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 – July 22

CREATION SUNDAY: JULY 27

On Sunday, July 27 First English will celebrate God’s gift of creation at the 9:45 am worship service. All worshipers are invited to bring symbols and signs of creation from your home or neighborhood: Rocks, dirt, flowers, grasses, sea shells, branches, water, vegetables, fruits or anything that is a sign of creation. You could also bring photographs of creation from your area or from a trip. All items can be blessed and offered at a Creation Station during the worship service.

During the service we will also welcome back Pastor Coffey from his 12-week sabbatical. Please join us after the service for a time of fellowship when he will be happy to share a little of what he has been up to during his absence.

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YOUTH EVENT!
July 31  Trip to Schlitterbahn

Incoming 5–12 graders welcome. Bring a friend and make new friends with youth from other churches in Austin. Contact Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981 or formation@felcaustin.org

JIMMY NEEDS TO KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO COME
NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, JULY 29 !!!

Depart FELC at 8:45 am and return around 7 pm. Cost is $30.

Jimmy’s Intersections for Parents, Youth, Children
Look for this information anytime on the FELC web site.
Click the link at Children and Youth on the Home Page of the FELC Web site.

Jimmy’s Intersection for Youth
Jimmy’s Intersection for Children & Families

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SUMMER MUSIC

Our choir is on sabbatical through Labor Day weekend. However, that doesn’t mean musical offerings stop. Anyone—of any age—interested in offering music by singing or playing an instrument is encouraged to contact Bryan at music@felcaustin.org or (512) 704-2906. You can offer music individually or with a group.

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KNOW ANY GREAT READS?

The First English Book Club is asking for your suggestions for our 2014-2015 reading year! We need suggestions of good books so we can choose our reading list for the coming year. Interesting ideas, great writing, fiction or non-fiction, we love to read good books and WE NEED YOUR SUGGESTIONS, now through July 30.

Submit suggestions to Anne Wiebe at wiebeanne@hotmail.com (or bring to the FELC office) with the title/author for up to three books. Each book should be 450 pages or less, and available through the Austin Public Library. We especially request suggestions of shorter books, 200 pages or less, since we plan to alternate “quick-read” books with average-length books again on this year’s list.

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“Taking It to The Streets”
A Social Ministry Fair and Concert

What’s so important about gathering folks together for fellowship through education and music?

Michael McDonald, a songwriter from the 1970′s wrote “Taking it To the Streets”
In it, he expressed the frustration of those who had been long ignored, misused
and forgotten; that those on the outside did not realize the hell that had been
created, and therefore he was taking this to the streets.

When people gather for a cause, a purpose, music is more than likely involved.
Education doesn’t have to be in a classroom. Educating can be through connecting
people who are concerned about the same causes or fighting the same fight, so
that we collectively as people of faith can really raise the roof on what is
affecting our neighbors and others in our neighborhoods.

So come out on August 3 from 1-4 pm to learn, to be inspired, to fellowship with
others on the issues affecting those we serve! Light refreshments are needed;
please see our Vicar this Sunday after service for a sign-up sheet, or e-mail
her at vicar@felcaustin.org

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SUMMER BULLETIN ART PROJECT
For Families of Young Kids

Calling all artists – elementary age and below! This summer the art for the for the front cover of our worship bulletin continues to be created by young participants at First English. The art can even be printed in color. Each week has a theme and you can view the themes and sign up for a week by using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApLFXpstszKidG5n
NHl3MEUtT0pObDBKYTF5SXlYRXc&usp=drive_web#gid=0

Please contact Katherine Ortiz (katortiz@hotmail.com) or Jackie Chuter (jackiechuter@yahoo.com) or Vicar Kwame (vicar@felcaustin.org) with questions.

Thanks for your participation!

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FUNDRAISING AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY!

Thanks to Steve Jung sharing his witness about our ministry with John Stepan, owner of Cabo Bob’s Burritos, during the month of July Cabo Bob’s is giving anyone who says they are from First English Lutheran Church 50% of the money from sales toward the cost of replacing the kitchen oven at First English!

