Christmas Eve Worship
Dec
24
to Dec 25

Christmas Eve Worship

All services will include Christmas carols, Holy Communion and the lighting of candles while singing Silent Night. The Children's Service at 4:00 p.m. will include a dramatic telling of the Christmas story with puppets in place of a sermon. The Family Service at 6:00 p.m. will include a Children's sermon with puppets and a homily (short sermon). The Festival Service at 8:00 p.m. will include a sermon. Our professionally staffed nursery will be available during the 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. services.

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Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Evangelism for Churches

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Join us for an amazing three hours of discovery and exchange of ideas, led by local attorney and entrepreneur Ben Glass and a team of  Lutheran pastors who are “rocking it” with their congregations. Ben, a member of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, is a nationally recognized expert in attorney and small business marketing and his specialty is helping small law firms (the ones that are NOT on TV, billboards and the back of buses!) build practices that survive and thrive in one of the most competitive markets around. Ben also works with many businesses in the Northern Virginia area, helping them find their “why” and using that discovery to attract the right customers, patients and clients to their organizations. These same strategies can be used by the church to fulfill Jesus’ command to “make disciples” in innovative and faithful ways.

In addition to hearing from Ben, you will also hear from several local pastors who have implemented programs in their churches that are successfully building new disciples.

Finally, we will be soliciting applications in advance for “hot seats” where selected attendees will get to be up front and center, putting their biggest growth and program challenges in front of the group in order to “mastermind” solutions to the problems. The “wherever two or more are gathered” idea works even better when 37 very smart people are focused entirely on the production of solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.

The event will be held at the “Ben Glass Training Center for Growth and Innovation” in Fairfax, VA. Seating is strictly limited to 37 pastors and church leaders, so register early to guarantee a place at the table!


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Senior High Youth Christmas Party
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Senior High Youth Christmas Party

You won't want to miss the annual Senior High Christmas party! We'll decorate ginger bread houses, play Christmas games, have a white elephant gift exchange, and more! Youth are encouraged to bring a friend, a white elephant gift if they'd like to participate, and show up ready to have some FUN! 

For any of the Senior High events, please talk to Children & Family Minister, Sara Dyson to RSVP, or with any questions. More details will be sent to all Senior High families closer to each date, as well. 

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Advent Evensong
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

Advent Evensong

The tradition of choral evensong dates back to the time of the Reformation. This 60 minute worship service will feature chants based on the tune of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and music by the Abiding Presence Adult Choir and Handbell ensembles.

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4-5-6 Youth Group Cookie Event
Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

4-5-6 Youth Group Cookie Event

Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade youth are invited to come to Bailey Hall with one dozen (per kid) baked but un-decorated Christmas cookies! We'll decorate the cookies, enjoy eating some of them :) and have some hot chocolate. Then we'll each take some cookies home, deliver some to nearby church families, and leave some at church to be enjoyed by the Abiding Table folks on Dec 16th! RSVP to Kim Redelsheimer or Sara Dyson.

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Christmas Party Potluck Dinner
Dec
12
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas Party Potluck Dinner

Bring a side dish or dessert to share and come join us for a Christmas celebration! The church will be providing ham, mac and cheese and broccoli. There will be lots of food, conversation and carols.

The senior high youth will have their own party in the youth room during the same time.

Following the dinner at 6:45 p.m., there will be a dress rehearsal of the Christmas drama with our children and youth music ensembles.

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Bagels with Santa
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Bagels with Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming! Join us in Bailey Hall for a bagel breakfast. Santa will be making an appearance, and provide an opportunity for children to have their picture taken with him. There will also be crafts for the children to work on. Don't miss this exciting event! Advanced sign up is requested.

 

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Senior High Bagel Breakfast
Nov
25
9:50 AM09:50

Senior High Bagel Breakfast

The senior high youth will be going to Chesapeake Bagel Bakery for breakfast during the Sunday School hour. They will meet in the narthex to leave by 10:00 a.m. to will drive over together then return in time for the 11:00 worship service. Youth should bring money for breakfast. No RSVP is necessary, simply show up!

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Thanksgiving Eve Service at Temple B'nai Shalom
Nov
21
8:00 PM20:00

Thanksgiving Eve Service at Temple B'nai Shalom

A favorite Abiding Presence tradition! Join us as we gather with our friends and neighbors at Temple B’nai Shalom to give thanks together. Combined children, teen and adult choirs along with a brass ensemble provide the music for this beautiful service. Temple B’nai Shalom will host the service and Pastor Keseley will deliver the sermon.

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CROP Walk
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

CROP Walk

The CROP Walk is a way to join with other faith community in Burke/Fairfax to walk to stomp out hunger. The walk is held rain or shine and is a 3 mile slow walk loop through the city of Fairfax. The walk begins at Fairfax Presbyterian Church. Walkers can register at Abiding Presence before/after worship or by calling the church office.

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Parents of Teens
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Parents of Teens

Parents of 7th-12th grade youth are encouraged to participate in our monthly Parents of Teens Group. The group is facilitated by Dr. Erin Swenson-Reinhold, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an experienced mother of teens. Parents gather for learning, conversation and support. No RSVP is necessary, simply show up!

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Families with Young Children Dinner
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Families with Young Children Dinner

Join us as we launch a new group for families with young children* at Abiding Presence. We'll kick off with a potluck dinner in Bailey Hall at Abiding Presence. Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. The church will provide drinks and paper products. 

Free childcare will be provided in the church nursery from 5:00-7:00 p.m. You are welcome to have your little ones with you at the dinner or take them into the nursery. Please indicate how many children you will have for the nursery when you RSVP so we can staff accordingly. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Pastor Meredith or Pastor Heidi. RSVP here.

*When we say "families with young children?" we mean that what the group has in common is that the majority of their children are age 3 and under. That said, there are no hard and fast rules. So, if you feel like you would fit in with this group, then so do we! 

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Oct
27
8:30 PM20:30

First Year Confirmation - Halloween Spooky Games

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As a way to have some fun and build relationships outside of our usual structured time, I'll be doing Halloween Spooky Games on Saturday, October 27 from 8:30-10:00 p.m. (this immediately follows the clergy group scheduled for that night, so hopefully that makes it convenient for many of you). We'll play some games and (weather permitting) make s'mores over the fire pit. In order to make this happen, I'll need a parent to please volunteer to help chaperone (a helpful-but-not-necessary skill to have is to be able to oversee the fire pit). Let me know if you are able to help and RSVP for your youth here


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Trunk-or-Treat
Oct
24
6:45 PM18:45

Trunk-or-Treat

Children ages 6th grade and younger are invited to come for a night of "Trunk or Treat" in the church parking lot. All are welcome!

We are also in need of families and individuals who will decorate the trunk of their vehicles for this event! Please let Sara Dyson, Children and Family Minister, know if you can provide a trunk and approximately 300 pieces of candy. Trunks will need to be parked by 6:30 p.m. and will be asked to stay in the lot until 7:45 p.m.

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Memorial Service for Lucy Clifford
Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

Memorial Service for Lucy Clifford

With sadness in our hearts and the hope of the gospel on our lips we will gather to give thanks to God for the life of Abiding Presence member Lucy Clifford who died last month. A reception will follow the service in Bailey Hall. Members of the congregation are asked to please help provide cookies/baked goods for the reception dessert. If you are able to help, please contact Sharon Downs in the church office.

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