Preparing for Sunday, April 23 – The Second Sunday of Easter
The Season of Easter: 50 days!
The Easter season is the church’s fifty day celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It is the time of greatest joy as we gather and live in the good news of God’s victory over death and the power to renew our lives in Christ. It is the counter-balance to the forty day season of Lent that prepared us for such great celebration. In the tradition of the church, it was also the time for the newly baptized to deepen their connection to Christ through sharing in the resurrection meal of communion. We are invited to experience the mystery of new life in Christ as a gift of grace. We are invited to live this good news in the world with justice, love, and joy. We proclaim the story of God’s love – love that never ends. Alleluia! Christ is risen!
1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of [what Annas and Caiaphas might do to them], Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
“If you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:23b). Jesus’ words are psychologically true: withholding forgiveness is itself a burden. With whom are you, personally, in need of reconciling? What are you waiting for?
Easter Season Adult Forum: Begins Sunday, April 23 at 9:45 am
Formation, Reformation, and Transformation
The Adult Forum at 9:45 am this Easter season focuses on the Lutheran way of being Christian. We explore some of the basic historical trends of 16th C Europe and the theological confessions that shaped–and continue to shape–Lutheran Christian people. We consider also how today’s struggles might be informed by the principles of reformation that still move in and through the Spirit. How does our global economy reflect our relationship with Christ? How does our country’s budget reflect the liberation proclaimed in Jesus? How does our congregation practice discernment through Scripture? Come gather in the parlor and explore these questions and others, together with fellow travelers along the faith journey of formation, reformation, and transformation.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship, Food, Fun: Annual Chicken BBQ
Sunday, April 23, 5:00—8:00 pm
BBQ Chicken / Potato Salad / Pinto Beans
in the parking lot, weather permitting
Chicken BBQ is one of FELC’s longest traditions. Slow cooked on our own custom-built smoker, the chicken dinner is only one part of the evening. We gather for great fellowship, live music, games, and dancing. All are welcome!
Companion Cafe: Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
Companion Café offers a chef-prepared meal for a suggested donation of $5 ($3 for children). We serve beginning at 6:00 pm.
The menu for April 26 is: Chicken in Apricot Cream Sauce, Peas with White Wine Glaze, Steamed Rice, Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
FELC Website and YouTube channel: connect online
We are reconfiguring and updating the FELC website to better and more regularly connect with everyone, near and far. Check it out at www.felcaustin.org
We’ve also launched a YouTube channel where you can find audio of Sunday worship services. Check it out at www.youtube.com/channel/UCj9B6jWh3PqO7ojn9-tHHRQ
Connect with FELC, in person AND online.
FELC Night at Raindrop Turkish Center: Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 pm
Our friends at the Raindrop Turkish Center have invited FELC to join them for dinner, learning about Muslim prayer, and conversation on Tuesday, May 7 beginning at 7:00 pm. The Center is located at 12400 Amherst Drive.
If you plan to attend, please make a dinner reservation with Pastor Coffey (email@example.com) by Sunday, April 30.
New Parlor Furniture Coming Soon. Old Furniture Available
As part of our capital campaign projects, we are beginning remodeling of the parlor, which includes new furniture that will be on wheels and easy to setup for the many ways we use the room. As soon as we know our delivery date for the new furniture, we will let the congregation know. The old furniture may be taken by church members for a suggested donation of $25 per chair and $30 per table. You may pick out which chair(s) or table(s) you want and they will be reserved when payment is made. Please contact Pastor Coffey to reserve. In addition to the new furniture, the parlor will be getting new flooring and paint.