one Word & Eucharist liturgy
Summer Sundays at 9:45 am
Sometimes it is called “Time after Pentecost” or “Ordinary Time” because of the numbering (ordinals) of the Sundays. The primary color of the season is green, highlighting themes of growth in faith and discipleship, so the name “Green Season” is appropriate. It includes the distinct seasons of summer and fall, which have different themes emphasized. The image of a green, growing plant in the warmth of the sun helps us to envision how God is working among us
Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 30
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Matthew 13: 31-33
[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Comments from the Cloud of Witnesses
2017 Summer Children’s Gathering: Growing in worship and community
People of all ages are vital in the life of Christian community, and that includes children. Liturgy means “the work of the people” and the presence of children in leadership and service is an important part of Christian faith formation. On Sunday mornings, children gather with the worshiping community at 9:45 am. Then following the bible readings in the liturgy, children 4 years through 5th grade are invited to gather with Anne Wiebe and other leaders in the fellowship hall. During this time, children will engage in hands-on learning about one aspect of liturgy. They will return to the worshiping community at the sharing of the peace for communion and blessing. Children’s Gatherings continue on Sunday mornings through August 13. (a snack will not be provided during this time.)
7/30 Meal: Sharing the Peace and baking bread
We will bake the bread for next week’s Eucharist, and learn about sharing the peace
Faith, Sexism, and Justice: Summer Conversations on Wednesday Nights
Continues this week
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is preparing a Social Statement on Sexism and Gender Based Violence starting Fall, 2017. Since our community has been studying the sin of sexism and searching for God’s grace in response, FELC is exploring a study guide this summer to continue to reflect, learn, and grow.
These study sessions will happen on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, 6:00-8:00 PM at FELC, pot-luck style dinner in the parlor.
Remaining dates are: 7/26, 8/2, 8/9
The study sessions will be led by an excellent crew of church leaders, including Leigh Northcutt-Benson, Mary Lou Larson, Nancy Baden, Renee Carlson, Anne Wiebe, Taylor Dieringer, and Travis Fitzgold. FELC is delighted to be nurturing community through in-depth study of social issues. Bring yourself, and bring a friend!
FELC Website and YouTube channel: connect online
We have updated the FELC website to better and more regularly connect with everyone, near and far. Check it out at www.felcaustin.org
Check out our YouTube channel where you can find audio of Sunday worship services at www.youtube.com/channel/UCj9B6jWh3PqO7ojn9-tHHRQ
Connect with FELC, in person AND online.
Micah 6 Reception: Sunday, July 30
On July 30, University Christian Church will host the Annual Meeting of Micah 6 with a reception at 12:30 pm in the UCC Fellowship Hall. Micah 6 board leaders and members of the Micah 6 congregations are invited to gather at UCC to celebrate the M6 Food Pantry and the Sunday Street Youth Drop in Center. Did you know that the M6 Food Pantry is the largest in Travis County? Did you know that the Drop in Center has served more than 7,800 hot meals to Austin’s street youth?
You will learn even more about this vital ministry at the reception. We will also get a chance to meet the new M6 Executive Director, the Rev. Barry Smith. Barry and the Board have big plans for ministries of Micah 6, building on the founding spirit of fourteen years ago and recruiting and expanding the cadre of volunteers who are the heart of the organization. University Christian Church is located at 2007 University Ave, Austin, 78705. For more information, contact Sarah Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Suggestions for Great Reads
The First English Book Club is asking for your suggestions for our 2017-2018 reading year! Every summer, we ask anyone and everyone to submit suggestions so we can choose our books for the coming year. We want good suggestions for our reading. Interesting ideas, great writing, fiction preferred this year, but all suggestions are welcome. The Book Club wants suggestions now through July 30. Submit suggestions to Anne Wiebe at email@example.com with the title/author for your suggestion/s. We especially request suggestions of shorter books, since we plan to alternate shorter “quick-read” books with average-length books on this year’s list.
RULES FOR SUBMISSIONS:
1. At least two copies of the book must be available through Austin Public Library.
2. The book should be less than 450 pages, good “quick-read” books under 225 pages are especially requested.
3. Deadline is July 30.
The First English Book Club meets the second Sunday evening of each month, mostly in homes of participants. We meet, share a potluck dinner, and discuss the book for that month, as well as related subjects brought up by the book. Everyone is invited! You can come to a meeting just once, or as often as you wish. We love to discuss books and ideas, and the more who come, the better the discussion. Questions? Anne Wiebe at 512-407-8427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith Lobby Day: Tuesday, August 1, Texas State Capitol
Texas Impact urges you to register now and spread the word as Texas faith leaders and Texans of all faiths stand against discrimination at “Y’All means All” the August 1 Lobby Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit texasimpact.org for information.
This year Texas Impact joins faith leaders who affirm the values of respect, dignity, and welcome and who reject the fear-filled rhetoric and un-American endorsement of discrimination that underlies proposed “bathroom legislation.” Lutheran Bishop Erik Gronberg (Ft. Worth), Presbyter Sallie Watson (San Antonio), Mufti Mohamed-Umer Esmail (Austin), and mainstream faith leaders from across the state will speak at this day of advocacy for our shared Texas values of love and respect for all. Pastor Coffey will be attending. For more information, contact Scott@TexasImpact.org.
Planning Meeting for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries:
Sunday, August 13, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm in the parlor
All parents and other adults wanting to help make our ministries for children, youth, and families excellent in the coming year are invited and encouraged to attend a planning meeting. We will join in conversation, share information about the direction we are going for 2017–2018, and plan together how to do some great special events during the year. Children will have a supervised activity in the fellowship hall during the meeting. Everyone’s input and participation is important.