Weekly News and Prayers -- October 15, 2020 edition

(Submission Deadline:  Noon Wednesdays to Pam at 

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Click here for the October 6th edition of Synod News
Includes Synod's updated guidelines for re-opening

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Outdoor worship service 
Sunday, October 18, 10am
Joint worship service between Advent and Newell Presbyterian Church
Pastor Ward and Pastor Matt Conner will both preside
Service will be held at Newell Presbyterian Church 
Located at the corner of Rocky River Road & Old Concord Road 
(address is 1500 West Rocky River Road, Charlotte 28213)
Bring your lawn chair or you may choose to sit in your car
There will be social distancing
No pre-registration is required
In the event of rain, the service will be cancelled


You may join us ONLINE thru the Advent website for a pre-recorded service 
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP 10am -- October 18, 2020 
This is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost 
Readings:  Isaiah 45:1-7  Matthew 22:15-22

Next Zoom Communion is October 25 at 10:45
Link for October 25 is:
Meeting ID: 844 5059 5049    Passcode: 274189

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.

To view all older recordings of our worship services, there are 2 ways from the Advent website:  1) select CONNECTIONS and then "YouTube Videos" from there and you can view any service back to the March time frame (or) 2) if you  want to have the bulletin as well: go to the Worship & Music tab at the top and then "Ways to Worship".  So, if you miss us at 10am on Sundays, you can still view the service.

 Isaiah for Everyone by John Goldingay
(see full information info in Repeating News below)

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

"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 (see info in Repeating News)

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

ELCA Social Statement on Caring for Creation
(each Thursday except the 3rd Thursday -- no 10/15!)

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

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

Thursday, October 15 -- Adventurers by Zoom at 1pm
Thursday, October 15 -- Early voting begins
RESCHEDULED to Saturday, October 17--  Crop Walk -- 10am in Advent parking lot
Saturday, October 17 --  Turn in your plarn balls or mats at Crop Walk
RESCHEDULED to Sunday, October 18 -- Blessing of the Animals --  3pm
Sunday, October 18 -- Salty Sunday 5pm Zoom grades 6-12
Tuesday, October 20 --  Lutheran Men in Mission via Zoom  7pm
Tuesday, October 27 -- "How to be an Antiracist" - 7pm by Zoom
Sunday, November 1 -- Salty Sunday 5pm Zoom grades 6-12
Sunday, November 1 -- Daylight Savings Time ends -- fall back an hour
Tuesday, November 3 -- Election Day!  Your vote counts!!



Please join us for the rescheduled 2020 Crop Walk on Sunday, October 17, 10am, at Advent. It's not too late to sign up!    Sign up to walk or to donate on Advent's page.  

We'd love to have you walk with the Advent group around the College Downs neighborhood at 10am on October 17. We will meet in the Advent parking lot at 10am to kick off the walk.  There will be a prize for the best "socially" distanced outfit!

We would love to have 100% participation; come join us even if it's to cheer from a street corner!    (If you can't join us on October 17 to walk, you can dedicate a time for you/your family to walk.)   For questions, contact Jennie Henderson (  Checks for sponsorship should be made out to CWS Crop and they can be mailed to the church at 8840 University City Blvd, Charlotte 28213.   Please mark the envelope to the attention of Jennie Henderson.

Please deliver all plastic bags, plarn, and crocheted mats to Advent by the Crop Walk start at 10am on Saturday, October 17th.    Thank you!!!



The Adventurers group will gather via Zoom on Thursday, October 15, 1pm.   We hope you will join us.   Zoom connection information is:
Meeting ID: 886 3255 3654   Passcode: 143012 


Advent's Lutheran Men in Mission will Zoom together on Tuesday, October at 7pm.   All men of the church are invited to join in.
Zoom connection information is:
 Meeting ID: 841 9150 9272    Password: 764884


The task force thanks you for your responses to the recent survey.   There were 130 responses received. Most respondents expressed a concern for safety when re-gathering, a willingness to wear masks and have temperature checks, and desired initial gatherings be limited in size to allow social distancing.   Outdoor worship services are an option that most would consider attending.  A more detailed analysis with official communication from Council and the Worship Board will be forthcoming.


Please refer to the October 9th communication about the results of the Faith and Race Survey.  This summary contained the following paragraph and there is now an update to that information:

The next step is to find leaders for each team, begin recruiting members of the congregation and formulate goals with a clear and detailed plan for the next 6 months.  A description of each team is below.   If you are interested in joining the work of one of these teams, please contact Pastor Ward (, Carol Schierlmann (, or Arlene Cash ( by October 16.    

The date to contact either Pastor Ward, Carol, or Arlene is now the END OF OCTOBER.


