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

Mark Your Calendars!
Annual Rummage Sale

It will be here before you know it: Abiding Savior’s annual rummage sale! This year’s sale will take place on Saturday, June 3rd. As you do your spring cleaning, start setting aside items you wish to donate to the sale. Rummage sale items will be collected later this spring. Watch for updates!

Dates to Remember
  • Sunday, April 30: Unity Service, one service at 9:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 1: Last day to bring medications and supplements for recycling
  • Sunday, May 7: 60th Anniversary Planning Meeting, after late service
  • Saturday, May 13: Community Breakfast, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 14: Partnership Celebration Sunday, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 28: Summer schedule begins, worship at 9:00 a.m.
  • A Note from Pastor Mike

    Repentance. Healing. Renewal. New life. Resurrection. While each possessing a specific definition, these words all convey a synonymous meaning that resides at the core of Christianity: the aim of our faith tradition is the transformation of life. Transformation, not because life is fundamentally flawed, but transformation into people whose lives are rooted in love and trust, not fear and anger. The truth is that we are not loved because we are beautiful; we are beautiful because we are loved. Life has always been so, but it is a truth we must learn. In one way or another, we honor that during our church year with the different liturgical seasons we observe. They all flow into each other, rounding out our celebratory experiences, offering us glimpses of the wholeness God intends for all creation, and drawing us deeper into trusting God’s expansive grace that gives our lives astonishing freedom.
     

    Our experience of transformation lasts a lifetime and though it might not seem like it, it really is a marvelous gift. It is so because we need periodic reminders about the ebb and flow of life. We learn and relearn the pattern of transformation—the pattern of the cross—over and over again. We learn to trust that we are always at some point in that process (we can never escape it) and that this is what it means when we talk about being “in Christ.” We are never cut off from the restorative, whole-making, work of God. 

    Along our path, we journey together–leaning on each other for support that it is perfectly human to be carried for stretches of the journey by those who love us. This is the gift of community, the gift of church. In this shared, faithful life we will invariably have questions about faith, our tradition, and what all of this means. In this particular season of renewal, this season of Lent, we’ll open ourselves to these questions in a new Wednesday night study: Beyond Question. Jesus asks questions throughout the Gospels. These are not easy questions with easy answers. They are transformative questions that challenge us, reposition us, change us, and draw us into deeper faith and into the life of transformation articulated in our Christian tradition:

    • What are you looking for?
    • Where is your faith?
    • Who do you say I am?
    • What do you want me to do for you?
    • Do you love me?
    • How will you believe what I say?
    • Whom are you looking for?

    Our study will begin at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 and last the duration of the Lenten season. A sign-up sheet will be placed in the Welcome Area for the book order. I hope to see you there.

    Peace and Blessings,
    Pastor Mike



    Abiding Savior News
    Medication Recycling Drive Continues
    If you haven't done so yet, you still have time to bring in your unused and expired medications, vitamins/minerals and other supplements! A receptacle is available in the Welcome Area for you to place your items. By recycling medications and other supplements, you'll help keep these items out of reach of children, pets and other people who would use them inappropriately. Recycling also reduces water and soil pollution and helps stablize/reduce antibiotic resistance. Don't wait! Collection ends on Monday, May 1!
     
    Abiding Savior to Offer Unity Service

    Whenever a month has five Sundays, a Unity Service will be offered on the fifth Sunday. The first opportunity for a Unity Service will happen later this month on Sunday, April 30. One service at 9:00 a.m. will be offered that day and will feature a blend of traditional and modern worship elements.

    Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the first Unity Service on Sunday, April 30 at 9:00 a.m! It promises to be an enjoyable morning of uplifing worship and a chance to form a deeper connection with your fellow congregation members!

     
    Abiding Savior to Celebrate Partnerships
    Abiding Savior supports many local and global groups and communities, providing funding, supplies and prayer. On Sunday, May 14, these partnerships will be recognized during Partnership Celebration Sunday (formerly El Salvador Sunday). Worship will include texts and music focused on stewardship and community in Christ. Look for more details in future bulletin announcements and the May/June issue of The Abiding Tidings. Worship services will be held at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Plan to attend and rejoice in our connections with others in our community and throughout the world!
     
    Items, Help Needed for Rummage Sale

    Abiding Savior's annual rummage sale will be held on Saturday, June 3 and items are needed! Space has been made for your good or gently used rummage items. Applicances and electrical equipment must be in good working condition. NO televisions or computers will be accepted. If you don't have items to contribute but know of family, friends or neighbors that are moving or downsizing, ask them to donate any unused items to the sale!

     

    Help will also be needed to clean up and sort rummage items. Preparation time for the sale has been set for May 24-27 and May 30-June 2. Afternoon and evening hours will be available. Look for specific time slots in the next Tidings.

    If you have any questions about the sale or need to make arrangements to drop off items, please contact Kathy Paulson at (414) 507-5422 or Mary Jeanne Krueger at (414) 354-6489.


     
    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!