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 – June 29

Preparing for Sunday Worship (Lectionary 14 C, July 3 2016)

ELW logoAs a new part of our weekly email, Pastor Coffey will share several
biblical verses and other quotes for the coming Sunday as a way to begin
hearing and pondering the texts.

Isaiah 66:13
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Psalm 66:5
Come now and see the works of God, how awesome are God’s deeds toward all people.

Luke 10:1-2
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him
in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said
to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask
the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Comments from the Cloud of Witnesses
You, O Lord, brought me, a naked baby, into the light of day, for nature’s
laws always obey your commands. You have nursed me with the spiritual milk
of your divine words. You kept me alive with the solid food of the body of
Jesus Christ, and you let me drink from the chalice of his life-giving
blood, poured out to save the whole world. . . . You, O church, are a most
noble assembly whose assistance comes from God. You in whom God lives, now
receive an exposition of the faith that is free from error, just as our
forebears handed it down to us.
—John of Damascus

[John of Damascus, in Prayerbook of the Saints, ed. Charles Dollen (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1984) 67.]
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CHILDREN’s CHURCH PRESENTS: The Ten Commandments

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Following the timeline of our mural project, we’ve been learning the story
of Moses and the Israelites—the plagues, crossing the Red Sea, and manna
from heaven—lead us to Mount Sinai and the Ten Commandments!

Did you know?
· The Ten Commandments are also known as the Decalogue. This comes from the
Greek word, Dekalogos, meaning “ten words.”
· Confession in the Eastern Orthodox Church begins with the Confessor
reciting the Ten Commandments and asking the penitent which of them has
been broken.
· In Lutheranism, the first three commandments govern the relationship
between God and humans, the fourth through eighth govern public
relationships between people, and the last two govern private thoughts.
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FINANCIAL STATEMENT INFO

The church council wanted to update the congregation on our current
financial deficit. It is common for congregations to go into a period of
the year where our income is below expenses. However, as of the end of May,
we are further behind than we would like to be. Here is a brief summary of
income and expenses, budgeted and actual:

    Budgeted           Actual

Income                  134,305              122,535
Expenses               141,090              142,638
Difference                -6,785              -20,103

As you can see, our actual expenses are very close to budget, but our
income is below budget. We had budgeted to have a deficit, but the actual
deficit is much larger. This deficit begins to affect our cash reserves.

The church council is asking you to consider how you can help us reduce
this financial deficit.

Here are ways to consider helping:
1. If you are a pledged giver, check to see if you are up to date on your
giving. If not, can you make up the difference now?
2. Are you able to make an offering in advance of your anticipated giving
for the coming months?
3. Are you able to make an offering in addition to your regular offering?
4. If you aren’t currently using Simply Giving, our electronic donations
option, to set up regular, automatic giving, would you consider doing that
to help stay regular in your giving? Or does your own bank have an option
for you to do this through electronic checks?
5. Keep the ministry and members of FELC in your prayers, that we may be
generous and faithful stewards of all that God has given us.

For the council and pastor’s part, we are closely monitoring expenses and
looking at ways to save in budgeted costs. We have asked our Financial
Secretary, Terry Porter, to increase statements of giving from 3 times a
year to 4. This should help all of us be more mindful of our giving.

Thank you for your support of the church in doing the ministry of the
Gospel. Without you and your support, we could not share the good news,
invite people to be part of a loving community of faith, and serve the
world in the name of Jesus.
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Peace Be Yours: For the Healing of the Nations and Ourselves
Summer Evening Prayer
Wednesday, July 6, at 7 pm

Join us as we gather on Wednesday, July 6 for evening prayer in the Chapel
of the Saints. We’ll use a Taize style service of singing, scripture,
prayer, and silence. Each service will include praying for the nations
using the floor map and candles, and praying for healing for ourselves
using individual healing prayer. Those who want to visit afterwards can
walk to Trudy’s with Pastor Coffey. Invite a friend for a beautiful and
meaningful time of prayer.
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EXCHANGE STUDENT HOST FAMILIES NEEDED

We received the following information from Kirsten Mathisen, local
coordinator for “Education, Travel, and Culture” about a need for two
Lutheran exchange students coming to Austin:
I am a local coordinator for Education, Travel, and Culture, non-profit
high school exchange program. We are looking for host families for two
Lutheran students from Germany and your help in spreading the word is
greatly appreciated! We are working to find families for students from all
over the world, from all different backgrounds and religions, but I would
like to share a little about Amelie and Ludwig.

