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 – December 9

Companion Café
Menu for December 10

Shepherd’s Pie
Creamed Spinach with Nutmeg
Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

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ADVENT CONTEMPLATIVE EVENING PRAYER
Watching. Waiting. Wondering.
6:45 pm

We gather for prayer, song, scripture, and silence.
Join us on these Wednesdays: December 10 and 17.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

Registration continues for our Synod SR High Youth Gathering at Camp
Chrysalis. Price has now increased to $180. Event takes place January 9-11.
If you are interested in going, contact Jimmy ASAP.

December 10th Bedtime Story Brigade at the Salvation Army Shelter, 6-8 pm.
Come and read stories, serve milk and cookies, and play games with the
children and families staying at the downtown shelter. You need to RSVP for
this by today, December 9th, by contacting Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981.

December 14th 9:45 am Rehearsal for Children/Youth Christmas Eve service.
We’ll meet in the nave. I’ve heard from several of you, but those who want
to help lead this service should contact Jimmy and come to the rehearsal.

December 21st 9:45 am is the final rehearsal for the children and youth
Christmas Eve service. Meet in the nave and stay for worship at 11 am.

God’s Peace,
Jimmy Wright

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REMINDER ABOUT GROW GREEN DAY

Hello Gardeners, the monthly Grow Green Day is this Saturday, December 13,
from 9-11 am. All are invited to join the eco-friendly landscaping of FELC!
Please contact Travis Gould with any questions: tegould85@gmail.com or
830-328-3068.
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CHRISTMAS CAROL SING AND POTLUCK
Sunday, December 14 at 12:15 in the Fellowship Hall

What is your favorite Christmas carol? Come and join us as we enjoy a wide
variety of songs for Christmas. Bring something to share for the potluck
(Christmasy or otherwise) and enjoy singing carols in the fellowship hall.
Also, see how well you do with Pastor Coffey’s Christmas Quiz, and win a
prize (kids’ and adults’ versions of the quiz).

This will also be a great warm-up for those who plan to go caroling with
homebound members afterwards.

Note: We are not having a December congregational meeting, which would
normally be the same day. The adoption of a budget and election of council
members will take place at the annual meeting, January 26.

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Christmas Caroling with Homebound Members
Sunday, December 14, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Each year we share the joy of Christmas by visiting our homebound members
and singing Christmas carols with them. It’s a great all-ages event, and a
way to visit with or meet some of our wonderful members who we don’t get to
see too often at church. Dress up in your crazy reindeer antlers or
favorite Christmas sweater (you know you have one), bring some bells to
jingle, and share the love of our church family through song and smiles.

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CHILDREN and FAMILY MINISTRIES

Greetings to you on this second week of Advent. I pray you are finding
peace and calm this week. The church learned a long time ago that people
need a way to get ready to enter or even come close to a mystery like
Christmas. The church set aside four weeks to get ready. This is such a
great Mystery that it takes that long to get ready. During this time, we
are all on the way to Bethlehem. We are all making the journey.

December 14th Advent III

We light two-blue candles and one rose or pink candle. The rose candle is
used on Guadette Sunday as a symbol of joy. Advent is a serious time, but
you can’t be serious all the time. Today we remember the joy the angels
sang of. This is the Sunday when it is time for a little celebration!

Nativity Rehearsal takes place in the nave at 9:45 am. I hope all our
children will be present and taking part in this rehearsal. I promise it
will be very low stress and a lot of fun. There are no speaking parts for
the children. We already have children to play the part of mother Mary and
baby Jesus. We have beautiful costumes and need children to play the part
of Joseph, innkeeper, angels, shepherds, sheep and donkey.

Godly Play continues during the children’s gathering time at the 11am
service. This week’s presentation focuses on the prophets, the Holy Family,
and the shepherds. As our story progresses, I need a little more time with
the children. I’ll return them to the nave after the Lord’s Prayer.

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. O come, O come, Emmanuel. Rejoice, Rejoice!

