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Welcome Pastor Randy
Pastor Randy Sinn has joined First Lutheran Church as our Interim Pastor. He has been ordained as a rostered ELCA pastor for almost 38 years and has served as a transitional/interim pastor for almost 5 years now. He will be leading us through this time of transition and then helping us as we go through the process to call our next pastor.

Building on Faith

First Lutheran is joining other local churches to help with the latest Habitat for Humanity  project, “Building on Faith.” The home, located at 497 South 7th Street in St. Helens, is actually a duplex, so it will help two families.

Habitat for Humanity purchased the property and has already removed the existing house.  They will select the partner families, complete the site preparations, and will be responsible for obtaining construction materials, hiring subcontractors and managing the construction schedule for the project.

Our FLC Council has agreed to provide $5,000, of which we already have $2,000.  We will also provide organized volunteer labor at least two days per month to help with the construction.

Edee Douglas is our designated representative.  She is putting together a bulletin board display about the project.  If you have questions, or want to get involved with this ministry, please contact Edee.

August 25th is Habitat for Humanity Sunday.  Dick King will be bringing us an inspirational message regarding Habitat for Humanity and his story of his involvement with Habitat through his father.  Groundbreaking on the house we are working on will be in September.  Watch for the date and get your tools ready!

Come, Grow with God with Us!Come One, Come All !!!!  Roll up your sleeves to have fun, laughter, and a wonderful learning experience of God's wonderful Garden of Love and Growing!  We are looking forward to four nights of scripture, crafts, games, wonderful food, and learning together in a fun filled way.  Young, middle aged, and old people are all invited to attend from 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesdays in August.

If anyone would like to volunteer , there is a sign up sheet on the board.  Just list your name and what you would like to help with.  We do need more coolers.

Blessings to all,
Your VBS Garden Crew

Electronic Giving
First Lutheran now has electronic giving. Simply text 503-714-7869, and in less time than it takes to write a check, you can now make your offering with a quick text message!

To get started, text the amount you wish to give to First Lutheran’s text giving telephone number 503-714-7869. A link will pop up to MyVanco for you to complete your donation. Once you are set up, you can easily give anytime by simply texting the amount you wish to donate!

Try it, you will like it! Feel free to track down Barbara Gordon if you need help


October "Paint Party" being organized; learn more
 We now have a date for the WELCA October event. Our painting party will be on Monday, October 21, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. These painting lessons have been popular around town lately, with guests being led step-by-step through a canvas painting that they can take home. Local artist and instructor (and church neighbor) Crystal Heil will be our teacher. She said it usually takes 2 to 3 hours to complete the project. The cost for the class is 35.00. Candice Becker is making arrangements and will be sharing information at the September WELCA meeting so that we can make a painting selection.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Rally Sunday Next Month!

Mark your calendars - Rally Sunday is just around the corner, on September 8th!  The first big faith question we intend to tackle?  Which came first, the chicken or the egg.   Well, sort of….

This year the pre-school through elementary program is going to focus on important stories from the Bible – both Old and New Testament – that every child (and adult) should know.  Can you think of a better way to start than the Creation story?  Our goal is to bring the stories alive with a variety of activities including crafts, art, acts of service, skits and – in the creation story we intend to utilize Jello.  Now do we have your attention? 

This school year we will host Sunday School for the younger children twice a month, and our plan is to post the dates and theme at least a month in advance. Although the Sunday School is aimed for our pre-school through elementary children, ALL ages are welcome.  You might be amazed what you can learn when we take a fresh look at some of our favorite Bible stories.
September 8     Rally Sunday
September 22   Jesus Calls the First Disciples
October 6          Adam & Eve…and a Garden and a Snake
October 20        Story of the Good Samaritan

Adult Forum
Attention Adults and Teens:  Yes! Sunday School is for you, too.
Who was this guy, Luke, whose words we've been reading every Sunday? Does he have anything to say to us, now, in 2019?

The program we use looks at Luke's message in four different contexts: literary, historical, Lutheran, and devotional. 

, it does not matter if you haven't been with the class before.

, we can get you a study book.  
, it isn't difficult.
, you don't have to read aloud or talk unless you want to. 
Teens: believe it or not, you have a lot in common with us older students. We're all children of God, and you will be made welcome. 

Come on Rally Sunday. We meet in the room next to the youth room. 

Then, come every Sunday except when our class decides not to meet.

Your Facilitator at this time, Beth Hunnicutt 

Pastor Randy will be leading confirmation classes this fall. They will be on Tuesday evenings, beginning on September 10. Students will gather in the youth room from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  See Pastor Randy for more information.


Photos for PowerPoint
We’ve now had the new visual system up and running for a few months. Thank you to Kitty Heide for being our regular volunteer for this duty!  Do you notice the different picture slides that separate hymns and parts of our worship?  Most of these are just some stock photos from our clipart subscription.  Recently, Caroline DuBois inquired about the photos and offered to send in a few photographs that she had taken.  Candice incorporated them into the February 24 PowerPoint presentation.  If you are interested in sharing photographs for our worship, please email them to Candice at  We look forward to a variety of scenic pictures.

First Lutheran Church Endowment Fund
Do you want to build upon our legacy of generosity for the future? — One way to achieve that includes contributing on a regular basis to the Endowment Fund.

If you want to leave a living gift the ELCA has a professional gift-planning staff, who can assist you with planning your legacy to First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Contact any member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church St. Helens Endowment Committee for more information.

Committee members are Barbra Gordon, Norris Sundeen, Karina Strandjord , Audrey Webster, Bob Clore, and Mike McCoy.                 – Mike McCoy

Choir rehearsals on hold for now
The choir is taking a break while we are in search of a new choir director. 

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.

"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.

Another New Directory
We have a new (interim) pastor, and there have been a few other changes since the last directory that came out at the beginning of March. 

If you have no changes, and you are fine with the current photo, you don’t need to do anything.

If you have never been in the directory or if you have changes, please get the information to Candice by Sunday, August 25. You have options for how you do this.  You can do it in person; there is a copy of the purple directory on the counter in the office that is the designated one for making changes. Or you can call or email Candice with your information/changes.  If you want a new photo (non-copyrighted, please), you can email a digital copy, give Candice a photo to scan, or ask Candice to take your photo.
We are hoping to have the new directories available for Rally Sunday, September 8.



Here is your coffee hour list forJune 2 through September 1

June – September 1, 2019 Coffee Hour Schedule
Here is your coffee hour list for June 2 through Sept. 1. 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. 

June 2
Ellen Bailey and Sue Christopherson
June 9
John and Jan Burdett and Tim & Donna Meyers
June 16
Diane Dillard, Edee Douglas, Geri Logan,
and Karen Olsen          
June 23
Steve & Caroline DuBois       
June 30
Marilyn Henseley and Jerry & Judy Ann Johnson           
July 7
Mark Hagelberg & Enid Schantz-Hagelberg and Sandy Young 
July 14
Matt & Kate Frietag
July 21           
Terry & Wendy Rude and Michelle Worden
July 28
Ken & Jennifer Anderson and
Chuck & Katie Garman
August 4
Jon & Jackie Vingerud and
Tom & Christina Vingerud  
August 11
Kristol Cohn, Jessie McClintock, and
Penny Miller
August 18     
Candice Becker and
Norris & Sharyn Sundeen
August 25
Jean LeMont, Laura McCollough,
and Laurie Wilson
September 1
Janet Abbott and Don & Rose Jensen