Avondale E-Worship
A Different Sort of Christmas
December 6, 2020
"A Song"
Second Sunday in Advent
Luke 1: 46 - 56

Mary praises God
46 Mary said, “With all my heart I glorify the Lord! 47 In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. 48 He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored Holy is his name. 50 He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God. 51 He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. 52 He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed. 54 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, 55 just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.” 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her home.
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Children's Moment
Parents, read over the lesson below and use it to stir conversation as a family!
Today marks the second Sunday of Advent. Do you know what Advent is?
The word Advent means "coming" and the season of Advent is a time to prepare for Jesus' coming on Christmas. Advent is observed for 4 weeks leading up to Christmas and traditionally, using an Advent wreath to count the weeks.

The circle represents the unending love of God.
The evergreens represent the hope of eternal life that all of God’s people share.
The three purple candles represent hope, peace and joy.
The pink candle represents love.
The white candle is to be placed in the center of your wreath and represents the
true Light come into the world.

Today we light the candle of Peace.
An easier way to understand peace is to think of the word calm. When you are worried or excited about something your mind and your heart may not feel calm or peaceful. When Jesus came into the world, he brought peace and calm and as He grew, He shared this peace with everyone, bringing comfort to those who had worried minds and hearts. A great story of the Bible to refer to as an example is Jesus calming the storm.

Is there something worrying your mind or heart?
Jesus tells us to bring our worries to Him and that He will care for us and bring peace. When you are feeling worried, talk to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to bring you peace and calm for your mind and heart.

Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for calming my worries and my fears. Help me to share peace with others by being a good listener and a good helper. Amen.
Member Care Corner
Avondale Baby Blessing Basket

We celebrate with great joy the expected arrival of Liz and Terry Davis's first child, a baby boy, on December 31, 2020! Member Care invites you to share in the excitement by signing up to contribute to a Baby Blessing Basket to be delivered to the family just prior or shortly after his arrival. The sign-up includes their preferred diaper and wipe brands and their most frequented grocery stores and take-out restaurants. Items can be dropped off at the church office or in the black bin under the FLC awning on or before December 21!
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; Cal Hamilton; Janet Harrison and family; John Merritt; Marilyn Nolan; Deidrea Pavlin; Floyd Privette; Sarah Sperry; Billy Stanley; Lyn Sweet and family; Bill Thomas; Gail Trippodo; Blake Wallen; Keith White; Lynn Wilkerson.
Mission Corner
Avondale Blessing Bags

This weeks mission is centered around sharing hope! We are sharing hope with others by filling the Avondale Blessing Bags received this past Sunday, for our friends living in the Supportive Housing Program through Roof Above. The Supportive Housing Program is for people who have recently escaped homelessness and are now living independent of shelters but are still receiving support through peer counselors, mental health aid, case managers and nursing services. This week, help to share the hope of Christ with our neighbors in need by filling your bag with goodies, prayers and warm notes! We ask that you return your Blessing Bag this Sunday at the Advent Walk!

If you would like to participate in filling a Blessing bag but did not receive one, purchase a clean, reusable bag about the size of a paper grocery bag and fill it up! It is not the bag that matters but the love that goes into it!
Advent Stars

Pre-order a star kit to be assembled by you and your family in memory or honor of a loved one. The stars will be returned to Avondale and hung throughout the campus for viewing during the Advent Walk. All proceeds from the memorial go towards continuing to provide a hot lunch for our Avondale ACE children who are on campus weekly for remote learning.

Pre-order your star today and pick up the kit during the Advent Walk between 4:30 and 6:30 PM!
Lunches for Homeless Neighbors continues this winter!

Our first three Lunches for Homeless Neighbors events were a great success--it was so good to see each other, and to provide some much-needed help for the 70 working men at the Roof Above dorm. Each time, the men were so appreciative of our efforts. We now have three additional dates, on December 29, January 26, and February 23. Please take a look and sign up! You now have the opportunity to serve as a "Lunch Leader," which simply requires getting the groceries (Mission team will reimburse), leading the assembly, and taking the lunches over to the dorm in the Elizabeth neighborhood. This season, when Room in the Inn will unfortunately not be at Avondale, let's continue to join together and help our homeless neighbors!
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.
Submit your 2021 pledge card electronically!
Announcements
Saturday December 12 / 9 AM - 12 PM
From a safe distance, visit with church family outdoors and help spread pine needles! Don't forget your gloves!
This second Sunday of Advent the theme is Peace. When you are feeling fearful, anxious, or excited where do you find peace? Join us this Sunday at the Advent Walk for a prayer and meditation walk in the garden, live music in the courtyard from kNOw Greater Love, mission opportunities, festive decorations and pre-packaged refreshments served by Santa himself!

What if I am not comfortable attending the event?

We welcome you to drive through and pick-up Advent materials at the event by pulling your car up to the welcome table, near the entrance of the FLC kitchen. You may also coordinate picking up materials during the week by calling Jessica Shanks in the church office (704-333-6194).