Wednesday Connections, October 3, 2018
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This Sunday! Harvest Picnic. This 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.
GRACE cooking oil holiday push. Every year before Thanksgiving and Christmas, the GRACE Food Pantry distributes over 500 food baskets which include cooking oil. October is the month for our annual holiday push. The goal is 125 (48 oz.) bottles of oil. Watch for the poster in the narthex tracking our progress, and please help us reach our goal.
New Member Sunday, October 21. Joining our church family only requires filling out a simple New Member Form available at church or online, but we would like to make a formal welcome to all new members at worship on October 21. That morning at 10:00 a.m., Pastor Nick will meet with new members in the church office building to help everyone get to know each other and learn more about Abiding Grace. There will be a luncheon at noon, too. If you would like to join please contact the church office and we will happily add you to the celebration!
Photo directory. We will be putting together a photo directory for our members this fall. There are several ways to give your smiles. Karen Hurtado will be taking photographs after worship on Sundays. 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 (square, 300x300) to Thank you.
This Friday! Men's Group dinner. Rather than breakfast on the first Saturday, all men are invited to a Men's Group dinner this Friday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Briarwood Retreat Center in Argyle. We'll have bacon burgers with all of the fixings, and you're welcome to bring your favorite beverage. Pastor Nick will lead a Bible study. The Abiding Grace team will be cooking for Saturday's BBQ competition. It's free to come out Friday night, and you can purchase $10 tickets online and bring the family out Saturday to sample all the barbecue you want! The money you spend on tickets stays with our church.
This Saturday! Cooking for Christ 2018. Hosted by Thrivent Financial, the fifth annual Cooking for Christ Cook-Off is this Saturday, October 6, 10:00–3:00 at the Briarwood Retreat Center in Argyle. Come sample all the great BBQ! 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.
Reformation Sunday. On Sunday, October 28, we will celebrate Reformation Day with an interactive Luther walk during the Sunday School hour (10:00 a.m.). There will also be a quasi-German potluck lunch and family activity with Taylor after worship at Noon.
Care and Connection for college students. Do you have a son or daughter who is a college student? The College Care Committee wishes to include them in our prayers, send notes, and maybe send a package or gift card (depending on funds and participation). Please contact Karen Williams to provide your student's contact information or email it to the office. Many thanks! We look forward to supporting our college students and letting them know we care.
High schoolers! Mark your calendars for a bonfire night at the Harringtons' on Sunday, October 14.
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.
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. 
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, October 3
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbells rehearsals
6:30p Confirmation begins
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

Friday, October 5
7:00p Men's Group dinner at Briarwood

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

Sunday, October 7
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Harvest Picnic and Games
Noon Worship and Music Comm.

Tuesday, October 9
7:00p Bible Study with Pr. Nick

Wednesday, October 10
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbells rehearsals
6:30p Confirmation begins
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

Saturday, October 13
9:30a Women's breakfast at Black Walnut Café, Colleyville

Sunday, October 14
9:00a Worship with nursery
9:30a Finance Committee
10:00a Sunday School
10:00a Holy Land trip information
10:00a Fellowship Committee
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Holy Land trip information
Noon Outreach Committee
Café Italia Sunday, Ira E Woods 
High school bonfire 
Church Master Calendar
Save the Date

Sunday, October 21
New Member Sunday

Sunday, October 28
Luther Walk and German lunch
Past Week's Videos
Last week's videos
Last Sunday Hadley Mae Reiling was welcomed to the Lord's family through Holy Baptism. Congratulations!
Worship was led last Sunday by our youth. Thanks!
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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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