First English Lutheran Church

3001 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX, 78705

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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 21

Annual Chicken BBQ
Sunday, April 26, 5 to 8 PM

FELC Chicken BBQ promo







Great food! Live music!

Fun and fellowship! Since 1964!
Invite friends and neighbors.



Our youth will be selling shares of stock during the fellowship time after the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, April 26. Each share of stock is $20 and goes to help offset the costs of attending the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer in Detroit. There will be a special shareholder dinner and presentation upon our return from the Motor City.

Many, many thanks to our FELC family for your support!



The event is Collegium Musicum’s free Spring 2015 concert, “Self
Reflections”. This concert will be a marriage between two artistic worlds: an innovative opera and an impassioned choral performance.

The opera is a modern story of a trans male named Gabriel. Born deaf, and therefore having never heard his gender spoken by others, must go through a societal and identity struggle when he gains his hearing.

Admission is FREE

Weekly Update – April 14

Wednesday, April 15
Serving 6-7 pm

This is the last cafe of the spring. To celebrate a great year of food and
companionship, our menu will be expanded, including an appetizer and a
glass of wine.

The cost for this meal will be $7.00.

Here’s the menu:

Creamy Brandied Mushrooms on Crostini
Marinated Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Green Beans with Lemon
Oven Roasted Red Potatoes with Garlic
Caesar Salad


Micah 6 Churches United in Worship
Sunday, April 19

This Sunday, all of the Micah 6 churches will be united in worship by using
a shared litany, prayer, Scripture, song, and volunteer recognition. We
will pray for one another and give thanks for the ministry we share in
helping those in need. Join us in worship, whether you are a volunteer or a
supporter of Micah 6.


WORKDAY #2 at Marjorie’s Home
2501 Bryan Street – 78701
Saturday, April 18 at 9:00 am

(Please park on Northwestern Avenue and walk west on Bryan Street.)
For more, email FRED WOODY:



Happy second week of Easter! Mr. Jimmy is far away this week exploring the
holy sites in Turkey. The trip is called, The Journeys of Paul.

Spark Rotation continues this coming Sunday, April 19th with week #2 of The
Wedding at Canna. This week we’ll experience the story through rhythm and
music. Mr. Joe will lead the upper elementary kids and Ms. Jackie will lead
the younger ones.

During the children’s gathering time of the 11 a.m. service, Dawn Wetzel
will provide us with a very special children’s sermon.

First Communion classes will begin on April 26th after the 11am service.
This is open to any children expressing an interest in this holy sacrament.
It’s really not an age or grade thing so much as it’s a curiosity or
expressed interest from your child.

How do you know if your child is ready? Step one—have they been baptized?
Step two—talk with them about it. My opinion is if they have asked, spoken
about it, or held out their hands to receive the bread, then it’s time.

Please register by contacting Mr. Jimmy



Youth Forum continues this Sunday, April 19th at 9:45am. This week, Dawn
Wetzel will lead us into the many types of culture found in Detroit. This
lesson will help prepare us for our trip to Motown in July!

Also, don’t let the value of our stock decline. Keep getting folks signed
up after the 11 a.m. service!


Church Dinner Party at the Coffeys
This Sunday, April 19

There is still room for 4 more at the April church dinner party. Please
contact Pastor Coffey ( by Wednesday afternoon if you
would like to reserve a spot.


Annual Chicken BBQ
Sunday, April 26, 5 to 8 PM

Great food!
Live music!

Fun and fellowship! Since 1964!
Invite friends and neighbors.


Weekly Update – April 7


Join us next Wednesday, April 15, for the last Companion Cafe of the spring
session, serving from 6-7 pm in the Fellowship Hall.



Happy first week of Easter! We have 50 days during this season of the
church year. Spark Rotation resumes this coming Sunday; with two weeks
focused on Jesus first miracle—turning water into wine—and celebrating
God’s great joy with The Wedding at Cana.

Godly Play returns during the children’s gathering time of the 11am
service. This week we’ll explore the many different types of crosses and
get a chance to create our own.

First Communion classes will begin on April 26th after the 11am service.
This is open to any children expressing an interest in this holy sacrament.
It’s really not an age or grade thing so much as it’s a curiosity or
expressed interest from your child.

How do you know if your child is ready? Step one—have they been baptized?
Step two—talk with them about it. My opinion is if they have asked, spoken about it,
or held out their hands to receive the bread, then it’s time.

Please register by contacting Mr. Jimmy



Many thanks to everyone that helped and participated in our Easter
breakfast fundraiser. We collected $430 which goes a long way in getting us
to the Motor City! On April 12th we’ll continue selling stock shares.
Anyone purchasing a share of stock will be invited to attend a shareholders
dinner and presentation upon our return.

Youth Forum returns this Sunday, April 12th at 9:45am. Over the next two
weeks, we’ll begin to explore the history and culture of Detroit, MI. This
will help prepare us for our trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in July.


Sunday, April 12

Hello friends! We will be serving a meal at the Micah 6 Street Youth
Drop-in Center after church! Please RSVP here on Facebook if you can cook
and comment if you want to be on the serving team at Micah 6! We are going
to need a good crowd for this one to help cook and 2-4 people to volunteer
to go over there after and serve! Serving volunteers will return to church
by 6:00pm.


Here are the details (from Micah 6 coordinator):

The Street Youth Drop-in Center is located at University Baptist Church at
2130 Guadalupe Street. You enter through the San Antonio Street side by
the circle drive and walk down the stairs to the basement. The meal is
served at 4:30 PM. It helps to do the majority of the cooking in advance at
home or at church. Usually, volunteer chefs arrive around 3:30 PM to reheat
items, chop veggies for salad, etc. Clean-up begins around 5:00, and you’re
done by 5:30 PM. Sue Moss, the volunteer kitchen coordinator, is usually
there to guide you, and if she’s out of town, she will have an able
substitute. It helps to have 2-4 people to serve, but the kitchen gets
crowded with more than that.

