Charlotte, NC

Weekly News and Prayers on November 12, 2020 

(Submission Deadline:  Noon Wednesdays to Pam at 

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SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP -- November 15, 2020 
Live-streamed at 10am from website
Readings:  Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18  and  Matthew 25:14-30
The 24th Sunday of Pentecost

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.
Any technical delays will be posted on the website under the link for worship.
Online worshippers will be included in communion
More details coming in separate eNEWS communication

 Isaiah for Everyone by John Goldingay 
All are welcome to join in
(No Sunday School 11/22 and 11/29)

To connect:  
Meeting ID: 824 6793 5162   Password: 967619

"The Bible Project"

This is a weekly video and discussion class about  various books and topics of the Bible.   Prior preparation not required.  Everyone is invited to drop in on Zoom or to participate weekly.  Upcoming topics include The Psalms, "Strength," Ephesians and the Tree of Life.

Click here to connect:
Meeting ID: 835 3346 6442      Passcode: Parlor
Study of Isaiah 
(No class on 11/18 and 11/25)

To Connect:
Meeting ID: 835 6174 4544   Password: 549160

ELCA Social Statement on Caring for Creation
(each Thursday except the 3rd Thursday of the month)

To connect:  Go to  ---  click on About Us then Member Dashboard then look for Thursday Weekly Prayer and Devotion and click Zoom link.
Contact is Carol Schierlmann

Colorful Worship is back on online for our Advent Families. These videos are made with love and we hope you enjoy bringing God into your home.  Look for these videos on our youtube channel and our website.  Enjoy by clicking the link below.  Thanks from your Spiritual Development team at Advent. 


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

Full details elsewhere in this email

Wednesdays  -- B3 Boomwackers, Bells, Beats 6:45-7:15 
Sunday, November 15 -- online worship only -- no outdoors worship
Sunday, November 15 -- Salty Sunday 4pm via Zoom grades 6-12
Sunday, November 15 --  Racial Justice groups kickoff at 4:30 via zoom
Tuesday, November 17 -- Advent Lutheran Men via Zoom
Thursday, November 19 -- Adventurers via Zoom
Thursday, November 19, 5pm-- deadline for ordering Advent wreath kits
Sunday, November 22 -- Outdoor Worship @ 10am with Communion - bring foods for food drive
Sunday, November 22 11am-1pm -- pick up wreath kits in parking lot - bring foods for food drive
Sunday, November 22 -- Church Council via Zoom at 12:45pm
Sunday, November 29 -- online worship only -- no outdoors worship

NOVEMBER 8, 2020

What a beautiful day for us to hold our first in-person worship service in exactly 8 months!!!   Thank you to all who worked to put this service together!   It was so wonderful to see some of our church family.  There were 66  fully-masked people in attendance of which 19 participated from their cars.    

If you were not able to attend, we hope you watched it livestreamed to understand why we were all so excited. The service remains available from the Advent website under Worship Service from the home screen.  Before the end of the week, it will move to the Worship and Music page under "Ways to Worship".

Plans are underway for more outside Advent activities as we go into the Advent and Christmas seasons.   Watch for details!


This year we are providing Advent Wreath Kits for our families to take home and assemble.   We will have a video on our Advent Lutheran Church - Charlotte ELCA YouTube channel with assembly instructions.  

We will have two kits to choose from.  Kits will have everything you need to bring the season of Advent into your home including instructions for linking to our YouTube channel.
Kit 1 includes: Wooden base, candles, floral green foam, greenery, and decorations. 
Kit 2 includes:  All of Kit 1 except for the WOODEN BASE (this kit would be great for those who still have their wooden base from last year)! 

You will need to sign up by November 19th 5pm to allow time for a team to assemble to kits for pick up.   

Pick up will be November 22nd from 11:00am-1:00pm in the parking lot of Advent Lutheran Church.  On this Sunday we are also conducting a food drive to replenish the supplies for the Advent Food Pantry.   If you do not attend worship on the morning of the 22nd, please bring items when you pick up your wreath kit.

Any questions please reach out to Brooke at

Advent's Lutheran Men In Mission
Monthly Meeting

Inviting all our Lutheran Men to join us on Tuesday night, November 17, 6:30 pm for our monthly meeting which will be held via Zoom.   

To join us, click on this link:
Meeting ID: 841 9150 9272    Passcode: 764884

Advent's Adventurers Group
Monthly Gathering

The Adventurers Group will have its monthly meeting via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, 1pm.   All members who find themselves available on this day/time are invited to join us for conversation, fun, and fellowship.

To join, click on this link:
 Meeting ID: 886 3255 3654     Passcode: 143012


We are about to kick off three new teams designed to engage with the congregation and the community and hope you will want to join us in these efforts.  This will occur on Sunday, November 15th, in a Zoom call at 4:30pm. Whether you have already been working in this area, or you are new and want to learn some more, you are invited to join the call.

