May 29, 2022
In-person and Online at 10 AM
Rev. Jim Ewing
"Above and Beyond"

Acts 16: 16 - 34

16 One day as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a female slave who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 18 She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. 19 But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. 20 When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men, these Jews, are disturbing our city 21 and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us, being Romans, to adopt or observe.” 22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23 After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 24 Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.
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God our shelter, hold us under the shadow of your wings as we bow before you in grief and pain. We pray for each family who has lost a beloved child, a parent, a friend; we pray for those who have witnessed horror, and are wounded in body or spirit, for each of them is a child made in your image. We pray for ourselves, that we will find strength to support the brokenhearted, grace to find our way in the darkness of grief, anger and loss; light to sense your presence, even in the valley of the shadow of death. Restore our hopes, our hearts, even as we weep with grief and tremble with anger. Fill us, your wounded, willing people, with a peace that passes understanding, the courage to nurture healing and hope, and the willingness to bear the Christ light, even in these days of shadow. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
-Rev. Laurie Kraus
Associate Mission Director of Compassion, Peace and Justice of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The Presbyterian Church (USA) and its predecessor bodies have addressed gun violence through the actions of many General Assemblies in the last fifty years. Using the link below you can learn the history of this work and find many resources for personal and small group studies.
Happy 92nd Birthday Betty Boyd!
Monday, May 30th
Help Betty celebrate her birthday with cards of love and care from Avondale!

Betty Boyd
5100 Sharon Road 168W
Charlotte, NC 28210
Prayer Requests

Allman Family; Hannah Caddell; Laurie Caudle; Sallie Chumley; Louise Ron Crossley; Jozsef Eyer; Sue Haag; Anthony Higgs; James Higgs; Stewart Jernigan; Kim Kirk; Charity Liutai; Wendy McCreery; Drew Milholland; Tim O'Neil; Ulli Otto; Rita Outland; Tina Sanderson; Gail Trippodo; David Waller; Courtney Williams & Family; Tina Wilson; Barbara Witzel.
Please do not hesitate to request prayers from Avondale for the joys or concerns on your heart. We encourage you to let us know of any sickness, crisis, or situation where we can provide support or care. You may contact Rev. Jim Ewing directly or complete the prayer request form using this link.

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ACE Summer Update

ACE Summer Camps will be held on Avondale’s campus June 21 through Aug 5, Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM. ACE is seeking Avondale volunteers to share their hobbies or interests with campers, especially in the 6th - to 12th grade age group. Car repairs, woodworking, art, etc....please contact Stefanie Mitchell if interested to share your hobby! 

The ACE Summer Showcase will be August 5 at Mulberry Baptist Church. Volunteer to help set-up, serve, clean-up, etc. More details to follow.
ACE Ministry also needs volunteers to drive the Avondale bus. To volunteer or inquire, contact Stefanie Mitchell.
Find out more about Kids Café, ACE Summer Camp, updates on Camp Grier scholarships and ways you can get involved with the ACE ministry at Avondale!
Lunches for the Homeless

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If you have any questions or need assistance with your gift offering, please do not hesitate to contact Leah Hackworth, church Financial Coordinator.
Avondale Job Opening!
Do you know anyone fabulous and qualified? Please read the Nursery Job Description here and PASS IT ON!
Children's Ministry Updates

The nursery is open during worship and Sunday school, 9:45 AM to 12 PM for children ages 3 and under. If you would prefer, we invite you to take your child to the Joyful Noise Room in the children's Sunday school wing. Not sure where that is? Ask a greeter or any Avondaler!

In the Family Life Center you will find a table for children with worship activity bags, Bibles, nursery information and upcoming events for children. We invite you to use the activities and bags during worship if you would like! They are filled with coloring pages, stickers, sensory and fidget toys for busy minds and bodies!
Children's Sunday School
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Please bring your child to worship where they will participate in the service for the first 20 minutes. Following the children's moment they will be invited to join their Sunday School teacher in walking over to the classrooms. There they will enjoy a lesson, games and snacks. Following worship, you may pick your child up in the classroom building.
Vacation Bible School
Registration Open Now!
Music Ministry
Our Music Ministry will soon go on summer break. Consider joining our Music Ministry this fall! Instruments, choir, band, handbells.... speak with Rich Stanley for details. We give thanks for all who contribute their time and talents as we rejoice in the Lord.
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Mask Update from the Session

Sunday, March 13, the Session approved the recommendation made by the COVID Safety Task Force to follow the changes in mask mandates set forth by Mecklenburg County, dropping the required indoor face coverings. The Session continues to encourage face coverings during indoor gatherings and asks that you follow CDC guidelines regarding self-screening and quarantine periods should you contract or be exposed to COVID-19.
Avondale Presbyterian
2821 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: 704-333-6194