Mr. Jimmy

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LIFErs DECEMBER EVENT

The LIFErs are having their annual white elephant gift exchange this
Sunday, December 14, at 6 pm. Sean and Betsy are hosting; they can be
found at 2512 East 17th St. All are welcome!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
For all these upcoming holiday events

Sunday, December 14
Christmas Carol Potluck @ 12:15 am
Christmas Caroling with Homebound Members @ 2:00 pm

Sunday, December 21
Blue Christmas Evening Prayer @ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist
5:30 pm Child-friendly Service
11:00 pm Choir and other special music
(Prelude begins at 10:45 pm)

Sunday, December 28
Christmas Lessons and Carols @ 9:45 am (one service only)

Sunday, January 4
Epiphany Sunday Worship @ 9:45 am (one service only)
Epiphany Lessons and Carols @ 5:00 pm

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ADVENT PHOTO CALENDAR

Join together in reflecting on Advent by making a community Advent photo
calendar online, beginning December 1. Post your own photos or something
interesting you find online. Use hashtag ?#?Advent2014 and post on our
Facebook page, or Twitter @FELCAustin.

Here are the daily themes:

1. Waiting
2. Patience
3. Repenting
4. Longing
5. Darkness
6. Fearing
7. Watching
8. Wondering
9. Remembering
10. Preparing
11. Promising
12. Emerging
13. Courage
14. Hoping
15. Praying
16. Anticipating
17. Joy
18. Love
19. Peace
20. Light
21. Newness
22. Faithfulness
23. Celebrating
24. Family
25. Incarnation

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Micah 6 Job Opening

Micah 6 is looking to hire a new Director of Volunteer Engagement.
This part-time, 25 hours per week position will be filled in January.

Anyone interested should submit a cover letter and resume by December 19 to
info@micah6austin.org. The job description can be viewed here:
http://www.felcaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/Micah6DirectorofVolunteerEngagementJobDescription.pdf

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POINSETTIAS FOR THE SANCTUARY
Click here to link to the online contribution form

Beautiful poinsettias will decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve and the Sunday after. If you would like to contribute to the cost of the flowers, please complete this form. Each plant costs $15.00. Plants will be available to take on the Sunday after Christmas on a first-come, first-served basis. Prepayment is required by December 21. Please send a check made out to “First English Lutheran Church” with “Christmas Poinsettias” in the memo. Or, you may use our online donations option: http://www.felcaustin.org/giving

Weekly Update – December 2

Companion Café
Menu for December 3

Vegetarian Night
Chickpea Curry with Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes
Jasmine Rice
Garden Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

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ADVENT CONTEMPLATIVE EVENING PRAYER
Watching. Waiting. Wondering.
6:45 pm

We gather for prayer, song, scripture, and silence.
Join us on these Wednesdays: December 3, 10 and 17.

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Advent Workshop for EVERYONE!!!
Sunday, December 7 at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall

This year’s Advent Workshop is designed for participation by EVERYONE.
Young, old or somewhere in-between, this multigenerational event is one you don’t want to miss.

This year’s workshop will include some of our traditional favorites. And we’ll have a few new twists!

Everyone is encouraged to bring a package of adult size tube socks, white or black. These will go to Trinity Center, serving the homeless in downtown Austin.

Please bring any unused holiday cards. We’ll join with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service project to write and distribute holiday cards to the 1,700 women and children being held in family immigration detention facilities.

There will be live music and caroling. Advent devotional table cards.
Pastries and wassail. Cookie decorating and hot coffee. “Not so traditional” Advent wreath making. Take-home crafts and Advent calendars. We’ll even have a Nativity Photo Booth complete with costumes for the children.

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CHILDREN and FAMILY MINISTRIES

Hello first week of Advent. We have several things happening the next two
weeks and I hope that everyone can be in church each Sunday to experience
the Mystery of Advent. Click on the link below for our December issue of
Parenting Christian Kids.

December 7 Advent II
We light two-blue candles. These are the candles of Hope and Love.

Advent Workshop takes place in the fellowship hall at 9:45 am. There will
be some “not so traditional” Advent wreath making, table devotionals,
take-home crafts, cookie decorating, music, caroling, delicious treats, and
a photo booth with Nativity costumes. Please bring a package of adult size
tube socks, white or black. These will go to Trinity Center, serving the
homeless in downtown Austin.

