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 – February 2

COMPANION CAFE: Breaking Bread, Making Friends
Serving begins at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

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Menu for February 3
Thai Chicken with Coconut Curry
Jasmine Rice
Chopped Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Suggested donation of $5 ($3 for children).

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UPDATE ON CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 2016: Building on the Foundation

As of January 31, we have received gifts and pledges totaling $158,000. We are grateful for all who have responded with such generous support.

We still need more pledges to come in. Our goal is $218,500 for capital improvements, and another $20,000 as our “stretch giving” goal for benevolence projects. If you’ve been thinking about pledging but haven’t gotten around to it yet, please do so soon. We need your pledges in order to move forward with financing and project planning.

You can find all the information about the 2016 Capital Campaign and pledge forms at http://www.felcaustin.org/campaign

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CHILDREN’s FORMATION: February 7
Fruit of the Spirit

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Spark Rotation continues with The Fruit of the Spirit. This comes from Paul’s letter to the Galatians (5: 16-26). We’ll reflect on the story with a special Art Workshop. We’ll use face paint on our bodies (arms, legs, faces) to create symbols that make us unique. What symbols could you create to reflect your gifts and passions? What Christian symbols have special meaning to you?

Prayer—We’vebeen learning and practicing different forms of prayer. We’ve prayed with candles and water. We’re using our minds to think of someone we want to pray for. We think about why we want to pray for them. We visualize our prayer moving downward from our head and into our heart. On Sunday we’ll begin to learn how to pray with movement. By using our bodies, we can begin to focus a little more intently in prayer and keep distracting thoughts at bay.

Godly Play presents The Parable of the Mustard Seed

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This week’s presentation comes from all three synoptic gospels (Mathew, Mark, and Luke) and the Gospel of Thomas. The mustard of the eastern world grew and spread quickly. Farmers didn’t like it because it could take over a field and ruin its useful production of grain. It’s a shrub and not a tree. These historical matters aren’t interesting for children, but they are mentioned to invite the reader to discover more about this parable as an adult.

I Wonder…
* Where the seed was when it stopped growing?
* What the tree could really be?
* Where this whole place could really be?

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Adult Forum:
“The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself”
Sunday, February 7, at 9:45 am

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Much of what passes for information about Islam is weed-like disinformation
rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah, seventeen
Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what
Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about
building relationships across the lines of faith. Pastor Coffey leads this
forum which includes video presentations and conversation.

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FELC WELCOMES VISITORS THIS SUNDAY

SCOUT SUNDAY
This Sunday we welcome youth, parents, and leaders from our Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop in worship.

UT LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRY VISITING FELC
This Sunday, students from the University of Texas Lutheran Campus ministry will be worshiping at FELC. Come welcome them, and hear about the new campus pastor just called to serve there.

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FASTNACHT TALENT SHOW AND PANCAKE SUPPER
Tuesday February 9 at 6 pm
FELC Fellowship Hall

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What is a “Fastnacht?” It’s a German word meaning “fast night.” It’s a Shrove Tuesday celebration when you eat up lots of rich foods before beginning Lenten fasting disciplines. Traditionally, it’s a day to eat things like pancakes and donuts. It’s the same day as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).

That begs the question… What’s “Shrove Tuesday?” The word “shrive” means to be absolved. In some Lenten observances, there is no absolution for sins given from Ash Wednesday until Maundy Thursday, so Tuesday is your last chance for receiving the absolution.

At FELC we have a long tradition of having a pancake supper followed by a talent show. We invite anyone who wants to do something funny, silly, talented, or just plain embarrassing to share it with the community.

The pancake supper begins at 6 pm and goes until 7 pm, when the talent show starts. This year, we invite you to bring a favorite or unusual pancake topping to share – we’ll have plenty of syrup on hand, too. Come on out and enjoy this fun community event and bring a friend or neighbor with you.

NOTE: Pastor Coffey is looking for volunteers to help with cooking the pancake supper (including shopping), and setup and cleanup.

