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 – May 17

FELC PRODUCTIONS is proud to present
The GIFT 2016

GIFT2016

We hope you’ll take part this multi-generational, church-wide celebration
of our 2015/2016 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
May 22nd
Matinee time is 9:45 am.
Location—Fellowship Hall of FELC

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FELC GUEST PRESIDER
Sunday, May 22

On Sunday, May 22, we welcome as presider preacher, Rev Brad Fuerst, campus pastor at the University of Texas, Austin.

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CHILDREN’S FORMATION

Calling all Sunday School Teachers, Helpers, and Youth Ministers
Many, many thanks to each of you. We couldn’t offer our faith formation
programs without the dedication, love, and nurture you provide to the
children and youth of FELC. And we’d like to offer our formal prayer of
thanksgiving during the 11 am service this coming Sunday, May 22nd. See you then!

Children’s Formation Classes Have Come to an End…
But we hope all of our families will come and celebrate the end of the
program year by attending our intergenerational event, The Gift (growing in
faith together) this Sunday, May 22nd at 9:45 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Godly Play on Trinity Sunday

trinity

On Sunday Godly Play will explore the Holy Trinity and Holy Baptism during the 11 am service. This will be our final presentation of the program year.

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FELC BOOK CLUB
Sunday May 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Book Club will meet at the home of Julie and Tom Shinnick:
Landline: 512-504-3478; Cell: 512-468-9719

This month’s book is Lucky, by Alice Sebold.
The summary from amazon.com:
In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit-as
she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to
help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

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FIRST ENGLISH SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Begins Memorial Day Weekend

On Sunday, May 29, worship is at 9:45 am with one service.
On Sunday June 5, barring inclement weather, we will meet for another
Worship in the Park Eucharist, in Hemphill Park across from the west–facing
door of the sanctuary. Crated, leashed and friendly pet citizens are most welcome!

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COLUMBARIUM DEDICATION AND NAMING OF THE CHAPEL

FELC Chapel of the Saints

Our columbarium installation is complete and we will have a dedication for
it on Sunday, May 29 during the 9:45 service (this is our first Sunday for
the summer worship schedule). Join us as we set aside the columbarium for
the sacred purpose of holding ashes of the deceased and remembering them as
part of the saints of the church. We will also be naming the chapel. After
receiving many survey results, the church council has selected the name
that received the most positive responses: Chapel of the Saints. This name
reflects both the deceased who are remembered there, and the baptized
people who gather there in prayer and worship.

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Youth Group Outreach
Save the Date: Sunday June 12th

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On June 12th the youth group will be preparing and serving a meal for the
Micah 6 Youth Drop-In Center. Meet at FELC at 2 pm for preparations and
we’ll serve the meal later that day. http://m6sydic.weebly.com/

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DID YOU KNOW?
FELC has a Nursery Available on Sunday Mornings.

martha c

Martha Castillo is with us every Sunday from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm. This
gives parents with very young children the opportunity to attend adult
formation at 9:45 am and the 11 am service. Of course, all children are
welcome and encouraged to be part of our worship, so please don’t think
they have to be in the nursery.

The nursery is located at the northern most end of our building. Enter
through the north door in the fellowship hall and make an immediate left.
The nursery is the last classroom on the right.

Weekly Update – May 10

Companion Café End of Year Celebration
Wednesday, May 11

cafe

Menu for Wednesday, May 11
Our last Companion Café for the spring is Wednesday, May 11. We’ll have an
expanded menu that will include tapas appetizers, seafood paella, salad,
sangria, and dessert. The cost for this meal is $8 ($3 for children).

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PENTECOST
Through the Eyes of a Child

pentecost sunday

Sunday is our final day of faith formation classes and we’re ending with a
bang. Come and experience Pentecost—the coming of the Holy Spirit and the
birth of the Church. Wear something red and let’s celebrate!

Godly Play

GP pentecost

Godly Play returns on Sunday for our final presentation of the program
year. This week we focus on the Mystery of Pentecost.

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ADULT CLASS
Luke and Liberation: Justice with Mercy
9:45 on Sunday, May 15

Pastor Coffey will continue discussion on “Luke and Liberation: Justice
with Mercy.” We are in the year of Luke for the Gospel readings on Sunday.
This class will help participants understand the unique perspective of
Luke’s Gospel and how it understands Jesus as the one who brings liberation
for all.

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YOUTH NEWS
Graduation!

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Our graduating high school senior
Ms. Ally Schlandt

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On Sunday during the 11 am service, we recognize Ally Schlandt.
Come and help us celebrate this milestone in Ally’s life and hear about her
plans for the future.