Godly Play continues during the children’s gathering time at the 11 am service. This week, our children’s liturgy helps to prepare us for the great Mystery of Christmas. We’ll experience the story of the Prophets and the Holy Family, as we journey towards Bethlehem.

December 14 Advent III
We light two-blue candles and one rose (or pink) candle. These are the candles of Hope, Love, and Joy. The traditional rose or pink candle is lit on Gaudette (meaning rejoice) Sunday.

Rehearsal for the children’s Christmas Eve service takes place in the nave at 9:45 am.

Godly Play continues during the children’s gathering time at the 11 am service. This week, our children’s liturgy continues to prepare for the great mystery of Christmas. We’ll experience the story of the Prophets, the Holy Family, and the Shepherds, as we journey towards Bethlehem.

God’s Peace be with you as we prepare and wait.
Mr. Jimmy

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

Although we won’t be meeting for Youth Forum in December, there are still many ways to get involved.

December 3 $160 Registration ends for our Synod SR High Youth Gathering at
Camp Chrysalis. Price increases to $180 after January 3. Event takes place
January 9-11. If you are interested in going, contact Jimmy ASAP.

December 6 Come and help set-up for Advent Workshop. 2 pm in the fellowship
hall. We’ll have music, pizza, laughter, and fun.

December 7 Advent Workshop at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. Please bring
a package of adult size tube socks, white or black. These will go to
Trinity Center, serving the homeless in downtown Austin.

December 10 Bedtime Story Brigade at the Salvation Army Shelter, 6-8 pm.
Come and read stories, serve milk and cookies, and play games with the
children and families staying at the downtown shelter. You need to RSVP for
this by December 8 by contacting Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981.

December 14 9:45 am Rehearsal for Children/Youth Christmas Eve service.
We’ll meet in the nave. I’ve heard from several of you, but those who want
to help lead this service should contact Jimmy and come to the rehearsal.

God’s Peace,
Jimmy Wright

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
For all these upcoming holiday events

Sunday, December 7
Advent Event @ 9:45 am

Sunday, December 14
Christmas Carol Potluck @ 12:15 am
Christmas Caroling with Homebound Members @ 2:00 pm

Sunday, December 21
Blue Christmas Evening Prayer @ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Worship @ 5:30 and 11:00 pm

Sunday, December 28
Christmas Lessons and Carols @ 9:45 am (one service only)

Sunday, January 4
Epiphany Sunday Worship @ 9:45 am (one service only)
Epiphany Lessons and Carols @ 5:00 pm

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ADVENT PHOTO CALENDAR

Join together in reflecting on Advent by making a community Advent photo
calendar online, beginning December 1. Post your own photos or something
interesting you find online. Use hashtag ?#?Advent2014 and post on our
Facebook page, or Twitter @FELCAustin.

Here are the daily themes:

1. Waiting
2. Patience
3. Repenting
4. Longing
5. Darkness
6. Fearing
7. Watching
8. Wondering
9. Remembering
10. Preparing
11. Promising
12. Emerging
13. Courage
14. Hoping
15. Praying
16. Anticipating
17. Joy
18. Love
19. Peace
20. Light
21. Newness
22. Faithfulness
23. Celebrating
24. Family
25. Incarnation

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POINSETTIAS FOR THE SANCTUARY
Click here to link to the online contribution form

Beautiful poinsettias will decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve and the Sunday after. If you would like to contribute to the cost of the flowers, please complete this form. Each plant costs $15.00. Plants will be available to take on the Sunday after Christmas on a first-come, first-served basis. Prepayment is required by December 21. Please send a check made out to “First English Lutheran Church” with “Christmas Poinsettias” in the memo. Or, you may use our online donations option: http://www.felcaustin.org/giving

Weekly Update – November 18

Companion Café November 19
Wednesday from 6 to 7

This week’s menu:
Sweet and Tangy Glazed Meatloaf
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Creamed Spinach
Caesar Salad

Suggested donation of $4 per plate. Carry out is available.

For the remainder of 2014 the Café will be open on November 19, and
December 3, 10, & 17. Then it will reopen January 8.