These Advent members volunteered time at Classroom Central last week.    They were organizing donated school supplies that will be given out to local school teachers. 
Jim Hintz organizes volunteer teams to serve at several different organizations.   If you are interested in receiving information from him when he is organizing a group, please drop him a note at
Thank you, folks!
From the family of Carole Johnson

Dear Advent Family,
     I wanted to send my most heartfelt thank you to all of you! I was truly touched by all the cards, hand-written notes and phone calls received from so many of you after my mother's passing. You took the time to express how much you cared about her and about our family. Carole absolutely loved Advent and her most joyous times were sitting in the church listening to all the music and seeing everyone. She appreciated those of you who took the time to share the peace with her or send a card to her at her nursing home. She saved each one and I know they brightened her day especially when the lockdown endured. Thank you for all your kindness you have shown towards her. 
     I also wanted to thank the Adventurer's Group for all the delicious food prepared and delivered to my house the day of her memorial. My family was very impressed with the outpouring of support and love. I was very glad Advent opened the doors for my family to have her memorial. It was a beautiful tribute to her life and she would have been very pleased. Thank you, Pastor Ward, and all who helped make that possible. It brought me peace knowing we could lay her to rest. 
     Our congregation has the most thoughtful, God loving, caring and inspiring people I have ever known. I look forward to seeing all your beautiful smiles once again in person.
     I pray that all of you have been able to stay healthy and well during these most difficult and very stressful times. Thank you once again for all the love and kindness you have shown us. As my mom once said, Advent is like a "slice of heaven" and I do think you all are angels walking among us.                         Sincerely, Brenda Cicenia 

"How to Be an AntiRacist"
Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 via Zoom
Meeting ID: 892 8336 0788       Passcode: 813914
Join us for a conversation about the book How to Be an Antiracist. This book also has a companion journal that could be a helpful tool in your reading and meditations about the topics in this book.
Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism re-energizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America -- but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. 

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science -- including the story of his own awakening to antiracism -- bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and re-examines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.


Did you know that Advent has a Little Free Pantry, originally funded by the City of Charlotte and sustained with funds from Thrivent Financial and the Wubben Endowment? The Little Free Pantry is located in the side yard of the Wubben-Smith house (facing Bonnie Lane).
A team of volunteers goes three or more times per week to restock the pantry. Nearly every time someone goes to restock it, they find it nearly empty. This extensive use of the pantry is a clear sign that our Advent neighbors are in need. While we collected a stockpile of items at the drive-thru food drive back in August, our supply is quickly dwindling. Rather than have another food drive, we would love to have our congregation help us keep the Little Free Pantry stocked by dropping off items directly at the Pantry at any time. The most popular items are canned meats and vegetables, soup, boxed pastas/rice, and packaged snacks/cookies. (While we appreciate the desire to provide our neighbors in need with fresh items, the pantry is not refrigerated  nor secure so it cannot sustain those types of items.)
If you are unable to put items directly in the Little Free Pantry, food donations are welcome anytime at the usual spot by the chairs in the hall near the church office, or they can be left outside the red doors but please contact Shannon Homesley ( so she can get the food inside asap.  
Thank you for your support of this ministry!

About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Early detection of breast cancer is so important.  With annual mammograms and monthly self-exams, women can be good stewards of their bodies. The American Cancer Society recommends all women should begin having yearly mammograms by age 45 to help find breast cancer at an early stage.
Be proactive!   Make a commitment to schedule your annual mammogram, now.... AND perform a breast self-exam each month.   Take care of the body God gave you!                  "Live Abundantly" Advent Health Ministry Team                                        

You are invited and encouraged to join Pastor Ward and Carol Schierlmann for an in-depth study of the Book of Isaiah which began Wednesday, October 7, at 11:45am and Sunday, October 11, at 11:00am.
We will come together as a community to dig deep into the scriptures of Isaiah. This study will run from October through April with some breaks in between for holidays. Drawing from Old Testament Scholars like Walter Brueggemann and others, we are designing a course that combines an examination of the richness of the text as well as the contemporary message that God has for us today. Don't be scared off by the time commitment! Each week, the reading will include a few pages from the Biblical text and 10-15 pages from the companion guide.
Why are we planning to spend so much time in Isaiah? As foundational text of the Bible, Isaiah is the first of the great prophetic books of the Old Testament. We have chosen the book Isaiah for Everyone by John Goldingay for the student companion reading (available on Amazon for $12.99).  This book offers a thorough interpretation of the messages of the prophet's writing to the people of Judah and Jerusalem which included a call for injustice to be recognized, a message of liberation and hope from the oppressors of the people, and a message of the coming day of judgment. These separate messages are held together by the promise of a new age of redemption and peace that lies beyond the crisis of judgment.
Our first class begins with an overview of the book and the context in which it was written. Please let Carol Schierlmann ( know which session you plan to attend so she can get you in the email list that will go out to all participants.


