ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH
8840 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28213
704-549-1555

Weekly News and Prayers on January 14, 2021

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


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PLEASE BE SURE TO SEE THE SPECIAL ENEWS SENT ON JANUARY 13 WITH INVITATIONS TO CELEBRATE DR. KING'S LEGACY BY READING EXCERPTS FROM "LETTERS FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JAIL" AND TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ADVENT CONVERSATION ON JANUARY 18 AT 6PM VIA ZOOM.


 
WORSHIP AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP -- January 17, 2021 
Livestreamed at 10am from adventlu.org

Sermon Series by Pastor Ward:  "Jesus, Man of Mystery"


2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Readings:   I Samuel 3:1-10   and   John 1:35-51


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.
Any technical delays will be posted on the website under the link for worship.

Communion by Zoom on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10:45am
Next date:    January 24, 2021

To connect for communion between 10:30 and 10:45am:
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL - SUNDAYS 11am via ZOOM
 Isaiah for Everyone by John Goldingay 

To connect:  
Meeting ID: 824 6793 5162   Password: 967619
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MONDAYS -- DEVO 2.0
1st and 3rd Mondays -- 12 noon via Zoom
(next date is January 18)

Informal discussions on "food for thought" topics
(topic published on website each week)
All are welcome

To connect:
 Meeting ID: 863 8714 4586    Passcode: 484478
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MONDAYS -- PARLOR CLASS 7PM via Zoom

"Sermon on the Mount -- A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven"

To connect:
 Meeting ID: 863 5263 1572    Passcode: Parlor
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WEDNESDAYS --  LUNCH AND LEARN 11:45am via ZOOM
Study of Isaiah 

To Connect:
Meeting ID: 835 6174 4544   Password: 549160
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COLORFUL WORSHIP FOR FAMILIES
These videos are made with love and we hope you enjoy bringing God into your home.  Look for these videos on our YouTube channel and our website or by clicking this link:     https://youtu.be/yTYsJIwqwb0
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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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Full details of these events elsewhere in this email

Wednesdays  -- B3 Boomwackers, Bells, Beats 6:45-7:15pm (cancelled through January)
Thursday, January 14 -- Abolition:  The Impact on Housing, Mental Health, & Education at 6:30pm
Thursday, January 14 -- Racial Justice Reading Discussion Group at 7pm via Zoom
Friday, January 15 -- deadline for Spring/summer Wubben Educational award 
applications
Sunday, January 17 -- Online worship at 10am through website
Sunday, January 17 -- Salty Sundays 4-5pm
Monday, January 18 -- DEVO 2.0 at 1pm
Monday, January 18 -- 6pm Advent discussion on Dr. King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" via Zoom
Tuesday, January 19 -- LMM via Zoom at 6:30pm
Thursday, January 21 -- Adventurers via Zoom at 1pm
Sunday, January 24 -- Online worship @ 10am through website with communion at 10:45 via zoom
Sunday, January 31 -- Online worship @ 10am through website
Sunday, February 21 -- REAP - Racial Equality Action Partners at 4:30 via Zoom (normally 2nd Sunday of month)

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CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN L. KING JR.

Please see the special eNEWS sent January 13 inviting our Advent family to read some excerpts from Dr. King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail".   On January 18, at 6pm, Advent will host a zoom conversation to discuss the readings listed in the ELCA notice.

To connect to the Advent Zoom call:
Meeting ID: 854 4092 8969   Passcode: 941801
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ADVENT'S LUTHERAN MEN IN MISSION
MONTHLY MEETING VIA ZOOM
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 6:30PM

All men are invited to join our Lutheran Men for their monthly Zoom call at 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 pm.  Hope to see you there!

To Connect:
 Meeting ID: 841 9150 9272      Passcode: 764884
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ADVENTURERS MONTHLY GATHERING
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1PM VIA ZOOM

Our Adventurers group will gather via Zoom on Thursday, January 21, at 1pm.   All members and friends are invited to join us.   In recognition of Martin Luther King's birthday, Arlene Cash will bring us a wonderful presentation on Dr. King.   Hope to see you there!

To Connect:
Meeting ID: 878 5005 2658       Passcode: 462757
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YOU ARE INVITED
ABOLITION:  The Impact on Housing, Mental Health and Education

The REAP (Racial Equality Action Partners) formerly known as the Civic Action group would like to personally invite you to this C4BF (Charlotte 4 Black Futures) event this Thursday, January 14, at 6:30pm.  You must register to attend by clicking here.  


The REAP (Racial Equality Action Partners)  group meets every 2nd Sunday of the month at 4:30pm.   The next meeting is scheduled for February 21, 2021 at 4:30 (Moved from the 2nd Sunday because it falls on Valentine's Day).  You are invited to join us.

 To connect to the monthly meetings:
Meeting ID: 837 1945 4123      Passcode: 215171
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RACIAL JUSTICE READING DISCUSSION

Please join us for another Racial Justice Reading Discussion this Thursday, January 14, at 7pm. We're reading excerpts from Maurice Berger's book "White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness".  This reading group is geared toward members of Advent interested in learning how race shapes our lives and our role in white supremacy.    All are welcome to join.

