Weekly Update – August 4


Live Webcast with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Thursday, August 6 at 8 PM CDT
FELC Parlor

Join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism August 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT). See more at www.elca.org/webcast.

Pastor Coffey will show the webcast live on the screen in the parlor that night. Join with him as we watch this live webcast together and have conversation. Ice cream, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Come as early as 7:30.



childrenMinecraft Bible Study will hear and create a story that contains a tree, an angel, hot stones, cake, water, and the great prophet Elijah. This story is full of imagery that children can easily understand and let their creativity run wild. We’ll hear about God providing everything Elijah needs to continue his journey (1 Kings 19:4-8). Don’t forget to bring your tablet or laptop.


Parents, grandparents, caregivers…Please mark Sunday August 30th on your calendars. We’ll hold a parent meeting immediately following the 9:45 am
service in the parlor. Lunch will be provided along with adult supervision
for the kids on the playground.

Families after the parent meeting we’ll head over to Barton Springs for a
family swim day from 1-4 pm. All family members and friends are welcome to
join us. This will be a great opportunity for you to invite friends with
children to come and experience the excellent family ministry we have at FELC.


Neighborhood Dinner Church Planning Meeting
Sunday, August 9 at 11:00 AM in the Parlor









In a recent survey Pastor Coffey conducted on interest in ministries and programs in the congregation, the highest interest was shown in having Sunday evening dinners and worship in member’s homes once a month. The plan is to have 3 or 4 areas of greater Austin (far north, north, central, and south) where one Sunday evening a month in a member’s home on a rotating basis Pastor Coffey would lead a table communion service. This would include a potluck dinner, reading of Scripture, a conversational sermon, prayer, song, and communion. Members would be encouraged to attend the service in their part of town if and when they are able, and to invite friends and family. This can be a great way to experience worship and get to know your neighbors, and allow for those who can’t make Sunday morning to have an additional opportunity to worship.

If you would like to be part of this new worship ministry please let Pastor Coffey know and plan to attend the meeting. We’ll need at least one home in each area that can host 1 to 3 times a year, and we’ll need others to help plan and lead the services. The hope is to begin in the fall.



Coffey coverPastor Coffey’s book has just been published. Titled “Mystery without Rhyme or Reason: Poetic Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary” it is a collection of his writings over three years based on the Scripture readings for Sunday worship.

He is able to order copies of the book directly from the publisher at a discount. If you would like to order a copy, please let him know by August 9 by calling the church or emailing him (pastor@felcaustin.org). The cost is $16.00, made payable to “Michael Coffey.”






Summer is quickly coming to an end and I’m in need of folks to help with children’s formation. Whether you’re a pro from previous years or a newbie to working with children, I’d love to talk with you. I’d also love to have some teachers that are not the parents of our current students.

You can sign-up to lead from 1-3 Sunday’s at a time. We use a curriculum that allows the teachers to work with the same story for multiple weeks. The children then have special weekly workshops where they engage the story in a variety of ways—Bible skills and games, cooking, computer lab, music, science, drama, and video.

Please let me know if you feel called to this ministry. I’ll provide all the resources, training, and everything you need.

Jimmy Wright


by Jimmy Wright







Sunday August 16th after the 9:45 am service,
we’ll grab some lunch and share ideas for the coming year.


ELCA Day of Service
Sunday, September 13, 2015

gods work our hands

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)– one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.