Avondale E-Worship
"Lessons From The Wilderness"
June 28, 2020
"The God Who Sees"
Genesis 16: 1 - 6

The Birth of Ishmael

16  Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar,  and Sarai said to Abram, “You see that the Lord has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my slave-girl; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.  So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife.  He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.  Then Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my slave-girl to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!”  But Abram said to Sarai, “Your slave-girl is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she ran away from her.
A Moment for Children
Parents, read over the lesson below and use it to stir conversation as a family!
Imagine you are going on a nature walk. What are some items you might bring to help you see things more clearly?
I may consider taking binoculars! They would help me to see animals from far away. A magnifying glass might be helpful when wanting to get a really good look at something small like a bug.

Today in our sermon we hear a story about a servant named Hagar. Hagar was treated very badly by her owner and so she ran away. Hagar stopped at a fountain and began to cry. She felt sad, confused and very lonely. An angel of God came to her and told her that God sees her and promised to bless her. Hagar was overjoyed because she knew then that God could see her tears and would be with her.

God sees YOU!
Can you think of a time that you felt sad and lonely? Spend some time talking with your family about this time and what it was that made you feel better. Remember that God is with you always and you are never forgotten! God sees all of your gifts and strengths and has wonderful plans to bless you!

U sing craft supplies, make a self portrait of yourself or decorate a frame for a picture of yourself. Whenever you look at it, be reminded that God sees you as a perfect creation and is with you always!

Dear God, Thank you for always being with me. Help me to know you are there on hard days when I feel sad and lonely. Amen.
Member Care Corner
"Show You Care - Task of the week"

Today we give thanks and praise to our church leadership. Thank you for your faithfulness, energy and creativity!
Send a note of thanks and praise to our leaders!
If you know of any member concerns or needs, please email Jim or call the church office and leave a message.

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Prayer Requests

Beth Cline; Paige Hamilton; Jacqueline Howells; Delia McCloskey; Carl, Dee Dee and Lilly McDonald; Floyd Privette; The Family of Michael Morales; Jeff Strickland.
Mission Corner
One year ago, the Urban Ministry Center and Men's Shelter of Charlotte--the two organizations dedicated to serving our homeless neighbors and ultimately ending homelessness in Charlotte--merged, in an effort to consolidate and strengthen their common mission. Last month, the combined organization announced that its new name will be "Roof Above." In their words, "'Roof Above' tells you what we do. Whether through our shelters or our housing programs, we are committed to providing the safety, protection and dignity of a roof above."

Avondale has a long history of supporting the Urban Ministry Center and its mission, through our Room in the Inn program and through the work of many of our members as volunteers and staff members. This week, please consider contributing something from the wish list (link below) to show Avondale's support of our homeless neighbors and the vital mission of Roof Above.
Your Avondale Pledge

For those of you who contribute to your pledge through the offering plate on Sunday, there are many opportunities to fulfill your commitment including, mailing a check, PayPal or a one-time or reoccurring bank draft . Drafts can be setup or changed at anytime. Please contact Jacqueline for more information.

Using the link below, you may contribute to your 2020 pledge or make a gift to the church.

Congregational Meeting
June 28 / 11 AM

A virtual congregational meeting has been called by the Session for Sun, June 28 at 11 AM on Zoom. The purpose of this meeting is to elect members of the nominating committee, to receive the 2019 Annual Report and approve the terms of call for Rev. Jim Ewing.

Please review the Annual Report prior to the meeting at the link below. If you have any questions about information within the report, please submit them to Jessica Shanks and they will be added to the meeting agenda for discussion.

If you have any questions regarding Zoom or would like assistance using it, please contact Jessica Shanks.