Click here to access the readings in dropbox:

Here is a link to it on Google Drives: 
(the file is too large to preview but it is safe to download it.) 

If you have any problems accessing the readings, please email susanleemackey@gmail.com

To connect to the discussion group:
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DEVOTION TIME -- DEVO 2.0
 
Last week in Devotion Time, we decided to spend at least 10 minutes a day reading Mark 4:1-20 and reflecting on the garden as a metaphor for the human heart.
 
Some interesting research showed that new trees in an old forest fare better that new trees planted in a clearing. This is counter to instinct since the trees in a clearing have plenty of space and have less competition for sunlight and water. In preparation for January 18thdevotion time, let's take this one step further and discuss how our "roots" get stronger when we are in a diverse Christian community.
 
Acts 2:42-47 reads: 
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
 
This verse teaches us of the great kinship enjoyed by the congregants of the early church. There has been much talk and concern about the decline of membership in churches in America. What can we learn from this passage in Acts that could be instructive to us today in regard to the priorities of a healthy Christian community?
 
Join us Monday, January 18that 12:00 noon for a 30-minute discussion and prayer. The Zoom link is on the member dashboard.

The group is open to everyone - join us at this Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 824 6793 5162      Password: 967619

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT LAST WEEK!!!!
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MONDAY NIGHTS -- SERMON ON THE MOUNT STUDY
 
The Parlor Class will start a video and discussion study of the "Sermon on the Mount" on Monday, January 11, at 7 p.m., via Zoom.  Called "Jesus's Greatest Hits" by New Testament professor and video leader Amy-Jill Levine, she also says these passages from Matthew 5 - 7 are "inspirational teaching, amazing imagery, and provocative information."  This discussion study will continue every Monday into February.   Prior preparation is not required; however, the name of the book is Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven,written by Professor Levine, and is available on Amazon.
 
The group is open to everyone - join us at this Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 824 6793 5162      Password: 967619
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2021 GIVING ENVELOPES AVAILABLE  

Giving envelopes for 2021 for those who use them are now in church mailboxes.  Please stop by and pick up yours.  If you have no FOB, you may contact Pam at officeadm@adventlu.org to make other arrangements.
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IT'S THE NEW YEAR AND WE NEED YOUR HELP
OPERATION LUNCH AND COOKIE MAKING 
 Delivery 1/4/2021

Beginning December 1 Advent has been providing sandwiches, cookies/snacks, and fruit/fruit cups for 130+/- of our houseless neighbors at the Men's Shelter.   The need has been broken down into easy-to-work-with preparations but your help is needed to meet our commitment.   Still openings beginning February 1 and all the way through March.

Please take a look at the sign-up genius link below and commit to whatever you can provide.   Each person participating brings their items to the Advent kitchen and others make the delivery to the Men's Shelter.   

We are all blessed so we can be a blessing to others.   Won't you help?
You may also contact Caroline Grubb with questions (grubb@pipeline.com). 
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HOLD UP ON THE BAGS!!!
HELP -- CALLING ALL PLARNERS!!!!

Thank you everyone who contributes to Bags to Beds. Please hold off on any further donations of bags until we can get through these.  Need our plarners to step forward to use the bags we have! 
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ONGOING NEED:  FOOD FOR OUR LITTLE FREE PANTRY

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Our Little Free Pantry has been a big hit with our neighbors, and we
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want to be sure to keep it well-fed.    All types of non-perishable foods are needed.  You can also put food directly in the pantry which is located in the side yard of the Wubben-Smith House on Bonnie Lane or bring it to the church and put it in the admin wing area on or near the chairs.   If you have no fob into the church, contact abostian@carolina.rr.com to let her know you have food and arrange a time for you to bring it. 

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HOW YOU CAN OFFER A HELPING HAND    
                         
 WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER?
If you are interested in doing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank, at Med Assist or at Classroom Central, please contact Jim Hint

If you are interested in doing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank, at Med Assist or at Classroom Central, please contact Jim Hintz (hintzes3@aol.com).   Jim coordinates groups of Advent folks interested in serving. We have lots of ways you can serve.   Click this link to access the document with the listings                   
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HOW YOU CAN GIVE!!!
  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:  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
All church office staff continue to work remotely.  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 twice a month on Fridays, 6pm, per the schedule below.

Upcoming dates and suggested books:
January 22 -- Check In
For February 5 - "Half Broke Horses" by Jeanette Walls
For February 19 -- Check in
For March 5 - "The Book of Longings" by Sue Monk Kidd
March 19 -- Check in

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 continue to meet using the church subscriptions to Zoom.  Contact officeadm@adventlu.org or churchadministrator@adventlu.org to make your request and schedule the day/time on the church calendar.

For Men: 
The Men's Group has started reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and is meeting via Zoom. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Ward for more info.  The current schedule is 7:15 on November 9, November 23, December 8, and December 21.

