Weekly Update: April 25, 2017

Preparing for Sunday, April 30 – The Third 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 1:21

Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

Luke 24:28-32

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”

Book Idea

Writer Anne Lamott’s opening chapter of Small Victories is titled “The Book of Welcome” (New York: Riverhead, 2014). After a quip about biblical decision-makers, who regularly chose “accounts of the ever popular slaughter, exile, and shame” (p. 15), Lamott conjectures, “When the editorial board of bishops pored over the canonical lists from Jerusalem and Alexandria, they arbitrarily nixed the book that states unequivocally that you are wanted, even rejoiced in. We have to write that book ourselves” (p. 16). Each of this Sunday’s stories include a variety of reactions, personalities, circumstances, and persons. How is the post-Easter community writing the Book of Welcome? And how is the post-Easter community receiving welcome?

Children and Youth Faith Formation-Godly Play: Sundays at 9:45

This week’s presentation focuses on the Holy Trinity.  What is a trinity? How are three persons experienced as one, yet three. How does the Trinity help us understand our relationships, with God and one another?  Come and explore.

 

Godly Play is offered for all children through the 6th grade meeting at 9:45 am at the threshold to the library in the Chapel of the Saints. For more information, contact Jackie Chuter at chuter.jackie@gmail.com.  Sunday faith formation continues, with the last gathering time on Sunday, May 21.

Adult Faith Formation: Sundays 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 vicar@felcaustin.org.

 

 

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.

by Gary Sironen

The story of Martin Luther’s cataclysmic attempt to reform the church.

kick-off potluck dinner: Sunday, April 30 at 5:30 pm

For anyone interested in participating in cast or production crew (that means everybody!).

Information, music sampling, meet the directors, sign up to help, meet other folks and share the enthusiasm!

Meat provided; bring a side dish to share.

auditions: Sunday, May 7, 2-5pm OR Thursday May 11, 7-9pm

NOTE: May 2 audition cancelled

No preparation needed.  Everyone will be taught a musical selection and sing together in groups.  Sit-down chorus, on-stage chorus, principals all audition together.  Choose one of the posted dates.  Rehearsal schedules and expectations available at auditions.  All cast parts are non-paid.  13 male principals, 3 female principals, up to 50 chorus members.

performances: October 20, 21, 22 2017

All events at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church

Full-length musical production with orchestra.

Auditions open to upper elementary through adult.

More information:   http://tllc.org/kick-off-potluck-april-30/

Please spread the word!

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 2 beginning at 7:00 pm. The Center is located at 12400 Amherst Drive, Austin, 78727.

If you plan to attend, please make a dinner reservation with Pastor Coffey (pastor@felcaustin.org) 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. The new furniture will arrive later this week. 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 by Sunday, April 30. In addition to the new furniture, the parlor will be getting new flooring and paint.

Chrismon Group

Do you love Chrismons? What are Chrismons? Do you enjoy doing crafts? Chrismons are the white-and-gold Christian symbols used to decorate a Christmas tree. We have had some beautiful Chrismons for many years, but they are getting worn, and it’s time to make new ones! Let’s get together and look over our Chrismons, see which are salvageable, which need replacing, and talk about how to make beautiful, long-lasting, meaningful new ones. Chrismons can be beaded, carved, embroidered, sewn, cross-stitched, and crocheted. A Chrismon-crafting group can work over the summer to have lovely new Chrismons ready for Christmas 2017. Anyone interested should come to the parlor on Sunday, May 7, after the 11:00 am worship service, to plan our efforts! Contact Anne Wiebe (wiebeanne@hotmail.com) for any questions.

Weekly Update: April 20, 2017

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.

John 20:19-23

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.”

Theological Reflection

“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 vicar@felcaustin.org.

Fellowship, Food, Fun: Annual Chicken BBQ

Sunday, April 23, 5:00—8:00 pm

BBQ Chicken / Potato Salad / Pinto Beans

Ice Cream

BYOB

Live Music

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 (pastor@felcuastin.org) 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.