Although we did not have photos taken this year, we ALWAYS enjoy a day gathered together for a large picnic! Our first thank you goes to Mission Retreat Fellowship. Thank you, MRF, for allowing us to utilize the grounds every year!
This successful year of the church picnic and our celebration of pastor Sean’s not actual birthday was smaller than usual due to some family vacations, but it only brought more unity to the people who attended! This picnic is always full of conversations and fun. We were so full of chatter that we never made it to board games this year! If you were curious, here are some activities we participate in every year: water balloon dodging games, volleyball, basketball, food and more. We always enjoy Helen’s potato salad and Sean’s strawberry rhubarb pie! This year we were provided ears of corn for the first time, thank you, Ron! We always have so many contributors, from men on the grill (Henry) to desserts (Kevin brought cheesecake bites– YUM), salads, veggie trays and more!
Thank you to everyone who contributes yearly and those who participated this year!
Avoy Christian Church invited community members to join them on Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9 to participate in a free painting event that took donations for Mission Scranton. The event almost maxed out at 28 sign ups for Friday and successfully maxed out with 32 sign ups for Saturday. This event was hosted under the instruction of @Katherine.joy.art and with the help of over 8 church volunteers!
The Paint ‘n Sip brought in community members and church folks to mingle and enjoy a fun time learning a step by step process of how to paint a landscape with a sailboat. The beverage choices were thoroughly enjoyed and every artist went home with a canvas of their work at the end of the session. Everyone who came, ranging from 6 to 88 years old, said they would love to come again.
Avoy Christian Church was thrilled with the response from the community’s interest and is planning to host another Paint ‘n Sip sometime in fall of 2022. If you couldn’t attend the first one, it is highly recommended for you come enjoy the next creative event!
Every year when Easter comes around, Pastor Sean brings the last supper to life by talking and acting through the Jewish tradition of the meal. This not only brings songs and joys and metaphors, but it also brings a delicious meal to our bellies!
Thank you to everyone who joined Avoy Christian Church for an evening of Passover! We hosted this traditional dinner to learn about how the Last Supper would have been held in Jesus’ time. It is always an eye-opening experience!
Avoy Christian Church annually has decorations up for Christmas, but the church loves to provide the opportunity for people to help put the decorations away in January! This year we had a turn out of 14 volunteers, on January 8, to help undecorate the church. The most memorable part of the party is the ugly sweaters we are encouraged to wear, and watching the ornaments go back into the box. Although it is sad to see the decorations be put in the attic, the reminder we have of Christ coming to the earth is an encouragement we remind one another. We remember that Jesus came to be present with us, and His light is within us. Together, Christ is present and working.
Avoy Christian Church finishes the evening with a meal prepared by the pastor and a few other volunteers. The group of volunteers are also fans of board games, therefore, many people tend to stay late and enjoy the company of one another over fun games!
Considering the pending storms are bringing services to be online tomorrow, (check out our facebook page here) we are thankful to enjoy some fellowship with one another beforehand. This party has proven to be an encouraging time to both people who have attended from the community, and to church members.
We hope you consider joining us for future events just like this one!
This Christmas, Avoy Christian Church set out to perform a play that was written by two members of the church. There were many hands involved in making this performance possible, and it was a success! The actors and actress’ had an overwhelmingly emotional performance that made many people reflect on the lesson taught in the play. Many of the participants ended up being the people who needed the message the most. That just goes to show that God knows what is best for all of us.
As the main character, Mike, struggles to find time for God, his family and paying the bills; Mike wishes he never existed. While insisting the world would be better off without him, a guide comes alongside him and makes this wish come true. After seeing the world without him, Mike realizes how much of a difference he can and does make in other people’s lives.
Making God our center with the first of our time, money and energy is better for us. But sometimes we stand shaking our fist at God asking “why??”. This performance led to a short message given by Pastor Sean about our priorities.