For Sunday’s worship service. Pray for our worship this Sunday as we hear God’s Word. Ask the Lord to bless Pastor Chris Sicks as he prepares his sermon, “David’s Victory—Our Deliverance", from 1 Samuel 17:38-53.
Newcomer Reception — 4th Sunday morning during fellowshipThursday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Thursday Friday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Other Friday
Ladies' Summer Reads Book Discussions: Wes Yoder, President of Ambassador Agency, Inc. has said, "The kitchen table is the least used asset in the Kingdom of God." Let's talk about the ways we've been challenged to see evangelism in a whole new light, whether you've read Just Open the Door, The Turquoise Table, Questioning Evangelism -- or all three! All women are welcome, whether you've read or not. We hope to keep the groups small enough to allow good conversations, so please RSVP so that we can have enough discussion leaders. Two opportunities are available:
-Sunday, August 26: Light Refreshments & Reflections at RRC from 6-7:30pm. Sign up using this Light Bites Evite or use the sign up sheets posted at each campus on Sundays.
If you are a Children’s Church leader, or would like to become one, we will be gathering on August 26 from 10:45-11:45am in Room 104 at RRC. It will be a time to greet, meet, share what is going well, and talk about best practices. This will be a time for us to chat about helping Children’s church be all it can be for the children who attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Congregational Care & Safety interviews. Interviews will be held for those needing to complete the Congregational Care & Safety process on Sunday, August 26 and Sunday September 16. Please look for an email from Erin Williams with information and an invitation from Sign-up Genius to sign-up for your interview time. If you are unavailable on those dates, please contact Erin Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for the APC All-Church Picnic—Sunday, September 2, 11:45-2:45pm. We invite you to join us for a fun afternoon of fellowship and food! We will gather at APC’s West Braddock Road Campus, 1302 West Braddock Road, for lunch, games, and a moonbounce for the kids. Meat and drinks will be provided by APC, but we ask that you bring either a side dish or a dessert to share. If your last name begins with A-P, bring a side dish; if your last name begins with Q-Z, bring a dessert. If your dish needs to be refrigerated, please bring a cooler, as there will not be space in the church refrigerator during worship. There is some seating and shade, but if you are able to bring a blanket or lawn chair for extra seating that would be helpful. Come to church dressed for the picnic or bring a change of clothes. We look forward to being together as a church family! Volunteers are needed for set-up and clean-up. Please sign up after worship on Sunday if you are available to help!
Officer Training Class begins Tuesday, September 4. Each fall, APC offers this class for any man willing to consider being nominated in the future for the office of elder or deacon. This class is a prerequisite for becoming an elder or deacon, although taking the class does not obligate you to stand for election. The class will meet for seven consecutive Tuesdays at 7:30pm in Room 104 at Russell Road. Please contact Office Manager Sue Edwards at email@example.com if you are interested in attending, or feel free to contact Pastor Holliday or any elder for more information.
Thursday Women’s Bible Study, beginning September 6 and meeting weekly from 9:45-11:30am in Room 303 at RRC. We will be studying The Sermon on the Mount series by Jen Wilkin. Such familiar words! Such profound teaching! Such a display of the heart of Christ! All women are invited to join us. Please sign up at the info booth at either campus. Childcare is available. For questions, please contact Lynn Streett at 703-942-8075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFG Meet and Greet on Sunday, September 9 (RRC). If you have been thinking about joining a Covenant Fellowship Group (CFG) at APC, the fall is a great time to join! After the worship service on September 9, there will be an opportunity to meet CFG leaders and ask any questions that you might have. Tables will be set-up down in the Fellowship Hall to represent each CFG, and you will be able to sign-up if you are interested. If you would like to know more about leading or hosting a CFG, please contact Josh Diack at email@example.com. There will also be a 4-week CFG Leadership Training for anyone interested in leading a CFG. The training will run from September 9-September 30 during the Sunday school hour at RRC. The class is a prerequisite for anyone who would like to begin a CFG.
