ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH, CHARLOTTE NC
Weekly News and Prayers for August 6, 2020

(Submission Deadline:  Noon Wednesdays to Pam at Officeadm@adventlu.org) 
 


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WORSHIP AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Please join us ONLINE
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP 10am -- August 9, 2020  
10th Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings:  I Kings 19:9-18    Matthew 14:22-33
Live-streamed through the Advent website home page

To access the worship service:  
 Go to adventlu.org and then click on the link for the worship service on the home page.
Bulletin available prior to worship on the  home page of the website.
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL - SUNDAY 11am via ZOOM
"Interrupting Silence"  by Walter Brueggemann

July 26th through September 20th (No Sunday School on August 30 & September 6)
Sunday School begins at 11:30am on August 16

To connect:  Go to adventlu.org  ---  click on About Us --- Member Dashboard -- zoom links -- look for Sunday School and click there
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WEDNESDAYS --  LUNCH AND LEARN 12 noon via ZOOM
NEW OFFERINGS !!

"Tyrannical Texts" is complete!
August 12th - Faces of Faith - Judas Iscariot
August 19 & 26, September 2 -- I and II Peter
September 9 --  Another Faces of Faith - TBD
Beginning September 16 -- study of the book of Isaiah

If you are interested in participating in any of these classes and you are not already on Carol's mailing list, please contact her so she can share the necessary materials with you (spiritualdev@adventlu.org)

To connect:  Go to adventlu.org  ---  click on About Us --- Member Dashboard -- zoom links -- look for Wednesday Spiritual Development Class and click on that link.
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THURSDAY WEEKLY PRAYER AND DEVOTION at 1pm

Each week, we will have a devotion and community prayer on Thursdays.  The thought prompt for the week, as well as time for the week, will be posted on the Adventlu.org website by end of day on Wednesdays but you don't need to read ahead to join.   (When you go to the website, go to the HOME screen and scroll down to Weekly Devotion) 

To connect:  Go to adventlu.org  ---  click on About Us then Member Dashboard then Zoom links -- look for Thursday Weekly Prayer and Devotion and click
Contact is Carol Schierlmann spiritualdev@adventlu.org.
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FOR THE CHILDREN   -- "Advent Children's Corner" 
Found on the HOME screen of the adventlu.org website -- Left side under weekly devotion info
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 RADICAL LOVE ENDEAVOR PODCASTS

New podcasts continue to be added to our programming.    Be sure to check regularly for new ones.  

Listen on your phone  OR   Listen through the Advent website.
Go to adventlu.org >> Click Connections >> click Advent Podcasts 
Scroll down to the middle of the screen to to red and tan Radical Love Endeavor block.   A list of available links to our podcasts is listed.
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COMING AUGUST 30, 11am-12:30pm via Zoom
Click here for Zoom link      (Sunday School Link)
Meeting ID: 824 6793 5162     Passcode: 967619

ADVENT TOGETHER PANEL DISCUSSION:   WE ARE CALLED

"We are called to act with justice; we are called to love tenderly
We are called to serve one another; to walk humbly with God (ELW)"

The purpose of this session is to provide an opportunity for Advent members to take a deeper dive into issues of racial and social justice. The conversation will highlight two moderated panel discussions featuring some of our African American/Black members and White/Allies members. The goal is to enhance understanding of diverse perspectives, challenge assumptions, and foster meaningful connections as believers and people of faith. 

A Fishbowl approach (engaging methodology that incorporates active listening, storytelling and probing dialogue) will be used for this forum. Each panelist will explore personal connections to recent events, what's "in the ground" with respect to individual backgrounds/experiences, individual commitments to drive systemic changes in their lives, and collective commitments to foster systemic changes within the Advent community. 

