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 25

COMPANION CAFE MENU THIS WEEK

Wednesday, February 25
Serving 6-7 pm
$4 per plate

Dry-rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Oven Baked Potatoes with Butter/Sour Cream
Spinach Salad w Dried Cranberries
Apple Ginger Chutney

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WEDNESDAY LENT WORSHIP
Dinner Church: Stories of Food and Faith

Wednesday evening Lent worship services combine the Companion Café dinner
with evening prayer around the tables in the fellowship hall. We’ll listen
to biblical stories about food and faith. Dinner begins serving at 6 PM.
Worship is from 6:30 to 7:15 PM.

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AUSTIN CROP HUNGER WALK
Sunday, March 1

CROP Hunger Walks help children and families worldwide – including here in
the U.S. – to have food for today, while building for a better tomorrow.
Last year more than 116,000 CROP Walkers, volunteers and sponsors put their
caring into action, raising funds to help end hunger and poverty at home
and around the world. Sarah Roberts is walking on Sunday, March 1 in the
Austin CROP Hunger Walk and invites you to join her team as a Walker. Just
go to the FELC team page using the link:
http://austincrophungerwalk.org. Scroll down to click on the link
DONATE. There you will find the FELC team listed. You can link to join as a
walker or to donate.

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LENTEN RETREAT
Saturday, March 7, 2015

We hope you’ll join us on March 7th for our annual Lenten Retreat. This
year it will be held at the beautiful Buescher State Park
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/buescher

Please bring something to share for a potluck lunch. And bring some extra $$ for dinner—we’ll order from a local BBQ joint. Workshops, hikes, and labyrinth time are being planned for all ages.

· Cost: Children under 3 are free! $5 for adults. $3 for children 3-12
years old. Cash or check made out to FELC is fine
· Park entrance fee is $5 for adults (kids 12 and under are free)
· Address: 100 Park Road 1E Smithville, TX 78957
· March 7th
· 10am-7:30pm

For more information you can contact Jimmy Wright formation@felcaustin.org

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY

We rocked our “All about Lent” event this past Sunday with close to 100%
attendance. That is awesome! We also had a visiting friend of Theo come and
participate with us. I highly encourage this. Simply invite a friend to
spend the night on Saturday and come to church on Sunday.

If your kids missed this past Sunday, don’t worry. I still have their “Lent
in a Bag” bags and they can pick them up in the library on Sunday. These
contain items that the whole family can use around the dinner table during Lent.

Spark Rotation begins a new cycle called, “The Prodigal Son” on March 1st
and 8th. Watch for the details to arrive addressed to your children this week.

Godly Play takes a break this week as Mr. Jimmy will be at St. Elias with
our older youth. We’ll have a special children’s sermon during the 11am service.

We have a Sunday morning nursery attendant! Please join me in welcoming
Brenda Breland to FELC. Brenda is a caring mother and grandmother and
brings a loving and calm presence to our youngest children. Brenda will be
with us each week from 9:30am-12:30pm. The nursery is available for
infants, toddlers and under age 3 preschoolers in the CDC classroom closest
to the parish office.

Exceptions can be made for families with children up to kindergarten age,
but I’d really like this to be the exception, not the norm. Older children
should be participating in Spark Rotation, worship, and Godly Play. We all
face days tougher than others. If your child is having trouble during the
service, I would encourage you to leave the service with your child and
return together ASAP (rather than putting them in the nursery). Thanks for
your patience and help with this.

Saturday March 7th is our Lenten retreat at Buescher State Park. Our
children will explore Celtic Christianity through a short animated film
called, “The Secret of Kells.” We’ll then experience the beauty and art
contained in the “Book of Kells.” This ancient illuminated manuscript
contains the four gospels of the New Testament. In the afternoon we’ll
spend some time learning about and walking a labyrinth created in the
design of the 11 circuit labyrinth in the nave of Chartes Cathedral in France.

God’s Peace and Blessings to you and your families.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

Did you know we’ve raised over $1000 in our fundraising efforts so far this
year? This is an excellent start in helping get us to Detroit next summer.
Thanks for all your good work!

Sunday March 1 will be a spirit filled day for us.

First, we’ll meet at FELC at 9:30am and spend a few moments discussing the
Orthodox Christian faith. We’ll then head over to St. Elias Orthodox Church
and experience the beauty of the Divine Liturgy during Lent. I highly
suggest you click on the following links prior to our visit. Father David
will speak to us after the mass.

http://www.sainteliaschurch.org/files/Etiquette.pdf
http://www.sainteliaschurch.org/parishvisitors.html

Second, we’ll meet at the home of Allen, Ashley, Josh and Ben Jensen (512-918-1469) at 5:30pm for dinner and discussion on the ELCA Youth Gathering. Please RSVP with Jimmy (440) 985-8981 by Friday, February 27th.

