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Avondale eNews                                          Aug 28, 2019
This Sunday, Sept 1:
We encourage you to read Scripture this week and discuss in your homes what God's word to us might be from this passage:
Scripture: John 17:20-26 read
Message: "The Unity of God"
Life with others can be hard. Living in community with other people is a reflection of the nature of God and the deepest hope that Jesus had for his followers.
Preaching: Rev. Jim Ewing
Photography by Laura J. Meier 
Sept 2  - Office closed / Labor Day
Sept 3 - Circle #5 at 1 PM
Sept 3 - Taizé Prayer Service
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 15 - New Member Class "Next Steps" begins* 
Sept 15  - Orders due for Youth Plant & Flower Sale*
Sept 11 & 18 - Avondale Adventures Parent Meetings*
Sept 21 - Chili Cook-Off*
Sept 25 - Avondale Adventures begins*
Sept 27 - Kids Café & Birthday Blessings*
Oct 25-28 - Mission Trip to Eastern, NC*
* more details below
Picture: Spring Work Day 2012
     Would you like contribution envelopes?
The 2020 Stewardship Packets were distributed the last two Sundays. For 2020 contribution envelopes - if you would like to receive them, and did not receive them this year, (or received them and would prefer to give without envelopes next year), please let  Jacqueline know your preference!
Sunday School:   Bible 101     on Sept 8 
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.
The "Next Step" New Member & Inquirers Class begins September 15 at 11 AM. Are you interested in becoming a part of the Avondale family? Interested in getting involved in the amazing work Avondale is doing in the community? Want to know more about the Presbyterian Church?
Take the "Next Step". More details.
The sale is on! Find herbs, flowers, kale,  perennials... on my! Proceeds from this annual sale go towards the Youth Group's International Trip to Peru in 2020! Orders are due by Sept 15. Details and order form are online at  www.avondalepresbychurch.org/youthfundraisers.
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:
Bunco fun     on Sept 6
Bunco will meet on Sept 6 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall to begin our 10th year of playing Bunco! Women and all young ladies who enjoy playing a fun game, laughing, eating, and wonderful fellowship with each other are invited to attend. We donate $5 per person to a mission each month. If interested and you are not on the e-mail list, contact Brenda Coble.
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
Sign-up now to be photographed! 
Kids Café        begins Sept 27
Kids Café, part of our ABC (Avondale & Bethlehem Center) Ministry, is starting in September. If you recall, this program serves kids a warm, fresh cooked meal on a Friday, twice a month, before they head home for the weekend. As of right now, this will be hosted at Avondale from 4:30 - 6 PM. If you haven't been to Kids Café before, it is an easy, quick and FUN way to contribute. Sign-up with a friend?! Next dates: Sept 27, Oct 11, Oct 25
ABC Ministry's next meeting is Sept 10. Interested to join? 
For Kids Café or ABC Ministry, email Ann Sanders and Kay Chelena.  
Thank you Sacred Space Art for the beautiful art exhibit this past Sunday. Wonderful! 
Maybe YOU can be included in our next art exhibit?! Check out the excellent offerings coming soon. Jewelry, collage, card-making, painting and cake decorating will be taught by the many talented people in our Avondale community. This program is open to the public. Find details at www.avondalepresbychurch.org/sacredspace.
Youth Group     Sept 8
Our Youth Group had an awesome fall kick-off last week! 
Weekly fellowship begins on Sun, Sept 8 at 5:30 PM.
Thank you to all for supporting our Youth Ministry with your purchases, like the Fall Plant Sale going on now. 
"Raising the Consciousness"
The Stewardship Packets that were not picked-up have been mailed. 
Average Weekly Pledges: $8,453 as of Sun, Aug 25.
Needed Weekly Pledges: $8,611
Please share your pledge with Avondale before/on Dedication Sunday on Sept 29. Thank you for any consideration and gift you can offer for 2020. Peace in Christ, The Stewardship Committee
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
October 25-28, Avondale heads to White Lake, NC to assist with the continued hurricane relief efforts. This trip is open to the congregation and friends, ages 14 and up.  Read more here. 
Music Ministry     Sept 8
Making sacred music is a joyful undertaking. You don't have to be a great singer to join in any area of our music ministry. We invite you to join the fellowship and fun of choir, band or handbells.   
Contact Rich for details. 
Youth Choir begins Sun, Sept 8 at 4:30 PM and follows the Youth Group schedule. For more details, see our music ministry webpage.  
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. 
"Avondale, Did You Know?"
More Beautiful Art in Avondale Office
The wall hanging in the lobby with the lamb was given by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dunlap in memory of their daughter Julie Dunlap Scism. An artist in Asheville made it. Scott Coble made the wood frame especially for it. We have used it in the past for baptisms in the Sanctuary. 
Read more Avondale history online ...
Avondale Chili Cook-Off     Sept 21
Our big Chili Cook-off is approaching fast! All are invited to enter their best chili recipe. [ Register now via email to be a Chili Cooker! ]   Attendees will sample all entries and a Chili Champion will be crowned.  Chili bowls, made by our Avondale Adventures children, will be for sale. Proceeds to a mission project.
75th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend       Oct 12-13
Our biggest celebrations of the year are approaching fast. Please save the dates and spread the word!  
     Oct 12 - "75 Years of Music" at 4 PM*
     Oct 13 - Worship followed by our  Homecoming     
at 11 AM* 
*"Open House" displays throughout campus will be held both days!  www.avondalepresbychurch.org/75thcelebrations
Person of the Week (Aug 25)
Lee Weigle
3600 Park Road Unit W207
Charlotte, NC 28209
Please send a note  of tender loving care.
Stewards of the Week (Aug 25)
Congregational Life
For the fun and fellowship 
at the Back to School Breakfast!
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
Friday, August 30
7:00 am    Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
Saturday, August 31
no Avondale events on calendar
Sunday, September 1
7:30 am    Worship Band Setup (FLC)
9:30 am    Worship Service (FLC)
11:00 am    Christian Nurture & fellowship programs
Monday, September 2
Labor Day /  Office is Closed
Tuesday, September 3
9:30 am    Staff Meeting-Administrative
10:00 am    Chair Yoga (Fellowship Hall)
1:00 pm    Circle #5
1:00 pm  Taizé Prayer Service
Wednesday, September 4
11:30 am    ASAP Planning Team Meeting
6:45 pm    Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm    Band Rehearsal
Thursday, September 5
7:30 am    Men's Bible Study
7:00 pm    Bell Choir Rehearsal (FLC)
Friday, September 6
7:00 am    Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
6:30 pm    Bunco (Fellowship Hall)
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