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YOUTH FORUM IN FEBRUARY
Save the date—February 21st.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” —Rumi

We want answers don’t we? We want to know why. Why do we have to suffer?
Why do bad things happen to good people? We just want someone to make sense
of it all. But we don’t always get the answers, do we? Sometimes we are left wondering. And those can be some of the most difficult times. Maybe there are times we need to be released from having to have all the answers. And maybe it’s when we’re released that we are able see there may be more going on here than we realize.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MICAH 6 STREET YOUTH DROP-IN CENTER MEALS

micah6logo300The Micah 6 Street Youth Drop-In Center
recently celebrated its 5th anniversary!

Together with our partner churches, we have served 6,343 meals! Many of the youth have gone on to lead happy and productive lives, touched by God’s love through our nutritious food and friendly smiles. You can be a part of
this rewarding ministry by preparing a main dish, salad, side vegetable, bread, or dessert or volunteering to serve the meal. The food need not be home-cooked; store-bought and frozen foods are welcome.

Meals are served on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 pm. Our first 2016 date will be February 28. We will also serve on April 3, June 10, August 14, October 2, and December 4. Please contact Jackie Chuter at jackiechuter@yahoo.com or (512) 657-3584, (512) 657-3584 if you can cook and/or serve on February 28 or any other date. Thank you for supporting youth in their time of need!

Weekly Update – January 20

COMPANION CAFE: Breaking Bread, Making Friends
Companion Café Menu for January 20
Serving begins at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

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MENU:

Sweet and Tangy Glazed Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans with Roasted Red Pepper
Caesar Salad

 

Suggested donation of $5 ($3 for children).

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UPDATE ON CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 2016: Building on the Foundation

As of January 19, we have received gifts and pledges from a total of 28 households. We have upfront gifts totaling $73,250, and five year pledges of $48,800. That’s a total of $122,050. We are grateful for all who have responded with such generous support.

We still need more pledges to come in. Our goal is $218,500 for capital improvements, and another $20,000 as our “stretch giving” goal for benevolence projects. If you’ve been thinking about pledging but haven’t gotten around to it yet, please do so soon. We need your pledges in order to move forward with financing and project planning.

You can find all the information about the 2016 Capital Campaign and pledge forms at http://www.felcaustin.org/campaign

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NOTE ABOUT TRAVEL TO FELC THIS SUNDAY

The 3M Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 24, starting at 7 am.

Check this site for road closures that will affect your journey.
Road closures:
http://www.3mhalfmarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/RoadClosures.pdf

Map:
http://www.3mhalfmarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/3M_map_v2.pdf

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CHILDREN’s FORMATION: January 24, 2016

Sunday marks our final day centered on the story of Abraham and Sarah and
we’ll end it with Legos! Using our new curriculum, Building Faith Brick by
Brick, a great foundation will be laid for building our knowledge on
Genesis 18: 1-15. This story is found before the destruction of Sodom and
Gomorrah; after family struggles between Sarai and Hagar. We believe Moses
and perhaps three or more people helped to write the book called Genesis.
Our main characters in this story are Abram, Sarai, angelic visitors, and
God. This all took place near the trees of Mamre. Abraham’s life was spent
in what is modern day Israel, Jordan, and Iraq.

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Did you know?
* Abraham is from the Family of Shem, one of Noah’s sons.
* God gave Abraham a name change that meant “Father of Many Nations”.
* Abraham lived to be 175 years old.

 

Godly Play presents The Great Family.

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The people living around Abraham and Sarah believed there were many gods embedded in nature. This meant that gods had to be “here” or “there.”

Abraham and his family believed that God was everywhere, but was that really true? What if they were to go into an unknown place or experience, would God be there? They were not sure of this, but they put their faith in God’s promises and found them to be true.

I Wonder…
* what part of the story is the most important?
* what part of the story is about you?
* if there is any part of the story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?

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ADULT FORUM:
“The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself”
Sundays at 9:45 am, through February 7

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Much of what passes for information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah, seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.

Pastor Coffey will lead this forum which includes video presentations and
conversation. We plan to have one or more Muslim guest speakers join us.

