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Transition and Call Process Update

Our congregation officially accepted the Ministry Site Profile for First Lutheran Church at our special meeting via Zoom on April 26.  Now that piece is done, and the FLC Call Committee has started its work.  The Call Committee is made up of the following people: John Burdett, Kate Freitag, Katie Garman, Mark Hagelberg, Mike McCoy, and Audrey Webster.  Pastor Randy and the Call Committee met recently with Pastor Melissa Reed, Assistant to the Bishop and other Transitional/Interim Pastors in the Oregon Synod.  We are proceeding as best we all can do given the Covid-19 virus-related circumstances we are facing.

Building on Faith
Edee Douglas, our church representative on the Habitat for Humanity Faith Build, has created a bulletin board display of information about the duplex, including a wish list of items needed. The display also has a “monetary monitor” to chart our movement toward the goal we pledged to the project. She noted that 55 volunteers from the various churches assembled 34 cabinets in 2 1/2 hours at last month’s work party.
For more information, please see Edee. You may also follow Habitat for Humanity on Facebook at:

Note to 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.

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

Calling All Crafters

THIS ACTIVITY HAS BEEN CANCELED (TEMPORARILY) DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS THREATWednesday 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!



Small Joys & Actions
Social media has been full of ideas to keep busy and to “come together” to support each other.  Perhaps you have seen some of these. 

Here are just a few small gestures to help shine our light:

Place hearts in your windows or on your doors to show gratitude and support to healthcare workers.  (and all those essential workers out there helping) Many people are coming out of their homes every evening at 7 p.m. to stand on porches or in driveways to clap, bang pots and pans, and cheer for these individuals as well.

Place a teddy bear in your window, or for Easter weekend, place a drawing of a decorated Easter egg in your window.  Families out for a drive or walk can go on a bear hunt or Easter egg hunt for a fun activity.

Keep a gratitude journal for the blessings that this “stay home” period has brought us, and when you think of something you’d like to do, but can’t right now (i.e. join friends for a picnic at a park, have dinner with an aunt and uncle), jot it down on another list for when things do get back to normal.

There are a lot of free things that you can be part of online as well, like tours of museums, classes, digital or audiobooks from libraries, etc. Maybe you have a book on your shelf at home that you haven’t had time to read.

If you want to help during this time, research your local food banks or other services that might need extra financial support, and/or sew some face masks since they are in short supply.

Perhaps you can research some craft ideas for items for WELCA’s Creation Station at the Harvest Bazaar, November 7. If you have supplies at home, this might be the perfect time to work on them.

Spring Cleaning?
If you are spending some of this extra time at home working on your spring cleaning, remember to keep the Harvest Bazaar in mind. Items for the Silent Auction and grab bag packages will be welcome once we can open things back up again.

New Online Bible Study with Pastor

Now that the Lenten study is over, Pastor is planning a new one to begin a new Bible study next month. This one will be Jacob – The Man Who Wrestled with God. They will take place on the four Wednesdays in May, beginning May 6.  There will be two sessions from which to choose: Noon and 6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in participating, email Pastor Randy.

Information Booklet
For years First Lutheran’s WELCA group has published a “Yearbook & Program Guide.”  Candice is expanding/re-creating this publication to become a First Lutheran Church Guide. It will be available in April. In addition to information that has historically been included, it will have committee listings, calendar information, and programs and activities of the church. If you are a leader of a group or committee here at FLC, this is a great opportunity to provide information for the congregation. If you have items you think would be good to include, please provide Candice with the information by Sunday, March 15. 

Collecting Corks
 Attention, wine enthusiasts: Our FLC Collection Closets have a new bin for wine corks. Crafty volunteers have a variety of projects for the Harvest Bazaar Creation Station that requires wine corks for supplies. Thank you for your assistance in helping gather these needed materials.                      

Amazon Smile
Do you shop at  If you do, I would guess you spend more there than at Fred Meyers. We are asking you to join When you select 1st Lutheran Church, St. Helens, as your charity, the church will receive 0.5% of every dollar you spend.

With all of us doing this, FLC will quickly receive a lot of money. Jon, our Treasurer, has already set up the church account so that the 0.5% goes directly in to the church bank account.  If you already have an Amazon account or are Amazon Prime, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

For more information, please Google Thank you for considering this as another way to support your church at no additional cost to you.

Christ in Our Home Devotionals Via Email
Augsburg Fortress is offering daily emails of the Christ in Our Home Devotions through the month of April.  Just click on this link  and enter your email information.

 From Our Minister of Music
Answers to Minister of Music Hymnal Quiz:            
1. b - Peace is not a section in ELW
2. a - Toward the beginning
3. a - Yes
4. a - Yes
5. a - Psalm Tones
6. b - There are 10 hymns by Watts
7. c - There are 84 global songs
8. c - 10 Settings
9. a - National Songs
10. d - 34 Easter hymns in ELW

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

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.


Coffee Hour Duties January 12 -  May 3, 2020  Coffee Hour Schedule

Here is your coffee hour list for January 12 through May 3, 2020. If you can’t serve on your assigned date, please find a replacement.  Thank you, and thank you to Sharyn Sundeen and Sandy Young for finalizing the list.

April 26         
Terry & Wendy Rude and Michelle Worden
May 3 
Margaret Booth andAudrey Webster