Wednesday Connections, November 27, 2019
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Advent Family Nights. Hey AGLC, our Wednesday Advent Family Nights are coming on December 4, 11, and 18. On the first Wednesday, we will make Advent calendars. The second Wednesday will be a Christmas cookie making night. For the third Wednesday, we'll have a movie trivia night (the winning family gets a $100 AMC movie gift card). Each Wednesday will include a themed meal with members bringing food. The dinners will begin at 6:30 p.m with Advent worship at 7:00 and the family activity from 7:30 to 8:00.
A Children's Christmas Program, titled "Starry Night, Noisy Night," will be presented on Sunday, December 15, during the 11:00 worship service. The kids are busy learning the songs for the program during the Sunday School hour. If your child would like to join us, we would love it, and plenty of rehearsals are left. For more information, please contact Linnea Wolters. The next rehearsal is this Sunday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Building. There will also be a rehearsal on Sunday, December 8, at 11:00 a.m. after the single 10:00 a.m. worship service.
Annual Advent Dinner & Variety Show. On Sunday, December 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m, join us for a night of entertainment and fellowship! The Abiding Dudes will smoke hams and fry turkeys again, the Fellowship committee will provide potato dishes and bread, and the rest will be a potluck. If your last name starts with A through M bring desserts, and N through Z’s bring veggies and salads. And...whether you sing, dance, tell jokes, play an instrument, possess any other talent, or just want to be on stage, we invite you to perform! There are sign-up sheets on the Fellowship kiosk for the Dinner (or sign up online) and the Variety Show (sign up online). If you or someone in your family will be performing, please be sure and sign up the number of “fans” who will be attending the meal so we have enough tables set up and plenty of food. If you plan to be in the Variety show, please sign up this week or next week (no Variety show sign ups after December 1), so we have time to plan our program. If your act requires any media (audio, video, or both), please contact Nick Tomlin by Friday, December 6, so that the media will be ready. Please contact Dee Rose or Carol Court with any questions.
Podcast from Pastor Nick. Want to study the Bible but can't make it to Tuesday night Bible study? Pastor Nick now has a Bible study podcast! The first episode is "Philippians 1 — No Shortage of Questions" and is available online. The second episode, "Philippians 2," is also now available. You will soon be able to subscribe to this weekly podcast through iTunes.
Advent devotionals. Pastor Nick has been working with other local pastors to create an Advent devotional booklet. We will have a booklet every week in Advent on Sunday; please pick it up each week. If you are not able to pick one up at church, please email the church office. There will be a corresponding Advent calendar for each household to keep track of the topic for each day. We will decorate the Advent calendars on our first Advent Family Night on December 4.
Cantata Sunday.  What do you dream about at Advent and Christmastime? What do you hope for? Join us on Sunday, December 8, at 10:00 a.m. for a Christmas cantata of hope and promise as the Abiding Grace choir and orchestra present "Christmas Dreams," by Joseph M. Martin and Heather Sorenson. Invite your friends and family!
Christmas poinsettias. If you would like to donate a poinsettia to decorate the chancel this year in honor or memory of a loved one, please sign up online or at the Worship kiosk in the sanctuary. The suggested donation is $10 per plant.
The Ladies Christmas Brunch will be Saturday, December 14, at 10:00 a.m. Secret Sisters for the past year will be revealed and new ones will be drawn. For those not part of Secret Sisters this past year, there will be an optional gift exchange (if you wish to participate please bring a wrapped gift). Please sign up for a the potluck brunch at the Fellowship kiosk or online. Contact Carol Court or Dee Rose if you have any questions.
Christmas Caroling! Come and spread Christmas cheer with the choir at AGLC on Sunday, December 15! We will go to Harbor Chase next door after the 11:00 a.m. worship, and then we will meet back at church at 4:30 p.m. to go to the Dallas Arboretum that evening and spread more cheer! For more info, contact Vanessa.
Care and Connection for college students! Do you have a son or daughter who is a college student? The College Care Committee wishes to keep them connected by including them in our prayers and sending notes, a package, and gift card. Please contact Karen Williams with the address and contact information for your college student. We look forward to supporting our college students and letting them know that Abiding Grace cares about them!
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, Jim, Elaine, David, Susan, Linda, Rich, Corbin, Chris, Tommy, Zach, Betty, Chris and Kim, Ken, LaRue, Dusty, Debbie, Charles, Blake family, Jenni, Nolan, Roger, Finn, Micah, Christensen family, Bonnie and Nora, Michelle, Lorraine, and Joan.
This Week and Next

Sunday, December 1
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School, all ages
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Worship and Music

Monday, December 2
7:00p Property Committee
7:00p Praise Ensemble
7:00p Stephen Ministry Con't Ed.

Tuesday, December 3
7:00p Bible Study with Pr. Nick
7:00p High School Youth Group

Wednesday, December 4
5:30p Advent Family Night
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:00p Handbell rehearsal
7:00p Advent Worship
7:30p Choir and orch. rehearsal

Thursday, December 5
6:30p Mission Freedom Leadership Gathering

Saturday, December 7
8:00a Men's Group breakfast
9:00a Mission Freedom Prayer Vigil

Sunday, December 8
Mission Freedom Abundance Worship & Festival
8:30a Cantata dress rehearsal
10:00a Single worship service: "Christmas Dreams" cantata
11:00a Children's Christmas program rehearsal
5:00p Annual Advent Dinner & Variety Show
Cafe Italia Sunday, Ira E Woods
Church Master Calendar
Save the Date

Saturday, December 14
10:00a Ladies Christmas Brunch

Sunday, December 15
11:00a Worship with Children's Christmas Program 
12:30p Caroling at Harbor Chase
4:30p Caroling at the Dallas Arboretum

Tuesday, December 24
5:00p Christmas Eve Worship
7:00p Christmas Eve Worship
Last Week's Videos
Anthem: "King of Kings" (Roger, James, Vanessa, Jonathan Kraatz, and Linnea Wolters)
Pastor Nick's sermon
Our YouTube channel
Thank you to everyone who donated food for the Fishes and Loaves Pantry this year!
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Sunday worship with nursery: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday school for all ages: 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

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
Dr. Roger Burnell, Organist and Collaborative Pianist
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Abiding Grace Lutheran Church
1060 E Highland Street
Southlake, TX 76092

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