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Avondale eNews                                          Aug 14, 2019
Welcome Rev. Jim Ewing to Avondale!
Last week, we welcomed Rev. Jim Ewing and his family
to Avondale!  A few more details: 
* Sat, Aug 17, Jim will be received - see below.
* Sun, Aug 18, Jim will lead his first worship service at Avondale
* Small group settings will be set up in the fall for Avondalers to meet the family in a more intimate setting
Photography by Laura J. Meier. 
Received into Presbytery of Charlotte          Aug 17
On Sat, Aug 17, Rev. Jim Ewing will be received into the Presbytery of Charlotte at the stated Presbytery Meeting. Avondale members are invited to join in support of Jim. Meet at  First Presbyterian Church of Wadesboro by 9:30 AM or ride on the Avondale bus, leaving at 8 AM. To reserve your seat, email Zach. At the meeting,  Worship starts at 9:30.  If you are coming just to see Jim, make sure you are there by 11 AM.
Aug 14*  - Registration is open for  Avondale Adventures! 
Aug 17*  - Rev. Ewing  received into Presbytery of Charlotte
Aug 18 - Rev. Ewing's first sermon 
Aug 25 - "Breakfast, Blessings of the Backpacks & Sacred Space Art Exhibit"
Aug 25* - Youth Fall Kick-Off 
Aug 25 - Sunday School "Move-Up Day"
Aug 26* - ASAP program
Sept 3 - Circle #5 at  1 PM
Sept 6 - Bunco resumes at 6:30 PM
Sept 7 - Fall Work Day from 8 AM to 12 PM
Sept 8 - Bible 101 Sunday School returns from break
Sept 8* - Youth Choir begins
Sept 8* - Youth Group begins
Sept 11-14* - Member Photo Sessions (see Directory)
Sept 11 & 18* - Avondale Adventures Parent Meetings
* more details below
Picture: Preston Hower of the BC Summer Camp finishes his career project!
Youth Fall Plant Sale
Coming soon is the 2019 Fall Flower and Plant Sale. Avondale is partnering again with our good friends and vendor, King's Greenhouse. Proceeds from this annual sale go towards the Youth Group's International Trip to Peru in 2020! Details and order form coming soon.
Youth Group Kick-Off
Fall kick-off is Sun, Aug 25, 11:30 to 4 PM. Come for a fun day of activities, including food! The regularly scheduled Youth Group meetings will begin on Sun, Sept 8 at 5:30 PM in the FLC. 
Youth Choir      begins Sept 8
- Youth Choir begins Sun, Sept 8 at 4:30 PM and will follow the Youth Group schedule.  See our 2019-20 Youth Group schedule here.
- Our Worship Choir and Worship Band rehearse on Wednesdays. Consider joining a fun group of people!
     Choir:   6:45-8:00 PM
     Band:   8:00-8:45 PM 
- Handbells are on a rehearsal break and will return late Aug/early September. We have openings in the Avonbellers, are you interested?
Making sacred music is a joyful undertaking. Contact Rich for details. 
Avondale Member Directory     Sept 11-14
Guess what?! A new (and much desired) member pictorial directory is planned for the near future. Pictures will take place Sept 11-14 on campus with Lifetouch. Every individual/family photographed will receive a free directory and 8x10 photo. Sign-up for your photo now. Find more info on our church website at  www.avondalepresbychurch.org/newdirectory.
Sign-up now to be photographed! 
Avondale Adventures     register by Sept 16
Our next Adventure begins Sept 25 and registration for this awesome, fun program opens today! 
Please spread the word to friends and family about the fun to be had Wednesday nights at Avondale. And dinner is served for the whole family. Find details:
ASAP Mtg & Mission Projects      Aug 26 @ 12 PM
Our service project will be bringing and bagging school supplies requested by the teachers at Sedgefield Middle. They need the following:  #2 pencils; Colored Pencils; Magic Markers;  Non-college Rule Notebook paper; and Kleenex.  Lots of great sales going on now! We hope to fill 65 bags for the teachers to use in their classrooms. 
Our ongoing mission for the year is to collect flip tabs for The Ronald McDonald House. For every 4 pounds of tabs, a family stays the night close to their child in the hospital. 
Ask your friends, neighbors, family members to help us turn in many pounds of tabs!
BC Staff
Welcome Rev. Justin Higgins to the Avondale Campus. Rev. Justin is the Bethlehem Center after-school program coordinator! 
Rev. Jim Ewing
Rev. Jim Ewing
704-333-6194 x11
jim@avondale presby - church.or g
Staff News
Jacqueline Howell's work schedule is changing for the school year. She'll work Mon, Tues, & Thurs 9AM-3PM.
Sign-up for Gleaning
We are now part of a Gleaning network. 
If you know what that is, you may be ready to sign-up! If you need more info, read here. 
Mission Trip to Eastern NC
In late October, a mission trip to eastern NC is being planned to help with recovery still going on following the hurricanes. Read more here. 
"Raising the Consciousness"

