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 – April 15

Companion Café closed this week.
Our final Wednesday for the term is April 23.
Serving from 6 to 7 pm, $4 per plate

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DEADLINE FOR ORDERING EASTER FLORALS: Wednesday, April 16

Be sure to place your order for a beautiful hydrangea plant as a tribute to someone special. Link to the online form below and help us meet the deadline of April 16.

Link to order Easter Floral online.
http://www.felcaustin.org/easterflowers

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Holy Week and Easter Services

Maundy Thursday – April 17
12:15 pm Table Communion Service with lunch in the Parlor
7:30 pm Service of Absolution, Foot Washing, and Holy Communion

Good Friday – April 18
Noon to 6:00 pm Silent Meditation on the Cross. Musical Meditations on the hour.
7:30 pm Adoration of the Cross Liturgy

Easter Vigil – April 19
9:00 pm Candlelight Liturgy and Eucharist

Easter Sunday – April 20
8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
9:00 to 10:30 am Easter Breakfast (Youth fund-raiser; freewill donations welcome.)
10:00 am Easter Egg Hunt

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YOUTH DROP-IN CENTER NEEDS EASTER SUNDAY HOSTS

On Easter Sunday, the Micah 6 Youth Drop-in Center could use another host or
two, anytime between 1:30 and 6:30 pm in the basement of University Baptist
Church for an hour or as long as willing. If you are interested, please contact
Erin Anderson (erin922@gmail.com) or Craig Bell (Scraigbell@aol.com) directly.

Thank you for responding as soon as possible.

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SYNOD ASSEMBLY OFFERING

The Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly is May 3-4 in Austin. Each year, the synod
chooses a ministry to support through an assembly offering. This year, the assembly offering is supporting Water for Africa. This ministry provides clean water to those in urgent need by donating LifeStaws. Each LifeStraw gives one
person the ability to drink a hundred gallons of water instantly purified and safe from any source. For more information go to http://www.swtsynod.org/article378717.htm

We can support this ministry by collecting an offering from First English. For $10 you can sponsor one LifeStraw. First English could easily donate 100 straws to help 100 people desperately in need of clean drinking water. If you’d like to
donate toward the assembly offering, make your check out to First English, and mark it “synod assembly offering.” We will collect donations through April 28.

Weekly Update – April 8

Companion Café
Wednesday, April 9
Serving from 6 to 7 pm, $4 per plate

Enjoy a great, chef-prepared, freshly cooked meal for only $4 a plate. Dine at
one of our friendly round tables and enjoy the community dinner, or get it to
go. This is the best and easiest opportunity to invite someone to First English, too!

Companion Café During Lent
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and continuing through April 9, Companion Café will
be serving a soup of the week, and a sandwich bar. You’ll be able to make your
own sandwich, with plenty of meat, cheese, vegetarian, veggie and condiment
options to enjoy, with bread and rolls. Plus, enjoy a bowl of great soup. These
simpler menus are necessary because the oven is not working, and the city is
still processing our permit request for the new range and vent hood. Also, it
will suit the season of Lent with simpler meals.

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LENTEN EVENING PRAYER
Wednesday, April 9

Join us on this final Wednesday for Lenten Evening Prayer. We will hear Scripture, join in song and prayer.

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Sisters in Spirits & Lutheran BREWtherhood Together
Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm, The Pour House Pub, 6701 Burnet Road 78757

Lutheran BREWtherhood is being rescheduled this month due to the Maundy Thursday
observance. It will meet a week earlier, which is the same day as Sisters in
Spirits. So both groups will meet together for the first time. All are invited
for a fun evening of conversation and enjoying your favorite beverage. Contact
Sarah Roberts at (512) 826-7798. or Pastor Coffey for information (512) 478-1933.

