Weekly Update – July 22


On Sunday, July 27 First English will celebrate God’s gift of creation at the 9:45 am worship service. All worshipers are invited to bring symbols and signs of creation from your home or neighborhood: Rocks, dirt, flowers, grasses, sea shells, branches, water, vegetables, fruits or anything that is a sign of creation. You could also bring photographs of creation from your area or from a trip. All items can be blessed and offered at a Creation Station during the worship service.

During the service we will also welcome back Pastor Coffey from his 12-week sabbatical. Please join us after the service for a time of fellowship when he will be happy to share a little of what he has been up to during his absence.


July 31  Trip to Schlitterbahn

Incoming 5–12 graders welcome. Bring a friend and make new friends with youth from other churches in Austin. Contact Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981 or formation@felcaustin.org


Depart FELC at 8:45 am and return around 7 pm. Cost is $30.

Jimmy’s Intersections for Parents, Youth, Children
Look for this information anytime on the FELC web site.
Click the link at Children and Youth on the Home Page of the FELC Web site.

Jimmy’s Intersection for Youth
Jimmy’s Intersection for Children & Families



Our choir is on sabbatical through Labor Day weekend. However, that doesn’t mean musical offerings stop. Anyone—of any age—interested in offering music by singing or playing an instrument is encouraged to contact Bryan at music@felcaustin.org or (512) 704-2906. You can offer music individually or with a group.



The First English Book Club is asking for your suggestions for our 2014-2015 reading year! We need suggestions of good books so we can choose our reading list for the coming year. Interesting ideas, great writing, fiction or non-fiction, we love to read good books and WE NEED YOUR SUGGESTIONS, now through July 30.

Submit suggestions to Anne Wiebe at wiebeanne@hotmail.com (or bring to the FELC office) with the title/author for up to three books. Each book should be 450 pages or less, and available through the Austin Public Library. We especially request suggestions of shorter books, 200 pages or less, since we plan to alternate “quick-read” books with average-length books again on this year’s list.


“Taking It to The Streets”
A Social Ministry Fair and Concert

What’s so important about gathering folks together for fellowship through education and music?

Michael McDonald, a songwriter from the 1970’s wrote “Taking it To the Streets”
In it, he expressed the frustration of those who had been long ignored, misused
and forgotten; that those on the outside did not realize the hell that had been
created, and therefore he was taking this to the streets.

When people gather for a cause, a purpose, music is more than likely involved.
Education doesn’t have to be in a classroom. Educating can be through connecting
people who are concerned about the same causes or fighting the same fight, so
that we collectively as people of faith can really raise the roof on what is
affecting our neighbors and others in our neighborhoods.

So come out on August 3 from 1-4 pm to learn, to be inspired, to fellowship with
others on the issues affecting those we serve! Light refreshments are needed;
please see our Vicar this Sunday after service for a sign-up sheet, or e-mail
her at vicar@felcaustin.org


For Families of Young Kids

Calling all artists – elementary age and below! This summer the art for the for the front cover of our worship bulletin continues to be created by young participants at First English. The art can even be printed in color. Each week has a theme and you can view the themes and sign up for a week by using the link below:


Please contact Katherine Ortiz (katortiz@hotmail.com) or Jackie Chuter (jackiechuter@yahoo.com) or Vicar Kwame (vicar@felcaustin.org) with questions.

Thanks for your participation!



Thanks to Steve Jung sharing his witness about our ministry with John Stepan, owner of Cabo Bob’s Burritos, during the month of July Cabo Bob’s is giving anyone who says they are from First English Lutheran Church 50% of the money from sales toward the cost of replacing the kitchen oven at First English!

So, please, come out and support this local eatery as well as FELC!

Cabo Bob’s, 2828 Rio Grande St. is located near First English. Web site is http://cabobobs.com. They are not open on Sunday so that employees can enjoy Sabbath time. Support this endeavor and new partnership!