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COVID-19 Worship & Ministry Update

UPDATE 03-16-2020 Grace and peace Abiding Presence family, The prophet Isaiah reassures people longing to return to their home, their temple, their lives, “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold...
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God’s love in a backpack

Steve and Lu Behr have been helping with the Interfaith Welcome Coalition backpack packing crew that meets every other Friday morning at APLC. They share this story:  Lu and I, along with numerous others have been packing backpacks with a stuffed animal and three snacks with the...
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Ramp Team builds for APLC Members

We talk about our mission statement often in announcements, in sermons, and in various class settings. It is such a blessing to see this mission taking root in the life of the congregation and I’m excited to share one story here. Eddie and June Cliffe joined Abiding Presence in...
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Meet APLC’s New Minister of Faith Formation

Greetings and Peace to you all, My name is Charles Wilson. Those closest to me call me Chip.  I want all of you at Abiding Presence to know that I am ecstatic about the opportunity to serve you and the community starting this fall. I am a native of Houston with deep ties to the...
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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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