2019-02-28 Update

Dear Abundant Life,      

Lengthening our Reach

We continue to examine the spiritual gifts Christ has given to the Church in our messages this month. The Lord is leading us to focus on how the ministry (equipping) gifts noted in Ephesians 4:11-12 empower us in particular ways to increase our REACH to others with the truth and love of Christ in our daily lives and local neighborhoods.

We would also encourage everyone who filled out a Spiritual Gifts Test to give a copy to Melissa LoRusso. It will be exciting to see the gifts that are represented at ALBC!

Upcoming Preaching Schedule

As we continue our study on spiritual gifts, the following men will be preaching in March.

March 3: Ministry Gifts (Apostolic) - Tim Doering

March 10: Ministry Gifts (Teaching) - Galen Hackman* (Communion)

Small Groups meeting in local homes the week of the March 10-16

March 17: Ministry Gifts (Evangelism) - Tim Doering

March 24: Ministry Gifts (Prophetic) - Keith Yoder

Small Groups meeting in local homes the week of the March 24-30

* Galen Hackman brings over 30 years of ministry experience as a pastor of several congregations in the US as well as serving as a missionary in Nigeria. He has an extensive teaching, coaching, consulting and writing ministry and was also a part of our interim selection process at Abundant Life. He has been a prayer warrior for ALBC, and we are looking forward to having him share what God has for us!

Easter Outreach

Saturday April 13th is the target to launch our first community outreach event of 2019. Plans are underway to host an Easter Egg hunt in the large field at church. If you would like to help, please see the Brutons or the Chekes. We are excited for this first opportunity to get our entire church involved in meeting those around us.

Software

Sam Batterman and Jeff Cassano are using the month of March to test new software for the church. This involves launching a new online church directory, giving our team leaders new ways to more effectively schedule our volunteers, and will result (hopefully) in a new and improved, consolidated church calendar. Stay tuned for more details later on this Spring.

Other Needs

We have some specific ways you can help ALBC this spring.

  • If you would like to head up decorating the church for Easter with poinsettias, please see Melissa LoRusso

  • We would like to be a blessing to our hosts at Providence by having a Spring clean-up and mulching day. Ideally this would happen before the Eater Egg Hunt Weekend. If you would like to head this up, please see Matt Gahman.

  • We are in need of updated photos for our website and facebook pages. If you have a talent for photography and would like to help in this way, please see Melissa LoRusso or Matt Gahman.

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The Elder Team
Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Gahman, John LoRusso and Gary Rader

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

2019-02-08 Elder Update

Dear Abundant Life,

Here are some quick updates for your Friday!

This Sunday
This Sunday February 10th we’ll be celebrating National Marriage Week with our guest speaker Don Neff along with his wife Doris. Pastor Don serves as the Executive Pastor of the Worship Center in Leola, PA. They are invited to speak on marriage as they have been an example of a healthy relationship in the face of challenging life circumstances over the years. Their communication is biblical, personable, and encouraging. We trust it will be encouraging to you!

We will also be taking Communion together, led by Pastor Keith.

Small Group Schedule Change
Our study on spiritual gifts will continue in the weeks to come. Please note that our next church-wide small group meeting at Providence has been moved from Wednesday Feb 13th to Wednesday Feb 20th.

Pastoral Search Update
Please continue to be in prayer for the pastoral search team. Pray that God will lead us to the man he has to be ALBC’s lead pastor moving forward!

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Thanks for reading!

The Elder Team
Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Gahman, John LoRusso and Gary Rader
elders@engagelife.org

Psalm 97:10
Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

2019-01-25 Upcoming Preaching Schedule

Dear Abundant Life,


Here is the full preaching schedule for the rest of our series on spiritual gifts.

LIVING BY GRACE: Romans 12:3-15
Sunday Jan 27: Motivational Gifts (Serving and Giving) – Gary Rader
Small Groups the week of Jan 27 – Feb 2

LISTENING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
February 3: Manifestation Gifts - Keith Yoder 
February 10: National Marriage Week  - Don and Doris Neff* (Communion – Pastor Keith)
Small Groups meeting at church 2/13/2019
February 17: Manifestation Gifts - Keith Yoder  

LENGTHENING OUR REACH
February 24: Ministry Gifts (Pastoral) - Courage
Small Groups meeting at church 2/27/2019

March 3: Ministry Gifts (Apostolic) - Tim Doering
March 10: Ministry Gifts (Teaching) - Galen Hackman** (Communion)
Small Groups meeting in local homes the week of the March 10-16

March 17: Ministry Gifts (Evangelism) - Tim Doering
March 24: Ministry Gifts (Prophetic) - Keith Yoder
Small Groups meeting in local homes the week of the March 24-30

 * Don Neff serves as Executive Pastor of Worship Center, Leola, PA. He and Doris have provided pastoral care through small group ministry and other ways in support to the senior pastor for over thirty years. They are invited to speak on marriage as they have been an example of a healthy relationship in the face of challenging life circumstances over the years. Their communication is biblical, personable, and encouraging.

