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Annual Meeting of the Congregation Summarized

Members of the congregation gathered on Sunday, February 10, for the First Lutheran Church Annual Meeting. Those members present passed the 2019 budget and elected the following people to serve 3-year terms to the FLC Council:  Matt Freitag, Marc Hagelberg, Andrew Niemi, and Christina Vingerud.  They will be installed along with returning council members during the worship service on Sunday, March 3.

Marc Hagelberg and Enid Schantz-Hagelberg will serve as our representatives at the Oregon Synod Gathering.  Thank you to the Fellowship Committee for providing the baked potato bar luncheon that we enjoyed before the meeting.

Soup Suppers
During Lent, First Lutheran holds evening prayer services on Wednesdays. Before worship, we gather for a simple meal of soup and bread.  If you would like to provide a meal, please sign up. The first dinner and prayer service will be on Wednesday, March 13.


World Day of Prayer
 World Day of Prayer takes place internationally on the first Friday of March every year.  In 2019 that will be March 1.  It’s a day to celebrate in symbolic solidarity with women around the world!

This year, The Methodist Church will host the service.  It is at noon, followed by a luncheon.

The host country for WDP 2019 is Slovenia. The focus is on Jesus’ parable of the Great Dinner (in Lk. 14:15–24) with the theme “Come – Everything is Ready”.  One phrase in the worship service especially captures the ideas we will explore: “Welcoming God, in your love, you have prepared a table for all, and you inspire us to open our hearts and our homes to offer a place to the ones who are not yet at the table.” Who isn’t at your table yet? Who isn’t at your World Day of Prayer service . . . yet? The women of Slovenia challenge us all to widen our circles, to expand our communities.

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.

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.

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

Attention: High School Seniors
Attention High School Seniors:  Please be sure to let the quilters know that you are a graduating member of First Lutheran Church. The quilters want to honor you with a quilt. Just call or email the church office, 503-397-0090 or or talk to a quilter or Candice. 

Also, we have a tradition of featuring our graduating senior FLC members in the newsletter.  We plan to highlight graduates in the June issue.  Typically, the information includes high school activities and accomplishments, interests, and plans for the future.  You are also welcome to include a non-copyrighted photo.  This information is due by May 20.

WELCA ladies will be rolling dice on Friday, March 22, when they get together in the fellowship hall for a lively game of Bunco.  The fun begins at 6:30 p.m.  Kathy Bauska and Judy Ann Johnson are coordinating the event. Bring a friend and enjoy the evening.

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.

March Guild Gatherings

The women’s groups continue to meet for Bible study and fellowship, and, as always, welcome new members. 
Soul Sisters meets on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m.  Susie Tolleshaug is hosting at her home.  They are covering chapter 6 of Pew Sisters. Mary Guild meets at Avamere on Monday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. Jean Lemont is hosting.  Sarah Guild is on Thursday, March 21, at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Beth Hunnicutt is hosting.  Both Mary and Sarah Guilds use the Gather magazine for their studies.

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

Cards for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
First Lutheran is collecting greeting card fronts (Christmas and All Occasion) for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.  The Ranch provides counseling and opportunities for troubled youth.  The kids operate a business taking used greeting cards, creating new ones, and selling the results.  The kids earn money, experience, and a sense of purpose through this program.  

Only the card fronts are used.  Please check to be sure the back side is clear of any writing.  They are not able to accept Hallmark, Disney, or American Greeting cards.  5" x 7" size or smaller is preferred.

Mike and Linda McCoy will deliver what we have collected in mid-February, which will save the cost of mailing them this year.
We will continue collecting card fronts in our Collection Center throughout the year. 

Changes to First Lutheran WELCA Group
At the WELCA annual planning meeting last month the women voted on a couple of changes.  First of all, they will be holding their business meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Programs will be held at a different day and time.  They also voted to not hold a Mother’s Day brunch this year.

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

Helping Fire Victims
The California wildfires have left many victims in its path of destruction.

The Camp Fire is the most devastating wildfire in California’s history.  The ELCA’s Lutheran Disaster Response is working with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, and the California Synods to respond to this fire.

If you would like to help, make your check out to Lutheran Disaster Response, designating it for “U.S. wildfires” or “Where needed most” on the check’s memo line, and mail your contribution to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 2211608009.

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.



Here is your coffee hour list forJanuary 13 through May 5, 2019

Coffee Hour Schedule for January 13 through May 5, 2019
Jan. 13            Harold & Louise Gullickson
And John & Jan Burdett

Jan. 20            Mike & Linda McCoy
And Beth Hunnicutt

Jan. 27            Scott & Kathy Bauska
And Nancy Stutzman

February 3      Chuck & Katie Garman

February 10    Norris & Sharyn Sundeen And
Travis Sundeen, Michelle Worden

February 17    Enid Schantz-Hagelberg & Mark
Hagelberg and Sandy Young

February 24    Matt & Kate Freitag

March 3           Ken & Jennifer Anderson
And Penny Miller

March 10         Tim & Donna Meyers
And Terry & Wendy Rude

March 17         Jerry & Judy Ann Johnson
And Marilyn Hensley

March 24         Dan & Lynn Green
And Jessie McClintock

March 31         Jean LeMont
And Laura McDonough

April 7              Don & Rose Jensen
And Janet Abbott

April 14            Diane Dillard, Edee Douglas,
Geri Logan, and Karen Olsen

April 21            Easter Breakfast

April 28            Andrew & Kristin Niemi
And Candice Becker

May 5              Margaret Booth and
Audrey Webster

If you cannot serve on your assigned date, please find a replacement.  Thank you.