Average Weekly Pledges: $8,900
Needed Weekly Pledges: $8,611
*as of  Sun, Aug 4.
Read Stewardship's Letter here.
ASAP Trip      Dec 12
Come to August ASAP prepared to reserve your spot for "A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas" on Dec 12. We'll stop for lunch around Hendersonville at a restaurant yet to be determined. If you have suggestions, let Olivia Magee know. Tickets are $39.50, plus transportation cost of $3-4, and lunch is separate. Stewart Farris will handle all monies for trip. Read about the show here. 
- VBS Video on   Google Drive   and also shared   on Facebook.  
Check out our short video of the VBS kids writing cards to go in their Mission Project of Operation Christmas Child boxes. 
- ABC Ministry Video - on Facebook
It's a short video of Bethlehem Center kids playing soccer with Futsala and the BC leaders loading sheets & pillows for the camping trip.  
- All Staff on Campus - updated list
- Avondale Newsletter - Avondale Avenues
"Avondale, Did You Know?" 

Avondale Quilt
Have you noticed the quilt that hangs in our church office? That beautiful piece of art was made for Avondale's 50th Anniversary! The opposite side of the quilt holds the signatures of Avondale members.
Read more Avondale history online...
75th Anniversary Celebration
Our Homecoming Weekend, the biggest celebrations of the year, is approaching fast. Please save the dates and spread the word!  
Oct 12 at 4 PM - "75 Years of Music"
Oct 13 at 11 AM - Worship followed by our "Homecoming Luncheon"
We'll have "Open House" displays throughout campus both days.
Read more about all our 75th Anniversary Celebrations at  www.avondalepresbychurch.org/75thcelebrations .
People of the Week (Aug 11)
Jim, Carrie, Emma Grace & James Ewing
10300 Lady Grace Lane
Charlotte, NC 28270
Please send a note  of tender loving care.
Stewards of the Week (Aug 11)
All involved in the
Taize Prayer Service.

We welcome into the world and celebrate the birth of Evelyn Martin, born  August 4, 2019, the daughter of Drew and Mary Margaret Martin.
Wednesday, August 14
3:30 pm    BOP Meeting (Conference Room)
6:45 pm    Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm    Band Rehearsal
Thursday, August 15
7:30 am    Men's Bible Study
7:00 pm    Bell Choir Rehearsal (FLC)
Friday, August 16
7:00 am    Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
8:00 am    OST Summer Camp Breakfast (Fellowship Hall)
Saturday, August 17
Bus Reserved: Presbytery Meeting
9:30 am    Presbytery Meeting: First Pres of Wadesboro
Sunday, August 18
7:30 am    Worship Band Setup (FLC)
9:30 am    Worship Service (FLC)
11:00 am    Christian Nurture & fellowship programs
4:00 pm    Havurat Tikvah (Fellowship Hall)
5:30 pm    Worship Gathering Group
6:00 pm    Nominating Committee Meeting (Conference Room)
Monday, August 19
6:30 pm    75th Anniversary Meeting (Library)
Tuesday, August 20
9:30 am    Staff Meeting-Devotional
10:00 am    Chair Yoga (Fellowship Hall)
5:30 pm    Avondale Children's Center Board Meeting
6:30 pm    ACC Task Force Meeting (Vanguard)
Please contact the Office  or submit a request online  
(see Space Request form) or email us.
Elders Emeriti
David Hall
Cindy McKenzie
Class of 2019
John Magee
Patti Oswald
Jessica Shanks
Class of 2020
Zach Chambers
Jennifer Patterson
Jackie Shannon
Class of 2021
Nancy Bohrer
Alice Cuviello
Rich Worf
D.J. Saleeby - Clerk of Session

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