Saturday March 7 is our parish Lenten retreat at Buescher State Park
beginning at 10am. Your presence is so needed. We don’t have YARPS this
year so I need your help with the children in the morning. Free time and
games for you in the afternoon. The money we would have paid the YARPS will
go towards our youth fund to help with costs of the ELCA Youth Gathering.
So look at this as a fundraiser. RSVP with Jimmy (which means, please let
me know if you’re coming or not).

Jimmy Wright

Weekly Update – February 18

ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY
February 18, Noon and 7 PM

This solemn day begins the season of Lent. The Noon liturgy is a brief spoken eucharist with imposition of ashes, followed by a light lunch. The evening liturgy is a eucharist with imposition of ashes, and follows the Companion Cafe dinner.

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COMPANION CAFE MENU THIS WEEK
Wednesday, February 18
Serving 6-7 pm
$4 per plate

Wicked Good Veggie Chili
Trader Joey’s Cornbread
Strawberries with Sour Cream/Brown Sugar Topping
Amish Slaw

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Our children are becoming more aware of why we slow down, use calmer voices, and treat others and things with reverence in our church. We’ve made a lot of progress over the last few months and I’m very happy. We’ve got kids who are engaged and wanting to go to a deeper spiritual level.

This is a visible sign that God is at work in their lives. We are setting a great environment for God to do God’s work. None of us are perfect and we all face days that are more challenging than others. And that’s okay. We simply refocus and try again. I want to thank you for helping prepare your children to worship, learn, and experience God here at FELC.–Mr. Jimmy

Sunday, February 22nd Spark Rotation will hold a very special workshop on the meaning of Lent. Our kids will experience a children’s station of the cross and go home with a family, Lent in a Bag, present. Your children don’t want to miss this one.

Godly Play returns on Sunday during the children’s gathering time of the 11am service. Children will experience the Parable of the Great Pearl which centers on the merchant and the great pearl from Mathew’s gospel. Upon returning to the nave, the children will have the option of sitting with Mr. Jimmy in a soft space in the north transept (parents are welcome to join us) or returning to their families in the pews.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

February 22nd is our service/outreach project for the Micah 6 youth drop-in center. All youth need to meet at FELC at 2:30pm to prepare and cook the meal. We’ll then take it to the center and help serve at 4pm.

Thanks Friends!
Jimmy Wright

Weekly Update – February 10

COMPANION CAFE MENU THIS WEEK
Wednesday, February 11
Serving 6-7 pm
$4 per plate

Chicken Marsala with Linguini
Green Beans Italiano
Caesar Salad

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GROW GREEN DAY
Saturday, February 14

Upcoming Grow Green Days will be held on Saturday, February 14, and
Saturday, March 14, from 9–11 am. Come participate in meaningful, fun,
eco-friendly landscape projects around the FELC grounds! Current projects
include: planting vegetables, spreading mulch and compost, removing
invasive species, and bagging mulch for the youth fundraiser! All ages and
ability levels are welcome, including friends. Please contact Travis Gould
with any questions: tegould85@gmail.com or (830) 328-3068.

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AUSTIN MARATHON THIS SUNDAY

The annual Austin Marathon can make it a challenge to get to church, but
you can make it. Here is some helpful information:

1. The easiest way to get to church without crossing the course is by
taking the Westover exit from MoPac (from northbound or southbound) and
then taking 29th Street.

2. If you’re coming from I-35 or anywhere east of the church, there are a
few places you can cross the course, but you may have to wait a while
before police let you cross. These include Duval at 38th, and Dean Keeton
at San Jancinto. If you take Dean Keeton you’ll need to go all the way to
Guadalupe and then head north.

3. North Lamar Blvd is completely open, but the course crosses Lamar at
North Loop/53rd Street.

More information, and a course map, is available at this link:
http://47f1b07f3f50a9ab8ea6-b762b74cfccdb8f6397db4931b463240.r32.cf2.rackcdn.com/405f26f0cf9948cc923962933fcd1b1d.pdf

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ANITA TOWNSLEY’S 100th BIRTHDAY THIS SUNDAY

Join Anita and her family this Sunday at the 11:00 service and at a
reception after as we celebrate her 100th birthday.

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FASTNACHT PANCAKE SUPPER AND TALENT SHOW
Tuesday, February 17
Dinner at 6; Show at 7

Come enjoy the last day before Lent. Get your Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
feast with pancakes and all the rest. Then stay for the talent show. Got an
act for the show? Let Pastor Coffey know by calling the church or email
(pastor@felcaustin.org)

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CAKE AUCTION!!