So, please, come out and support this local eatery as well as FELC!

Cabo Bob’s, 2828 Rio Grande St. is located near First English. Web site is http://cabobobs.com. They are not open on Sunday so that employees can enjoy Sabbath time. Support this endeavor and new partnership!

Weekly Update – July 15

YOUTH WEDNESDAY
July 16 at 5:30 pm

Service. Bedtime Brigade. Incoming 5–12 graders welcome. Bring a friend. Depart FELC 5:30 pm and return around 8 pm. Dinner provided. We’ll join others in reading stories, playing games and eating lot’s of cookies with the families staying at the United Way shelter in downtown Austin.

Contact Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981 or [1]formation@felcaustin.org

PARENTS! CHILDREN! YOUTH!
Look for more news from me in the weekly e-mail at the menu link “Jimmy’s Intersection”
OR go to the Children and Youth Page on the FELC Web site.

Jimmy’s Intersection for Youth
Jimmy’s Intersection for Children & Families

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CONTINUING STUDY ON NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION
(the NVC Group)
Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30 pm in the Parlor

For those interested in continuing to explore non-violent communication (NVC),
Travis Gould is facilitating discussions and all are welcome to join and explore
how language can serve as a means to compassion and reconciliation. If you are
interested in this discussion, please RSVP to Travis Gould by Noon on Wednesday
at: tegould85@gmail.com or call (830) 328-3068.

________________________________________

“Taking It to The Streets”
A Social Ministry Fair and Concert

What’s so important about gathering folks together for fellowship through
education and music?

Michael McDonald, a songwriter from the 1970′s wrote “Taking it To the Streets”
In it, he expressed the frustration of those who had been long ignored, misused
and forgotten; that those on the outside did not realize the hell that had been
created, and therefore he was taking this to the streets.

When people gather for a cause, a purpose, music is more than likely involved.
Education doesn’t have to be in a classroom. Educating can be through connecting
people who are concerned about the same causes or fighting the same fight, so
that we collectively as people of faith can really raise the roof on what is
affecting our neighbors and others in our neighborhoods.

So come out on August 3 from 1-4 pm to learn, to be inspired, to fellowship with
others on the issues affecting those we serve! Light refreshments are needed;
please see our Vicar this Sunday after service for a sign-up sheet, or e-mail
her at vicar@felcaustin.org

________________________________________

SUMMER MUSIC

Our choir is on sabbatical through Labor Day weekend. However, that doesn’t mean musical offerings stop. Anyone—of any age—interested in offering music by singing or playing an instrument is encouraged to contact Bryan at music@felcaustin.org or
(512) 704-2906. You can offer music individually or with a group.

________________________________________

SUMMER BULLETIN ART PROJECT
For Families of Young Kids

Calling all artists – elementary age and below! This summer the art for the for
the front cover of our worship bulletin continues to be created by young
participants at First English. The art can even be printed in color. Each week
has a theme and you can view the themes and sign up for a week by using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApLFXpstszKidG5n
NHl3MEUtT0pObDBKYTF5SXlYRXc&usp=drive_web#gid=0

Please contact Katherine Ortiz (katortiz@hotmail.com) or Jackie Chuter (jackiechuter@yahoo.com) or Vicar Kwame (vicar@felcaustin.org) with questions.

Thanks for your participation!

________________________________________

FUNDRAISING AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY!

Thanks to Steve Jung sharing his witness about our ministry with John Stepan,
owner of Cabo Bob’s Burritos, during the month of July Cabo Bob’s is giving
anyone who says they are from First English Lutheran Church 50% of the money
from sales toward the cost of replacing the kitchen oven at First English!

So, please, come out and support this local eatery as well as FELC!

Cabo Bob’s, 2828 Rio Grande St. is located near First English. Web site is http://cabobobs.com. They are not open on Sunday so that employees can enjoy Sabbath time. Support this endeavor and new partnership!

________________________________________

KNOW ANY GREAT READS?

