Weekly Update – September 30

Companion Café Menu for September 30
Serving from 6-7 pm


Chickpea Curry with Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes
Jasmine Rice
Spinach Salad with Pear, Gorgonzola, and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Suggested donation per plate, $5; child plate option of $3.


St. Francis Day Worship in the Park & Animal Blessing: October 4st francis

St. Francis Day is October 4, and this year it falls on a Sunday. To celebrate Francis’s love of creation and animals, we will have our second worship in the park event for the 11:00 liturgy (8:30 will be in the sanctuary).

Bring your leashed or caged animals to join us for worship and receive a blessing. This is a great event to invite friends and neighbors to.



FORMATION OCT 4This Sunday we’ll continue to explore the sacred story of Creation … through the use of Legos! This is a new and unique way of doing theological reflection with children while reaching deep into an enormous bin of Lego bricks.

The pre-k—2nd grade group will be led by Ms. Anne Wiebe. Grades 3—5 will be led by Mr. Joe Cain. Our helpers are Ms. Betsy Appleton and Ms. Kristin Mondy. Assuming we’ll have beautiful weather, our snack time will be on the playground. Thank you!

Tip of the Week: Keeping our Children Safe
The safety of our children is the first priority. Please do not assume that we know everyone at FELC. Please do not let your children wander the church grounds unsupervised. Please drop off your children in the library at 9:45am. Please pick them up promptly at 10:45am. For pick up, we’ll either be on the playground or on the stage in the fellowship hall. That’s a lot of pleases, so please help keep our children safe.




This Sunday, we’ll be worshiping in the park and blessing our pets. I hope all our families will be with us during the 11am service. We have pet adoption and veterinarian organizations that will be with us. Bring your pet and join in the fun! Woof-woof!



Pastor Coffey is looking for volunteers to help make and serve the meal for the Street Youth Drop-In Center this Sunday, October 4. Contact him at pastor@felcaustin.org if you want to help cook, serve, or both.


New Online Bible Study
Wealth and Poverty, Race and Class: A Biblical Conversation

Just when you thought it was safe to read the Bible… Many biblical texts speak about issues of wealth and poverty, race and class, issues central to our lives today. Join Pastor Coffey for weekly online postings and conversations and monthly meetings. We’ll be looking at key biblical texts and explore how they speak to and inspire us today.

Pastor Coffey will post a biblical texts, teaching, and offer comments on it. You can read the posts and comment on them at www.felcaustin.org/biblestudy.

Anyone participating in the Bible Study will be invited to join in an occasional evening meeting (about once a month) for further conversation. Look for date and place information soon.



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.




Plans are set for our extreme youth lock-in 2015. We have youth coming from St. David’s, First English, Shepherd on the Hill, Christ Episcopal, and St. Martin’s. There’ll be movies, scavenger hunts, large group games, live music, live DJ, service project, compline, and a spooky bell tower tour.

· When?   October 16 at 5pm—you can arrive late if needed
· Where?  St. David’s Church—301E. 8th St. Austin TX 78701
· Who?   Youth grades 6-12
· Bring?  Sleeping bag and pillow. We are assembling care packages for the homeless at Trinity Center. I’ll forward that list once I receive it.

God is good, all the time.
Jimmy Wright