Weekly Update – April 1

Companion Café
Wednesday, April 2
Serving from 6 to 7 pm, $4 per plate

Enjoy a great, chef-prepared, freshly cooked meal for only $4 a plate. Dine at one of our friendly round tables and enjoy the community dinner, or get it to go. This is the best and easiest opportunity to invite someone to First English, too!

Companion Café During Lent
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and continuing through April 9, Companion Café will
be serving a soup of the week, and a sandwich bar. You’ll be able to make your
own sandwich, with plenty of meat, cheese, vegetarian, veggie and condiment
options to enjoy, with bread and rolls. Plus, enjoy a bowl of great soup. These
simpler menus are necessary because the oven is not working, and the city is
still processing our permit request for the new range and vent hood. Also, it
will suit the season of Lent with simpler meals.

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LENTEN EVENING PRAYER
Wednesdays, March 19 – April 9

During Lent we will gather on Wednesdays for Evening Prayer. Each week we will hear Scripture, join in song and prayer.

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ANNOUNCING: OPEN CALL FOR ADVOCACY
Vicar Kwame’s Second Phase of Internship Project
April 6 and 13 at 9:45 am, in the Parlor

Please join Vicar Kwame during the Adult Education Hour for an introduction to a new type of ministry: Advocacy Ministry. What does this mean for the community of First English? Where will we be involved? What areas of this city are struggling? How can we be a voice for those whose voices are barely heard? More importantly, how does the Gospel and the Good News guide us for this work? Come for conversation and delving into the Scriptures.Come with a passion for a new area to impact this world for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and in Faith. God’s Peace!

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LIFErs APRIL SERVICE ACTIVITY
Providing meal for Micah 6 Youth Drop-in Center
Sunday, April 6

Meet at FELC for food prep at 12:30 pm. See Facebook for details & to RSVP or contact: erin922@gmail.com

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CAPITAL SOUTH CONFERENCE ANNUAL GATHERING
Saturday, April 5, 9 am to 12 Noon
At Faith Lutheran Church, 6600 Woodrow Ave 78757

At this year’s annual gathering we will be electing a new conference chair and secretary, share insight about the upcoming Synod Assembly, and have an opportunity to participate in one of the following breakout sessions:

• Social Justice in the Capital South Conference
• Intra-Congregational programming
• Utilizing modern technology and social media in the church
• How to lead a team

Living God’s vision and encouraging each conference community to thrive is only possible through a collective effort. Thank you to all of the congregations that support the conference!

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THRIVENT/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AUSTIN BUILD
FELC Work Day, Saturday, April 12

First English will be joined on that day with students of Lutheran Campus Ministry and members of Triumphant Love Lutheran Church. FELC is to also prepare and serve lunch that day. SIGN UP IN THE NARTHEX TO WORK (OR TO HELP WITH THE LUNCH). For more information contact Fred Woody: fwoody@grandecom.net.

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Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm/Passion Sunday – April 13
8:30 am and 11:00 am
Procession with palms.
Reading of the passion story with hymns and artwork

Maundy Thursday – April 17
12:15 pm     Table Communion Service with lunch in the Parlor
7:30 pm       Service of Absolution, Foot Washing, and Holy Communion

Good Friday – April 18
Noon to 6:00 pm     Silent Meditation on the Cross
7:30 pm                       Adoration of the Cross Liturgy

Easter Vigil – April 19
9:00 pm     Candlelight Liturgy and Eucharist

Easter Sunday – April 20
8:30 & 11:00 am     Worship
9:00 am                      Easter Breakfast
10:00 am                   Easter Egg Hunt

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SYNOD ASSEMBLY OFFERING

The Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly is May 3-4 in Austin. Each year, the Synod chooses a ministry to support through an assembly offering. This year, the assembly offering is supporting Water for Africa. This ministry provides clean water to those in urgent need by donating LifeStaws. Each LifeStraw gives one person the ability to drink a hundred gallons of water instantly purified and safe from any source. For more information go to http://www.swtsynod.org/article378717.htm

We can support this ministry by collecting an offering from First English. For $10 you can sponsor one LifeStraw. First English could easily donate 100 straws to help 100 people desperately in need of clean drinking water. If you’d like to donate toward the assembly offering, make your check out to First English, and mark it “synod assembly offering.” We will collect donations through April 28.