Weekly Update – March 31


The high point of the church year is the celebration of the death and
resurrection of Christ. The liturgies and rituals of Holy Week and Easter
are meant to be a source of renewal and inspiration. Plan on attending as
many of them as you can and participate in the church’s deep, profound
celebration of the paschal mystery.

April 2: Maundy Thursday
Noon: Table Communion with Lunch

7:30 pm: Confession and Absolution, Foot Washing, Communion
We end the Lenten disciplines and focus on the story of Jesus’ self-giving
love. Maundy Thursday is a beautiful and profound liturgy that invites us
to share in Jesus’ humility and observe his commandment to love one another
as he loved us, expressed in the foot washing ritual.

April 3: Good Friday
Noon to 6:00 pm: Silent Meditation on the Cross
The sanctuary will be open all afternoon for your silent meditation on the
mystery of the cross. Materials are provided for guided prayer. Stations of
the Cross will be placed in the sanctuary. Music meditations will be
provided on the hour.

7:30 pm: Good Friday Liturgy
This most solemn liturgy gathers us together before the cross to hear the
good news that Christ dies for us and the whole world.

April 4: Easter Vigil
9:00 pm with champagne reception after
The greatest and grandest liturgy of the church’s tradition, the Easter
Vigil is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ that renews our lives.
The Vigil is the entire church’s time to be renewed in baptism, and the
traditional high point for celebrating baptisms in the church. This year we
celebrate with two adults their affirmation of faith.

April 5: The Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Sunday

8:30 and 11:00: Festival Eucharist
9:00 to 10:45: Easter Breakfast (High School youth fundraiser)
10:00: Easter Egg Hunt


Easter Floral Contribution Form

hydrangeasBeautiful hydrangea plants will decorate the Sanctuary on Easter morning. If you would like to contribute to the cost of the floral display, please complete this online form. Each plant costs $20.00 each. Plants are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


You may use this link to place an order: http://www.felcaustin.org/easterflowers

We have several plants available for your donations. If you would like to have your honorarium listed in Sunday’s bulletin, please respond NO LATER
THAN Thursday, April 2.

Thank you for your support.



Pastor Coffey is looking for volunteers to help with several important jobs
this week. Please email him ASAP (pastor@felcaustin.org) if you can help:

1. Help with lunch for the Maundy Thursday noon service
2. Get Easter flowers ready to display (Friday or Saturday)
3. Prepare the cross for flowers: wrap the cross with crepe paper and elastic (can be done either Friday night after worship or Saturday)
4. Set up and light the fire for the Easter Vigil
5. Help with champagne reception after Easter Vigil
6. Bring extra cut flowers for the cross (Easter morning)



We are in need of candy (not chocolate—it melts) filled Easter Eggs for the
children’s Easter Egg Hunt. If you could please bring a dozen and leave
them in the box marked “FELC Easter Eggs” in the parlor that would be
great! You can drop them off anytime between now and Easter morning at 9 am.
Please contact Jimmy Wright if you can bring them, that way he’ll know how
many to expect. Thanks!

Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981 or formation@felcaustin.org



Our youth continue with their fundraising efforts to attend the ELCA Youth
Gathering next summer. Free will offerings taken during the Easter brunch
will go to support our trip to Detroit. We begin serving at 9 am on Easter Sunday.

If you have signed up to bring grocery items for the youth, please plan on
having them to the church no later than 10 am on Holy Saturday, April 4th.
Please leave items in the kitchen marked “FELC Easter Brunch”.

Many, many thanks to our FELC family for your support!



Holy Week is upon us. On typical weeks, we are called to go in peace to
love and serve the lord outside the walls of the church. Holy Week is
different. It is a week that we are called to be inside the church in
prayer, and experiencing the last hours of Jesus’ life.

Especially important is the Paschal Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good
Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Although each day brings a
different liturgical feel, these days should more appropriately be seen as
one ongoing liturgy. Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday
is considered the most sacred part of the most sacred part of the Church’s
liturgical calendar.

We don’t get to the resurrection without going through the pain, confusion,
doubt and sadness that Jesus felt. Please don’t shy away from any of these
days trying to protect your children from these events. It is the core of
our faith. If you can’t be at First English, then please find a church
close to you to attend.

Mr. Jimmy

April 5th Easter Sunday
9 am is our Easter brunch with a traditional Easter egg hunt beginning at 10 am.
Be sure the kids bring their Easter baskets!
There will be no Spark Rotation offered on Easter Sunday.

If parents could please bring a dozen candy filled Easter Eggs that would
be great! No chocolate please as it melts. You can drop off the eggs
anytime between now and Easter morning. I’ll have a box set-up in the
parlor marked “FELC Easter Eggs” and you can leave them there.



April 4th Holy Saturday
Plan to meet at FELC at 2:30pm to set-up, prepare and cook for the Easter
brunch. Renee Carlson will be with us to help. It should take us about 2-hours.

April 5th Easter Sunday
We begin serving breakfast at 9am. As in the past, we’ll clean as we go so
we can wrap everything up before the 11am service and head off with our
families to enjoy the rest of Easter!

Please let Jimmy Wright know your availability. And if you have any questions, call his cell phone: (440) 985-8981.


Sunday, April 12
Youth Drop In Center

The LIFErs are planning on serving a meal at the Micah 6 street youth drop in center on Sunday April 12. LIFErs will cook after church on April 12 and arrive at Micah 6 by 4:30 pm to serve the meal and return to church by 6:00 pm.

The Street Youth Drop-in Center is located at University Baptist Church at 2130 Guadalupe Street.