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 – 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.

Weekly Update – November 4

GROW GREEN DAY
Saturday, November 8, 9–11 am

Our monthly Grow Green Days have shown success over the last year and we
continue to put in quality time and effort on eco-friendly landscaping
projects around the FELC grounds. Grow Green Days happen the 2nd Saturday
of the month from 9–11 am. Current projects include:

1) constructing and maintaining our community garden,
2) spreading mulch (which helps conserve moisture),
3) removing invasive species, and
4) planting native species (which need less water).

These projects help both our human and nonhuman neighbors. Please join us
Saturday, November 8, 9–11 am, for our next Grow Green Day! Contact Travis
Gould with any questions: tegould85@gmail.com or 830-328-3068.

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CHILDREN and FAMILY NEWS

We’re excited to announce our first publication of Parenting Christian
Kids. This monthly newsletter is filled with Christ-centered information,
practices, and ideas for the whole family. It will also highlight important
event dates for the month. Let me know what you think and if you have any
ideas or thoughts to share with our FELC family. Jimmy Wright:
formations@felcaustin.org.

Many thanks to everyone that helped lead our Spark Rotation workshops
during October: Joe Cain, Jackie Chuter, Allen Jensen, Teresa Tice-Boggs,
and Ruth Gray.

And a special thanks to those that helped make our first All About Saints
event a huge success: Nikki Northcutt (St. Mary Magdalene), Erin Anderson
(St. Catherine), Fred Woody (St. Nicholas), J.P. Northcutt (St. Francis),
Renee Carlson, and Kristin Mondy. We couldn’t have done it without you.

November 9 Spark Rotation resumes with the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Betsy Appleton and Joe Cain will lead our children through the use of a
dynamic workshop of Bible Games and Skills. This workshop is ideal for
Kinesthetic learners with hands-on learning and physical activity. We begin
at 9:45 am in the library.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

November 9 #igniteyouthforum resumes this week with Travis Gould leading a
conversation on discernment and the importance of raising meaningful
questions and reflecting theologically on one’s life. 9:45 am on the stage.

November 12 6-8 pm. Bedtime Story Brigade. We’ll share milk and cookies,
stories and crafts with homeless children staying at the Salvation Army.
You need to RSVP for this by November 11 with Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981.

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COMPANION CAFE REOPENING NOVEMBER 12

The kitchen work is done! We have a fantastic new range and vent hood, and
we’re ready to cook. Companion Café will reopen on November 12, with great,
tasty menus of chef-prepared meals cooked right in our kitchen. For a
suggested donation of $4 per plate, you can get a great meal and enjoy
visiting with others. The Café serves from 6 to 7 pm, and carry out is
available. For the remainder of 2014 the Café will be open on November 12
and 19, and December 3, 10, and 17. Then it will reopen January 8.

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UPDATE ON WORKDAY AT MARJORIE’S HOUSE

We still need about $1200 to complete this re-hab project.

More than 20 volunteers worked at Marjorie’s home on November 1. Completed
her kitchen, living room, and one bedroom. We are considering a second
workday in mid-January to complete the other two rooms.

We learned Saturday that we had short-changed Marjorie one year of age . .
. her 86th birthday will be this November 26. We will be collecting
birthday cards on Sunday, November 23. Please consider writing a Happy
Birthday note for Marjorie.

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ADVENT CONTEMPLATIVE EVENING PRAYER
Wednesdays at 6:45 pm
November 12 &19; December 3,10 &17

We’ll gather Wednesday evenings for a time of singing, candle lighting,
prayer, quiet reflection, and readings from Scripture. Make the most of
this wonderful time of year by surrounding yourself with beautiful worship,
community, and words of hope and peace.

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WHOLE LIFE STEWARDSHIP

Thanks to everyone who responded to our Stewardship Commitment Sunday with
financial commitments and time and abilities forms. If you haven’t done
that yet – please do! It’s not too late.

Both forms are available at the church, and online at these links:
Stewardship of Finances form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardship-of-finances-form
Stewardship of Time and Abilities form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardshipoftime

Weekly Update – October 28

Drumming with Rajamani
Event canceled for tonight, Tuesday, October 28

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

Wednesday, October 29 6-8 pm Museum of the Weird with the youth group from
St. David’s. RSVP with Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981.

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WORKDAY at Marjorie’s House
Saturday, November 1

Saturday, November 1 is the day we will carefully move Marjorie’s possessions out so we may clean, paint, and add new flooring in her 750 sq. ft. home. We will need lifters, carriers, scrubbers, painters, carpet layers, and more! Volunteers will need to bring their own tools, paint brushes, paint rollers, paint pans, rubber gloves & scrub brushes. For details, contact Fred at: (512) 453-8566

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ALL SAINTS SUNDAY: November 2

Next Sunday, November 2, we will observe All Saints Sunday, a time to remember and give thanks for saints near and far, famous and familiar only to us, those who died long ago and those we have lost recently. As part of the observance we will read the names of those from FELC who have died during the past year.

We invite members to bring pictures and mementos to place on our sacred space of remembrance, add names to the sacred space of all loved ones we remember, and to write the names of those who have died in the past year in the Book of the Dead. This service can be a touching and helpful part of our ongoing grief and mourning, and a chance to remember with thanksgiving those whom God has blessed us to share life with.

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CHILDREN and FAMILY
Saints, Saints, and More Saints.

Sunday, November 2, is our All About Saints event. We’ll be visited by four historical saints, play saintly inspired games, and eat the treats of All Saints. It all begins at 9:45 am in the library.

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GROW GREEN DAY
Saturday, November 8, 9–11 am

Our monthly Grow Green Days have shown success over the last year and we continue to put in quality time and effort on eco-friendly landscaping projects around the FELC grounds. Grow Green Days happen the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9–11 am. Current projects include:

1) constructing and maintaining our community garden,
2) spreading mulch (which helps conserve moisture),
3) removing invasive species, and
4) planting native species (which need less water).

These projects help both our human and nonhuman neighbors. Please join us Saturday, November 8, 9–11 am, for our next Grow Green Day! Contact Travis Gould with any questions: tegould85@gmail.com or 830-328-3068.

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CDC BOOK FAIR ON NOW

First English Lutheran CDC is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair weekdays from October 20-30. Please feel free to drop by the Fellowship Hall any weekday afternoon from 3:30-5:30. Or check out our online Book Fair:
http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/firstenglishlutherancdc.

Either way, you can find great Christmas gifts for kids of all ages, while supporting our school. Scholastic gives FELCDC a portion of the profits to spend on books and classroom supplies.

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WHOLE LIFE STEWARDSHIP

Thanks to everyone who responded to our Stewardship Commitment Sunday with financial commitments and time and abilities forms. If you haven’t done that yet – please do! It’s not too late.

Both forms are available at the church, and online at these links:
Stewardship of Finances form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardship-of-finances-form
Stewardship of Time and Abilities form:
http://www.felcaustin.org/forms/stewardshipoftime