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FELC Productions is proud to present
The GIFT 2016

GIFT2016

We hope you’ll take part this multi-generational, church-wide celebration
of our 2015/2016 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
May 22nd
Matinee time is 9:45 am.
Location—Fellowship Hall of FELC

____________________

FELC BOOK CLUB
Sunday May 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Book Club will meet at the home of Julie and Tom Shinnick:
Landline: 512-504-3478; Cell: 512-468-9719

This month’s book is Lucky, by Alice Sebold.
The summary from amazon.com:

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how
her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college
freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What
propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit-as
she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone,
from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family
and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support;
and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to
help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns
disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the
experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly
hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

____________________

FIRST ENGLISH SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Begins Memorial Day Weekend

On Sunday, May 29, worship is at 9:45 am with one service.
On Sunday June 5, barring inclement weather, we will meet for another Worship in the Park Eucharist, in Hemphill Park across from the west–facing door of the sanctuary. Crated, leashed and friendly pet citizens are most welcome!

____________________

COLUMBARIUM DEDICATION AND NAMING OF THE CHAPEL

FELC Chapel of the Saints

Our columbarium installation is complete and we will have a dedication for
it on Sunday, May 29 during the 9:45 service (this is our first Sunday for
the summer worship schedule). Join us as we set aside the columbarium for
the sacred purpose of holding ashes of the deceased and remembering them as
part of the saints of the church. We will also be naming the chapel. After
receiving many survey results, the church council has selected the name
that received the most positive responses: Chapel of the Saints. This name
reflects both the deceased who are remembered there, and the baptized
people who gather there in prayer and worship.

____________________

DID YOU KNOW?
FELC has a Nursery Available on Sunday Mornings.

martha c

Martha Castillo is with us every Sunday from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm. This
gives parents with very young children the opportunity to attend adult
formation at 9:45 am and the 11 am service. Of course, all children are
welcome and encouraged to be part of our worship, so please don’t think
they have to be in the nursery.

The nursery is located at the northern most end of our building. Enter
through the north door in the fellowship hall and make an immediate left.
The nursery is the last classroom on the right.

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Weekly Update – May 3

PRIME TIMERS
Potluck Lunch and Program
Wednesday, May 4, at 12:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall

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Companion Café

cafe

Menu for Wednesday, May 4
Chilled Ginger Carrot Soup
Spring Salad
Quinoa and Zucchini Side
Lapsang Souchong Rubbed Chicken

We begin serving at 6 pm in the fellowship hall. Suggested donation $5 ($3 for children). It’s a great way to welcome visitors, meet members and invite newcomers. Join us for a great chef-prepared meal and fellowship.

Companion Café End of Year Celebration
Wednesday, May 11
Our last Companion Café for the spring will be Wednesday, May 11. We’ll
have an expanded menu that will include tapas appetizers, seafood paella,
salad, sangria, and dessert. The cost for this meal will be $8 ($3 for children).

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EASTER VII FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Turning the Plagues into a Movie

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We’ve taken all the photos we need and now we’ll learn how to put those
photos into a Power-Point presentation. Then we’ll record the children
reading the story and insert the text on each slide. We’re getting close to
having our movie finished!

And then…

Children’s Music Ministry

cmmusic

Our final rehearsal of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” will happen
promptly at 9:45 am on May 8th, Mother’s Day! The children will present
their musical offering during the 11 am service.

No Godly Play on Sunday

no godly play

 

Godly Play takes a break this week
while Mr. Jimmy is in Ohio.

 

 

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ADULT CLASS
Luke and Liberation: Justice with Mercy
9:45 on Sundays, May 8 and 15

Pastor Coffey will continue discussion on “Luke and Liberation: Justice
with Mercy.” We are in the year of Luke for the Gospel readings on Sunday.
This class will help participants understand the unique perspective of
Luke’s Gospel and how it understands Jesus as the one who brings liberation for all.

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YOUTH FORUM

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Are we so busy that we miss out on what we’re supposed to be doing? Watch the short video and join the conversation in our Google Group.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gxkaqhqegoyfniy/NOOMA_020_Shells.mp4?dl=0

As a way to stay connected with each other on a weekly basis, we agreed to
have a discussion forum. The idea is pretty simple:

* Go to our google group discussion site
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/first-english-lutheran-youth-group
* A topic–complete with video link or other needed resources–and discussion questions are posted about every 2 weeks.
* All youth and youth ministers answer questions and make comments on each other’s posts.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS
In-Town Summer Mission Work is Cancelled

mission canceled

 

Due to a lack of response, our Austin inner city
summer mission work has been cancelled.

 

An Afternoon of Canoeing on May 7th

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On Saturday, May 7th, join youth leaders Sarah Roberts and Taylor Dieringer
for some canoeing fun on Lady Bird Lake. Meet at FELC at 11 am and bring
some money for lunch. The church is paying for the canoe rental.

RSVP by May 5th at 6 pm … formation@felcaustin.org (440) 985-8981.
You must RSVP or this event will be cancelled.

