Two Sunday morning worship services September 17:
8:30 & 11:00 am – Word & Eucharist liturgy
9:45 am – Faith Formation for all ages
Preparing for Sunday worship…
Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
Comments from the Cloud of Witnesses
This Sunday, September 17 we will install Mary Lou Larson, Community Connector and Andy Petras, Godly Play Leader, in these ministry roles. We welcome them and pray for one another in our life together in Christ.
FELC Choir rehearsals: Wednesday evenings
The FELC Choir is an integral part of community worship and witness. We are blessed with committed singers and we want more. Come add your voice to God’s song! We lead music on various Sundays at the 11:00 am Eucharist throughout the fall/winter/spring. Rehearsals on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the sanctuary. For more information, contact Bryan Rust, director of music.
Adult Faith Formation: Sundays at 9:45 am
Get Your Reformation On
With the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation almost here, it’s time to get back to some Lutheran basics. ELCA presiding bishop Elizabeth Eaton is encouraging congregations and communities to study Luther’s Small Catechism this year. Remember that? If you went through Lutheran confirmation you had to study it and maybe even memorize it (the old days?).
For many of us, it hasn’t had much impact since. Now is your chance to study or re-study the Small Catechism. Pastor Coffey and Vicar Travis will lead the adult faith formation forum using “By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism” Sunday mornings through October 1 at 9:45 am in the parlor. Beginning October 8, we’ll take a look at “The Forgotten Luther: Reclaiming the Social-Economic Dimension of the Reformation”.
There’s An App for That Catechism
Martin Luther’s Small Catechism is now available as an app for Android and Apple. It’s a great resource for study, and it’s free for the basic edition. Find it on the app store of your choice.
Survey on Christmas Eve Service Times and Adult Formation
We have an important survey we need all First English participants to complete regarding worship times for Christmas Eve and adult formation plans. It will only take 1 or 2 minutes, and will be very helpful in our planning. Please fill it out. We will receive results through September 30. Here is the link:
Companion Café: begins Wednesday, September 20
Companion Cafe is our ministry of cooking delicious, high quality, fresh dinners and sharing them in community with folks from the congregation, child development center, community, and all who are hungry. We serve beginning at 6:00 PM on Wednesdays, until 7:00 PM. Suggested donation of $5 per plate, $3 for children. To go orders are welcome. Our menu for September 20 will be: Sweet and Tangy Glazed Meatloaf, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Rosemary Green Beans, Baby Greens Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette. We have a dedicated group of leaders, and more can participate. The positions for Companion Cafe include: Head chef: plans a menu, shops for ingredients, oversees cooking; Prep and cook: Helps the head chef cook the meal, from 3:30 to 6:00, helps serve if available; Setup and cleanup: Get things ready, serve, and cleanup after. If you’re interested in serving in this ministry, let Chef Coffey know.
Café Conversations: 6:30 to 7:30 on Occasional Wednesdays
As a new part of our Wednesday evening ministries this fall, we are beginning Cafe Conversations. We are inviting local leaders of non-profits and other community organizations to present on what they are doing, and then have time for questions and conversation.
Currently we have three speakers scheduled:
September 27: Bee Moorhead, Executive Director, Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy / Texas Impact;
October 4: Mike St. John, Operations Director, Interfaith Action of Central Texas;
October 25: Linder Nelson, President Austin NAACP.
Come and enjoy a great Companion Cafe meal, and then stay for the presentation and conversation as we learn about many great organizations in our community and ways we can connect with and support them. Look for the rest of the fall lineup soon.
Living with Alzheimer’s forum: Saturday, September 23
University United Methodist Church is excited to host the “Living with Alzheimer’s” forum with special speakers Geri and Jim Taylor. When the Taylors learned that Geri was in the early stage of Alzheimer’s, they determined to live fully and happily, deciding to share the diagnosis openly, risking isolation. This inspiring presentation tells of their participation as the subjects of a feature article, titled Fraying at the Edges, in the New York Times, Geri’s entry into an exciting and promising drug trial, and Jim’s being cast in a professional play ironically about Alzheimer’s. Geri’s career as a health professional provides unique insights into living fully with dignity and determination.