This Sunday, Dec 22
Advent IV - LOVE
Sermon “Joseph's Message"
Scripture - Matthew 1: 18-25
Christmas Joy Offering

Next Sunday, Dec 29
Sermon “Don’t Be Afraid, Be Amazed!"
Scripture - Luke 2:22-40
Guest Preacher Rev. Meg Skidmore
Christmas Eve Services
Tues, Dec 24
"Sharing the Message"
4 PM - Family Service in the Family Life Center / Childcare is offered
11 PM - Candlelight Communion in the Sanctuary
Greeters Needed for
Christmas Eve Services!
Seeking 2 greeters for the 4 PM Christmas Eve service and 1 greeter for the 11 PM service to help welcome worshipers. Please contact Paula Huffines to sign-up or more info. Thanks for your consideration!
2019 Year End Giving
As 2019 draws to a close, Jacqueline Howells can provide instructions for stock gift transfers as well as to answer any questions such as pledge contribution progress since Q3 giving statements were distributed and how to apply funds given in 2019 to prepaid 2020 giving for tax planning purposes. 
Mark your calendars, Sunday Worship on December 29 will be the last opportunity for collection plate contributions applied to 2019. 
Traveling? Please have your mailed check post dated by Tuesday, December 31 or drop by the office.
Bank Drafts Note 
If you currently give via bank draft, your drafts do not automatically continue into 2020 unless you indicate to do so on your pledge card. Contact Jacqueline to give via draft on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. If you have not yet picked up your contribution envelopes, they are available in the church office.
2020 Pledge Campaign Update
The pledge campaign progress for 2020 has now exceeded 2019's campaign total! $467K has been committed as of Dec 15. It is not too late to turn in your pledge card via collection plate, in person at the office, mail, or email.
Need a gift for a woman in your life? We can help!
Gift certificates in a gift box for the Women's Retreat are available and ready to gift your wife / mom/ daughter. Give her a memorable weekend where she will be nourished with faith and fellowship.
The weekend is March 13-15, 2020. Details are online here or speak with Betty Chambers or Olivia Magee about how to make a wonderful gift!
Church Office
Many office staff will be enjoying their remaining vacation days this month. Please act fast if you need anything - keys, financials, etc..!!
Jacqueline's last day in the office is today / Dec 18 and Caroline's is Dec 19 / tomorrow. Our eNews is going on a Christmas Break and will resume in the new year.
Rev. Jim and Rich will be out after Christmas.
Jessica is "holding down the fort"!
Office is Closed - Dec 24-26 and Jan 1
Wishing you all a joyous, grateful, healthy and
Merry Christmas!
Advent Programs & Presents
Gratitude to all who supported the children's Christmas musical. Enjoy watching (again)!
Dec 8 - A Thank you for our Angel Tree Mission
Dec 22 - Christmas Joy Offering details
Dec 26 - Refugee Resettlement
see below Youth Advent...
Youth Advent Mission Challenge!
Avondale youth are inviting the church to come along side them to furnish one household for a refugee family resettled here in Charlotte. Please bring your donations on or before Dec 26.
Find details here or contact with Zach Chambers.
Host Homeless on Sunday Nights
We host our homeless neighbors on our campus each winter for food, fellowship, and rest. Come help us host them. Many hands are needed!
If interested, sign-up online or all the office.

Positions Needed: drivers, overnight hosts, cook/serve meals, setup/breakdown...
Friends, neighbors welcome too!
New Member Directory Online
We sent an email last Friday to our Members about our newly updated online directory online! Check it out here.
Click on the picture to open. Member password is 1944A.
Registration Open:

Avondale Adventures
Parent Registrations - Jan 22
Women's Retreat
March 13-15
ACC Book Fair Update
In case you missed it... Thank you so much for your generosity and support of our book fair! Your support allowed each class to get every book on their wish list!!

ACC is on Amazon Smile!
For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Avondale Children's Center. Our unique link is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-0649274
ACC Christmas Celebration - Thurs, Dec 19
Concert in the Sanctuary: 5:15 - 5:45ish (Toucans, Rascals, Munchkins & Crickets)
Activities for families in the Family Life Center from 5:30 - 6:30
** 5:15-5:30 is a great time for our babies and 1 year olds to get their picture taken with Santa while the older children are performing

Center-wide Pajama Day - Fri, Dec 20
ACC Holiday Schedule
Closing 5 PM this Thurs, Dec 19
Closed Dec 24 - 27 (Tuesday to Friday)
Closed January 1 (Wednesday)
People of the Week (12/15)
The Barron Family
Jay, Shea, Sophie and Libby
919 Charter Pl Charlotte, NC 28211
Send a note of love and care!
Stewards of the Week (12/15)
All who participated in the Angel Tree, bringing Christmas joy to the
children and families of ABC.
Church Triumphant
We extend our Christian sympathy to the family and friends of Eleanor Ramey, who entered the Church Triumphant December 8, 2019.
The family is looking at holding a service in the new year. We will share details once confirmed.
Wednesday, December 18
11:00 am Joyful Noise (Joyful Noise Room)
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
5:00 pm Basketball Practice
6:45 pm Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm Band Rehearsal
Thursday, December 19
7:30 am Men's Bible Study
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
5:15 pm ACC Christmas Program (Sanctuary & FLC)
7:00 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal (Bell Room)
Friday, December 20
7:00 am Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
5:00 pm Basketball Practice (FLC)
Saturday, December 21
8:00 am Avondale Basketball Games (FLC)
Sunday, December 22
7:30 am Worship Band Setup
9:30 am Worship Service
11:00 am Christian Nurture & fellowship programs
4:00 pm Room In The Inn (FLC)
4:30 pm Havurat Tikvah (Fellowship Hall)
Monday, December 23
» 7:00 am Room In The Inn (FLC)
Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve
ACC Closed & Church Office Closed
4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service (FLC)
11:00 pm Christmas Eve Communion Service
Wednesday, December 25
Merry Christmas!
ACC Closed & Church Office Closed
Thursday, December 26
ACC Closed & Church Office Closed
7:30 am Men's Bible Study
5:00 pm Basketball Practice (FLC)
Friday, December 27
ACC Closed
7:00 am Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
5:00 pm Basketball Practice (FLC)
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