Weekly Update – December 17

Companion Café
Menu for December 17

Pumpkin Soup
Mini Spinach Quiche in Puff Pastry
Spinach-Feta Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

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ADVENT CONTEMPLATIVE EVENING PRAYER
Watching. Waiting. Wondering.
6:45 pm

We gather for prayer, song, scripture, and silence.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

December 17th Registration ends for our Synod SR High Youth Gathering at Camp Chrysalis. The cost is $180. Event takes place January 9-11. If you are interested in going, contact Jimmy ASAP.

December 21st 9:45 am is the final rehearsal for the children and youth Christmas Eve service. Meet in the nave and stay for worship at 11 am.

December 24th if you are participating in the 5:30 service, PLAN TO ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 4:30 pm. This will give you plenty of time to meet with me and go over final details. Listed below are the youth we have participating. If you are not on the list, I still have plenty of ways for you to help. Simply show up at 4:30 pm and find me.

JP will read from Isaiah.
Ashley and Josh will narrate the story.
Colin will read the prayers.

God’s Peace,
Jimmy Wright

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CHILDREN and FAMILY MINISTRIES

We are moving very close to the Mystery of Christmas. We are preparing our
hearts for the birth of a King. A King is coming, but he is not the kind of
king that people thought was coming. This King had no army, no great house,
and no riches. This King was a baby who was born in a barn. The King who
was coming is still coming. This is full of mystery.

December 21st Advent IV
Today we light three-blue candles and one-rose candle. We remember the prophets, the Holy Family, the shepherds and the Magi.

Nativity Rehearsal takes place in the nave at 9:45 am. This is our final
rehearsal for the 5:30 pm Christmas Eve service. We have beautiful costumes
and room for every child. Our cast includes a donkey, sheep, shepherds,
angels, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and the wise ones.

Godly Play continues during the children’s gathering time at the 11am
service. Today we hear of the wise men and Christmas. We move toward
Bethlehem, guided by the pointing prophets, with the Holy Family, the
shepherds, and the Magi. We arrive at the birth of Jesus and the lighting
of the Christ Candle. Children return to the nave after the Lord’s Prayer.

December 24th Christmas Eve: The Nativity of our Lord 5:30 PM
4:30 pm. Keep the stress low by arriving no later than 4:30 pm. Meet in the parlor. This will give you plenty of time to get your children in costume.My advice is to slow down, be patient, and don’t expect perfection. Laugh and sing Christmas songs on the way to church. All of this will help keep the stress down and our children calm. We have all the time we need.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Mr. Jimmy

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Longest Night: Blue Christmas Evening Prayer
December 21 at 7 pm

While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not
everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging,
depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified. Even those
who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and
expectations around Christmas time.

In Longest Night: Blue Christmas Evening Prayer, we seek to provide a time
and place of solace during the often frenetic days surrounding the
celebration of Christmas. We come together seeking healing and room to
share our grief, sadness, loneliness or confusion when these emotions often
feel out of place during the holidays. We gather on the longest night of
the year, the winter solstice, and listen to the hopeful words of the light
that God alone provides.

All in the community are invited to join us for this quiet, contemplative,
and beautiful time of prayer, song, and healing. A reception will follow.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
For all these upcoming holiday events

Sunday, December 21
Blue Christmas Evening Prayer @ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist
5:30 pm Child-friendly Service

11:00 pm Choir and other special music
(Prelude begins at 10:45 pm)

Sunday, December 28
Christmas Lessons and Carols @ 9:45 am (one service only)

Sunday, January 4
Epiphany Sunday Worship @ 9:45 am (one service only)
Epiphany Lessons and Carols @ 5:00 pm

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ADVENT PHOTO CALENDAR

Join together in reflecting on Advent by making a community Advent photo
calendar online, beginning December 1. Post your own photos or something
interesting you find online. Use hashtag #Advent2014 and post on our
Facebook page, or Twitter @FELCAustin.

Here are the daily themes:
1. Waiting
2. Patience
3. Repenting
4. Longing
5. Darkness
6. Fearing
7. Watching
8. Wondering
9. Remembering
10. Preparing
11. Promising
12. Emerging
13. Courage
14. Hoping
15. Praying
16. Anticipating
17. Joy
18. Love
19. Peace
20. Light
21. Newness
22. Faithfulness
23. Celebrating
24. Family
25. Incarnation

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POINSETTIAS FOR THE SANCTUARY
Click on this link to the online contribution form

Beautiful poinsettias will decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve and the
Sunday after. If you would like to contribute to the cost of the flowers,
please complete this form. Each plant costs $15.00. Plants will be
available to take on the Sunday after Christmas on a first-come,
first-served basis. Prepayment is required by December 21. Please send a
check made out to “First English Lutheran Church” with “Christmas
Poinsettias” in the memo. Or, you may use our online donations option:
http://www.felcaustin.org/giving

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Micah 6 Job Opening

Micah 6 is looking to hire a new Director of Volunteer Engagement.

This part-time, 25 hours per week position will be filled in January.
Anyone interested should submit a cover letter and resume by December 19 to
info@micah6austin.org. The job description can be viewed here:
http://www.felcaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/Micah6DirectorofVolunteerEngagementJobDescription.pdf