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 – May 19

Summer Worship Schedule begins
Sunday, May 24.
One Service at 9:45 am.

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PENTECOST SUNDAY with AFFIRMATION OF VOCATION

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This Sunday we celebrate the festival of Pentecost, the celebration of the
giving of the Spirit for the mission and ministry of the church. Pentecost
concludes the fifty day Easter celebration. As part of the observance, we
will use the Affirmation of Christian Vocation as we all give thanks for
and affirm the lives we have been gifted to live through our baptism into
Christ and the power of the Spirit.

Wear something red … if you’d like to.

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Farewell and Godspeed to Travis Gould

This Sunday we send Travis Gould off with God’s blessing and our best
wishes. Travis has been a member at FELC for several years, and this past
year he did his seminary field ed work with us. This summer Travis will do
his clinical pastoral education at a hospital in San Antonio. In the fall,
Travis will attend Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkley,
California for his third and final year of seminary studies. Join us this
Sunday as we say goodbye to Travis.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

Happy birthday, dear church, happy birthday dear church, happy birthday
dear church, happy birthday to you! This coming Sunday we celebrate the
coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus and the birth of
the church. Our liturgical color is red which is a symbol of power and fire
of the Spirit. We encourage you to wear something red for this celebration.

Also On May 24th we’ll worship and celebrate the First Communion of several
of our children—Zoe Gray, Zoe Tice, Henry Chuter, Lila Ortiz, and Theo
Northcutt-Derrick. Please note this is the first day of our summer schedule
and we begin worship at 9:45 a.m.

On May 31st we’ll celebrate the beginning of summer by worshiping in the
park across the street from FELC. Make sure the kiddos bring their swim
suit and towel as we’ll have water some water games set-up after church.

Looking out and beyond our walls: A Summer Pilot Program

One of the things I’d love to see our families involved in is a pilot
program we are calling, Bedtime Story Brigade. A few of our older youth
have participated in this and we are now ready to include all ages of
children (parents are welcome, too).

What is Bedtime Story Brigade? It’s pretty simple and a lot of fun. We
meet in the lobby of St. David’s Church at 6:15 p.m. We walk over to the
Salvation Army Shelter and read stories to the children and families
staying there.

The summer dates are listed below. If you would like to take part in
this pilot program, please contact Jimmy Wright, formation@felcaustin.org
or (440) 985-8981.

If needed, we can arrange to meet at FELC and I can take the kids with
me. Parents have the option of attending or perhaps having a date night!

· June 10th
· July 8th
· August 12
We’ll evaluate this ministry as we head into the fall program schedule.

How about some Vacation Bible School?

Come and join Mr. Jimmy as we experience God’s Love in Action. All children
ages 3-5th grade are welcome. Extended afternoons (12-3 p.m.) and boxed
lunches are also available for additional fees.

When? June 8-12
Where? St. David’s Church, 301 E. 8th St.
Hours? 9-noon
Registration? Ends on May 26th!!!

Call or email Jimmy Wright today. (440) 985-8981 formation@felcaustin.org

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A LETTER FROM THE YOUTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you may know, FELC is sending us to the ELCA national youth gathering
this summer in Detroit Michigan. These events happen every three years at
different locations across the U.S. Some of you probably attended one of
these life-changing events when you were in high school. If so, you know
first-hand how God’s Spirit can change the lives of those 30,000 students
in attendance.

We’ve been preparing for this pilgrimage through several workshops focused
on scripture, theology, history, culture, and racism in Detroit. We’ve also
been working hard to raise funds to help offset the costs of attending this
event. So far, we’ve raised over $2500! This is excellent and we’re so
thankful for everyone’s participation.

As you can imagine, the costs of attending this event is quite expensive.
The truth is, despite of our excellent fundraising efforts, we are still
falling short of our needs. Currently, we still need to raise $600 per
student.

In light of this need, we ask you to carefully consider and pray about
sponsoring one of us. Sponsorship amounts of $100, $300, or $600 are most
needed. If you feel called to help us out, please contact our youth
director, Jimmy Wright. formation@felcaustin.org

Many, many thanks and God’s continued blessings to our FELC family.

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WORSHIP IN THE PARK
Sunday, May 31 at 9:45 am

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We’ll have a great time on Sunday, May 31 as we gather for worship in Hemphill Park, directly across the street from the main entrance to the sanctuary. We’ll set up chairs, but feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs if you like. This is a great, unique event to invite friends and neighbors to. If you’d like to help setup that morning, we’ll begin at 8:30 am. Hospitality time will continue after worship in the park.

