Weekly Update – July 8

BEDTIME BRIGADE, TONIGHT!

July 8th Bedtime Story Brigade happens tonight! We’ll meet in the lobby of St. David’s Church and walk over to the Salvation Army Shelter. We’ll read stories, play games, have cookies and milk, and have a great time with the children staying at the shelter.

· 6:15 p.m. meet in the lobby of St. David’s Church 301 E. 8th St.
· You can park for free in the St. David’s garage. The garage entrance is on Trinity, just south of 8th St.
· We’ll return to St. David’s at 8 p.m.
· RSVP with Jimmy Wright formation@felcaustin.org or (440) 985-8981

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SISTERS IN SPIRITS

The July Sisters in Spirits will be at Trudy’s on 30th Street,
at 7 pm, Thursday July 9. Join the sisters and bring a friend.

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YOUTH HAPPENINGS: ELCA YOUTH GATHERING INFORMATION

JL8-4Sunday July 12th all youth and parents need to be at church for the 9:45 a.m. service. This is a mandatory event. We’ll have a special congregational blessing and send-off. After church we’ll be selling and taking orders for Keeping Church Weird t-shirt fundraiser.

Wednesday July 22nd FELC stockholder dinner and presentation will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Details will be given to you about what time you need to be at the church to cook and set-up.

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WELCOME OUR GUEST THIS SUNDAY: REV. DR. MARK WASHINGTON

Join us this Sunday for worship at 9:45 as we welcome our guest, the pastor of Vision of Hope AME Church in Austin, Mark Washington. In addition to being a pastor, Mark is the director of Human Resources for the City of Austin. Pastor Coffey visited Vision of Hope this past Sunday, and Pastor Washington will visit with us for worship this Sunday.

This is part of an effort the two are working on to create fellowship between our two congregations that bridges racial lines following the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Come early if you’d like to greet Pastor Washington–he will need to leave early to lead worship at his congregation.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

jl8-1Minecraft Bible Study will face quite a challenge this week during children’s church. We’ll explore the story of Herod being asked to kill John the Baptist (Mark 6: 14-29). This is something that Herod doesn’t really want to do, but he ends up doing it anyway. He sends his soldiers to kill the baptizer. I wonder if you’ve ever done something you didn’t want to do?

Children’s Church continues to need volunteer leadership. Please take a look at your calendar and see it there’s a Sunday or two will work for you. You can sign-up by going to http://www.felcaustin.org/ministries/children-youth scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Spark Rotation Volunteers. Enter your password and pick the dates that work for you. We need two volunteers each Sunday.

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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROPOSAL AND MEETINGS

The church council is working on a proposal for a capital improvements to our facility, including the sanctuary, bathrooms, fellowship hall, parking lot, and more. A proposal summary will be provided in the near future for your consideration.

The council has scheduled two meetings to present the proposal and have conversation. Your input into the capital improvements plans will be essential and an important part of putting together a final proposal.

The second of the two meetings will be held in the parlor this Sunday at 11:00 am. This meeting is the same as the first meeting in June–you need only attend one. Feedback forms will be provided and are due back in the church office by Monday, July 13.

Following these meetings the council will finalize the proposal for vote at a congregational meeting. The congregational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 2 at 11:00 am in the fellowship hall. Voting on the proposed capital improvements and necessary expenditures will be the only item of business. Following approval, a capital campaign to raise funds will begin.

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FELC KEEPING CHURCH WEIRD TIE DYE SHIRTS

JL8-5This Sunday, July 12th we’ll send our youth off to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit Michigan in style. As a final fundraiser, we’ll be selling and taking orders for our Keeping Church Weird shirts. This was inspired by the Keep Austin Weird slogan. Bring your cash or checkbook and join in the fun.

 

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PRAY FOR OUR YOUTH

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FELC is sending seven youth and three adult sponsors to the ELCA Youth Gathering.
Please pray for each of them on July 15th-19th.

J.P. Northcutt-Benson, Ally Schlandt, Ashley Jensen, Josh Jensen, Ben Jensen, Liam Coffey, Colin Coffey, Sarah Roberts, Michael Coffey, and Jimmy Wright.

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FELC YOUTH STOCKHOLDER DINNER AND PRESENTATION

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A special dinner and presentation will be held for everyone that
contributed to our youth fundraising efforts. We are so thankful and
blessed for your support.

· Wednesday July 22nd
· 6-8 p.m.
· FELC Fellowship Hall
· RSVP with Jimmy Wright—formation@felcaustin.org or (440) 985-8981

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CHURCH DINNER PARTY AT THE COFFEYS
Next date: July 26

Send your RSVP now to Pastor Coffey for the next church dinner party. All are invited to attend one dinner during 2015. Email Pastor Coffey today (pastor@felcaustin.org) or call the church office (512-478-1933) to check for space and RSVP. Future dates are September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 13. The August date has been cancelled.