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 – October 28

Drumming with Rajamani
Event canceled for tonight, Tuesday, October 28

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

Wednesday, October 29 6-8 pm Museum of the Weird with the youth group from
St. David’s. RSVP with Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981.

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WORKDAY at Marjorie’s House
Saturday, November 1

Saturday, November 1 is the day we will carefully move Marjorie’s possessions out so we may clean, paint, and add new flooring in her 750 sq. ft. home. We will need lifters, carriers, scrubbers, painters, carpet layers, and more! Volunteers will need to bring their own tools, paint brushes, paint rollers, paint pans, rubber gloves & scrub brushes. For details, contact Fred at: (512) 453-8566

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ALL SAINTS SUNDAY: November 2

Next Sunday, November 2, we will observe All Saints Sunday, a time to remember and give thanks for saints near and far, famous and familiar only to us, those who died long ago and those we have lost recently. As part of the observance we will read the names of those from FELC who have died during the past year.

We invite members to bring pictures and mementos to place on our sacred space of remembrance, add names to the sacred space of all loved ones we remember, and to write the names of those who have died in the past year in the Book of the Dead. This service can be a touching and helpful part of our ongoing grief and mourning, and a chance to remember with thanksgiving those whom God has blessed us to share life with.

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CHILDREN and FAMILY
Saints, Saints, and More Saints.

Sunday, November 2, is our All About Saints event. We’ll be visited by four historical saints, play saintly inspired games, and eat the treats of All Saints. It all begins at 9:45 am in the library.

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GROW GREEN DAY
Saturday, November 8, 9–11 am

Our monthly Grow Green Days have shown success over the last year and we continue to put in quality time and effort on eco-friendly landscaping projects around the FELC grounds. Grow Green Days happen the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9–11 am. Current projects include:

1) constructing and maintaining our community garden,
2) spreading mulch (which helps conserve moisture),
3) removing invasive species, and
4) planting native species (which need less water).

These projects help both our human and nonhuman neighbors. Please join us Saturday, November 8, 9–11 am, for our next Grow Green Day! Contact Travis Gould with any questions: tegould85@gmail.com or 830-328-3068.

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CDC BOOK FAIR ON NOW

First English Lutheran CDC is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair weekdays from October 20-30. Please feel free to drop by the Fellowship Hall any weekday afternoon from 3:30-5:30. Or check out our online Book Fair:
http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/firstenglishlutherancdc.

Either way, you can find great Christmas gifts for kids of all ages, while supporting our school. Scholastic gives FELCDC a portion of the profits to spend on books and classroom supplies.

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WHOLE LIFE STEWARDSHIP

Thanks to everyone who responded to our Stewardship Commitment Sunday with financial commitments and time and abilities forms. If you haven’t done that yet – please do! It’s not too late.

Both forms are available at the church, and online at these links:
Stewardship of Finances form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardship-of-finances-form
Stewardship of Time and Abilities form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardshipoftime

Weekly Update – October 21

REFORMATION SUNDAY

This Sunday is a time to remember the Lutheran Reformation – a celebration of the power of God’s grace in Christ to transform our lives and the church. Join us for a festive worship service.

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OCTOBERFEST

Sunday, October 26, from 5 to 8 pm
In the FELC Parking Lot, weather permitting

– Sausage and Wiener Schnitzel Provided
– Home Brew to sample
– Bring a German side dish to share if you are able.

Here’s a link for ideas and recipes: http://germanfood.about.com/od/vegetables/

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CHILDREN’s NEWS

October 26 The story of The Four Friends will be experienced through the
use of a Creative Drama Workshop called “Blanket Drop Freeze”.  Sunday marks
our final workshop centering on Luke 5:17-26. 9:45 am in the library.

November 2 is our special All About Saints event. Special saintly inspired
games, activities and treats for all ages. 9:45-10:45 am in the fellowship hall.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

October 25 Help needed for the Micah 6 volunteer appreciation dinner 2-7 pm. RSVP with Sarah Roberts (512) 826-7798.

October 29 6-8pm Museum of the Weird with the youth group from St. David’s. RSVP with Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981.

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WHOLE LIFE STEWARDSHIP

Thanks to everyone who responded to our Stewardship Commitment Sunday with
financial commitments and time and abilities forms. If you haven’t done
that yet – please do! It’s not too late.

Both forms are available at the church, and online at these links:
Stewardship of Finances form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardship-of-finances-form
Stewardship of Time and Abilities form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardshipoftime

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Micah 6 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION AND FELLOWSHIP EVENT
Saturday, October 25, 3–6 pm, at FELC

Have you volunteered with Micah 6 in the past? Want to visit and have fun
with your fellow volunteers?

This event is for YOU! There will be snacks and beverages (beer, water,
tea) and a variety of games for everyone to enjoy. We will also be doing
raffle drawings throughout the event so make sure to check in at the
information booth when you arrive! And please bring a friend or your family!

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CDC BOOK FAIR ON NOW

First English Lutheran CDC is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair weekdays from
October 20-30. Please feel free to drop by the Fellowship Hall any weekday
afternoon from 3:30-5:30. Or check out our online Book Fair:
http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/firstenglishlutherancdc. Either
way, you can find great Christmas gifts for kids of all ages, while
supporting our school. Scholastic gives FELCDC a portion of the profits to
spend on books and classroom supplies.

