Weekly Update – September 3


FELC Summer Worship time ends Labor Day weekend

with the 9:45 am worship on Sunday, September 6.

On September 13, we return to two worship services

at 8:30 and 11 on Sunday mornings.

Holy Communion will be served at both services.



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Come and experience a wonderful dream (Genesis 25, 27-28). This week Anne Wiebe will lead us in a creative musical reflection. This will be our last children’s church for the summer.






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· When? September 12th

· Time? 10am-1pm.

· 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 on September 13th

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On September 13th will have a short intergenerational time at 9:45 in the fellowship hall. Then we’ll host a parent/child classroom orientation and church tour. 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 people the 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!



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Keeping it Weird with the Youth…

This year, our youth will meet monthly for lunch and formative conversations after the 11 service. We’ll also meet every 3rd Sunday evening with the youth from St. David’s Church. We’ll participate in lock-ins, synod retreats, social outings, and perhaps a mission trip next summer. All of this begins on September 20th so keep watch for all the details. And if you’ve got input, suggestions, or questions you can always get ahold of Jimmy Wright (440) 985-8981 or Sarah Roberts (512) 826-7798. Peace




Neighborhood Dinner Church

FELC Neighborhood Dinner Church logoThis 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 Sept. 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.