Weekly Update – May 12

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
BEGINS SUNDAY, MAY 24.
ONE SERVICE AT 9:45 AM

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THE GIFT
Generations In Faith Together

FELC Productions is proud to present the spring 2015 production of The
Gift. Come and participate in this multi-generational, church-wide
celebration of our 2014/2015 Christian Formation program year.

Who should come? Everyone!

What can we expect? Music, singing, skits, quiz show, small group
creativity, comedy, laughter, conversations, and much, much more!

Rated G for all audiences

May 17th

Matinee time is 9:45 am.

Location—fellowship hall of First English Lutheran Church Austin

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PASTOR COFFEY’S SURVEY FOR 2015 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Pastor Coffey wants your opinion on events and activities to plan for the
rest of 2015.

Take a short, one-minute survey online today by clicking this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/felc2015activities

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A LETTER FROM THE YOUTH

As you may know, FELC is sending us to the ELCA national youth gathering
this summer in Detroit Michigan. These events happen every three years at
different locations across the U.S. Some of you probably attended one of
these life-changing events when you were in high school. If so, you know
first-hand how God’s Spirit can change the lives of those 30,000 students
in attendance.

We’ve been preparing for this pilgrimage through several workshops focused
on scripture, theology, history, culture, and racism in Detroit. We’ve also
been working hard to raise funds to help offset the costs of attending this
event. So far, we’ve raised over $2500! This is excellent and we’re so
thankful for everyone’s participation.

As you can imagine, the costs of attending this event is quite expensive.
The truth is, despite of our excellent fundraising efforts, we are still
falling short of our needs. Currently, we still need to raise $600 per
student.

In light of this need, we ask you to carefully consider and pray about
sponsoring one of us. Sponsorship amounts of $100, $300, or $600 are most
needed. If you feel called to help us out, please contact our youth
director, Jimmy Wright. formation@felcaustin.org

Many, many thanks and God’s continued blessings to our FELC family.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILY CORNER

On May 17th come and celebrate the end of our Christian Formation program
year with The Gift at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship Hall.

Also on May 17th our First Communion Class will take place after the 11
a.m. service in the parlor. Lunch will be provided.

On May 24th we’ll worship and celebrate the First Communion of several of
our children. Please note that this is the first day of our summer schedule
and we begin worship at 9:45 a.m.

Looking out and beyond our walls: A Summer Pilot Program

One of the things I’d love to see our families involved in is a pilot
program we are calling, Bedtime Story Brigade. A few of our older youth
have participated in this and we are now ready to include all ages of
children (parents are welcome, too).

What is Bedtime Story Brigade? It’s pretty simple and a lot of fun. We meet
in the lobby of St. David’s Church at 6:15 p.m. We walk over to the
Salvation Army Shelter and read stories to the children and families
staying there.

Afterwards, we serve cookies and milk, have an art project or games, and
leave the children with several books. It is during this time that the real
ministry and God’s love can be found. As we interact with the children we
get the opportunity to talk, serve, share life stories, play and laugh
together. This brings a time of great joy into their lives.

The summer dates are listed below. If you would like to take part in this
pilot program, please contact Jimmy Wright, formation@felcaustin.org or
(440) 985-8981.

If needed, we can arrange to meet at FELC and I can take the kids with me.
Parents have the option of attending or perhaps having a date night!

· June 10th
· July 8th
· August 12

We’ll evaluate this ministry as we head into the fall program schedule.