The panels will be moderated by Toni Hagerman and Arlene Cash.
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ADVENT VIRTUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, FOLLOWING COMMUNION.
See eNEWS of August 1st for details
Connection info provided in August 13 eNEWS
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SUMMER BLOOD DRIVE THURSDAY AUGUST 13TH - REMINDER/SIGN-UP NOW
 
  • The Summer Blood Drive is only 1 week away, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, August 13th at Advent Lutheran Church. 
  • We need 13 more donors to fill-up all of the available slots and reach our goal.  
  • If you have already signed-up, thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • If you are not registered but plan to donate I want to encourage you to  
  • Anyone who donates at this drive will have their blood tested for coronavirus antibodies.
  • Also, you can use Rapid Pass on the day event to shorten the on-site registration process. See http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass for details.
  • If spaces are available, walk-ins will be accepted the day of the drive, but making a reservation will reduce waiting time, and avoid being turned away.
  • Please feel free to share this information with others. Anyone is welcome.
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Keith Wassum (knwassum@bellsouth.net or 704-597-1174)
  • With thousands of blood drives cancelled due to school and workplace closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for blood and platelets is critical.
  • Help us make a difference by helping someone who needs our blood donations.
 Thank you for your consideration!!!
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FOOD OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST:   YOUR CHOICE! 

Instead of selecting a special item for the month of August, Social Ministry is inviting you to give anything you want (as long as it's nonperishable)!  In conjunction with Radical Love Endeavors, we are focusing on Food Insecurity for the first week of August and will conclude with a drive-by food drive at the church on Saturday, August 8 from 10 am -12 noon. So buy what's on special at the store and bring any amount, whether a couple of cans or a whole bag, by the church to help reduce hunger. We will have people stationed to receive your food items to ensure they are taken where needed. Can't make the food drive day? Food donations will be welcome anytime at the usual spot by the chairs in the hall near the church office, or they can be left outside if you contact Esther Abdel-Hameed at esther_uae@hotmail.com. 
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STILL BIG NEED FOR GIFT CARDS!!!!
 
Every year, Social Ministry collects bookbags filled with school supplies from our member families and distributes them to foster kids who are clients with Lutheran Family Services. (We call this "Christmas in July") .  This year the process had to change because of all the virus restrictions so we chose to give each student $40 of gift cards to buy supplies.  We have a total of 50 kids so we need 100 gift cards.   As of last week we were only a little more than halfway there.     Please, if you are able and haven't given already, buy one or two or more $20 gift cards from Target or WalMart and drop them off at Advent's drive-thru food drive from 10-12 on August 8th.   If you will not be able to participate on August 8th, you can put them in the church mailboxes of Abby Bostian or Pam Isacks any time before Sunday, August 9th.  It would be helpful for planning purposes if you drop an email to abostian@carolina.rr.com or pisacks@aol.com and let one of them know you plan to purchase cards.

Thank you for any help you can give.
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C O N T I N U I N G
RADICAL LOVE ENDEAVOR MISSION IMMERSION - 
FOOD SCARCITY WEEK  AUGUST 2-8

                                   Click here to learn more!
 
Advent's commitment to the most vulnerable in our community has never been more important. The headlines are full of news of layoffs and business closings. Demand at food pantries and soup kitchens is increasing. During the week of August 2, Advent's Radical Love Endeavor is focusing on Food Insecurity and Food Scarcity.  Here are available ways remaining that you can learn more, and for opportunities to serve and participate.  
 








Food Donation Drive-thru Saturday, August 8 from 10-12:00

Gather together your non-perishable food donations and drive through the Advent parking lot to drop them off. Most needed items: canned meats such as tuna, chicken; canned pastas ( Beefaroni, spaghetti, ravioli); canned fruits and vegetables; boxed pasta, rice.  
 
Food will go to Advent food pantry, our Little Free Pantry and other local food Pantries.
 
We are trying to reach 200 lbs or 200 items.
 
While you are in the parking lot, be sure to sign up for the virtual CROP walk or make a monetary donation.
 
Come see Some of your Advent family from a distance. Wear a mask!


