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Avondale eNews                                          Aug 7, 2019
This week, we welcome Rev. Jim Ewing to Avondale! 
Reception for Ewing Family
This Sun, Aug 11, we'll have a reception  following worship in the Fellowship Hall for Jim, Carrie, Emma Grace and James Ewing!
Emma Grace is 8 and James is 4. We will have food and drinks.  Avondalers are invited to participate in a special something being put together. 
A few details for Rev. Jim Ewing: 
* Jim begins work in the office on Mon, Aug 5
* Jim will be present, but not preaching, on Sun, Aug 11
After the service, the Congregation will have a chance to meet Jim and his family at a Reception
* 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
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.
Aug 7*  -  Music Ministry returns from rehearsal break
Aug 7* - Avondale Adventures - registration opens!
Aug 9 - BC End-of-Summer Jam
Aug 11 - Guest Pastor - Rev. Larry Hill returns
Reception for the Ewing family follows worship
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 26* - ASAP 
Sept 8* - Youth Choir begins
* more details below
Picture: VBS 2019 "You can share my birdhouse"
"Avondale Avenues" Newsletter
Read Avondale's newsletter online or pick-up a copy on campus.
Find in this edition:
- Member Birthdays
- Member Anniversaries
- Rev. Veronica's last "Letter from the Pastor"

- Music Ministry Update
- and news of recent works and upcoming actions....
Next Newsletter
- due date Sept 17 / -  publication date Sept 24
Music Ministry     resumes tonight/Aug 7
- Our Choir and Band took a break from rehearsals this summer. Rehearsals resume Aug 7 and have moved to Wednesdays!
     Choir:   6:45-8:00 PM
     Band:   8:00-8:45 PM 
- Handbells are on a rehearsal break too and will return late Aug/early September.
- Youth Choir begins Sun, Sept 8 at 4:30 PM and will follow the Youth Group schedule.   
- Music Ministry has openings in the choir, band and handbells.  If you enjoy singing or playing an instrument and being a part of a great group of people, consider joining our Music Ministry!  Making sacred music is a joyful undertaking. Contact Rich for details. 
Avondale Adventures     b egins Sept 25!
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:
Find Faith, Fellowship, Fun...
when you come out for "Dinner with Friends", a women's group that enjoys dining together at a different restaurant each month. Our next gathering is at: Persuasian Restaurant (near the church!) at 2214 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203.
ASAP Mission Projects      Mon, Aug 26 @ 12 noon
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!
"Raising the Consciousness"
Average Weekly Pledges: $8,900
Needed Weekly Pledges: $8,611
*as of  Sun, Aug 4.
See the image larger here.
Read Stewardship's Letter here.
We had a great VBS last week! The kids had a blast and learned so much. We had a full roster with  106 children - 60 older children from Avondale and Bethlehem Center and 46 young ones at the Avondale Children's Center. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make VBS a a wonderful and memorable experience. Check out our short video of the kids writing cards to go in their Mission Project of Operation Christmas Child boxes. Here's a link on Google Drive and also shared on Facebook. 

"Avondale, Did You Know?" 

Avondale Pastors
Avondale has had only three permanent pastors in seventy-five years. Pastor Jim Ewing will be our fourth pastor!
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.   "75 Years of Music"     Oct 12 
Worship followed by "Homecoming Luncheon"     Oct 13 
Read more about all our 75th Anniversary Celebrations at  www.avondalepresbychurch.org/75thcelebrations .
People of the Week (Aug 4)
Martha Meunier's Family
c/o Olivia Mayer (daughter)
3312 Redbud Lane
Raleigh, NC 27607
Please send a note  of tender loving care.
Stewards of the Week (Aug 4)
Vacation Bible School
For leading the children.
Wednesday, August 7
8:00 am    Bus Reserved -ABC
11:30 am    ASAP Planning Team Meeting
2:00 pm    Futsala- ABC Camp (FLC)
6:45 pm    Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm    Band Rehearsal
Thursday, August 8
7:30 am    Men's Bible Study
8:00 am    Bus Reserved -ABC
11:00 am Staff Meeting
2:00 pm    Futsala- ABC Camp (FLC)
6:30 pm    Worship Meeting
Friday, August 9
7:00 am    Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
8:00 am    Bus Reserved -ABC
8:00 am    OST Summer Camp Breakfast (Fellowship Hall)
Saturday, August 10
no Avondale events scheduled
Sunday, August 11
7:30 am    Worship Band Setup (FLC)
9:30 am    Worship Service (FLC)
Reception for the Ewing Family follows Worship
11:00 am    Christian Nurture & fellowship programs
12:00 pm    Monthly Session Meeting
Monday, August 12
8:00 am    OST Summer Camp Breakfast (Fellowship Hall)
Tuesday, August 13
9:30 am    Staff Meeting-Devotional
10:00 am    Chair Yoga (Fellowship Hall)
6:30 pm    Dinner with Friends
7:00 pm    ABC Team Meeting
Wednesday, August 14
6:45 pm    Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm    Band Rehearsal
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