Wednesday Connections, December 5, 2018
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Midweek Advent worship services. The season of Advent began last Sunday. Midweek Advent worship services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays during Advent. The first service will use Holden Evening Prayer and is this Wednesday, December 5. December 12 and 19 will be Taizé and Longest Night services, respectively. All are welcome!
Advent devotional. If you are interested in writing an Advent devotion this year which will be emailed to members during Advent, please contact Pastor Nick.
The Angel Tree has five angels left—children from our sister congregation, San Gabriel Lutheran Church in Alvarado. Please select a child or two and shop using the list provided. Wrap and return your presents with the white angel gift tag attached by Sunday, December 16. If you have questions, please contact Lori Anderson.
Property workday. Please help us get our property ready for Christmas. We will have a property workday on Saturday December 15 at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome! 
The choir and orchestra will present Joel Raney's cantata "Love Came Down at Christmas" on Sunday, December 23. There will be a single worship service that Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Invite your family and friends!
Ronald McDonald House. Abiding Grace will be providing dinner to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth on Sunday, January 13, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Ronald McDonald House is a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children at Cook Children's Medical Center. We need a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 15 people to serve on this day. All volunteers must be 14 years or older. If you would like to volunteer please sign up at the Outreach kiosk. More information is available online, and for questions, please see Lori Anderson.
Ornament exchange. Calling all ladies, Kim Riley is hosting the annual ornament exchange at her home on Tuesday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a new, wrapped ornament to exchange and a salad, appetizer, or dessert to share. Details can be found at the Fellowship kiosk.
The annual Advent Dinner and Variety Show was held last Sunday. Thanks to the Fellowship Committee and all their helpers in providing everyone with a lovely evening! Special thanks to Men's Group who smoked hams and fried turkeys, all the talented performers, and our guest emcee Alissa Peters who flew in from Chicago (she reported that 'boy, her arms were tired'). Photos and videos are available online.
AmazonSmile. As a reminder, if your holiday shopping takes you to Amazon, please use AmazonSmile—0.5% of the purchase price of all eligible purchases you make will be donated to Abiding Grace at no cost to you. Sign in to your Amazon account at to use.
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, December 5
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:00p Handbell rehearsal
6:00p Small Ensemble rehearsal
6:30p Confirmation
6:30p Orchestra rehearsal
7:00p Advent Evening Worship
7:30p Choir rehearsal

Friday, December 7
6:30p Young Adults Christmas Party at the Billardellos

Saturday, December 8
9:30a Story TIme at Morris Foundation Women and Children's Center, Fort Worth
2:30p Interfaith Panel at Islamic Center of Southlake
6:00p Grace Café at the Harringtons

Sunday, December 9
8:15a Women's Ensemble reh.
9:00a Worship with nursery
9:30a Finance Committee
10:00a Sunday School
10:00a Fellowship Committee
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Children's Christmas Program dress rehearsal
Café Italia Sunday, Ira E Woods

Monday, December 10
6:30p Stephen Minister get-together
7:00p Church Council meeting

Tuesday, December 11
6:00p Bible Study at the Loofts
6:30p Ladies ornament exch.

Wednesday, December 12
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:00p Handbell rehearsal
6:30p Confirmation
6:30p Orchestra rehearsal
7:00p Advent Evening Worship
7:30p Choir rehearsal

Saturday, December 15
9:00a Property work day
9:30a Women's Christmas brunch

Sunday, December 16
Bring Angel Tree gifts to church
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
11:00a Worship with Children's Christmas program
12:30p Caroling at The Carlyle
6:00p High school bonfire at the Harringtons
Church Master Calendar
Save the Date

Sunday, December 23
10:00a Christmas Cantata worship service

Monday, December 24
5:00p Christmas Eve worship
7:00p Christmas Eve worship

Monday, December 31
Holy Land 2020 Trip deposit due

Sunday, January 13
4:00p Ronald McDonald House Meals from the Heart
Lost-and-found items are in a box in the kitchen. Please check to see if any items are yours—all unclaimed items will be donated or discarded on February 1. Going forward, lost-and-found items will be purged regularly.
Past Week's Videos
Handbell prelude: "The Moon of Wintertime"
Anthem: "The Yearning"
Pastor Nick's sermon
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Endowment Corner

A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Planned gifts have a unique power. 

A planned gift is different from regular giving and goes beyond the gifts we make throughout the year. Often, people think about planned gifts when making their will or estate plan. They can also be made as part of a financial plan at any time. 

A planned gift is ideal when you have a strong commitment to a place, cause, or a mission you love, like the church. Planned giving is a tool that everyone can use for the causes they care about most. There can be interesting benefits to planned gifts, as they can be tailored to suit your needs and goals. For instance, planned givers may receive tax benefits or even lifetime incomes.

We hope to use planned gifts at Abiding Grace Lutheran Church with our Endowment Fund, because this fund ensures that our mission continues. The Endowment Fund is designed to grow over time, and helps us to live out our mission and reach our goals. It’s an especially good resource for long-term plans and projects that may not find sufficient resources in annual budgets.

For more details, such as how you can give above-and-beyond to the Endowment Fund or how to 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).

Also, look for details about a Planned Giving Workshop coming to AGLC in early 2019!
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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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