Feed your family for $1.39 each!
What would it be like to depend on "food stamps" for your family's groceries?  About 40 million Americans depend on the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP is given to people who make less than $27,000 a year to support a family of 3.  More than 2/3 of families who receive food assistance have children. 

We, as citizens of the USA, have decided to support families who are stretched financially by 
providing some help with their grocery bills.  Each person in the family is given $4.17 for each day by our government to purchase food. That works out to $1.39 for each person for each meal.  So, as part of the Radical Love Endeavor experience this week, here is a challenge: 

Plan a meal that you could purchase using your family's allotment of SNAP resources. That means that you plan, prepare and eat a meal that costs only $1.39 for each person. No cheating! You cannot use leftovers or items you pull out of your cupboard or freezer. Go to the grocery store and actually purchase the items for your meal. You may spend $1.39 for each person in your household on the meal.  

Take a picture of your feast! Share it, together with your menu, your challenges and surprises and on Advent's Social Media or send to Brooke at youthandmilestones@adventlu.org.  

Learn more about the SNAP program at 
https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/policy-basics-the-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap.     Note that this article is pre-COVID pandemic.  Experts believe that the COVID-19 crisis has created even more food insecurity among families. If you have time to research this, please share what you find with the rest of the Advent family so we can all learn more about hunger in our communities.


Other Radical Love Endeavor Opportunities:
Pray - our prayer of the day will focus on what it means to be fed and the call to feed others. To sign up, just go to the website and put in your email or send your request to Carol at Spiritualdev@adventlu.org.
 
Devotion - our weekly devotion will be on Thursday August 6th at 1:00 and will center on this topic. The devotion and Zoom link will be posted on the homepage of Adventlu.org by August 6th.
(Details coming soon about September's Love Your Mother Earth Week when we will focus on ways to be better stewards of Creation.)
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VOTING REMINDERS
Time is of essence if you want to vote this fall by absentee ballot.   The local newspaper reports that the Board of Elections is receiving a huge number of requests for absentee ballots so if you think you want to vote this way, you need to get your request in now.    In case you didn't know ... even if you request an absentee ballot, you can still show up and vote in person for early voting or election day.   Just don't try to vote twice!!!  

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Virtual Walk is on Sunday, October 11th, 2020.  You can sign up now to walk and start fundraising.  Go to:  https://www.crophungerwalk.org/charlottenc/Team/View/131734/Advent-Lutheran .  Please contact Jennie Henderson at jhendersonfit@gmail.com if you have any fun and exciting ideas for this year or if you want
to help!
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HOW YOU CAN OFFER A HELPING HAND   

          HELP NEEDED TO SERVE MEALS --  Houses of faith in Charlotte have been asked to sign up for a weekly slot to serve meals to previously unsheltered residents who are now living in three hotels in Mecklenburg County.  Food is provided by an outside contractor, and Roof Above is working with residents to find permanent housing.    Time slots for meal service are two people for two hours for either lunch or dinner, and we would be making a commitment for one day a week now through September.  If you are interested in participating in the meal service program, please contact Abby Bostian (abostian@carolina.rr.com) or Jim Hintz (hintzes3@aol.com).  If enough people are interested, we'll make the commitment to help and contact you about schedules.

          LOAVES AND FISHES needs help with volunteer delivery drivers for their home delivery program - Contact Danielle@loavesandfishes.org.
          FREEDOM SCHOOL PARTNERS has developed a program to ensure that much needed educational and basic resources will go directly to families.   Their R.E.S.P.O.N.S.E. (Reading and Enrichment for Scholars Plus Other Needed Supplies and Essentials) Program will occur via pop-up sites at multiple locations this summer and be supplemented by a virtual component. Sites close to Advent are Enderly Park @ QC Family Tree Houses, Hickory Grove @ The Grove Church, Hidden Valley @ Parkwood CME Church. Needs volunteers and snacks and water to distribute at sites. Contact Tommy Hudnall at tommy@freedomschoolpartners.org.
          MEDASSIST (medassist.org)provides lifesaving prescription medications, patient support, advocacy and related services to uninsured North Carolina residents.They need volunteers to help sort donations. Contact Elena at elenasepulveda@yahoo.com.
          BLOCK LOVE CHARLOTTE provides restoration, resources, education and essential tools to individuals occurring hardship in our community. Donation needs are shorts for men/women, underwear short sleeve shirts, tank tops, sneakers, work boots, new towels and washcloths. Group also provides lunch each Saturday at N. Tryon Street and Phifer Avenue.   Needs waters, gatorades, and fresh fruit. Group is listed on Amazon Smile Wish List. Donations can be sent to Block Love Charlotte, 7137 Founders Club Court, Charlotte, NC 28269. Check website blockloveclt.org
for latest updates to needs. Monetary donations can also be made through the website.
          GALILEE MINISTRIES at 3601 Central Avenue, is currently serving three home cooked, hot meals a week... Tuesday dinner from 5-6pm and Wednesday and Thursday lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm. The meals are served take-out style and are offered free to the community. Donations of any amounts make a difference in feeding our neighbors during this time of crisis. Donate through this link http://galilee.dionc.org or on the fundraiser on Galilee's facebook page https://galilee.dionc.org/Donate/donate-to-galilee.html.
          HARRISBURG FOOD PANTRY donations may be mailed to Rocky River Presbyterian, 7940 Rocky River Road, Concord NC 28075.
          ADVENT'S MINI-FOOD PANTRY continues to collect canned meat, packaged crackers, snacks, cookies, water for the Little Free Pantry and for the bags of food prepared by our young people for distribution.  If you have a fob, place food donations inside the red door near the offices.   If you do not have a fob, donations may be placed outside the red doors or contact Esther Abdel-Hameed (esther_uae@hotmail.com.
          Other agency links recommended by Mecklenburg Ministries who connect volunteers where there are needs:   CharmeckResponds.org,   ShareCharlotte.org, and  JustServe.org.                                                       
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GIVING DURING THIS TIME OF LIMITED CHURCH OPERATIONS
Any ongoing help and support will be greatly appreciated during these times  
  1. You may mail a check to the church at 8840 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28213. All offerings received will go to General Fund unless otherwise designated on the memo line.
  2. You may use bill pay through your personal bank or credit union.
  3. You may use Online Giving.   See the info below for details on using this tool. 
  4. If you have a FOB and want to bring your offering by the church, please place it on the counter near the door to Pastor Ward's office.
Using Online Giving: 
You may make a one-time gift through Online Giving or you may set up recurring donations which you can modify or cancel at any time.
  1. This tool allows you to use a credit card, debit card, or bank checking or savings account payment.
  2. The church does pay a small fee for payments made through cards and American Express is not permitted because their fee is too costly.   The tool asks if you'd like to add a small amount to offset our cost.
  3. You can also designate where you want your gift to go.... General Fund for operating expenses or other special fund. A number of special funds are built into the tool already but if your choice is not listed, you can choose OTHER and type the name of the fund you want to get credit. You can do multiple donations in one entry.
  4. To use this tool you can go to the Advent website (adventlu.org) and click on GIVE in the upper right-hand corner of the main screen, OR you can click on the icon here in this note, or you can click on the GIVE symbol that is in each weekly eNEWS.  Click here to access Online Giving now

(Remember to give to sandwiches and World Hunger --  Just add to your regular offering and mark appropriately on the memo line.)         
   

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Office closed because of the Shelter in Place mandate.  The church office normally would be open 10 hours a day, Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays.  Contact staff by email or phone as both are being monitored by staff from home.

CALENDAR REMINDER
Making plans for an event at Advent, are you the leader of a small group or ministry leader with monthly meetings?  Whatever the event or gathering  (even zoom meetings) be sure to let the church office know the date, time, and room or space.  Doing so is a big help in keeping the church online calendar current while communicating Advent activities and avoiding the possible mishap of overbooking a particular area.   Call us at 704-549-1555 or email Harriett (churchadministrator@adventlu.org) or Pam (officeadmin@adventlu.org).   Thanks, we appreciate your help.
 







Spiritual Development 

LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ?
Come and join the Advent Book Club.   WE WILL BE ZOOMING AS LONG AS NECESSARY.   See connection info below.  All are welcome. Contact  Jennie Henderson (jhendersonfit@gmail.com).   Group will be meeting every 2 weeks through October, on Fridays, 6pm.

August 7 - "Endurance:  My Year in Space" by Scott Kelly
August 21 - Book Club Check-in
September 4 - "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate
September 18 - Book Club Check-in
October 2 - "Wrong Place, Wrong Time:  Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men" by John Rich
Upcoming suggested books:
For November - "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian
For December - "Finding Chika" by Mitch Albom
For January - "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee
For February - "Half Broke Horses" by Jeanette Walls
For March - "The Book of Longings" by Sue Monk Kidd

Connection info: 
Click here for zoom link to book club meeting!      Meeting ID: 854 3805 8321       Password: 388838            

PRAYER AND MEDITATION OF THE DAY
If you are interested in receiving short daily prayer and devotions, please email spiritualdev@adventlu.org with the name, cell phone# and email or you may sign up online at www.adventlu.org under the Prayer of the Day tab.

ADVENT PODCAST UPDATE  
There are more Radical Love podcasts available.  Please take some quiet time to listen to these messages that have been created as a labor of love from your Spiritual Development and Worship Teams.  You can find a link to the podcasts on the website or you can access via ITunes or your podcast app on android phones. Feedback is welcome.  

Nurture, Support & Fellowship 

ADVENT SMALL GROUPS 
"A great way to connect with people"              "I love applying the Bible to my daily life"

NOTE:   Small groups can continue to meet using the church subscription to Zoom or to WebEx.  Contact officeadm@adventlu.org or churchadministrator@adventlu.org to make your request and schedule the day/time on the church calendar.

For men: 
What does it mean to be a man in contemporary American society?  This group meets one Tuesday night a month in the evening and will discuss current events, read books and consult the ancient texts as they seek each other's wisdom and friendship.  See Pastor Ward for more info.

Theology on Tap:  This group meets with new friends from Newell Presbyterian Church monthly at the Armored Cow Brewery in the Sam's University parking lot at 7pm to discuss contemporary topics.   Please see Pastor Ward or Carol Schierlmann with questions.

Micah 6:8 Ministry:  This group focuses on issues of racial and social justice.   They take advantage of local opportunities to learn about and advocate for social justice.   Meeting dates and times are at 7pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month.   Beginning book study of "America" Original Sin" by Jim Wallis.  Contact is Diane Wassum.

Bible in Action:  This group will study the Bible together utilizing many different platforms.    Contact is Pastor Ward. 

 
COMMUNICATE AND CONNECT: 
Join the closed "Advent Friends" Facebook group to stay abreast of events and see photos.
USE "SMILE" WHEN SHOPPING ON AMAZON.COM 
Don't forget - when shopping on Amazon, access the site through http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1182420 , and simply do all of your Amazon on-line ordering through Smile.Amazon.   Amazon will donate 0.5% of what you buy to Advent - not much, but if you're shopping anyway with Amazon, why not use Smile.  Every penny will be used in service to God and His people.

BENEFIT ADVENTURE PRESCHOOL
If you shop at Harris-Teeter, be sure your VIC card is linked to our Adventure PreSchool ...  we are group #5494.

Outreach

USING YOUR VOICE TO SHAPE LEGISLATION
     Your US Representative is determined by which district you live in. To find yours, use this link and key in your zip code:  https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.
     For your NC state Senator and Representative. To locate yours, go to this site and key in your full address:   https://www.ncleg.gov/RnR/Representation
     For local level leaders such as city council, county commissioners, and school board members. Here are sites at which to find such information. Mecklenburg County:  https://charlottechamber.com/public-policy/elected-officials-contact-information/       Cabarrus County:   https://www.cabarruscounty.us/elected-officials

 
If you wish to financially aid those devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, or other natural disasters, Lutheran Disaster Response will directly reach victims.  To donate, make your donation payable to Advent with "ELCA disaster relief" in the memo line, and we will send your contribution in with others received.   

