Weekly Update – June 3

2014-15 CLASS OF STEPHEN MINISTERS

To be Commissioned at June 7 Worship Service

stephen ministryA group of four FELC members, Ann Graham, Cindy Schlandt Gravell, Greg Meier, and Liz West have completed the 50-hour Stephen Ministry training course.

They have learned the core Stephen Ministry skills, in particular listening and keeping confidentiality, as well as the characteristics of and approaches for helping people facing some of the specific crises common in Stephen Ministry pairings. Having gone through the very intense training, which includes a lot of role play practice, they are especially well-prepared to help on a one-to-one basis those of us going through difficult periods in our lives like a death or serious illness of a loved one, our own hospitalization or serious illness, and divorce.

After their commissioning they will become an important part of our caring ministry at First English. They are committed to serving for two years, with the option of re-committing. During that time, they will continue to expand and increase their caregiving skills with continuing education and supervision. Please keep these newly trained Stephen Ministers as well as others of us on the Stephen Ministry team in your prayers.

Finally, please let the Pastor or me know when you are in need of the kind of ministry we are prepared to give. We try to be pro-active in asking potential helpees, but we can’t always know when there is a need.

For information about Stephen ministry contact:

Charlotte Gilman, Stephen Ministry Leader, (512) 321-5074

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BETHLEHEM OLIVE WOOD CARVINGS FOR SALE

Next Sunday we welcome Bethlehem Christian Families, as they bring hand-carved artworks from the Holy Land. Items will be for sale following worship in the fellowship hall.

The goals of Bethlehem Christian Families missions include:

* Improving the economic condition of the Christian communities in the
Holy Land, which has been acutely affected by a drastic drop in sales.
Sales have diminished as pilgrims and tourists avoid the instability in the middle east region and there is an absence of a strong export
market.Unemployment, skilled craftsmen are leaving their profession-
Encouraging families to remain in the Holy Land by alleviating their
economic plight through job development
* Revitalizing this traditional art industry, which is slowly disappearing
* Creating job opportunities for craftsmen and encouraging apprenticeship

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

New PictureChildren’s Church begins this Sunday, June 7th and we’re in need of volunteers to lead this summer ministry. If you’d like help out, please contact Jimmy Wright: formation@felcaustin.org or (440) 985-8981

Bedtime Story Brigade is happening on June 10th 6-8 pm. All children and parents are welcome to attend this wonderful outreach ministry. We’ll read books, share cookies and milk, and play games with the children staying at the Salvation Army Shelter in downtown.

We have two options of getting there.

Option 1: Meet Jimmy Wright at the FELC parking lot. We need to depart promptly at 6 pm.

Option 2: Meet in the lobby of St. David’s Church at 6:15 pm and we’ll walk over to the shelter. St. David’s is at 301 E. 8th St. You can park for free in the church parking garage. The garage entrance is on Trinity St. just south of 8th.

Please RSVP for this by contacting Jimmy Wright: formation@felcaustin.org or (440) 985-8981

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YOUTH SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK

JP NORTHCUTT-BENSON

JPNB JP is finishing up his freshman year at McCallum High School and is a very talented drummer. His humor, leadership, and positive outlook are vital to our youth group. When asked about his thoughts on attending the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer, JP concisely stated, “I feel like Detroit will be an interesting experience and I look forward to it.” It will indeed, JP!
Thanks for all you do.

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YOUTH FUNDRAISING UPDATE

We’ve done an amazing job of raising money for our youth to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer in Detroit. And we still have a lot to do! Look for our updated fundraising board during the fellowship time following worship each Sunday.

Please consider sponsoring one of our youth. Sponsorships at the $100, $300 and $600 levels are most needed.

You can also still purchase shares of stock for $20 per share. We’ll have
an incredible shareholder dinner and presentation upon our return from Detroit.

Funds raised $3871.00

Funds still needed $2940.00

Contact Jimmy Wright with any questions you might have:
formation@felcaustin.org or (440) 985-8981.

All checks coming into the church need to be marked “youth fund” in the memo line.

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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. These meetings will be identical so you only need attend one. Your input into the capital improvements plans will be essential and an important part of putting together a final proposal.

The two meetings will be held in the parlor:

Sunday, June 14 at 11:00 am

Sunday, July 12 at 11:00 am

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.