Posts tagged Families
Wednesday Night Dinner & Gathering
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Beginning Wednesday, September 25

We’re serving up burrito bowls for dinner, so come join us. There’s something for everyone on Wednesday Nights! Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. and a freewill donation is collected.

Schedule for this Wednesday

 5:00-6:00 p.m.  -Youth Music Rehearsal for 6th-12th grades (sanctuary)

5:15-6:00 p.m. -Puppet Practice for 4th-12th graders (Bailey Hall)

6:00-6:45 p.m. -Dinner (Bailey Hall)

6:45-7:45 p.m.- Adult Small Group (Bailey Hall) 

- Games with Mr. Jon for 6th-12th graders (Rooms 2-4)

6:45-7:15 p.m. -Elementary School Circles for K-5th (Rooms 5, 6 & 9)

- Preschool Choir (Room 1)

7:00-8:30 p.m.- ESL Class (Room 8)

7:20-7:50 p.m. - Elementary Choir Sectional for K-2nd (Room 1)

- Elementary Choir Sectional for 3rd-5th (Sanctuary)

- Preschool Circle (Room 6)

 Our professionally staffed nursery is open from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Parents must remain in the building while children are in the nursery.

 

ENewsMeredith KeseleyFamilies
Mental Health Grant Update
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As I shared in July, Abiding Presence was awarded a $10,000 grant by the ELCA for a 6 month mental health ministry partnership with NAMI-Northern Virginia. As we implement our proposal, here’s a few quick updates on our goals and how we are using the grant to change lives and bring hope to our community!

Goal #1: Hire a part-time NAMI family support partner to work on-site 10 hours a week with families in navigating the mental health system. Update: We are working with NAMI to have a family support partner in place by September 15 at Abiding Presence. The family support partner will work with families in the congregation and community to provide resources and support. The grant will help support the salary of the family support partner.

Goal #2: Offer a support class for family members of those with a mental health condition at Abiding Presence. Update: We are coordinating a workshop called “Children with Challenging Behaviors” for parents. The workshop will cover handling behavioral challenges in children, regardless of a mental health diagnosis. We have 8 people from the AP Mental Health Team willing to be trained to offer the 1 day course. We are also working with NAMI to offer a “Family to Family” course in January 2020 for family members of those with a mental health condition. Grant resources will offset the costs of food and childcare for these workshops and classes.

Goal #3: Offer more events and trainings to educate, support and raise awareness in our community. Update: We are hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers of Youth at Abiding Presence on Saturday, October 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We are also co-hosting a screening of “Angst,” a 1 hour documentary on anxiety in youth, on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. The movie is an engaging and helpful explanation of youth anxiety and how it can be managed and treated. Following the viewing, there will be a panel discussion with mental health and community experts, who will answer questions and offer resources. Grants funds will allow us to offer food as well as childcare for these events.

Stay tuned for more information and contact me or a member of the mental health team if you’d like to learn more or get involved!

Outdoor Worship and Picnic
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Sunday, June 2 at 10:15 a.m.

We're worshiping outside on Sunday, June 2 for our annual Outdoor Worship Service and Picnic. There will only be one Sunday morning service at 10:15 a.m. (Saturday worship will happen as usual at 6:00 p.m.) Grab a lawn chair or use one of the many folding chairs we'll have set up. After a 45 minute worship service with Holy Communion, we'll have a picnic. There will be a moonbounce by the playground for the kids. The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Each family is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. We welcome all from the community to join us! It's a great service to invite a friend or neighbor to come along.

Pajama Sunday this Sunday
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This Sunday, March 10

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!

Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner & Silent Auction

Sunday, March 3
Music & Silent Auction: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Pancake Dinner: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Abiding Presence is celebrating Mardi Gras as we prepare to enter into the season of Lent. We’ll gather for a traditional pancake dinner. A freewill donation will be collected to support the work of our Dominican Republic Mission Team. There will also be a silent auction with over 100 items to support the Mission Team as well.


**Due to the anticipated weather at Shenandoah University, the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble Concert has been postponed until Sunday, April 28**

Trunk-or-Treat
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Wednesday, October 24 from 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Looking for a safe, family-friendly way to trick or treat? Children ages 6th grade and under are invited to dress in costume and come trunk or treat in the church parking lot! "Trunk or Treat" cars will be parked in half the parking lot and roped off to incoming cars. Children then walk from trunk to trunk to collect candy.  Trunk or treating will be from 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Feeling creative? 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.

