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"


Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning

8:00 am  Traditional Worship Service with Holy Communion
10:30 am  Contemporary Worship Service with Holy Communion
Sunday School (Sep. - May) and Adult Bible Study begins at 9:15 preceded by coffee fellowship at 9:00.

Monday Evening

6:30 pm  Informal Worship Service with Holy Communion

A Note from Pastor Mike

Though the nations rage from age to age,

we remember who holds us fast:

God’s mercy must deliver us 

from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.

This saving word that our forebears heard

is the promise which holds us bound,

till the spear and rod can be crushed by God,

who is turning the world around.

 

Refrain

My heart shall sing of the day you bring.

Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

and the world is about to turn.


Canticle of the Turning, verse 4. Text: Rory Cooney. © 1990 GIA Publications. Used by permission Onelicense.net #713169-A.


Though we sing the the hymn, Canticle of the Turning, multiple times throughout the course of the church year, its verses are perhaps most poignant during the fall and the season of Advent. Our lives and the life of the world must have time for renewal.  Exponential personal growth, busy-ness, hurry, worry, or accumulation all eventually cause us to strain under their great weight (regardless of how good and necessary we believe those things to be). Our spirits require rest and revitalization.


Though we enter into cultural seasons that invite us into whole new realms of concern, I invite you to remember at the end of this year, that it is indeed God’s “promise that holds us bound.” All things belong to God and that includes us, and we too are delivered from the crushing grasp of whatever it is in our lives that tries to bind us.


The greatest gifts we can receive in this anticipatory season are the eyes and mind to perceive the extent to which God’s own self is intertwined and enmeshed with all creation, including you. These seasons of Advent and Christmas challenge us to allow our conception of God to expand–indeed–to struggle with the implications of what it means to hear the announcement of the angels that “to us is born a savior who is Christ the Lord.” God is not separate from creation. God is in, with, and through creation—bringing it to new life.


In the turning of your world this fall, may you know new life in Christ.


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!