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 – August 26

We Welcome Rev Dr Timothy Lincoln as our guest preacher this Sunday.

Pastor Coffey will be on vacation and returns to the office on September 2.

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CHILDREN’S CHURCH THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 30

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Minecraft Bible Study has come to an end for this summer. This week Anne
Wiebe will lead us in a very exciting musical workshop. We hope you come
and make a joyful noise!

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PARENT MEETING THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 30

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A parent meeting will be held after the worship service this Sunday. Grab a goody from the fellowship table and meet in the parlor. Childcare will be provided in the library.

If you cannot make this meeting, please contact Jimmy Wright to schedule an appointment formation@felcaustin.org or 440-985-8981. Thanks!

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FAMILY SWIM DAY THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 30

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On August 30th we’ll head over to Barton Springs for a family swim day from 1-4 pm. Come and be a part of our family. All are welcome!

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

A Free Admission to Barton Springs!

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Here’s the deal. This is for senior high school youth only. Jimmy Wright will pay for your admission into Barton Springs, but you must bring one non-FELC friend with you (they’ll also get free admission).

When? Sunday August 30th 1-4 pm.

Text Jimmy and let him know which friend you’re bringing. (440) 985-8981

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WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES UPDATE

FELC Summer Worship time ends Labor Day weekend with the 9:45 am worship on Sunday, September 6.

On September 13, we return to two worship services at 8:30 and 11 on Sunday mornings.

Holy Communion will be served at both services.

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ELCA Day of Service

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

This day of service is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Weekly Update – August 18

CHILDREN’S FORMATION NEEDS TEACHERS

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Children’s formation (aka Sunday school) is in desperate need of teachers. We use a unique curriculum that allows teachers to work with the same story for several weeks. Workshops include art, cooking, games, computers, music, science, drama, and video. This allows our children to use all of the multiple learning styles and experience the story in various ways. Teachers can sign up to lead these workshops from 1–3 weeks in a row. We need storytellers, workshop leaders, assistant leaders, and snack providers.

Please contact Jimmy Wright ASAP formation@felcaustin.org

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

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Minecraft Bible Study takes place during the children’s gathering time of the 9:45 service. This week’s lesson will remain a Mystery. Bring your tablet or laptop.

 

 

 

Parent Meeting

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Sunday August 30th immediately following the 9:45 am service in the parlor. This is a very important meeting so please make plans to join us. Childcare will be provided.

If you cannot make this meeting, please contact Jimmy Wright to schedule an appointment formation@felcaustin.org or 440-985-8981. Thanks!

 

Family Swim Day

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On August 30th we’ll head over to Barton Springs for a family swim day from 1–4 pm. Come and be a part of our family. All are welcome!

 

 

 

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS
by Jimmy Wright

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Come and join our family swim day at Barton Springs. August 30th 1–4 pm.

Your contact for this event is … Jimmy Wright formation@felcaustin.org or 440-985-8981

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BACK TO SCHOOL BLESSING

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At First English, we believe in blessing people, not backpacks!

All children, youth, teachers and educators are invited to be with us at the 9:45 a.m. service on August 30th for a special back to school blessing. Children and youth, bring your backpacks for a mysterious gift.

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WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES UPDATE

FELC Summer Worship time ends Labor Day weekend
with the 9:45 am worship on Sunday, September 6.

On September 13, we return to two worship services
at 8:30 and 11 on Sunday mornings.

Holy Communion will be served at both services.

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ELCA Day of Service

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Weekly Update – August 12

Companion Café Planning Meeting
Sunday, August 16 at 11:00 AM in the Parlor
Anyone interested in making the Companion Café a great success this fall should attend this meeting with Pastor Coffey. We’ll be looking at the volunteer needs for cooking, setup, serving, and cleanup, and two new volunteer positions: Volunteer Coordinator, and Café Supplies Shopper.

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TEACHERS FOR CHILDREN

studentsChildren’s formation (aka Sunday school) is in desperate need of teachers.

We use a unique curriculum that allows teachers to work with the same story for several weeks. Workshops include art, cooking, games, computers, music, science, drama, and video. This allows our children to use all of the multiple learning styles and experience the story in various ways. Teachers can sign up to lead these workshops from 1-3 weeks in a row. We need storytellers, workshop leaders, assistant leaders, and snack providers.

