ALBC Newsletter

Dear ALBC,

Thank you to all who are involved with our small groups and our new men’s and women’s ministries. If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendars and sign-up in the lobby for upcoming events like the Men’s bowling night and the Women’s Free Fun Fall Fellowship Feast. These are both great ways to connect with the community at Abundant Life!

Please continue to be in prayer for Pastoral Search Team as they work through the 100+ resumes we have received to date! Let’s continue to be in prayer for our future pastor as well. As a church, we will come together to pray for this process Sunday night Oct 21 at 6:30pm.

Here is the upcoming preaching schedule:

10/7- Courage Dhliwayo

10/14- Keith Yoder

10/21-Gus Jones*

10/28-Gary Radar

11/4- Don and Cindy Riker**

11/11- Tim Doering

11/18- Thanksgiving Sunday

* Gus Jones retired from his career as an engineer, and now devotes himself to personal ministry, encouragement, and empowering others to develop their gifts. He is particularly graced by the Lord to connect with people and lovingly help them to open up their hearts. After prayer and loving attention, these persons are encouraged and drawn closer to God. Gus quickly engages them to get involved in helping others. For this reason, we have invited him to inspire and equip us in how to create opportunities to share the gospel in daily life situations.  Gus and his wife, Mel, reside near Lancaster.

** Don and Cindy Riker have faced several difficult hardships including a very painful illness that has afflicted Don for several years. Don teaches with simple, yet fresh, wisdom from the scriptures.  He intercedes with profound insight. Cindy’s blog reflects the gentle and compassionate heart by which she serves others. Their story in the context of the Word of God imparts courage, faith, and perseverance.

Thanks for reading!

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

Hebrews 10:35-36
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

ALBC Newsletter

Dear ALBC,

Our guest speaker this Sunday will be Pastor Galen Hackman. 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 this year, and we are looking forward to having him share what God has for us this Sunday at 9am!

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This Sunday we will also hear a Pastoral Search update from Gary Rader. Lordwilling, our Lead Pastor job postings will be live and ready to share by this Sunday! Gary will explain this process as well as what to expect in the coming weeks. 

As an elder team, we continue to be excited for what we see the Lord doing at ALBC and what we believe He is about to do in and through this congregation!

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

Joel 2:23 
Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.

2018-09-13 Elder Update

Hello Abundant Life!

We thank God for all He is doing at ALBC! Here are some September meetings to mark on your calendar.

Ministry Team Leader Meeting

If you are on staff or are a Ministry Team Leader at ALBC, you are invited to come to Providence this Sunday 9/16 at 5pm for a leadership meeting. During this time the elders will review some important growth principles we've been developing as an elder team - principles we believe are vital for future healthy growth. (This meeting will run from 5pm – 6pm.)

September Prayer Meeting and Search Team Update

Following the leader’s meeting there will be a church-wide Prayer Meeting (6:30pm – 7:30p). Everyone who calls ALBC their home is welcome to attend! During this time we will be praying for ALBC and sharing an update on the next steps in our search for the next Lead Pastor.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast

All the men of ALBC are invited to a Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 8am on Sept 29th in the lobby of Providence. This breakfast will be a time of fellowship, prayer and getting to know some initiatives surrounding ALBC men’s ministry. Please sign-up in the lobby this coming Sunday if you plan to attend.

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Thanks for being a part of what the Lord is doing at Abundant Life!

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

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

ALBC Newsletter

Hello Abundant Life!

It’s hard to believe that the summer is drawing to a close. As this season ends, we are excited to be looking forward to the new things God has for Abundant Life. We are happy to share some of these items with you now!

 

Sunday Morning

This Sunday morning we will be honoring the ALBC teachers and students who are going back to school in the coming days. We are looking forward to this elder-lead time of prayer.

This Sunday also marks the beginning of a new sermon series (more on that below).

Be sure to sign up for a Small Group this Sunday in the lobby. There are several great groups to choose from. Small Groups are the foundation for growth and community in our church. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be involved this Fall!

Also, be sure to welcome the Providence congregation to our service this Sunday. They were without their worship leader this week and canceled their service…We are happy to welcome them to ours! Let’s make them feel welcome while continuing to express our thankfulness for their generosity towards ALBC.

