Wednesday Connections, September 19, 2018
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Harvest Picnic. Sunday, October 7, is the date for the annual Harvest Picnic. Immediately following the 11:00 service, we'll provide grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, all the fixings, and drinks. The congregation is asked to bring the following according to your last names:
  • A - M: bring desserts
  • N - Z: bring sides and salads
We will also have a cake walk, and you are invited to contribute items for that favorite event. There will be games for all ages, indoors and out (weather permitting), so dress comfortably. Invite a friend or neighbor to join us for worship, food and fun! For questions, please ask Carol Court or Dee Rose.
Faith reflections. Through the month of October, we will be filming members who are willing to share their faith stories. If you would be willing to share a 60- to 90-second faith story, please sign up at the Worship kiosk. Filming will take place in the church office between services. Please contact Pastor Nick with any questions.
Needed: Youth Committee volunteers. Our church is growing and so is our Youth Program. If you have a desire to help our youth on their journey of faith, have fun ideas for activities, and want to foster a loving, caring environment for the next generation, please prayerfully consider joining us! College age members are welcome on the committee. Bonus: meetings are once a month after church and are not long. If interested please email Taylor.
Fall Bowling League.  Sign up now to bowl in the Abiding Grace bowling league made up of six teams of four bowlers each. We will bowl at Main Event in Grapevine on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 27. Sign up either in-person at Main Event or by phone at 817-416-1111, specifying the team name "AGLC." If you have question please contact Nick Tomlin.
Dinner group sign up ending. Sign ups for our Supper 4:6 dinner groups ends this Sunday, September 23. Groups of 6, 7, or 8 will be formed after that and the dinners will begin! It's a great way to get to know more people in the congregation. Please sign up at the Fellowship Kiosk by this Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Court.
Cooking for Christ 2018. Hosted by Thrivent Financial, the fifth annual Cooking for Christ Cook-Off is Saturday, October 6, 10:00–3:00 at the Briarwood Retreat Center in Argyle. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online. If we buy at least 25 tickets Abiding Grace will receive $20/ticket from Thrivent to support our missions—so please come! A team from Abiding Grace will be competing (please see Jerry Court to sign up for the cooking team).
Photo directory. We will be putting together a photo directory for our members this fall. There are several ways to give your smiles. For four Sunday beginning September 16 Karen Hurtado will be taking photographs. Family members who are not members are welcome in the photo. Karen can also take a photo of any printed picture you wish to use. You can also email a picture to (square pictures, 300x300 are requested). Thank you.
Adult Sunday School this week. For the next two weeks, adult Sunday School will meet in the sanctuary. The group will be taking an in-depth look at other denominations. We are in need of an adult Sunday School teacher going forward (curriculum provided). If you can help, please contact Kenn Mingus.
Church of the Damascus Road Golf Invitational. Hit the links to benefit the Church of Damascus Road. A fund-raising golf event will be held this Monday, September 24. Registration is at noon with golf beginning at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $75 per person, and there are sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Pastor Nick if interested.
Team Piper is stepping up again this year to honor Curtis’ memory and Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer. PurpleStride supports the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network which is making significant strides to change patient outcomes. The walk will be Saturday, November 10, 7:30 a.m., at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. You can make an impact by donating to or joining Team Piper. 
Briarwood Retreat Center. Read about all that's happening in upcoming months at Briarwood in the October issue of The Vine which is available online.
Keep in prayer. Please keep the following people in your prayers: Samantha, Ron, Debbie, Alan, Jerry, LaRue, Gary, Pam, Lorraine, Berniece, Buddy, Darla, Piper family, Mishoe family, Brenda and Kelly, Joan, Virginia, Lara and Gabe, Sean, Gae, Peters family, Adam, Bria, Troy, Jett, Jillian, Corbin, D, and Roger.
This Week and Next

Wednesday, September 19
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbells rehearsals
6:30p Confirmation begins
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

Friday, September 21
6:00p Parents' Night Out

Saturday, September 22
9:30a Story Time at Presbyterian Night Shelter, Fort Worth

Sunday, September 23
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
10:00a Adult SS in sanctuary
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Web site meeting

Monday, September 24
Noon Damascus Road Golf Inv.
7:00p Stewardship Committee

Tuesday, September 25
7:00p Bible Study with Pr. Nick

Wednesday, September 26
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbells rehearsals
6:30p Confirmation begins
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

Thursday, September 27
10:00a Women in Stitches

Sunday, September 30
Youth Sunday
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
10:00a Adult SS in sanctuary
11:00a Worship with nursery
Church Master Calendar
Calendar updates. With the start of the Fall season and the new Sunday schedule, please send calendar updates and additions for your events to Vanessa.
Save the Date

Saturday, October 6
10:00a Cooking for Christ Cook-Off at Briarwood

Sunday, October 7
Noon Harvest Picnic and Games
Past Week's Videos
Anthem: "The Perfect Wisdom of Our God"
Pastor Nick's sermon
Sending music: "Change the World with Love"
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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
Taylor Perkins, Director of Family Ministries
Vanessa Crixell, Director of Choral Ministries and Office Manager
James Crixell, Director of Instrumental Ministries
Roger Burnell, Organist and Accompanist
Church office (M-Th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.): 817-601-7128

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Abiding Grace Lutheran Church
1060 E Highland Street
Southlake, TX 76092

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