Weekly Update – June 17

GUEST PREACHER AND PRESIDER THIS SUNDAY

Our guest preacher this Sunday is former vicar Alex LaChapelle. Alex is now
associate pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois
(www.stlukespr.org).

Our guest presiding minister is Alex Raabe, who is being ordained this
Saturday at Gethesemane Lutheran Church (the ordination was moved from FELC
because of the A/C problems). Alex is pastor of the new mission start Table
of Mercy in Austin, which will be meeting at FELC on Sunday evenings every
other week. You can read more about this ministry at www.tableofmercyatx.org.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

Children’s Church is in need of 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 here
http://www.felcaustin.org/ministries/children-youth scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Spark Rotation Volunteers. We need two volunteers each Sunday. Contact Jimmy Wright for more information: formation@felcaustin.org

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This coming Sunday we’ll learn about Jesus calming the sea. Mark 4: 35-41. Don’t forget to have your child bring a laptop or tablet. We’ll use Minecraft or Legos for our creative reflection time.

 

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SENIOR HIGH YOUTH HEADED TO DETROIT

We only have 28 days until we depart for the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit! This year’s cost is high because of the distance from Austin. All detroitmodes of transportation—car, bus, train and plane—were explored to help keep our cost as low as possible. Once you factor in all the extra costs of traveling by car (food, gas, and hotel) or even bus, the cheapest rate turned out to be by air.

On July 15th we’ll depart Austin on Southwest Airlines at 5:45 a.m. Switch planes in Atlanta and arrive in Detroit at noon. We have a free shuttle taking us to our hotel. We are blessed to be staying 1 mile from the Cobo Center in downtown. This allows us to walk to the convention center each day and not have the extra costs taking a bus or taxi.

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RAMADAN FAST-BREAKING DINNER
AT FIRST ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH

Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 PM

Dialogue Institute of the Southwest-Austin (DIS) has invited First English
Lutheran Church to share dinner in the fellowship hall, 7:30-9:30 pm,
Wednesday, June 24th. During Ramadan, Islam’s annual, month-long period of
fasting, prayer, self-discipline and selflessness, adult Muslims abstain
from eating and drinking (even water) from sunrise to sunset.

DIS expects that 20 of its members will attend the dinner and hopes that
many from FELC will join them to break their fast that day. Sharing a meal
will give all of us an opportunity to participate in conversations about
our beliefs, hopes and thoughts. A short program with a speaker from DIS
and Pastor Coffey will precede the meal. Children are invited and welcome.

Signing up ahead of time is required. The deadline is Sunday, June 21st,
but please let us know as soon as you know you will attend by calling or
emailing Pastor Coffey at 512-478-1933 or pastor@felcaustin.org.

Volunteers from FELC are needed to help that evening and to help with setup
and cleanup, and provide water, tea, and lemonade. Let Pastor Coffey know
if you can help.

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SANCTUARY AIR CONDITIONING

During the Memorial Day Weekend rainstorms, the church basement flooded
with three feet of water. You may not have known that we have a basement…
It is where the mechanical equipment for the sanctuary heating and air
conditioning is housed. The system for the library/choir room/restrooms is
there, too. Both units were damaged, and we discovered our sump pump
drainage system is not operating properly.

The biggest issue to address is the sanctuary air conditioning. We were
given two options by our A/C repairman. One was to replace the damaged
compressor with an identical unit. This would cost about $9,000, take 2 to
3 weeks, and our system would still be housed in the basement subject to
flooding again. The second option was to install a new system outside where
the current fan cooling unit is along 30th street outside the library
window. This would cost about $14,000, take 2 to 3 weeks, and our system
would not be in the basement (except for the blower unit) and not be at
risk for flooding. It would also likely be a more efficient system.

The church council voted to do the second option and install a new system
no longer housed in the basement. The work will be paid for out of cash
reserves, and reimbursed by making it part of our upcoming capital
improvements plan.

We anticipate the work will be done by the end of June or early July. We
will be worshiping in the fellowship hall until it is completed.