WORSHIP AND STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Please join us ONLINE
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
10am -- June 28, 2020
4th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings: Jeremiah 28:5-9 & Mathew 10:40-42
Through the Advent website
To access the worship service:
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 Youtube.com directly. Please access the service through the link on
website instead until we can get this resolved. Thank you for your patience!)
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL - SUNDAY 11am via ZOOM
"Faces of Faith" - finishing on June 28
Coming Up in Adult Sunday School:
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 adventlu.org --- click on About Us --- Member Dashboard -- zoom links -- look for Sunday School and click there
WEDNESDAYS -- LUNCH AND LEARN 12 noon via ZOOM
"ENCOUNTERING GOD IN TYRANNICAL TEXTS"
Started June 3 --
All are welcome
(No sessions on 7/1 and 7/8)
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.
THURSDAY WEEKLY PRAYER AND DEVOTION
Thursdays at 1pm
(No sessions on 7/2 and 7/9)
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, 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
FOR THE CHILDREN --
"Advent Children's Corner"
Left side under weekly devotion info
RADICAL LOVE ENDEAVOR PODCASTS
New podcasts continue to be added to our programming. Be sure to check regularly for new ones.
Listen on your phone
Listen through the Advent website.
>> 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.
Look for prayer updates in the Prayers Requested section at the bottom of this and all eNEWS publications.
COMING THIS WEEK TO OUR ADVENT WEBSITE
Be sure to check out the new page on our website entitled "Advent's Call to Justice". This page will be up and available before the week's end!!!
This page will be updated on a regular basis so make it part of your regular routine!
HOLY LAND ADVENTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED
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.
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!
INTRODUCING MORNING CHIMES WITH TUESDAY MORNING REHEARSALS BEGINNING JUNE 30 FROM 11:00-11:30AM
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
interested in this start up group should email Annette Nolan at
ADVENT HOSTS SUMMER BLOOD DRIVE - WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
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
now to make a reservation. You can also go to the Red Cross website (
), click on GIVE
and type in
, 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
Thanks in advance for your consideration.
For questions please contact Keith Wassum (
make a difference
by helping someone who needs our blood donations
HOW YOU CAN OFFER A HELPING HAND
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 email@example.com.
prescription medications, patient support, advocacy and related services to
uninsured North Carolina residents
.They need volunteers to help sort donations. Contact Elena
BLOCK LOVE CHARLOTTE
provides restoration, resources, education and essential tools to individuals occurring hardship in our community. Donation needs are shorts for men/women, underwear short sleeve shirts, tank tops, sneakers, work boots, new towels and washcloths. Group also provides lunch each Saturday at N. Tryon Street and Phifer Avenue. Needs waters, gatorades, and fresh fruit. Group is listed on Amazon Smile Wish List. Donations can be sent to Block Love Charlotte, 7137 Founders Club Court, Charlotte, NC 28269. Check website blockloveclt.org for latest updates to needs. Monetary donations can also be made through the website.
at 3601 Central Avenue, is currently serving three home cooked, hot meals a week... Tuesday dinner from 5-6pm and Wednesday and Thursday lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm. The meals are served take-out style and are offered free to the community. Donations of any amounts make a difference in feeding our neighbors during this time of crisis. Donate through this link http://galilee.dionc.org or on the fundraiser on Galilee's facebook page
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Courageous Conversations on the 21-Day Race Equity Challenge
Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
The last few weeks, our nation has been in turmoil. It started as we watched in horror as a 46-year-old African American man died while a white police officer knelt on his neck, literally choking the life out of him. George Floyd's name was added to a growing list of senseless deaths. Fear and anxiety abound in the African American communities where so many citizens feel unsafe, unsure and overwhelmed. Allies and people of color in our community, across the US and across the globe, are standing together, speaking out and speaking up against racial injustice.
The 21-Day Race Equity Challenge offers a chance to become more educated on the complex issues related to racial justice. Whether you have already started this challenge or want to join, go to
to find resources for reading, listening or viewing. They range in time commitment from 3 minutes to a few hours so you can choose the ones that work for your schedule.
We will host 2 guided conversations on some of the topics covered in the challenge materials. Arlene Cash and Carol Schierlmann will host these discussions on June 25th at 7:00 and July 19th at 11:00. The Zoom links will be on
under the member dashboard. All are welcome for a respectful and loving discussion of how we, as a Christian community, can come together as a force for positive change.