** Pastor Galen brings over 30 years of ministry experience as a pastor of several congregations in the US as well as serving as a missionary in Nigeria. He has an extensive teaching, coaching, consulting and writing ministry and was also a part of our interim selection process at Abundant Life. He has been a prayer warrior for ALBC, and we are looking forward to having him share what God has for us!


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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests, please email the elder team at elders@engagelife.org

The Elder Team
Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Gahman, John LoRusso and Gary Rader

Titus 2:11-12
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

ALBC Newsletter

Dear Abundant Life,

What a great first night of small groups last night as we met together to continue our study of spiritual gifts! It was a blessing to see all the groups participating together, learning together, and growing together!

There is still time to join a group. Please see Gary Rader this Sunday to see what group would work best for you. (list of groups)

Here is the remaining preaching and small groups schedule for January:

Sunday Jan 20: Motivational Gifts (Teaching, exhortation and leading)
Speaker: Courage Dhliwayo

Sunday Jan 27: Motivational Gifts (Serving and Giving)
Speaker: Gary Rader

Small Groups the week of Jan 27 – Feb 2 will be meeting in local homes.
Small Groups on 2/13/19 and 2/27/19 will be meeting at Church for groups on Manifestation Gifts.


***Weather Forecast***
With snow potentially in the forecast for Sunday morning, please be checking our website and Facebook page for any service delay or cancellation announcements. We will do our best to post this information by 8am.

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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests, please email the elder team atelders@engagelife.org

The Elder Team
Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Gahman, John LoRusso and Gary Rader
elders@engagelife.org

II Thessalonians 3:13
And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

ALBC Newsletter

Dear Abundant Life,

By God’s grace, 2019 will be an exciting year! By faith we believe we will have a new pastor, we will have new missions and outreach opportunities, and we will grow closer as a church family!

This Sunday we’ll be commissioning our new elder Gary Rader as well as celebrating the completed terms of Matt Erdman and Jordan Craft. We will also begin our theme for the month of January “LIVING BY GRACE”.

Covenant Sign Up and Prayer Time: 1/6/2019

Covenant membership sign up for 2019 is now underway! If you were not at ALBC this past Sunday, the elder team shared what it means to be a covenant member at Abundant Life and had a time of prayer over those who signed the 2019 covenant. 

Here are some helpful links for those of you who are still prayerfully considering being a member of ALBC in 2019:

Listen to this past Sunday’s Message

View our governing documents: (our constitution, our doctrinal statements, our purpose statement)

Download the 2019 ALBC Covenant

We will be happy to collect any signed covenants this Sunday. There will also be blank covenants available in the lobby for your use. 

There will also be a brief prayer time for those who sign, or bring signed cards, this Sunday after our service at 10:30 in the youth room at PCB.

Core Members Meeting: 1/13/2019

Please make your plans to join the elder team Sunday night January 13 at 6pm for our first Core Meeting of 2019.

We’ll be reviewing updates on…ALBC membership, the 2019 Budget, small groups, a new opportunity for our youth group, our revised statement on sexual ethics, and of course, we be giving an in depth update on the Pastoral Search.

This is an important meeting covering a variety of topics. We would encourage everyone who calls ALBC their church home to make it a priority to attend this meeting.   

A meeting agenda will be emailed next week to all core members prior to the meeting.

Childcare will be provided.

Have you signed up for a small group yet? 

Sign-ups for our first semester of 2019 small groups continue this Sunday. These groups will be a church-wide focus on Spiritual Gifts, reinforcing the messages that will be shared from January - March. 

Childcare will be offered in both the home groups and when the small groups meet at Providence.   

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests, please email the elder team at elders@engagelife.org 

The Elder Team
Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Gahman, John LoRusso and Gary Rader


Zechariah 10:12 
I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will live securely," declares the LORD.

 

2018-12-27 Elder Update

Dear Abundant Life,

Here are some upcoming dates you will want to add to your calendars!

Covenant Sunday: 12/30/2018

What a 2018 it has been…God has been faithful to ALBC, and we know He will continue to be so in 2019!

With a new year comes a new opportunity to become a Covenant member of ALBC.

This Sunday 12/30/18 we will be having the first of two Covenant Membership Sundays where we highlight the importance and the commitment of what it means to be a core member at ALBC.

We believe membership is more than just signing a piece of paper! Please be sure to come out these next two Sundays as we explore being a member of Abundant Life Bible Church together!

 

Core Members Meeting: 1/13/2019

Please. Do. Not. Miss. This. Meeting!

