Weekly Update – April 22

Companion Café
Wednesday, April 23
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!

Menu for April 23
Pecan Crusted tilapia
Collard Greens
Rice
Spring Salad Mix with Rasberry Vinaigrette

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COUNCIL APPROVES HIRE of NEW DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, & FAMILY MINISTRIES

The Church Council has approved the hire of Jimmy Wright as our 3/4 time Director of CYF Ministries. Jimmy will begin June 24, and will attend the high school mission trip to Eagle Pass.

Jimmy has just completed a degree in Christian Formation. His wife, the Rev. Katie Wright, is the associate rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin. They have three children.

Look for more information about Jimmy in the May newsletter. You can meet Jimmy and his family this Sunday, at the Chicken BBQ.

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FELC Celebrates 25 Years as a Reconciling In Christ Congregation
Sunday, April 27 Reception and Recognition in the Fellowship Hall
Between services at 9:45 am

On Sunday, April 27, First English will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Reconciling in Christ (RIC) is a
program of ReconcilingWorks which recognizes Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The complete RIC Roster now exceeds 550 settings, including congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other organizations. First English was the first congregation in the Southwestern Texas Synod to become RIC in April of 1989. The Southwestern Texas Synod became a Reconciling in Christ Synod in 1998.

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PASTOR COFFEY BEGINS SABBATICAL APRIL 28

Please join us this Sunday, April 27 for worship and as we bless Pastor Coffey before he leaves on his 12-week sabbatical. His dates of absence are April 28 through July 20.

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FELC Annual Chicken Bar-B-Q
Sunday, April 27      5–8 pm
Performances by the Cutters & Oliver Rajamani

Plan to bring your family, friends and enjoy a great meal!

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STYROFOAM® RECYCLING: A NEW WORD

Styrofoam® recycling is back at FELC! Ecology Action of Texas, the business newly-found to be accepting the material, is making responsible disposal easier than ever. Members are encouraged to deposit Styrofoam® items, as described below, into the container labeled “STYROFOAM® ONLY” found in the north hallway just off the Fellowship Hall. As the container will be a permanent fixture deposits may be made at any time.

I. Items must be CLEAN;
2. Items may be of ANY type Styrofoam® except “peanuts”. (Mail service businesses frequently accept peanuts.);
3. Items need not be broken up unless their size prevents other item from filling otherwise usable space.

Thanks to all who will now help to make this project an even more successful operation than before.

Ecology Action of Texas
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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.

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MUSIC CONCERTS AT FIRST ENGLISH

Collegium Musicum
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 pm – an extracurricular, student-run mixed choir at
University of Texas featuring a cappella works that are part of a Pastiche Missa
Brevis (short mass with select movements from various composers) and a world
premiere composition by UT student Samir Patel, who won our New Choral Music
Initiative competition this semester!
Admission is free!
More info: http://www.utcolmus.org/concerts.html

Texas Early Music Project
Saturday, April 26, 8:00 pm – dedicated to the performance and outreach of music
from Medieval to Classical, performing joyful and passionate songs about love,
spring, mythology and more, including the 13th-century Carmina Burana manuscript. Rated PG-13.

General Admission: $25; $20 seniors 60+; $5 students with valid ID (at the door only).
More information: http://www.early-music.org