Weekly Update – March 31


The high point of the church year is the celebration of the death and
resurrection of Christ. The liturgies and rituals of Holy Week and Easter
are meant to be a source of renewal and inspiration. Plan on attending as
many of them as you can and participate in the church’s deep, profound
celebration of the paschal mystery.

April 2: Maundy Thursday
Noon: Table Communion with Lunch

7:30 pm: Confession and Absolution, Foot Washing, Communion
We end the Lenten disciplines and focus on the story of Jesus’ self-giving
love. Maundy Thursday is a beautiful and profound liturgy that invites us
to share in Jesus’ humility and observe his commandment to love one another
as he loved us, expressed in the foot washing ritual.

April 3: Good Friday
Noon to 6:00 pm: Silent Meditation on the Cross
The sanctuary will be open all afternoon for your silent meditation on the
mystery of the cross. Materials are provided for guided prayer. Stations of
the Cross will be placed in the sanctuary. Music meditations will be
provided on the hour.

7:30 pm: Good Friday Liturgy
This most solemn liturgy gathers us together before the cross to hear the
good news that Christ dies for us and the whole world.

April 4: Easter Vigil
9:00 pm with champagne reception after
The greatest and grandest liturgy of the church’s tradition, the Easter
Vigil is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ that renews our lives.
The Vigil is the entire church’s time to be renewed in baptism, and the
traditional high point for celebrating baptisms in the church. This year we
celebrate with two adults their affirmation of faith.

April 5: The Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Sunday

8:30 and 11:00: Festival Eucharist
9:00 to 10:45: Easter Breakfast (High School youth fundraiser)
10:00: Easter Egg Hunt


Easter Floral Contribution Form

hydrangeasBeautiful hydrangea plants will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter morning. If you would like to contribute to the cost of the floral display, please complete this online form. Each plant costs $20.00 each. Plants are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


You may use this link to place an order:

We have several plants available for your donations. If you would like to have your honorarium listed in Sunday’s bulletin, please respond NO LATER
THAN Thursday, April 2.

Thank you for your support.



Pastor Coffey is looking for volunteers to help with several important jobs
this week. Please email him ASAP ( if you can help:

1. Help with lunch for the Maundy Thursday noon service
2. Get Easter flowers ready to display (Friday or Saturday)
3. Prepare the cross for flowers: wrap the cross with crepe paper and elastic (can be done either Friday night after worship or Saturday)
4. Set up and light the fire for the Easter Vigil
5. Help with champagne reception after Easter Vigil
6. Bring extra cut flowers for the cross (Easter morning)



We are in need of candy (not chocolate—it melts) filled Easter Eggs for the
children’s Easter Egg Hunt. If you could please bring a dozen and leave
them in the box marked “FELC Easter Eggs” in the parlor that would be
great! You can drop them off anytime between now and Easter morning at 9 am.
Please contact Jimmy Wright if you can bring them, that way he’ll know how
many to expect. Thanks!

Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981 or



Our youth continue with their fundraising efforts to attend the ELCA Youth
Gathering next summer. Free will offerings taken during the Easter brunch
will go to support our trip to Detroit. We begin serving at 9 am on Easter Sunday.

If you have signed up to bring grocery items for the youth, please plan on
having them to the church no later than 10 am on Holy Saturday, April 4th.
Please leave items in the kitchen marked “FELC Easter Brunch”.

Many, many thanks to our FELC family for your support!



Holy Week is upon us. On typical weeks, we are called to go in peace to
love and serve the lord outside the walls of the church. Holy Week is
different. It is a week that we are called to be inside the church in
prayer, and experiencing the last hours of Jesus’ life.

Especially important is the Paschal Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good
Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Although each day brings a
different liturgical feel, these days should more appropriately be seen as
one ongoing liturgy. Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday
is considered the most sacred part of the most sacred part of the Church’s
liturgical calendar.

We don’t get to the resurrection without going through the pain, confusion,
doubt and sadness that Jesus felt. Please don’t shy away from any of these
days trying to protect your children from these events. It is the core of
our faith. If you can’t be at First English, then please find a church
close to you to attend.

Mr. Jimmy

April 5th Easter Sunday
9 am is our Easter brunch with a traditional Easter egg hunt beginning at 10 am.
Be sure the kids bring their Easter baskets!
There will be no Spark Rotation offered on Easter Sunday.

If parents could please bring a dozen candy filled Easter Eggs that would
be great! No chocolate please as it melts. You can drop off the eggs
anytime between now and Easter morning. I’ll have a box set-up in the
parlor marked “FELC Easter Eggs” and you can leave them there.



April 4th Holy Saturday
Plan to meet at FELC at 2:30pm to set-up, prepare and cook for the Easter
brunch. Renee Carlson will be with us to help. It should take us about 2-hours.

April 5th Easter Sunday
We begin serving breakfast at 9am. As in the past, we’ll clean as we go so
we can wrap everything up before the 11am service and head off with our
families to enjoy the rest of Easter!

Please let Jimmy Wright know your availability. And if you have any questions, call his cell phone: (440) 985-8981.


Sunday, April 12
Youth Drop In Center

The LIFErs are planning on serving a meal at the Micah 6 street youth drop in center on Sunday April 12. LIFErs will cook after church on April 12 and arrive at Micah 6 by 4:30 pm to serve the meal and return to church by 6:00 pm.

The Street Youth Drop-in Center is located at University Baptist Church at 2130 Guadalupe Street.