ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH
Charlotte, NC

Weekly News and Prayers on November 5, 2020 

(Submission Deadline:  Noon Wednesdays to Pam at Officeadm@adventlu.org) 
 


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WORSHIP AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

OUTDOOR WORSHIP LIVESTREAMED
WEATHER PERMITTING
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP -- November 8, 2020 
10am in the grassy area at the cross
(Be sure to read information in NEW NEWS below)
(Plan to arrive by 9:30)
 
Readings:  Amos 5:18-24 and Matthew 25:1-13
The 23rd Sunday of Pentecost

To access the worship service:  
 Go to adventlu.org 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.


NO COMMUNION ON NOVEMBER 8TH UNLESS THE OUTDOOR SERVICE IS CANCELLED.  IF THAT OCCURS, COMMUNION WILL BE AT 10:45 BY ZOOM 
Link for Communion if held at 10:45am on November 8:
Meeting ID: 844 5059 5049    Passcode: 274189
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL - SUNDAY 11am via ZOOM
(11:30am on November 8)
 Isaiah for Everyone by John Goldingay
All are welcome to join in

To connect:  Go to adventlu.org  ---  click on About Us --- Member Dashboard -- zoom links -- look for Sunday School and click there
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MONDAYS -- PARLOR CLASS 7PM via Zoom
"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
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WEDNESDAYS --  LUNCH AND LEARN 11:45am via ZOOM
Study of Isaiah (see info in Repeating News)

To connect: to the class:  Go to adventlu.org  ---  click on About Us --- Member Dashboard -- zoom links -- look for Wednesday Spiritual Development Class and click on that link.
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THURSDAY WEEKLY PRAYER AND DEVOTION at 1pm
ELCA Social Statement on Caring for Creation
(each Thursday except the 3rd Thursday of the month)

To connect:  Go to adventlu.org  ---  click on About Us then Member Dashboard then look for Thursday Weekly Prayer and Devotion and click Zoom link.
Contact is Carol Schierlmann spiritualdev@adventlu.org.
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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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FOR THE CHILDREN   -- "Advent Children's Corner" 
Found on the HOME screen of the adventlu.org website -- Left side under weekly devotion info
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CHURCH EVENTS 
YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!
Full details elsewhere in this email


Sunday, November 8 -- 10am Outdoor worship at Advent!  
Sunday, November 8 -- 11:30 Adult Sunday School (time change to allow for outdoor worship)
Tuesday, November 10 -- Open tables via zoom 6-7:30pm
Wednesdays  -- B3 Boomwackers, Bells, Beats 6:45-7:15 
Sunday, November 15 -- Salty Sunday 4pm via Zoom grades 6-12
Sunday, November 15 --  Racial Justice groups kickoff at 4:30 via zoom
Sunday, November 22 -- Communion via Zoom
Sunday, November 22 -- Church Council via Zoom at 12:45pm
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICE ON NOVEMBER 8TH!!

The special edition of eNEWS on October 30 contains very important information regarding the results of our recent regathering survey as well as details for our upcoming outdoor worship service.  Please make sure you read that communication prior to Sunday.  

With input from the task force, the worship board, and the pastoral staff, we have planned an outdoor worship service on Sunday, November 8 at 10:00am in the grassy area around the cross.  The service will be live-streamed at the same time, barring technical difficulties.  
 
Here is a new link to the document prepared by the Regathering Task Force pertaining to outdoor worship.    You should read this document carefully before attending.   Key requirements are listed here as well but the success of this service and possibility for more outdoor services depends on how well we are able to follow established protocol for this one.   Here is the link:  Regathering Task Force protocols for Outdoor Worship

Key components of the protocol (but please read the entire document in the link above as it gives more details):
  • Bring your own chair or plan to sit in your vehicle.
  • We will socially distance.
  • There is no pre-registration for this first service.  
  • Arrive 30 minutes early to get situated with parking and seating.
  • There will be music but no singing by the congregation.
  • Face coverings must be worn at ALL times with the exception of the worship leaders who are speaking.
  • We will not pass the peace, hug, or have any physical contact with those outside our household group.
  • If the weather is inclement on Sunday morning, a message will be posted on the Adventlu.org website by 8am.   In such a case, Pastor Ward, Annette, the lay assistant, and reader will record a service indoors that will be livestreamed, as normal.   
We are excited to have this opportunity to gather for the first time in 8 months.   In fact November 8 is exactly 8 months since our last full indoor worship service!   Safety is the concern of everyone and we want you to feel comfortable and safe to participate.
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Open Tables Invitation
Tuesday, November 10
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Via Zoom link provided to registered attendees
Join your Advent friends and make new friends as we gather together to further a sense of community with people from other faiths. If you are interested in participating, contact Shannon Homesley (shannonhomesley@gmail.com).

At Open Tables, people from participating faith communities will be placed in mixed groups to create diversity in dialogue. Each group will be given a few talking points to discuss from both a faith and humanity perspective.

Open Tables
 aims to build substantive relationships among our diverse faith communities through open conversations that cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of our different beliefs and life experiences. 
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RACIAL JUSTICE TEAMS
ARE YOU READY TO DO SOMETHING IN THE RACIAL JUSTICE ARENA?
 