Theology on Tap:  This group meets with new friends from Newell Presbyterian Church monthly to discuss contemporary topics.   Please see Pastor Ward or Carol Schierlmann with questions.

Tattoos on the Heart (formerly known as "Bible in Action"
This small group has reading and discussing Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless by Gregory Boyle. This small group is meeting on Zoom. Please contact Pastor Ward for more information.

 

FREE VIRTUAL STRETCHING CLASSES VIA ZOOM
Regular stretching releases stress and tension in our body. Jennie Henderson, an ACE CertifiedPersonal Trainer, is leading some stretching sessions for the Advent Family through Zoom. All skill levels are welcome. Modifications are offered. All you need is a water bottle, a chair, a space to lay down, and a resistance band/long towel.  Any questions can be directed to jhendersonfit@gmail.com.
 

Classes are currently held on Tuesdays & Fridays at 3pm. via Zoom.
NOTE:  the class for 1/19 will be held on 1/18 at 10am!!!
Meeting ID: 847 4089 4973     Passcode: 382321 wdz09

 
COMMUNICATE AND CONNECT THROUGH ADVENT FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK:
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 Amazon Smile.   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

 
It seems there is always a natural disaster somewhere in the world that is very tragic.  The ELCA is well known for assisting victims of hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.  The team and the funds contributed directly reach victims.  To donate at any time, make your donation payable to Advent with "ELCA disaster relief" in the memo line, and we will send your contribution in with others received.   We also typically ask the Wubben Distribution Board to match any offerings made by the congregation.

Youth at Advent       

Check out the "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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Our online Colorful worship for our Advent Families is available. These videos are made with love and we hope you enjoy bringing God into your home.  Look for these videos on our YouTube channel and our website or you may click on this link:   https://youtu.be/yTYsJIwqwb0
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4-5pm via Zoom


EVERY 1st AND 3rd SUNDAY 4-5pm
Zoom link to join:
Meeting ID: 843 9148 4685         Passcode: 866800


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B3 - BOOMWACKERS, BELLS, and BEATS!
CANCELLED THROUGH END OF JANUARY BECAUSE OF COVID!

For children 4th-7th grade who want to learn a new instrument and have some fun.
Wednesday nights 6:45-7:15pm  -- Social distancing and masks required
Contact Natalie Eklund (neklund13@gmail.comOR Laura Torrence (
 
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Stay up to date with youth communications!!!
Grades 6-12 are invited to join Brooke Summerour on GroupMe at
 "Advent LUTHERAN CTL 6th-12th" 
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ADVENT YOUTH INSTAGRAM PAGE at adventluyouthctl


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
Trevor Basilice and Faith Hunt, member & partner
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Bethann Bluder, sister-in-law of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Cannon family -- Jennifer, Toney, & Taylor -- family of Phyllis & Steve Bowers
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Paul Coleman, friend of Advent VDC community
Dallas Collins, family member of co-worker of Gloria Peters
Carol DiRe, member
Deborah Dubose, friend of Advent at Robinsdale
Inez Easley, mother-in-law of Harriett Easley
Charliese Eichler, sister of Marylou Kuklentz 
William Ensley, friend of Janet Rasmussen
Emma Fettig, member
Eileen Folkerth, mother of Susan Goerke
Jan Frick, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Jennifer Frisina, member
Herbert Goerke, father of Andy Goerke
Susan Goerke, member
MaryJo Gouge, friend of Janet Rasmussen 
Dick Kuklentz, member
Waylon Kuklentz, grandson of Dick & Marylou Kuklentz
Robert Williams Lewis, brother of Donald Williams
Ray Matthews, father of Jesse Priser
Peggy Merritt, mother-in-law of Peg Buckstad's son
Hilda Mertz, mother of Diane Jowers
Justin Mertz, nephew of Diane Jowers
Rick Messina, member
Joe Moeller, member
Moser Family -- Brad, Heather, & Lily -- cousin and family of Sharon Thrower
JL & Faith Moser, Aunt and Uncle of Sharon Thrower
Anita Ortiz, mother-in-law of Herbert & Lenore Watson's Son 
Leo Peeler, member
Pattie Quigley, mother of Jennie Henderson
Will Rhynes, brother-in-law of Pam Rhynes
Kalvin Roberson, member
Richard Schulz, brother-in-law of Dan & Jan Otolski
Pam Simyon, daughter-in-law of Dick & Mary Lou Kuklentz
Lee Stephens, son-in-law of Harriett Easley
Mary Faith Strickland, former member
David Townsend, friend of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Pat Townsend, friend of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Laura Tucker, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Herbert Watson, member
Jenny Weems, friend of Astrid McLendon
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Renate Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace


Celebrations

Deaths - We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially..
Joseph Obah, friend of Shannon Roberson on January 2
Dick Moser, uncle of Sharon Thrower on January 11
Rev. Edwin Cochran, father of Chris Cochran on January 12

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