Youth at Advent       

Check out the new "Advent Children's Corner" 
Found on the main screen of the adventlu.org website
Left side under weekly devotion info
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GODLY PLAY --  Available by link on the Adventlu.org website 
See main screen in lower left corner under the Advent Children's Corner    or
Go to Connections and select YOUTUBE VIDEOS -- Scroll to the video
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To stay "in the know" about our Youth, please join our Remind App by signing up here:


Prayers Requested 

Before adding someone to our prayers, please be sure you have the person's permission.  Please let us know when prayers may no longer be needed.  Names will be removed from the list after two months unless updates are received.  An asterisk (*) after a name means an update is needed.    Please contact officeadm@adventlu.org or churchadministrator@adventlu.org) to provide updates.

Illness or Other Needs

Josh Baker, nephew of Abby Bostian
Lindsey Baker, niece of Abby Bostian
Sheryl Belk, friend of Betsy Brown
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Freddie Bridges, mother of Michelle Hagle 
Amos Brown, former member
Tim Caldwell, member
Sharon Charity, frequent visitor
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Freda Christ, member 
Nell Clayton, aunt of Janet Rasmussen
Thomas Clement, uncle of Jennie Henderson 
Carol DiRe, member
Charliese Eichler, sister of Marylou Kuklentz 
Mike Eleazer, father-in-law of the McKittrick's daughter 
William Ensley, friend of Janet Rasmussen
Emma Fettig, member
Eileen Folkerth, mother of Susan Goerke
Amber Gazda, member
Jennifer Gazda, member  
MaryJo Gouge, friend of Janet Rasmussen 
Andrea Hankins, member
Consuella Harge, friend of Marie Cochran 
Dwight Hartsell, member
Jeannie Jones, former Preschool teacher & friend of Marie Cochran 
Jasmin Kivett, friend of Harriett Easley
Dick Kuklentz, member
Waylon Kuklentz, grandson of Dick & Marylou Kuklentz
Phyllis Lester, mother of Sharon Thrower 
Ray Matthews, father of Jesse Priser
Hilda Mertz, mother of Diane Jowers
Justin Mertz, nephew of Diane Jowers
Rick Messina, member
Dick Moser, the uncle of Sharon Thrower 
Anita Ortiz, mother-in-law of Herbert & Lenore Watson's Son 
Sabo Family, members
Richard Schulz, brother-in-law of Dan & Jan Otolski
Lori Shownes, friend of Susan Hartsell
Pam Simyon, daughter-in-law of Dick & Mary Lou Kuklentz
Myra Steele, sister-in-law of Jennifer Frisina
Kirby Strickland & family, members
Mary Faith Strickland, former member
Lindsay Thiemann & family, members
David Townsend, friend of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Dan Trabilsy, grandson by marriage of Peg Buckstad
Laura Tucker, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Harold Twitty, member
Linda Ann Wassum, sister-in-law of Keith & Diane Wassum
Herbert Watson, member
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Renaté Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace
Gerry Wisner, brother of Terry Wisner
Terry & Carol Wisner, members

Celebrations

Deaths  -- We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially ....

Bonnie Mitchell, friend of Pastor Ward, on July 18
Sharon Stancher, friend of Pastor Ward, on July 23

Always keep ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith in your prayers.  

  
For additions or updates to this listing:
Please contact Pastor Ward at ThePastor@adventlu.org, or 704-549-1555 ext. 102
or Harriett Easley at ChurchAdministrator@adventlu.org, or 704-549-1555 ext. 101 or Pam Rhynes at officeadm@adventlu.org ext 103