and Happy Advent!
This Sunday is the beginning of Advent.
We celebrate with “Messages of Christmas”.
Avondale's Passages, Programs & Presents schedule is shared in the newsletter and on our website.
This Sunday, Dec 1
ADVENT begins this Sunday.
Advent I - HOPE
Worship “Gabriel’s Message”
Pastor: Rev. Jim Ewing
Scripture: Luke 1: 26 - 33
We encourage you to read Scripture this week and discuss in your homes what God's word to us might be from this passage.
Available this Sunday:
  • Contribution envelopes
  • Advent Devotional for adults
  • Advent Craft package for kids
  • pictures from LifeTouch (member directory pictures)
  • pre-ordered Sacred Space Art cards sets
Avondale Newsletter
Our bi-monthly newsletter is here. Find in this edition:
  1. Advent Calendar
  2. New Elders
  3. Endowment Update
  4. 75th Anniversary Letter
  5. Children’s Center Update
  6. Christmas at Avondale
  7. End-of-Year Financial... and more.
READ IT ONLINE NOW or pick-up a copy at the church.
Last week - Thank you Camp Grier!
Nov 28-29 – Office Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 1 - Advent season begins
Dec 1 - Women's Retreat registration opens!
Dec 1 – Room In The Inn (RITI)
Dec 3 – Taizé Prayer Service
Dec 3 – Avondale Adventures – registration opens!
Dec 4 Joyful Noise Christmas
Dec 7 – Avondale Christmas Marketplace
Dec 7 – PWA Bake Sale @Christmas Marketplace
Dec 7 – Youth Holiday Sale order pick-up
Dec 8 – Concert “A Crossroads Christmas”
Dec 8 – Angel Tree presents due back
Dec 8 – Room In The Inn at Avondale
Dec 11 - Joyful Noise Christmas
Dec 12 - Staff Christmas Celebration
PWA Bake Sale - Goodies Needed!
WE NEED COOKIES MAKERS for the Cookie/Bake Sale. The 7th annual sale will be held by the PWA, and this year it is in conjunction with the Christmas Marketplace. If you can make 2 or more dozen cookies for the sale, please contact Lyn Sweet or Brenda Coble or sign-up online here!
ASAP in December
Dec 12 - Trip to Flat Rock
For those going to enjoy the play, lunch, and fellowship, please be ready to leave at 9:15 AM in the church parking lot.
Dec 16 - December meeting with John Tosco and group playing Christmas favorites and a "turkey" meal. Members of the congregation are welcomed to come! If you would like to come for lunch, call 980-297-4997 to make a reservation.
Room In The Inn begins this Sunday!
This winter, on Sunday nights Dec through March, we host our homeless neighbors on our campus for food, fellowship, and rest. Called Room In The Inn (RITI),  this ministry is in partnership with Urban Ministry Center. We welcome all to get involved in helping care for our neighbors. If interested, please call the office or sign-up online RITI sign-up.
Kids Café & Birthday Blessings

Life Skills with ABC
PWA Bake Sale

Gatherings with Jim
Room In The Inn

Avondale Adventures
& Women's Retreat
Registration opening!
Dinner with Friends - Dec 10
Join for fellowship at 6:30 PM at Ruby Tuesday.
8905 Red Oak Blvd, 28217 (off of W. Arrowood Rd.)

Bunco - Jan 3
Bunco returns in 2020 on the first Friday - Jan 3!
Come join the fun in the New Year!
Joyful Noise - Dec 4, 11 & 18
Joyful Noise Christmas will take place on Wednesdays, Dec 4, 11 and 18 at 11 AM at Avondale. This will be for children 6 months to 3 years old. No charge and no sign-up required. 
Christmas Marketplace - Dec 7
Come celebrate with Avonalde at our first CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE! Invite friends and family to come shop with us Sat, Dec 7 from 9 AM-3 PM when we have a wonderful market full of artisans here for our big day!

Help us promote our Christmas Marketplace!
Avondale Christmas Marketplace
Please spread the word about our awesome event!
Like! Share! via email, social media, word of mouth…
on the internet
Vendors for Christmas Marketplace
If you know any local folks who are artists (fiber, knitters, potters, painters, photographers, etc..) please tell them about our event and vendor opportunity!
Direct them to our webpage or contact Lynn Wilkerson.
If YOU want to be a vendor or help decorate, please connect with Lynn. email Lynn or call/text 704-965-5757.
Angel Tree - Nov 18 to Dec 8
Gifts are due back on or before Dec 8. Thanks!
ACC Book Fair - Dec 4-6 in the Atrium
Hours of Operation: 7:30 - 9:15 AM and 4 - 6 PM
ACC Christmas Program - Dec 19
• Center closes at 5 PM
• Concert in the Sanctuary with Busy Bees, Toucans, Rascals, Munchkins (ages 2-5) - starts at 5:15 PM
• Activities in FLC starting at 5:30 PM
- Pictures with Santa, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, Reindeer Food Making, Jingle Bell Necklaces, Cookie Decorating and Letters to Santa

Stewardship & Finance
Dear Avondale Member,
The Stewardship Team would like to thank you for your commitment to your 2019 pledges. And thank you for all those who have turned in a pledge card for 2020.

Please take a moment to read the messages from Finance about end-of-year giving and more in the Avondale newsletter.
Person of the Week (11/24)
Send a card of love and
gratitude to someone in your
life you are thankful for!
Stewards of the Week (11/24)
The Nominating Committee
for their hard work in electing
the next class of Elders.
This week, please see our Church Calendar on our Avondale website.
As a congregation, God calls us to: 
  • Create close relationships to support a dynamic faith
  • Not only serve our neighbors but know them personally
  • Prepare the hearts of children and families to abide in Christ
  • Reduce economic inequities by breaking down barriers to education
  • Develop and demonstrate a sustaining faith
Avondale Presbyterian Church 
2821 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
Church Office: 704-333-6194
Children's Center: 704-377-6960