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Guild Meetings

The guilds will gather one more time before summer break.

Soul Sisters, the evening guild meets on Tuesday, June 12, at the home of Barbara Gordon in Columbia City. They are following the study in the book Pew Sisters by Kate Schuermann and will be covering chapter two. Susie Tolleshaug will bring refreshments.

Mary Guild meets at Avamere on Monday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. Judy Ann Johnson is hosting.

Sarah Guild meets at the church on Thursday, June 21, at 10 a.m. Geri Logan is hosting.   Mary and Sarah Guilds use the Gather magazine for their meetings.  Extra copies are in the church office.

WELCA Gets Crafty
The June meeting for WELCA is on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  After the business meeting, Donna Meyers and Linda McCoy will organize us for an evening of crafts in preparation of filling the Creation Station for the Harvest Bazaar.  (Reminder, we are still collecting wine corks for one of the craft projects.)  If you have a glue gun, please bring it with you to the meeting. Edee Douglas and Donna will serve as hostesses, and Christina Vingerud will lead devotions.

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.  


Summer Schedule Begins May 20

On Pentecost Sunday, May 20, we will officially change to our summer schedule.  We will have one service at 9:30 a.m. 

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.

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. Also, we are in need of someone to organize the bakery (Sharyn Sundeen and Sandy Young concentrate on providing Scandinavian goodies).  There is a complete “job description” available for this opportunity.  If you are interested, contact Sandy or call the church office.

As spring begins this month, if you start on your spring cleaning please remember that WELCA is accepting items throughout the year for the popular grab bag packages.  Emma Riley volunteers her time to wrap the gifts, and would love to wrap things ahead of time. So, if you are cleaning out closets, drawers, and cupboards, and come across items that would make good grab bag filler, please put it in the box in the Collection Closet. If you need someone to pick up your items, contact the church office.

Vacation Bible School canceled; Backyard Bible Blast scheduled for first four Wednesdays in August

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.

Adult Forum
You are invited to our Adult Sunday Forum, led by Mariel McMullen.  We’re exploring our faith, using a book called A Tree Full of Angels.  We meet at 9:45 a.m. in Deuteronomy, the room across from the women’s restroom in the old Sunday School wing.  Drop in! No preparation is necessary. 

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