one Word & Eucharist liturgy
Summer Sundays at 9:45 am
We’ve begun the long time after Pentecost Day, the last day of the Easter season celebrating Christ’s resurrection and the sending of the Spirit. Sometimes it is called “Time after Pentecost” or “Ordinary Time” because of the numbering (ordinals) of the Sundays. The primary color of the season is green, highlighting themes of growth in faith and discipleship, so the name “Green Season” is appropriate. It includes the distinct seasons of summer and fall, which have different themes emphasized. The image of a green, growing plant in the warmth of the sun helps us to envision how God is working among us.
Preparing for this Sunday, July 9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
[Jesus said:] “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Comments from the Cloud of Witnesses
Healing Prayer this Sunday
On the second Sunday of each month we offer Healing Prayer, an ancient and powerful ritual of the church. It is a deeply personal encounter with our need for healing in body, mind, and spirit, and our turning to God for all healing, grace, and mercy. Children and adults who desire healing prayer with laying on of hands and anointing with oil are invited to come to the Chapel of the Saints during the communion distribution.
2017 Summer Children’s Gathering: Growing in worship and community
People of all ages are vital in the life of Christian community, and that includes children. Children are the present and the future disciples of Jesus, growing together, and sharing God’s love. Liturgy means “the work of the people” and the presence of children in leadership and service is an important part of Christian faith formation. On Sunday mornings, children will gather with the worshiping community at 9:45 am. Then following the bible readings in the liturgy, children 4 years through 5th grade are invited to gather with Anne Wiebe and other leaders in the fellowship hall. During this time, children will engage in some hands-on learning about one aspect of liturgy. They will return to the worshiping community at the sharing of the peace for communion and blessing.
(a snack will not be provided during this time.)
June 11 – Gathering: Song – Writing a Hymn
June 18 – Word: Bible Stories for the day
July 9 – Word: Apostles’ Creed
we will decorate an Apostles’ Creed wall hanging while discussing the meaning of each article of the creed
July 16 – Word: Praying
we will learn about and experience different ways to pray, and discuss prayer
July 23 – Word: The Lord’s Prayer
we will do activities to understand each part of the Lord’s Prayer
July 30 – Meal: Sharing the Peace and Baking Bread
we will bake the bread for the next week’s Eucharist, and learn about the significance of sharing the peace
August 6 – Meal: Last Supper/Holy Communion
we will study the Last Supper and re-enact it
August 13 – Sending: Review and Blessing
we will review the summer’s learning and have a celebration liturgy and blessing
August 20 – Back to School Blessing
Students of all ages and education professionals of all types are invited to participate in the Back to School blessing during the liturgy. Students and educators are invited to bring some sign of school or work
Church and CDC Closed
The church office and child development center are closed on Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.
Faith, Sexism, and Justice: Summer Conversations on Wednesday Nights
Takes a break this week
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is preparing a Social Statement on Sexism and Gender Based Violence starting Fall, 2017. Since our community has been studying the sin of sexism and searching for God’s grace in response, FELC is exploring a study guide this summer to continue to reflect, learn, and grow.
These study sessions will happen on 7 different Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, 6:00-8:00 PM at FELC, pot-luck style dinner.
Remaining dates are: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9
The study sessions will be led by an excellent crew of church leaders, including Leigh Northcutt-Benson, Mary Lou Larson, Nancy Baden, Renee Carlson, Anne Wiebe, Taylor Dieringer, and Travis Fitzgold. Studying a particular issue in-depth allows the community to sink deeply into the stuff of faith and invite God’s transforming love. FELC is delighted to be nurturing community through in-depth study of social issues.
Bring yourself, and bring a friend! Come participate in the transforming work of the Spirit through community. Contact: Travis Fitzgold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First English Evangelical Lutheran Church Anniversary: Sunday, July 16
RSVP for the meal by July 9
First English Lutheran Church celebrates 81 years as a congregation on July 19. Join together on Sunday, July 16 for a festive liturgy at 9:45, a catered meal after, a cake and ice cream potluck, and fun outdoor activities for kids. Our meal will be prepared by the Syrian American Refugee Aid organization of Austin (www.saraorg.org). Their women earn income by cooking traditional Syrian food for large groups. The meal will cost $10 per person ($5 for children) and include hummus with pita bread, falafel, Mediterranean salad, rice, lahem bi ajeen (meat stuffed pastry), and fatyer (small cheese pie). This will be a great way to enjoy a meal and support our local Syrian refugee families. Please make a reservation for the meal by emailing email@example.com by Sunday, July 9. Dessert will be a cake and ice cream pot luck. Bring your favorite cake, or ice cream, or ice cream toppings to share, and we’ll have the best church potluck ever! We’ll have outdoor games and activities for kids. Bring swimsuits and towels for water activities. All are welcome.
Farewell for Shannon Ball: Friday, July 21
All are invited on Friday, July 21 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the FELC Fellowship Hall as we say farewell to Shannon Ball and give thanks for her many years of love, dedication, and service as Child Development Center director. The menu will be: frito pie, watermelon, coleslaw, and cupcakes! Please join together to thank Shannon and celebrate her new career opportunities. Let us know if you will be coming so we can plan food accordingly. Contact the CDC or Church offices.
Pipe Organ Repair Continues
As part of our capital campaign improvements, repair work is scheduled to resume on the pipe organ. Beginning Tuesday, July 25, the organ will be out-of-service for months (probably until mid October) as we enter the next phase of maintenance and refurbishing. There will be further opportunities to help and be “hands-on” in this project. Stay tuned.
Suggestions for Great Reads
The First English Book Club is asking for your suggestions for our 2017-2018 reading year! Every summer, we ask anyone and everyone to submit suggestions so we can choose our books for the coming year. We want good suggestions for our reading. Interesting ideas, great writing, fiction preferred this year, but all suggestions are welcome. WE WANT YOUR SUGGESTIONS now through July 30. Submit suggestions to Anne Wiebe at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title/author for your suggestion/s. We especially request suggestions of shorter books, since we plan to alternate shorter “quick-read” books with average-length books on this year’s list.
RULES FOR SUBMISSIONS:
1. At least two copies of the book must be available through Austin Public Library (check at www.library.austintexas.gov).
2. The book should be less than 450 pages, good “quick-read” books under 225 pages are especially requested.
3. Deadline is July 30.
The First English Book Club meets the second Sunday evening of each month, mostly in homes of participants. We meet, share a potluck dinner, and discuss the book for that month, as well as related subjects brought up by the book. Everyone is invited! You can come to a meeting just once, or as often as you wish. We love to discuss books and ideas, and the more who come, the better the discussion! Questions? Anne Wiebe at 512-407-8427 or email@example.com.
New Stephen Ministry training class to start in September
Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one caring ministry which brings Christ’s healing love to people by accompanying them through issues such as losing a loved one, losing a job, losing independence, or facing a health crisis. Caregivers are trained in a 50-hour course (2 hour meetings on Tuesday nights, 3 times a month, and one Saturday retreat). Commissioning will be in April, 2018. Some of the major topics studied in the course are the art of listening, sensing others’ feelings, compassionate assertiveness, crisis theory and intervention, maintaining confidentiality, setting boundaries, grieving, and praying with people.
If you would like to know more about the ministry, or are interested in participating as a caregiver, please contact FELC Stephen Ministry Leader Charlotte Gilman at church, by phone (512-332-6102), or at firstname.lastname@example.org.