The First English Book Club is asking for your suggestions for our 2014-2015 reading year! We need suggestions of good books so we can choose our reading list for the coming year. Interesting ideas, great writing, fiction or non-fiction, we love to read good books and WE NEED YOUR SUGGESTIONS, now through July 30.

Submit suggestions to Anne Wiebe at wiebeanne@hotmail.com (or bring to the FELC office) with the title/author for up to three books. Each book should be 450 pages or less, and available through the Austin Public Library. We especially request suggestions of shorter books, 200 pages or less, since we plan to alternate “quick-read” books with average-length books again on this year’s list.

Weekly Update – July 8

YOUTH GROUP MOVIE NIGHT
Wednesday, July 9

Calling all youth grades 6-12. We have been invited to join the youth of St. David’s Episcopal Church for movie night. We’ll choose between Lego Movie, the Princess Bride, Cool Running’s, or something along those lines, eat lots of popcorn and other movie theater candy favorites. Invite your friends and make new ones!

We will leave First English at 5:15 pm and have dinner at St. David’s, followed by the movie. Return to FELC around 9 pm.

Please contact me (Jimmy) ASAP and let me know you’re coming. I need to make sure we have enough transportation to get us there and back. E-mail to:formation@felcaustin.org or text me at (440) 985-8981.

PARENTS! CHILDREN! YOUTH!
Look for more news from me in the weekly e-mail at the upcoming menu link “Jimmy’s Intersection” OR go to the Children and Youth Page on the FELC Web site.

Jimmy’s Intersection for Youth
Jimmy’s Intersection for Children & Families

________________________________________

CONTINUING STUDY ON NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION
(the NVC Group)
Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 pm in the Parlor

For those interested in continuing to explore non-violent communication (NVC),
Travis Gould is facilitating discussions and all are welcome to join and explore
how language can serve as a means to compassion and reconciliation. If you are
interested in this discussion, please RSVP to Travis Gould by Noon on Wednesday
at: tegould85@gmail.com or call (830) 328-3068.

________________________________________

SUMMER MUSIC

Our choir is on sabbatical through Labor Day weekend. However, that doesn’t mean
musical offerings stop. Anyone—of any age—interested in offering music by
singing or playing an instrument is encouraged to contact Bryan at
music@felcaustin.org or (512) 704-2906. You can offer music individually or with
a group. We look forward to The Cutters offering music on July 13.

________________________________________

KOPP FAMILY FAREWELL
Sunday, July 13

We will say Farewell and Godspeed to Sacha, Gretchen, Eleanor and Eli at the
conclusion of the worship service on Sunday, July 13; and a going away festive
celebration will be held that same Sunday from 5-8 pm in our Fellowship Hall.

We are thankful of what this family has meant to First English and while we are
sad to see them depart from us and the Austin area, we know that they will
remain in our hearts and minds, as we will surely remain in their prayers.

________________________________________

SUMMER BULLETIN ART PROJECT
For Families of Young Kids

Calling all artists – elementary age and below! This summer the art for the for
the front cover of our worship bulletin continues to be created by young
participants at First English. The art can even be printed in color. Each week
has a theme and you can view the themes and sign up for a week by using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApLFXpstszKidG5nNHl3MEUtT0pObDBKYTF5SXlYRXc&usp=drive_web#gid=0

Please contact Katherine Ortiz (katortiz@hotmail.com) or Jackie Chuter (jackiechuter@yahoo.com) or Vicar Kwame (vicar@felcaustin.org) with questions.

Thanks for your participation!

________________________________________

FUNDRAISING AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY!

Thanks to Steve Jung sharing his witness about our ministry with John Stepan,
owner of Cabo Bob’s Burritos, during the month of July Cabo Bob’s is giving
anyone who says they are from First English Lutheran Church 50% of the money
from sales toward the cost of replacing the kitchen oven at First English!

So, please, come out and support this local eatery as well as FELC!

