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 26

STEPHEN MINISTER CONTINUING ED & SUPERVISION
April 26, from 7–9, in the Parlor at St. Martin’s Lutheran
stephen ministry

Program will be presented by the Stephen Ministry leaders and will be “A Servant or Leader” Activity and Continuing Ed. Survey/Evaluation.

 

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Companion Cafe

cafe

Menu for Wednesday, April 27
Asian Noodle Salad with Cashews
Roasted Carrots with Feta and Parsley
Trader Joey’s Cornbread
Strawberries with Sour Cream Sauce

We begin serving at 6 pm in the fellowship hall. Suggested donation $5 ($3 for children).
It’s a great way to welcome visitors, meet members and invite newcomers.
Join us for a great chef-prepared meal and fellowship.

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GUEST PREACHER AT FELC ON SUNDAY

FELC welcomes the Rev Herb Palmer who will preside at worship on Sunday May 1, with Barbara Wiederaenders as our preacher. Pastor Coffey will be away at Synod Assembly in San Marcos.

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EASTER VI FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Turning the Plagues into a Movie … and More!

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We had a lot of fun and continued our immersion into the plagues by starting to make a movie using Lego’s. We’ll pick-up where we left off on scene #6 sick animals.

And then…

Children’s Music Ministry

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We’ll have our second rehearsal of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” This short rehearsal takes place towards the end of the formation hour. The children will present their musical offering during the 11am service on May 8th, Mother’s Day!

Godly Play Presents the Communion Story

communion story

This unique story helps children make a connection between the Passover meal and the Holy Eucharist. You can preview it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAjwT4AAu54

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ADULT CLASS
Luke and Liberation: Justice with Mercy
Meets at 9:45 on Sundays, May 8 and 15

Adult class will not meet this Sunday. On May 8 and 15, Pastor Coffey will continue discussion on “Luke and Liberation: Justice with Mercy.” We are in the year of Luke for the Gospel readings on Sunday. This class will help participants understand the unique perspective of Luke’s Gospel and how it understands Jesus as the one who brings liberation for all.

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YOUTH FORUM

googlegroup

Are we so busy that we miss out on what we’re supposed to be doing? Watch the short video and join the conversation in our Google Group.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gxkaqhqegoyfniy/NOOMA_020_Shells.mp4?dl=0

As a way to stay connected with each other on a weekly basis, we agreed to have a discussion forum. The idea is pretty simple:  Go to our google group discussion site https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/first-english-lutheran-youth-group A topic—complete with video link or other needed resources—and discussion questions are posted about every 2-weeks. All youth and youth ministers answer questions and make comments on each other’s posts.

Youth Group News

mission canceled

Due to a lack of response,
our Austin inner city summer mission work
has been cancelled.

 

An Afternoon of Canoeing on May 7th

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After the 11 am service on May 7th, join youth leaders Sarah Roberts and Taylor Dieringer for some canoeing fun on Lady Bird Lake.
RSVP by May 5th at 6 pm: formation@felcaustin.org (440) 985-8981

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OLIVER RAJAMANI AT THE CACTUS CAFE ON APRIL 29TH

FELC member Oliver Rajamani will be performing his Texas Gypsy Fire concert at the Cactus Cafe April 29th at 8:00 pm. Regular priced tickets are $20 in advance.

This concert usually sells out. More information about the concert is available here:
http://cactuscafe.org/events/oliver-rajamani-texas-gypsy-fire/

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DID YOU KNOW?
FELC has a Nursery Available on Sunday Mornings.

martha c

Martha Castillo is with us every Sunday from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm. This
gives parents with very young children the opportunity to attend adult
formation at 9:45 am and the 11 am service. Of course, all children are
welcome and encouraged to be part of our worship, so please don’t think
they have to be in the nursery.

The nursery is located at the northern most end of our building. Enter
through the north door in the fellowship hall and make an immediate left.
The nursery is the last classroom on the right.

Weekly Update – April 19

Austin AME Churches COMMUNITY FORUM
April 19 at 7 PM
Grant Worship Center (1701 Kramer)

The next meeting hosted by the Austin area African Methodist Episcopal
Churches will focus on projects to improve race relations and celebrate
diversity in Austin. Ideas will be welcomed.

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Companion Cafe

cafe

Menu for Wednesday, April 20
Chicken in Apricot Cream Sauce
Peas with White Wine Glaze
Steamed Rice
Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

We begin serving at 6 pm in the fellowship hall. Suggested donation $5 ($3 for children). It’s a great way to welcome visitors, meet members and invite newcomers. Join us for a great chef-prepared meal and fellowship.

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EASTER V FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
Turning the Plagues into a Movie … and More!

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This past Sunday our children used Legos to creatively reflect on the story of the plagues. They were charged with creating anything from the story that they’d like. Afterwards each child presented their creation to the group. It was a lot of fun, but it was also an intentional way for the children to immerse themselves into the story.

This Sunday we’ll reinforce the story by having the children turn it into a short film. It’s an easy process:

1. Photos: We’ll sort through the photos that were taken and decide which ones to use.
2. Powerpoint: We’ll drop the photos into Powerpoint. Then we’ll add text using the words from the Spark Story Bible.
3. Voiceover: Once the text and photos are together, we’ll bring it back for the kids to add their voices reading the text.
4. Finished product: Once the kids have finished the narration, it is possible to play the slideshow from the beginning like a movie.
5. Create a movie file: Once the PowerPoint is to the point you like it, then save the file as a .mov file. This turns it into a movie that can then be put up on Youtube or the church Web site.

 

Children’s Music Ministry

cmmusic

Rehearsals begin this Sunday for our children’s music ministry. The short
rehearsal takes place towards the end of the formation hour. The children
will present their musical offering during the 11 am service on May 8th,
Mother’s Day!

