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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.

New Worship Musician
We are happy to welcome our new worship musician, Erin Stevens. She began sharing her talent with us at our April 28 service. Erin grew up in Scappoose and she played for 12 years for the Diocese of Sacramento in Clarksburg, CA. We are thankful she has chosen to share her talent with First Lutheran Church. Please introduce yourself to Erin.

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

Living Lutheran Magazine
First Lutheran Church has a group rate for subscriptions for the ELCA’s Living Lutheran magazine.  As long as we have 15 subscriptions or more, they are $8.95.  The magazine comes directly to your home.  If you would like to receive it, please let Candice know by noon on Wednesday, May 8.  She will arrange a check from Jon for the church invoice, and then those members who are signing up for the magazine can reimburse the church.

October "Paint Party" being organized; learn more
October is several months away, but it is never too early when it comes to organizing a fun activity.  At the 2019 WELCA planning meeting, we discussed having an instructor-led painting party for October. These gatherings have been popular around town lately, with guests being led step-by-step through a canvas painting that they can take home.

Candice Becker has been assigned to make the arrangements and host this event.  She would like to determine who might be interested in attending  so she can give the potential instructor an estimate for attendance and work out the logistics sooner than later, so we can get it on our calendars. Note: Costs for participants typically range between 30.00 and 40.00.  Candice created a sign-up sheet.  It’s posted in the fellowship hall.

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

Spring Hike through the Vedanta Retreat May 5

Last month’s hike to the Vendanta Retreat was enjoyed by those who braved the Oregon spring weather, and the group decided to go on another adventure. This time, the hike will be at Tuality Valley Hills. It’s set for Sunday, May 5. We will gather at the church at 2:00 p.m. to carpool to the hike location.

Attention: High School Seniors
Graduate Sunday set for June 16
Please be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, June 16. It is Father’s Day, but in addition to that special holiday, for First Lutheran Church it is a day to honor our graduating seniors. They will be recognized during our worship service and receive a special gift from our talented quilters. This year’s graduates are Aaron Cohn, Lillian Niemi, Lydia Rose, Jaycob Sundeen, and Bryce Trabucco.

We have a tradition of featuring our graduating senior First Lutheran 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. Please turn your information in to Candice by May 20.

WELCA Field Trip
Judy Ann Johnson has arranged a visit to see the newly finished needlepoint pew cushions at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland on Friday, May 10.  Our group needs to be at that church at 10 a.m.  After touring the church sanctuary and viewing more of their work in progress in their balcony, we will have lunch before returning home.  We will be carpooling on this field trip, so please contact Judy Ann if you are interested in going so arrangements can be made. 

Bunco Bunch Forming
Bunco Bunch will meet to play on Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Candice Becker and Sandy Young will host. First, we will figure out the logistics for the monthly Bunco game night and then we will start rolling!  If you have signed up to be part of Bunco Bunch but cannot make this first event, please let Candice or Sandy know, so they can arrange a substitute.

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.

May 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, May 14, at 7 p.m.  Candice Becker is hosting at her home.  They are covering chapter 6  of Pew Sisters.

Sarah Guild is on Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Karen Olsen is hosting.

Mary Guild meets at Avamere on Monday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. Judy Ann Johnson 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

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.



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.