Abiding Savior

Lutheran Church

 

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

You and your family are invited to worship with us as we celebrate the Easter season!

  • Children's Sunday School: 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Contemporary Worship: 9:30 a.m.
 

News and Events

Notes from El Salvador

A Guest Message From Pastor Emely in El Salvador

Pastor Emely in El Salvador AGE OF WISDOM

Titus 2:2-5 - Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.

Deuteronomy 5:16 - Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

These texts call us to care for the elderly among us and to educate our children so that our society will be able to say "Reaching old age is an honor; gray hair is the crown that is earned by being honored."

Pan de Vida Lutheran Church, dedicated the last Sunday of January to a celebration of the age of wisdom. We commit ourselves to quality of life for these persons; they have gifts and abilities and deserve our support.

Wisdom does not consist of giving advice; instead wisdom helps others to find their own light. Their performance is not a matter of beautiful and long speeches; sometimes a deep and heartfelt look is enough. According to the Bible, the elderly can provide guidance to their family if they have the values that Titus speaks to.

In Deuteronomy, honoring elders is law. It is good to work against the tendency, so widespread today, of ignoring, marginalizing and even abandoning the elderly. In reality, young people, adults and the elderly need each other.

Older adults have certain traits acquired from either a biological point of view (natural changes), social (interpersonal relationships) or psychological (experiences and circumstances faced during their lives). They are symbols of status, prestige and a source of wisdom. Because of their long life, they are usually treated with great respect and even identified as teachers or counselors in certain cultures. In some countries, the lives of older adults become very difficult as they lose employment opportunities, experience reduced social activity and, in the worst cases, are excluded from their families.

Today, in some Salvadoran families, older adults experiencing poverty are exploited in order to obtain income and support for other members of the family. We need to guide our people so that our adults receive better care and that their last days are of rest and not of despair.

Senior citizens deserve a lifestyle where they can enjoy their family, do the things they like, eat a balanced diet and engage in exercise that will help them counteract the worst effects of aging. Finally reaching this stage of life is a privilege that few have; for this reason, when you become an adult you need a positive and happy attitude.

In Christ, Pastor Emely Chavez

Free Community Breakfast

The pancakes are hot and ready, waiting for you to join us at the next Community Breakfast! We start serving at 8:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Come early because at 10:00, we close up until next month. As always, breakfast is free and we welcome everyone to join us!

  • March 9th
  • April 13th

Mark Your Calendars

  • Ash Wednesday: March 6th
    Services at 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • Maundy Thursday: April 18th
    Service at 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday: April 19th
    Services at 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • Easter Sunday: April 21st
    Service at 9:30 am

The Colors of the Church Year

Have you noticed how, occasionally, changes are made to the decorative cloths adorning our altar, pulpit and lecturn? What you may not know is that these decorated fabrics have a purpose which dates to the 15th century. They are called paraments: ceremonial church adornments. Abiding Savior has five sets of paraments – blue, white, purple, red and green. Here is what the colors mean for us:

  • Blue is the color of hope. It is used during the four weeks of Advent, the season which begins the new church year.
  • White is the color of light, perfection, joy in Christ and purity. It is used for Christ festivals: Christmas, Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus, Transfiguration and the Sundays of Easter, Ascension, All Saints and, finally, Christ the King Sunday which is the last day in the church year.
  • Purple represents repentance and solemnity. It is used for the season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.
  • Red represents the fire of the Holy Spirit. It also symbolizes blood, martyrdom, and love. It is used for ‘minor’ festivals: Palm/Passion Sunday as well as Maundy Thursday, Pentecost, Reformation, ordination and other celebratory church events such as dedications, anniversaries, etc.
  • Green represents growth in faith, nourishment and life. It is the most used of the parament colors and appears for ‘ordinary’ days which occur during the seasons from Epiphany to Lent and again from Pentecost to Advent.

Donations of Quilting Materials

Wanted! Blankets, sheets, and quilts from your spring cleaning are wanted by the Quilters. Donations of clean materials can be dropped off in the quilting room at any time. Thank you!

Expired Drug Collection

During the month of April, you are invited to participate in caring for God’s creation. Keep your medications out of landfills and waterways. Bring your leftover or out-of-date medications, vitamins, and other supplements and drop them into the receptacle that you will find in the Welcome Area.

Lenten Study Opportunities

Each Wednesday in Lent (3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10) Pastor Mike will lead morning devotions at 8:30 a.m. at Abiding Savior. Anyone interested in attending can show up, no need to sign up. There will also be a 7 p.m. evening prayer meeting with an opportunity for study and conversation. In addition to scripture, our source of reflection this season will be the resource guide, "40-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer". If you are interested in this group, please sign up. There is a sign up sheet on the blue board in the Welcome Area. The church will order books, but each participant will need to pay for their own copy. You are welcome to order a book, even if you cannot make the weekly meetings.

ELCA Churchwide Assembly

We are looking for people to design a "swag bag" for the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. We have 50 of these bags to design. You are invited to submit decorative designs for the face of the bag. Look for the box in the Welcome Area; drop off your design by Sunday, March 24. The bag decoration could be words, artwork, a combination, or anything you can imagine! Above all, have fun with this project! The swag bags are distributed to the members who attend the assembly this summer.

 

ELCA Resources

Living Lutheran

ELCA World Hunger


Lutheran Disaster Response


Daily Bible Reading

Contact Abiding Savior

5214 West Luebbe Ln | Milwaukee, WI 53223-4398
Ph: 414.354.4514 | Fx: 414.354.4510

Church Office Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fridays: Closed