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OPEN CALL FOR ADVOCACY
Vicar Kwame’s Second Phase of Internship Project
April 13 at 9:45 am, in the Parlor

Please join Vicar Kwame during the Educational Hour, 9:45 this Sunday as we
begin to craft and organize this Advocacy Ministry What goals will First English
want to accomplish? Where will we be involved? What areas of this city are struggling?

How can we be a voice for those whose voices are barely heard? More
importantly, how does the Gospel and the Good News guide us for this work?
Finally what are other of our sister churches saying about Advocacy where they stand?

Come for conversation and delving into the Scriptures. Come with a passion
of a new area to impact this world for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ
and in Faith. God’s Peace!

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GROW GREEN DAY & CLEAN SWEEP AUSTIN
Saturday, April 12, 9-11 am

Our monthly Grow Green Day coincides this month with Keep Austin Beautiful’s
Clean Sweep, a city-wide trash pick-up. First English will be sponsoring a
neighborhood trash pick-up Saturday morning, April 12th, from 9-11 am and all
are invited to join! There will be small prizes for volunteers and wonderful
opportunities to make our neighborhood a more beautiful place. Please know that
your presence is welcome, meeting in the parking lot at 9 am this Saturday
morning. Contact Travis Gould with any questions: tegould85@gmail.com or (830) 328-3068.

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CPR & FIRST AID CLASS
Monday, April 14, 6:15 pm in the Parlor

First English Lutheran CDC is hosting a CPR and First Aid class in the Parlor on April 14 that is open to anyone who would like to attend. Classes generally last about 2.5 hours. The cost is $25/person. You are welcome to join us for this valuable training.

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THRIVENT/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AUSTIN BUILD
FELC Work Day, Saturday, April 12

First English will be joined on that day with students of Lutheran Campus
Ministry and members of Triumphant Love Lutheran Church. FELC is to also prepare
and serve lunch that day. SIGN UP IN THE NARTHEX TO WORK (OR TO HELP WITH THE
LUNCH). For more information contact Fred Woody: fwoody@grandecom.net.

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Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm/Passion Sunday – April 13
8:30 am and 11:00 am
Procession with palms.
Reading of the passion story with hymns and artwork

Maundy Thursday – April 17
12:15 pm Table Communion Service with lunch in the Parlor
7:30 pm Service of Absolution, Foot Washing, and Holy Communion

Good Friday – April 18
Noon to 6:00 pm Silent Meditation on the Cross. Musical Meditations on the hour.
7:30 pm Adoration of the Cross Liturgy

Easter Vigil – April 19
9:00 pm Candlelight Liturgy and Eucharist

Easter Sunday – April 20
8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
9:00 am Easter Breakfast
10:00 am Easter Egg Hunt

________________________________________

SYNOD ASSEMBLY OFFERING

The Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly is May 3-4 in Austin. Each year, the synod
chooses a ministry to support through an assembly offering. This year, the
assembly offering is supporting Water for Africa. This ministry provides clean
water to those in urgent need by donating LifeStaws. Each LifeStraw gives one
person the ability to drink a hundred gallons of water instantly purified and
safe from any source. For more information go to http://www.swtsynod.org/article378717.htm

We can support this ministry by collecting an offering from First English. For
$10 you can sponsor one LifeStraw. First English could easily donate 100 straws
to help 100 people desperately in need of clean drinking water. If you’d like to
donate toward the assembly offering, make your check out to First English, and
mark it “synod assembly offering.” We will collect donations through April 28.

Weekly Update – April 1

Companion Café
Wednesday, April 2
Serving from 6 to 7 pm, $4 per plate

Enjoy a great, chef-prepared, freshly cooked meal for only $4 a plate. Dine at one of our friendly round tables and enjoy the community dinner, or get it to go. This is the best and easiest opportunity to invite someone to First English, too!

Companion Café During Lent
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and continuing through April 9, Companion Café will
be serving a soup of the week, and a sandwich bar. You’ll be able to make your
own sandwich, with plenty of meat, cheese, vegetarian, veggie and condiment
options to enjoy, with bread and rolls. Plus, enjoy a bowl of great soup. These
simpler menus are necessary because the oven is not working, and the city is
still processing our permit request for the new range and vent hood. Also, it
will suit the season of Lent with simpler meals.

