Have you sung in choir any time during the 40-year history of Abiding Presence? Know anyone else who has? We're going to make our 40th Anniversary Festival Service at 10:00 a.m. on May 20 an opportunity for a giant music ministry REUNION! Spread the word...
Abiding Presence is sending 13 senior high youth and three adult chaperones to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Huston, TX this summer.
We're looking for members of the congregation to invest in our youth by providing financial contributions to make the Youth Gathering experience possible. The youth have made up their own "start-up company," APSOF, which is the acronym for Abiding Presence Seeds of Faith. The “start-up company “ The idea is to invite the congregation to invest in this company (i.e. the youth!) in order to help them raise money so that they can experience the ELCA Youth Gathering. The APSOF initial public offering (IPO) launched at the Abiding Table on Youth Sunday with much excitement and a price of $25 per share. For more information you can read the APSOF prospectus, visit the display in the church narthex or talk with one of the teens that is planning to attend.
Donations can be made online or by taking an envelope from the display in the narthex.
Check out the video put together to tell the story of why investing in our youth to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering is something important for the church to be about.
Abiding Presence is celebrating our 40th anniversary on Sunday, May 20. There will be a festival worship service at 10:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon. (Please note, only one worship service this weekend.)
RSVP if you are attending the luncheon by May 2 so we can get an accurate count for the caterer. There will be a basket for freewill donations for the luncheon. There is no need to RSVP if you are just planning to attend the service.
One of the ways that Abiding Presence is about living out Jesus' commandment to "love our neighbors" is to support refugees who are resettling in our community by partnering with Lutheran Social Services.
When I was in high school I had the opportunity to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering. My congregation didn't have any high school youth interested in going, but my friend's congregation invited me to come along with them. I have many, many memories of those fives days that were filled with thousands and thousands of high school Lutherans.
As part of the celebration leading up to our 40th Anniversary, Bishop Richard Graham, Bishop of the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod, will be visiting Abiding Presence to preach and preside the weekend of April 28 and 29. Bishop Graham will preach at all services that weekend and host a question and answer session for adults and high school youth during The Abiding Table. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Graham to our congregation.
This Maundy Thursday at 7:30 p.m., we welcome a special group of jazz musicians to help lead our worship service. Meet them below, and catch a preview of the service with this video of Christal singing Craig's arrangement of "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger."