For Sunday’s worship service. Pray for our worship this Sunday as we hear God’s Word. Ask the Lord to bless Pastor Tom Holliday as he prepares his sermon, “The Giving Father" from John 3:16-18.
Newcomer Reception — 4th Sunday morning during fellowshipThursday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Thursday Friday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Other Friday
Prayer Meeting this Saturday at 9am (RRC). Join the elders in Room 104 as we pray for our church, community and world. Please enter through the side entrance by the parking lot.
APC Men and Meats is this Saturday. Please join the men of APC for a cookout this Saturday from 1-3pm at the home of Gary and Lois Roberts (4320 Louis Place; Alexandria 22304), which is about a 7 minute drive from the Braddock Road campus. This will be a great summertime opportunity to enjoy fellowship (and assorted barbecued meats!) with the men of APC men -- to both reconnect with existing friends and meet some men you haven’t yet met. Please RSVP to Jim Taft at firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow (Thursday) evening.
Sunday school classes (RRC, 10:45am). Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to study and apply Scripture with others. The following two classes are being offered for the next five weeks:-Augustine’s Confessions, Led by Steve Cooney and Pastor Josh Diack, Chapel. Augustine of Hippo is undoubtedly one of the greatest thinkers of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions are one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the imperial court in Milan, his struggle against the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother Monica had taught him during his childhood. As a class, we will aim to discuss the confessions and further unpack a few key themes found in it. In doing so, we will reflect upon God’s marvelous grace in the life of Augustine, a man who like all of us, desperately needed it. Books will be available at the first and second week of class. -Parent and Children’s Sunday School, Led by Pastor Chris Sicks & others, Fellowship Hall. This joint class is for rising 1st graders through rising 5th graders and their parent(s). Topics will include Prayer, Worship, Family Communication, Outreach, and more. Time will also be given for parent & child conversations within the class. We will hold this class in half of the Fellowship Hall and the content will be different week to week, so if you miss a class it’s not a problem. No other Sunday School for elementary-age children will be offered during these weeks.
Time of sharing from APC-supported missionaries Steve and Beth Stonehouse, this Sunday from 10:20-10:45am at RRC in Room 104. Steve and Beth Stonehouse, missionaries to Central Asia, will be sharing a missions update during both worship services this Sunday. They will also be available in Room 104 immediately following the RRC service for an additional time of sharing.
New Officer Training Interest Meeting is this Sunday, July 22, 12:30-1:30pm at WBRC. APC men, if you are interested in knowing more about being a deacon or elder, or if God may be calling you to be an officer, join Pastors Tom Holliday and Chris Sicks to learn more. An overview of both offices will be given as well as summer reading materials to help you prepare for the officer training class this Fall. The meeting will be held at the West Braddock Road Campus. To RSVP, contact Sue Edwards, Office Manager, at email@example.com.
Summer Reads Book Discussions. Ladies, please join us as we gather to discuss the books we’ve read together this summer. 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! Two opportunities are available:Sunday, August 12: Brown Bag Book Discussion at WBRC from 1–2:30pm. Bring a brown bag lunch and join the discussion!Sunday, August 26: Light Refreshments and Reflections at RRC from 6–7:30 pm. Bring a light refreshment to share and join the discussion!Because we want to make sure we have enough discussion leaders available at each venue, please sign up on the sign up sheets posted at each campus after worship on Sunday. We hope to be able to keep the groups small enough to allow good conversations. All women are welcome, even if you’ve just picked up one of the books. We look forward to seeing you.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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 a 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 email@example.com for more info.
Will you help the APC mission team that is headed to Rwanda this summer? This Sunday is the last day items are being collected! APC-supported missionaries Ben and Susie Thomas (B2theworld.com) have asked our team if we would bring school supplies for their family and miscellaneous household items that are difficult to acquire in Rwanda. Additionally, the team is gathering items necessary to lead a VBS for the staff children of Kigali International Community School and for local ministries that we will be serving. A list of requested items is attached. If you are interested in donating specific items, please bring them to a team member at church, place them in the box in the Fellowship Hall, or contact Laura or Rob Coit by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (202) 436-4177. Any contribution is most welcome. Items are needed no later than this Sunday, July 22.
The Rwanda Mission team wishes to sincerely thank you for your support through your prayers, participating in "Parent’s Night Out", and generous financial contributions. They covet your continued prayers on their behalf!
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%)