Weekly News and Prayers
July 23, 2020

(Submission Deadline:  Noon Wednesdays to  
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SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP  10am -- July 26, 2020  
8th Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings:  I Kings 3:5-12    Matthew 13:31-33 & 44-52
Live-streamed t hrough the 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 26th through September 20th:     "Interrupting Silence" by Walter Brueggemann
(No Sunday School on September 6)

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



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


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.

While the Church is still officially closed, we recognize that on a rare occasion a group may use Advent's facilities.  As such,  we thought it was appropriate to remind everyone that North Carolina is still in Phase 2 of Governor Cooper's re-opening plan.  That means indoor gatherings are limited to ten or less individuals.  All participants must wear masks at all times and proper social distancing should be practiced.  Hand washing and the use of the automatic hand sanitizers is a standard practice as well.  In order to facilitate any contact tracing that may be needed in the future, we are also asking that an Attendance Register be kept for all groups of 3 or more.  This should include the date of the gathering/meeting, the names of the participants, and contact information for each of the attendees.  The person who calls the meeting or in charge of the meeting should please e-mail this information soon after the gathering to the Church Office at

Advent's Regathering Task Force continues working on plans for how we can safely re-gather during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They have been meeting bi-weekly since early June and are working on establishing safety guidelines and protocols that need to be put in place prior to re-gathering.  The ever-changing data on the spread of COVID-19 is preventing us from establishing a firm date for when we can re-gather for worship.  The members of the Task Force are Chris Cochran, Rachel Eklund, Pam Isacks, Carolyn Osborne, Tony Poovey, David Park, Sandy Torrence, and Keith Wassum.  Look for more details in future editions of e-news.

Deadline extended to August 1st

Advent members have signed up to purchase 47 of the $20 gift cards for foster kids' school supplies.  We would really like to provide TWO cards apiece for the 50 kids so we need 53 additional gift cards.  Even with virtual learning, kids need supplies.  If you have not yet signed up, please do!   We need 
your help!

Step1:   Sign up on  Sign-up-genius  (or email  Pam at  if you have a problem).
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:  Write a short note to go with the bookbag if you wish and mail the note and gift-cards by August 1st.
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!

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. We are offering several ways, listed below, for the congregation to plug into this ministry.
Volunteer with Galilee Center and Second Harvest Food Bank, socially distanced and with masks. These opportunities will be during the morning hours on Tuesday, August 4 and Thursday, August 6. Mark your calendars and look for details and your chance to sign up in Enews, email and the website.
Food Donation Drive-thru Saturday, August 8 from 10-12:00. Bring non-perishable food items and drop them off in the Advent parking lot with volunteers. We will restock our pantry and donate any overflow to the Niner Food Bank at UNCC.
Crop Walk - Sign up at the Food Donation Drive-thru! Jennie will be there to get you registered and will have a basket for cash and checks as well.
On-line Poverty Simulation - you can complete this exercise with your family in 15-20 minutes. Then log in to a Zoom discussion to talk about what we learned and what we can do to regularly help those with food insecurity in Charlotte.
Dinner for $1.25 per person?  This seems impossible but it is the approximate amount that folks on government food assistance are allocated for each meal. We will be challenged to prepare a dinner for this amount and share pictures and commentary on the outcome.
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
Devotion - our weekly devotion will be on Thursday August 4th at 1:00 and will center on this topic. The devotion and Zoom link will be posted on the homepage of by August 4th.
(Details coming soon about September's Love Your Mother Earth Week when we will focus on ways to be better stewards of Creation.)


Link to Cheri's obituary which appeared in the Charlotte Observer on 7/22:



I don't get to Advent, the physical location, as often as I did before the pandemic. I had an errand that Thursday, however - I wanted to check our new Little Free Pantry in the yard at the Wubben Smith House, and I wanted to check our dwindling supplies for our  Grab and Go bags.

Little did I know that angels had been there before me.

First stop - our Pantry. It had been hard getting the small pantry going, and we had recently moved it to a more visible location. Usually when we checked, it needed a few items, perhaps a couple of cans of meat or some canned vegetables. This day, I opened the door and was shocked! The only items remaining on the four shelves were three cans of fruit, canned soup, dried beans, some pasta and a bottle of Hoisin sauce.

I was shocked. Our pantry had been found - showing both a need in the community and that we would need more food! I was worried. Esther bought food with a grant from the City of Charlotte, but $100 or so doesn't go that far. I imagined entering the red door of Advent and walking out with most of our pantry supplies to restock our Little Free Pantry.

As I got to my car, I remembered that Diane Wassum told me someone had left food on the porch at the house. I walked up the steps and saw evidence of our first angel - four boxes of food! It took me five trips to take the food from the House steps to the Little Pantry and to fill the shelves to overabundance! Around five items remained from the donated food. Thank you, Angel Number One!! Your donations were needed!
Next stop, Orinson Hall and Advent's kitchen. Again, angels arrived first. There were around 100 Grab and Go bags ready to be delivered, and in the kitchen were water, meats, fruit and chips. No note, except "for Sandwich making." Our teenagers had been hard at work, and an angel or two had arrived just in time with more bag supplies.

It was an amazing afternoon. I think God was probably shaking His head at my lack of faith. He provides.
One more angel appearance: As I left Advent, I again quickly stopped by the pantry. As I as checking the supplies one final time, a car stopped behind me. The woman called over to me and said, "Excuse me! I wanted you to know that what you are doing here is such a blessing. We appreciate you. I am going to do the same thing at my house." Another gift of love....God is at work every day!

UPDATE: Another angel visit - our pantry has a Roof! Thank you, angel Keith Wassum.
From Abby Bostian



if you have not considered joining the NC Synod's Racial Justice Network, please give strong consideration.  Cost is $25 to join. All participant fees are being matched (doubled) by the synod office.  50% of these funds will be reinvested in our communities of color as a testimony to God's work in and through these communities.  


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 .

If you haven't signed up yet, please consider it today!

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)

Virtual Walk is on Sunday, October 11th, 2020.  You can sign up now to walk and start fundraising.  Go to: .  Please contact Jennie Henderson at if you have any fun and exciting ideas for this year or if you want
to help!


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

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 ( ).   Group will be meeting every 2 weeks through October, on Fridays, 6pm.

July 24 - Book Club Check-in
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              

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
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Available by link on the  website 
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 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
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
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


The birth of a new baby boy, Rook Rockwell, to Lindsay, Andy, Zane, and Owen on July 12

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

Cheri Strickland, former member, on July 1
Betty Taylor, mother of Tim Taylor, on June 28
Pastor Sherrill Curtis, friend of Pastor Ward, on June 24
Audrey Sutphin, mother of Tim Fullmer, on July 8
Catherine Staplefoote, sister of Teleah Amaker, on July 9
Bonnie Mitchell, friend of Pastor Ward

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