Pastor's Weekly Update

August 15, 2019
Worship Focus:
Some would claim that our culture today is becoming more and more ignorant about the Bible.  There are many negative results that come from this, but none greater than the fact that fewer people know Jesus and trust in him as the only Savior from sin.  If fewer parents know and believe this, then what does that mean for their children?  At Abiding Peace we take Christian education seriously – cherishing God’s gift of his Word and salvation in Jesus.  We rejoice in parents and grandparents who prioritize Christian education so that the next generation might know the love of our gracious God.  Sunday School and Bible studies pick up soon.  Learn more about this on Sunday.
                Scripture this week: Deuteronomy 6:1-25/1 Corinthians 1:20-31/Mark 8:27-35
Prayer Notes:
We pray for all students, parents (grandparents/guardians), and teachers as they begin a new school year.  May God bless the year with schools that are safe and where learning and growth is able to go without fear or calamity.  May teachers be inspired and faithful in their high calling, and may students be eager to learn and parents supportive and encouraging in their important role.
We especially pray for our APA ministry.  May God bless our students, parents and teachers, and may the message of Jesus bring peace and hope to many homes and lives.  We give thanks to the Lord that he has blessed this ministry as we begin our 15th year under the theme: “Encouraged by grace.”  To God be the glory.
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY will meet Sunday, August 18, between services for a special presentation by Caleb Roberson, a Furman student who spent part of his summer in mission work in Utah.  Come and hear about the mission field among Mormons as many are becoming disillusioned, and so are like lost sheep without a shepherd. 
We are still looking for two more Sunday School teachers – one for level 1 (K4-1st grade) and one for level 2 (grades 2-4).  See the sign-up sheet on the entryway table.  Let me know if you have questions.
Sunday school parent meetings and a teacher meeting will be on August 25th, between services.  A specific schedule of meetings will be Sunday’s service folder.
This Sunday you are invited to tour the school classrooms and see the room themes and décor as we prepare to begin the 15th year of our school ministry. 
The food packing team for August 24: Ward, Ballentine and Tenorio families.  Thank you!
College students (or parents) – please give me your contact information while away from home.  Thanks.
Other Notes:    
Thanks to all who helped with Sunday brunch last week, as we welcomed our new called workers.
APA Visit Day was held yesterday on campus as we welcomed nearly 100 students for the new school year.
Sign up to volunteer in the school office this year.  See the entryway table.
A new Bible Information Class begins Wednesday, September 4 (6:30 – 7:45 p.m.).  This study of core truths of the Bible and Lutheranism is for those curious about our church, interested in membership or for a good review.  Let me know if you would like to attend, or are in need of childcare (provided).  Sign up on Sunday.
You’ll notice a bunch of trees removed along our property lines of Roper Mt. and Batesville, which is in anticipation of the road widening project coming soon.  We are not sure of the exact timeline or impact on traffic.  Wait and see!
And…welcome new neighbors by inviting them to join you for worship on Sunday morning.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for the weeks of August 18-24, so you can extend a greeting, if you wish:
Celebrating a birthday: Ben Sickmann
Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: (None, according to our records.)
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.                            
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Eggert (E), Tollison (L)                                   
Acolyte: Isaiah Hartzell (E), Alyssa Skory (L)
Ushers: Jesse Hartzell, Dave Frey (E), Jeff & Luke Skory, Curt Fisher, Rich Martin (L)
Organist: Chad Gantt                                                       
Snacks: Miller, Carroll
Childcare: Amy Golinski                                                   
Altar Guild: L. Chiffon (E), R. Holliday (L)
Flowers: Streblow             
See you on Sunday!
- Pastor