First English Lutheran Church

3001 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX, 78705

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Welcome

Welcome to First English Lutheran Church.  You’re invited to join a real community of faith and friendship that gathers for worship, relationship building, personal growth, and service to the community and the world.

We welcome people from all walks of life and in all places in the journey of faith and life.  Whether you’re a lifelong Lutheran, a former something else, or a seeker and questioner looking for more to life and a place to explore , we’re glad to have you.  Since 1989, FELC has openly welcomed persons of all sexual orientation to full participation in the church.

Weekly update – September 9

Companion Café Volunteers Needed

For two years, we have had a fantastic Wednesday evening ministry called Companion Café. We have prepared great meals, and enjoyed sharing dinner together with church members, day care families, new visitors, and whoever cares to join us.

In order to continue this ministry in the fall, we need volunteers. Without enough volunteers for each of the café jobs, we can’t pull it off with the level of quality and enjoyment we would like.

The volunteer jobs are:
Head chef (plans menu, shops, directs food prep and cooking). 1 each week.
Food prep and cooking from 3:30 to 6:00. 4 each week.
Setup and serve from 5:30 to 7:00. 4 each week.
Cleanup from 6:30 to 8:00. 4 to 6 each week.

A volunteer can do more than one job in a week, like cooking and setup and serve, or setup and serve and cleanup.

If you’d like to volunteer and help Companion Café continue on as a great ministry of our congregation, let Pastor Coffey know by e-mailing him at pastor@felcaustin.org. Indicate which of the above jobs you’d like to do and how many times a month you can do them.

With enough volunteers, we plan to start the Companion Café in October.

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SISTERS IN SPIRITS
Thursday, September 11 at 7 pm
in.gredients off Manor

Join us for a women’s gathering of good conversation and beverages of your choice (wine, beer, tea, etc.). This month we will be meeting at in.gredients (2610 Manor Road, 78722). Feel free to bring a friend as well! For more information please contact Sarah Roberts at (512)826-7798.

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FELC BOOK CLUB
Sunday, September 14, at 6:30 pm

The next meeting will be at the home of Nancy and Randy Baden, (512) 447-9211. As usual, we will share a potluck dinner and then discuss our book for this month. We’re reading The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller.

The Austin Public Library has two copies available right now, many others checked out, and many different downloadable e-book editions. Anne Wiebe has an extra copy to lend. Contact Anne at: wiebeanne@hotmail.com.

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BOOK CLUB OPINION SURVEY

The FELC Book Club is asking again for your help! Please take our survey, now through September 15! We need your opinion on the book suggestions we collected, to choose our book list for the upcoming year.

Go to this Web site to take the survey:
http://www.surveyexpression.com/Survey.aspx?id=c9307809-593b-4697-a758-8a765607aef1

THANK YOU! Any questions? Contact Anne Wiebe, wiebeanne@hotmail.com.

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FELC MINISTRY FAIR
Sunday, September 21 after the 11 o’clock service
In the Fellowship Hall

You are invited to come and learn about all of the ministries and activities
happening at First English and discover ways to get involved. Light refreshments
will be provided. See you there!

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EVENING COMPANIONS GROUP
Tuesday, September 23 at 7 pm

The evening Companions group will begin its new study Tuesday, September 23, 7-8:30 pm at Barbara Wiederaenders’ home, (512) 451-0684.

The group will be using The Way of Discernment by Elizabeth Liebert (available on the Web). They will meet weekly through early December. Anyone is welcome to join in. Contact Teresa Tice-Boggs for additional information: ttbhip@gmail.com

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Jimmy’s Intersections for Families, Youth, Children

September 14 Spark Rotation (formerly known as Sunday School) begins this coming
Sunday! 9:45-10:50 am. We’ll begin in the parish library for an opening time and
then rotate into two classes:

Club Spark for pre-k through 1st grade will remain in the library.
Club Blaze for 2nd through 5th grade will move to the Transept East classroom.

Children will finish in the fellowship hall for snack from 10:40-10:50 and you can pick them up there.

Our first two weeks are titled, “Jesus and John the Baptist.”
Our Video Workshop will include scenes from the movie Robots and Sleeping Beauty.
The Art Workshop will include Paper Plate Puppets and Baptism Watercolors.

Peace,
Jimmy Wright
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
formation@felcaustin.org
(512) 478-1933 ext.12

Look for information about children and youth programs anytime on the FELC Web site.
Click the link at Children and Youth on the Home Page of the FELC Web site.