 

Weekly Update – May 12

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
BEGINS SUNDAY, MAY 24.
ONE SERVICE AT 9:45 AM

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THE GIFT
Generations In Faith Together

FELC Productions is proud to present the spring 2015 production of The
Gift. Come and participate in this multi-generational, church-wide
celebration of our 2014/2015 Christian Formation program year.

Who should come? Everyone!

What can we expect? Music, singing, skits, quiz show, small group
creativity, comedy, laughter, conversations, and much, much more!

Rated G for all audiences

May 17th

Matinee time is 9:45 am.

Location—fellowship hall of First English Lutheran Church Austin

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PASTOR COFFEY’S SURVEY FOR 2015 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Pastor Coffey wants your opinion on events and activities to plan for the
rest of 2015.

Take a short, one-minute survey online today by clicking this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/felc2015activities

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A LETTER FROM THE YOUTH

As you may know, FELC is sending us to the ELCA national youth gathering
this summer in Detroit Michigan. These events happen every three years at
different locations across the U.S. Some of you probably attended one of
these life-changing events when you were in high school. If so, you know
first-hand how God’s Spirit can change the lives of those 30,000 students
in attendance.

We’ve been preparing for this pilgrimage through several workshops focused
on scripture, theology, history, culture, and racism in Detroit. We’ve also
been working hard to raise funds to help offset the costs of attending this
event. So far, we’ve raised over $2500! This is excellent and we’re so
thankful for everyone’s participation.

As you can imagine, the costs of attending this event is quite expensive.
The truth is, despite of our excellent fundraising efforts, we are still
falling short of our needs. Currently, we still need to raise $600 per
student.

In light of this need, we ask you to carefully consider and pray about
sponsoring one of us. Sponsorship amounts of $100, $300, or $600 are most
needed. If you feel called to help us out, please contact our youth
director, Jimmy Wright. formation@felcaustin.org

Many, many thanks and God’s continued blessings to our FELC family.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

On May 17th come and celebrate the end of our Christian Formation program
year with The Gift at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship Hall.

Also on May 17th our First Communion Class will take place after the 11
a.m. service in the parlor. Lunch will be provided.

On May 24th we’ll worship and celebrate the First Communion of several of
our children. Please note that this is the first day of our summer schedule
and we begin worship at 9:45 a.m.

Looking out and beyond our walls: A Summer Pilot Program

One of the things I’d love to see our families involved in is a pilot
program we are calling, Bedtime Story Brigade. A few of our older youth
have participated in this and we are now ready to include all ages of
children (parents are welcome, too).

What is Bedtime Story Brigade? It’s pretty simple and a lot of fun. We meet
in the lobby of St. David’s Church at 6:15 p.m. We walk over to the
Salvation Army Shelter and read stories to the children and families
staying there.

Afterwards, we serve cookies and milk, have an art project or games, and
leave the children with several books. It is during this time that the real
ministry and God’s love can be found. As we interact with the children we
get the opportunity to talk, serve, share life stories, play and laugh
together. This brings a time of great joy into their lives.

The summer dates are listed below. If you would like to take part in this
pilot program, please contact Jimmy Wright, formation@felcaustin.org or
(440) 985-8981.

If needed, we can arrange to meet at FELC and I can take the kids with me.
Parents have the option of attending or perhaps having a date night!

· June 10th
· July 8th
· August 12

We’ll evaluate this ministry as we head into the fall program schedule.

Weekly Update – May 5

PASTOR COFFEY’S SURVEY FOR 2015 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Pastor Coffey wants your opinion on events and activities to plan for the rest of 2015.

Take a short, one-minute survey online today by clicking this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/felc2015activities

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“Be a Water Captain!”

The Texas Interfaith Center is offering a unique opportunity to learn and serve:

TEXAS WATER MANAGEMENT 101: You and the State Water Plan

This is a free forum on water management and conservation with
presentations by leaders and field experts, with discussion throughout. You
will have the opportunity to partner with the State Water Development Board
to influence water planning decisions. As a person of faith who values a
just distribution of resources, we need your help!

The workshop is at:

Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Rd., 78749

Saturday, May 9, from 9am to 5 pm

FREE LUNCH provided.