Three teams are being formed out of responses to the survey many of you participated in earlier in the Fall.   Each team will be introduced and then each group will be sent into a zoom break-out session to set their goals.

Team Education/Worship will plan book and bible studies, seminars and worship components designed to improve our awareness of the various issues surrounding racial justice as well as the Biblical foundation for seeking justice for all.

Team Community Partnership will reach out to local churches whose congregations are predominantly people of color.  By partnering with these congregations, we can be more aware of the issues they face and seek greater understanding through interaction.

Team Civic Action will identify ways that members of Advent can get involved directly finding solutions to some of the challenges facing our brothers and sisters of color here in Charlotte.

Youth in middle and high school are welcomed and encouraged to join one of these teams.   Please let Carol Schierlmann ( know if you are planning to attend and which team you are interested in or just show up on the call! The link will be posted on the member dashboard of the website but is also given here:
Meeting ID: 897 0442 8436     Passcode: 631944

Thank you for participating in the first RLE Mission Immersion T-Shirt fundraiser.  We were able to raise $160 to support the RLE Mission program at Advent Lutheran Church.  With the proceeds we will be able to purchase 80 trees through 

Thank you for your support in making a difference in God's creation. We hope to run this fundraiser again soon! 


MeckMIN's 45th Annual
Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving
"The Truth of our Connectedness"
Tuesday, November 24th, 6:45-8pm

Hosted by Temple Beth El, the theme this year will be "The Truth of our Connectedness"  and will feature Rev. Dr. Peter Wherry as the speaker.  Rev. Dr. Peter Wherry is the Senior Pastor of Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. He is the founding moderator of the United Missionary Baptist Association, which provides leadership to 70 churches in the region, with a constituency of over 40,000 people. He is also a pioneering leader of the Forward Together Movement.  

WHERE: Broadcast Live on MeckMIN's Facebook page (Just go to facebook and type MeckMin in the search field.  Look for the event and click on it)

Note that Advent is a member of the Mecklenburg Ministries organization.  Here's a little
 information about information about the organization:

MeckMin formed in 1987.  They consider themselves not so much as a ministry but as an interfaith network of houses of faith and individuals working together to foster understanding, compassion, and justice.  The organization is comprised of Roman Catholic and protestant - both white and black, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, and Muslim.   Since its founding, MeckMin has navigated pitifalls typical of nonprofits during dynamic times which have seen our community evolve from largely Christian into an area richly diverse in culture, gender and sexual identity, religion, and more.   They have been on the front line of these changes, working to build bridges across our differences.

Indeed, they are sponsoring this year's Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service started 45 years ago in Charlotte before MeckMin was formed.   We have several Advent members very active with the organization.  From time to time, they provide information to eNEWS inviting congregational participation in events.    Hopefully, this information has peaked your interest and you will join us in these very enlightening events to expand our understanding and acceptance of differences that really aren't so different after all.
Dear Advent Family, 
Thank you for all the cards, letters, and notes for Pastor Appreciation Month in October.
Words of appreciation are always important, but I found them even more meaningful this year as we have been unable to be together in person since mid-March.  I continue to be grateful for your love and support, and I hope the feeling is mutual.
I am honored and humbled to serve as your pastor and to share in the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ together.   Many blessings,  Pastor Ward

Many thanks to those of you who have donated specific food pantry items as noted by the "Food of the Month" campaign over the years! But in recent months, feeding of the hungry has morphed into primarily keeping our "Little Free Pantry" filled. Our current projected and ongoing need is for any type of non-perishable food itemany time! 

Anyone, including our own Advent members who find themselves in need, may utilize this pantry (or contact the church office to access the inside pantry). You are welcome to place food items directly into the "Little Free Pantry" or you can continue to drop off inside the entry by the administrative offices. 

Thank you for your ongoing help in this vital Advent ministry. 


If you are interested in doing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank, at Med Assist or at Classroom Central, please contact Jim Hintz (   Jim coordinates groups of Advent folks interested in serving.    
We have lots of ways you can serve.

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: 
You may make a one-time gift through Online Giving or you may set up recurring donations which you can modify or cancel at any time.
  1. This tool allows you to use a credit card, debit card, or bank checking or savings account payment.
  2. The church does pay a small fee for payments made through cards and American Express is not permitted because their fee is too costly.   The tool asks if you'd like to add a small amount to offset our cost.
  3. You can also designate where you want your gift to go.... General Fund for operating expenses or other special fund. A number of special funds are built into the tool already but if your choice is not listed, you can choose OTHER and type the name of the fund you want to get credit. You can do multiple donations in one entry.
  4. To use this tool you can go to the Advent website ( 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.  Click here to access Online Giving now

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

All church office staff continue to work remotely.  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 twice a month on Fridays, 6pm, per the schedule below.

