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Wednesday Connections, October 31, 2018
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Join us for our first-ever Blessing of the Pets service at our new pavilion on Sunday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m. All leashed pets or pets in carriers welcome.
The Brave Special Olympics Banquet. On Sunday, November 11, at 6:00 p.m. the Brave Special Olympics team will return for the 8th AGLC-sponsored Sports Banquet. This year’s theme is “Reaching for the Stars.” The Brave provides continued engagement among peers, community and nation for young adult athletes who have aged out of school programs. The Brave is is growing in numbers and sporting events (please consider sharing your skills by volunteering to assist or coach). Banquet volunteers needed: If you can assist with the banquet please sign up at the Outreach kiosk. Volunteers are needed for set up, food preparation, serving athletes and their families, and tear down. For information, please contact Kim Haggerty.
Endowment Corner. Churches tend to operate with three kinds of financial tools: operating fund that pays salaries and keeps the lights on, capital campaigns that allow us to take on bigger things like construction projects, and the endowment fund which works with gifts that are designated beyond the day-to-day operation of the church. 

The plan is that once the endowment fund reaches a certain goal, a small portion of the fund will be used each year, so the remainder is left to grow. Over time, as gifts are made to it and the principal grows, the endowment fund will become a substantial way for Abiding Grace to expand its mission in the world for generations to come. 

For more details, such as how you can give above-and-beyond to the endowment fund or specify the endowment fund in your will or estate plan, contact Ray Morrell, Pastor Nick at 817-601-7128, or the InFaith Community Foundation at 800-365-4172 (where our Endowment Fund is held).
Food pantry. We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry located at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Irving. You can pick up a basket and list of needed items this Sunday at the table near the Music Room. The list of items is also available online. The food will be delivered to Irving on Thursday, November 15, at 9:30 a.m.—if you can drive please contact Nick Tomlin. Members of Abiding Grace are also invited to help serve the Good Shepherd Community Thanksgiving Dinner which will be held on Saturday, November 17. Helpers are needed from 10:30 – 2:30 (help is also needed for prep on Thursday or Friday, November 15-16). Please sign up at the Outreach kiosk.
Committee training. Please join us this Saturday, November 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. for a Committee Training discussion. Learn more about how to become involved on a committee at Abiding Grace and how to be a great committee member! We will discuss best practices, opportunities to serve, review the AGLC committee handbook, and more. No RSVP needed; meet us in the sanctuary at 9 a.m. on November 3. Come a little early and share coffee and donuts, too! 
Daylight Saving Time ends early this Sunday morning. Be sure to set your clocks back an hour and enjoy the extra sleep or you'll be early to church.
Emmaus gathering. On Saturday, November 10, at 6:00 p.m. the Denton Area Emmaus Community will host a gathering and potluck supper at Abiding Grace. If you're a past participant of a retreat such as Walk to Emmaus, Via de Cristo, Tres Dias, and Chrysalis, or if you wish to learn about them please join us. The dinner will be potluck—please bring a dish to share— and will be followed by worship, communion, fellowship, and singing. Everyone is welcome!
Veterans Day reception. Join us on Sunday, November 11, 10:15 a.m. between services for a reception and an Armed Forces Salute by Lift Every Voice and Abiding Grace Orchestra to honor our members who have served. 
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.
Pie Sunday is November 18. Please bring your favorite pie to share as we kick off Thanksgiving week with pie at 10:00 a.m. between services
The Advent Dinner & Variety Show is Sunday, December 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The fare will be smoked hams and fries turkeys by the Men's Group, potato dishes and bread by the Fellowship Committee and potluck (A–M vegetable sides and N–Z desserts). AND...Whether you sing, dance, tell jokes, play an instrument, or just want to be on stage, we invite you to perform. Sign up at the Fellowship kiosk for the meal and to perform.
Trip to the Holy Land. A trip to the Holy Land is being organized for February 2020. You can access information at about the trip at personalizedtravelllc.com or contacting Kathy Humen. To guarantee space, deposits are due by December 31, 2018. While Abiding Grace members have priority, friends are also welcome. Brochures are available at the Fellowship Kiosk in the Sanctuary.
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 31
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus

Saturday, November 3
8:00a Men's Group breakfast
9:00a Committee training
Noon Cantata Party Potluck
1:00p Cantata Party Rehearsal

Sunday, November 4
Daylight Saving Time ends
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Worship and Music
Noon Youth Committee meeting
4:00p Blessing of Pets service

Monday, November 5
7:00p Property Committee

Tuesday, November 6
7:00p Bible Study with Pr. Nick

Wednesday, November 7
5:30p Music Potluck
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbell rehearsal
6:30p Confirmation
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

Thursday–Sunday, Nov. 8–11
Via de Cristo retreat, Briarwood

Saturday, November 10
5:00p Denton Emmaus gathering

Sunday, November 11
9:00a Worship with nursery
9:30a Finance Committee
10:00a Sunday School
10:00a Fellowship Committee
10:15a Veterans Day reception
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Outreach Committee
Café Italia Sunday, Ira E Woods
6:00p The Brave Sports Banquet

 
Church Master Calendar
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Save the Date

Saturday, November 17
10:00a Serving at Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Irving
5:30p Southlake Tree Lighting

Sunday, November 18
10:00a Pie Sunday

Sunday, December 2
5:00p Advent Dinner & Variety Show
Past Week's Videos
 
Anthem with orchestra: "Mighty Fortress"
Pastor Nick's sermon
Pictures from last Sunday's "Luther Walk" are online...
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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/Tu/Th 9a–4p and W 11a–4p): 817-601-7128

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

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