Pastor's Weekly Update
AP E-News
October 12, 2017
This Week:  
“God’s Word is our Great Heritage” is our 2017 congregational theme and also our focus for the month.  The words of the hymn proclaim the blessings, privileges, and responsibilities that God has given to us because he has spoken to us in his Word.  In a world that is full of words – spoken, written, tweeted, emailed, blogged, etc – we listen to God, and we also speak his Word.  The phrase of our hymn reflects the mission of God’s people who speak his Word: “To spread its light from age to age shall be our chief endeavor.” 
Scripture readings: 2 Peter 1:16-21/1 Peter 2:5,9
Prayer Notes:
We continue to pray for those suffering from recent tragic events (floods, fires, and the shooting in Las Vegas), and ask God to use these events to remind people of sin and its affects, and to help them see God’s grace in his rescue from sin and its affects through Jesus.
We pray for an APA third grader (Alistair) who accidently poked his eye with a scissors at home and has had surgery, with more to come.  We thank God that the doctors are optimistic that his sight will recover.  We ask for God’s peace and his power to heal bless Alistair and his family.
Highlight Notes:
Youth (K4-5th grade): Quail and Manna
Middle/High (6th-12th grades): Luther Video-with adult group
Adult study: The life of Luther (video study)
Wednesday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) – The Men’s and Women’s groups are taking up new topics next week.
Pumpkins arrive Saturday (Oct. 14).  We unload the truck at 8:00 a.m.   Your help is appreciated!
Still some spots open to help sell during the 16 days the patch is open.  Pick a spot or two or….  All pumpkin proceeds go toward flood relief.
Pumpkin Patch flyers are at church for you to take home and share with neighbors and co-workers.
Campus work day is also Saturday.  Come for an hour or two to help…all is appreciated!
Special Reformation celebration…We mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a special service at 10:00 a.m. on October 29th and will have a festival feast following worship.  There will be no early service or Monday service.  All are invited and encouraged to attend the special service and stay for the meal afterward.  See the sign-up sheets to attend and to provide some of the food.
Sunday, see the sign-up sheet to volunteer for the Oct. 28 Spinx RunFest.  See Gene McKelvey for questions.
Bible Information Class begins Wednesday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m.  Let me know if you plan to attend.
Other Notes:
Thank you to all who were able to attend the APA Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on Tuesday.  We ate enough chicken to raise over $100 for student financial assistance.
Hurricane recovery and relief donations continue through the end of October.
Youth group calendar and name survey (“What shall we call this group?” is on the table in the church entryway.
Communion will be offered on the 2nd and 4th Sundays/Mondays in October, November, and December.
APA Open House will be Wednesday, October 25th (5:30-7:30 a.m.).  Take a flyer home to share with a neighbor.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for this week: 
Happy Birthday to Estella Hagedorn, Wendell Hawkins, Cindy Tipton, Melanie Skory, Leah Sparks, Karen Hawkins, and Jeffrey Lehner.
Congratulations!  Celebrating a wedding anniversary: Dave & Marti Fowler
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Tollison (E), Anderson (L)                                             
Acolyte: August Carroll
Ushers: Al Eggert, Dan McConnell (E), Jamie Pierson, Chad Gantt, Joe Carroll (L)
Organist: Pam Pierson                                                                     
Snacks: Hartzell, Schmidt
Childcare: I/T: Sarah Carroll, PK: Asia Acosta-Chhom
Altar Guild: Sharon Stephen (E), Melanie Skory (L)                   
Flowers: ___________    
See you on Sunday or Monday!
- Pastor