This Sunday, Nov 24
Sermon: "The Road to Thanksgiving"
Pastor: Rev. Jim Ewing (see Nov 21*)
We encourage you to read Scripture this week and discuss in your homes what God's word to us might be from this passage.
Mission: 10-Cents-A-Meal, Angel Tree tags available
Also this Sunday:
Jokingly calling it pick-up Sunday or distribution Sunday, here is what we will have for you:
  • Contribution envelopes
  • Advent Devotional for adults
  • Advent Craft package for kids
  • pictures from LifeTouch (member directory pictures)
  • platters and bowls left at Avondale
  • pre-ordered Sacred Space Art cards sets
*Nov 21 – Rev. Jim Ewing’s birthday
Nov 22 - Thanksgiving Dinner with Kids Café
Nov 23 - Scottish Country Dancing
Nov 28-29 – Office Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 1 - Advent season begins
Dec 1 – Room In The Inn (RITI)
Dec 3 – Avondale Adventures – registration opens!
Dec 3 – Taizé Prayer Service
Dec 4 Joyful Noise Christmas
Dec 7 – Avondale Christmas Marketplace
Dec 7 – PWA Bake Sale @Christmas Marketplace
Dec 7 – Youth Holiday Sale order pick-up
Dec 8 – Concert “A Crossroads Christmas”
Dec 8 – Angel Tree presents due back
Dec 8 – Room In The Inn at Avondale
Dec 11 - Joyful Noise Christmas
Dec 12 - Staff Christmas Celebration
Kids Café & Birthday Blessings

Life Skills with ABC
PWA Bake Sale

Gatherings with Jim
Room In The Inn

Scottish Country Dancing
Room In The Inn (RITI) - Dec 1
This winter, on Sunday nights Dec through March, we host our homeless neighbors on our campus for food, fellowship, and rest. Called Room In The Inn (RITI),  this ministry is in partnership with Urban Ministry Center. We welcome all to get involved in helping care for our neighbors. If interested, please call the office or sign-up online RITI sign-up.
Life Skills Workshops - with ABC Ministry
The Avondale-Bethlehem Center (ABC) middle-school teens are learning Life Skills, such as cooking, dressing for success, simple budgeting, and many others. We are seeking individuals to plan and teach one-hour life skills workshops on a variety of topics. Read more and/or sign up.
Gatherings with Jim - 3 dates
When Jim Ewing and his family joined us at Avondale in August, we floated the idea of having several in-home, small gatherings where members could get to know our new minister a little better. Now that we’ve celebrated Homecoming, we are ready to get together. Find more details and sign-up to attend here: LINK.
PWA Bake Sale - Goodies Needed!
WE NEED COOKIES MAKERS for the Cookie/Bake Sale. The 7th annual sale will be held by the PWA, and this year it is in conjunction with the Christmas Marketplace. If you can make 2 or more dozen cookies for the sale, please contact Lyn Sweet or Brenda Coble or sign-up online here!
PWA in Action - Avondale Cookbook
The Presbyterian Women of Avondale (PWA) sold a reprint of Avondale's first cookbook earlier in the year, in honor of our 75th anniversary. WE HAVE 16 LEFT. These make great gifts. Please let Ruby Cathey or Brenda Coble know if you would like to purchase a cookbook. 
Sacred Space Art Card Sets are in!
We are delighted with your response to the Sacred Space Art cards sets. For those who placed orders in August, we will have your order available for pick-up at a table at Worship this Sun, Nov 24 and again Sun, Dec 1. Are you interested in cards? Find them at the Christmas Marketplace! Card sets are 5 for $8 and 10 for $15. We look forward to seeing you and thanking you in person for your support of our program. - Cheryl Judd-Magee, Sacred Space Art
Joyful Noise - in December
Joyful Noise Christmas will take place on Wednesdays, Dec 4, 11 and 18 at 11 AM at Avondale. This will be for children 6 months to 3 years old. No charge and no sign-up required. 
ABC ministry
ABC Angel Tree - Nov 17 to Dec 8
Christmas is also coming to the ABC Ministry. The Angel Tree is up in the Family Life Center atrium. We invite you to take an ornament to provide a gift for a Bethlehem Center child, or a gift card for a Bethlehem Center family. 
Thank you for sharing your holidays with the ABC families!
You're invited to ASAP - Dec 16
& Bunco News
Our Dec 16 meeting of ASAP will be one to thoroughly enjoy with John Tosco and his group playing Christmas favorites for us. A "turkey" meal is on the menu. Members of the congregation are welcomed to enjoy the Christmas music. If you would like to come for lunch, call 980-297-4997 to make a reservation.
Bunco will return Fri, Jan 3, 2020. Come join the fun in the New Year!
PWA Bake Sale - Dec 7
We will have boxed cookies, beautiful filled mugs, famous Jim Bowen's peanut brittle, jams, preserves, and other goodies for sale. The annual Cookie/Bake Sale for the Presbyterian Women of Avondale will be held in conjunction with the Christmas Marketplace this year. If you can contribute cookies, sign-up online here. 
Christmas Marketplace - Dec 7
Come celebrate with Avonalde at our first CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE! Invite friends and family to come shop with us Sat, Dec 7 from 9 AM-3 PM when we have a wonderful market full of artisans here for our big day!
If YOU want to join in this FESTIVE, FUN DAY, please connect with Lynn Wilkerson.
Help us promote our Christmas Marketplace!
Vendors for Christmas Marketplace
If you know any local folks who are artists (fiber, knitters, potters, bakers, canners, painters, photographers, etc..) please tell them about our event and vendor opportunity!
Direct them to our webpage or contact Lynn Wilkerson. If YOU want to be a vendor, please connect with Lynn Wilkerson: email Lynn or call/text 704-965-5757.

