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 – January 27

Companion Cafe
Wednesday, January 28, 6-7 pm

Companion Cafe Menu

Thai Noodle Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce
Broccoli with Sesame-Garlic Sauce
Papaya with Lime
Asian Cucumber Salad

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Enneagram Dinner Group

The group will not meet this week but will continue next week.

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Children and Family Ministries

I’M IN GREAT NEED OF TEACHERS FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.Our Biblical topic is “The Lost Sheep and Lost Coin.” If you can volunteer to lead, please let me know ASAP. We begin as usual at 9:45 am in the library.

Godly Play will continue this week during the children’s gathering time of
the 11 am service. I’M ALSO IN NEED OF ONE ADULT VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST ME DURING THIS TIME. If you can volunteer, please let me know ASAP.

God’s Peace and Blessings,
Jimmy Wright
formation@felcaustin.org
(440) 985-8981

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Youth Happenings

Youth Forum returns this week with a continuation of “The Gospel According
to the Walking Dead.” Dawn Wetzel and Jimmy Wright will mentor a discussion
around season 5 episode 4. We begin at 9:45 am hidden behind the curtain on
the stage. All youth should really come to this one and stick around for
the 11 am worship.

We’ll continue our mulch fundraiser this week during the fellowship time
after the 11 am service. We also have a few bags of pecans available for a
good will offering.

Thanks Friends!
Jimmy Wright

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HELP OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GO TO THE ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN DETROIT!

As part of our fundraising for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
next summer, the High School Youth will be selling and delivering bags of
mulch to the congregation, for gardeners, those wishing to start a garden,
or those who just need a bag of mulch handy. Orders will be taken every
Sunday, with deliveries going out once a month, or you can take it home
yourself.

Bag of Mulch – $10
Delivery Fee – $10

For questions or orders, please contact:
Ally Schlandt – allyson.schlandt@gmail.com
OR
Jimmy Wright – (440) 985-8981

Weekly Update – January 21

Companion Cafe
Wednesday, January 21, 6-7 pm

Companion Cafe Menu

Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles
Green Beans with Rosemary
Kale Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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3M Half Marathon This Sunday

Be sure to check the course map to see what impact the 3M Half Marathon may
have on your trip to church. If you normally cross 45th from the north, or
Duval from the east, you may need an alternate route. Here is the link to
the map:
http://www.3mhalfmarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/3M_map_v3.pdf

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Children’s Casting Call …

Spark Rotation continues on Sunday with our second session on Mary and
Martha. This week we’ll hold a creative drama workshop for all ages called,
“The Mary and Martha Show” at 9:45 am in the parish library.

Godly Play will be held during the Children’s Gathering Time of the 11 am
service. This week we’ll experience the Parable of the Good Shepherd. This
presentation is more of an identifying statement of Jesus than a parable.
It is especially connected to and an introduction for the later lessons on
the “I am” statements in John’s gospel.

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Youth Happenings

We’re off to a terrific start to our fundraising efforts for the ELCA Youth
Gathering. Look for the youth table during the hospitality time after the
11 am service. We’ll continue taking orders for bagged mulch. $10 per bag
and $10 delivery fee (if needed).

At 5:30 pm on Sunday (1/25/15), we’ll be holding a special youth/parent
dinner at the home of Jimmy and Katie Wright. Our spring schedule will be
discussed with a special focus on preparation and fundraising for the ELCA
Youth Gathering.

And finally, Youth Forum resumes on February 1st with a continuation of The
Gospel According to the Walking Dead. 9:45 am on the stage.

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Help Our High School Youth Go To The ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN DETROIT!

As part of our fundraising for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
next summer, the High School Youth will be selling and delivering bags of
mulch to the congregation, for gardeners, those wishing to start a garden,
or those who just need a bag of mulch handy. Orders will be taken every
Sunday, with deliveries going out once a month, or you can take it home
yourself.