AMELIE
Start date: August – 2016
Year of Birth: 2001
Home country: Germany
Gender: Female
Program duration: Fall Semester
Religion: Lutheran
Interests/Activities: Amelie has one younger brother, and some of her
hobbies include crafts, skiing, sailing, drawing, and long boarding. Her
favorite subjects in school are art, chemistry, English, and Math, and in
the future she would like to be an industrial designer or psychologist.
Amelie describes her as open-minded, creative, and full of life. While in
the U.S. Amelie hopes to get to know a different school system and meet new
people.

LUDWIG
Start date: August – 2016
Year of Birth: 1999
Home country: Germany
Gender: Male
Program duration: Academic Year
Religion: Lutheran
Interests/Activities: Ludwig has two younger brothers, and his favorite
subjects in school are Mathematics, Music, and Physics. Some of his
interests include playing the trumpet, sports of many kinds, jogging, and
other outdoor activities. Ludwig describes himself as open to new things,
easy-going, and with a good sense of humor. While in the US Ludwig would
like to become more self-confident, to make new friends, and to see how
American schools are.

Open your heart and home to a high school exchange student this year!
Education, Travel, and Culture, a non-profit organization is looking for
host families for Ludwig and Amelie, two Lutheran high school students from
Germany. For more information, please contact Kirsten Mathisen, Local
Coordinator. Cell: (214) 538-8462. Email: kirstenmathisen14@gmail.com

Exchange students enrich the lives of their host families, peers, teachers,
and the entire community! I had a German exchange student stay with my
family in high school, and then made my own plans to visit her and her
family when I was in college. I can truly say that hosting is an amazing
experience and an unforgettable time for the whole family. Most people walk
away with a new member of the family, new traditions and menu ideas, great
memories and a vacation invitation from abroad! Our students bring their
own spending money and insurance and totally integrate within the family;
they are not a guest! You can expect them to do chores like American
teenagers and they participate in all of your usual family activities.

Host family responsibilities:
* Ensure a safe and nurturing home environment for the student
* Provide students with a room (can be shared with a host sibling), his/her
own bed, adequate storage, 3 meals per day, and transportation for
extracurricular activities
* Give love and support to the student
* Explore cultural differences and similarities
* You do NOT have to have high school kids of your own- all types of
families are accepted!!

Our students:
* Bring own spending money & insurance
* Have good English skills
* Are highly screened for suitability for the program
* Are excited to meet their American family!

Our Local Coordinators:
* Have received extensive training
* Meet with the students every month
* Often have international or hosting experience
* Provide ongoing support to the host family
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NEW ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT HIRED

Bryan Rust, Director of Music

Bryan Rust, Director of Music

Pastor Coffey has been interviewing candidates for the administrative assistant position (Ele Clay is leaving us at the end of July to begin her pastoral internship in West Des Moines, Iowa). Near the end of the interview process, our Director of Music, Bryan Rust, was in need of new employment. He was working full-time elsewhere in addition to his part-time work as Director of Music. After discussing the position needs, sorting through how to wear two distinct hats at FELC, and with support from the executive committee, Pastor Coffey has hired Bryan Rust as Administrative Assistant, and Bryan has accepted. Bryan will begin July 18, allowing for two weeks of overlap with Ele for on-the-job training.

While Bryan will have many new things to learn for this position, he brings many gifts and talents to it already. And since he knows many in the congregation, we expect a good transition for all.

Welcome (again), Bryan!

Weekly Update – June 21

RAMADAN IFTAR DINNER
Wednesday June 22

dialogueOur Muslim friends at the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest are again
hosting a Ramadan Iftar dinner at FELC on Wednesday, June 22 beginning at 7:30 pm. Come learn about the importance of Ramadan for the Muslim faith, and enjoy a wonderful meal and hospitality provided by the Dialogue Institute.

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PRESENTATION ON STREET YOUTH DROP-IN CENTER
This Sunday, June 26

This Sunday we welcome Mac McKaskle, Director of the Micah 6 Street Youth
Drop-in Center. Mac will share information about this ministry which we
help support with other university area churches. He’ll be able to address
questions you may have. We’ll gather in the fellowship hall after worship
for hospitality, and he’ll present at the stage end shortly after worship ends.

