Avondale E-Worship
World Communion &
Dedication Sunday
October 4, 2020
"Touched"
Matthew 8: 1- 4

Jesus Cleanses a Leper
8 When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2 and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” 3 He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
World Communion and Dedication Sunday
TODAY!

Today is World Communion and Dedication Sunday! We invite you to stop by the Sacred Garden between 11 AM and 1 PM to receive Holy Communion.

Stewardship will have a table set-up to receive your pledge cards if you have not already mailed them as well as a sweet treat to celebrate the dedication of our gifts to the church.

For details about the event and safety precautions click HERE.

Submit your 2021 pledge card electronically!
Children's Moment
Parents, read over the lesson below and use it to stir conversation as a family!
WORLD COMMUNION
Celebrating our Oneness in Christ
While Jesus was walking and talking with people, a man with leprosy approached Him, fell to his knees, and put his face to the ground begging, "Lord if you want to, you can heal me and make me clean." Something amazing happened next. Like it was no big deal, Jesus just reached out and touched the man. Wait a minute, Jesus reached out and touched a man with leprosy? This was not allowed then and now Jesus would be unclean! Besides this man looked really bad and probably was very sick! None of this mattered to Jesus, however. He reached out his hand and said to the man, "I will heal you. Be clean." And right in that moment the leprosy left him.

The message that I want you to take from this story is that it doesn't matter to Jesus what you've done, how you look, or what other people think about you. He made you and He loves you no matter what! Jesus could have chosen to ignore this man, just as others in his community had. The man looked different, was living on the streets, had different beliefs and a horrible disease. Instead, Jesus chose show the man love, compassion and acceptance.

How are you different from your friends and family? In what ways can you show love, compassion and acceptance to someone who looks, acts and believes differently you?

Let Us Pray
Dear God, Thank you for creating us all differently. Help me to show love, kindness and acceptance to those who are different from me. Amen.
Member Care Corner
"Show You Care - Task of the week"
Is there someone in your life who's differences are making it difficult for you to love right now? Reach out to them with compassion and acceptance, knowing we are all created perfectly different.
If you know of any member concerns or needs, please email Jim.

Member Directory online...
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Prayer Requests

Lee Ballard; Michael Booher; Terry Brodof; Ruby Cathey; Abigail Corriher; Janet Harrison and family; Bonnie Howard; Marilyn Nolan; Deidrea Pavlin; Floyd Privette; The Reed Family; Lyn Sweet and family; Merrily Watts
Mission Corner
Come help our homeless neighbors in a safe and socially distanced way!

Roof Above is hosting 70 working, homeless neighbors at a dorm in Charlotte, helping to keep them safe from COVID. These men take their lunch to work and we are going to prepare a nutritious, bagged lunch for them!
Join us on October 28 and November 18 at 4 PM for this opportunity to serve our neighbors together!
We will gather in the Fellowship Hall with a table for each participant, socially distanced and with all the supplies you need. Masks will be required.
We will have a maximum of ten people at each session and slots will go fast--so sign up today using the tab below!
Offering
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.
Announcements
Join us on Zoom for a Congregational Meeting
October 18 at 12 PM
For the purpose of electing Elders for the class of 2023
Taizé Prayer Service
Tuesday, Oct 6 at 7 PM
Find the service link on our YouTube Channel!