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 hearing and pondering the scripture texts for worship this Sunday
Isaiah 58:3 – 9a
“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Is not this the fast that I choose:
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Comments from the Cloud of Witnesses
“For Jesus, salt and light came out of a long tradition of biblical teaching: salt and light were images for the law of God. Salt and light must take us back to the fullness of the law and the prophets, and the fullness of Jesus’ radical teaching in this Sermon on the Mount. The prophets plead for fullness of life: freedom from oppression, bread for the hungry, homes for those who have none, clothing for the naked. Is this not what it means to be the salt of the earth, to keep this prophetic word alive in the midst of our world? If we lose this vision, if we give in to other values, if we forget God’s longing for justice, our salt has lost its taste. If you think Jesus’ call is impossible, remember that the One who is our bread is with us and within us, empowering us to be salt and light in this world.”
[Barbara Lundblad, in Homilies for the Christian People, ed. Gail Ramshaw (NY: Pueblo, 1989), 38.]
This Sunday is our annual Scout Sunday. We welcome Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and their leaders to the 11:00 am worship service, and hear an update about the scouting programs that we sponsor. Come and welcome the Scouts this Sunday!
Lutheran Campus Ministry – LuMin at UT
This Sunday we welcome students from Lutheran Campus Ministry at UT in worship and worship leadership at 11:00 am. Pastor Brad Fuerst, campus pastor, will serve as presiding minister at the 11:00 am worship service. Welcome!
This Sunday: adult forum: Spiritual Disciplines of Lent
Each year, the season of Lent is a time to focus on spiritual disciplines that help us prepare for the renewal of baptismal life at Easter. Many years, the season sneaks up on us before we are ready to engage in a meaningful Lenten practice.
This year, Pastor Coffey will lead the adult forum on the traditional spiritual disciplines of Lent prior to the start of Lent as a way to get ready. 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. Join together each Sunday in February at 9:45 am to prepare for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 1.
This Sunday: Godly Play for children
The Parable of the Great Pearl
In the canonical gospels, this parable is found only in Mathew 13:45. Another version is found in the Gospel of Thomas. “The kingdom of heaven is like when a person who buys and sells fine pearls, a merchant, goes to search for the great pearl.” Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-b3T7HfXYY
We begin at 9:45 am at the threshold to the library in the Chapel of the Saints.
This Sunday: middle school youth
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
This week, Mr. Any Petras will lead a session called, Jesus Calls the First Disciples. This story comes from the gospels of Mark 1:14-20, and Luke 5:1-11. With the miraculous catch of fish, Jesus called ordinary people, just like us, to be disciples. I’m just a kid—what can I do that’s important enough to be a disciple? We’ll explore this and focus on key words such as, miracle, disciple, ordinary, and faith.
We begin at 9:45 am in the west classroom of the Chapel of the Saints.
This Sunday: 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:
2/8/17, 3/8/17, 4/12/17, 5/10/17
Contact Jimmy Wright for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companion Cafe: Wednesday, February 1
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: Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles, Green Beans with Rosemary,
Kale Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing.
2017 Lutheran Legislative Event: February 12-14, 2017
Sponsored by Poverty & Justice Task Force of ELCA Southwestern Texas Synod and Texas Impact
Gethsemane Lutheran Church – Austin, Texas
Do you wonder why our Texas legislators sometimes don’t understand important issues to Lutherans?
Would you like to help them understand those issues? Now’s your opportunity to impact the legislative process!
The schedule will be:
Sunday, 2:45 pm-8:00 pm Workshop, Worship, and Biblical Advocacy Training
Monday, 8:00 am-8:30 pm Issues, Caucus, and Issues Training
Tuesday, 8:30 am-1:00 pm Legislative Visits at the Capitol
Online Registration: http://www.swtsynod.org/synodevents
$75 – Registration through February 1, 2017; $90 – Registration from February 2, 2017
(Includes Sunday dinner and Monday meals; Tuesday breakfast is on your own.)
Note: A limited number of scholarships are available to cover registration fee for participants under 25, seminarians, or financial need.
If interested, contact PJTF Chair, Mary Lou Newman at email@example.com
Volunteer Chefs needed for Micah 6 Street Youth Drop-In Center
The Micah 6 Street Youth Drop-In Center is about to celebrate its 6th anniversary! You can be a part of this rewarding ministry by preparing a main dish, salad, side vegetable, bread, or dessert on one of the six dates that First English will be serving this year. Food need not be home-cooked. Meals are served on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 pm. Our first date will be February 12. We will also serve on April 2, June 11, August 6, October 1, and December 3. If you can provide a dish in advance but cannot be present to serve, that is also welcome. Thank you for supporting youth in a time of need. Please contact Jackie Chuter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-657-3584 if you can serve on February 12 or any other date.
The First English Companions group invites you to a new study for 2017 based on Parker Palmer’s HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY, The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. This is a topic worthy of prayerful sharing at this time in our life together. Palmer, a Quaker, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality, and social change. The weekly study begins Thursday, February 16, 7:00-8:30 pm, in the home of Barbara Wiederaenders. Companions in Christ groups were begun by Barbara Schutz in 2007. The groups have continued to provide opportunities for us to share how our faith impacts our daily lives. Come nurture your spirit with us. To register or ask for more information, please call Barbara at 512-451-0684.
Refugee Welcome and Advocacy
On Monday, January 30, FELC hosted and partcipated in an interfaith vigil for refugees. This event was co-sponsored with the Refugee Council USA. The church was full and standing room only, inside and outside the building.
We continue to pray for and advocate with refugees throughout the world in this difficult time, especially Syrian refugees who are facing terrible struggles at home and increased rejection in the United States. Red and green candles (colors of the Syrian flag) continue to burn at the altar as a reminder to be in a constant prayer vigil for them.
We are invited to join with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (http://lirs.org) and their excellent work with welcoming and settling refugees in this critical moment. They are the 2nd largest agency the State Department works with to settle refugees. Their website has specific and helpful ways to learn, act, and donate.
Here are some links to stories and photos about our witness on Monday night:
Texas Tribune: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/30/refugee-vigil/
More to come. Continue to pray. Continue to act.