New to Abiding Presence Dinner
Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

New to Abiding Presence Dinner

If you are new to Abiding Presence and/or interested in formally joining the congregation, we would love to welcome you! Join Pastor Keseley and other church leaders for dinner, conversation and the chance to learn more about Abiding Presence. We’ll provide the food, you simply show up to this family friendly meal where children of all ages are welcome. Those who are interested in formally joining the congregations will be able to do so and those who would like to just learn a bit more about the church can do that, too. RSVP to Pastor Keseley so we have enough food on hand.

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Parents of Teens Group
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Parents of Teens Group

Parents of 6th-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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Support Group for Parents of Children with ADHD
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Support Group for Parents of Children with ADHD

Raising a child with ADHD has its challenges. If you're looking for group of fellow caregivers who relate to your experiences, come join our support group. The group is affiliated with CHADD, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by ADHD, and will meet on the last Thursday of each month. Contact Pastor Keseley to be connected with the group’s organizer.

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February is ECHO Food Drive Month
Feb
28
9:00 PM21:00

February is ECHO Food Drive Month

We are trying to collect 2,000 pounds (1 ton) of food during the month.  Last year we collected 1,700 lbs. of food, so 2,000 lbs. is not an unrealistic target --- we as a church can meet this goal. Please place your food and personal care donations in the ECHO boxes located near the front entrance of the church. Weekly deliveries will be made to ECHO. 

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OWLs Luncheon
Mar
6
1:00 PM13:00

OWLs Luncheon

OWLs is open to all seniors in the congregation and community. This month the OWLs will attend the Ash Wednesday service at 12:00 noon then gather for lunch in Bailey Hall immediately following the service. During dessert, we will have the chance to hear Irish music played by our own Wayne Jordan. Please contact the church office if you are planning to come.

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Ash Wednesday Children's Worship Service and Dinner
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Ash Wednesday Children's Worship Service and Dinner

Join us for a 30 minute Ash Wednesday Children's Service and dinner beforehand. Our children's service is a family-friendly service geared towards families with children ages birth through elementary school. The service will include interactive prayers, scripture reading, music, imposition of ashes to remember we are dust, and Holy Communion. A freewill offering will be taken for the dinner beforehand. All are welcome!!

The service will start at 6:45 p.m.. A pizza dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. prior to the service.

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Spring Forward for Pajama Sunday
Mar
10
8:45 AM08:45

Spring Forward for Pajama Sunday

The beginning of Daylight Savings Time and the loss of an hour of sleep can be a real bummer and make it hard to get up for church. This year, however, we’re making it something to celebrate. Join us for our first ever Abiding Presence Pajama Sunday! Kids (and adults if they want, too) are invited to wear their pajamas or other comfortable clothes to church and Sunday School. Sleep in, roll out of bed and come on over for worship. Daylight Savings Time is a Sunday you don’t want to miss!

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Parents of Teens Group
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Parents of Teens Group

Parents of 6th-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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Journey to Easter
Apr
7
3:30 PM15:30

Journey to Easter

"Journey to Easter" is an event for ages preschool through 6th grade. Participants grouped together with like-ages will walk through the events leading up to Jesus' death and resurrection through crafts, snacks, and games. There will be a preschool group, kindergarten group, 1st-3rd grade group, and 4th-6th grade group all running independently, but at the same time. A parent must accompany preschoolers and kindergartners. Contact Sara Dyson, Children and Family Minister, for more information or to sign up to participate.

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Parents of Teens Group
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Parents of Teens Group

Parents of 6th-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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Outdoor Family Ice Skating
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoor Family Ice Skating

Put on your skates and join Abiding Presence as we go ice skating outside! Pentagon City Ice Skating is an outdoor rink in Arlington that welcomes skater of all ages and skill levels. We will meet at the rink at 10 am (or whenever you get there) to buy tickets and rent skates. All ages are invited...invite a friend too! Penguin skating aids are available for those just learning to skate. Sign up in the narthex or email Sara Dyson, Children & Family Minister.

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Annual Congregational Meeting
Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Congregational Meeting

Our annual congregational meeting is a chance to celebrate the ministry we have done together the past year and look ahead to the coming year. We will elect members to serve on the church council, adopt the 2019 budget and hear the “State of the Church” report from Pastor Keseley.

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Support Group for Parents of Children with ADHD
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Support Group for Parents of Children with ADHD

Raising a child with ADHD has its challenges. If you're looking for group of fellow caregivers who relate to your experiences, come to the first meeting of our first ADHD Support Group on Thursday, January 24, at 7 PM. The group is affiliated with CHADD, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by ADHD, and will meet on the last Thursday of each month. At the first meeting, we'll discuss the direction we want for the group. If you're interested, we hope to see you there. Contact Pastor Keseley to be connected with the group’s organizer.

While this support group is hosted by Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, it is not religious in nature. All are welcome!

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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.

Registration is currently full. Email Pastor Keseley to be placed on the waiting list.


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Parents of Teens Group
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Parents of Teens Group

Parents of 6th-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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Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Cafe Sessions

Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 23 at 6:45 p.m.

Cafe Sessions are an opportunity for dialogue with congregational leaders. This series of Cafe Sessions will focus on the 2019 budget that will be presented at the congregational meeting. Come hear about how the budget was put together, learn about the ministry priorities for the coming year and think about how you can get involved. All three Cafe Sessions will cover the same material, so pick the one to attend that works best with your schedule.

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The Celebration of Christmas Continues
Dec
30
10:00 AM10:00

The Celebration of Christmas Continues

The celebration of Christmas continues as we gather for worship on Sunday, December 30 at 10:00 a.m. We will continue to sing Christmas carols and celebrate Christ’s birth. There will be only one service this weekend and there will be no Sunday School or Abiding Table. We’ll be back to our regular worship schedule the weekend of January 5/6.

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