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MEN AND GRIEF EVENT
Sunday, January 31, 4 to 7 pm

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Grief is a normal and necessary part of life. It is how we respond to
losses of many kinds. Yet, many men find it difficult to name and process
their own grief. Too often it gets buried, and frequently gets expressed as
anger, frustration, and depression. Finding a way through grief is often
the beginning of healing and rediscovering life after loss.

Pastor Coffey will lead men through this event with presentation,
conversation, and prayer ritual. Registration is required and can be done
online at www.felcaustin.org/menandgrief. There is a $10 fee (for those
who can’t afford it, reduced or no fee is possible). Participants will be
asked to do some personal work before the event. Info will be emailed after
registration. Please register by January 24.

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FELC 2016 ANNUAL MEETING and POTLUCK
Sunday, January 31 at 12:15 pm
In the Fellowship Hall

The FELC 2016 Annual Meeting will be Sunday, January 31 beginning with a potluck at 12:15. The annual report will be distributed then.

You can see the pre-report, including council nominees, synod assembly voting member nominees, and the proposed budget, here: http://www.felcaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/2016-Annual-Meeting-pre-report.pdf. Printed copies will be available at the church this Sunday.

Weekly Update – January 12

COMPANION CAFE: Breaking Bread, Making Friends

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Companion Café Menu for January 13
Serving begins at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Cole Slaw
Oven Roasted Potatoes with Garlic

Suggested donation of $5 ($3 for children).

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Capital Campaign 2016: Building on the Foundation

Materials for the capital campaign are available in the Narthex or church
office. We need to receive upfront gifts and monthly pledges by January 15,
2016 in order to move forward with financing options. All information about
the proposed projects and giving to the campaign can be found at www.felcaustin.org/campaign

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CHILDREN’s FORMATION: January 17, 2016
Prayer

CROSS
When I was a child, the church seemed to be good at explaining what I should or shouldn’t do, but never really showed me how. I never got the instruction manual. Take prayer for example: What is prayer? What should I pray for? How should I pray? I remember a priest saying I should pray for everything—even if it’s sinful—pray it. I never understood what that meant and I wasn’t brave enough to ask.

I don’t want our children to experience church this way. I want the church to be a place that encourages questions and helps us wrestle with our beliefs and doubts. A place that is brave enough to say, “I don’t know” rather than attempt to provide a “correct” answer. I’ve begun introducing the kids to different ways of praying. This past week they learned to light a candle, place it in the sand, and say a short prayer. This involves the senses of touch, sight, and smell. We think about what we want to pray and then move that thought downward into our heart. Into our prayer.

I’ll be doing my own share of prayer this week. I’m off to a monastery in Boston for a time of intense prayer, worship, work, and spiritual direction. I’ll miss seeing you and the kids on Sunday.
Mr. Jimmy

 

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Spark Rotation presents week two of Abraham and Sarah. A very hearty thank you to Anne Wiebe and Joe Cain for leading this week!

 

 

JOURNEY

 

Godly Play takes the week off and returns on January 24th with the presentation of Abram and Sarai.

 

 

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Adult Forum:
“The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself”
Sundays at 9:45 am, through February 7

fatwah

Much of what passes for information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah, seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.

Pastor Coffey will lead this forum which includes video presentations and conversation. We plan to have one or more Muslim guest speakers join us.

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Confronting Racism Webcast

Eaton & Horne

 

 

 

 

As a follow-up to last summer’s webcast, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth
Eaton leads a second event. Pastor Coffey will share the webcast live in
the parlor, and invite conversation afterwards.

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Church Office and CDC closed
Monday January 18
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr National Day of Service

NOTE: FELC Church Council meets, Monday January 18, 7 pm in the parlor.

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mgriefMen and Grief Event
Sunday, January 31, 4 to 7 pm

Grief is a normal and necessary part of life. It is how we respond to losses of many kinds. Yet, many men find it difficult to name and process their own grief. Too often it gets buried, and frequently gets expressed as anger, frustration, and depression. Finding a way through grief is often the beginning of healing and rediscovering life after loss.