Make your plans now to joins us Sunday night January 13 6pm for our first Core Meeting of 2019.

We’ll be reviewing updates on…ALBC membership, the 2019 Budget, small groups, a new opportunity for our youth group, our revised statement on sexual ethics, and of course, we be giving an in depth update on the Pastoral Search.

This is an important meeting covering a variety of topics. We would encourage everyone who calls ALBC their church home to make it a priority to attend this meeting.  

Childcare will be provided.

 

2019 Small Group Sign-Up

Sign-ups for our first semester of 2019 small groups continue this Sunday. These groups will be a church-wide focus on Spiritual Gifts, reinforcing the messages that will be shared from January - March.

Childcare will be offered in both the home groups and when the small groups meet at Providence.  

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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests, please email the elder team at elders@engagelife.org

The Elder Team
Jordan Craft, Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Erdman, Matt Gahman and John LoRusso
elders@engagelife.org

 

Lamentations 3:22-24

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

ALBC Newsletter

Dear Abundant Life,

We hope this email finds you well and looking forward to the festivities of Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus! There is no greater gift than the gift of Jesus’ birth, and the free gift of Salvation that we share through His life, death and resurrection!

Pastoral Candidate Update

We are happy to report that all the members of the Pastoral Search team and the Elder team met with our lead candidate over this past weekend. We spent Friday night with him and his family getting to know them in a relaxed setting and then spent 5+ hours with them on Saturday for an extended, in-depth interview. 

Following these meetings, both teams were very comfortable in continuing the interview process with this candidate, and he has expressed the desire to move forward with the vetting process as well.

Christmas Services / Covenant Sunday

Our services on 12/23 at 9am and 12/24 at 6pm are great opportunities to invite friends, family and neighbors to come and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

We will also be hearing a live, in-person update from the Mullens family who will be home from the UK to celebrate Christmas with their families. We cannot wait to see them and hear what the Lord is doing through their new ministry across the pond!

The Christmas Eve service will be lead by Pastor Curtis from Providence along with members of PCB’s and ALBC’s worship teams. Children from ALBC will be singing a special song as well.

On Sunday 12/30 we will be having the first of two Covenant Membership Sundays where we highlight the importance and the commitment of what it means to be a core member at ALBC.

2019 Small Group Sign-Up

This coming Sunday marks the first day you can sign up for our first semester of 2019 small groups!

These January through March group study’s will match our Sunday morning series on Spiritual Gifts, giving us all a chance to dive deeper into what the Lord has for us on Sunday mornings. Our reason for this study is to move forward together as we prepare as a congregation to apply our gifts to reach others more effectively.

The regular small group format will change slightly with all small groups meeting twice per month, once in homes throughout our communities and the second time at Providence Church where we will meet together and then break into our separate small groups for deeper study.  

We’d love to see 100% participation from everyone at ALBC so we can work together to be better equipped to use our gifts to serve our Lord and our community. 

If you are interested in hosting or leading a small group, contact Gary Rader, our small group ministry leader. Childcare will be offered in both the home groups and when we met at Providence.  

Revised Statement on Sexual Ethics

Some have asked why we did not have the service where we presented our revised statement on Sexual Ethics (as was announced a couple weeks ago). The reason is we felt it was best to wait on that topic and use our December services to focus on celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus. We will present the revised statement at our January core meeting.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests, please email the elder team at elders@engagelife.org

The Elder Team
Jordan Craft, Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Erdman, Matt Gahman and John LoRusso

Luke 1:68-70

Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.


2018-12-13 Update

Dear Abundant Life,

Here are some important updates we want to make sure you are aware of.

New 2019 Elder

As Jordan Craft announced in a recent Sunday service, we are happy to report that Gary Rader has been unanimously confirmed as the new elder in 2019.

Gary brings a wealth of leadership experience, a passion for outreach, and a deep love of the Lord and ALBC to the elder board. We want to thank him for his continued service as our Small Groups leader, Pastoral Search Team member, and special speaker. Gary will be confirmed through prayer during an upcoming service.

We also want to thank Matt Erdman and Jordan Craft for their three years of service. Both men will be rotating off the board at the end of December.

2019 Small Group Update

We are very excited about the winter small group semester and the new format that we will employ during this semester.   The winter small group semester runs from January through March.  All small groups will meet twice monthly, once in a home and a second time when all the small groups will come together at Providence Church where we will meet together and then break into our separate small groups.  All the small groups will study the same topic, spiritual gifts, which will align with the Sunday morning message.

We are really encouraging everyone’s participation in a small group as they are intended to equip us to use our gifts to serve our Lord and our community.  Childcare will be offered in both the home groups and when we met at Providence.   Sign-up sheets for the small groups are going out this week. 

If you are interested in hosting or leading a small group, contact Gary Rader, our small group ministry leader.

