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 – October 14

October 19, 2014

This Sunday we will celebrate all the ways we can use our time, abilities, and
finances to serve God in our whole lives. We will bring our stewardship forms to
worship and bring them forward during the offering — both the Stewardship of
Finances form, and the Stewardship of Time and Abilities form.

If you would like, these forms can be filled out online and submitted electronically:
Stewardship of Finances form:
Stewardship of Time and Abilities form:

If these links don’t work, you’ll find the links to the forms on the front page
of our web site in the sidebar under “More Information.”


WEDNESDAY, October 15

Pastor Coffey needs all men who plan to attend the men’s retreat to register NO LATER THAN Wednesday (that’s tomorrow)! The retreat is November 21-23 at Inks Lake State Park. Registration form is online at this link:


October 16 at 7:30 pm at Dog and Duck Pub

All men are invited to join Pastor Coffey for this monthly gathering at 7:30 pm at the Dog and Duck Pub, 17th and Guadalupe.


October 19 at 2:00 pm

This 5K walk is sponsored by ASA (AIDS Services of Austin). The Care
Communities, FELC’s care team’s training and support agency, receives monies
from this walk and we walk with their team. Our Care Team will be collecting
donations/sponsorships after both services on October 19, or you can contribute
online: Select “Walker” Charlotte Gilman. Contact
Charlotte (512-332-6008) if you would like to be a walker!


Sunday, October 26, from 5 to 8 pm

In the FELC Parking Lot, weather permitting
– Sausage and Wiener Schnitzel Provided
– Home Brew to sample
– Bring a German side dish to share if you are able.
Here’s a link for ideas and recipes:
– Live Music and fun for everyone!

Weekly Update – October 9

Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm at The Local

Join us for a women’s gathering of good conversation and beverages of your
choice (wine, beer, tea, etc.). This month we will be meeting at The Local Pub
and Patio (2610 Guadalupe Street, 78705). Feel free to bring a friend as well!
For more information please contact Sarah Roberts at (512) 826-7798.


Christian Formation, Sunday, October 12

ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit. Planning to go? If so, I need all forms and $150 deposit no later than October 12.

Our new ping pong table is complete and ready for use. Paddles and balls are located in the closet next to the TV on the stage.

Contact Jimmy at


Sunday, October 12, at 9:45 am

Spark Rotation begins a new cycle on Sunday called Four Friends. The focus over the next few weeks is based on the story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man (Luke 5: 17-26). Our children will experience this miracle through the use of Creative Drama, Science and Video. Workshop leaders include: Jackie Chuter, Joe Cain, Allen Jensen, Teresa Tice-Boggs and Jimmy Wright. Betsy Appleton and Ruth Gray will provide our snacks.

We have several ways for our children to be active worship leaders. Ringing the church bell as a call to service, cross bearer, book bearer, lector, usher, acolyte, and Holy Communion assistant. Talk with Jimmy Wright for any of these opportunities.

A very special thank you to Renee Carlson, Jackie Chuter, LaRu Woody and Katherine Ortiz for their leadership the past two-weeks. We experienced The Disciples through FishPrints, Music with Paintand Computerworkshops.

Contact Mr. Jimmy at


Registration Deadline, October 15

Pastor Coffey will lead a men’s retreat November 21 to 23 at Inks Lake State Park, located near Burnet about one hour from Austin. Activities available include hiking, fishing, and canoeing. Four cabins are reserved for up to 16 men. Tent camping is also available on the cabin sites. In addition to enjoying the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities, Pastor Coffey will lead a discussion and worship on “Cosmic Spirituality.”

