Weekly Update – December 9

Companion Café
Menu for December 10

Shepherd’s Pie
Creamed Spinach with Nutmeg
Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

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

We gather for prayer, song, scripture, and silence.
Join us on these Wednesdays: December 10 and 17.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS

Registration continues for our Synod SR High Youth Gathering at Camp
Chrysalis. Price has now increased to $180. Event takes place January 9-11.
If you are interested in going, contact Jimmy ASAP.

December 10th Bedtime Story Brigade at the Salvation Army Shelter, 6-8 pm.
Come and read stories, serve milk and cookies, and play games with the
children and families staying at the downtown shelter. You need to RSVP for
this by today, December 9th, by contacting Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981.

December 14th 9:45 am Rehearsal for Children/Youth Christmas Eve service.
We’ll meet in the nave. I’ve heard from several of you, but those who want
to help lead this service should contact Jimmy and come to the rehearsal.

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.

God’s Peace,
Jimmy Wright

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REMINDER ABOUT GROW GREEN DAY

Hello Gardeners, the monthly Grow Green Day is this Saturday, December 13,
from 9-11 am. All are invited to join the eco-friendly landscaping of FELC!
Please contact Travis Gould with any questions: tegould85@gmail.com or
830-328-3068.
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CHRISTMAS CAROL SING AND POTLUCK
Sunday, December 14 at 12:15 in the Fellowship Hall

What is your favorite Christmas carol? Come and join us as we enjoy a wide
variety of songs for Christmas. Bring something to share for the potluck
(Christmasy or otherwise) and enjoy singing carols in the fellowship hall.
Also, see how well you do with Pastor Coffey’s Christmas Quiz, and win a
prize (kids’ and adults’ versions of the quiz).

This will also be a great warm-up for those who plan to go caroling with
homebound members afterwards.

Note: We are not having a December congregational meeting, which would
normally be the same day. The adoption of a budget and election of council
members will take place at the annual meeting, January 26.

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Christmas Caroling with Homebound Members
Sunday, December 14, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Each year we share the joy of Christmas by visiting our homebound members
and singing Christmas carols with them. It’s a great all-ages event, and a
way to visit with or meet some of our wonderful members who we don’t get to
see too often at church. Dress up in your crazy reindeer antlers or
favorite Christmas sweater (you know you have one), bring some bells to
jingle, and share the love of our church family through song and smiles.

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CHILDREN and FAMILY MINISTRIES

Greetings to you on this second week of Advent. I pray you are finding
peace and calm this week. The church learned a long time ago that people
need a way to get ready to enter or even come close to a mystery like
Christmas. The church set aside four weeks to get ready. This is such a
great Mystery that it takes that long to get ready. During this time, we
are all on the way to Bethlehem. We are all making the journey.

December 14th Advent III

We light two-blue candles and one rose or pink candle. The rose candle is
used on Guadette Sunday as a symbol of joy. Advent is a serious time, but
you can’t be serious all the time. Today we remember the joy the angels
sang of. This is the Sunday when it is time for a little celebration!

Nativity Rehearsal takes place in the nave at 9:45 am. I hope all our
children will be present and taking part in this rehearsal. I promise it
will be very low stress and a lot of fun. There are no speaking parts for
the children. We already have children to play the part of mother Mary and
baby Jesus. We have beautiful costumes and need children to play the part
of Joseph, innkeeper, angels, shepherds, sheep and donkey.

Godly Play continues during the children’s gathering time at the 11am
service. This week’s presentation focuses on the prophets, the Holy Family,
and the shepherds. As our story progresses, I need a little more time with
the children. I’ll return them to the nave after the Lord’s Prayer.

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. O come, O come, Emmanuel. Rejoice, Rejoice!

Mr. Jimmy

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LIFErs DECEMBER EVENT

The LIFErs are having their annual white elephant gift exchange this
Sunday, December 14, at 6 pm. Sean and Betsy are hosting; they can be
found at 2512 East 17th St. All are welcome!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
For all these upcoming holiday events

Sunday, December 14
Christmas Carol Potluck @ 12:15 am
Christmas Caroling with Homebound Members @ 2:00 pm

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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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

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POINSETTIAS FOR THE SANCTUARY
Click here to 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