CONGREGATIONAL DISCUSSION ON MOVIE "JUST MERCY"
Join Brooke Watson-Summerour and Carol Schierlmann on June 28th at 7:00pm on Zoom to
discuss the movie "Just Mercy". You can go to justmercyfilm.com to see all the platforms that are showing this movie for free in the month of June. This film is based on a book, so if you prefer to read, please go that route. Zoom link will be on the
website in the member dashboard section. A message from the film maker and an additional link to the author's justice initiative are below:
WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF STORY.
OUR FILM JUST MERCY, BASED ON THE LIFE WORK OF CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY BRYAN STEVENSON, IS ONE RESOURCE WE CAN HUMBLY OFFER TO THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE SYSTEMIC RACISM THAT PLAGUES OUR SOCIETY.
FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE, JUST MERCY WILL BE AVAILABLE TO RENT FOR FREE ACROSS DIGITAL PLATFORMS IN THE US.
TO ACTIVELY BE PART OF THE CHANGE OUR COUNTRY IS SO DESPERATELY SEEKING, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PAST AND THE COUNTLESS INJUSTICES THAT HAVE LED US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.
THANK YOU TO THE ARTISTS, STORYTELLERS AND ADVOCATES WHO HELPED MAKE THIS FILM HAPPEN. WATCH WITH YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ALLIES.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON BRYAN STEVENSON AND HIS WORK AT THE EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE PLEASE VISIT EJI.ORG.
INVITATION FROM ADVENT'S MICAH 6:8 (SOCIAL ADVOCACY) SMALL GROUP
Advent is honored to host a presentation entitled
"How Charlotte Got Segregated"
Hanchett is t
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
JUNE: MORE FRUIT, PLEASE!!
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.
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
GIVING DURING THIS TIME OF LIMITED CHURCH OPERATIONS
Any ongoing help and support will be greatly appreciated during these times
- 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.
- You may use bill pay through your personal bank or credit union.
- You may use Online Giving. See the info below for details on using this tool.
- 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.
- This tool allows you to use a credit card, debit card, or bank checking or savings account payment.
- 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.
- 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.
- To use this tool you can go to the Advent website (adventlu.org) and click on GIVE in the upper right-hand corner of the main screen, OR you can click on the icon here in this note, or you can click on the GIVE symbol that is in each weekly eNEWS.
(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.
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:
, 6pm - via Zoom
-- open discussion on whatever each participant is reading!
July 10, 6pm - via Zoom --"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury
PRAYER AND MEDITATION OF THE DAY
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.
ADVENT PODCAST UPDATE
There are more Radical Love podcasts available. Please take some quiet time to listen to these messages that have been created as a labor of love from your Spiritual Development and Worship Teams. You can find a link to the podcasts on the website or you can access via ITunes or your podcast app on android phones. Feedback is welcome.
Nurture, Support & Fellowship
ADVENT SMALL GROUPS
"A great way to connect with people"
"I love applying the Bible to my daily life"
NOTE: Small groups can continue to meet using the church subscription to Zoom or to WebEx. Contact 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.
COMMUNICATE AND CONNECT:
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
USE "SMILE" WHEN SHOPPING ON AMAZON.COM
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.
BENEFIT ADVENTURE PRESCHOOL
If you shop at Harris-Teeter, be sure your VIC card is linked to our Adventure PreSchool ... we are group #5494.
GIVING ENVELOPES IN THE PEWS
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.
USING YOUR VOICE TO SHAPE LEGISLATION
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"
Left side under weekly devotion info
GODLY PLAY -- 7 FACES
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.
CONTACTS: CAROL SCHIERLMANN OR BROOKE SUMMEROUR
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 (
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
Michelle Griffin, friend of Jennifer Canipe
Consuella Harge, friend of Marie Cochran
Dwight Hartsell, member
Billy Johnson, son of co-worker of Jennifer Canipe
Carole Johnson, 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
Doug Robertson, brother of Anne Brown
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
Cheri Strickland, member
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
Randy Carpenter, friend of Marc & Karla Jensen on June 16
Always keep ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith in your prayers.
For additions or updates to this listing: