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Please join us ONLINE
10am -- June 14, 2020  
2nd Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings:  Exodus 19:2-8a & Matthew 9:35-10:8
Through the Advent website and You-Tube

To access the worship service:  
1.  Go to and click on the link for the worship service on the home page.
Bulletin available prior to worship on the website.
2.  Click this link to take you to the YouTube channel for Advent without going to the website (bulletin available only on website)


All are welcome!

"Faces of Faith" 
This devotion-based study on some of the lesser-known stories of the Bible that have shaped our faith continues.    There are many heroes of the faith, people we admire and wish to be like. However, there are even more ordinary people of faith -- those doing what they can with what they have to make a difference.  We are about half-way through the series but you are still invited to join us.  We are using visual art and prompts for reflection as we hope to dig deep into the worlds of these characters, entering their stories with curiosity and openness to what they might teach us.

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



Started June 3 --  All are welcome

This is a study in which we struggle together with some of the biblical references to women and how we are to interpret them in a faithful manner. To be clear, this is not a women's study - Pastor Ward is planning to join us as well. The description of the book is below. Like any book, we are prepared, as students, to hear the voice of the author and then wrestle with it to our own conclusions. 

The Bible includes any number of texts that have proved to be profoundly problematic; among them are Pauline texts that have circumscribed the lives and ministries of women throughout Christian history. What are people who honor Scripture to do with such texts, and what does it mean to speak of biblical authority in their presence? In "Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts", Frances Taylor Gench provides strategies for engaging such texts with integrity- that is, without dismissing them, whitewashing them, or acquiescing to them-and as potential sources of edification for the church.

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

Thursdays 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 website by end of day on Wednesdays but you don't need to read ahead to join.   (When you go to the website, scroll down on the home screen 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 main 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
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.

Our prayer list will continue to be updated and prayers shared in the Sunday morning recordings.
Please send any new requests to either Pastor Ward ( or to Pam Rhynes (
Look for prayer updates in the Prayers Requested section at the bottom of this and all eNEWS publications.


By Abby Bostian
Co-chair of Social Ministry

My husband Phil made the delivery, not necessarily enthusiastically, but quite willingly.

With COVID-19, Advent's nearly 50-year ministry of sandwich-making became impossible as a result of both egg and bread shortages, and because we didn't want to risk health issues. We tried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but peanut butter was as hard to find as eggs.

Social Ministry Board members, our sandwich leaders, and the mostly teenage sandwich crew finally discovered the idea of "Grab and Go Bags," lunches which could be distributed to unhoused neighbors at Urban Ministry.

These gallon Ziploc bags, containing basic food, could be picked up and taken outside or back to our neighbors' tents to be eaten. It wasn't fine dining, but the Vienna sausage, canned peaches, chips and a dessert eased the hunger pangs.    A $500 grant from ELCA World Hunger provided the initial funds for the bags, which we called "Sandwiches and More."     And now we were making the first delivery of 150 plastic gallon-sized lunch bags to the "Urb."

Phil pulled into Urban Ministry off College Street and saw a sea of tents and blue tarps, the home for way too many people. He was astounded at the number of people milling around, waiting for food. While he was waiting for pickup assistance from the kitchen, hungry guys came over to check out the bags, even pointing at one bag and saying, "I want that one" - I'm pretty sure it had Oreo cookies!

The bags were quickly unloaded and Phil called me as he headed home, shocked and touched by the tremendous need, a need made even greater by COVID-19.

Yes, Advent provided 150 lunches that Saturday morning - and we have donated around 700 more bags since.   For that one delivery, our Toyota Highlander was filled with plastic bags. Emily Hebert led a group of teens who spent hours sorting food and making bags (see previous eNEWS article with photos on that).   Social Ministry made numerous senior hours shopping trips, and YOU gave generously through our sandwich making fund!   Thank you!

However, the Urb (now called Roof Above) serves 300 meals every day from that center, and 700 including its other campuses.   The need is so great - and we made only a dent.

We will keep making bags until we can make sandwiches again.   The time will likely come when we'll smell eggs in Orinson Hall on Tuesday afternoons. Until then, thank you for your generosity and for your support.   God is certainly at work through our hands.   

