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This week at Abiding Grace

posted Sep 17, 2013, 7:05 AM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated May 11, 2014, 7:14 AM ]



Read about all the happenings at Abiding Grace in this week's edition of Wednesday Connections.

This Week's News

Pictures from Celebration Sunday!

posted May 26, 2013, 2:05 PM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Jun 3, 2013, 7:46 PM ]



On Sunday, June 2, we gave thanks for what the Lord has provided! After a Festival Worship service in the morning with special music, we celebrated in the afternoon with an open house and a dedication service. For pictures from the day, please click here...

Book by Pastor Nick published: "Jesus and Me"

posted Mar 17, 2013, 11:45 AM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Mar 17, 2013, 11:53 AM ]


Pastor Nick noticed that people often complain that when reading the Bible they don't understand what they are reading. So Pastor Nick wrote a book to read along with the Gospels, based on his blogs, to help.

The book is entitled Jesus and Me: Blogging the Gospels and contains Pastor Nick's blogs from reading through the four Gospels in the New Testament. Pastor Nick invites you to read these Gospels with him, struggle with what Jesus said, struggle with what he thinks and struggle with what you think. The struggle will help you grow in faith and understanding. This is Pastor Nick's promise: if you read the Gospels, you will know Jesus better, and this book is only meant to help you in that quest.

The book is available now on Amazon and soon in a Kindle edition. You can preview the book on amazon.com by clicking here...




Come to "Fit Club"!

posted Jan 22, 2013, 5:17 PM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Feb 6, 2013, 5:31 AM ]



Fit Club, a free fitness class led by Bridgette Shamburger, meets each Monday morning beginning at 8:30. Workouts are for all fitness levels. Wear workout clothes and shoes and bring a towel, water, a smile and a friend! We'll be sure to work hard and have a lot of fun, too. The classes will be held in the main worship building on our campus (1020 East Highland Street, Southlake), and ALL are welcome! Please register at http://www.meetup.com/AGLCFitClub 

We have a permanent home!

posted Dec 31, 2012, 6:26 AM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Dec 31, 2012, 6:27 AM ]


A message from Pastor Nick: 

Two and a half years ago, ten of us were sitting in a living room trying to figure out how to start a church. We knew it wouldn't be easy, but we believed anything is possible with God. Since that day we have all been faithfully journeying with God; we have become a movement of love and grace without a permanent home. 

But...  Today, December 13, God has provided a permanent home for Abiding Grace. The 4.5 acre campus previously known as Highland Meadow Montessori Academy has been claimed by God as holy land and from this day forward will be used to tell Jesus' story! 

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on God's name; make known the deeds of the Lord among the nations!" Isaiah 12:4

Today has been humbling and at times, emotional. God has been so good to us, we have received more grace than anyone could ever deserve! I can't wait to see what is next us as we journey together, there is still a lot to do... 

Pastor Nick

Re-dedication of Hood Cemetery

posted Sep 29, 2012, 7:42 AM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Jan 12, 2013, 4:47 AM ]

The re-dedication of Hood Cemetery was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Attended by over 90 members of the community, it was a wonderful celebration of the holy work done by our “Hood Quest” team led by Donn Renwick and Nolan Clemens along with members of the Southlake Historical Society and the Coventry Manor Homeowners Association. The morning included the story of the renovation from Donn, a history of the settlers and veterans by Mike Patterson and a blessing of the cemetery and three new Civil War veteran headstones by Pastor Nick. Period music was provided by the Frontier Brigade Band with a military salute from the Sons of the Confederacy. Refreshments were served by the HOA. 

The care and restoration of Hood Cemetery is an ongoing mission of Abiding Grace Lutheran Church. Volunteers have been working to restore Hood Cemetery to a pristine, historical state in a manner which exemplifies our love of community, our Christian beliefs and our respect for those who first settled in this area. 

Hood Cemetery Rededication, October 13, 2012


Historic Hood Cemetery sits inside the Coventry Manor sub-division (off Peytonville Road in Southlake) with markers dating back to 1855. The cemetery's historic marker reads: "This cemetery was established on the farm of Peters Colonist Thomas H. Hood (ca. 1823-1859), who came to Texas from Missouri about 1845.  The earliest marked grave is that of Urias Martin (1795-1855)...In 1871 Thomas Hood's family formally set aside the one-acre cemetery tract..." 


From the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans

posted Jul 9, 2012, 9:22 PM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Aug 19, 2012, 6:16 AM ]





Our youth, Pastor Nick, Mary Walls and Paul Harrington recently traveled to New Orleans for the ELCA Youth Gathering, a truly life-changing event. There are many pictures from their trip on the Abiding Grace Youth Facebook page (thanks, Mary!) which show our youth serving, worshiping, learning and having fun.






