Pastor's Weekly Update
Good afternoon and greetings from Abiding Peace!
 
Last Sunday we bid farewell to Vicar Goelzer and his wife, and this Sunday we welcome Vicar Schmidt and his wife, along with new teachers.  We thank our gracious Lord for providing workers to serve in his harvest field.  One of the blessings of having workers is that they help us to stay focused on what matters in life.  When pastors, vicars, teachers, (and parents and congregation ministries!) proclaim God's Word they are helping people to see and believe in the one true, and saving God, and to live according to his will and promises.  This Sunday we celebrate that blessing!
 
Note: The installation of vicar and new teachers will be part of the 10:30 service on Sunday.  A welcome (with "cake and coffee") will be between services.  Stop in and introduce yourself.
 
Serving Sunday (Thank you!):
Greeters: Lyss (E), Hartzell (L)                                      Acolyte: B. Hancock (E), B. Carroll (L)
Ushers: Maciejewski, Grimstad (E), Martin, Carroll (L)
Organist: Doug Rall        
Altar Guild: Frey (E), Carroll (L)                                     Flowers: Hood
 
Prayer Notes:
- Naomi Rall will be having knee replacement surgery next week Tuesday.  We ask God to bless the efforts of the medical team with success, that he protects Naomi during the surgery and that her recovery goes well.  We entrust her into God's loving care.
- We include a prayer for the family of Jim Unke who suffered a severe stroke and was called home to heaven.  Jim had been serving the Lord for the past 25 years as the director of athletics of Martin Luther College.  He was 63 years old.  We ask for God's peace to bring comfort to the family.
 
Other Notes:
- Stop at the entryway table to sign up to teach Sunday School, purchase a new book entitled I Know That I Know, and to pick up a copy of the August edition of Forward in Christ magazine.
- We are inviting volunteers to work in the school office, and to clean bathrooms on Wednesdays during the school year.  If interested, please speak with Mr. Seeger.
- Want to direct the choir?  For information or if interested, please speak with Mikkel Broas.
- The school windows are clean - thank you!  Now...we could use the bushes trimmed around the school building and the playground mulch raked.  If you have some time to tackle these projects, please speak with Mr. Seeger.
- Wednesday Bible study begins on August 17th.  See Sunday's service folder for details.
 
Those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries the week of August 7 - 13 (to extend a greeting, if you wish):
"Happy Birthday" to: Alma Morgenroth (8), Pam Miller (9), Jamie Pierson (10), Ryan Seeger (11), Jan Boyles (11), Pam Pierson (12), Dave Kimball (12), Kendall Schmidt (12), Aaron Anderson (13), and Lottie Culp (13).
"Happy Anniversary" to: Terry & Linda Beach (12), and Robert & Marie McLachlan (12).
 
That's all for this week.
God's blessing on your day.
- Pastor Duane