Current Vendors:
Please send Caroline a picture or several of your items!
ACC Dates:
Angel Tree - Nov 18 to Dec 8
Avondale has an Angel Tree again this year. Check with the center for details if interested. Gifts are due back on or before Dec 8. Thanks!
ACC Book Fair - Dec 2-6
Christmas Marketplace & 7th Annual Bake Sale- Dec 7
ACC Christmas Program - Dec 19

New Teacher Meagan
The Crickets classroom (older 4s and young 5s) are pleased to have Meagan Schmidt here! Read more about Meagan.

Stewardship & Finance
Dear Avondale Member,
The Stewardship Team would like to thank you for your commitment to your 2019 pledges.
As the year is coming to a close, we are busy analyzing where we are financially and thus........ Read full Letter here.
2020 Pledges: $454,300 (as of 11/19)
  • 105 Families Pledged for 2020
  • 59 Pledge Increases
  • 13 New Pledges

Discuss Pledge
If you would like to discuss your pledge (2019 or 2020) with the pastoral staff... read all/ larger
Pledges are completely confidential.
Person of the Week (11/17)
Eleanor Ramey
2510 Warburton Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
Please send a note of loving care.
Steward of the Week (11/17)
The youth leaders and youth
who participated in the service
project at Camp Grier
last weekend!
Wednesday, November 20
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
5:00 pm Avondale Adventures
6:45 pm Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm Band Rehearsal
Thursday, November 21
7:30 am Men's Bible Study
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
5:00 pm Avondale Basketball Practice (FLC)
7:00 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal (Bell Room)
Friday, November 22
7:00 am Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
4:30 pm Thanksgiving Kids Cafe (FLC Kitchen & FH))
5:00 pm Avondale Basketball Practice (FLC)
Saturday, November 23
10:00 am Martial Arts (Fellowship Hall)
1:00 pm Scottish Country Dance (FLC)
Sunday, November 24
7:30 am Worship Band Setup (FLC)
9:30 am Worship Service (FLC)
11:00 am Christian Nurture & fellowship programs
5:30 pm Youth Group (FLC)
Monday, November 25
9:30 am ACC Soccer Shots (FLC)
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
5:00 pm Avondale Basketball Practice (FLC)
6:00 pm Sacred Space Art- Cake Decorating (FH)
Tuesday, November 26
9:30 am Staff Meeting-Devotional
10:00 am Chair Yoga (Fellowship Hall)
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
5:00 pm Avondale Basketball Practice (FLC)
Wednesday, November 27
9:00 am The Sunshine Club (Vanguard)
2:30 pm TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
6:45 pm Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
8:00 pm Band Rehearsal
Thursday, November 28
Office Closed: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day
7:30 am Men's Bible Study
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