Healing Hearts Class. Dorothy Taft and Pastor Chris Sicks will lead an 8-week group about the nature of suffering, trauma, and “heart wounds,” and how God can heal the pain in our hearts. Lessons include: If God loves us, why do we suffer? What happens when someone is grieving? How can we forgive others? We will meet 5-7pm on Sundays, starting September 9. Childcare available for all ages. Sign-ups required! To sign up or ask questions, contact Dorothy Taft at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
APC's Music Ministry Kicks Off in September: Corporate worship is an integral part of our Christian walk, and we want to invite you to share your musical gifts with the Lord and His people! Please contact Trevor Manor, Director of Music Ministries, at email@example.com for more info about the following ensembles: The Adult Choir helps lead God's praises at our Russell Road campus from September through June. There is no audition required. Our in-house retreat is September 14-15, with dinner and a devotional from Pastor Tom on Friday, a rehearsal on Saturday, then singing in worship on Sunday. The upcoming semester will culminate in the re-launch of APC's "Christmas Candlelight Service" on Sat. evening December 15th with readings and carol singing with orchestra. Come sing God's praises at Russell Road with the Adult Choir! The Praise Team leads weekly at APC for both campuses, rotating through teams of instrumentalists/vocalists. Those who have the giftings and experience to help lead worship, a heart of humility, a team spirit, and the ability to learn music within a limited rehearsal time are encouraged to audition.
Newcomers’ Fellowship Dinner, Saturday, September 15, 6-8pm. If you’ve been attending APC for one week or several months, Tim and Karen Heath invite you to their home, 621 E. Timber Branch Parkway, Alexandria, for food and fellowship. You’ll have a chance to meet church officers and staff, ask questions and learn more about the ministry God is building here. Childcare is provided. Please RSVP to Office Manager Sue Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign-up after worship on Sunday.
Women’s evening of fellowship and conversation on Friday, September 21 at 7pm at RRC. “Getting to Know You, Getting to Know Me: An invitation to get to know each other and ourselves better, and to find out why both matter”. Pastor Tom Holliday and Stacey Diack will introduce us to tools that help us find hope in being fearfully and wonderfully made. Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet after either service on Sunday or email email@example.com.
APC’s Annual Nationals Baseball Game on Saturday, September 22 at 4:05pm. Come out for a fun-filled afternoon as we meet at Nationals Park to see the Nats play the NY Mets. Tickets are $15 if paying with cash, or $16 by credit card, and are on sale in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday. Children 2 years of age and under are not required to have a ticket to enter Nationals Park. If attending without a ticket, they must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult. Strollers must adhere to Nationals Park policies. Contact Josh Diack at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Inquirer’s Class September 28-29 at WBRC. If you are interested in membership or in gaining a deeper understanding of APC, you should attend this class. You will receive an introduction to Christianity, the PCA, and the specific vision/mission and philosophy of ministry at APC. Membership is open to all who profess faith in Christ and believe the basic teachings of the Christian faith. Attending the class does not obligate you to join the church. The Friday night session is from 6:30-9pm starting with a dinner, and the Saturday session is from 9am-3pm. Please RSVP to Office Manager Sue Edwards at email@example.com or sign-up on Sunday if you wish to attend, and indicate if you have childcare needs. Scholarships are available to help with in-home childcare costs for Friday evening, and childcare will be provided at the church on Saturday .
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Deacons' Fund Offering this Sunday. The once-monthly collection will be taken this Sunday for our Deacons' Fund. Prayerfully consider contributing to aid those in need in our church and community. Please mark on your check that it is for the Deacons' Fund. For more information about APC's Mercy Ministries, please click here.