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Drumming with Rajamani
Event canceled for next Tuesday, October 28

Weekly Update – October 14

STEWARDSHIP COMMITMENT SUNDAY
October 19, 2014

This Sunday we will celebrate all the ways we can use our time, abilities, and
finances to serve God in our whole lives. We will bring our stewardship forms to
worship and bring them forward during the offering — both the Stewardship of
Finances form, and the Stewardship of Time and Abilities form.

If you would like, these forms can be filled out online and submitted electronically:
Stewardship of Finances form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardship-of-finances-form
Stewardship of Time and Abilities form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardshipoftime

If these links don’t work, you’ll find the links to the forms on the front page
of our web site in the sidebar under “More Information.”

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MEN’S RETREAT REGISTRATION DUE
WEDNESDAY, October 15

Pastor Coffey needs all men who plan to attend the men’s retreat to register NO LATER THAN Wednesday (that’s tomorrow)! The retreat is November 21-23 at Inks Lake State Park. Registration form is online at this link: http://www.felcaustin.org/events/mensretreat

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LUTHERAN BREWTHERHOOD MEETS THIS THURSDAY
October 16 at 7:30 pm at Dog and Duck Pub

All men are invited to join Pastor Coffey for this monthly gathering at 7:30 pm at the Dog and Duck Pub, 17th and Guadalupe.

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AIDS WALK AUSTIN
October 19 at 2:00 pm

This 5K walk is sponsored by ASA (AIDS Services of Austin). The Care
Communities, FELC’s care team’s training and support agency, receives monies
from this walk and we walk with their team. Our Care Team will be collecting
donations/sponsorships after both services on October 19, or you can contribute
online: www.aidswalkaustin.org. Select “Walker” Charlotte Gilman. Contact
Charlotte (512-332-6008) if you would like to be a walker!

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OCTOBERFEST
Sunday, October 26, from 5 to 8 pm

In the FELC Parking Lot, weather permitting
– Sausage and Wiener Schnitzel Provided
– Home Brew to sample
– Bring a German side dish to share if you are able.
Here’s a link for ideas and recipes: http://germanfood.about.com/od/vegetables/
– Live Music and fun for everyone!

Weekly Update – October 9

SISTERS IN SPIRITS
Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm at The Local

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 The Local Pub
and Patio (2610 Guadalupe Street, 78705). Feel free to bring a friend as well!
For more information please contact Sarah Roberts at (512) 826-7798.

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YOUTH AND PARENTS
Christian Formation, Sunday, October 12

ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit. Planning to go? If so, I need all forms and $150 deposit no later than October 12.

Our new ping pong table is complete and ready for use. Paddles and balls are located in the closet next to the TV on the stage.

Contact Jimmy at formations@felcaustin.org.

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CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Sunday, October 12, at 9:45 am

Spark Rotation begins a new cycle on Sunday called Four Friends. The focus over the next few weeks is based on the story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man (Luke 5: 17-26). Our children will experience this miracle through the use of Creative Drama, Science and Video. Workshop leaders include: Jackie Chuter, Joe Cain, Allen Jensen, Teresa Tice-Boggs and Jimmy Wright. Betsy Appleton and Ruth Gray will provide our snacks.

We have several ways for our children to be active worship leaders. Ringing the church bell as a call to service, cross bearer, book bearer, lector, usher, acolyte, and Holy Communion assistant. Talk with Jimmy Wright for any of these opportunities.

A very special thank you to Renee Carlson, Jackie Chuter, LaRu Woody and Katherine Ortiz for their leadership the past two-weeks. We experienced The Disciples through FishPrints, Music with Paintand Computerworkshops.

Contact Mr. Jimmy at formations@felcaustin.org.

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MEN’S RETREAT IN NOVEMBER
Registration Deadline, October 15

Pastor Coffey will lead a men’s retreat November 21 to 23 at Inks Lake State Park, located near Burnet about one hour from Austin. Activities available include hiking, fishing, and canoeing. Four cabins are reserved for up to 16 men. Tent camping is also available on the cabin sites. In addition to enjoying the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities, Pastor Coffey will lead a discussion and worship on “Cosmic Spirituality.”

The retreat will begin Friday at dinner and end Sunday at lunch. The total cost is $90, including all meals. Registration deadline is
October 15. Registration requires full payment, which is non-refundable. You can register online at www.felcaustin.org/mensretreat.

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WHOLE LIFE STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, October 19 is Commitment Sunday

This is the Sunday when we joyful respond to God’s blessings in our lives and
make our financial pledges for the coming year. Leading up to (and beyond)
October 19, we are challenging ourselves to explore our Whole Life Stewardship,
the ways in which we are stewards not only of our finances, but also of our
time, our abilities, and of God’s many other gifts. We invite you to begin to
prayerfully consider your financial pledge for the coming year. We are blessed
with a generous God whose love for us knows no bounds. While it is not always
easy to do, we trust that God will always provide us with what we need. We hope
to see you in church on October 19 (8:30 am or 11 am)!

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AIDS WALK AUSTIN
October 19 at 2:00 pm

This 5K walk is sponsored by ASA (AIDS Services of Austin). The Care Communities, FELC’s care team’s training and support agency, receives monies from this walk and we walk with their team. Our Care Team will be collecting donations/sponsorships after both services on October 12 and 19, or you can contribute online: aidswalkaustin.org. Select “Walker” Charlotte Gilman. Contact Charlotte (512-332-6008) if you would like to be a walker!