This year's theme was “citizens with the saints” and was drawn from Ephesians 2:14–20, paraphrased here:

Jesus is our peace. In his life and death on the cross, Jesus broke down the dividing walls so that we are no longer strangers and outsiders, but we are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God. The foundation of God’s house was built of apostles and prophets, and Jesus, the cornerstone, holds it all together.

The theme blended the rich faith history, diverse cultures and arts of New Orleans with the communion of saints that is present whenever and wherever God’s people gather!


The Youth Gathering evening programs were streamed. To view the recordings please click here.


Video of the Great Day of Service 2012

posted Jun 9, 2012, 2:32 PM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Jun 11, 2012, 4:21 PM ]


Always give yourself fully to the work of the  Lord.
  1 Corinthians 15:58   

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, 95 disciples came together in service to the world through 10 separate projects for the 2012 Great Day of Service. As Pastor Nick said on the following Sunday: ‘service is love—we love those from the past (buried in Hood Cemetery), from the present (elderly through MCCC and children), and from the future (campers coming to Briarwood). We helped those we know and those we may never meet (children in Sierra Leone).’

View a video of the day create by Ali Sakakeeny below. It was shown in church on June 3. 

2012 Great Day of Service


The ten projects for this year's day were
  • Briarwood Retreat Center (four projects): three new gateways, an entrance sign, two flower beds and an interpretive nature trail (Click here for a thank-you from Briarwood)
  • Mid-Cities Care Corps (three different homes): fence repair and major lawn work
  • Hood Cemetery: the first of many workdays to perform upkeep and repair
  • Women In Stitches: making shorts and dresses for children in Sierra Leone
  • Children's Service Camp: service to the church, Feed Our Kids and Cook Children's Hospital
Some service projects were part of scouting for a number of our youth: Ali, Rachel and Sarah Sakakeeny for their Girl Scout Gold Award projects and Connor McTaggert for his Citizenship Badge for Boy Scouts.

Thanks to Terri and Chip Sakakeeny for organizing the day! Also thanks to our team leaders: Ali, Rachel and Sarah Sakakeeny, Phil Hart, Bill Gaffney, Donn Renwick, Susie Henning, Pat Mingus and Connor and Marcy McTaggert. And thanks to all that served!

Restoration of Hood Cemetery

posted May 22, 2012, 7:47 PM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Jun 9, 2012, 4:28 PM ]

The care and restoration of Hood Cemetery, located on Coventry Lane just east of Peytonville Avenue in Southlake, is an ongoing mission of Abiding Grace Lutheran Church. Together with the Southlake Historical Society and the Coventry Manor Home Owners Association, volunteers from Abiding Grace are working to restore Hood Cemetery to a pristine, historical state in a manner which exemplifies our love of community, our Christian beliefs and our respect for those who first settled in this area.

Historic Hood Cemetery sits inside the Coventry Manor sub-division (off Peytonville Road) with markers dating back to 1855. The cemetery's historic marker reads: "This cemetery was established on the farm of Peters Colonist Thomas H. Hood (ca. 1823-1859), who came to Texas from Missouri about 1845.  The earliest marked grave is that of Urias Martin (1795-1855)...In 1871 Thomas Hood's family formally set aside the one-acre cemetery tract..." For more history, click here... 

Clean-up of Hood Cemetery began as part of our Great Day of Service on May 12, 2012. Currently, work days are scheduled for each Wednesday morning beginning at 8:00 a.m. and on the second Saturday of each month (again, beginning at 8:00 a.m.). Future work will include restoration of some grave markers. If you have any questions, please contact Donn Renwick or Nolan Clemens, or email the church at info@abidinggracedfw.org 



  

  



"Genuinely Different Leaders..."

posted Jan 31, 2012, 4:15 PM by Webmaster AGLC   [ updated Jan 31, 2012, 5:20 PM ]

Pastor Nick is featured in an article, “Genuinely Different Leaders for Genuinely Different Times,” published in Te Deum, the magazine of his alma mater, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. The article tells the stories of some of Trinity’s more recent graduates:

Trinity Days speaker Diana Butler Bass told her audience on September 29 that we are living in a time of "massive cultural change." Individuals have less confidence in their clergy than they did a decade ago. Fewer people attend worship. Many under age 40 did not attend church as a child. 

"This is our time, genuinely different and genuinely challenging," she said. "We have to figure out how to lead in times like these."

Some of Trinity’s more recent graduates have faced today’s challenges head on. They are guided by God and innovative  ideas—not big salaries or numbers in the pews. They are defined by vision and fortitude—not  years of experience. They have taken what they learned in seminary and proven themselves genuinely different leaders in genuinely challenging times. What follows are a few of their stories.

To read the article click here. If the site won't allow the article to open, you need to hit View for the "Fall 2011" issue. The article begins on Page 6.

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