Youth events September 9, 2014

Children – families September 9, 2014

Weekly Update – September 2

REMINDER

The First English worship schedule returns to two services
beginning Sunday, 
September 7, 8:30 am & 11 am.

Holy Communion is celebrated at both services every Sunday.

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GIFT
Generations In Faith Together

FELC Productions is proud to present the GIFT 2014.

FELC stage performers will once again entertain our entire congregation in this
multi-generational, church-wide celebration of our 2014/2015 Christian Formation
program year.

Who should come? Everyone!
What can we expect? Music, singing, skits, quiz show, small group creativity,
comedy, laughter, conversations, and much, much more!

· Rated G for all audiences
· September 7, 2014
· Matinee time is 9:45 am.
· Location—Fellowship Hall of First English Lutheran Church Austin

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GOD’s WORK. OUR HANDS.
ELCA Day of Service
Sunday, September 7

For the second year in a row, the ELCA is celebrating an all congregations day
of service called “God’s Work. Our Hands.”

Congregations are encouraged to perform acts of service in their local
communities. You can learn more about the national event at www.elca.org.

At First English, we will observe the day by gathering after 11:00 worship and hospitality to work on the rain garden project along 30th street, and clean up Adams and Hemphill Parks. Wear outdoor work clothes to worship if you like. Bottled water and fresh fruit will be provided. An indoor service project is being planned as well.

If you have one of the yellow “God’s Work. Our Hands.” t-shirts from last year,
wear it again. Pastor Coffey has three available (2 adult large, 1 adult small).
They will be given away to the first 3 people who request them and say they will
be joining the “God’s Work. Our Hands.” work day. E-mail Pastor Coffey
(pastor@felcaustin.org) or call the church (512-478-1933).

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LIFErs SEPTEMBER EVENT!

In observance of the annual God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday we are going to help
with the FELC service project after the 11 o’clock service and then go out to
eat at Trudy’s, just down the street from First English (409 W. 30th Street).
The day is Sunday, September 7!

It will be a great day to enjoy some tasty food, refreshing beverages, and good
company after some great service! Share your summer stories and any cool ideas
you have for our ministry this upcoming academic year. Looking forward to seeing
you all there!
Contact: Andy at petras.andrew@yahoo.com or Erin at erin922@gmail.com.

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BOOK CLUB OPINION SURVEY

The FELC Book Club is asking again for your help! Please take our survey, now through September 15! We need your opinion on the book suggestions we collected, to choose our book list for the upcoming year.

Go to this Web site to take the survey: http://www.surveyexpression.com/Survey.aspx?id=c9307809-593b-4697-a758-8a765607aef1

THANK YOU! Any questions? Contact Anne Wiebe, wiebeanne@hotmail.com.

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MICAH 6 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you are an early bird, consider volunteering for the Micah 6 early bird team.
This group receives the weekly delivery of food from the Capital Area Food Bank.
There is a shift open on the First English team on the first Thursday of the
month from 6:30 to 8:00 am, but other weeks may be available as well.

If you like to organize events, consider volunteering for the Micah 6
fundraising committee. This committee plans special events and letter appeals to
raise individual donations to support Micah 6 operations. There is a lot of
opportunity to be creative and have fun with this committee! The committee
meets about six times per year at times convenient to all committee members.

For more information, contact Jackie Chuter at jackiechuter@yahoo.com. To sign
up, contact Jan Hames at janhames@gmail.com. Thank you!

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Jimmy’s Intersections for Families, Youth, Children

Look for information anytime on the FELC Web site.

Click the link at Children and Youth on the Home Page of the FELC Web site.
Christian Formation for Youth
Christian Formation for Families
Christian Formation for Children

Contact Jimmy at: formation@felcaustin.org

Weekly Update – August 26

FELC CALENDAR REMINDERS

Labor Day Weekend is ahead. August 31 is the last Sunday with
a single worship service at 9:45 am.

The Church Office and CDC will be closed on Monday, September 1.

The First English worship schedule returns to two services beginning
Sunday, September 7,
8:30 am & 11 am.

Holy Communion is celebrated at both services every Sunday.

________________________________________

GIFT
Generations In Faith Together

FELC Productions is proud to present the GIFT 2014.

FELC stage performers will once again entertain our entire congregation in this
multi-generational, church-wide celebration of our 2014/2015 Christian Formation program year.