The APC Coffee Ministry needs YOU! We all enjoy the refreshments during the fellowship time each week and we need additional volunteers to join us! We are blessed to have ae group of awesome people who love to serve the APC family in this way, but our numbers are shrinking and it is getting harder to fill all of the weekly positions. You don't need to drink coffee or tea to serve, you just need a servant's heart. We need people at both campuses and training will be provided. Please contact Operations Manager Vicki Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Volunteer Ministry Opportunities
Nursery Volunteers. The nursery is an important ministry to our littlest ones. Volunteers typically help out one worship service per quarter.
Contact: Erin Furgerson, Nursery Coordinator, or Sue Edwards, Office Manager
Coffee Ministry. The Coffee Ministry serves light refreshments each Sunday during fellowship time. We need new team members to serve on teams of four. Likely, you will only be scheduled one Sunday per quarter. Contact: Vicki Wolfe, Operations Manager
Ushers: As an usher, you help the Deacons collect tithes and offerings and give a big smile to the folks in the pews as you pass the collection bags. With a few more ushers added to the team, this is a five minute task done in three months spread throughout the year. Contact: Marc and Ramona Smith
Greeters: Greeters assure that members, regular attendees, and every person who visits APC are warmly welcomed at each service. They also assure that visitors receive information about the church and ministry opportunities. Greeters are scheduled in teams of 4-5 people for 2 weeks at a time, typically 2-3 times a year.
Social Committee. Community requires connection, and the Social Committee’s role is to foster that connection by dreaming up and planning fun events for the whole church. The committee typically meets 4-6 times per year to enjoy a great meal and plan events big and small. Contact: Josh Diack, Pastor of Congregational Life
Bus Drivers. APC’s bus ministry is looking for a few more drivers to attend to our seniors’ ministry and other church events. Driving the bus requires a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL). Contact: Mike McMullen, Deacon
Communion Setup Volunteers Needed. Are you interested in preparing the elements for APC’s monthly celebration of the Lord’s Table? A few more volunteers are needed to serve quarterly. All the elements are on hand, and your role would be to prepare them for service. Contact: Sue Edwards, Office Manager
Openers Ministry While APC has grown considerably, and we are in need of additional volunteers to join the team that opens the building each Sunday for worship. Contact: Tom Mood
Fellowship Hall Re-set. We are in need of volunteers who are willing to “reset” the Fellowship Hall after Sunday School, in preparation for Sunday night ministries. This typically takes 10-15 minutes each Sunday, and involves putting all chairs and tables back into the storage room. It’s quick, it’s easy, and could use your leadership. Contact: Tom Mood
Audio: The audio ministry requires a heart for ministry, a mechanical mind, and an ear for music. Volunteers run sound once a month on Sundays and possibly serve for special services. Contact: Trevor Manor, Director of Music Ministries
Photography: Photographs of APC events are desired for the newsletter, Facebook, videos, etc. and require a photographer with an artistic sense and their own equipment. Contact: Trevor Manor, Director of Music Ministries
PROTAS/Youth Volunteers. Consider joining APC’s kingdom-building youth ministry by coming alongside teenagers as a friend and discipler. Cross-generational ministry is hard work, but what teens often more remember is the person who earned their trust.Contact: Adam LeRoy, Director of Youth Ministries
Explorers and Children’s Church Volunteers. Investing in the future is what volunteering in Children’s Ministry is about. Would you consider investing in our children at Children’s Church or Explorers? A few more pairs are needed for leading Children’s Church for 45 minutes during worship. More leaders—particularly men—are needed to lead Explorer classes from 5-7pm Sundays, including game time, dinner and a lesson.Contact: Leslie Bridge, Director of Children’s Ministries
Every Sunday, 8:30am — Chapel. Praying for our Worship Service.
Fourth Sunday of the month, 5pm - prayer meeting at Russell Road in the Chapel
Second Saturday of the month, 9:00am — Room #104. Praying with our Elders for our church.
Intercessory Prayer Team — Contact Pastor Tom Holliday for details.
YTD Giving (July-April) $1,462,686YTD Budget (July-April) $1,570,982Difference $108,296 (93%)