Bag of Mulch – $10
Delivery Fee – $10

For questions or orders, please contact:
Ally Schlandt – allyson.schlandt@gmail.com
OR
Jimmy Wright – (440) 985-8981

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Parenting Workshop
Monday, January 26

First English Lutheran CDC would like to invite you to a parent workshop on
January 26 on Handling Aggressive Behaviors in children with Claire Flynn.
She will focus some special attention on the issue of biting because it is
consistently a cause of concern in a child care setting, but she will
discuss other behaviors as well (hitting, pushing, kicking, etc.) Whether
you are concerned about your child exhibiting these behaviors or being on
the receiving end of them, even if you haven’t had to deal with them
yet–she will have good information for everyone and always allows some
time for questions.

The cost of the workshop is $10 per family.

It will be from 6-7:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
Please RSVP to Shannon Ball at sball@firstenglishcdc.org

Weekly Update – January 13

Companion Cafe
Wednesday, January 14

Menu for January 14
King Ranch Chicken
Borracho Beans
Spanish Rice
Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Wednesday Evening Events Beginning January 14

Two new meetings will begin soon. Norvell Northcutt will lead a discussion
group on the Enneagram during the Companion Cafe dinner, starting at 6.
Pastor Coffey will lead a small group meeting called Questing, for those
exploring Christian faith and spirituality for the first time, or for
renewal, and those who want to walk with them. Meets at 7:00 PM in the Parlor.

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Welcome Guest Preacher and Presenter, Alex Raabe

This Sunday we welcome Alex Raabe, recent graduate of the Lutheran School
of Theology at Chicago, and new mission developer in Austin. Alex is
starting a new community of young adults in Austin. Come hear him preach at
both services, and present during the adult class at 9:45.

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Adult Sunday Class
Animate: Faith Practices

Pastor Coffey is leading a new adult class on Sunday mornings called
“Animate: Faith Practices.” It explores the core practices of Christian
faith and life: Prayer, Food, Worship, Sacraments, Money, Service,
Community. Using DVD presentations and discussion, we will seek to enhance
our own Christian lives and faith through these practices.

You can read more about the series online at
http://wearesparkhouse.org/adults/animate/practices.

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Lutheran BREWtherhood

The monthly men’s gathering will not meet this month, but will resume in
February at a new location, TBD.

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HELP OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GO TO THE ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN DETROIT!

As part of our fundraising for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
next summer, the High School Youth will be selling and delivering bags of
mulch to the congregation, for gardeners, those wishing to start a garden,
or those who just need a bag of mulch handy. Orders will be taken every
Sunday, with deliveries going out once a month, or you can take it home yourself.

Bag of Mulch – $10
Delivery Fee – $10

For questions or orders, please contact:
Ally Schlandt – allyson.schlandt@gmail.com
OR
Jimmy Wright – (440) 985-8981

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Parenting Workshop
Monday, January 26

First English Lutheran CDC would like to invite you to a parent workshop on
January 26 on Handling Aggressive Behaviors in children with Claire Flynn.
She will focus some special attention on the issue of biting because it is
consistently a cause of concern in a child care setting, but she will
discuss other behaviors as well (hitting, pushing, kicking, etc.) Whether
you are concerned about your child exhibiting these behaviors or being on
the receiving end of them, even if you haven’t had to deal with them
yet–she will have good information for everyone and always allows some
time for questions.

The cost of the workshop is $10 per family.

It will be from 6-7:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
Please RSVP to Shannon Ball at sball@firstenglishcdc.org

Weekly Update – January 6, 2015

Time to Take Down the Tree

This week the Christmas tree in the sanctuary needs to be undecorated. Pastor Coffey needs help getting this done by Friday. If you’d like to come by and help anytime this week, please let him know. Call or e-mail Pastor Coffey: (512) 478-1933 OR pastor@felcaustin.org

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Sisters in Spirits
Apothecary Café, 4800 Burnet Rd, Austin, 78756
Thursday, January 8 at 7 pm

Join us for a women’s gathering of good conversation and beverages of your
choice (wine, beer, tea, etc.). Feel free to bring a friend as well! For
more information please contact Sarah Roberts at (512) 826-7798.

