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

This month’s note features two aspects, one pastoral, one personal.

To begin:


It might seem like 2017 has been the longest year on record and for good reason. There does not seem to be a single solitary place we can turn for respite from a never-ending onslaught of awful news, from the feeling that everything is falling apart, from the sensation that something we once held is slipping away right before our eyes. Perhaps we’re experiencing a moment when we can see that the truth of our particular faith tradition is able to transcend our ability to use our faith to make sense of a chaotic world. I don’t think that’s the worst thing that can happen to us. Christianity is not about our ability to impose order on a world where we see none, it is about an existential promise that in spite of what we see going on around us, that all of creation is being judged toward wholeness and renewal. Our faith requires a kind of steadfast giving up: all we can ever do is trustingly fall into the promise that God makes all things new and that this promise is girded by love. As we, in our church year, aim toward Advent and Christmas perhaps now is the moment to be reminded that hope is born in circumstances that do not appear hopeful. Surely God would never choose to disclose the fullness of God’s own loving self through an unwed teenage mother in a near East backwater town. But, that’s exactly what happens. Trust in God’s promise of resurrection and commit yourself to a full, loving life. If you cannot muster trust in that promise, your brothers and sisters in Christ will trust for you.

To conclude:


I am very happy to share with you all that for quite a while now I’ve been in a relationship with a woman named Rebecca and that on Saturday, November 4 we will be married. While you will see her around from time to time, we’re not sure yet what her connection to and involvement with Abiding Savior might be and will patiently sort that out. We ask for your good thoughts and well wishes during this happy time.

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!