Wednesday Connections, February 20, 2019
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New Member Sunday, February 24. We will be welcoming new members this Sunday, February 24, at the 11:00 a.m. service. Pastor Nick will lead a class beforehand at 10:15 in the Fellowship Room to provide a brief history of our church, give our vision for the future, and answer any questions about Abiding Grace. At 4:30 p.m. this Sunday, new members are invited to Karen Hurtado's home in Grapevine to gather with church staff and council leaders for a light supper together. Joining our church family only requires filling out a simple New Member Form which is available at church or online.
First Communion class. All children are welcome to join us for a First Communion class this Sunday, February 24, at noon (after the 11:00 a.m. service). The First Communion celebration will be on Sunday, March 3, or whenever parents are available. Please contact Taylor with any questions.
Gatehouse is a supportive living community for women, single or with children, who are leaving a crisis such as abuse, poverty, homelessness, tragic divorce, or other reason. Located in Grapevine, Gatehouse is in need of volunteer groups to provide meals for their Tuesday and Thursday evening support groups (15-20 people). If you are interested in helping with this ministry (at least 12 years old), please sign up at the Outreach kiosk. We will be assembling teams of four to six people to provide meals on a monthly or quarterly basis, depending on interest. For questions, please contact Lori Anderson.
Youth escape room outing. This Sunday, February 24, at 12:40 p.m. we're planning an escape room outing! Please let Taylor know if you're interested, and contact her with any questions.
February worship. Throughout the month of February, several of the liturgy and hymn selections for worship will be written by African and African-American composers in celebration of Black History Month.
The "Love Your Neighbor" donation drive to help the GRACE Food Pantry and the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth is being held during the month of February. A list of items for both organizations is located at the Outreach kiosk and includes shampoo, conditioner, canned beef stew, dry pinto beans, white rice, spaghetti sauce, towels, and pillowcases. To help, please place donations in the box near the Outreach kiosk. Please see Lori Anderson or Laura Hopkins if you have any questions.
Beginners Ballroom Dance Class. Join Bruce and Toni Holte and learn the basics of various ballroom dances. Classes for couples continue this Sunday, 1:30 p.m., at the church and run through late March—and they are FREE. If you have questions, please contact Bruce.
Briarwood Retreat Center. Read about all that's happening in upcoming months at Briarwood in the March 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, 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, Kelli, and Roger.
This Week and Next

Wednesday, February 20
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbell rehearsal
6:30p Confirmation
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

Sunday, February 24
New Member Sunday
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
10:15a New Member class
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon First Communion class
Noon Member Care Comm.
12:40p Youth Escape Room 
1:30p Ballroom dancing lessons

Monday, February 25
7:00p Praise Ensemble rehearsal
7:00p Stewardship Committee.

Tuesday, February 26
7:00p Bible Study with Pr. Nick

Wednesday, February 27
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbell rehearsal
6:30p Confirmation
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

Saturday, March 2
8:00a Men's Group breakfast

Sunday, March 3
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Worship and Music
Noon Youth Committee
12:30p Website Committee
1:30p Ballroom dancing lessons 
Church Master Calendar
Save the Date

Wednesday, March 6
Ash Wednesday
Handbell anthem: "Contemplation on Beautiful Savior"
Pastor Nick's sermon
Offertory by Terry and Shirley Glazier: "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
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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

Our address is (see map)
Abiding Grace Lutheran Church
1060 E Highland Street
Southlake, TX 76092

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