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On Sunday, June 28, 2020, the Advent Church Council adopted the following resolutions which we would like to share with you:


Please join us ONLINE
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP  10am -- July 5, 2020  
Followed by Communion through Zoom at 10:45am
5th Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings:  Zechariah 9:9-12 & Matthew 11:16-19 & 25-30
Live-streamed t hrough the Advent website home page

Join Zoom Meeting for Communion at 10:45 (you may join after 10:30)
Link also available on Advent website home page

To access the worship service:  
 Go to 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.

(We apologize for the difficulties some are experiencing trying to connect to worship via directly.   Please access the service through the link on website instead until we can get this resolved.   Thank you for your patience!)

"Interrupting Silence" - Starts July 26th

Coming Up in Adult Sunday School:
July 19th:  Discussion led by Arlene Cash and Carol Schierlmann on the 21-Day Race Equity Challenge.  Resources can be found at --   Join even if you have not reviewed any of the resources.  A video will be used for the class.
July 26th through September 20th:     "Interrupting Silence" by Walter Brueggemann
(No Sunday School on July 5, July 12, September 6)

To connect:  Go to  ---  click on About Us --- Member Dashboard -- zoom links -- look for Sunday School and click there


(No sessions on 7/1 and 7/8)

To connect:  Go to   ---  click on About Us --- Member Dashboard -- zoom links -- look for Wednesday Spiritual Development Class and click on that link.

(No sessions on 7/2 and 7/9)

E ach 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 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  ---  click on About Us then Member Dashboard then Zoom links -- look for Thursday Weekly Prayer and Devotion and click

If you have a devotion you would like to share with the community, email Carol Schierlmann at 

FOR THE CHILDREN   --  "Advent Children's Corner" 
Found on the HOME screen of the website --  Left side under weekly devotion info


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 >> 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.


Advent is honored to host this presentation which will be brought to us by Tom Hanchett who is the retired staff historian for Levine Museum of the New South and author of "Sorting out theNew South City, Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975".  His presentation is so vital in today's environment.   This event was originally planned to be a "Lunch and Learn" but because of the limitations brought about by this pandemic, will be offered through a Zoom event.

Please mark your calendars now so you can join us for what promises to be a very enlightening conversation.

Date/Time:   Sunday, July 12, at 2:00 pm
Meeting ID: 854 2331 4226     Password: 673411

RSVP requested but not required to


Yes, we just focused on meat a few months ago. But food pantries - including our new Little Free Pantry - always need canned meat. Please bring canned chicken, pork, corned beef, beef stew, beefaroni, and Vienna sausages. Cans or packets of tuna, salmon, and sardines are also welcome. Pop-tops are good but not required. Place donations inside the red door entry near offices if possible; otherwise, place outside the red doors but please follow up by contacting Esther Abdel-Hameed at .


Normally, during July/August, our congregational members would be asked to take the name of one of the 50 foster children from the Christmas tree at Advent, purchase school supplies to fill a backpack and return it for delivery to Lutheran Services  This year our school supplies drive will have to be done differently, thanks to the Coronavirus.   

The bookbags have already been purchased thanks to a Wubben award.  Rather than filling the bag, we would like to send the foster parents $40 in gift cards for purchasing supplies and we invite you to write a short note to go along with the bookbag to the student when delivered. Here's how it works: 
Step1:   Sign up on Sign-up-genius  
Step 2:  Buy 1-5 $20-gift-cards online or in person from Target or Walmart; if you have participated in the past,  
you know what you typically spend (buy physical cards, not e-cards, please!)  
Step 3:   W rite a short note to go with the bookbag if you wish and mail the note and gift-cards by July 26
Pam Isacks
9029 JM Keynes Dr.  #62
Charlotte NC  28262

Not as much fun as back-to-school shopping but just as helpful to foster parents that must be so grateful to have school resume!     

Have you wished you could provide a financial gift to an outreach organization you support, especially during these difficult times? 
Advent's Wubben Distribution Board is accepting applications for outreach awards for many ministries which are important to you.  Recent awards have included the purchase of backpacks for foster children with Lutheran Family Services, St. Jude's in honor of Waylon Kuklentz, a Chili Dinner match to fund Room in the Inn, our sandwich-making ministry, Niner United, Loaves and Fishes, Galilee Ministries, mission support and many others.
The Wubben Outreach Award Fund was established in 2010 as a result of a generous endowment from Dr. Bill Wubben, a long-time Advent member and Professor of Economics at the University of N.C. at Charlotte.   The Endowment also provides funding for Spiritual Development activities, including college scholarships, educational opportunities,  special programming and other ministries. 
Since its inception ten years ago, the Wubben Endowment has provided roughly $600,000 to support  Outreach and Spiritual Development, and with good investment management, is still near the original amount given by Bill Wubben.  Funds are allocated annually for distribution, and funds are still readily available this calendar year.

