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11 23 16 Weekly Event Update

posted Nov 23, 2016, 12:35 PM by Kathy Smith   [ updated Jun 15, 2017, 5:47 PM by Dianne R ]

This update includes the following articles:

             Pastor’s Thanksgiving Message

             Worship Volunteers – November 27th

             Stewardship Sunday

             Women’s Circle – November 29th

             Christmas Pageant Sign-up

             Outreach Opportunities

                        The Gifts of Thanks Tree for Gifts of Love


                        Gifts of Love

             First Friday Dinner – December 2nd

             Heifer Farm Holiday Open House – December 3rd & 4th

             ACC Presents – The Greenwoods Consort – December 9th

             Order Your Christmas Poinsettia by December 4th

Dear friends,

As we look toward another Thanksgiving Day in which we are thankful and remember our nation’s native residents who poured out kindness and generosity on a group of hungry, frightened and battered refugees who showed up on a leaky boat, without legal status or invitation, may we too be inspired today to be generous and kind to all who we meet on our journeys in this great land of ours.  God Bless America and God bless all of you.

Pastor Donna


Worship Volunteers – Sunday, November 27th

            Worship Support – Dick Lytle

            Ushers – Jennie Boswell & Nora Howard

            Lay Reader – Gail Alvord

            Hospitality – Charles & Virginia Condon

            Trustee – Beth Ferrari



You should have received a letter with a pledge card.  If you have not received the mailing and need a pledge card, forms are available in the church office or on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Place your pledge cards in the offering plate on Sunday. Thank you!

 Women’s Circle Resumes on November 29th

Women's Circle, formerly Tuesday Crafters, will meet in Fellowship Hall from 10 a.m. to noon on November 29th. BYO lunch. We work on our own projects or just enjoy fellowship and good conversation. Projects range from origami to knitting to adult coloring books to creating greeting cards to working on quilts, anything you want. All are welcome!


Christmas Pageant Sign-Up

If you would like your child(ren) to participate in the Christmas Pageant on December 18th this year, please notify Jenny Egan at jenny@alumni.nd.edu or 860-287-5946 no later than November 27th. We will need to have your child(ren) attend rehearsals on December 4th and 11th. Please note the date change from the Christian Education Booklet which had the pageant on the 11th.

 Outreach Opportunities

The Gift of Thanks Tree for Gifts of Love is in fellowship hall full of Christmas gift tags for you to select. Please return the gift (with the tag attached) to the church office by December 1st. No wrapping is needed.

 Ring-a Ling - Outreach Ministries will again be hosting a bell ringing day for Salvation Army at the Avon Walmart on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am-7 pm.  There are one hour slots available to cover this super easy job.  The funds raised help the Hartford Salvation Army and local town agencies.  Please consider giving up an hour of your day to help others.  A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the office.

 Gifts of Love, First Sunday Collection – The Outreach Ministry is changing the way we collect food for the Gifts of Love food pantry.  On the first Sunday of each month, non-perishable items will be collected in the sanctuary in the marked baskets.  Please note that Gifts of Love is currently in need of hearty soups, chili and breakfast cereals.  Thank you!

 First Friday Dinner for December 2, 2016

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A festive Roast Pork served with rice pilaf, butternut squash, applesauce, plus a Dessert Buffet with lots of holiday treats and beverages kicks off the holiday season in a savory way! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on December 2, 2016 at Avon Congregational Church.

 A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to the Heifer International “Gift Ark” project. A Gift Ark donation goes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas to help end hunger, poverty and hopelessness by providing animals, training and encouragement.

 Dine in or take out. The last few dinners have been sell outs! Come experience what everyone is talking about. “A great home cooked meal, warm ambiance, while supporting a good cause”.



  Avon Congregational Church Presents

The Greenwoods Consort - A Renaissance Christmas Concert

A multi-media presentation for the whole family

                  Friday, December 9th-7:00 p.m.

Avon Congregational Church, Avon CT

6 West Main Street (corner of Rte 44 & 10)

The Greenwoods Consort is a group of musicians dedicated to performing the great music of the Renaissance.  Dressed in period clothing, the musicians and singers perform madrigals by composers such as Thomas Tallis and Antoine Brumel.

Free-will donation.  Reception to follow. 

Please join us!

musicdirector@avon-church.org               www.avon-church.org


Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

Would you like to provide a plant (or plants) to grace our sanctuary for Christmas? It is a wonderful way to remember or honor someone special to you. Please fill out the order form below and return to the Church Office no later than noon on Sunday, December 4th.

Each plant costs $10; include check or cash for the full amount with the order form.  Make checks payable to:  Avon Congregational Church.

 The flowers you are ordering on this form may be taken home by donors following the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service or no later than Wednesday, December 28th.

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 Name and short message (as you would like it in the program):


Number of plants:                       Red  _____ White  _____

Amount enclosed:  $__________

Given by:                                ____________________________________________

The flowers you are ordering on this form may be taken home by donors following the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service and no later than Wednesday, December 28th.