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Avondale eNews                                          Aug 21, 2019
This Sunday, Aug 25:
We encourage you to read Scripture this week and discuss in your homes what God's word to us might be from this passage:
Testament Lesson: John 13: 12-17 (NRSV)
Sermon Title: "The Oneness of God"
Preaching: Rev. Jim Ewing
More: Bring your backpack to be blessed! 
Come at 8:30 AM to enjoy breakfast.
Pick-up your stewardship packet today!      
Photography by Laura J. Meier 
Aug 25*  - "Breakfast, Blessings of the Backpacks & Sacred Space Art Exhibit" @ 8:30 AM
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 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!
This Sunday, we will have a "Back to School" breakfast for all starting at 8:30 AM (time change) in Fellowship Hall. In worship, we will have a blessing of the backpacks and present bibles to third graders, 3 year olds, and rising Rascals class during the Children's Moment. Before and after worship, we invite you to enjoy the art exhibit by our Sacred Space art program.  STUDENTS of all ages are encouraged to bring their backpack/bookbag to worship.
Youth Fall Plant Sale
Order online or pick-up form
The 2019 Fall Plant & Flower Sale is on! Find herbs, flowers, perennials... on my! Proceeds from this annual sale go towards the Youth Group's International Trip to Peru in 2020! Details and order form are online at   www.avondalepresbychurch- .org/youthfundraisers.
Youth Group Kick-Off
this Sunday!
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.
     Would you like contribution envelopes?
Ted Todd and Laura Meier are available this Sun, Aug 25 to distribute 2020 pledge cards.  If you would like 2020 contribution envelopes and did not receive them this year (or received them and would prefer to give without envelopes next year), please add your name to their list or let Jacqueline know.
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!
Sunday School:  Bible 101 
Sun, Sept 8 in the Conference Room, the Sunday School class, Bible 101 will begin their fall study. If you have considered joining in the past, this is a great time to do so. Contact Lisa Worf with any questions.
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! 
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. 
Pick-up your stewardship packet this Sunday,
following worship. 
"Raising the Consciousness"
Average Weekly Pledges: $8,900* 
Needed Weekly Pledges: $8,611
*as of  Sun, Aug 4.
Read Stewardship's Letter here.
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:
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, 
Mission Trip to Eastern NC
In late October, we will take a mission trip to eastern NC to help with recovery still going on following the hurricanes. 
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. 
- 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. THANK YOU to all who participated with donations!    
- All Staff on Campus - updated list
- Avondale Newsletter - Avondale Avenues
"Avondale, Did You Know?"  Avondale Quilts
Have you noticed the quilts that hang in our church office? The beautiful piece of art behind the front desk was made for Avondale's 50th Anniversary! The opposite side of the quilt holds the signatures of Avondale members.
The quilt pictured here and hanging in the hallway was given to the church by Eve and Harris Morris. Her mother made the squares in 1952 and it was put together as a quilt in the 1990's.   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 18)
The Martin Family
Drew, Mary Margaret & Evelyn
734 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
Please send a note  of tender loving care.
Steward of the Week (Aug 18)
Laura Meier
For sharing your gift of
photography with Avondale!

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 21
6:45 pm Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm Band Rehearsal
Youth Plant Sale open!
Thursday, August 22
7:30 am Men's Bible Study
Friday, August 23
7:00 am Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
Saturday, August 24
10:30 am PWA (Vanguard)
Sunday, August 25
7:30 am Worship Band Setup (FLC)
8:30 am Back to School Breakfast
9:30 am Worship Service (FLC)
Please pick-up your 2020 Stewardship packet!
11:00 am Christian Nurture & fellowship programs
11:30 am Youth Kick-Off
Monday, August 26
12:00 pm ASAP - Avondale Senior Adult Program
Tuesday, August 27
9:30 am Staff Meeting-Devotional
10:00 am Chair Yoga (Fellowship Hall)
7:00 pm Personnel Meeting (Conference Room)
Wednesday, August 28
6:45 pm Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm Band Rehearsal
Thursday, August 29
7:30 am Men's Bible Study
7:00 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal (FLC)
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