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Adult Sunday Class
Animate: Faith Practices

Beginning on January 11, Pastor Coffey will lead a new adult class on
Sunday mornings called “Animate: Faith Practices.” It will explore the core
practices of Christian faith and life: Prayer, Food, Worship, Sacraments,
Money, Service, Community. Using DVD presentations and discussion, we will
seek to enhance our own Christian lives and faith through these practices.

You can read more about the series online at http://wearesparkhouse.org/adults/animate/practices.

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Baptism of Max Archer this Sunday

On the Sunday of the Baptism of Our Lord, we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Baptism for Max Archer, son of Larry and Natalie, and brother Sam. Join us at the 11:00 service as we share in this joyful occasion together.

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Children, Youth and Family Ministries

Hello Epiphany! Time to take down all the Christmas decorations. As I
expected, the seasons of Advent and Christmas have flown by. I would like
to thank everyone for all the help during the month of December. We had a
great Advent Workshop, a good introduction to Godly Play, and a wonderful
Christmas Eve service. We are blessed.

January 11 Spark Rotation resumes at 9:45 am. We’ll continue to explore
Epiphany and the mysterious Magi with a special session focused on King
Herod and the Wise Ones. All grades will meet and stay in the library for
this workshop. Thanks to Betsy Appleton, Ruth Gray, and Teresa Tice-Boggs
for leading this session. And we have the Baptism of baby Max Archer at the
11 am service! I hope all the children can gather around the Baptismal font
to see and hear as we welcome Max into the household of God.

High School Youth Sarah Roberts, Jimmy Wright, and several of our youth
will be at our synod youth gathering January 9-11th at Camp Chrysalis.

Alley Schlandt will be leading a fundraiser for our trip to the ELCA Youth
Gathering next summer in Detroit. We’ll be selling bags of mulch each
Sunday after the 11 am service, throughout the coming months. These are
large, heavy bags which you can take home with you or order for delivery.
We hope to make deliveries once per month. We are asking $10 for each bag
and a $10 delivery fee. And we really appreciate your support!

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples
of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where
we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen. The Book of Common Prayer.

God’s Peace,
Jimmy Wright

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FELC BOOK CLUB
January 11 at 6:30 pm in the Parlor

This Book Club meeting will be a special occasion since Pastor Tim Anderson, who wrote Just a Little Bit More – the Culture of Excess and the Fate of the Common Good, will be attending our meeting to discuss his book! For information contact Anne Wiebe at wiebeanne@hotmail.com.

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Church Dinner at the Coffeys’ in January

If you haven’t signed up for a church dinner party at the home of the Coffeys, now is your chance. There’s a lot of room available for the January 18 dinner. Please email Pastor Coffey (pastor@felcaustin.org) or call the church office to reserve a spot.

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CANCELED: Austin City Lutherans Movie Night: Lars and the Real Girl

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Wednesday Evening Events Beginning January 14

Two new meetings will begin soon. Norvell Northcutt will lead a discussion group on the Enneagram during the Companion Cafe dinner, starting at 6. Pastor Coffey will lead a small group meeting called Questing, for those exploring Christian faith and spirituality for the first time, or for renewal, and those who want to walk with them. Meets at 7:00 PM in the Parlor.

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HELP OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GO TO THE ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN DETROIT!

As part of our fundraising for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
next summer, the High School Youth will be selling and delivering bags of
mulch to the congregation, for gardeners, those wishing to start a garden,
or those who just need a bag of mulch handy. Orders will be taken every
Sunday, with deliveries going out once a month, or you can take it home
yourself.

Bag of Mulch – $10
Delivery Fee – $10

For questions or orders, please contact: Ally Schlandt – allyson.schlandt@gmail.com
OR
Jimmy Wright – formation@felcaustin.org; (440) 985-8981