Avondale E-Worship
January 17, 2021
"Just Come and See"
John 1: 43 - 51

43 The next day Jesus wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip was from Bethsaida, the hometown of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, Joseph’s son, from Nazareth.”
46 Nathanael responded, “Can anything from Nazareth be good?” Philip said, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here is a genuine Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” 49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are God’s Son. You are the king of Israel.” 50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these! 51 I assure you that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up to heaven and down to earth on the Human One.”
Welcome Guest
Thank you for joining us in worship!
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We look forward to hearing from you and the opportunity to share how God is working through the Avondale community!
Children's Moment
Parents, read over the lesson below and use it to stir conversation as a family!
In our scripture today we read that Philip met Jesus and was so excited about meeting Him, he ran to his friend Nathanael to tell him! When Philip told Nathanael that he had met Jesus, from Nazareth and that He was the One who had had come to save them, Nathanael responded with, "but does anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip told Nathanael, "come and see!"

"Don't judge a book by it's cover!"
Have you ever heard of this saying? Do you know what it means?
Sometimes we decide, by the way a book cover looks, whether or not we want to read it. Just think all of the imaginary adventures you have missed out on by not reading a book because the cover looked "boring!"

Sometimes we do this with people as well! Just like Nathanael judged Jesus for where he was from, we look at people and judge them for what they are wearing, where they are from, how they talk and by the color of their skin. We make up our own story, without really knowing anything about them, all based on their outer cover.

God tells us through Philip, "come and see!"
The Bible teaches us we are all wonderfully made by God! This does not mean we are all the same! We know that God gives us different gifts and strengths and that we all have a different story, different likes and interests and different looks! The next time you meet someone that looks a little different from you, don't judge, go and see and listen and learn! You may learn something new and even make a new friend!

Prayer
Dear God, Help me to open my eyes, ears and heart to all of those who are different from me! Amen.

Activity
Just like all of us, every single snowflake that falls from the sky is different! Their differences don’t make any of them less beautiful than their other snowflake friends! Create a snowflake as a reminder that YOU are different AND wonderfully made!

Visit the church campus this week and search for the hidden snowflakes! How many can you find? Let us know and the person that comes the closest to the correct number hidden will receive a special prize! Email Jessica your number by Saturday, January 23!
Member Care Corner
Avondale Baby Blessing Basket

We celebrate with great joy a new addition to the Doherty family, a baby girl, expected February 19, 2021! Member Care invites you to share in Anne, Tim, Thomas and William's excitement by signing up to contribute to a Baby Blessing Basket to be delivered to the family just prior or shortly after her arrival. The sign-up includes diapers, wipes 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 February 7!
If you know of any member concerns or needs, please email Jim.

Member Directory online...
For the updated password, email Caroline .
Prayer Requests

Ed Ballard; Michael Booher; Trish Boyd; Terry Brodof; Betty Chambers; Abigail Corriher; Paula Huffines & Family; Millie Mann; Marilyn Nolan; Tim O'Neil; Privette Family; Sarah Sperry; Gail Trippodo; Lynn Wilkerson.
Mission Corner
Monday, January 18, 2021
“A day on, not a day off!”

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in celebrating and promoting the worth of every human being. In his pursuit of equal rights by nonviolent means, Dr. King encouraged diverse cultures to live together in a spirit of love, understanding and service to one another.​​" - City of Charlotte
Check out what our Avondale Youth are doing!
Looking for something you can do from home?
High School Small Group
This group has decided to work towards beautifying our city! You will find them, this afternoon, spread out through Freedom Park picking up trash!

Middle School Small Group
This group is assembling goodie bags for distribution to the homeless or those in need. They will meet outside, this afternoon and hope to assemble 24 bags. Each youth will take home two bags and hand them out when they come across someone in need!
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 2021 pledge or make a gift to the church.
Announcements
Welcome to the world!
With excitement and praise we welcome, Terry "Kent" Davis, son of Liz and Terry Davis. Mom, Dad and Kent are healthy and adjusting well to home. Kent, you have a big church family waiting to meet you and share with you the love of God!

If you are interested in delivering a meal or care package, please contact Leslie Saleeby at lesliesaleeby@bellsouth.net.
In honor of Ms. Gloria and her 22 years of service to the ACC children and families, we invite you to mail cards of love and thanksgiving, share a fond memory, or do some of her favorite things by working in your flower garden and singing with your children! Thank you Ms. Gloria for devoting 22 years of your life to Avondale and for sharing your gifts and love with children!
Every morning, Monday-Friday at 7 AM, we are joining on Zoom for a morning devotional and prayer. These last about 10 minutes with an opportunity for fellowship following. If you miss it, don't worry! A recording is available on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube! The devotional follows along with Bob Goff's, "Live in Grace Walk in Love - A 365 Day Journey." The book is not required to participate. No sign-up necessary!