Who should come? Everyone!
What can we expect? Music, singing, skits, quiz show, small group creativity,
comedy, laughter, conversations, and much, much more!

· Rated G for all audiences
· September 7, 2014
· Matinee time is 9:45 am.
· Location—Fellowship Hall of First English Lutheran Church Austin

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GOD’s WORK. OUR HANDS.
ELCA Day of Service
Sunday, September 7

For the second year in a row, the ELCA is celebrating an all congregations day of service called “God’s Work. Our Hands.”

Congregations are encouraged to perform acts of service in their local
communities. You can learn more about the national event at www.elca.org.

At First English, we will observe the day by gathering after 11:00 worship and
hospitality to work, on the rain garden project along 30th street, clean up
Adams and Hemphill Parks. Wear outdoor work clothes to worship if you like.
Bottled water and fresh fruit will be provided.

If you have one of the yellow “God’s Work. Our Hands.” t-shirts from last year,
wear it again. Pastor Coffey has three available (2 adult large, 1 adult small).
They will be given away to the first 3 people who request them and say they will
be joining the “God’s Work. Our Hands.” work day. E-mail Pastor Coffey
(pastor@felcaustin.org) or call the church (512-478-1933).

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UPDATE ON LIFErs EVENT!

In observance of the annual God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday we are going to help
with the FELC service project after the 11 o’clock service and then go out to
eat at Trudy’s, just down the street from First English (409 W. 30th Street).
The day is Sunday, September 7!

It will be a great day to enjoy some tasty food, refreshing beverages, and good
company after some great service! Share your summer stories and any cool ideas
you have for our ministry this upcoming academic year. Looking forward to seeing
you all there! Contact: Andy @ petras.andrew@yahoo.com or Erin @
erin922@gmail.com.

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Jimmy’s Intersections for Parents, Youth, Children

August 31 Just because it’s Labor Day weekend doesn’t mean that you have to skip
church! Come on down to worship at 9:45 and help us carry the cross of Jesus.
Plus you’ll get to witness what is bound to be the most exciting children’s
sermon you’ll hear all day long! :)

Look for information anytime on the FELC Web site.
Click the link at Children and Youth on the Home Page of the FELC Web site.

Jimmy’s Intersection for Children & Families

Contact Jimmy at: formation@felcaustin.org

Weekly Update – August 19

Lutheran BREWtherhood Men’s Group Brewing Again
Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 pm
Dog and Duck Pub

Pastor Coffey is back from sabbatical and is looking forward to starting up the
monthly men’s meeting. Join him at the Dog and Duck Pub at Guadalupe and 17th on
Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 pm. In addition to having some good time to catch
up, we’ll begin making plans for a fall men’s retreat and other men’s
ministries. Whether you drink beer, tea, or soda, come join us.

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Jimmy’s Intersections for Parents, Youth, Children

Look for this information anytime on the FELC web site. Click the link at
Children and Youth on the Home Page of the FELC Web site.

Jimmy’s Intersection for Youth
Jimmy’s Intersection for Children & Families

Contact Jimmy at: formation@felcaustin.org

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BACK TO SCHOOL BLESSING & INSTALLATION OF JIMMY WRIGHT
As Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries
Sunday, August 24 during worship

Students of all ages and education professionals of all types are invited to participate in the Back to School blessing. Students can bring backpacks and educators some sign of their work. All will come forward together for a prayer of blessing.

During the same worship service, we will install Jimmy Wright as our new Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. Jimmy just started in July—be sure to come Sunday and meet and greet him. We are grateful to have him join our ministry in this new position as we enhance and expand our ministries with children, youth, and families.

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LET’S SWIM!
Calling all families with young children through 12th grade
Sunday August 24, 3–5 pm, Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave

Make plans to join other First English families and friends. Come meet and splash with our new director of children, youth and family ministries, Jimmy Wright, for this end-of-summer/back-to-school swim. There is a shallow end for toddlers and slightly deeper area for more advanced swimmers. Plenty of shade from large trees. Beverages and snacks provided. And flip-flops-are optional!!
For more info: Jimmy Wright: formation@felcaustin.org or Jackie Chuter jackiechuter@yahoo.com

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EARLY REMINDER

OUR WORSHIP SCHEDULE RETURNS TO TWO SERVICES
Beginning Sunday, September 7          8:30 am & 11 am
Holy Communion is celebrated at both services every Sunday.