Weekly Update – September 10


On September 13, FELC returns to two worship services:

8:30 and 11 on Sunday mornings.

Holy Communion will be served at both services.



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· When? September 12th

· Time? 10am-1pm.

· Where? CDC classroom

· What should I bring? A sack lunch for you and your children—if needed.

· Childcare will be provided.

· What will we cover? Classroom procedures, student expectations, training for Spark Rotation, Building Faith Brick by Brick, and Godly Play.


Parent/Child Orientation and Church Tour is this Sunday, September 13th


This Sunday we’ll have a short intergenerational time at 9:45 in the fellowship hall. Then we’ll begin our parent/child orientation in the library at 10:00. There are a few new added features this year so please make plans to come.



ELCA Day of Service

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

This is the third annual ELCA God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday, a day for ELCA congregations throughout the country to serve their communities. Join us during the education hour, and at 12:30, as we work on projects in the fellowship hall, and at the Micah 6 food pantry for a pantry clean-up project. Wear your work clothes to church, and your yellow God’s Work, Our Hands t-shirt if you have one. We’ll have a light lunch for those who stay after worship to help.

If you’d like to help by preparing the lunch for volunteers, speak to Pastor Coffey.

Day of Service On-site Option
For those who aren’t able to participate in the “God’s Work, Our Hands” off-site service project, we have an on-site option! For the last several years we have been assembling bags of necessary items for homeless people, to be given out by members to homeless people we may encounter every day on the streets.

These bags include many things including: a pair of new socks, a bottle of water, healthy nonperishable snacks, facial tissue, wet wipes, small first-aid kit, index cards and pencil, packet of safety pins, etc. This year for the first time we’re including a CapMetro bus day pass, which is a very useful item indeed for a homeless person! Of course, all these items do cost money, which is not in the church budget. Anne Wiebe purchases wholesale and all of us then break down big packages into individual packaged items, to make the money stretch as far as possible!

You can donate to help offset this cost, whether or not you can be there September 13, to support our efforts for our homeless brothers and sisters. Please mark your offering plate donation “indoor service project” or contact Anne Wiebe at wiebeanne@hotmail.com or 512-407-8427. Thanks!



Thought, Word, and Deed.

These seem like simple words. This year, our entire youth program will be focused on them.

We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 95).

We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 352).

As you may know, FELC is partnering with St. David’s Episcopal Church for a monthly youth group program. This will happen from 4-6pm the third Sunday of every month. What you may not know is that the ELCA and the Episcopal Church are in “full communion” with each other.

What does full communion mean? In lay terms it means we’re very similar to each other. We share similar doctrines. We can share our clergy. We can receive Holy Communion in each other’s churches. We can even share our youth groups!

It all begins on September 20th. FELC high school youth will meet for lunch and discussion after the 11 service. We’ll then meet at St. David’s at 4pm (St. David’s is located at 301 E. 8th St. in downtown Austin).

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981 or Sarah Roberts (512) 826-7798.


Neighborhood Dinner Church

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This fall we begin a new worship ministry: Neighborhood Dinner Church on Sunday evenings once a month in a church member’s home, rotating between north, central, and south Austin. These alternative worship services will include a potluck dinner and an informal service of word and sacrament. It will be a great opportunity occasionally to worship closer to home, and when you can’t get to church on a Sunday morning. It can be a welcoming opportunity to invite neighbors and friends to a different experience of church. And it will be a great way to build our inter-generational community of faith and make connections to church members who live in your part of the city.

You are encouraged to attend the Neighborhood Dinner Church event in your area, so you could attend once every three months. The first event is September 20 from 6–8 PM for Austin North folks, at the home of Dave and Marian Klumpp (512-609-8899). Bring a dish to share (main course, vegetable, salad, bread, etc.). If anyone needs a ride, please call the church office to arrange.


FELC Book Club Opinion Survey

The FELC Book Club is asking again for your help! Please take our survey, now through September 15! We need your opinion on the book suggestions we collected, to choose our book list for the upcoming year.

Go to this website to take the survey:

THANK YOU! Any questions? Contact Anne Wiebe, wiebeanne@hotmail.com.


Companion Café Starts September 23


Our weekly chef-prepared dinner ministry begins again Wednesday, September 23. Once again we will serve dinner from 6–7 PM with dine-in or carry-out options. Each dinner typically includes a main course, a cooked vegetable, a starch, salad, and tea.

We are raising the suggested donation per plate to $5, with a child plate option of $3. These Wednesday meals are a great opportunity to visit with other FELC members, new visitors, daycare families, and neighborhood residents.

This ministry takes many volunteers to be successful. You can help out in food prep, setup, serving, and cleanup. Speak to Pastor Coffey, or email him at pastor@felcaustin.org, if you would like to help.



The last two church dinner parties at the Coffeys’ home are scheduled for October 3 and 17 at 6 PM (both are on Saturdays). This is a change from the September Echoes article, due to Pastor Coffey’s schedule changes. Please contact him ASAP to reserve your spot—these are the last two dates for the year.