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NEW ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT HIRED

Pastor Coffey has been interviewing candidates for the administrative
assistant position (Ele Clay is leaving us at the end of July to begin her
pastoral internship in West Des Moines, Iowa). Near the end of the
interview process, our Director of Music, Bryan Rust, was in need of new
employment. He was working full-time elsewhere in addition to his part-time
work as Director of Music. After discussing the position needs, sorting
through how to wear two distinct hats at FELC, and with support from the
executive committee, Pastor Coffey has hired Bryan Rust as Administrative
Assistant, and Bryan has accepted. Bryan will begin July 18, allowing for
two weeks of overlap with Ele for on-the-job training. While Bryan will
have many new things to learn for this position, he brings many gifts and
talents to it already. And since he knows many in the congregation, we
expect a good transition for all. Welcome (again), Bryan!

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New Picture (2)Peace Be Yours: For the Healing of the Nations and Ourselves
Summer Evening Prayer
First Wednesdays at 7 pm

Join us as we gather on Wednesday, July 6 for evening prayer in the Chapel of the Saints. We’ll use a Taize style service of singing, scripture, prayer, and silence. Each service will include praying for the nations using the floor map and candles, and praying for healing for ourselves using individual healing prayer. Those who want to visit afterwards can walk to Trudy’s with Pastor Coffey. Invite a friend for a beautiful and meaningful time of prayer.

Weekly Update – June 15

Grant AME Church Service
On the Anniversary of the Charleston Murders
Friday, June 17, at 7pm

Join Pastor Coffey in attending a service at Grant AME Church (1701 Kramer Lane) in remembrance of the martyrs of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on the first anniversary.

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Day of Grief, Prayer, and Remembrance for Charleston and Orlando
This Sunday June 19 at 9:45

During Sunday worship we will take time to grieve, pray, and remember the
martyrs of Charleston, all who died in the mass shooting in Orlando, and
all victims of gun violence.

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dialogueSAVE THE DATE
Ramadan Iftar Dinner June 22

Our Muslim friends at the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest are again hosting a Ramadan Iftar dinner at FELC on Wednesday, June 22 beginning at 7:30 pm. Come learn about the importance of Ramadan for the Muslim faith, and enjoy a wonderful meal and hospitality provided by the Dialogue Institute.

Weekly Update – June 8

JUDY HOLDEN MEMORIAL

The memorial service for Judy Holden will be this Saturday, June 11 at 2:00
PM at FELC. A reception will follow in the parlor.

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WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY JUNE 12

Due to the chance of rain this weekend, and the current condition of
Hemphill Park, we will not be having Worship in the Park. Join us for
worship in the sanctuary at 9:45 am.

This Sunday we will observe the Rite of Enrollment for Baptism for Kris
Overholt during worship. This is part of our Questing ministry (called the
“catechumenate” in the ancient tradition of the church), the journey of
spiritual formation for adults seeking baptism or renewal in baptism.

This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of the month, when we offer healing prayer
during the communion distribution. All who desire prayer for healing in
body, mind, and soul are invited to participate.

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CHILD LED CHILDREN’S CHURCH AND MURAL PROJECT

mural project

On June 12th we begin an exciting summer program for Children’s Church
during the 9:45 a.m. service.

Adult mentors will lead the children into the Parlor right after the Gospel
reading. At first, mentors and children will work together in leading the
worship. Eventually, the entire service will be led by the children. One
child can serve as an acolyte. Another child can lead the prayers. A couple
of children can lead the readings. Another child can lead the Blessing and
Dismissal.

Then we’ll move into the Fellowship Hall where the kids will be working
with acrylic paints and pens to create artwork from our readings. This
artwork will be added to the mural begun by Fred Woody several years ago.

Finally, we’re asking parents or caregivers to please pick-up their
children from the Fellowship Hall. Children are welcome to stay in the
Fellowship Hall for the entire service, or they can leave with their
parents or caregivers in time for Communion. This will give us some extra
time to work on the mural without feeling rushed.

God Bless,
Jimmy Wright
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

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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. At
3:30 pm we’ll head over to University Baptist Church, 2107 San Antonio St.
to set-up. We begin serving at 4:30 pm and return to FELC about 6 pm. http://m6sydic.weebly.com/

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SAVE THE DATE
Ramadan Iftar Dinner June 22

dialogue

Our Muslim friends at the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest are again
hosting a Ramadan Iftar dinner at FELC on Wednesday, June 22 beginning at
7:30 pm. Come learn about the importance of Ramadan for the Muslim faith,
and enjoy a wonderful meal and hospitality provided by the Dialogue Institute.