Wednesday Connections, October 24, 2018
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Reformation Fest. This Sunday we will celebrate the 501st anniversary of the Reformation (wear red!). At 10 a.m. there will be a Luther Walk, an interactive experience staged across the church property. Come walk with Luther to learn about the history of the Reformation. At noon please stay for fun, fellowship, and food as we hold a quasi-German potluck. Brats will be provided. Please bring sides or desserts to share, German-inspired if you can. Taylor will be leading a family craft activity during this time, too. Come join the fun this Sunday!
Outreach bingo. Please join us for an Outreach event this Saturday, October 27, 10:30–11:30 a.m. We will be hosting Bingo at Meadowood Assisted Living, 4545 Merlot Avenue, Grapevine. It's going to be a howling fun time with lots of Halloween boos, ghouls, and goblins. We will be putting together Trick or Treat bags with prizes for the residents around 9:30 a.m. at Pat and Kenn Mingus' house, or just show up at Meadowood and enjoy helping out a resident find B-1. Please contact Karen Hurtado if you have any questions.
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. 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.
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.
Via de Cristo. The next North Texas Lutheran Via de Cristo retreat weekend will be November 8-11 at Briarwood. The registration deadline is October 29, and the weekend is free for participants. AGLC member Linda Neal will be on staff. If you have ever considered attending an uplifting and renewal experience, consider attending this November. For more information or if you need a sponsor for the weekend, please contact Linda. There is more information available online.
Committee training. Please join us on 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! 
Welcome new members! Last Sunday we received new members—welcome!
Sharon and Don Geddings
Georgie and Ron Kleibrink
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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal of buying 100 chickens for the orphanage in Tanzania. If you would like more information about the orphanage, including how you can support this important ministry, please read online at
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.
Briarwood Retreat Center. Read about all that's happening in upcoming months at Briarwood in the November 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, 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.
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This Week and Next

Wednesday, October 24
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus
6:15p Handbells rehearsals
6:30p Confirmation
7:00p Choir rehearsal
8:00p Orchestra rehearsal

Saturday, October 27
10:30a Bingo at Meadowood

Sunday, October 28
9:00a Worship with nursery
10:00a Sunday School
10:00a Luther Walk
11:00a Worship with nursery
Noon Reformation Fest potluck

Tuesday, October 30
7:00p Bible Study with Pr. Nick (begin study of 1 Peter)

Wednesday, October 31
5:45p Via de Cristo/Emmaus

Saturday, November 3
8:00a Men's Group breakfast
9:00a Committee training
Noon Choir potluck
1:00p Cantata 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
Church Master Calendar
Save the Date

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

Sunday, November 11
6:00p The Brave Sports Banquet

Sunday, November 18
Noon Pie Sunday
Past Week's Videos
Anthem with handbells: "O Sing to the Lord a New Song"
Pastor Nick's sermon
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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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