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LENTEN EVENING PRAYER
Wednesdays, March 19 – April 9

During Lent we will gather on Wednesdays for Evening Prayer. Each week we will hear Scripture, join in song and prayer.

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ANNOUNCING: OPEN CALL FOR ADVOCACY
Vicar Kwame’s Second Phase of Internship Project
April 6 and 13 at 9:45 am, in the Parlor

Please join Vicar Kwame during the Adult Education Hour for an introduction to a new type of ministry: Advocacy Ministry. What does this mean for the community of First English? Where will we be involved? What areas of this city are struggling? How can we be a voice for those whose voices are barely heard? More importantly, how does the Gospel and the Good News guide us for this work? Come for conversation and delving into the Scriptures.Come with a passion for a new area to impact this world for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and in Faith. God’s Peace!

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LIFErs APRIL SERVICE ACTIVITY
Providing meal for Micah 6 Youth Drop-in Center
Sunday, April 6

Meet at FELC for food prep at 12:30 pm. See Facebook for details & to RSVP or contact: erin922@gmail.com

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CAPITAL SOUTH CONFERENCE ANNUAL GATHERING
Saturday, April 5, 9 am to 12 Noon
At Faith Lutheran Church, 6600 Woodrow Ave 78757

At this year’s annual gathering we will be electing a new conference chair and secretary, share insight about the upcoming Synod Assembly, and have an opportunity to participate in one of the following breakout sessions:

• Social Justice in the Capital South Conference
• Intra-Congregational programming
• Utilizing modern technology and social media in the church
• How to lead a team

Living God’s vision and encouraging each conference community to thrive is only possible through a collective effort. Thank you to all of the congregations that support the conference!

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THRIVENT/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AUSTIN BUILD
FELC Work Day, Saturday, April 12

First English will be joined on that day with students of Lutheran Campus Ministry and members of Triumphant Love Lutheran Church. FELC is to also prepare and serve lunch that day. SIGN UP IN THE NARTHEX TO WORK (OR TO HELP WITH THE LUNCH). For more information contact Fred Woody: fwoody@grandecom.net.

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Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm/Passion Sunday – April 13
8:30 am and 11:00 am
Procession with palms.
Reading of the passion story with hymns and artwork

Maundy Thursday – April 17
12:15 pm     Table Communion Service with lunch in the Parlor
7:30 pm       Service of Absolution, Foot Washing, and Holy Communion

Good Friday – April 18
Noon to 6:00 pm     Silent Meditation on the Cross
7:30 pm                       Adoration of the Cross Liturgy

Easter Vigil – April 19
9:00 pm     Candlelight Liturgy and Eucharist

Easter Sunday – April 20
8:30 & 11:00 am     Worship
9:00 am                      Easter Breakfast
10:00 am                   Easter Egg Hunt

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SYNOD ASSEMBLY OFFERING

The Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly is May 3-4 in Austin. Each year, the Synod chooses a ministry to support through an assembly offering. This year, the assembly offering is supporting Water for Africa. This ministry provides clean water to those in urgent need by donating LifeStaws. Each LifeStraw gives one person the ability to drink a hundred gallons of water instantly purified and safe from any source. For more information go to http://www.swtsynod.org/article378717.htm

We can support this ministry by collecting an offering from First English. For $10 you can sponsor one LifeStraw. First English could easily donate 100 straws to help 100 people desperately in need of clean drinking water. If you’d like to donate toward the assembly offering, make your check out to First English, and mark it “synod assembly offering.” We will collect donations through April 28.

Weekly Update – March 25

Companion Café
Wednesday, March 26
Serving from 6 to 7 pm, $4 per plate

Enjoy a great, chef-prepared, freshly cooked meal for only $4 a plate. Dine at
one of our friendly round tables and enjoy the community dinner, or get it to
go. This is the best and easiest opportunity to invite someone to First English, too!