You can RSVP and learn more here:

http://texasinterfaithcenter.org/WaterCaptains/Events/Austin-2015

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GRADUATING YOUTH AND THEIR PARENTS

May 10th we’ll be having a special recognition and blessing for our
graduating seniors and their parents during the 11 a.m. service.

All youth should come and support your brothers and sisters in Christ
on this special day!

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ATTENTION SPARK ROTATION TEACHERS
& YOUTH MINISTRY LEADERS

May 10th is a big day for you at FELC!

First, we’ll have a special teacher appreciation brunch—pastries, fruit and
such—in the library at 9:45 a.m. All Spark Rotation Teachers, youth
ministry leaders, parents and children are welcome to attend.

Then during the 11:00 a.m. service we’ll have a special blessing and
recognition for our teachers, youth ministry leaders, graduating seniors
and their parents.

____________________

A LETTER FROM THE YOUTH

As you may know, FELC is sending us to the ELCA national youth gathering
this summer in Detroit Michigan. These events happen every three years at
different locations across the U.S. Some of you probably attended one of
these life-changing events when you were in high school. If so, you know
first-hand how God’s Spirit can change the lives of those 30,000 students
in attendance.

We’ve been preparing for this pilgrimage through several workshops focused
on scripture, theology, history, culture, and racism in Detroit. We’ve also
been working hard to raise funds to help offset the costs of attending this
event. So far, we’ve raised over $2500! This is excellent and we’re so
thankful for everyone’s participation.

As you can imagine, the costs of attending this event is quite expensive.
The truth is, despite of our excellent fundraising efforts, we are still
falling short of our needs. Currently, we still need to raise $600 per student.

In light of this need, we ask you to carefully consider and pray about
sponsoring one of us. Sponsorship amounts of $100, $300, or $600 are most
needed. If you feel called to help us out, please contact our youth director,
Jimmy Wright: formation@felcaustin.org

Many, many thanks and God’s continued blessings to our FELC family.

____________________

THE GIFT
Generations In Faith Together

masksFELC Productions is proud to present the spring 2015 production of The Gift. Come and participate in this multi-generational, congregation-wide celebration of our 2014/2015 Christian Formation program year.

Who should come? Everyone!

What can we expect? Music, singing, skits, quiz show, small group creativity, comedy, laughter, conversations, and much, much more!

Rated G for all audiences

May 17th

Matinee time is 9:45 am.

Location—fellowship hall of First English Lutheran Church Austin

Weekly Update – April 29

GUEST PREACHER THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday we welcome our guest preacher and presider, Herb Palmer.
Herb and Kathy joined FELC this past year. Herb is an ELCA pastor currently
serving as the Coordinator for Ministry Leadership for Region 4 in the ELCA.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

This past Sunday presented a children’s sermon based on the Parable of
the Good Shepherd. This is one of my favorite stories for children because
they can easily make sense of it. God loves us, leads us, provides for us,
protects us and even laid down His life for us. This is very good news!

May 3rd will be our final Spark Rotation class of the program year and it
is going to be a great one. First, I will lead the full presentation of The
Parable of the Good Shepherd. Next, we’ll have a feast complete with party
food. Weather permitting; we’ll go outside on the playground so the kids
can be as loud and joyous as they want.

May 10th we’ll have a special teacher appreciation brunch—pastries, fruit
and such—in the library at 9:45 a.m. All Spark Rotation teachers, parents,
and children are welcome to attend. Our teachers will also be recognized
during the 11 a.m. service.

First Communion class will be going to Café Monet after the 11 a.m. service
on May 3rd. Café Monet is located in the Triangle, 4700 W. Guadalupe St.
#11, (512) 906-2200. Our children will paint their own chalice and paten.
The cost is $49.80. Please plan to arrive at Café Monet by 1 p.m.

Mr. Jimmy, Director of CYF Ministries

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

May 3rd let’s sell some stock shares after the 11 a.m. service! It would be great to see our fundraising surpass $3000 by the end of May.

May 10th we’ll be having a special recognition and blessing for our graduating seniors during the 11 a.m. service. All youth should come and support your brothers and sisters in Christ on this special day.

Looking ahead we should plan another fundraiser towards the end of May. Perhaps a Sunday morning car wash while folks are in church…

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MARJORIE WORKDAY THIS SATURDAY, May 2

Beginning at 9:00 am we move out the furniture of the final two rooms and pull up the old carpet. After we repaint we will install new carpet and return all of Marjorie’s furniture.

Questions: contact Fred Woody, fwoody@grandecom.net