Weekly Update – May 13

Tuesday, May 13
In Support of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement

Vicar Kwame is inviting everyone of the FELC community to meet her at the church TONIGHT at 5 pm so that we can head over to the Capitol Building to join the peaceful demonstration surrounding the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Read below for information about this from the Web site:

There are approximately 276 Nigerian school girls still missing and their families are worried sick. The girls have endured so much violence at the hands of Boko Haram. They are being sold into sex slavery ($12 each) as we speak. These girls had bright futures ahead of them before this tragic event and it is up to us, the international community, to advocate for their safe return home.

Come out for a peaceful demonstration in front of the Capitol Building at 6 pm TONIGHT, Tuesday, May 13.
Feel free to bring signs and wear red to express your solidarity.

Pass this invite along to everyone you know!



Vicar Kwame needs Ushers on Sunday mornings, especially during the 11:00 am services (with a reminder that starting May 25 we will be going to 9:45 am services) for the next three months.

Sundays, May 18. If you would like to volunteer for either the 8:30 or 11 am services for the next three Sundays please contact either Vicar Kwame or Ele in the office and let us know. If you would serve as an Usher but have not had any training, please contact Vicar Kwame: vicar@felcaustin.org and she will point you in the right direction. God’s Peace!


The GIFT Sunday – May 18
Generations in Faith Together
During the Sunday School hour, 9:45 am

Join your First English family as we come together once again for a gathering of all generations in one learning event. Come for music, small group conversation, fun, and a chance to get to know your church family better. This is for EVERYONE! It won’t be the same without YOU!


For Families of Young Kids

Calling all elementary age and below artists! We have an exciting opportunity to showcase your artwork. This summer, the art for the bulletin will be created by our own children in the congregation. The art will even be printed in color. We need all art work completed and submitted to the church office no later than Memorial Day. Each week has a theme and you can view the themes and sign up for a week by using the link below:


Please contact Katherine Ortiz (katortiz@hotmail.com) or Jackie Chuter (jackiechuter@yahoo.com) or Vicar Kwame (vicar@felcaustin.org) with questions.

Thanks for your participation!


Saturday, May 17 at 5 pm in the Sanctuary

First English members Ann Graham and Stan Cravatt invite you to a short voice concert performed by their son Andrew Cravatt, accompanied by Bryan Rust. Refreshments and fellowship to follow the 5 pm concert. Andrew is a senior vocal performance major at Texas Tech University, preparing for a month’s study at an opera school in Italy.


Saturday, May 17 & May 24

Friends! Thank you for helping with our Thrivent Builds Homes project with Austin Habitat for Humanity, at 13317 Barteny Cove, Austin, TX 78724. We had hoped to be able to complete our homebuilding activities next Saturday, on May 17. However, because of delayed building inspections by the City of Austin, it is apparent that we won’t be able to finish until Saturday, May 24, at least.

I really need your help! Here is a tentative building schedule:

May 17 – complete interior, complete privacy fence, begin landscaping activities
May 24 – complete landscaping — spread topsoil and plant sod.

If possible, please contact other people that you know and bring them with you to help us to finish our project during the next two weeks. Volunteers would be expected to work from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

(Directions: from highway 183, drive eastward on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./Webberville Rd. until just past the overpass for the Texas 130 Toll Rd. From Webberville Rd, turn left onto Gilbert Rd, and drive north until you find parking spaces in front of the Gilbert Elementary School. Barteny Cove is opposite the school to your right, and our worksite is on the right side, on the cul-de-sac)

Qualifications for Habitat volunteers for construction projects: All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, must be registered with Austin Habitat for Humanity (AHFH), must have completed a short online training course (Volunteering on a Habitat Job Site), must have reviewed online AHFH volunteer orientation materials, and must present a signed liability waiver. Work site volunteers age 16 or 17 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer age 21 or older.

Go to http://www.austinhabitat.org/volunteer and follow the links to register, to find the orientation materials, and to take the required online training. The link for the liability waiver form is at http://www.austinhabitat.org/volunteer/volunteer-waiver.

Please let me know if you are able to work May 17 and/or May 24. Thank you very much.

Tom Winn, Thrivent Builds Chapter Specialist
Thrivent North Travis County Chapter
TWIN504@aol.com 512-250-8610



During May and June you have the opportunity to help with a project benefiting Drive-A-Senior (formerly known as Faith In Action). We are asking that you donate your old shoes. From May 18 – June 30 there will be a marked collection box in the hall. We accept all types of shoes, male or female, sneakers or high heels. This unique fundraising program provides Drive-A-Senior with a sum of money based on the number of shoes collected; so please donate as many shoes as possible.

The program known as Funds2org.com and Soles4Souls contracts with established micro-enterprise distributors to transport and distribute used shoes to Central America, South America, and Africa. Look for more description in the June Echoes newsletter.

For additional information on giving contact Pat Thomas at (512) 441-1485.

An article about this organization was published in Forbes magazine, accessible online via this link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/citi/2014/03/24/how-a-former-shoe-salesman-supports-microbusiness-in-the-developing-world/