Welcome To Abiding Savior

 

Experiencing God in our neighbor, we serve with our hearts and hands.

Abiding Savior, a friendly and welcoming community, celebrates God's presence with us as we serve and share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

"Built on God's Love - Here to Serve"


Summer Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning

9:00 am  Worship Service with Holy Communion

Monday Evening

6:30 pm  Informal Worship Service with Holy Communion

A Note from Pastor Mike

“I never noticed that before!”

When was the last time such an exclamation leapt from your mouth? A time, perhaps, when something simple grabbed and held your attention —wouldn’t let you go. A time when that simple thing opened up for you–a way of understanding the thing itself as well as the world itself. Healthy religion and spirituality draw us into noticing, into seeing the wholeness of God’s creation, how God lives in us, and how we live in God.

“I never noticed that before!”

Usually the culprit responsible for our inability to notice and see the wholeness of God’s creation is us! We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are. The trajectory of the core narrative in our faith tradition—the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ—aims at articulating our experiences of loss and renewal in order that we might get out of our own way, becoming able to notice and see the grace, beauty, and wholeness of this creation. The cross reveals the pattern of renewal in our life and in all creation. Gaining the ability to see clearly involves the letting go of the people we thought we were.

“I never noticed that before!”

The physical signs of our faith tradition that are so meaningful for us, our sacraments, are there to assist us in developing our sight. Such simple things, water, bread, and wine–can we see how they point beyond themselves to a deeper, broader truth about God, us, and all creation? In them, can we see our interrelatedness to each other and to creation itself? If we cannot, we know the answer as to why. We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are. The story of Christ is the story of eviscerating our incredulity at being a part of this whole creation rather than apart from this creation.
  
“I never noticed that before!”


So much joy resides in the simple act of noticing. I hope that our worship life helps to prepare you for that. I hope that you intentionally carve out time in your life schedules so that you might have the experience of being a part of them—and noticing—rather than somehow standing outside of them and accomplishing them as though they were life’s highest calling. Let those with eyes to see, see that we are a part of this beautiful creation and we are a part of it. What God has done in Christ is no less than the revealing depth of God’s love for us and all life. May we never tire of noticing this truth day after day.

Peace and blessings,

Pastor Mike





Abiding Savior News
Quilters

We invite everyone who has some time and likes to sew or pin or cut, to come and join us on any Wednesday from 9:00 am to Noon!!  We’ll be glad to see you!

The Quilters are always happy to receive donations and they would be most happy if you would give them any old/extra blankets or mattress pads, old bedspreads, fabric pieces, curtains and draperies. Everything is used!

 
MT. MERU COFFEE PROJECT

In November 2004, Abiding Savior  became an Ambassador for the Mt.Meru Coffee Project and began by selling coffee every month.  This ongoing project was established here in the Greater Milwaukee Synod in order to offer a fair price to the coffee farmers of the Diocese of Meru in Tanzania.   HOWEVER, THE MT. MERU COFFEE PROJECT IS MORE THAN ABOUT COFFEE...IT IS ABOUT DOING JUSTICE, CHANGING LIFE AND BRINGING HOPE!

The objective of the Project is to bring both economic and social justice to the small farmers and people of the Meru region.  The Project attempts to bring economic justice by paying the small farmers a fair price for their coffee and to bring social justice by funding educational and health care programs to the Meru region.  By receiving a fair price, the farmers are able to maintain their dignity by giving them the means to earn a living, which is more sustainable than receiving charity.

As a justice-based project, it is essential that the Project be sustainable – the Project must be able to purchase coffee from the farmers year after year.  The Mt. Meru Coffee Project is not a “project of the month” or a “project of the year.”  It is a project for life...for the life of the farmer and the life of the congregation selling coffee.  Once it is started, it is essential that it be sustained or the people we are trying to help will fall back into the hole of injustice and poverty.

Buying Mt. Meru coffee is one simple way that we, as Christians, can do justice in our daily lives and make a difference in the lives of the Meru Diocese.  Mt. Meru Coffee may cost more than super market coffee, BUT it is a high quality coffee, and paying a premium is part of pursuing and achieving justice.

The people of the Meru Diocese have a wonderful faith—a faith in a risen and living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Because of the Mt. Meru Coffee Project, and the amount of coffee that the Project will buy, the farmers have hope for themselves and their families.  They have hope that with a better income, their children can go to school, they can receive better healthcare, and they can improve their living conditions.

When you think about the Mt. Meru Coffee Project, think about more than a cup of coffee;.  Think about the hope that the Project brings.  The Mt. Meru Ambassadors are selling hope, not coffee.

The Mt. Meru Coffee Project is all about LIFE, HOPE AND JUSTICE---AND DOING JUSTICE NEVER TASTED SO GOOD!