Pastor Coffey will lead men through this event with presentation,
conversation, and prayer ritual. Registration is required and can be done
online at www.felcaustin.org/menandgrief. There is a $10 fee (for those who
can’t afford it, reduced or no fee is possible). Participants will be asked
to do some personal work before the event. Info will be emailed after
registration. Please register by January 24.

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FELC ANNUAL MEETING and POTLUCK
Sunday, January 31 at 12:15 pm
In the Fellowship Hall

Join us for the annual meeting of First English Lutheran Church. We’ll
start with a potluck, then have our business meeting. The meeting will
include election of council members, voting members to synod assembly, and
adoption of a budget for 2016. We will also have brief presentation and
welcome feedback on issues related to the new open-carry gun laws in Texas
and policy options for churches.

Weekly Update – January 6

Join us for worship
Sunday January 10

Join us for worship on Sunday, January 10 at either service: 8:30 or 11:00 am with Christian formation for all ages at 9:45.

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Capital Campaign 2016: Building on the Foundation

Materials for the capital campaign are available in the Narthex or church office. We need to receive upfront gifts and monthly pledges by January 15, 2016 in order to move forward with financing options. All information about the proposed projects and giving to the campaign can be found at www.felcaustin.org/campaign

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CHILDREN’s FORMATION 2016

Welcome home everyone. As our lives return to daily routine, we are going to hit the ground running hard on Sunday mornings. Baptism of our Lord and Epiphany are upon us! Our liturgical color changes to green and this will be reflected in both Spark Rotation and Godly Play.

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Baptism of our Lord. And we have several children receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism! Welcome Lillian Jones, Hannah Jones, and Matt Rossnagel, Jr to the household of God.

 

 

 

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Spark Rotation begins a short cycle centered on the story of Abraham and Sarah. This week, Anne Wiebe will lead our younger children and Joe Cain will lead our older children in a special Art Workshop called “Step 1, 2, 3.”

 

 

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Godly Play will have a core presentation on Epiphany. Epiphany is a Greek word that means “showing forth.” It was originally concerned with the commemoration of the Baptism of Christ and later became associated with the Magi, and emphasis of the Latin Church of the West. Today it is often thought of as the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.

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Adult Forum:
“The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself”
Sundays at 9:45 am, January 10 – February 7

fatwah

 

 

 

 

 

Much of what passes for information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah, seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.

Pastor Coffey will lead this forum which includes video presentations and conversation. We plan to have one or more Muslim guest speakers join us.

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COMPANION CAFE: Breaking Bread, Making Friends
Companion Café will start up on January 13.

cafe

Each week we offer a chef-prepared meal including a main course, vegetable, starch, and salad, all for a suggested donation of $5 ($3 for children). It’s a great way to meet members, welcome visitors, and invite newcomers.

 

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Confronting Racism

Eaton & Horne

 

 

 

 

 

As a follow-up to last summer’s webcast, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton leads a second event. Pastor Coffey will share the webcast live in the parlor, and invite conversation afterwards.

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Men and Grief Event
Sunday, January 31, 4 to 7 pm

mgriefGrief is a normal and necessary part of life. It is how we respond to losses of many kinds. Yet, many men find it difficult to name and process their own grief. Too often it gets buried, and frequently gets expressed as anger, frustration, and depression. Finding a way through grief is often the beginning of healing and rediscovering life after loss.

Pastor Coffey will lead men through this event with presentation,
conversation, and prayer ritual. Registration is required and can be done online at www.felcaustin.org/menandgrief. There is a $10 fee (for those who can’t afford it, reduced or no fee is possible). Participants will be asked to do some personal work before the event. Info will be emailed after registration. Please register by January 24.

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FELC ANNUAL MEETING and POTLUCK
Sunday, January 31 at 12:15 pm
In the Fellowship Hall

Join us for the annual meeting of First English Lutheran Church. We’ll
start with a potluck, then have our business meeting. The meeting will
include election of council members, voting members to synod assembly, and
adoption of a budget for 2016. We will also have brief presentation and
welcome feedback on issues related to the new open-carry gun laws in Texas
and policy options for churches.