Avondale E-Worship
"God's Will"

Jeremiah 29: 10 - 14
10   For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11   For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12   Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13   When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14   I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
Spiritual Reflection

1)  How do you see the world?

2) Do you see the world as a result of God’s plan or of God’s will?
A Moment for Children
Do you like going on adventures? I love fun adventures to new places! What is something you use to help find your way to a new place?
That is right! We use maps! Without a map we may get lost! Maps are our guide and point us in the right direction. Imagine you didn't have a map! Would you be afraid or excited about the surprises along the journey?

Imagine your life as one big adventure!
There will be moments in life that you don't have a map to follow or the plan on your map didn't turn out to be correct! Feeling unsure can be really scary but you can find comfort in knowing that God has a plan for you even if you can't see it on your map! You have BIG adventures ahead! There will be days of rain and of sunshine and days of wins and losses! Remember, God is your guide! He has given you many gifts to help you along the way and promises to always be by your side!

Spend time with your family thinking about the gifts God has given you! Write them down and when you are feeling lost on your adventure you can look at your list and be reminded of what God has given you and that He is with you always!

Dear God, Thank you for guiding me, for never leaving me and for my many gifts that help me along the way. Amen.

Using items from around your home, create an obstacle course for your child or, task your older child with using their creativity to make an obstacle course for you!
Teacher Appreciation Week

Today we recognize and give thanks to our faithful teachers! You have dedicated your life to guiding with a gentle hand, teaching the love of Christ, sharing knowledge and demonstrating patience and kindness! We are grateful and give thanks to God for your answered call and the impact you have had on many!

Thank you to the teachers of the ACC, Chapel, Joyful Noise, Avondale Adventures, VBS, children's Sunday school, nursery staff, youth leaders, confirmation mentors, music, adult Sunday school, adult small groups, Sacred Space Art, the Bethlehem Center and Rev. Jim for all you do!
from the ACC Christmas program
Member Care Corner

"Show You Care - Task of the week"
Thank a teacher! Who is a current teacher of yours? Or, whose teaching has impacted your faith life? Call them or send a note of thanks and praise for sharing their gifts!
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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Mission Corner

How is Avondale responding during this time of need?

The Bethlehem Center continues to use space at Avondale to host children whose parents are working in essential jobs, ensuring that the children can continue to learn while school is being conducted online. The program has had between 4 and 6 kids in recent weeks. Each week, Avondale's ABC team has put together non-perishable meal bags for each child's family for the weekend to ensure the children and their families are receiving nutritious meals. In this time when it is difficult for so many to feed themselves, Avondale is able to help those with whom we are engaged in mission year-round thanks to your faithful giving!  

Did you hear that our ABC friends were on WSOCTV News? Check it out using the link below!
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.
Today we receive the Ten Cents-A-Meal offering. You may support this Charlotte Presbytery mission to f eed and nurture those who hunger and thirst, both physically and spiritually by giving HERE . Thank you for your support of this important ministry!
Self Care and Prayer
The Labyrinth is a sacred place set aside for you to reflect, pray, and worship God. The rhythm of walking empties the mind, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit. 

The Labyrinth can be walked in four stages, allowing you to walk with your body and rest your mind.

Remember: Before walking the labyrinth take time in gratitude to be thankful for your life. Bless the people in your life. If there is a specific event or situation troubling you (like the coronavirus) bring it to mind and form a healing question if possible (such as why am I anxious about …).

Release: Walking into the labyrinth quiet the mind, let go of the chatter and release any tension. Open your heart to feel whatever it might feel. Become aware of your breathing making sure you are taking slow deep breaths. Relax and move at your own pace. 

Receive: While standing or sitting in the center, use this space as a place of reflection. Pause and stay as long as you like. Open yourself to God. Listen to God’s small, inner voice. Use this time to pray and be honest with God about the things you need to say. 

Return: While walking out of the labyrinth, take the same path you followed to go in. Walking out experience the sense of well-being, healing, energy, and peace.

Prayers You Might Choose to Offer

"I place myself in your presence O God."

"Thank you God for ______. I praise your name because you _______."

"Lord search me and know me for you have created me. Give me the strength to serve you and to _____."

While exiting, offer words of praise and thanksgiving!