Pastor's Weekly Update

August 16, 2018

Worship Focus:
The beginning of a new school year brings excitement and eager anticipation of what will come.  It also brings with it some anxiety and restlessness because we don’t know what will come.  What we do know as Christians is that we head into a new school year in faith, but our faith is not blind or based on questionable data or shaky information.  Our faith is rooted in Christ and built on him.  That is our service focus this weekend.
Scripture for Sunday: Jeremiah 17:5-9/Colossians 2:1-10/Matthew 13:1-9,18-23
Prayer Notes:
Joyce Hilbert’s father, Ray Trent, had serious brain surgery yesterday to relieve fluid on the brain following a stroke.  Joyce reports that the surgery was successful, for which we give thanks.  We pray for her father as he recovers and ask the Lord to grant healing and wellness.  May he bring peace and quietness to Joyce.
We pray for Keith Ferrell who had surgery this week and is recovering in the hospital.  This was a first step to treat an infection before a second surgery.  We ask for God’s healing hand and that Keith find strength in God’s promises.
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY SUNDAY (10:30-11:15 a.m.): No study on Sunday.  All are invited for extra fellowship time and to tour the school classrooms in anticipation of Monday’s opening day.
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY – the women’s and men’s groups are on summer break and will resume in the fall.
BIBLE STUDY THURSDAY – Meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Dune Clarke’s house.
Sunday School teacher sign-ups continue this Sunday.  We will again use a “team teach” method for the various levels.  When you sign up, please indicate the age level you would prefer to teach.  Thank you for considering be a teacher!
Tour the school classrooms this Sunday.  We will not have Sunday School or Bible study, so you are invited to stay for fellowship and then walk through the classrooms.  The teachers have been working hard to get their rooms ready for the first day of school.
This Sunday look for an announcement on “Sing!” and also a report from the Board of Lay Ministry.
Other Notes:
A reminder that we have worship Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  I encourage you to consider this option, especially if vacation plans or travel take you out of town for a Sunday morning.
Looking ahead – We return to two Sunday services (8:15 & 10:30 a.m.) on September 9.  Youth Sunday school, Confirmation class, and Teen/Adult Bible study will be from 9:30-10:15. 
Publix Partners is changing their program this year. This is an easy way to help earn money for APA. You will no longer need the key fob that you previously scanned at checkout. Simply sign up for a account (if you don’t already have one), select APA, then enter your phone number at checkout. Thank you for supporting our school!
Book Club has been moved to Sunday, September 30th at 1 p.m. at the Harzell house to discuss Little Fires Everywhere.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for this week:
Happy Birthday to: Pam Pierson, Dave Kimball, Kendall Schmidt, Aaron Anderson, Liz Tiedemann, Lottie Culp, Linda Beach, and Rick Godwin.
Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: Terry & Linda Beach
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Steve & Stephanie Streblow                                
Acolyte: Alyssa Skory
Ushers: Jeff & Luke Skory, Mark White, Rich Martin
Organist: Pam Pierson                                                                  
Snacks:  Brettschneider, _________
Childcare: I/T: Felicia Leeds, PK: Katie Swanson
Altar Guild: Lisa Chiffon & Revonda Holliday                        
Flowers: Carroll (Baylis’ Birthday)
See you on Sunday or Monday!
- Pastor