Christmas Services

Our services on 12/23 at 9am and 12/24 at 6pm are great opportunities to invite friends, family and neighbors to come and celebrate the birth of Jesus. This Sunday (12/16) the kids will be celebrating with a Birthday Party for Jesus so that everyone can enjoy the fun in case they are traveling to visit family for Christmas.  The children will also be singing the Christmas song "Behold" in our worship time - you won't want to miss it!

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Thanks for your prayers! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests, please email the elder team at elders@engagelife.org

The Elder Team
Jordan Craft, Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Erdman, Matt Gahman and John LoRusso
elders@engagelife.org

 

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

ALBC Newsletter

Dear ALBC,

We want to thank Gary Rader for his message of the hope we have in Jesus! If you missed it, you will definitely want to give it a listen this week via our website!

As Gary said, the same God that led Abraham and Paul is the same God guiding Abundant Life! We are excited to share the progress of the search team with you…

Pastoral Search Update

The pastoral search team has been working hard to discern the best candidate for our next Lead Pastor. They started with over 100 resumes, narrowed it down to 46 after a first round of vetting, and were hoping to narrow the 46 down to less than 10 during their last meeting.

We are happy to report the Lord made it very clear that we had a consensus to extend a more detailed application to eight men. We asked these men to respond with the filled out application and sermon samples.

The pastoral team is now processing these applications, listening to lots of sermons, and meeting next week to prayerfully decide with which of the eight the Lord would have us to continue down this road.

Please be praying along with us for this process. It has been excited to see the Lord at work, and we know that He will continue to be faithful!

Sunday’s 11/4 Guest Speaker

We have had a change in guest speakers for this Sunday. We are excited to welcome Glenn Eshelman, Founder of Sight & Sound theatres. He is an ordained minister, evangelist, and creative photographer and painter. He and his wife Shirley have seen the faithfulness of God through hard times. Glenn’s theme of the morning sermon will be from I Thessalonians. We are looking forward to having him share with us this Sunday!

Rescheduled Fall Work Day 11/3

Due to the rain this past weekend, our Fall Work Day will now be this Saturday morning, November 3rd lead by Josh Bruton. We’ll meet at 9:00am to help around the building with some clean-up and maintenance work. This is a great way to show our appreciation to our friends and hosts at Providence COB! Please let Josh know if you will be able to attend.

Cold Brew Coffee Event this Thursday 11/1 Evening in Phoenixville

ALBC's own Dom Presutti, along with his sister Andrea, have officially launched their mobile cold brew coffee business, Celebrant Coffee. They are so excited to share this news with the church family as many of you were among the first to taste test their coffee. Their first event is this coming Thursday evening (11/1) at the Phoenixville Harvest Festival Night Market. Stop by their tent to support them in downtown Phoenixville from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. You can also check out their website and follow them on Instagram.

Mark your Calendars for these Special services:

Sunday 11/18 9am - Thanksgiving Sunday at 9:00am

Monday Evening 12/24 - Christmas Eve Service – more details to come!

Thanks for being a part of Abundant Life!

The Elder Team

Jordan Craft, Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Erdman, Matt Gahman and John LoRusso

elders@engagelife.org

Colossians 2:6-7

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

ALBC Newsletter

Dear ALBC,

Here are some upcoming events to mark in your calendar:

Ladies Fall Fellowship Breakfast

All the ladies of ALBC are welcome to join Karen Gehman and Traci Bruton as they host a Fall Fellowship Breakfast at Providence this Saturday, October 20th from 9-11am. This will be a fun way to catch-up, look ahead, and enjoy some good food as well. Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor!

Sunday Morning

Our guest speaker this Sunday, Gus Jones, will be sharing some practical examples of sharing the gospel with people in our lives as we connect with their needs.  This will be a refreshing opportunity to take a new look at our ability to make the most of everyday, ordinary situations to impact people by our example and the truth of the Good News.

Sunday Night

Please join us Sunday night at 6:30pm for our next church-wide Prayer Meeting. We’ll hear an update from the Pastoral Search Team before we spend focused time in prayer for each other, for ALBC, and for our next pastor. (Please sign up in the lobby if you need childcare.)

Fall Work Day

If you are able and available to join us on Saturday morning, October 27th, we will be having a Fall Work Day at the church lead by Josh Bruton. We’ll meet at 9am to help around the building with some clean-up and maintenance work. This is a great way to show our appreciation to our friends and hosts at Providence COB! Please let Josh know if you will be able to attend.

Questions?

If you have a question about ALBC or have a special need in your life, please feel free to reach out to any member of the elder team directly, or email the entire team at elders@engagelife.org

Thanks for reading!

The Elder Team
Jordan Craft, Courage Dhliwayo, Matt Erdman, Matt Gahman and John LoRusso


Psalm 62:1 
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.