessie McClintock, Penny Miller, and Sandy Young
Oct. 14
John & Jan Burdett and
Harold & Louise Gullickson   
Oct. 21
Geri Logan, Karen Olsen, and Mariel McMullen       
Oct. 28
Ellen Bailey and Sue Christophersen
Nov. 4
Don & Rose Jensen and Janet Abbott  
Nov. 11
Norris & Sharyn Sundeen and
Travis Sundeen & Michelle Worden  
Nov. 18          
Matt & Kate Freitag
Nov. 25
Tim & Donna Meyers  and
Terry & Wendy Rude
Dec. 2
Jerry & Judy Ann Johnson and Marilyn Hensley      
Dec. 9
Jon & Jackie Vingerud and
Tom & Christina Vingerud     
Dec. 16          
Joe & Karina Strandjord and Laurie Beadle
Dec. 23
Steve & Caroline DuBois and
George & Jean LeMont
Dec. 30
Margaret Booth, Patty Pribyl, and Audrey Webster
Jan. 6
Scott & Candice Becker and
Maxine Emond and Christine Trabucco