Please contact Jimmy Wright ASAP formation@felcaustin.org

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

Parent Meeting on Sunday August 30th immediately following the 9:45am service in the parlor. This is a very important meeting so please make plans to join us. Childcare will be provided. If you cannot make this meeting, please contact Jimmy Wright to schedule an appointment. formation@felcaustin.org

 

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Minecraft Bible Study will hear a story about a dream that King Solomon had where God told him to ask for anything he wants. We’ll see if God answers the young king’s wish (1 Kings 3, 10). Don’t forget to bring your tablet or laptop. Dear God, help us to be wise and make good decisions.

 

 

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Families after the parent meeting we’ll head over to Barton Springs for a family swim day from 1-4 pm. All family members and friends are welcome to join us. This will be a great opportunity for you to invite friends with children to come and experience the excellent family ministry we have at FELC.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS
by Jimmy Wright

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Sunday August 16th after the 9:45 am service, we’ll grab some lunch and share ideas for the coming year.

 

 

 

 

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ELCA Day of Service
Sunday, September 13, 2015

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“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Weekly Update – August 4

CONFRONTING RACISM

Live Webcast with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Thursday, August 6 at 8 PM CDT
FELC Parlor

Join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism August 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT). See more at www.elca.org/webcast.

Pastor Coffey will show the webcast live on the screen in the parlor that night. Join with him as we watch this live webcast together and have conversation. Ice cream, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Come as early as 7:30.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

childrenMinecraft Bible Study will hear and create a story that contains a tree, an angel, hot stones, cake, water, and the great prophet Elijah. This story is full of imagery that children can easily understand and let their creativity run wild. We’ll hear about God providing everything Elijah needs to continue his journey (1 Kings 19:4-8). Don’t forget to bring your tablet or laptop.

 

Parents, grandparents, caregivers…Please mark Sunday August 30th on your calendars. We’ll hold a parent meeting immediately following the 9:45 am
service in the parlor. Lunch will be provided along with adult supervision
for the kids on the playground.

Families after the parent meeting we’ll head over to Barton Springs for a
family swim day from 1-4 pm. All family members and friends are welcome to
join us. This will be a great opportunity for you to invite friends with
children to come and experience the excellent family ministry we have at FELC.

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Neighborhood Dinner Church Planning Meeting
Sunday, August 9 at 11:00 AM in the Parlor

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In a recent survey Pastor Coffey conducted on interest in ministries and programs in the congregation, the highest interest was shown in having Sunday evening dinners and worship in member’s homes once a month. The plan is to have 3 or 4 areas of greater Austin (far north, north, central, and south) where one Sunday evening a month in a member’s home on a rotating basis Pastor Coffey would lead a table communion service. This would include a potluck dinner, reading of Scripture, a conversational sermon, prayer, song, and communion. Members would be encouraged to attend the service in their part of town if and when they are able, and to invite friends and family. This can be a great way to experience worship and get to know your neighbors, and allow for those who can’t make Sunday morning to have an additional opportunity to worship.

If you would like to be part of this new worship ministry please let Pastor Coffey know and plan to attend the meeting. We’ll need at least one home in each area that can host 1 to 3 times a year, and we’ll need others to help plan and lead the services. The hope is to begin in the fall.

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PASTOR COFFEY TAKING ORDERS FOR HIS BOOK

Coffey coverPastor Coffey’s book has just been published. Titled “Mystery without Rhyme or Reason: Poetic Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary” it is a collection of his writings over three years based on the Scripture readings for Sunday worship.

He is able to order copies of the book directly from the publisher at a discount. If you would like to order a copy, please let him know by August 9 by calling the church or emailing him (pastor@felcaustin.org). The cost is $16.00, made payable to “Michael Coffey.”

 

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TEACHERS FOR CHILDREN

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Summer is quickly coming to an end and I’m in need of folks to help with children’s formation. Whether you’re a pro from previous years or a newbie to working with children, I’d love to talk with you. I’d also love to have some teachers that are not the parents of our current students.

You can sign-up to lead from 1-3 Sunday’s at a time. We use a curriculum that allows the teachers to work with the same story for multiple weeks. The children then have special weekly workshops where they engage the story in a variety of ways—Bible skills and games, cooking, computer lab, music, science, drama, and video.

Please let me know if you feel called to this ministry. I’ll provide all the resources, training, and everything you need.

Jimmy Wright
formation@felcaustin.org

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS
by Jimmy Wright

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Sunday August 16th after the 9:45 am service,
we’ll grab some lunch and share ideas for the coming year.

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ELCA Day of Service
Sunday, September 13, 2015

gods work our hands

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)– one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.