Volunteering in Guatemala

Serve

In Our Community

We host blood drives for the American Red Cross, prepare food baskets at Christmas time through Neighborhood House. We provide volunteer time and financial assistance to, South Oakland Shelter, Neighborhood House and Haven. We have also helped build home’s in Oakland County through Habitat for Humanity.

Raising Rochester

In 2016, Abiding Presence partnered with the Raising Rochester program to help provide fresh produce for neighbors in the Rochester area. With four raised beds, the produce that is to be grown is donated to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry and sold at the Rochester Farmer Market.

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry & Clothes Closet

Neighborhood House

Haven Women’s Shelter in Pontiac

Haven

Abiding Presence collects many items that are donated to Haven. We have in the past collected bath items, diapers, baby items, women’s underwear and much more.

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County

Ketelsen Annual Fundraising Dinner
The annual Kurt Ketelsen Memorial Birthday Build is held every February. Sponsored by the Ketelsen, Newer and Burlingame families to honor Kurt (1962-2005), and with additional support from Thrivent Financial and Habitat of Oakland County this festive fund raiser has provided significant financial donations to Habitat. . This family friendly Fiesta is an evening of fun, food, games and helping our neighbors in need. It is a fitting and fulfilling memorial to a man who was a builder and who actively cared about those needing shelter.

Bi-Annual Guatemala/Cost Rica Builds

Approximately every two years a group of members have traveled to Guatemala and Costa Rica to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

In the Summer of 2016, a group will be traveling to El Salvador.

Abiding Presence Weekly Children’s Noisy Offering

During the Children’s Time in the middle of our Worship Service, the preschool and elementary age kids collect loose change in buckets from members of the congregation. The money is given to a charity of the children’s choosing.

American Red Cross

Give Blood
We host blood drives on a regular basis at Abiding Presence in our Fellowship Hall. Visit their website, https://www.redcross.org, and enter sponsor code: abidingpresence to sign up to give blood at our next blood drive.

Equal Exchange Coffee Sales in the Church Narthex

Abiding Presence supports the work of farmers in other countries through the Equal Exchange program. A table is set-up in our Narthex with a free will offering. Everyone visiting our building has the opportunity to help this cause.

The products we are currently offering are Coffee (12oz), Organic Fruit & Nut bars, Organic Chai Black Tea (20 tea bags), Hot Cocoa (12oz).

The key pillars of Equal Exchange’s mission are:

  • Fair Trade with small-scale farmers.
  • Support for sustainable farming.
  • To operate as a democratically governed worker cooperative.
  • Encourage consumers to think about, and care about, small-scale farmers around the world.

This Week's Events...

October 20, 2019
  • Worship

    October 20, 2019  9:30 am - 10:30 am
    1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

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  • Faith Formation

    October 20, 2019  10:50 am - 12:00 pm

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October 21, 2019
October 22, 2019
  • Listen, God is Calling

    October 22, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    As a part of our congregational discernment this Fall, an eight week small group is being offered to help us focus on listening to God’s call for Abiding Presence. Our time together will focus on 4 sessions of guided discussion and 4 sessions of experiences in prayer. This group experience will run on Tuesday evenings from October 1st – November 19th from 7 – 8:30 pm.

    Our first session will take place on Tuesday, October 1st, and will focus on the Accompaniment model of ministry used by the ELCA in overseas mission work, and increasingly in domestic mission. This way of being in partnership with community groups emphasizes that we as church don’t have ‘the answer’ but that we discover methods and actions together with our partner organization. Accompaniment acknowledges that ministry partners learn from each other and work together to make an action plan. It is more than taking on a new church project.

    Wine and snacks will be served, and our session will end promptly at 8:30 pm. Come to learn and explore a new and viable model for congregational ministry in the community where we live.

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October 24, 2019
  • Thursday Morning Book Study

    October 24, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Barnes & Noble, Village of, 200 N Adams Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    This study group that meets on Thursday mornings at 10 am in the Conference Room.

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  • Adult Choir Rehearsal

    October 24, 2019  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    alternate day rehearsal / this week only

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October 25, 2019
  • Oktoberfest

    October 25, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    Oktoberfest Dinner and Silent Auction Friday October 25th 6:30pm

    Please join us for this exciting adult fellowship and fundraiser for our church. We will start the evening with previewing silent auction items and enjoying a taste of german beer, followed by a delicious German Buffet catered by Rivercrest. After dessert and coffee (did someone say apple strudel?) we will close out the auction and announce the winners.

    To make this a great event WE NEED YOU! First, please think of what you can contribute to the silent auction such as vacation home stays, homemade items, making a dinner for 4 or 6 people, providing a service....let you imagination go wild. Please sign up what you can provide on the bulletin as well as signing up for the dinner. Our goal is to raise much needed money for our budget deficit.

    Tickets are just $25 per person with an RSVP soft deadline of Sunday October 20. You can pay at the door.

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