Nearly everyone has an insatiable desire for pasta of some variation. So, during the month of October we're going to continue asking you to bring pastas and sauce, macaroni and cheese boxes/packets, and canned pasta meals such as Beefaroni, SpaghettiOs, etc. Flip-top cans are ideal, but we'll accept any! Please set food items inside the entrance near the offices. If you do not have a means of entry, please contact Abby at abostian@carolina.rr.comregarding your donation. Thanks!

With just a few weeks until the 2020 election here is some information you may need to know:

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).

Imagine you're home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now.

Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the ELCA disaster response to the devastating wildfires, they also bring 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.
  • Derecho storm in the midwest
  • Covid-19
  • and more ....
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.


If you are interested in doing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank or at Med Assist, please contact Jim Hintz (   Jim coordinates groups of Advent folks interested in serving.    

New opportunities:
  • Volunteers Needed: NEEDS BOXES as well as volunteers to pack the boxes at warehouse and deliver groceries. Call 704-523-4333.
  • Donate Food:You can drop off non-perishable food items at the Loaves & Fishes warehouse, located at 648 Griffith Road, Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm OR shop their Amazon Wish List and have items delivered directly to their door! They are in great needof the following items: canned meats such as tuna, chicken, and salmon; canned fruits - especially no sugar added or in juice; canned pastas - Spaghetti O's, ravioli, etc; rice in 1 lb. bags; pastas such as spaghetti, elbows, etc. (For safety purposes - No Glass Please!)
We have lots more listings for opportunities to 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 every 2 weeks through October, on Fridays, 6pm.

Upcoming dates and suggested books:
October 16 - Check-in gathering (corrected date)
For November  6- "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian
For December - "Finding Chika" by Mitch Albom
For January - "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee
For February - "Half Broke Horses" by Jeanette Walls
For March - "The Book of Longings" by Sue Monk Kidd

Connection info:  Click here for zoom link to book club meeting!      Meeting ID: 854 3805 8321       Password: 388838            

If you are interested in receiving short daily prayer and devotions, please email with the name, cell phone# and email or you may sign up online at under the Prayer of the Day tab.

There are more Radical Love podcasts available.  Please take some quiet time to listen to these messages that have been created as a labor of love from your Spiritual Development and Worship Teams.  You can find a link to the podcasts on the website or you can access via ITunes or your podcast app on android phones. Feedback is welcome.  

Nurture, Support & Fellowship 

"A great way to connect with people"              "I love applying the Bible to my daily life"

NOTE:   Small groups can continue to meet using the church subscription to Zoom or to WebEx.  Contact or 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:  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.

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 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.


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

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Natalie Eklund and Laura Torrence are starting a children's band named B3.  They will meet in Orinson Hall starting October 14 from 6:45-7:15 for grades 4 through 7.  Masks and social distancing are required. 

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
Ashton Family, daughter and family of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Sheryl Belk, friend of Betsy Brown
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Anne Brown, mother of Teleah Amaker
Jamie Bruckmann, friend of Harriett Easley
Tim Caldwell, member
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Freda Christ, member 
Thomas Clement, uncle of Jennie Henderson 
Chris Cochran, member
Marie Cochran, member
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
Ann Farabee, sister of Abby Bostian
Emma Fettig, member
Eileen Folkerth, mother of Susan Goerke
Jan Frick, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
MaryJo Gouge, friend of Janet Rasmussen 
Consuella Harge, friend of Marie Cochran 
Dwight Hartsell, member
Richard Henderson, nephew of Sharon Thrower
Jeannie Jones, former Preschool teacher & friend of Marie Cochran 
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 
Nadine Osborne, daughter-in-law of Gerry & Carolyn Osborne
Dot Park, mother of Dave Park
Will Rhynes, brother-in-law of Pam Rhynes
Kalvin Roberson, member
Shannon Roberson, member
Hope Brown Russell and family, daughter of Dan & Betsy Brown
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 & family, members
Mary Faith Strickland, former member
Jake Thrower, member
Bill Toney, former member
Eva Toney, mother of Bill Toney
David Townsend, friend of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Laura Tucker, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Linda Ann Wassum, sister-in-law of Keith & Diane Wassum
Herbert Watson, member
Tammy Whaley, friend of Ruth Refsnider
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Lisa Williams, member
Renaté Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace


Deaths - We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially..
Hal Merriott, former Advent member on September 29
Myra Steele, sister-in-law of Jennifer Frisina on September 30
Michael Mason, nephew of Brenda Reid on October 3
Betty Murphy, aunt of Mona Ingolia on September 21 (service October 9)
David Grace, uncle of Jennie Henderson on October 11

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