We are about to kick off three new teams designed to engage with the congregation and the community.  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 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 (spiritualdev@adventlu.org) 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 adventlu.org website but is also given here:
Meeting ID: 897 0442 8436     Passcode: 631944
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THANK YOU TO ADVENT'S MEN!!!!

Yummy yummy chicken bbq meal cooked and served up by our Lutheran Men in Mission on Saturday, October 31st!!  They report that it was a complete sell-out of all they had prepared.   So far $997 has been raised for the PreSchool teachers and more donations are coming in.  Thank you, men, for all you do all the time!!!!



Halloween treat bags were distributed to cars with children in them.  Thank you to Brooke and Sharon who distributed them and to all those who donated candy!  

 
It was a great day for a BBQ!!!


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FOOD OF THE MONTH:   NO MORE!    WHAT???? 
 
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. 
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Lots of need in this country and in the world!!!

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust'"
 (Psalm 91:1-2).

If you would like to make a donation to Lutheran Disaster Response, you can make a donation to Advent either by check or through Online Giving.   Just be sure to write Disaster Response on the memo line of the check or fill it in on the OLG screen.   All offerings received for this will be sent to the ELCA and we will ask Wubben to match donations made by members.  Through September we have received $200.   In November, we will request a match from Wubben and send the funds to the ELCA.    We'd like to have even more to send!  Please consider giving today!

The ELCA disaster response to the devastating wildfires, they alsobrings God's hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by other disasters in the U.S. and around the world.  When the dust settles and the headlines change, LDR stays to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.   Currently, LDR is responding to:
Recent hurricanes, wildfires in the western U.S., the Derecho storm in the midwest, Covid-19, and more ...
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HOW YOU CAN OFFER A HELPING HAND    

WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER?
If you are interested in doing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank, at Med Assist or at Classroom Central, please contact Jim Hintz (hintzes3@aol.com).   Jim coordinates groups of Advent folks interested in serving.    
We have lots of ways you can serve.
                        
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GIVING DURING THIS TIME OF LIMITED CHURCH OPERATIONS
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 (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.  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.)         
   

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
All church office staff continue to work remotely.  Contact staff by email or phone as both are being monitored by staff from home.

CALENDAR REMINDER
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 (churchadministrator@adventlu.org) or Pam (officeadmin@adventlu.org).   Thanks, we appreciate your help.
 







Spiritual Development 

LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ?
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 (jhendersonfit@gmail.com).   Group will be meeting twice a month on Fridays, 6pm, per the schedule below.

Upcoming dates and suggested books:

For November  6- "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian
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            

PRAYER AND MEDITATION OF THE DAY
If you are interested in receiving short daily prayer and devotions, please email spiritualdev@adventlu.org with the name, cell phone# and email or you may sign up online at www.adventlu.org 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 continue to meet using the church subscriptions to Zoom.  Contact officeadm@adventlu.org or churchadministrator@adventlu.org 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.

 

FREE VIRTUAL STRETCHING CLASSES VIA ZOOM
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 jhendersonfit@gmail.com.
 
Classes are currently held on Tuesdays & Fridays at 3pm.
Passcode: 382321 wdz09

 
COMMUNICATE AND CONNECT THROUGH ADVENT FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK:
Join the closed "Advent Friends" Facebook group to stay abreast of events and see photos.
USE "SMILE" WHEN SHOPPING ON AMAZON.COM 
Don't forget - when shopping on Amazon, access the site through http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-1182420 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.

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

Outreach

USING YOUR VOICE TO SHAPE LEGISLATION
     Your US Representative is determined by which district you live in. To find yours, use this link and key in your zip code:  https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.
     For your NC state Senator and Representative. To locate yours, go to this site and key in your full address:   https://www.ncleg.gov/RnR/Representation
     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:  https://charlottechamber.com/public-policy/elected-officials-contact-information/       Cabarrus County:   https://www.cabarruscounty.us/elected-officials

 
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 adventlu.org website
Left side under weekly devotion info
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GODLY PLAY --  Available by link on the Adventlu.org 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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EVERY 1st AND 3rd SUNDAY
Zoom link to join:
Meeting ID: 843 9148 4685         Passcode: 866800

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B3 - BOOMWACKERS, BELLS, and BEATS!
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 (neklund13@gmail.com
OR
Laura Torrence (lctorrence@ctc.net)

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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 officeadm@adventlu.org or churchadministrator@adventlu.org) 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
Jan Otolski, member
Anita Ortiz, mother-in-law of Herbert & Lenore Watson's Son 
Dot Park, mother of Dave Park
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
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

Celebrations


Deaths - We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially..
Jamie Bruckman, friend of Harriett Easley on October 19
Joseph Drapala, brother-in-law of Chris Rasmussen on October 22
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

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 ThePastor@adventlu.org, or 704-549-1555 ext. 102
or Harriett Easley at ChurchAdministrator@adventlu.org, or 704-549-1555 ext. 101 or Pam Rhynes at officeadm@adventlu.org ext 103