February 17th is our Fastnacht pancake supper, talent show and cake
auction. All members of FELC are encouraged to bring a cake that our youth
will auction off. This is a fun fundraiser (like the play on words?) that
will help our youth attend the ELCA Youth Gathering next summer in the
Motor City. Bring your favorite cake along with a description of what is in
it and why it is your favorite and our youth will do the rest. We thank you
for your continued support!

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ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY
February 18, Noon and 7 PM

This solemn day begins the season of Lent. The Noon liturgy is a brief
spoken eucharist with imposition of ashes, followed by a light lunch. The
evening liturgy is a eucharist with imposition of ashes, and follows the
Companion Cafe dinner.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY

February 15th is a big day for us. Please come and help make this is
transformative day for you and your children.

Spark Rotation will hold a special cooking workshop at 9:45am. This will be
our last Sunday covering The Lost Sheep and Lost Coin.

Godly Play will be taking the day off. But, we’ll have a very special
children’s sermon during the 11am service.

Family Movie Matinee will begin at 4pm in the parlor with a special showing
of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This film comes from the C.S.
Lewis series of books, The Chronicles of Narnia. In this story, four
siblings play a game of hide and seek and wind up entering a magical land.
Once there, they discover a world inhabited by beasts, dwarfs, and giants
and find themselves in a battle to defeat a witch.

February 22nd Spark Rotation will hold a very special workshop on the
meaning of Lent. Our kids will experience a children’s station of the cross
and go home with a family, Lent in a Bag, present. Your children don’t want
to miss this one.

Godly Play returns during the children’s gathering time of the 11am
service. Children will experience the Parable of the Great Pearl which
focuses on the merchant and the great pearl from Mathew 13:45. Upon
returning to the nave, the children will have the option of sitting with
Mr. Jimmy in a soft space in the north transept (parents are welcome to
join us) or returning to their families in the pews.

God’s Peace and Blessings,
Jimmy Wright
formation@felcaustin.org
(440) 985-8981

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

February 15th The trip to St. Elias Orthodox Church is cancelled due to
traffic and parking issues with the Austin Marathon. We are rescheduling
this trip for March 1st.

February 17th is our youth fundraiser and cake auction during the Fastnatch
pancake supper and talent show. All youth need to be present to run the
auction.

February 22nd is our service/outreach project for the Micah 6 youth drop-in
center. All youth need to meet at FELC at 2:30pm to prepare and cook the
meal. We’ll then take it to the center and help serve.

Thanks Friends!
Jimmy Wright

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HELP OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GO TO THE ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN DETROIT!

As part of our fundraising for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
next summer, the High School Youth will be selling and delivering bags of
mulch to the congregation, for gardeners, those wishing to start a garden,
or those who just need a bag of mulch handy. Orders will be taken every
Sunday, with deliveries going out once a month, or you can take it home
yourself.

Bag of Mulch – $10
Delivery Fee – $10

For questions or orders, please contact:
Ally Schlandt – allyson.schlandt@gmail.com   OR
Jimmy Wright – (440) 985-8981

Weekly Update – January 27

Companion Cafe
Wednesday, January 28, 6-7 pm

Companion Cafe Menu

Thai Noodle Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce
Broccoli with Sesame-Garlic Sauce
Papaya with Lime
Asian Cucumber Salad

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Enneagram Dinner Group

The group will not meet this week but will continue next week.

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Children and Family Ministries

I’M IN GREAT NEED OF TEACHERS FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.Our Biblical topic is “The Lost Sheep and Lost Coin.” If you can volunteer to lead, please let me know ASAP. We begin as usual at 9:45 am in the library.

Godly Play will continue this week during the children’s gathering time of
the 11 am service. I’M ALSO IN NEED OF ONE ADULT VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST ME DURING THIS TIME. If you can volunteer, please let me know ASAP.

God’s Peace and Blessings,
Jimmy Wright
formation@felcaustin.org
(440) 985-8981

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Youth Happenings

Youth Forum returns this week with a continuation of “The Gospel According
to the Walking Dead.” Dawn Wetzel and Jimmy Wright will mentor a discussion
around season 5 episode 4. We begin at 9:45 am hidden behind the curtain on
the stage. All youth should really come to this one and stick around for
the 11 am worship.

We’ll continue our mulch fundraiser this week during the fellowship time
after the 11 am service. We also have a few bags of pecans available for a
good will offering.

Thanks Friends!
Jimmy Wright

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HELP OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GO TO THE ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN DETROIT!

As part of our fundraising for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
next summer, the High School Youth will be selling and delivering bags of
mulch to the congregation, for gardeners, those wishing to start a garden,
or those who just need a bag of mulch handy. Orders will be taken every
Sunday, with deliveries going out once a month, or you can take it home
yourself.

Bag of Mulch – $10
Delivery Fee – $10

For questions or orders, please contact:
Ally Schlandt – allyson.schlandt@gmail.com
OR
Jimmy Wright – (440) 985-8981