(Want to help?   Donations to the sandwich fund are always welcome as that provides the funds to make the purchases of items to go in the bags!   Donations of SINGLE-SERVE canned meat, fruit cups, chips or similar carbs, packs of bottled water, zip-lock gallon bags are welcome as well.  Bring them to the kitchen or you can put them on the chairs inside the double red doors in the office area.    Want to help make purchases and/or deliver?   Contact Abby or Esther Abdel-Hameed.) 


Advent is so pleased and honored to recognize these members of our Advent family who received their diplomas for graduate, associate, and undergraduate degrees earlier this spring!  What a wonderful achievement and milestone this is for you and we are so happy that we are a part of your lives.  May your future be full of happiness and success!

                                                 Congratulations to:

Mia McLain - Undergraduate Degree
McCormick Grubb - Undergraduate Degree
Maddi Sabo - Undergraduate Degree
Courtney Gadza - 2-year Undergraduate Degree
Noah DeGrace - Undergraduate Degree
Nicholas Ruggiero - Undergraduate Degree
Nick Slattum - Master's Degree
Karli Baumann Hahn - Master's Degree
Carol Schierlmann - Master's degree

Ooops...  we missed these last year but nevertheless are so very proud of them!
Josh Moe
                                                         Jon Moe
                                                          Ben Dodson

(If anyone who graduated this spring or last spring is not listed here, please contact Brooke Summerour (


(When you turn 95, you deserve more than a day's worth of celebration!)

The Peeler family has asked that the following information be shared with Leo's Advent family:

Dear Advent Friends,
Words cannot express our gratitude for your participation in the ride by birthday celebration for my dad on Sunday, May 31. The next day he wanted me to sit with him and make a list of all the people we remembered coming by. It happened so quickly and he wanted to savor every moment. My dad especially loved what he called a crazy quilt-just like the ones my grandmother used to make. It is a perfect reminder of his wonderful celebration. Thank you church for loving my dad. 
          Leo, Donnell and the Peeler family


We're baaaack! This ensemble is open to every ringer, regardless of skill level. No prior experience Please email Annette at if you would like more information about this bell group or interested in substituting.
This ensemble is open only to those with bell experience who are comfortable with both music reading and bell ringing with groups. If you would like to be a part of this ensemble, please email Annette at for more information.
Would you like to be part of an entirely new musical group for the summer? We have a lovely three octave set of chimes, just waiting for your participation! Any teen/adult interested in this start up group should email Annette at with their availability and questions. Day and time TBD.    Let's talk (and then chime)!!!

Looking for a short term musical diversion for your family?  Consider joining our new startup family chime group open to all ages and meeting only for the month of July. No experience necessary! Parent/Guardian/Teenager must accompany any chimer under the age of 12. Day and time to be determined according to participant availability! Email Annette at for more information!


Advent received this unique thank-you card from Watchmen of  the Streets.  It's a little hard to read but a quote from Mother Teresa is above the photos.    The quote reads " Intense love does not measure. It just gives."  

Watchmen is a local organization which provides hands-on and material support to those in the homeless community.   Advent's Social Ministry Board made a donation to Watchmen, using funds from Thrivent Choice, to assist our unhoused neighbors during the Coronavirus pandemic.   We also provided them with toiletries to distribute to people who need them.

In Case You Missed it Before!!


For the month of June, we are extending the request for packs of individual fruit cups of peaches, applesauce, pineapple, and fruit cocktail. The marvelous teens who formerly made egg salad sandwiches each week are still putting together "grab & go" bags for Urban Ministry, now known as Roof Above. Thanks for your efforts in caring for the hungry, even when church is not in session. Items may be dropped off in the kitchen or left on the chairs just inside the office entrance of the church (through the double red doors).

Thank you for your efforts in caring for the hungry.    


Advent is honored to host a presentation entitled

"How Charlotte Got Segregated"

Tom  Hanchett is t he retired staff historian for Levine Museum of the New South and author of "Sorting out the New 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


At our Advent worship services, we normally pass the hat (really a basket shaped like a hat) on the first Sunday of the month for World Hunger and on the third Sunday of the month for sandwich making.     We have not had the opportunity to do that for almost 3 months now.    Some donations have continued to come in but not at the same pace as what they are when we are actually in the sanctuary.    Thank you to those who have sent in offerings for both of these (and some gave very generously for sandwiches when we were striving for the ELCA $500 match).   

Just a reminder that if you would like to donate to either or both of these ministries each month, just add the offering to your regular checks that you mail to the church.   Be sure to indicate on the memo line how much of your offering is intended to which fund.    Both World Hunger and Sandwiches are options available when using the Online Giving tool. as well.    Your donations to World Hunger will help feed the hungry throughout the world and donations to Sandwiches help provide supplies for the PB&J sandwiches that are now being made and supplies for the grab-and-go bags being prepared by our youth and Social Ministry.      

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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Graduation from high school is a huge event for students after 13 years of non-stop school.   Sadly, the 2020 class will miss out on many of the usual events accompanying graduation so this year we are adding some additional ways we are honoring and lifting up Advent's graduating seniors.

Our seniors will be honored during each Sunday's worship service.  So far, we have honored Callie Thrower, Allyssa Schrader, Ella Grace Misenheimer, Trevor Gazda, Emily Hebert, Cornelius Black.  This will continue through the remainder of the 8 seniors.

Our 2020 high-school seniors are:
Ella Grace Misenheimer              Callie Thrower
Trevor Gazda                               Desiree Hall                        
Cornelius Black                            Emily Hebert
Allyssa Schrader                          Cole Vincent

We also want to honor our graduates with showers of love from the congregation.  This is open to the entire congregation.    See below for recommendations but you are free to honor them as you so wish.    If you need addresses for the students, please contact Brooke at

Please p ray over our graduates as they enter into the next phase of their lives.
Cards are always welcome!   If you need addresses, reach out to Brooke or contact Pam.


We're excited to invite you to a special Holy Land ADVENTure, January 19-29, 2021!

Journey into the stories of our faith, walking where Jesus walked, boating along the Sea of Galilee, quietly sitting   where crowds listened to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The itinerary is outlined in  this brochure, but you'll be amazed at how the story of faith will come alive in new and exciting ways.

Please contact Esther Abdel-Hameed,, for more information or to let her know you're interested.   You are also invited to talk to former pilgrims, who traveled to the Holy Land in 2019: Pastor Ward, Jim Hintz, Susan and Dwight Hartsell, Sonya and Dale Tyson, Natalie Eklund, and Chris Connelly.

We hope you will join us.

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.  

Social Ministry has provided a document with a number of ways we can serve our neighbors during this "Stay At Home" time of Coronavirus. 

Instructions for making face masks is available but the file is too large to post here.   If you would like the instructions, please send a request  to


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 ( ). 

June 12, 6pm - via Zoom    --  open discussion on whatever each participant is reading!

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:


Vacation Bible School 2020
Sadly, plans for the in-house VBS program scheduled for August have been cancelled to protect the safety of our youth and leaders.  Spiritual Development is working on a take-home curriculum to be used every Wednesday of the month of July based on Sparkhouse ReNew VBS curriculum.  More information to follow in the next couple of weeks.


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 
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Freda Christ, member 
Thomas Clement, uncle of Jennie Henderson
Daryl Creswell, brother-in-law of Bobbi Larson
Carol DiRe, member
Harriett Easley, Advent staff 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
Jennifer Gazda, member  
MaryJo Gouge, friend of Janet Rasmussen 
Michelle Griffin, friend of Jennifer Canipe 
Consuella Harge, friend of Marie Cochran 
Dwight Hartsell, member
Billy Johnson, son of co-worker of Jennifer Canipe 
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
Doug Robertson, brother of Anne Brown 
Richard Schulz, brother-in-law of Dan & Jan Otolski
Schwarzer family, family of Tanya DeGrace 
Pam Simyon, daughter-in-law of Dick & Mary Lou Kuklentz
Myra Steele, sister-in-law of Jennifer Frisina
Wylee Stephens, grandson of Harriett & Darrell Easley
Cheri Strickland, member 
Mary Faith Strickland, member
Dale Trabilsy, grandson by marriage of Peg Buckstad 
Laura Tucker, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Harold Twitty, member
Connie Van Brunt, mother of Ayisha McMillan-Cravotta
Herbert Watson, member
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Renaté Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace
Gerry Wisner, brother of Terry Wisner


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

Jon Furr, extended family of Dot Furr on May 26

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