Weekly Update – May 27

worshipinparkWORSHIP IN THE PARK
Sunday, May 31 at 9:45 am

We’ll have a great time on Sunday, May 31 as we gather for worship in Hemphill Park, directly across the street from the main entrance to the sanctuary. We’ll set up chairs, but feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs if you like. This is a great, unique event to invite friends and neighbors to. If you’d like to help setup that morning, we’ll begin at 8:30 am. Hospitality time will continue after worship in the park. Friendly and leashed pets are welcome.

If weather is bad or the park too wet, we will worship in the sanctuary,
and reschedule for the following Sunday, June 7.



Ally Schlandt

As our youth prepare for their pilgrimage to Detroit, they’ve been asked to
provide a short reflection on past ELCA Youth Gatherings or what they might
expect this year. This week’s article comes from the great Ms. Ally Schlandt.

“I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend two ELCA National
Youth Gatherings during my time in high school. I attended the New Orleans
gathering in 2013 and it really was a life changing experience. It was
amazing being surrounded by thousands of other young people who were
excited to do good for a struggling community, and celebrate their faith,
whether it was through community service projects, singing and dancing, and
massive high five trains along sidewalks. I am super excited to get to
Detroit in a few weeks to do it all over again! I can’t wait to tell you
all about it!”


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I’m so happy to report that since a call went to “sponsor a youth” we’ve had pledges of $1200! This provides the money needed to send two of our youth to Detroit. We now only need to raise $600 each for five students!

How can you help? Sponsorships in the amount of $100, $300, or $600 are most needed. I ask you to pray and consider making a pledge in one of these amounts. If that seems beyond your means, our youth will continue selling stock shares for $20 per share. Upon our return from Detroit, we’ll hold a VIP stockholder dinner and presentation!

Please contact Jimmy Wright if you’d like to sponsor a student or have any questions. Checks coming into the church need to be marked “youth fund” in the memo line.

Thanks and may God’s countless blessings be upon you.

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


What an excellent celebration of Pentecost and first communion we had on Sunday. It was wonderful to see so many children and families together on this very special day. Let’s keep the momentum rolling into next week!

May 31st Trinity Sunday we’ll celebrate the beginning of summer by worshiping in the park across the street from FELC. Make sure the kiddos bring their swim suit and towel as we’ll have water some water games set-up after church.

Sunday’s focus is on the Holy Trinity. The idea of holiness is intimately tied up with what we celebrate on this day. Whenever our worship calls on us to contemplate the Trinity, the Three-in-Oneness of God, it asks us to use the language of holiness, blessedness, or glory: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.


How about Some Vacation Bible School?

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Come and join Mr. Jimmy as we experience God’s Love in Action. All children ages 3-5th grade are welcome. Extended afternoons (12-3 p.m.) and boxed lunches are also available for additional fees.

When? June 8-12

Where? St. David’s Church, 301 E. 8th St.

Hours? 9-noon

Registration? Ends on May 26th!!!

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


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.

To be Commissioned at June 7 Service

A 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