See this block and blocks below about worship and formation on Sunday
Here are some biblical verses and writings as a way to prepare and begin pondering the scripture texts for worship this Sunday
Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
Images in the Readings
Once again the readings include the central biblical images of light and mountain. Yet God is not only brilliant light: important for the readings is the image of the cloud. Although contemporary people tend to think of clouds as relating to weather conditions, in the Bible the cloud is a sign of the presence of God. It is as if God covers the earth, brings life, effecting much yet suddenly vanishing.
This Sunday: adult forum: Spiritual Disciplines of Lent
The season of Lent is a time to focus on spiritual disciplines that help us prepare for the renewal of baptismal life at Easter. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the common practices for Lent. We will explore how to engage with these practices and others, including spiritual retreats and labyrinths.This is the final Sunday at 9:45 am to prepare for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
This Sunday: Godly Play for children
The Mystery of Easter
This story gives an introduction to the relationship of Lent to the Mystery of Easter as well as how Easter overflows into the season of Easter. The fullest meaning of Lent is that it gives us time to prepare for the great Mystery of Easter, the principal feast of the Christian Church. From Lent to Easter—purple to white. Our materials reflect the changes in our liturgical colors. There are six puzzle pieces, (the same number of weeks during Lent) which are painted purple on one side and white on the other. The puzzle forms the shape of the cross. The cloth bag that holds the puzzle is purple on the outside and white on the inside. Our colors are transformed, turned inside-out, from purple to white. All of this symbolism is a reflection from death into resurrection. This is full of mystery.
Godly Play is offered each Sunday morning. We begin at 9:45 am at the threshold to the library in the Chapel of the Saints.
This Sunday: Here We Stand middle schoolers
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
Bible texts: Luke 9:10–17; Matthew 14:13–21; Mark 6:32–41; John 6:1–14
Lesson focus: God responds to human needs with abundance.
Big Question: What can I do to help others?
Leader: Ms. Heidi Goebel
We begin at 9:45 am in the west classroom of the Chapel of the Saints.
High school youth
All are invited to participate in a monthly outreach called Bedtime Story Brigade from 6:00-8:00 pm. We serve milk and cookies and read stories children staying at the Salvation Army Shelter.
Upcoming Wednesday dates: 3/8/17, 4/12/17, 5/10/17
Contact Jimmy Wright for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companion Cafe: Wednesday, February 22
breaking bread, making friends
Serving from 6:00-7:00 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: Pork Chops with Pear Chutney, Roasted Brussels Sprouts,
Rice Pilaf, Spinach Salad w White Wine Vinaigrette
LIFEr’s: Living in Faith Enthusiastically
After a brief hiatus, LIFEr’s is restarting. All 20’s and 30’s adults (and anyone) who wants to live in faith enthusiastically is welcome to participate. Bring you, your children, spouses, partners, and friends! Let’s make this ministry inclusive of ANYONE who wants connect. To make this vision a reality, we need the thoughts and dreams of everyone. Please join together at Companion Cafe during the months of February and March to share a meal and enter into conversation about this ministry and how you’d like to engage each other, your faith, the church, and those God calls us to serve. There will be a sign that says “LIFERS” on it, so you know where we are meeting at Companion Cafe. Can’t make Companion Cafe? No problem! Send an email or text/call with your input: Andy Petras, email: email@example.com, phone: 972-215-8899.
FELC Holden Village Summer Trip
Holden welcomes people of all ages who seek contemplation and community in the wilderness of the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with the comforts of three nourishing meals a day, a warm bed, hot shower and caring community. The web site is www.holdenvillage.org.
The FELC group trip to Holden Village will be June 24-July 1, 2017.
The FINAL date to commit is March 10, 2017.
Introduction to Welcoming Ministry: This Sunday, February 26 @ 12:15 pm
Inviting, welcoming, and connecting people of all ages through the First English faith community is an important part of our ministry. Join the Invitation Team for conversation on how everyone can participate in the FELC welcoming ministry. All are welcome! Soup/salad lunch provided. To help prepare, please RSVP by noon Thursday, February 23 to Andy Maclaren, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fastnacht: Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:00pm
What is a “Fastnacht?” It’s a German word meaning “fast night.” It’s a Shrove Tuesday celebration when you eat up lots of rich foods before beginning Lenten fasting disciplines. Traditionally, it’s a day to eat things like pancakes and donuts. It’s the same day as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). That begs the question… What’s “Shrove Tuesday?” The word “shrive” means to absolved. In some Lenten observances, there is no absolution for sins given from Ash Wednesday until Maundy Thursday, so Tuesday is your last chance for receiving the absolution. At FELC we have a long tradition of having a pancake supper followed by a talent show. We invite anyone who wants to do something funny, silly, or talented to share it with the community. The pancake supper begins at 6:00 pm and goes until 7:00 pm, when the talent show starts. Come on out and enjoy this fun community event and bring someone with you. Connect with Vicar Travis for the talent show.
Ash Wednesday: March 1 @ Noon and 7:00 PM
Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
The season of Lent begins with this solemn day of repentance and receiving ashes as a sign of mortality and humility. We are invited to begin the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, almsgiving – works of love. Returning to God’s mercy and grace, we make our way through Lent toward the joy of Easter.
The noon liturgy is abbreviated, and is followed by a potluck lunch with our Prime Timers.
The 7:00 pm liturgy is preceded by the Companion Café dinner at 6:00 pm. The menu for that evening is Chicken Noodle Soup, Green Goddess Salad, Pumpernickel Bread
Pastor Coffey has been invited to preach at Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church for Ash Wednesday. Our guest preacher at FELC for the 7:00 pm liturgy will be the Rev. Dr. Timothy Lincoln.
Supporting our Muslim Neighbors: Thursday, March 2
Our neighbors at the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest (Turkish Muslim Raindrop House) are hosting their annual fundraising dinner on Thursday, March 2. One way we can show solidarity and support amidst this time of anti-Muslim sentiment is to attend the dinner and/or sponsor it. Let’s live into our baptismal call to work for justice and peace among all people. Information can be found at:
For details about the dinner, please contact Vicar Travis at 830–328–3068.
Continuing Conversations on Sexism and Faith
The conversations on Sexism and Faith that took place on Sundays in January are continuing due to popular demand! Three more conversation will take place on Saturdays, March 4, 11, and 18, from approximately 6–8 pm, pot-luck style. The conversation on March 4 will be hosted at the Fitzgold household, 5307 Viewpoint Dr., ATX, 78744. Come and contribute your gifts as we build community through dialogue in the Spirit. Contact Vicar Travis at 830–328–3068.