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Advent Contemplative Evening Prayer
Watching. Waiting. Wondering.
6:45 pm

Advent starts a little early, as we gather for prayer, song, scripture, and
silence. Join us on these Wednesdays: November 19; December 3, 10 and 17.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

November 23. Hope you can be here for our 2nd round of “The Gospel
According to the Walking Dead”. 9:45 am on the stage. We’ll pick up with
episode 2 from season 5. Who wants to lead this session? Dawn Wetzel can
lead, but it would be nice to have one of our youth lead it. Let me know
… Jimmy (440) 985-8981.

November 30. Travis Gould will be leading at 9:45 am. We’ll continue our
series on “Gospel According to the Walking Dead”. Be sure to have watched
season 5 episode 3 prior to our session.

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CHILDREN and FAMILY NEWS

During the 11 am service each Sunday in Advent, Mr. Jimmy will lead the
children into the library for the children’s sermon time. We’ll be
presenting a series of Godly Play Advent stories and will return to the
nave during the Gospel Acclamation. Parents and any others wanting to
experience Godly Play are encouraged to join us.

November 23. Hope to see ya’ll for our first family drive-in style movie.
We’ll have a showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 6 pm in the
church parking lot. Bring a folding chair from home and a blanket to keep
warm. We’ll be selling candy and other movie style treats (benefiting our
youth fund). This is open the entire FELC family/community. And bring a
friend or two!

November 30. Hello Advent. We won’t be holding formation classes for the
kids, but all children (young, old, or somewhere in-between) are welcome to
meet Mr. Jimmy in the fellowship hall for games, jokes, and snacks. 9:45 am.

Jimmy Wright: formations@felcaustin.org.

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Sunday Adult Class at 9:45
The Enneagram as a Tool for Your Spiritual Journey

Our look at the Enneagram, a tool for spiritual growth, continues this Sunday. Norvell Northcutt will lead the discussion, and share his perspective after years of using the Enneagram with others. Join us at 9:45 am.

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BIRTHDAY CARD COLLECTION FOR MARJORIE

During the workday at Marjorie’s house on November 1, we learned that
Marjorie will be 86 next birthday … November 26. We will be collecting
birthday cards on Sunday, November 23. A basket for your cards is in the
Narthex. Please consider writing a Happy Birthday note for Marjorie.

Weekly Update – November 11

Companion Café Opens This Week
Wednesday from 6 to 7

This week’s menu:
Pork Chops with Pear Chutney
Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
Steamed Rice
Spinach Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette

Suggested donation of $4 per plate. Carry out is available.

For the remainder of 2014 the Café will be open on November 12 and 19, and
December 3, 10, & 17. Then it will reopen January 8.

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Advent Contemplative Evening Prayer
Watching. Waiting. Wondering.
6:45 pm

Advent starts a little early, as we gather for prayer, song, scripture, and
silence. Join us on these Wednesdays: November 12 and 19; December 3, 10 and 17.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

Wednesday, November 12, 6-8 pm, we’ll bring cookies, milk and books to the
Salvation Army Shelter in downtown Austin. We’ll read stories and play
games with the children staying there. You need to RSVP for this one by
calling or texting Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981.

Sunday, November 16, 9:45 am, we begin our series on “The Gospel According to the Walking Dead.” Be sure to watch season 5, episodes 1 and 2 prior to our meeting. http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead/episodes/season-5/no-sanctuary

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CHILDREN and FAMILY NEWS

This Sunday, Spark Rotation continues with the story of the Good Samaritan.
Children will explore this story through the use of a creative science
experiment. We begin as usual at 9:45 am in the library.

You don’t want to miss our first drive-in style movie on Sunday, November
23 from 6-8 pm. Weather permitting, we’ll brave the great outdoor parking
lot at FELC for a showing of the classic holiday favorite, “How the Grinch
Stole Christmas.” If poor weather, we’ll move into the parlor. Bring
outdoor chairs, blankets, and anything to keep you cozy and warm. Hot
drinks and movie style snacks will be for sale in our concession
stand–proceeds to benefit our youth fund.

Jimmy Wright: formations@felcaustin.org.

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Sunday Adult Class at 9:45

The Enneagram as a Tool for Your Spiritual Journey
Join Pastor Coffey for video and discussion on this fascinating look at the
enneagram.