 

Sunday Evening

Please be sure to join us at 6:30pm Sunday night for our next Informational / Prayer Meeting. During this hour-long event, a member of the Pastoral Search Team will be sharing the completed Congregational and Pastor profiles as well as giving an update on the overall search process. As an elder board we are very excited to be reaching this next stage in being lead by the Lord to our next Pastor. You will not want to miss this update!

After the update we will spend time in focused prayer for Abundant Life, for the ongoing search process, and for our next pastor.

If you need childcare for this service, please be sure to sign up in the lobby Sunday morning.

 

Upcoming Sermon Series

This Sunday also marks the beginning of a new series of sermons called “From Conflict to Peace”.

Everyone battles with conflict within their relationships, whether it's with a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or complete stranger. The great news is that God has given us Biblical instructions for how to approach conflict with wisdom, peace and love. This series will use God's Word to equip us all with tools on how to navigate the rough waters of conflict and establish a peacemaker mentality.

Pastor Keith will be bringing the first message this Sunday (8/26) followed by Dom Presutti on 9/2, Pastor Keith on 9/9 (we will take Communion as well on this Sunday), and the series will be concluded by Courage Dhliwayo on 9/16.

 

Elder Nominations

Don’t forget, we are collecting prospective elder nominations during the month of August. Please email your nominees to elders@engagelife.org.

Thanks for reading!

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

Psalm 108:13a
With God we will gain the victory!

ALBC Newsletter

Dear ALBC, 

The start of the summer is here, and we are celebrating the blessings of a new season outside and a new season at Abundant Life!

If you were not able to be with us this past Sunday, the elders announced the members of the Pastor Search Committee. These core members were selected after much prayer and discussion where we asked the Lord to direct us to the people who He would have on this team. The members are:

Amy Erdman
Ashley Cassano
Dennis Lafferty
Dominic Presutti
Gary Rader
Jordan Craft (Elder and Chairman)
Matt Gahman (Elder and Associate Chair)
Keith Yoder (Interim Pastor and Team Coach)

The team met for the first time this past week and it was evident that God has a special calling for this group of people!

Please join us this Sunday morning when a member of the team will be providing an update of the next steps in our process to discern who God has for ALBC’s next senior pastor.

Mark your Calendars:

June 24 6:30pm – Church-wide Prayer Meeting – Location: Providence Church
June 22 6-8pm – If:Table – Location: Homes throughout the community
July 21 11am-3pm – Church Picnic – Location: Central Perkiomen Valley Park in Schwenksville
July 29 6:30pm – Church-wide Prayer Meeting – Location: Providence Church

Preaching Schedule:

We are thankful for the following men who are preaching in the coming weeks.

June 24:   Jim Maxim:   Acts413 Ministries                                                                                  

July 1:   Pastor Curtis Dehmey:   Pastor at Providence Church

July 8:   Pastor Keith Yoder:   ALBC Interim Pastor *Communion Sunday*

July 15:   Courage Dhliwayo:   ALBC Elder

July 22:   Courage Dhliwayo:   ALBC Elder

July 29:   Pastor Keith Yoder:   ALBC Interim Pastor

August 5:    Pastor Tim Doering:   Vision and Networking at Netzer 

August 12:   Pastor Keith Yoder:   ALBC Interim Pastor *Communion Sunday*

August 19:   Gary Rader:   ALBC Small Groups Leader

Thanks for reading! As always if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to reach out to any elder at any time!

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." - Lamentations 3:21-24

We look forward to celebrating God’s love and faithfulness with all of you this Sunday!

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

ALBC Newsletter 2018-05-24

Dear ALBC,

We hope this message finds you well and enjoying the beautiful weather this week!

Here are some upcoming events to keep on your calendar:

NEW LOCATION / NEW SERVICE TIME

As a reminder, starting Sunday June 3rd we will begin meeting at our new time (9am) and our new location (Providence Church of Royersford). Final preparations for ‘the move’ will take place this Saturday morning at 9am.

