Posted by: lolpres | August 8, 2016

ABC Connect – Keeping the District Connected

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ABC Connect
Keeping the District Connected

Week of August 1, 2016

Please feel free to use any of this information in bulletins, newsletters, calendars, or announcements.
From the District President
The epistle lesson for this Sunday, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

,  is affectionately known as the“Great Hall of Faith” chapter.  The chapter highlights some of the “Hall of Fame” men and women of the Old Testament through whom God accomplished great feats or who endured significant challenges.  They came to have their names emblazoned in the pages of God’s Word because of their God-given faith in the One who enabled them to accomplish great feats or endure to the end through trials and tribulations.

In this Sunday’s sermon, I will be developing three points about our God-given faith based on the epistle lesson: 1.  It’s a faith that sees the invisible; 2. It’s a faith thatbelieves the incredible; and 3. It’s a faith that receives the impossible.  For the sake of brevity, let’s focus on the second point.

God promised Abraham some incredible things.  God promised Abraham that He would give him some significant property.  God promised Sarah and Abraham His guidance, provision, and protection as they journeyed to and settled in a new land.  God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation with descendants as plentiful as the stars in the sky.  God promised 100 year-old Abraham and 90 year-old Sarah that they would have a son even though they were way beyond child-bearing years!  Their response to God’s promise was something like, “Why, Lord, that’s incredible!”  But, indeed, God fulfilled all these incredible promises and a 90 year old Sarah experienced the miracle of birthing a child named, Isaac.

God calls us to trust in Him for our future and to believe His promises, even though they may seem incredible.  It’s incredible that God “is not ashamed to be called our God” (16) even though He is all too familiar with the depth of our sin and yet, He adopts us into His family in Holy Baptism and gives us the privilege of calling him, “Abba” … daddy.  It seems incredible that our Father would give up His Son for you and me so that we might be forgiven of our sin and have His promise of everlasting life, but the Bible assures us,“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free …”. (Hebrews 9:15)

Sometimes we are like the grandfather who took his first airplane ride at the age of 86. The private plane circled for about 20 minutes and then landed.  His grandchildren asked him, “Well, Grandpa, how did you like it?”  “Fine,” he replied, “but I never did put my full weight down on that blasted thing!”

My friends in Christ, as God’s loved and forgiven children, we can place our full weight and trust in the Lord our God.  In spite of our many fears and apprehensions, He is faithful to His promises. He grants us His mercy and gives us faith to believe even the incredible!

God’s peace and grace is yours in Christ Jesus!

Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer
District President, ABC District
1 Timothy 6:12

Prayer Requests

(If you would like us to include a prayer, please contact

  • Pray for Rev. Dr. Jim Gimbel, wife Jill, daughter Jo and son-in-law Gavin and their family as they mourn the death of their grandson / son, Howie.
  • Pray for Pastor John Estes as he continues with kidney dialysis.
  • Pray for all others who are undergoing tests and treatments, ill or recovering.
News and Announcements
Interim Pastoral Leader’s Schedule 

Rev. Nolan Astley, Interim Pastoral Leader, is on vacation until August 3, 2016.  August dates for Rev. Astley’s time in the ABC District will be available shortly.

CEF / DIL Update
The Deloitte Restructuring website reports that “The Plan for District was approved by the creditors at a meeting held on May 14, 2016 and June 10, 2016 and was sanctioned by the Court on August 2, 2016.”  The Court’s Reasons for Decisions

are posted on the monitors website along with a Notice to the Creditors

that includes an update of the CCAA proceedings for both District and DIL.

Visit Deloitte Restructuring 

for all other CEF and DIL updates.

Click here

to read about organist Kyle Johnson, organ workshop, hymn festival, & other offerings in connection with Concordia’s Worship & Music Symposium, August 19/20. Also note link below to the Facebook page, and online info/registration here:

This is being advertised as the final summer symposium because of declining attendance, and will include some great material (and a resource swap!). If you are interested, register now . . . and please help us spread the word, before the last opportunity for this wonderful symposium passes! The organ workshop and hymn festival are available to attend apart from the learning day, and if the past is any indication, these will be amazing and uplifting. Note special student rate as well!


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