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FELC BOOK CLUB
Sunday May 22, 6:30-8:30 pm

Book Club will meet at the home of Julie and Tom Shinnick:
(512) 504-3478 or (512) 468-9719

This month’s book is Lucky, by Alice Sebold.
The summary from amazon.com:
In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how
her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college
freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What
propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit-as
she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone,
from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family
and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support;
and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to
help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns
disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the
experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly
hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

____________________

DID YOU KNOW?
FELC has a Nursery Available on Sunday Mornings.

martha c

Martha Castillo is with us every Sunday from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm. This
gives parents with very young children the opportunity to attend adult
formation at 9:45 am and the 11 am service. Of course, all children are
welcome and encouraged to be part of our worship, so please don’t think
they have to be in the nursery.

The nursery is located at the northern most end of our building. Enter
through the north door in the fellowship hall and make an immediate left.
The nursery is the last classroom on the right.

Weekly Update – April 26

STEPHEN MINISTER CONTINUING ED & SUPERVISION
April 26, from 7–9, in the Parlor at St. Martin’s Lutheran
stephen ministry

Program will be presented by the Stephen Ministry leaders and will be “A Servant or Leader” Activity and Continuing Ed. Survey/Evaluation.

 

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Companion Cafe

cafe

Menu for Wednesday, April 27
Asian Noodle Salad with Cashews
Roasted Carrots with Feta and Parsley
Trader Joey’s Cornbread
Strawberries with Sour Cream Sauce

We begin serving at 6 pm in the fellowship hall. Suggested donation $5 ($3 for children).
It’s a great way to welcome visitors, meet members and invite newcomers.
Join us for a great chef-prepared meal and fellowship.

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GUEST PREACHER AT FELC ON SUNDAY

FELC welcomes the Rev Herb Palmer who will preside at worship on Sunday May 1, with Barbara Wiederaenders as our preacher. Pastor Coffey will be away at Synod Assembly in San Marcos.

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EASTER VI FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Turning the Plagues into a Movie … and More!

gnats

We had a lot of fun and continued our immersion into the plagues by starting to make a movie using Lego’s. We’ll pick-up where we left off on scene #6 sick animals.

And then…

Children’s Music Ministry

cmmusic

We’ll have our second rehearsal of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” This short rehearsal takes place towards the end of the formation hour. The children will present their musical offering during the 11am service on May 8th, Mother’s Day!

Godly Play Presents the Communion Story

communion story

This unique story helps children make a connection between the Passover meal and the Holy Eucharist. You can preview it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAjwT4AAu54

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ADULT CLASS
Luke and Liberation: Justice with Mercy
Meets at 9:45 on Sundays, May 8 and 15

Adult class will not meet this Sunday. On May 8 and 15, Pastor Coffey will continue discussion on “Luke and Liberation: Justice with Mercy.” We are in the year of Luke for the Gospel readings on Sunday. This class will help participants understand the unique perspective of Luke’s Gospel and how it understands Jesus as the one who brings liberation for all.

____________________

YOUTH FORUM

googlegroup

Are we so busy that we miss out on what we’re supposed to be doing? Watch the short video and join the conversation in our Google Group.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gxkaqhqegoyfniy/NOOMA_020_Shells.mp4?dl=0

As a way to stay connected with each other on a weekly basis, we agreed to have a discussion forum. The idea is pretty simple:  Go to our google group discussion site https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/first-english-lutheran-youth-group A topic—complete with video link or other needed resources—and discussion questions are posted about every 2-weeks. All youth and youth ministers answer questions and make comments on each other’s posts.

Youth Group News

mission canceled

Due to a lack of response,
our Austin inner city summer mission work
has been cancelled.

 

An Afternoon of Canoeing on May 7th

canoe1

After the 11 am service on May 7th, join youth leaders Sarah Roberts and Taylor Dieringer for some canoeing fun on Lady Bird Lake.
RSVP by May 5th at 6 pm: formation@felcaustin.org (440) 985-8981

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OLIVER RAJAMANI AT THE CACTUS CAFE ON APRIL 29TH

FELC member Oliver Rajamani will be performing his Texas Gypsy Fire concert at the Cactus Cafe April 29th at 8:00 pm. Regular priced tickets are $20 in advance.

This concert usually sells out. More information about the concert is available here:
http://cactuscafe.org/events/oliver-rajamani-texas-gypsy-fire/

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DID YOU KNOW?
FELC has a Nursery Available on Sunday Mornings.

martha c

Martha Castillo is with us every Sunday from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm. This
gives parents with very young children the opportunity to attend adult
formation at 9:45 am and the 11 am service. Of course, all children are
welcome and encouraged to be part of our worship, so please don’t think
they have to be in the nursery.

The nursery is located at the northern most end of our building. Enter
through the north door in the fellowship hall and make an immediate left.
The nursery is the last classroom on the right.