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Avondale eNews                                          Sept 11, 2019
This Sunday, Sept 15-
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:  Ephesians 4:1 - 7, 11 - 16 read
Sermon:  " Better Together"
Living in community is possible when we begin with humility and a desire to live in the unity of God's Spirit. We will explore Paul's insights into the ways church can experience a community that honors God.  
Preaching: Rev. Jim Ewing
picture: Youth Kick-Off 2019, by Shea Chambers
Click here to sign-up for Photo Session
This Week at Avondale-
Sept 11-14  - Member Photo Sessions for our Directory!*
Sept 11 & 18  - Avondale Adventures Parent Meetings* 
Sept 12 - Bell Choir Rehearsals have begun / Thursdays at 7 PM
Sept 15  - "Next Steps" New Member Class - to be  scheduled with new dates
Sept 15  - Orders due for Youth Plant & Flower Sale*
* more details below
Picture: Shannon family, from our last photo directory
Avondale Member Directory     Sept 11-14
Have you registered to have your photo taken yet? We need YOU in our new member pictorial directory! Every individual/family photographed (with LifeTouch on campus) will receive a FREE directory and 8x10 photo.  Sign-up online now or call Jessica in the office to sign-up over the phone.  
Youth Fundraiser     order due Sept 15
There is still time to order your fall plants and support our Avondale Youth! Kale, herbs, violets, pansies...oh my!  
Order online or this Sunday at Worship.
Avondale Adventures     register by Sept 16
Calling children, ages 3 years old to 5th grade, to join our next Adventure! The fun begins Sept 25 and registration is open now.  Please spread the word to friends and family about the fun to be had Wednesday nights at Avondale. Dinner is served for the whole family. Find details:
Gleaning      Sat, Sept 14
We have an opportunity this weekend to go gleaning. A grower near Shelby has an acre or so of sweet potatoes to glean this Saturday morning, and we've been invited to participate.  Harry Greyard anticipates it won't take more than 2 hours and an ice cream stop will be made.  If interested to help this weekend, contact Harry. To be contacted about future opportunities, sign-up for the gleaning email.
Staff News    
- Rich Stanley will be on vacation next week. He'll be at Worship this Sunday and next.
- Jim Ewing will be out the week of Sept 23 at a conference. 
- Jacqueline Howells has a new schedule. Her office hours are Mon, Tues, and Thurs, 9 AM to 3 PM.
- Zachary "Ziggy" Barjona, our Basketball Program Coordinator, has begun basketball planning. The season runs Sept - Mar.
Maybe YOU can be included in our next art exhibit?! Check out the excellent offerings. Jewelry, collage, card-making, painting and cake decorating will be taught by several of the talented people in our Avondale community. This program is open to the public. Find details at  www.avondalepresbychurch.org/sacredspace.
Avondale Newsletter     Sept 18
Ministries, please send a report  of recent works to Caroline  to be included in our next newsletter.

Chili Cook-Off     Sept 21 @ 4:30 PM
Our big Chili Cook-off is next weekend.  Attendees can sample all the entries and cast votes for crowning our next Chili Champion! Friends and family are welcome too.  Register now to Cindy or Lynn to be a Chili Cooker!  Chili bowls, made by our Avondale Adventures children, will be for sale. Proceeds to a mission project.
Kids Café     begins Sept 27
Kids Café, part of our ABC (Avondale & Bethlehem Center) Ministry, begins soon. This program serves kids a fresh, warm 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. This is an easy, quick and FUN way to contribute. Next dates: Sept 27, Oct 11, Oct 25.  Sign-up with a friend?! E mail Ann Sanders and Kay Chelena
- ACC Staff Update link
- Gleaning Ministry link 
- Homecoming Weekend details - Oct 12-13 link
- Eastern NC Mission Trip - Oct 25-28 link
- Join Music Ministry link
- Contribution envelopes... if you don't need them.. link
Average Weekly Pledges: $8,393  as of 9/8/19 
Needed Weekly Pledges: $8,611 for 2019
Stewardship Packets for 2020 have been distributed via Sunday services and mail.  Please share your 2020 pledge with Avondale before/on Dedication Sunday on Sept 29. Thank you for any consideration and gift you can offer. 
Peace in Christ, The Stewardship Committee
We are seeking memorabilia for our Homecoming! 
If any Avondalers have any wedding memorabilia from their wedding at Avondale, will you please contact Joy Callaway? Her number is (704) 533-2966. We are putting together an Avondale weddings display for homecoming and are looking for dresses, pictures, etc!
People of the Week (Sept 8)
The lives taken, injuries suffered and the homes and businesses
damaged by Hurricane Dorian.
Stewards of the Week (Sept 8)
Everyone who participated
in the Fall Property 
Work Day!
Nursery Volunteers 
Our nursery is growing and we are looking for a few new
volunteers to help during Worship and the Sunday School hour. If you are interested, please contact Dee Dee McDonald. Via email or call (704) 975-7085.
Women's Retreat      
Ladies, it's time to begin to plan the Avondale Women's Retreat scheduled for March 13, 14 and 15, 2020. 
Would you like to be on the planning committee? We need about 5 to 6 people to begin planning in September.  Please contact Betty Chambers (704-588-6698) to join. And mark your calendars to attend!!!
Wednesday, September 11
Avondale Family Pictures (Fellowship Hall) 
2:30 pm -  TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
6:45 pm - Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
7:00 pm - Avondale Adventures Parent Meeting (FH)
8:00 pm - Worship Band Rehearsal
Thursday, September 12
Avondale Family Pictures (Fellowship Hall)
7:30 am - Men's Bible Study
2:30 pm - TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
7:00 pm - Bell Choir Rehearsal (Bell Room)
Friday, September 13
Avondale Family Pictures (Fellowship Hall)
7:00 am - Men's Breakfast & Bible Study
2:30 pm - TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
Saturday, September 14
Avondale Family Pictures (Fellowship Hall)
Sunday, September 15
Youth Plant Sale Orders Due!
7:30 am - Worship Band Setup (FLC)
9:30 am - Worship Service (FLC)
11:00 am -Christian Nurture & fellowship programs
4:30 pm - Youth Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
5:30 pm - Youth Group (FLC)
Monday, September 16
9:30 am - ACC Soccer Shots (FLC)
2:30 pm - TLC Out of School Time Enrichment Program (follows CMS schedule)
6:00 pm - Sacred Space Art - Jewelry I (Joyful Noise Room)
6:30 pm - Playbook For Life Staff Meeting (Fellowship Hall)
Tuesday, September 17
Newsletter - reports due today or tomorrow
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)
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