Good Neighbor Thrift Shop 32087 Electric Blvd, Avon Lake, OH44012 Good Neighbor Thrift Shop in Avon Lake is a non-profit mission program of the Avon Lake United Church of Christ. It is…More largely staffed by volunteers and offers affordable, quality resale merchandise to shoppers. It also provides an arena for Christian giving, both for volunteers and donors. The Thrift Shop welcomes volunteers and also gratefully accepts gently used clothing, household items and small furniture.
Goodwill - Avon 825 Center Rd, Avon, OH44011 This Goodwill thrift shop offers a wide selection of gently-used apparel and footwear for men, women and children, toys,…More furniture and household items. Its inventory constantly changes so there's always something new in stock. It is part of Goodwill Industries of Lorain County and its proceeds are used for education, job training and employment services.
Avon Lake United Church of Christ (ALUCC) is one of the most active churches in the area. Founded in 1896, it is the…More oldest church in Avon Lake. It considers itself a community church and hosts a number of groups including the Avon Lake Women's Chorus, Girl Scout, Cub Scouts, music and theater groups and three weekly Alcoholics Anonymous groups.
"We think of ourselves as a caring church family – a church for people who like to think for themselves," Pastor Kelly Brill said. "We care for one another through parish nursing programs and our Stephen Ministry program. We have Christian Education opportunities for all ages. Our full-time youth director organizes year-round service and learning activities for youth in fifth - 12th grade."
Brill noted that the church's communion table is open to all.
The church offers adult education courses including book and film discussion, Bible study and support groups. It also maintains two adult vocal choirs, a bell choir, and a children's choir.
ALUCC manages the Good Neighbor Thrift Shop on the corner of Lear Road and Electric Boulevard. The long-running store, which sells quality resale items, is an outreach ministry. The church is active in hands-on mission work and helps with Haven Center homeless shelter in Lorain, St. Paul's Community Church in Ohio City and the Family Promise Interfaith Hospitality Network. It also sponsors a mission hospital in India.
The church prides itself on its members heavy involvement in the church as well as the community. In 2010, the church began construction on a new youth center, called the Buoy.