Upcoming dates and suggested books:

November 20 - Check in
For December 4 - "Finding Chika" by Mitch Albom
December 18 -- Check in
For January 8 - "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee
January 22 -- Check In
For February 5 - "Half Broke Horses" by Jeanette Walls
For February 19 -- Check in
For March 5 - "The Book of Longings" by Sue Monk Kidd
March 19 -- Check in

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

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

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

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


During these stressful times, it's important to take care of ourselves and our bodies in particular. Regular stretching releases stress and tension in our body. Jennie Henderson, an ACE CertifiedPersonal Trainer, is leading some stretching sessions for the Advent Family through Zoom. All skill levels are welcome. Modifications are offered. All you need is a water bottle, a chair, a space to lay down, and a resistance band/long towel.  Any questions can be directed to
Classes are currently held on Tuesdays & Fridays at 3pm.
Passcode: 382321 wdz09

Join the closed "Advent Friends" Facebook group to stay abreast of events and see photos.
Don't forget - when shopping on Amazon, access the site through and simply do all of your Amazon on-line ordering through Amazon Smile.   Amazon will donate 0.5% of what you buy to Advent - not much, but if you're shopping anyway with Amazon, why not use Smile.  Every penny will be used in service to God and His people.

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


     Your US Representative is determined by which district you live in. To find yours, use this link and key in your zip code:
     For your NC state Senator and Representative. To locate yours, go to this site and key in your full address:
     For local level leaders such as city council, county commissioners, and school board members. Here are sites at which to find such information. Mecklenburg County:       Cabarrus County:

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

Youth at Advent       

Check out the "Advent Children's Corner" 
Found on the main screen of the website
Left side under weekly devotion info
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GODLY PLAY --  Available by link on the website 
See main screen in lower left corner under the Advent Children's Corner    or
Go to Connections and select YOUTUBE VIDEOS -- Scroll to the video
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We are very excited to welcome back our online Colorful worship for our Advent Families. These videos are made with love and we hope you enjoy bringing God into your home.  Look for these videos on our youtube channel and our website.  Because of technical difficulties, we are just now getting the October 18 video available.  Enjoy by clicking the link below.  Thanks from your Spiritual Development team at Advent. 

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Zoom link to join:
Meeting ID: 843 9148 4685         Passcode: 866800

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Is your child in 4th through 7th grade?
Would they like to learn a new instrument and have some fun?
Come, join B3 -- the new Youth Band!

Meeting on Wednesday nights from 6:45-7:15pm in Orinson Hall
(Social distancing and masks required)

Contact Natalie Eklund (
Laura Torrence (


Stay up to date with youth communications!!!
Grades 6-12 are invited to join Brooke Summerour on GroupMe at
 "Advent LUTHERAN CTL 6th-12th" 
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Also we have a Advent Youth Instagram page
You can find our page on Instagram at adventluyouthctl

Prayers Requested 

Before adding someone to our prayers, please be sure you have the person's permission.  Please let us know when prayers may no longer be needed.  Names will be removed from the list after two months unless updates are received.  An asterisk (*) after a name means an update is needed.    Please contact or to provide updates.

Illness or Other Needs
Laura Angell, friend of Jennie Henderson
Ashton Family, daughter and family of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Fred Bridges, father of Michelle Hagle
Tim Caldwell, member
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Freda Christ, member 
Thomas Clement, uncle of Jennie Henderson 
Paul Coleman, friend of Advent VDC community
Carol DiRe, member
Inez Easley, mother-in-law of Harriett Easley
Charliese Eichler, sister of Marylou Kuklentz 
Mike Eleazer, father-in-law of Katherine McKittrick Eleazer
William Ensley, friend of Janet Rasmussen
Emma Fettig, member
Eileen Folkerth, mother of Susan Goerke
Jan Frick, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
MaryJo Gouge, friend of Janet Rasmussen 
Dwight Hartsell, member
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
Joan Moeller, member
Dick Moser, the uncle of Sharon Thrower 
Clyde Mullis, brother-in-law of Dwight Hartselll
Tyler Oddman, friend of Harriett Easley
Anita Ortiz, mother-in-law of Herbert & Lenore Watson's Son 
Barney Quigley, uncle of Jennie Henderson
Will Rhynes, brother-in-law of Pam Rhynes
Kalvin Roberson, member
Shannon Roberson, member
Richard Schulz, brother-in-law of Dan & Jan Otolski
Bobby Short, uncle of Caroline Bunn
Pam Simyon, daughter-in-law of Dick & Mary Lou Kuklentz
Mark Steele, brother of Jennifer Frisina
Kirby Strickland, former member
Mary Faith Strickland, former member
Bill Toney, former member
Eva Toney, mother of Bill Toney
David Townsend, friend of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Laura Tucker, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Herbert Watson, member
Tammy Whaley, friend of Ruth Refsnider
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Renaté Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace


Deaths - We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially..
Ingeborg Boggess, aunt of Toni Hagerman on October 6
Rick Modesitt, brother-in-law of Larry Brown on September 16
Benny Liles, uncle of Herbert Watson on October 31
David Clayton, cousin of Janet Rasmussen on November 9

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