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, “Exalting His Praises", from I Peter 2:1-12.
Newcomer Reception — 4th Sunday morning during fellowshipThursday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Thursday Friday Morning Women's Bible Study — Every Other Friday
APC Emails. As we kick off the fall, the church calendar is very full! We have been sending out many announcements regarding upcoming events and ministries. Thank you for your patience as we communicate this important information. Be on the lookout for a new and improved APC email format, which we hope will be helpful in staying up to date with the congregational life of APC.
Thursday Women’s Bible Study begins this Thursday and meets 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. Childcare is available. For questions, please contact Lynn Streett at 703-942-8075 or email@example.com.
Friday Women’s Bible Study begins this Friday and meets every other Friday from 9:45 to 11:30 in the basement of the West Braddock Road campus. We will continue our study of Tim Keller’s “Living in a Pluralistic Society” focusing on Daniel and Joseph. All women are welcome. Contact Dottie Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CFG Meet and Greet this Sunday at 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. Several CFG leaders will also be available at the West Braddock Road Campus after the second service. 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.
CFG Huddle this Sunday at 5pm at RRC Room 104. CFG leaders and hosts, please join us for our twice-annual huddle this Sunday evening. We look forward to being together!
Explorers launches this Sunday with a Water Blast at RRC, 5-7pm.(Please note the change of location) We will play water games, soak each other, have dinner together and enjoy time together. All families are welcome to join us. Please wear your bathing suit!
First Sunday Night Youth Group. We will meet for the first time this semester this Sunday from 5-7pm at RRC. All youth 6th-12th grades are invited to our Sunday night program for teens.
Healing Hearts Class begins this Sunday. 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 member Jane McCafferty says: “Amazing class! This little book plus Chris and Dorothy facilitating was very special for me. Bringing in the Scriptures was especially helpful. I have suffered both domestic violence and PTSD and even after many hours of therapy, this class is what put it all together. It creates a place in your heart that all of us who have suffered trauma yearn to get to. I would recommend this class for anyone.”
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 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.
Fall Kick-Off for Koinonia (20s-30s group). To kick off fall, our 20s-30s ministry is meeting at the Diacks' home (6613 Cottonwood Drive, Alexandria) on Saturday, September 15 at 6pm. Come enjoy a delicious dinner, while spending time fellowshipping as a group. Please note: this will be instead of our Tuesday night meeting originally scheduled for September 18. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, and the rest will be provided. Feel free to bring a friend or let others know who you might meet after worship this Sunday. Please RSVP to Josh Diack at email@example.com so we can have a head-count for food.
Congregational Care & Safety interviews. Interviews will be held for those needing to complete the Congregational Care & Safety process on 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 that date, please contact Erin Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Join us as we meet at Nats Park on Faith Day to see the Nats play the NY Mets. There will also be a post-game event for Faith Day. 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 Nats Park. Contact Pastor 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.
Save the Date for an APC Men’s Dinner—Friday, October 19. More details coming soon!
Sanctity of Life Ministries (Alexandria & Fairfax) invites you to train as a Client Advocate--to love and serve women facing unplanned pregnancies. 2 day training held at NOVA Pregnancy/Fairfax, Fri., Oct. 12th & Sat. Oct. 13th @ 8AM - 4PM. E-mail Gail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please come to Sanctity of Life Ministries’ Volunteer Interest Meeting: Sep.29, 9A-10:30P, 8800 Pear Tree Village, Suite E, Alexandria, 22309. Hear about our mission and getting involved as an Admin volunteer or Client Advocate Coach. (Alexandria OR Fairfax) E-mail: email@example.com
needs and prayers-
Prayer Meeting tomorrow 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.
Communion this Sunday. Please prepare your heart to receive communion this Sunday. During the passing of the bread, each plate will contain wheat bread and gluten-free crackers.
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%)