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Recognize These Chairs?
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While the majority of our old sanctuary chairs found a second life at a Christian church in Maryland, about 30 of them found their second life at ECHO. ECHO is one of our community partners who supports people in need in the immediate Burke and Springfield area. 

Recently, ECHO lifted up the need of children's shoes, especially for older children. If you have new or gently used shoes to donate, please bring them to church and drop them in the ECHO bin under the coat rack.

If you're looking for an opportunity to volunteer this summer as a teen or adult, consider signing up for one of ECHO's backpack packing sessions to help them get ready to distribute backpacks with school supplies to local school children. 

We're grateful to have such a strong community partner with whom we can serve our community!

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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. 

Everything You Need to Know for the 40th Anniversary Celebration
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Sunday, May 20

·       There is only ONE service on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. with no Saturday service that weekend. The service is expected to be a bit longer than our usual service and will likely run around 75-85 minutes. 

·       Overflow parking will be available at Old Keene Mill Swim Club located at 9534 Orion Ct, Burke, VA 22015. We will have a shuttle running between the swim club and Abiding Presence. We’re especially asking musicians, volunteers and those who are coming early to take advantage of the overflow parking. 

·       We are expecting a big crowd! There will be plenty of seats, but some of them will be in the narthex for overflow seating. Come early if getting a good seat is important to you. That said, the people who sit in the narthex will be the first ones in line for the lunch buffet. So, there is definitely a perk to the less desirable seats! We will have a reserved seating section in the sanctuary for people with mobility challenges and their families. Ask an usher or look for the signs to be directed to it. We’ll be bringing communion to people in their seats who might need it in this section.

·       There is no cost for the luncheon following the service. There will, however, be a freewill donation basket for those who would like to contribute. If you have not yet RSVPed for the luncheon, please do so at https://abidingpresence.net/40th. If you didn’t RSVP but find yourself able to come at the last minute, don’t worry. We’ll have a seat and plenty of food for you.

·       There will be two seating areas for the luncheon – Bailey Hall and a large weatherproof tent in the parking lot. There will be plenty of seats for the luncheon. We’ll also have two serving lines that will go into the two seating areas. Drinks, cake and high chairs will be found in both seating locations.

·       The lunch menu is garden salad, brisket, barbecue pulled chicken, seasonal vegetables spring mix, mac and cheese, coleslaw and cake. If you have a food allergy, just ask one of the catering staff and they will be able to answer any questions about ingredients.

·       There is no formal program during the luncheon. Feel free to stay as long or as short as you would like.

·       Childcare will be available for children ages 5 and under in the church nursery during the worship service. The nursery will only be staffed during the service, so please pick up your children before heading to the luncheon. Parents are asked to please keep their elementary school and younger children with them throughout the luncheon. We’ll have a lot of guests in the building and we want to keep everyone safe. Playing on the playground after lunch is welcomed and encouraged. Parents are asked to please be within the fenced in playground area with their elementary school age and younger children while they are playing.

ENewsMeredith Keseley
Final Rehearsal Schedule for 40th Anniversary Festival Service
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Photo by Dolo Iglesias on Unsplash

Tuesday, May 15

  • 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. - Anniversary Choir rehearsal (all welcome, including past singers and any instrumentalists who would also like to sing in the choir; get sheet music and more info here). Anyone singing in choir is asked to come to at least one (or both) of the rehearsals on May 15 & May 19.

Saturday, May 19

  • 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. - Anniversary Choir rehearsal (all welcome, including past singers and any instrumentalists who would also like to sing in the choir; get sheet music and more info here). Anyone singing in choir is asked to come to at least one (or both) of the rehearsals on May 15 & May 19.
  • 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. - Praise Band & Orchestra rehearsal (overlaps by 15 minutes with choir rehearsal on purpose in order to rehearse one piece together; this rehearsal includes all instrumentalists, including everyone playing praise band-type instruments like electric guitar, drums, etc., and all brass instruments; praise band singers will rehearse at a separate TBA in separate email). This rehearsal also includes audio-visual tech team to get set up for Sunday; we will be able to leave all tech setup in place after rehearsal so we don't have to re-set-up Sunday morning.

Sunday, May 20

  • 8:15 a.m. - Praise Band & Orchestra pre-service rehearsal (including praise band singers)
  • 8:45 a.m. - Anniversary Choir pre-service rehearsal (including orchestra also)
  • rehearsals will end by approx. 9:20am in order to give everyone time to use the restroom, get a drink of water, etc.
  • approx 9:40 a.m. - prelude music starts
  • 10:00 a.m. - Festival Service official start time
RSVP and Volunteer to Help for the 40th Anniversary
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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 8 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. 

Volunteers are needed Sunday morning to help with various tasks. Please sign up to volunteer

It is going to be a fabulous morning of giving thanks for God's Abiding Presence that has led this congregation for the past 40 years and will now lead us into the next 40 years!