Cabo Bob’s, 2828 Rio Grande St. is located near First English. Web site is http://cabobobs.com. They are not open on Sunday so that employees can enjoy Sabbath time. Support this endeavor and new partnership!

________________________________________

KNOW ANY GREAT READS?

The First English Book Club is asking for your suggestions for our 2014-2015
reading year! We need suggestions of good books so we can choose our reading
list for the coming year. Interesting ideas, great writing, fiction or
non-fiction, we love to read good books and WE NEED YOUR SUGGESTIONS, now
through July 30.

Submit suggestions to Anne Wiebe at wiebeanne@hotmail.com (or bring to the FELC
office) with the title/author for up to three books. Each book should be 450
pages or less, and available through the Austin Public Library. We especially
request suggestions of shorter books, 200 pages or less, since we plan to
alternate “quick-read” books with average-length books again on this year’s list.

Weekly Update – July 2

CONTINUING STUDY ON NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION
(the NVC Group)

Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 pm in the Parlor

For those interested in continuing to explore non-violent communication (NVC),
Travis Gould is facilitating discussions and all are welcome to join and explore
how language can serve as a means to compassion and reconciliation. If you are
interested in this discussion, please RSVP to Travis Gould by Noon on Wednesday
at: tegould85@gmail.com or call (830) 328-3068.

________________________________________

FUNDRAISING AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY!

Thanks to Steve Jung sharing his witness about our ministry with John Stepan,
owner of Cabo Bob’s Burritos, during the month of July Cabo Bob’s is giving
anyone who says they are from First English Lutheran Church 50% of the money
from sales toward the cost of replacing the kitchen oven at First English!

So, please, come out and support this local eatery as well as FELC!

Cabo Bob’s, 2828 Rio Grande St. is located near First English. Web site is http://cabobobs.com. They are not open on Sunday so that employees can enjoy Sabbath time. Support this endeavor and new partnership!

________________________________________

SUMMER BULLETIN ART PROJECT
For Families of Young Kids

Calling all artists – elementary age and below! This summer the art for the for the front cover of our worship bulletin continues to be created by young participants at First English. The art can even be printed in color. Each week has a theme and you can view the themes and sign up for a week by using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/a/leanderisd.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApLFXpstszKidG5
nNHl3MEUtT0pObDBKYTF5SXlYRXc&usp=drive_web#gid=0

Please contact Katherine Ortiz (katortiz@hotmail.com) or Jackie Chuter (jackiechuter@yahoo.com) or Vicar Kwame (vicar@felcaustin.org) with questions.

Thanks for your participation!

________________________________________

SUMMER MUSIC

Our choir is on sabbatical through Labor Day weekend. However, that doesn’t mean musical offerings stop. Anyone—of any age—interested in offering music by singing or playing an instrument is encouraged to contact Bryan at music@felcaustin.org or (512) 704-2906. You can offer music individually or with a group. We look forward to The Cutters offering music on July 13.

________________________________________

KOPP FAMILY FAREWELL
Sunday, July 13

We will say Farewell and Godspeed to Sacha, Gretchen, Eleanor and Eli at the
conclusion of the worship service on Sunday, July 13; and a going away festive
celebration will be held that same Sunday from 5-8 pm in our Fellowship Hall.

We are thankful of what this family has meant to First English and while we are
sad to see them depart from us and the Austin area, we know that they will
remain in our hearts and minds, as we will surely remain in their prayers.

________________________________________

KNOW ANY GREAT READS?

The First English Book Club is asking for your suggestions for our 2014-2015 reading year! We need suggestions of good books so we can choose our reading list for the coming year. Interesting ideas, great writing, fiction or non-fiction, we love to read good books and WE NEED YOUR SUGGESTIONS, now through July 30.

Submit suggestions to Anne Wiebe at wiebeanne@hotmail.com (or bring to the FELC office) with the title/author for up to three books. Each book should be 450 pages or less, and available through the Austin Public Library. We especially request suggestions of shorter books, 200 pages or less, since we plan to alternate “quick-read” books with average-length books again on this year’s list.