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Confirmation – a Full Circle Story

Meet Emily Brendel, this year’s sixth grade girls confirmation small group leader. Emily shares her “full circle story” of APLC’s confirmation program as once student participant and now as adult small group leader. I have attended APLC since arriving in San Antonio as ...
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Welcome, Pastor Anna

It is with great joy I have accepted the call to serve as your pastor.  The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of meeting folks and learning how things happen around the office, and each day I learn that there is still more to learn and still more folks to meet.  What a...
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Fellowship Folders Remember some Saints of APLC

By Dr. Don Person In 2009, shortly after joining Abiding Presence, Biz and I searched for a volunteer activity in which we both might participate. Fellowship Folders seemed like a simple, recurring, needed activity, which would allow us to provide a service, socialize, meet other...
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Blessed and Blessing

by Aïssatou Sidimé-Blanton In June, my husband, Stewart and I, were recognized for our years of mentoring with an organization we love, Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS). It was a true surprise to receive the 2015 United Way Volunteer of the Year Award in the Community...
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Starter Kits for a Life of Faith

When you are baptized at Abiding Presence you walk away (or are carried away) with wet hair and a wooden box. The “baptism box” is a tradition that started many years ago when Pastor Bruggeman asked Neal Bjornson, “Can you build a wooden box? It should have a lid, maybe hinges...
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Piecing It Together

By Amy Larsen It’s no secret I picked Abiding Presence because of the opportunity to become part of a quilting group – a detail I found on the church website when I was searching for churches before we moved here from El Paso in July 2013. My husband Chris is in the Army and was...
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God’s Work. Our Hands. All Around Town

ELCA congregations across the country celebrate the first Sunday of September as God’s Work Our Hands Day of Service. Lutherans of all ages reach out to serve their communities with God’s love. Here in the Alamo City ELCA congregations expanded the “Day” of Service into a “Week”...
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Welcome! Dr. Shelbie Simmons, Minister of Music

Dr. Shelbie Simmons joined the Abiding Presence Staff and was officially installed as Minister of Music on May 3-4 at all worship services. On May 14 an informal welcome reception was held during the Wonderful Wednesday Pizza Dinner.  The congregation was invited to bring...
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Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Worship Has Record Attendance

The annual Easter sunrise service at the Arenson River Theatre had record attendance with an estimated 650 worshipers.  This year’s outdoor service was organized by a coalition of five Lutheran congregations: Abiding Presence, Grace, House of Prayer, MacArthur Park, and St....
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Celebrating 27 Years of Welcome

For twenty-seven years Jarrell Pruitt has been the face of welcome at Abiding Presence leading the new member orientations and helping those who have chosen to make Abiding Presence their church home build new relationships and find their place in ministry and fellowship. On...
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