Pastor's Weekly Update
Good morning and Greetings from Abiding Peace,
 
Our summer series in the book of Psalms takes us to the most familiar of them all - Psalm 23.  It is a song of David that is filled with words of peace and hope as we journey through the various stages of life on our way to our heavenly home where we will "dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
 
Serving on Sunday (Thank you!):
Ushers:               8:15  – Eggert, McConnell
                                9:30  – Clarke, Schwall
                                10:45 – Culp, Maguire
Organist: Michelle Hartzell
 
Prayer Notes:
- As we focus on missions this week, we ask the Lord to bless his Word as it is proclaimed so that more people are brought into God's family of believers.  May he keep us faithful to him and his Word, and may he inspire all of us to see our important role in gospel ministry, particularly reaching out to our community and the world with the life-saving message of Jesus.
- We pray for all those who are suffering because of summer heat and drought, and the threat of fires, loss of crops, etc.  May God be merciful and may people be drawn to him for strength and contentment.
 
Other Notes:
- Thursday evening Taste of Missions (7:00 p.m.) is all about Home Missions.   Come and taste some American food and learn more about mission work going on here at home.
- Gift card shower continues.  Drop off your gift cards in my office.  SCRIP orders are due this Sunday, July 18 (so we can place an order).  Thanks.
- We are looking for two more people to teach Sunday School for grades 2-4.  Sign up at the entryway table.
- Sign up to serve as an usher, greeter, acolyte or to serve on the altar guild.  Deadline is July 25th so we can get the schedules set as we return to our regular Sunday schedule on August 1.
- APA Wishlist board went up last weekend.  Take a look and consider an item or two to donate as we get ready for another year of our school ministry program.
- Boomers+ is meeting after 3rd service on July 25th for lunch (subs) and some planning.  This group is for anyone over the age of 50 and regularly meets for fellowship and service events.  Anyone over 50 is invited and welcome!
 
Celebrating birthdays and anniversaries the week of July 18-24 (to extend a greeting, if you wish):
"Happy Birthday" to: Julie Dalby (18), Diane Stromberg (18), Gabe Grimstad (20), Danny Gardella (21), Luis Tenorio (23), Becky Seeger (23), and Isaiah Hartzell (24).
"Happy Anniversary" to: Eugene & Caroline Ulbricht (19).
 
That's all for this week.  
God's blessing on your day.
- Pastor Duane