Wednesday Connections, August 14, 2019
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Confirmation/Middle School News
  • Confirmation registration. Registration for the 2019-2020 Confirmation year is Wednesday, August 21 or 28. It will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and end around 7:30 to 7:45. You can pick either date to register. Our new Confirmation ministry is "Here We Stand" from Augsburg Fortress.
  • Pool party. Hey middle school youth, yeah you 6-8 graders: we are having our first Confirmation/Sunday School gathering on Sunday, August 25, from 12:00–2:00 p.m. at the Etheredge home for a pool party. All parents and youth are invited to attend. I will be talking about the new Confirmation Ministry we’ll be using in the 2019-20 year. We will also get to know one another and start forming those “Incarnational Relationships". I hope to see you out at the Etheredge’s on August 25.  
Gary K (DYFM) God’s Peace!
High school pool party. Attention all high school youth, 9-12 grade only: we are going to have our first get together as a high school youth group this Friday, August 16, from 7-9 p.m. We will meet at the Etheredge home for a pool party. My hopes for this gathering is to get to know all of you and find out your dreams for a healthy, vibrant youth group. I also would like to set a vision for our high school youth group and talk about important issues that relate to you specifically. I would also like to see if we can set up a mission trip for us for the summer of 2020. I look forward to meeting ALL of you. Parents, please encourage your youth to attend.     Gary K (DYFM) God’s Peace!
Seeking Sunday School teachers. The new school year is upon us, starting September 15, and we are seeking Sunday School teachers for our preK-8th grade students (Gary Knutson will lead the High School class). We operate in teaching teams (provides flexible scheduling!) and the curriculum is provided (plenty of activities—you don't need to design your own lessons). Please contact Kristen Etheredge or Gary for more information. Please join us in making an impact in the lives of our youth!
Member Care Committee volunteers needed. Do you love to help members feel welcomed and loved? Do you enjoy helping to create warm environments for our members? Do you like celebrations and helping new members feel our AGLC hospitality? The Member Care Committee is the place to be! Our next meeting is this Thursday, August 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room, and we’d love to see you there. For more information, please contact Joan Lucas. We’re excited to hear new ideas, so please join us!
The annual Men's Group Dove Hunt will be September 13-15. Our men's group together with Calvary's will be meeting in Roscoe, Texas. This event is for all men 16 years old and above. We hunt four times: Friday evening, twice on Saturday, and once on Sunday. You can attend whatever fits your schedule. It is a great weekend to enjoy the outdoors and fellowship. Some men come out and do not even hunt, coming for the enjoyment and camaraderie. Cost is $40. Please contact Mark Etheredge or Jerry Court for questions and to sign up (please sign up by September 1).
Pastor Nick elected. At last week's ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee, Pastor Nick was elected to the ELCA Church Council! The Church Council serves as the board of directors for the national ELCA church, meeting at least twice a year. Congratulations, Pastor Nick!
Backpack blessing. All youth, teachers, and administrators, we are going to do a blessing of the backpacks this Sunday, August 18, at the 10 a.m. worship service. Please bring your backpack, briefcase, class roster, or whatever you want blessed.
This Sunday Pastor Mike Masterson returns to deliver the message. Watch this video for an introduction.
School supply drive to benefit Lutheran World Relief. We will be collecting school supplies during the month of August to assemble kits to send to children in other countries for their education. Please pick up a list of needed supplies at the Outreach kiosk.
Summer picnic. Our neighbors at the Islamic Center of Southlake are inviting us to attend a summer picnic on Saturday, August 31, from 5:00–8:00 p.m. Southlake Mayor Laura Hill and other community leaders will be attending. There will be a sign-up sheet at church so that we can provide them with a count of those attending.
Church of the Damascus Road Golf Invitational. Hit the links to benefit the Church of Damascus Road, a ministry for the incarcerated led by Dan Lund. A fund-raising golf event will be held on Monday, September 9, so save the date. Please look for more information in next week's newsletter.
Briarwood Golf Outing. A golf day benefiting the Briarwood Retreat Center will be held on Friday, September 13, at Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound. Registration and breakfast are at 7:00 a.m., golf begins at 8:30, and lunch and awards follow. Cost is $110 and you can register online. For more information please contact Tim Draney or Pastor Nick.
AFFL. It’s that time of year again when football season has rolled upon us. If you're interested in being part of the AGLC Fantasy Football League, please sign up at church on the next two Sundays. The draft will be held in the church conference room on Wednesday, September 4, at 7 p.m. Let's all go out and pick a team that will dethrone the current champion!
Keep in prayer. Please keep the following people in your prayers: Sandy, Jeff, Arty, Dawn, Sarah, Tracy, Mona, Mimi, Shirley, Kaye, Davey, Mike, Arthur, Elenor, Charles, Elaine, Linda, Rich, Corbin, Chris, Tommy, Rachel, Lindsey, Jason, Merrye, Zach, Jordan, Sarah, Betty, Lorna, Tessa and Aaron, Jeremy, Marie, Chris and Kim, Carl, Lorraine, and Joan.
This Week and Next

Wednesday, August 14
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus

Thursday, August 15
7:00p Member Care meeting

Friday, August 16
7:00p High school pool party

Sunday, August 18
10:00a Worship with nursery and Blessing of Backpacks
11:00a Outreach Committee

Monday, August 19
7:00p Stephen Ministry suprvn.

Wednesday, August 21
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:30p Confirmation registration

Sunday, August 25
9:00a Summer Choir rehearsal
10:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Middle school pool party
Church Master Calendar
Save the Date

Wednesday, August 28
6:30p Confirmation registration

Saturday, August 31
5:00p Summer Picnic at the Islamic Center of Southlake
Sunday, September 8
10:00a Rally Day

Monday, September 9
Damascus Road Golf Invitational

Friday, September 13
7:00a Briarwood Golf Outing

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15
Men's Group Dove Hunt, Roscoe
Last Week's Videos
Summer Choir anthem: "How Lovely"
Dan Lund's sermon
Last Sunday after worship was a fish fry and watch party for the video of the recent choir trip performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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Summer Sunday worship with nursery: 10:00 a.m.
Sunday school resumes in September

Rev. Nick Billardello, Pastor
Gary Knutson, Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Vanessa Crixell, Director of Choral Ministries and Office Manager
James Crixell, Director of Instrumental Ministries
Roger Burnell, Organist and Accompanist
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Southlake, TX 76092

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