Providence Church is just a few minutes from our current location (1202 S Township Line Rd, Royersford, PA 19468)

CHURCH PICNIC

Please make your plans now to join us Saturday, July 21st for our church-wide summer picnic! These events are a great opportunity to get to know each other more and deepen the community we enjoy at ALBC. More details to follow!

PREACHING SCHEDULE

We are thankful for the following men who will be filling the pulpit during our pastoral search. Thank you for your continued prayers of support during this transition!

May 27: Gary Rader: ALBC Small Groups Leader
June 3: Keith Yoder: ALBC Interim Pastor
June 10: TBD
June 17: Keith: ALBC Interim Pastor
June 24: Jim Maxim: Acts413 Ministries

PARTING THOUGHTS

If you have any questions about ALBC, the new location, our pastoral search, or any other questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach out at any time by emailing elders@engagelife.org

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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

ALBC Newsletter

2018-05-10

Dear ALBC,

Mark Your Calendars for the following events!

We’re Moving!: June 3rd

That’s right…starting June 3rd we will begin meeting at our new time (9am) and our new location (Providence Church of Royersford)! The ministry team leaders and elders are all excited for this opportunity and are working hard to be ready for Sunday 6/3/18.

We are thankful for all the opportunities that will be available to us at this new location! 

(Providence Church is located at 1202 S Township Line Rd, Royersford, PA 19468)

Work Days: May 19th and 26th

To prepare for our move from the Music School to the new location we are targeting Saturday May 19th and 26th as work days. If you are a part of a ministry team and are free to help, please contact your team leader to see what assistance is needed. 

If you are available to help regardless of what team you are on, we also have the need to move chairs and other furniture specifically on May 26th. Please contact Matt Gahman if you are free on this date.

Next Prayer Meeting May 20th – Providence Church in Royersford / 6:30pm

Please join us for our next Sunday night church-wide prayer meeting this May 20th at our new location in Royersford. These nights are a great time of prayer and fellowship as we seek God’s guidance for the future of ALBC and for our ongoing ministries. Childcare will be provided.

The Status of VBS

One of the decisions the elders have been prayerfully considering is whether or not to have a VBS this summer.  As you know VBS has been a staple of ALBC in the past and it is our desire for that to continue in the future; however, with all of the change happening between looking for a new pastor and the move to the new building, we believe there is wisdom in holding off on a VBS this summer. We also asked some of our key leaders of Grace Place about this, and they agreed that it is best to wait until the summer of 2019 to continue with our next VBS.

We are considering hosting a community outreach/fall fest this fall which we could use the new facility for. This alternative would be a great opportunity to reach the community around our new church home.

Thanks for your prayers!

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

Colossians 3:14
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

ALBC Newsletter

Dear ALBC,

We are pleased to announce that the elder board has hired an interim pastor who we believe God has blessed with the wisdom and experience needed to help ALBC find a new lead pastor! We will be formally introducing Pastor Keith and his wife this Sunday morning in our 10:00 service at the Music School. You won’t want to miss it!

Also, our speaker this Sunday will be Pastor Tim Doering, a long time friend and supporter of Abundant Life. Tim oversees Vision and Networking at Netzer which is an organization that exists to support the church and its leaders in our area. Tim is also the Minister of Regional Leadership at Parker Ford Church in East Coventry.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support! We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

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

Matthew 18:19-20
Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

ALBC Newsletter

Hi ALBC,

What a great Easter Celebration we had this past weekend! It was a blessing to see the Erdman’s baptisms, to worship the Lord together, and to rejoice over Jesus’ resurrection!

As you know, Easter Sunday was also the closing of Amy and Randy’s ministry at Abundant Life. As a church we are sad to see them go, but happy that they are following the Lord’s calling in their lives.  Please continue to be in prayer for them over the coming months as they prepare to move their family to England.

Also, be sure to join us for a special Farewell Service this Sunday, April 8th at 10:00am. It will be a great time to celebrate the Mullens family and their 11 years of faithful service to the Lord. Please plan on staying for a luncheon after the service where we can share our “thank you’s” and “goodbyes” with Amy, Randy and the kids before they leave to focus on their transition.
 
All of the food for the luncheon will be provided entirely by ALBC so that no one has to miss any of the service to prepare or set-up. All you have to do is come!

Have a great week!
The Elder team