Church Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. If you have a Pastoral Emergency, please contact the church office at 425-486-2314 during office hours or Pastor Berg at 509-595-5493. The church office will be closed intermittently December 23 - January 3. Please call the office before heading in to make sure we are there. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call Pastor Berg at the number listed above.
FLC Annual Meeting is Sunday, January 25, 12:15. All voting members are encouraged to attend and vote! The 2019 Annual Report is available for your review, here.
First Lutheran Church Welcomes Northshore YMCA Totes-to-Go Program
The program provides prepared food & groceries to families in need throughout the Northshore area. In April 2019, this YMCA program began using the space that was recently used by the Living Truth Chinese Lutheran Church. A small group of YMCA staff and volunteers meet weekly to assemble 30 Totes and 35 Fuel Packs for delivery to over a dozen schools.
In addition to collecting food donations for Hopelink, the Social Ministries Committee is also collecting donations for the YMCA Totes Program. This is another opportunity for First Lutheran to provide nutritionally acceptable and safe foods to children and families in our Bothell and Northshore community. Please look for the YMCA Food Donation Container in the Narthex Caring Corner. Find the list of suggested food items here or in the narthex. For more information, please contact Kathy Konieczka, Donella Robbins or Roger Steinke. Please help and donate!
College Scholarships Available to FLC Members!
If you are in college or college bound, please consider applying for a scholarship from the First Lutheran Church Endowment Fund. Scholarships are available for attendance at Lutheran colleges, universities and seminaries. Application forms for the 2019-2020 school year are available from the office or online.
All applications are to be submitted to Dawn Bastin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by the Endowment Committee. Please call Dawn with any questions at 425-471-8084.
FLC has permit parking. Parking in downtown Bothell has become a huge issue for the church parking lot. To protect the safety of our preschool families and ensure adequate parking for our many activities parking will be by permit only. Please be sure to stop by and pick up your permit as soon as possible.
First Lutheran has opened an Ameritrade account to allow FLC to accept donations of securities.
A charitable contribution of long-term appreciated securities — i.e. stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds that have realized significant appreciation over time — is one of the most tax-efficient of all ways to give. This method of giving has become increasingly popular in recent years because of two key advantages:
· Any long-term appreciated securities with unrealized gains (meaning they were purchased over a year ago, and have a current value greater than their original cost) may be donated to a public charity and a tax deduction taken for the full fair market value of the securities — up to 30% of the donor's adjusted gross income.
· Since the securities are donated rather than sold, capital gains taxes from selling the securities no longer apply. The more appreciation the securities have, the greater the tax savings will be.
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Online Giving is now available at First Lutheran Church!
FLC is partnering with Vanco to provide online giving. Check it out! Click on the link to see how easy online giving is.