Pastor's Weekly Update
Good morning and greetings from Abiding Peace,
"Jesus lives to give!"
That's our overall theme during this season of Easter as we focus on the blessings we receive because Jesus rose from the dead.  So far we've rejoiced in the fact that we have received peace and proof, and a message and mission.  Come Sunday to hear more gifts that come to us from our risen Savior.
Serving Sunday (Thank you!):
At AP Five Forks:
Greeters: Spain (E), Rall (L)
Ushers: Eggert, Markham (E), S. Streblow, Lemke (L)
Acolyte: B. Hancock (E), E. Gomich (L)
Keyboard: L. Bloomquist
Childcare (10:30 am) : K. Swanson, M. Kirk
Flowers: Gantt
Snacks: Maguire
At AP Easley:
Greeter/Usher: Hartzell
Clean: _________
Snacks: ________
Prayer Notes:
- We keep our prayers lifted to the Lord on behalf of Diane Stromberg as doctors continue to struggle to treat her health challenges.  We ask God to grant clarity and a path forward so that Diane might return to good health, and that he gives her peace in his loving promises.
- Let's join our prayers with the Knapp family as Ryan is scheduled for surgery on Monday to address a narrowing of the aorta - a condition that he has been dealing with since his youth.  We ask the Lord to bless the work of the medical staff during the surgery and that there are no complications, and we ask the Lord to bless Ryan and his family with hope that is found in the cross and empty tomb of Jesus.
- We give thanks to the Lord for his grace as many students approach the last weeks of their final year of schooling.  We will recognize and join our member graduates in giving thanks with our annual Graduation Celebration Sunday on May 26th.  
Other Notes:
- Last night the Board of Lay Ministry, acting on behalf of the congregation, extended a Call to Ida Paulsen to be our K3 teacher (part-time).  She is the wife of our in-coming teacher/principal Ian Paulsen and is a graduate of Martin Luther College with a degree in Early Childhood.  Please include Ida in your prayers as she deliberates this Call.
- The 20s/30s gathering at Vicar Steins that was planned for Saturday has been cancelled because of scheduling conflicts.
- Camp South sign-ups begin Sunday.  See the entryway table.
- A special service opportunity to help those in need in our community is shared in Sunday's folder and a sign-up sheet is available on the entryway table.
- We are looking for a volunteer to drive the U-Haul from WI to SC for our new teacher Kim Gnewuch.  All expenses paid to fly up and drive the truck home.  Let me know if you are interested.
- Look for lots of May calendar items listed in Sunday's service folder.
Those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries the week of April 21-27 (to extend a greeting, if you wish):
"Happy Birthday" to: Doug Rall (22), Katie Mooney (23), Marge Krueger (24), Bridget Gantt (26), and Lyla Plous (26).
"Happy Anniversary" to: Curt & Kathy Fisher (22).
That's all for this week.
God's blessing on your day.
- Pastor Duane