Weekly Update – January 6, 2015

Time to Take Down the Tree

This week the Christmas tree in the sanctuary needs to be undecorated. Pastor Coffey needs help getting this done by Friday. If you’d like to come by and help anytime this week, please let him know. Call or e-mail Pastor Coffey: (512) 478-1933 OR pastor@felcaustin.org

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Sisters in Spirits
Apothecary Café, 4800 Burnet Rd, Austin, 78756
Thursday, January 8 at 7 pm

Join us for a women’s gathering of good conversation and beverages of your
choice (wine, beer, tea, etc.). Feel free to bring a friend as well! For
more information please contact Sarah Roberts at (512) 826-7798.

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Adult Sunday Class
Animate: Faith Practices

Beginning on January 11, Pastor Coffey will lead a new adult class on
Sunday mornings called “Animate: Faith Practices.” It will explore the core
practices of Christian faith and life: Prayer, Food, Worship, Sacraments,
Money, Service, Community. Using DVD presentations and discussion, we will
seek to enhance our own Christian lives and faith through these practices.

You can read more about the series online at http://wearesparkhouse.org/adults/animate/practices.

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Baptism of Max Archer this Sunday

On the Sunday of the Baptism of Our Lord, we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Baptism for Max Archer, son of Larry and Natalie, and brother Sam. Join us at the 11:00 service as we share in this joyful occasion together.

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Children, Youth and Family Ministries

Hello Epiphany! Time to take down all the Christmas decorations. As I
expected, the seasons of Advent and Christmas have flown by. I would like
to thank everyone for all the help during the month of December. We had a
great Advent Workshop, a good introduction to Godly Play, and a wonderful
Christmas Eve service. We are blessed.

January 11 Spark Rotation resumes at 9:45 am. We’ll continue to explore
Epiphany and the mysterious Magi with a special session focused on King
Herod and the Wise Ones. All grades will meet and stay in the library for
this workshop. Thanks to Betsy Appleton, Ruth Gray, and Teresa Tice-Boggs
for leading this session. And we have the Baptism of baby Max Archer at the
11 am service! I hope all the children can gather around the Baptismal font
to see and hear as we welcome Max into the household of God.

High School Youth Sarah Roberts, Jimmy Wright, and several of our youth
will be at our synod youth gathering January 9-11th at Camp Chrysalis.

Alley Schlandt will be leading a fundraiser for our trip to the ELCA Youth
Gathering next summer in Detroit. We’ll be selling bags of mulch each
Sunday after the 11 am service, throughout the coming months. These are
large, heavy bags which you can take home with you or order for delivery.
We hope to make deliveries once per month. We are asking $10 for each bag
and a $10 delivery fee. And we really appreciate your support!

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples
of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where
we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen. The Book of Common Prayer.

God’s Peace,
Jimmy Wright

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FELC BOOK CLUB
January 11 at 6:30 pm in the Parlor

This Book Club meeting will be a special occasion since Pastor Tim Anderson, who wrote Just a Little Bit More – the Culture of Excess and the Fate of the Common Good, will be attending our meeting to discuss his book! For information contact Anne Wiebe at wiebeanne@hotmail.com.

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Church Dinner at the Coffeys’ in January

If you haven’t signed up for a church dinner party at the home of the Coffeys, now is your chance. There’s a lot of room available for the January 18 dinner. Please email Pastor Coffey (pastor@felcaustin.org) or call the church office to reserve a spot.

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CANCELED: Austin City Lutherans Movie Night: Lars and the Real Girl

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Wednesday Evening Events Beginning January 14

Two new meetings will begin soon. Norvell Northcutt will lead a discussion group on the Enneagram during the Companion Cafe dinner, starting at 6. Pastor Coffey will lead a small group meeting called Questing, for those exploring Christian faith and spirituality for the first time, or for renewal, and those who want to walk with them. Meets at 7:00 PM in the Parlor.

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HELP OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GO TO THE ELCA YOUTH GATHERING IN DETROIT!

As part of our fundraising for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
next summer, the High School Youth will be selling and delivering bags of
mulch to the congregation, for gardeners, those wishing to start a garden,
or those who just need a bag of mulch handy. Orders will be taken every
Sunday, with deliveries going out once a month, or you can take it home
yourself.

Bag of Mulch – $10
Delivery Fee – $10

For questions or orders, please contact: Ally Schlandt – allyson.schlandt@gmail.com
OR
Jimmy Wright – formation@felcaustin.org; (440) 985-8981