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Worship – Attending worship services regularly helps you worship God instead of something or someone else.  Listening to faith-based music and attending Christian concerts helps during the days you are not attending worship services. Connect – The fourth annual Night Out, organized by Small Group Ministry, is an evening for groups of adults to enjoy time with others away from the church while children                  have a “Kids’ Night Out” at AUMC on Saturday, January 12th, from 5:00 – 8:30 pm. Register your kids or        grand kids for “Kids’ Night Out” via the church website www.avonumc.com or at the Welcome Desk. The final day for registration is January 6th. Develop – Consider setting aside a time and place to pray and read scripture each day during the New Year. If you don’t have a devotional, prayer guide, or Bible reading plan, you can use The Upper Room or Our Daily Bread daily devotional to help guide you. The devotionals are available online for FREE at UpperRoom.org and ODB.org. Printed copies can be found by the rear door of the Chapel on the back table in the Narthex for $1. YouVersion Bible App for your smartphone is another great FREE resource with reading plans and devotionals included in the app!  



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Your Faith Journey Worship – Luke 2:20 reveals that after visiting the newborn baby Messiah, “The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.” What if you began to worship God at work, at home, in the car, and at church in response to what you’ve heard and seen Him do? Connect – If you would like to get to know others at Avon UMC and have a few brief discussions about Christmas, join Pastor Rob on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am in Conference Room 1 (by the church offices on the south end of the building facing 36) for the three sessions of “Who Needs Christmas?” (12/2 – 12/16). Develop – You’re encouraged to read one chapter per day of Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection in the New Testament of the Bible from December 1st through December 24th. As you read, pray for God to reveal a word, phrase, or verse that is a message specifically for you.  



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Your Faith Journey
Worship – We hope you’ll plan to continue joining us for weekly worship services on Sunday mornings and watch online through the website at www.avonumc.com if you can’t be here.  Click “LiveStream” to watch the services live on Sunday morning, or select the “Worship Videos” tab to watch previous messages.
Connect – If you are new or newer to Avon UMC, get to know others and enjoy a FREE lunch today (9/23) at 12:00 pm in the AUMC Fellowship Hall provided by the Newcomer Team. 
Develop – We encourage you to read Chapters 28 through the “Epilogue” from the LOVE DOES book this week. You’re also encouraged to read Jesus’ conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 7:24-27. After reading, ask yourself: “Am I choosing to live as a wise or foolish person?”


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Worship – Within the 10 Commandments we find God saying, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD…On it you shall not do any work.” (Deuteronomy 5:12). Time with God will restore you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, while time spent not working provides the rest your body and mind needs. Are you regularly setting aside time for rest and restoration? If not, Labor Day weekend is a great time to start! Read more…



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Worship – Do you love God? How are you showing the Lord that you love Him? Read more…



Your Faith Journey 10

Your Faith Journey

Worship – Genesis 4 reveals that Adam and Eve’s sons brought offerings to God, which could be considered the first recorded acts of worship within the Bible. Read more…



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Your Faith Journey

 Worship – We encourage you to continue to attend Sunday morning worship services and to try listening to a Christian music radio station in your car as you drive (101.9, 97.9, or 90.5). Read more…



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Your Faith Journey
Worship – Matthew 28:16-17 reveals that when Jesus’ disciples saw their resurrected teacher, friend, Messiah, and Savior on the mountain in Galilee where he had told them to go, “they worshiped him.” Where is Jesus telling you to go? When do you feel closest to Christ? How do you respond when you’re in His presence?
Connect – You can connect with others from AUMC during the next few months by signing up for “Dinner for Six.” Simply write your name and “D6” on a Connection Card, then place the card in the offering plate or drop it off at the Welcome Desk. If you sign up you’ll be invited to meet a few others from the church for dinner to get to know them and enjoy a meal together.
Develop – Do you want a better relationship with God? Designate a daily time and place to be alone with Him praying and studying scripture. Consider reading one Psalm each day this week: Psalm 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 37, 40


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Worship – We encourage you to continue to attend Sunday morning worship services and try listening to a Christian music radio station in your car as you drive (101.9, 97.9, or 90.5).
Connect – If you don’t have a few people, another couple, or a small group of others within AUMC that you call your friends, begin praying for God to help you find them. If you do have close friends within our faith family, thank God for them.
Develop – Consider either reading the book, “3:16 – The Numbers of Hope” by Max Lucado, to unpack the significance of the most famous Bible verse, or “What On Earth Am I Here For?” by Rick Warren, to help you understand the purpose of your life. Both books are available to borrow from the AUMC library at the back of the Chapel on the “Christian Life” bookshelves. You can purchase the books from ChristianBook.com or Amazon.


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Your Faith Journey
Worship God – Read John 12:1-11 Are you willing to humble yourself as a servant of our Savior and give extravagantly to the Son of God as an act of worshiping Jesus the Christ? If not, why? Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, did.
Invest & Invite – Read John 4:4-30 Who is the person that God wants you to seek out and invest in so that you can eventually invite them to know Jesus? What step are you going to take this week, to follow Jesus’ example, to initiate an interaction with them?
Develop as a Disciple – Jesus said, “Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit…” (John 15:5b NLT) Do you see the fruit (results) of an intimate connection with Jesus within your life? If not, set aside time to be alone with Jesus each day as a helpful next step along your faith journey. During your alone time pray (talk to God) and invite Jesus to speak to you through his words and actions recorded in John chapters 15 – 21 by reading one chapter per day this week.