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Community Thanksgiving Service
The Community Thanksgiving service is on Sunday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. This year, it is being hosted by Christ Episcopal Church in St. Helens.

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.

November Guilds
WELCA does not hold a general meeting in November, but the three guilds all meet. Soul Sisters gathers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13. Sue Christophersen is hosting at Barbara Gordon’s home in Columbia City. Sarah Guild will meet on November 15  at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Mariel McMullen is the hostess. Mary Guild will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Avamere on November 19.  Wendy Rude hosts this meeting.  Sarah Guild and Mary Guild use material found in the monthly Gather magazine, while Soul Sisters is currently using the book Pew Sisters by Katie Schuermann.   Looking ahead, the all-guilds Christmas party is on December 15 at 2 p.m. at the home of Kate Freitag.

2018 Quilt “Maple Ridge”

The quilt that our own quilters so lovingly stitched for their annual quilt drawing is now on display in the Fellowship Hall. The quilt measures 89” x 107.” The pattern is “Maple Ridge.”  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  You don’t want to miss out on your chance to win.  The drawing will be held on Sunday, December 9, in time to give away as a special Christmas gift.

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.

Why do we have an Endowment fund?
Bequests from members of our congregation have already been received, or have been indicated to the church as coming to us in the future.

Therefore, in response to the gifts of God entrusted into our hands by our members, our Lutheran Church needs an established fund and a policy to receive bequests and special gifts so that the regular stewardship and mission support of our members is not disrupted. The Endowment Fund does not replace the Memorial Fund. If you are thinking about estate planning, or what to do with IRA's, and Mandatory IRA withdrawals, please research the tax advantages of giving to the Endowment fund.

Endowment Committee Members Are: Barbra Gordon, Bob Clore, Norris Sundeen, Mike McCoy, Karina Strandjord, and Audrey Webster.
- Mike McCoy

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.   Any and all are welcome!  Come and help us make a joyful noise to the Lord!



2018 Quilt "Maple Ridge" Closeup of center section


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.

Sunday School "Faith Exploration Adventures"

Sunday School – Faith Exploration Adventures
Please join us at 9 a.m. on Sundays for 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!
- 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