Fall Festival This Saturday!
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Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Abiding Presence offers a free community fall festival. Lots of volunteers are needed to make this event possible! Please consider volunteering for an hour shift (or more) before or after enjoying the festival by signing up here. The festival is completely FREE and offers food, games, live music, haunted houses, bouncy house, pumpkin paining, balloon artist, face painting and much more.

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office will be on hand to provide FREE Child Identification and Fingerprinting. Information on Internet safety for children and parents will also be provided.

This completely FREE event is a great way to come celebrate fall with friends and neighbors. There will be several free raffles to enter, and gift cards given out throughout the day.

Free Community Fall Festival
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Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun filled afternoon of FREE food, games, live music, haunted houses, bouncy house, pumpkin paining, balloon artist, face painting and much more.

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office will be on hand to provide FREE Child Identification and Fingerprinting. Information on Internet safety for children and parents will also be provided.

This completely FREE event is a great way to come celebrate fall with friends and neighbors. There will be several free raffles to enter, and gift cards given out throughout the day. There will also be a collection of non-perishable foods to support the food pantry at Abiding Presence. Bring a few food items with you to the Fall Festival, or drop them off later in the week.

Meredith KeseleyFamilies
Wednesday Night Gathering is Back - September 26
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Wednesday Night Gathering is back this fall! Plan to join us each Wednesday for dinner and activities. We even have a few exciting new additions to the schedule this year. Dinner is served "cafeteria style" each week from 6:00-6:45 p.m. A full schedule of activities is below. Childcare for children under the age of 3 is provided in our professionally staffed nursery. 

Dinner Menu for September 26
Build your own Tacos with Ground Turkey, Rice, Beans, Veggies with Lettuce, Chips Salsa & Cheese
Carrots
Applesauce

Schedule of Activities
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Youth Band (6th-12th) and Puppet Team (4th-12th)
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Family Dinner
6:45 - 7:45 p.m. - Iron Men Bible Study, Women's Bible Study, 2nd Year Confirmation and Handbell Choir
6:45 - 7:15 p.m. - Preschool Choir and Elementary School Youth Groups (K-6th)
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - ESL Class
7:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Preschool Youth Group, Elementary School Choir (K-5th) and Pre-Confirmation (6th)
7:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Youth Choir

MOPS for Fall 2018
Our 2017-2018 MOPS Group

Our 2017-2018 MOPS Group

2018-2019 MOPS Registration Form

2018-2019 MOPS Meeting Dates

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and is a Christian faith-based moms group for moms of birth through kindergarten age kids.

Moms get connected to a community of other moms who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS is meant to help moms be more honest, feel more equipped and find our identity by journeying alongside one another. MOPS moms gather the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month from 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. to talk, eat, pray and grow in faith. While moms are doing all of that, kids are in their own age appropriate children's program right down the hall. MOPS moms also get together for "Mom's Night Out" and get their kids together for organized playdates throughout the month.

In our children's program, kids have circle time, learn a Bible Story, do activities, enjoy free play in the classroom and/or on the playground, sing songs, have snack and experience God's love for them. Our Classroom Policy is a helpful guide. We hire teachers and assistants who have experience working with kids and who can create a loving environment. We have a music teacher who comes in each week to lead 25 minute music classes for our older classes. We know that in order for moms to feel good about having "mom time" that their kids need to be in a fun and safe environment.  

If you're a mom of a birth through kindergarten age kid looking to connect with other moms, MOPS is for you! 

If you are interested in being part of MOPS for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact Pastor Keseley

You can pay MOPS fees online using the button below. When checking out, please enter your name and which fee you are paying in the “Add instructions to church if needed” section.

2018-19 MOPS Online Payment Fee Amounts
Annual Registration Fee (paid by everyone each year): $52
Semester dues (no MOPS kids): $52
Semester dues (one MOPS kid): $77
Semester dues (two MOPS kids): $102
Semester dues (three MOPS kids): $127

Meredith KeseleyFamilies
Backpack, Bag and Briefcase Blessing
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Illustrated Children's Ministry with coloring by an Abiding Presence youth

It's time for our annual backpack, bag and briefcase blessing on Saturday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. Bring to worship whatever bag you take out into the world to do God's work. There will be time during the service to bring your bag forward to be blessed and receive a blessing tag to remind you "God's Got Your Back!" 

All are welcome to attend this family friendly service! It will last approximately 55-60 minutes and include scripture, singing, prayers and Holy Communion. 

Our professionally staffed nursery will be open during the service for children who may not be in a worshiping mood. 