The retreat will begin Friday at dinner and end Sunday at lunch. The total cost is $90, including all meals. Registration deadline is
October 15. Registration requires full payment, which is non-refundable. You can register online at


Sunday, October 19 is Commitment Sunday

This is the Sunday when we joyful respond to God’s blessings in our lives and
make our financial pledges for the coming year. Leading up to (and beyond)
October 19, we are challenging ourselves to explore our Whole Life Stewardship,
the ways in which we are stewards not only of our finances, but also of our
time, our abilities, and of God’s many other gifts. We invite you to begin to
prayerfully consider your financial pledge for the coming year. We are blessed
with a generous God whose love for us knows no bounds. While it is not always
easy to do, we trust that God will always provide us with what we need. We hope
to see you in church on October 19 (8:30 am or 11 am)!


October 19 at 2:00 pm

This 5K walk is sponsored by ASA (AIDS Services of Austin). The Care Communities, FELC’s care team’s training and support agency, receives monies from this walk and we walk with their team. Our Care Team will be collecting donations/sponsorships after both services on October 12 and 19, or you can contribute online: Select “Walker” Charlotte Gilman. Contact Charlotte (512-332-6008) if you would like to be a walker!

Echoes Newsletter: October, 2014

Our newsletter is out and has a new web page format. Check it out here:

Weekly Update – September 30

Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm

The evening Companions group meets 7-8:30 pm at Barbara Wiederaenders’
home, (512) 451-0684.

The group is using The Way of Discernment by Elizabeth Liebert. The group will
meet weekly through early December. Anyone is welcome to join in. Contact Teresa
Tice-Boggs for additional information:


Wednedsay, October 1 at 12 pm

Bring a light lunch on Wednesday and join the fun in the Fellowship Hall
with senior FELC members and friends.


Christian Formation, Sunday, October 5

#Igniteyouthforum will not meet during October. However, there’s no excuse to
miss Sunday mornings! You can mentor our younger children in many ways or check
out what’s happening in adult formation. Just show up and find Jimmy.

Detroit Youth Gathering
Reminder that Jimmy needs all forms and $150 deposit no later than October 12.
Contact Jimmy at


Sunday, October 5, at 9:45 am

This past week we experienced the story of Jesus calling the disciples (Luke
5:1-11) through the art of Japanese Gyotaku. We created fish prints using real
(dead) fish. Any kids that missed this event can meet Mr. Jimmy after the 11am
service on Sunday and create their own.

Sunday’s workshop includes Music Through Paint for Club Spark and High Tech
Disciples: Computer Lab for Club Blaze. See you Sunday!

Contact Mr. Jimmy at


Sunday, October 5

First English is responsible for the meal this Sunday for the Street Youth Drop
In Center. We need a few people who can help prepare the meal before Sunday, and
4 who can be at University Baptist Church from 4 to 5:30 to help serve. Anyone
who is interested is welcome to help. If you’ve never helped with this ministry,
it is a great and rewarding way to serve. Please call Pastor Coffey at the
church or email him:


Thrivent Action Team, Austin, Texas
Sunday, October 5

Members of Thrivent Financial and their friends and family are joining together
to form a Thrivent Action Team in First English Lutheran Church. The team is
planning on bringing barbecue from a local joint known as Stiles Switch BBQ &
Brew to benefit the Marjorie Fund.

What: Members of First English Lutheran Church will come enjoy some good
barbecue and help benefit the Marjorie Fund
When: October 5, 2014 after 11:00 am service
Where: First English Lutheran Church

Thrivent Action Teams are led by Thrivent members who identify and want to meet
an immediate community need. It’s an easy and fun way for Thrivent members to
bring their family and friends together to help strengthen their communities. To
learn more about Thrivent Action Teams, contact Max Westerman at (210) 279-9325
or visit


THIS SUNDAY – October 5 – AT 12:15 IN THE PARLOR

One of the great ministries we do at FELC is welcome people with the hospitality
of Christ, and follow up with them to make sure they know they are welcomed, and
listen to their needs and experience as a visitor.

The Invitation Evangelism Team is meeting to work on plans for how to best
invite and welcome visitors. Anyone interested in helping out with this ministry
is encouraged to attend the meeting. Since lunch is being provided by the
Thrivent fund raiser event, you can grab a meal and bring it to the meeting. If
you have questions, please speak to Pastor Coffey.