Wednesday Connections, November 7, 2018
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The Brave Special Olympics Banquet. This 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.
Veterans Day reception. Join us this 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. 
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.
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 this 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.
Emmaus gathering. This 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!
Cooking oil ministry. Thanks to all who participated. We exceeded our goal for the October holiday rush with a total of 172 bottles of cooking oil for the GRACE Food Pantry! We will continue collecting to support the ongoing needs on a regular basis.
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 fried 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 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.
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).
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 Friday, November 9, is the last day to take our survey on needs for the future. It takes less than five minutes and we need your feedback; simply click here... 
This Week and Next

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

Friday, November 9
Last day to complete survey

Saturday, November 10
7:30a PurpleStride at Klyde Warren Park
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

Monday, November 12
7:00p Church Council meeting

Tuesday, November 13
7:00p Bible Study with Pr. Nick

Wednesday, November 14
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbell rehearsal
6:30p Confirmation
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

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

Sunday, November 18
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
10:00a Pie Sunday
11:00a Worship with nursery
Church Master Calendar
Save the Date

Sunday, December 2
5:00p Advent Dinner & Variety Show

Wednesday, December 5
7:00p Advent Evening Worship

Saturday, December 15
9:30a Women's Christmas Brunch
Past Week's Videos
Special music by Vanessa: "Shine Like the Sun"
Pastor Nick's sermon
Last Sunday we held our first Blessing of the Pets service in the pavilion. Pictures 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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