Outdoor Worship and Picnic
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We're worshiping outside on Sunday, June 3 for our annual Outdoor Worship Service and Picnic. There will only be one Sunday morning service at 10:15 a.m. (Saturday worship will happen as usual at 6:00 p.m.) Grab a lawn chair or use one of the many folding chairs we'll have set up. After a 45 minute worship service with Holy Communion, we'll have a picnic. There will be a moonbounce by the playground for the kids. The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Each family is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. We welcome all from the community to join us! It's a great service to invite a friend or neighbor to come along.

If you are able to help with the picnic, please contact the church office

Hot Dogs & S'mores on the Patio
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Hot Dogs & S'mores is a favorite summer kick off activity at Abiding Presence! We'll be out on the church patio (weather permitting) Wednesdays, May 30, June 6 and June 13 beginning at 6:15 p.m. We provide all of the hot dogs, fixings and s'mores components. You simply show up! The fire will be ready to go and you can roast your hot dog over the hot coals and make your s'mores. After dinner, head over to the playground to play. A freewill donation is collected for the meal. We welcome anyone in the community to join us! 

Help is always needed and appreciated with set up and/or clean up. Contact Sara Dyson, Children and Family Minister, if you can lend a hand one of the nights. 

Christ is Risen! Easter Celebration!
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Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
Risen our Victorious head!
Sing his praises! Alleluia!
Christ is risen from the dead!

"Christ is Risen! Alleluia!" ELW  382

8:30 a.m. - Contemporary Service with Praise Band and Brass
10:00 & 11:15 a.m. - Traditional Services with Choir, Organ and Brass

Come Celebrate! Christ is Risen! Our worship services will be filled with joy as we proclaim and celebrate the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ with music, scripture, prayers, preaching and Holy Communion.

All of three of our worship services are family friendly experiences. Children will receive an Easter activity book at the beginning of the service as a way for them to follow along with the Easter story during the service. We also have a professionally staffed nursery open during all of our services.

We'll have a petting zoo in our fenced in lawn from 9:30-11:30 a.m. that you can visit and help feed the animals. 

Palm Sunday Worship & Festival

Hosanna in the highest! Join us for worship as we have the procession of the palms at the beginning of both worship services at 8:45 am and 11:00 am.

Between services at 9:45 am, couples, adults, families, and children of all ages are invited to participate in a Palm Sunday Festival that will be held in place of the Abiding Table and Sunday School. Adults and families will travel together to stations of many kinds to experience what Jesus went through, to reflect with different generations, to pray, and to prepare for the Holy Week journey to Easter. If you would like to volunteer to head up a station, please talk to Sara Dyson (sara@abidingpresence.net).

Spring forward! Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend

Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 2:00 a.m. (clocks spring forward to 3:00 a.m.).

Worried you'll miss church? Don't be! You've got options

Bored? Learn more about DST! Or, check out this list of 9 Things to Do biannually when DST starts or ends.

David ChavezFamilies
Ash Wednesday
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Lent begins on  Ash Wednesday with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the cross, the grave and the empty tomb on Easter morning.

We have three opportunities for worship on Ash Wednesday. All three services include a time of confession, scripture reading, the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. 

12:00 noon & 7:30 p.m. Traditional Services
6:30 p.m. Children's Ash Wednesday Service (more details here)
 

¡Carnaval Latino! Free Latin Jazz Concert, Pancake Supper, and Silent Auction for Mardi Gras

An afternoon of Latin Jazz with the 20-piece Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble featuring the music of Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Machito, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Duke Ellington and more.
*Under the direction of the fabulous CRAIG FRAEDRICH*
~~~~Feb. 11, 2018~~~~
🔥LATIN JAZZ CONCERT🔥 at 4:00 p.m.
🔥PANCAKE SUPPER🔥 at 5:30 p.m.
🔥SILENT AUCTION🔥
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The Abiding Presence Mission Team hosts this free concert (free will offering), silent auction, and pancake dinner to celebrate the Latin American "Mardi Gras" (pre-Lent) traditions and to support the work we are continuing in the Dominican Republic this coming August.

Questions? Visit abidingpresence.net/missionteam (Click "I Want to Be a Part" button if you want to volunteer or donate to the silent auction!)

David ChavezFamilies, Adults, Music
Reaching Out this Christmas

Please look for opportunities to share joy at the AP Giving Tree in the narthex. You can provide new and unwrapped toys for children in our community through ECHO, which is asking for games and clothing for children up to 14 years old, especially baby dolls, Barbie clothes and accessories (ECHO already has many Barbie dolls), hoodies for teens (sizes 14, 16, Adult sizes S and M), polar fleece zip jackets in teen sizes, car track sets, electronic toys, and activity books. The Giving Tree area also offers opportunities to support Gifts of Hope and ELCA Good Gifts.

 

Meredith KeseleyFamilies, Local