Weekly Update: November 1, 2016

Preparing for Worship on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 8:30 & 11 am

Here are some biblical verses and writings as a way to prepare and begin hearing and pondering the scripture texts for worship this Sunday:

Job 19:23-27a

“O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.”

Luke 20:37-38
“And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”

Comments from the Cloud of Witnesses

The foundational belief of Christian anthropology is not the immortality of the soul but resurrection of the dead. It is our embodied human person that will be the continuation of our existence in eternal life, and not a disembodied soul or spirit. Mysterious as this must seem, it has profound implications regarding the holiness of our bodies. No Christian can despise the human body, and surely none should abuse it. All that we do to promote our own health and that of others, through good nutrition and fitness, all the legitimate pleasures that our bodies offer, all the labors that we do with our hands—all are part of the created order that will be transformed in the resurrection… Jesus in his response to the Sadducees in today’s gospel has named that consolation. Having been fed by God’s word, we now profess our faith in the resurrection, and then celebrate the meal that is the promise of that eternal life.

—Ruth Caspar, OP

[Ruth Caspar, OP, in Homilies for the Christian People, 539-540.]

Celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism This Sunday at 11:00 am

This Sunday at the 11:00 am liturgy we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Baptism with Nina Balachandran and Ian Balachandran, youth of Kristin Mondy and Mohan Balachandran.


Companion Cafe: this Wednesday, November 2

Serving Wednesdays from 6-7 pm

FELC Fellowship Hall

Enjoy a great, chef-prepared, freshly cooked meal.

Dine together and enjoy the community dinner, or take it to go.

Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $3 for children

Menu for 11/02:

Pork Chops with Pear Chutney, Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash, Steamed Rice,

Spinach Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette

Back to the top

This Sunday: All Saints Celebration, November 6 at 8:30 & 11 am

(Daylight Savings Time ends)

Sunday, November 6, we will celebrate All Saints , a time to remember saints near and far, famous and familiar only to us, those who died long ago, those we have lost recently and for ourselves. As part of the observance we will read the names of those from FELC who have died during the past year. We invite you all to bring pictures and mementos to place on our sacred space of remembrance in the Chapel of the Saints, and to write the names of anyone who has died in the past year in the Book of the Dead. This service can be a helpful part of remembering those whom God has blessed us to share life with.


This Sunday, November 6: Prayer and Sending for Election Day

Next Tuesday, November 6 is the general election day. Many people have felt this campaign season has been stressful and caused much strife between people. Many are concerned about what comes next for our nation. Even in such a difficult time, we are called to bring peace and hope into the world in the name of Christ. This Sunday, November 6, we will end each liturgy with a prayer and sending for election day. Let us join together in prayer as God continues to guide us through our spiritual and civic lives.


This Sunday, November 6: Intergenerational Event at 9:45 am

The Communion of Saints

The Christian experience is made up of many people. Some do extraordinary things. Others do ordinary things, extraordinarily. These heroines and heroes are called by different names, but most commonly referred to as saints. Saints are people—living and dead, known and unknown—of which you are one. Join together for a special intergenerational presentation of The Communion of Saints. Children, youth and adults begin at 9:45 am in the Chapel of the Saints for the presentation.

Then at 10:00 am, we’ll split into our age-appropriate classes:

Adults meeting in the parlor,

children meeting in the library,

and 6-8th confirmation students meeting in the alcove of the saints.


This Sunday, November 6: new adult forum begins

Conversations on Racism

On November 6, following the intergenerational event, the adult form begins Conversations on Racism, facilitated by Vicar Travis Fitzgold. This series of conversations looks at major Christian theological themes in light of the persistent reality of racism in the United States. What is the Bible and who is Christ, given the reality of racism? Who is the church and where is hope, given the reality of racism? Come explore these questions and others in a thought-provoking, supportive environment. Bring your confusion, your questions, and your experiences as we search together for Christ and healing this Advent. We hope to wrap up the series of conversations by watching the movie, Selma, with the beloved at Vision of Hope AME Church in January.


This Sunday, November 6: formation with children and youth

6th through 8th grade Confirmation Youth

This week Ms. Heidi Goebel will be leading the youth in a session on Moses Birth and Call based on Exodus 2; 3:1–12; 4:1–17. God calls ordinary people to do extraordinary things. What if I think I can’t do what God is asking me to do? We meet Sunday at 9:45 am in the Alcove of the Saints (west side classroom of the Chapel of the Saints).

For more information, contact Jimmy Wright, director of children, youth and family ministries at formation@felcaustin.org.


Reformation Bookstore: now through Sunday, November 13

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching in 2017! Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther, his writings, and their impact on Christianity? Do you want to reflect on the ongoing impact of the Reformation today?

Stop by our Reformation 500 Bookstore to shop for engaging books on the Reformation for readers of all ages and interests! Save up to 50% plus receive free shipping on all Bookstore titles. Books will be on display on Sunday mornings through November 13, and in the church office during the week. Our Bookstore is sponsored by Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the ELCA. The books will include bestselling biographies like Luther the Reformer as well as an atlas of the European Reformations, a graphic novel for young readers, and primary sources from The Annotated Luther series.


Advent: November 13

This year we will once again observe the ancient tradition of celebrating a longer season of Advent, beginning Sunday, November 13. This will give us six Sunday worship observances of the time of hopeful waiting for the coming of Christ future, present, and past. While we will still observe the traditional four Sundays of Advent prior to Christmas with the lighting of candles on a wreath, we will have six Sundays of a change in liturgy with a more peaceful, quiet mood, including silence, confession and forgiveness, contemplative prayer, and songs and texts that stir up our faith and hope in Christ. Come and worship and let us prepare together.



Godly Play at FELC: A New Story

We’re so happy and grateful for donor from the congregation provided us with a gift of the Ark and Temple story set!

Another core story we need to purchase is the Synagogue and Upper Room.

This story evokes the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Meal. The Synagogue and Upper Room are joined together to form a model of Christian worship, joining the first and second testaments of the Bible.

The Synagogue and Upper Room is a more expensive story. Perhaps a few folks could join together to make this tax deductible gift available to our children. The cost is $320 from Godly Play Resources.

If you can help, please contact Jimmy Wright, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at formation@felcaustin.org


Upcoming Events: Connect, Grow, Serve

Mark your calendar & invite someone to join you at FELC.

Sunday, November 20: Advent Event at 9:45 am

On November 20 we’ll host our annual Advent workshop and event in the fellowship hall. Come live into this season of hope and expectation with wreath and ornament making, music, fun holiday goodies, merriment,

and perhaps a surprise or two. All ages are encouraged to participate.

Wednesday, November 30, December 7 & 14: Advent Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm

Peaceful services of prayers, songs, readings, reflections, candle lighting, and contemplation.

Sunday, December 18: Christmas Caroling at 2:00 pm

Join together as we bring Christmas carols of joy and comfort to those homebound. All ages are welcome.

Wednesday, December 21: Blue Christmas Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm

While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, underemployment, and loss can be magnified. We gather on the darkest night of the year, the winter solstice, and experience hope. All in the community are invited.