Using the Wubben Outreach Award is a good way to get a two-for-one deal!   You can make a contribution to a particular agency and request an outreach award as well.  If you do this, please be sure to put on your application for the Wubben award that this is a matching gift request.  Note that it is NOT required that you make a donation.  We are just sharing this little tip.
All active and confirmed members of Advent are eligible to request an award.   The Outreach application and additional information is available through the website. Go to ABOUT US, select Member Dashboard, scroll way down the page to the square entitled Wubben downloads. You will find the Outreach application there as well as the guidelines for the awards.   Applications should be emailed to the current chairperson of the Wubben Distribution Board , Jon Eklund, at  Jon and another board member, Debbie Poovey, will serve through the end of July.   Serving with them are Steve Grubb, Jeff Hibbeler and Peter Christ.   Thanks also to members of our Wubben Investment Board which manages the fund. Currently those people are Andrea Hankins, Wayne Miller, and Erik Slattum.


This summer our youth program is supporting Camp Agape as we do Camp in-a-box in lieu of our annual VBS program.  This is a family activity full of devotions, crafts, outdoor activities and also includes a t-shirt. We will have a DRIVE-THRU Lemonade Stand Pick- up on July 19th at 1:30 in the Advent parking lot. Many of you have been contacted already. However, this is open to Grandparents of kiddos as well. 

Please let Carol ( or Brooke ( know by if you would like to participate. We already have 10 excited little campers!



Be sure to check out the new page on our website entitled "Advent's Call to Justice".   Click on the link on the left side of the website's home screen.    This page will be updated on a regular basis so make it part of your regular routine!


After considering the uncertainty of travel during the fall and winter because of COVID-19, it has been decided to postpone the Holy Land pilgrimage until early 2022. We hope you will talk about this adventure during the postponement and make plans to join us in 2022.

ADVANCED BELLS  has restarted with Thursday rehearsals from 6:30-7:15PM!   We still have ONE RINGER POSITION open, so if you have bell experience and are comfortable with both music reading and bell ringing within a group, please email Annette Nolan at  for more information.  We would love to have you join us!
( Optional bag lunch fellowship afterward).
Would you like to be part of an entirely new musical group for the summer?  Currently, we have TWO CHIMER POSITIONS open with no experience necessary and would love to have you join our chime group.     We have a lovely three octave set of chimes, just waiting for your participation!  Chiming really  is fun to do and also easy!  Any teen/adul t interested in this start up group should email Annette Nolan at .  

As you may know, during this pandemic the demand for blood is as high as ever, and because there have many cancellations of blood drives, there is a shortage of blood.  To help out, Advent is teaming up with the Red Cross and UNC Charlotte to host a summer blood drive in Orinson Fellowship Hall from 10am to 3pm on Thursday, August 13th.  Because UNCC is not scheduling any events in their space at this time Advent has stepped up to serve as a host for this blood drive.   Now all we need is for anyone who can donate to step up and schedule an appointment.  Many have asked what can we do during the pandemic, and here is an opportunity for those who are able and willing to donate blood. 
The Red Cross has established enhanced blood donation protocols to ensure the safety of donors, staff, and volunteers including temperature checks, masks, distancing, and cleaning.  Also, shortages due to canceled blood drives have prompted the American Red Cross  to offer to test donations for coronavirus antibodies for anyone who donates.  The antibody tests, authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will be performed on samples taken during donation, and results should be available within seven to 10 days.   Click here for information about the antibodies testing.  
If you plan to participate in this important drive, I want to encourage you to click here now to make a reservation.  You can also go to the Red Cross website  (, click on GIVE  BLOOD, and type in UNCC, which is the sponsor code for this drive, and proceed to register from there.   Walk-in donations will be welcomed too, of course, but a reserved time shortens the wait and helps our host better plan for the number of donors.    Also, you can use Rapid Pass on the day of the event to shorten the on-site registration process. See  for details.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.    For questions please contact Keith Wassum (  or 704-597-1174).   Help us  make a difference  by helping someone who needs our blood donations .
You can hold the power to save lives in the palm of your hand with the  FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App! .Text "BLOODAPP" to 90999 or download it from the  App StoreSM  or the  Google PlayTM store today! (You can click on any of those links to go to the websites)


LOAVES AND FISHES needs help with volunteer delivery drivers for their home delivery program - Contact 

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

MEDASSIST  ( 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

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
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 or on the fundraiser on Galilee's facebook page

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 (

Other agency links recommended by Mecklenburg Ministries who connect volunteers where there are needs: , , and .                                                            

This year's CROP Hunger Walk is more important than ever! The entire world has been impacted by COVID-19 and Church World Services is here to help! 

