Weekly Update – April 8

Companion Café
Wednesday, April 9
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
Wednesday, April 9

Join us on this final Wednesday for Lenten Evening Prayer. We will hear Scripture, join in song and prayer.

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Sisters in Spirits & Lutheran BREWtherhood Together
Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm, The Pour House Pub, 6701 Burnet Road 78757

Lutheran BREWtherhood is being rescheduled this month due to the Maundy Thursday
observance. It will meet a week earlier, which is the same day as Sisters in
Spirits. So both groups will meet together for the first time. All are invited
for a fun evening of conversation and enjoying your favorite beverage. Contact
Sarah Roberts at (512) 826-7798. or Pastor Coffey for information (512) 478-1933.

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

Please join Vicar Kwame during the Educational Hour, 9:45 this Sunday as we
begin to craft and organize this Advocacy Ministry What goals will First English
want to accomplish? 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?
Finally what are other of our sister churches saying about Advocacy where they stand?

Come for conversation and delving into the Scriptures. Come with a passion
of 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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GROW GREEN DAY & CLEAN SWEEP AUSTIN
Saturday, April 12, 9-11 am

Our monthly Grow Green Day coincides this month with Keep Austin Beautiful’s
Clean Sweep, a city-wide trash pick-up. First English will be sponsoring a
neighborhood trash pick-up Saturday morning, April 12th, from 9-11 am and all
are invited to join! There will be small prizes for volunteers and wonderful
opportunities to make our neighborhood a more beautiful place. Please know that
your presence is welcome, meeting in the parking lot at 9 am this Saturday
morning. Contact Travis Gould with any questions: tegould85@gmail.com or (830) 328-3068.

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CPR & FIRST AID CLASS
Monday, April 14, 6:15 pm in the Parlor

First English Lutheran CDC is hosting a CPR and First Aid class in the Parlor on April 14 that is open to anyone who would like to attend. Classes generally last about 2.5 hours. The cost is $25/person. You are welcome to join us for this valuable training.

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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. Musical Meditations on the hour.
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.