Godly Play
Godly Play takes a break this Sunday and returns on May 1st.

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NEW ADULT CLASS ON SUNDAY
Luke and Liberation: Justice with Mercy

Pastor Coffey will lead a class called “Luke and Liberation: Justice with
Mercy.” We are in the year of Luke for the Gospel readings on Sunday. This
class will help participants understand the unique perspective of Luke’s
Gospel and how it understands Jesus as the one who brings liberation for
all. The class will meet April 24, May 8, and May 15.

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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH AND PARENTS!

In order to reserve our spots with several charities, I must know who will attend our In-Town Urban Mission Weekend, June 9-12.

RSVP must happen by this Sunday, April 24th or I will have to cancel these plans.

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bbq

In the parking lot, weather permitting
Sunday, April 24 from 5 – 8 PM
BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Pinto Beans
Ice Cream, BYOB
Live Music

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DID YOU KNOW?
FELC has a Nursery Available on Sunday Mornings.

martha c

Martha Castillo is with us every Sunday from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm. This
gives parents with very young children the opportunity to attend adult
formation at 9:45 am and the 11 am service. Of course, all children are
welcome and encouraged to be part of our worship, so please don’t think
they have to be in the nursery.

The nursery is located at the northern most end of our building. Enter
through the north door in the fellowship hall and make an immediate left.
The nursery is the last classroom on the right.

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OLIVER RAJAMANI AT THE CACTUS CAFE ON APRIL 29TH

FELC member Oliver Rajamani will be performing his Texas Gypsy Fire concert
at the Cactus Cafe April 29th at 8:00 pm.

Regular priced tickets are $20 in advance.

This concert usually sells out. More information about the concert is available here:
http://cactuscafe.org/events/oliver-rajamani-texas-gypsy-fire/

 

FELC Chicken BBQ – April 24

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In the parking lot, weather permitting

Sunday, April 24, from 5 – 8 PM                         

BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Pinto Beans

Ice Cream, BYOB              

Live Music

Weekly Update – April 12

Companion Cafe

cafe

Menu for Wednesday, April 13
An Israeli Feast:

Baked Meatballs
Quinoa with Pistachios and Currants
Chopped Israeli Salad (Tomato, Cucumber, Bell Pepper)
Hummus
Family Style

We begin serving at 6 pm in the fellowship hall.
Suggested donation $5 ($3 for children).
It’s a great way to welcome visitors, meet members and invite newcomers.
Join us for a great chef-prepared meal and fellowship.

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SISTERS IN SPIRITS
Thursday, April 14th
7:00 pm at Butterfly bar

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 Butterfly
bar (2307 Manor Road, Austin, 78722). Feel free to bring a friend as well!
For more information please contact Sarah Roberts (512) 826-7798.

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EASTER IV FORMATION FOR CHILDREN

 

plague legos

This will be our final workshop on The Plagues and we’re ending with the
always popular LEGOS for our creative reflection. This week’s lesson comes
from our new curriculum, Building Faith Brick by Brick. The kids have
free-reign to create anything from our story. Will it be Pharaoh, Aaron,
Moses, people of Egypt, Israelites, sorcerers, Nile River of blood, frogs,
bugs, flies, boils, darkness, or death?

Did you Know?
* The word exodus comes from the Greek words for “the way out.” It
details the stories of the Israelites moving from slavery to life in the
Promise Land. The journey was more than 40 years.

This Sunday is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Guess what that means?
During Godly Play we’ll once again present The Good Shepherd. You can view
this presentation by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I9GiHqIshU

GP shepherd

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SENIOR HIGH YOUTH FORUM

 

walking dead finale

This week we’ll conclude an online discussion of the dramatic season finale
of The Walking Dead.
* Do you have anyone in your life that you would sacrifice your life for?
* Is there anyone in your life who would sacrifice their life for you?

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DID YOU KNOW?
FELC has a Nursery Available on Sunday Mornings.

martha c

Martha Castillo is with us every Sunday from 9:30 am till 12:30 pm. This
gives parents with very young children the opportunity to attend adult
formation at 9:45 am and the 11 am service. Of course, all children are
welcome and encouraged to be part of our worship, so please don’t think
they have to be in the nursery.

The nursery is located at the northern most end of our building. Enter
through the north door in the fellowship hall and make an immediate left.
The nursery is the last classroom on the right.

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SURVEY ON NAME FOR THE FELC CHAPEL

The chapel in the south transept has become a valued and much used part of
our worship life. We will soon be completing the columbarium, so the chapel
will take on even more significance as a place to remember those who have
died. We are considering naming the chapel to reflect both purposes of the
space: for prayer and worship, and to honor the saints of First English who
are remembered there. Please take this short survey to share your opinion
on possible names for the chapel: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/felcchapel
Deadline for the survey is Sunday, April 17.

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Austin AME Churches COMMUNITY FORUM
April 19 at 7 PM
Grant Worship Center (1701 Kramer)

The next meeting hosted by the Austin area African Methodist Episcopal
Churches will focus on projects to improve race relations and celebrate
diversity in Austin. Ideas will be welcomed.

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OLIVER RAJAMANI AT THE CACTUS CAFE ON APRIL 29TH

FELC member Oliver Rajamani will be performing his Texas Gypsy Fire concert at the Cactus Cafe April 29th at 8:00 pm.

Discount tickets for members of FELC are available from Oliver. Regular priced tickets are $20 in advance. Oliver is offering them to FELC members for $10.

You must request them from Oliver by April 15. Email him at kingofpearls@oliverrajamani.com and let him know how many tickets you would like.

This concert usually sells out. More information about the concert is available here: http://cactuscafe.org/events/oliver-rajamani-texas-gypsy-fire/