This year's walk will be a little different. It will be a Virtual Walk on Sunday, October 11th, 2020. That does *not* mean a walk on your computer! It means that everyone will still walk...  just not all together on a charted course!  Still working on ideas of how to make sure that we all feel connected that day so expect updates soon. 

In the meantime, the website is set up to sign up and start fundraising now.  Go to 

If you have any fun and exciting ideas for this year, or if you want to help, please contact Jennie Henderson at
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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:
  1. 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.
  2. This tool allows you to use a credit card, debit card, or bank checking or savings account payment.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To use this tool you can go to the Advent website ( 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.  

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


Office closed because of the Shelter in Place mandate.  T he 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.

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 ( or Pam  ( ).    Thanks, we appreciate your help.

Spiritual Development 

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 ( ).   Two upcoming sessions:  

July 10, 6pm - via Zoom --"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

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

If you are interested in receiving short daily prayer and devotions, please email  with the name, cell phone# and email or you may sign up online at under the Prayer of the Day tab.

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 

"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 the church office 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 (new name for Social Justice group):  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. 

Join the closed "Advent Friends" Facebook group to stay abreast of events and see photos.

If you would like to receive occasional important Advent news via text message on your phone, please text 'Advent' to 96362 or scan the QR code on the notices posted around the building. 
(Please note:  you must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the program.  You may receive up to five (5) text messages per month for which you may be charged by your mobile phone carrier.  You may opt out of this service at any time by texting 'stop' to 96362 or by emailing

Don't forget - when shopping on Amazon, access the site through , 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.

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

Advent appreciates all gifts, but we also want to give credit where credit is due! If you give cash using the blank envelopes in the pews or if you drop offerings by the church, please put your name on the envelope so we can properly record your donation. If you want part or all of your gift to go to any special fund other than the General Fund, please note that on the envelope also.

Your US Representative is determined by which district you live in. To find yours, use this link and key in your zip code:
The same goes for your NC state Senator and Representative. To locate yours, go to this site and key in your full address:

Some may prefer contacting local level leaders such as city council, county commissioners, and school board members. Here are sites at which to find such information. Mecklenburg County:

In our world of constant turmoil, we as Lutherans may be assisted in our mission to follow Christ by studying the ELCA's guidance on "Addressing Social Concerns".

As Scripture teaches, faith is active in love, and love calls for justice in the relationships and structures of society. Our grateful response to God's love and grace motivates us to live lives that demonstrate our responsibility for the well-being of society, communities and the environment.

In response to the ELCA call for working for social justice our Advent Social Ministry Board is expanding our mission to more intentionally support our congregation and our community in addressing social justice issues.  We now have a small group dedicated to that initiative called Micah 6:8.   If you are interested in getting regular updates on what's going on with social ministry/social justice initiatives in our church and in our community please join our AAA Google Group (Advent Advocacy Activities). You can join the Google Group by contacting Shannon Homesley at .

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

Youth at Advent         

Check out the new "Advent Children's Corner" 
Found on the main screen of the website
Left side under weekly devotion info

Available by link on the  website 
Go to Connections and select YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Scroll to the video

To stay "in the know" about our Youth, please join our new 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 the church office with updates ( or

Illness or Other Needs

Josh Baker, nephew of Abby Bostian
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Freddie Bridges, mother of Michelle Hagle 
Amos Brown, former member
Tim Caldwell, member
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Freda Christ, member 
Thomas Clement, uncle of Jennie Henderson
Daryl Creswell, brother-in-law of Bobbi Larson
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
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 
Dick Kuklentz, member
Waylon Kuklentz, grandson of Dick & Marylou Kuklentz
Bobbi Larson, member *
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
Ward Misenheimer, Pastor and member
Dick Moser, the uncle of Sharon Thrower 
Anita Ortiz, mother-in-law of Herbert & Lenore Watson's Son *
Richard Schulz, brother-in-law of Dan & Jan Otolski
Schwarzer family, family of Tanya DeGrace 
Lori Shownes, friend of Susan Hartsell
Pam Simyon, daughter-in-law of Dick & Mary Lou Kuklentz
Myra Steele, sister-in-law of Jennifer Frisina
Mary Faith Strickland, member
Laura Tucker, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Harold Twitty, member
Connie Van Brunt, mother of Ayisha McMillan-Cravotta
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
Mandy Lee Worley, daughter-in-law of Don & Joyce Veit


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

Carole Johnson, member & mother of Brenda Cicenia, on June 25
Cheri Strickland, member, on July 1

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, or 704-549-1555 ext. 102
or Harriett Easley at , or 704-549-1555 ext. 101 or Pam Rhynes at ext 103