Companion Café During Lent
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and continuing through April 9, Companion Café will
be serving a soup of the week, and a sandwich bar. You’ll be able to make your
own sandwich, with plenty of meat, cheese, vegetarian, veggie and condiment
options to enjoy, with bread and rolls. Plus, enjoy a bowl of great soup. These
simpler menus are necessary because the oven is not working, and the city is
still processing our permit request for the new range and vent hood. Also, it
will suit the season of Lent with simpler meals.

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STEPHEN MINISTRY Continuing Ed
Tuesday, March 25 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church

6:45 Social time in the Parlor; 7:00 Continuing Ed Presentation;
8:00 Supervision

Topic: Living with People with Substance Abuse and Relapse
Speaker is Guy Maddox, LCSW, Oak Springs Treatment Center

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LENTEN EVENING PRAYER
Wednesdays, March 19 – April 9

During Lent we will gather on Wednesdays for Evening Prayer. Each week we will
hear Scripture, join in song and prayer.

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MESSAGE FROM CHURCH COUNCIL ON FINANCES

The Church Council met on March 17 for its regular meeting and reviewed the
current financial statement. For the first two months of 2014, we are behind on
income approximately $12,000. The Council asks all members to consider if you
are up to date on your giving, and if you can help improve the financial picture.

If you haven’t considered it yet, our online giving option is an easy way to
give your offering. You can use it on a one-time basis, or set up a regular
offering at an interval of your choice. For more information, see our Web page: http://www.felcaustin.org/giving

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2014 FIRST ENGLISH LENTEN RETREAT
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
McKinney Falls State Park

This year’s one-day retreat is back to Austin’s closest state park, about 30
minutes east of the church. Just drive in for all or part of the day’s
activities—or feel free to camp on either side of the retreat if you wish! (If
camping, you must make your own camping reservations and arrangements.)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Registration forms are available on the materials tables in the Narthex and in
the North Transept. Fill out a form and bring or mail it to the church office.
OR you can use this link to download and print your form:

http://www.felcaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/2014-Lenten-Retreat-flyer.pdf

You can also e-mail the required information from the form to Renee Carlson at
reneeycarlson@gmail.com. Questions? Need a scholarship? Contact Renee Carlson,
512-657-5540, reneeycarlson@gmail.com

For more info on the park: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/mckinney-falls

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FELC HOSTING AUSTIN CITY LUTHERANS MEETING
Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 pm

All are invited to meet with our fellow ELCA Lutherans in the city of Austin to
work on plans for shared ministry to those in need. We’ll need to provide a
reception for the event. Pastor Coffey is looking for 12 people to provide baked
goods and other treats for the event. Please contact him this week if you are
able to help: pastor@felcaustin.com.

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CAPITAL SOUTH CONFERENCE ANNUAL GATHERING
Saturday, April 5, 9 am to 12 Noon
At Faith Lutheran Church, 6600 Woodrow Ave 78757

At this year’s annual gathering we will be electing a new conference chair and
secretary, share insight about the upcoming Synod Assembly, and have an
opportunity to participate in one of the following breakout sessions:

• Social Justice in the Capital South Conference
• Intra-Congregational programming
• Utilizing modern technology and social media in the church
• How to lead a team

Living God’s vision and encouraging each conference community to thrive is only
possible through a collective effort. Thank you to all of the congregations that
support the conference!

________________________________________

THRIVENT/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AUSTIN BUILD
FELC Work Day, Saturday, April 12

First English will be joined on that day with students of Lutheran Campus
Ministry and members of Triumphant Love Lutheran Church. FELC is to also prepare
and serve lunch that day. SIGN UP IN THE NARTHEX TO WORK (OR TO HELP WITH THE
LUNCH). For more information contact Fred Woody: fwoody@grandecom.net.