ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH
Charlotte, NC

Weekly News and Prayers on October 29, 2020 

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


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Includes Synod's updated guidelines for re-opening

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WORSHIP AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

All Saints Sunday
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP -- November 1, 2020 
Online worship at 10am
 
Readings:  Revelations 7:9-17  and  Matthew 5:1-12

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.

COMING NOVEMBER 8TH -- OUTDOOR WORSHIP AT ADVENT
WATCH FOR SPECIAL eNEWS IN NEXT SEVERAL DAYS!!



Link for Communion is:
Meeting ID: 844 5059 5049    Passcode: 274189

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.
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL - SUNDAY 11am via ZOOM
 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



Saturday, October 31 -- 4-7pm Annual LMM Barbecue (drive-thru only
Sunday, November 1 -- Salty Sunday 4pm Zoom grades 6-12
Sunday, November 1 -- Daylight Savings Time ends -- fall back an hour
Tuesday, November 3 -- Election Day!  Your vote counts!!
Sunday, November 8 -- 10am Outdoor worship at Advent!
Sunday, November 15 -- Salty Sunday 4pm Zoom grades 6-12
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THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31!!!!
ANNUAL LUTHERAN MEN FALL BARBEQUE
(if you pre-ordered, it would be helpful if you arrive between 4-5pm)

Our Advent Lutheran Men will be hosting their Annual Fall Barbeque on Saturday, October 31st from 4 to 7 PM.  We will be serving BBQ Chicken, our famous BBQ Beans, Slaw, Chips and a Pickle by the Plate, Family Pack or in Bulk. The BBQ will be Free Will Donations.  

This year the BBQ will be TAKE-OUT ONLY, delivered to your car in the drive-thru line by our LMM servers.    A menu will be provided at the entrance from which to make your selection and servers will provide your completed order.  Please enter from Mark Twain (beside the church) to form a line and cars will exit onto Sandburg (behind the church).

The menu is as follows with suggested free-will donation:
Plates:                               $6.00
Family Pack:                   $20.00
Bulk:      as shown
Chicken quarter (white or dark)
Cup BBQ beans (hot or regular)
Cup Slaw
Small bag of chips
¼ pickle
Full chicken
Quart BBQ Beans (hot or regular)
Pint of Slaw
4 small bags chips
Whole pickle
Full chicken   $6.00
BBQ (hot or regular)
-         Quart   $4.00
-         Pint      $2.00
-         Cup     $1.00
Pint of slaw     $1.00

You may pre-order if you wish by sending an email to rmckitt@bellsouth.net.

Proceeds from the BBQ will be used to aid the APS staff members who have been impacted by loss of income as a result of the continued shutdown of our PreSchool.

Please invite all your friends, neighbors and family to join in on our delicious barbeque.

Halloween candy treat bags will be distributed to cars with children as they come through the line!
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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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Tuesday, November 3, is election day.  Please vote.
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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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Dear Advent Family,
Here is a recording of the outdoor community worship service from Sunday, October 18, held at Newell Presbyterian Church. The service begins at the 16:00 minute mark. You can fast forward through the opening set up.
 
I've received a lot of positive feedback and there is an interest in having an outside worship service at Advent. I think we have a small window in November to give this a go. I do not want to overcommit; however, I will discuss with others this week and we will make a decision. If we do decide to hold an outdoor worship service, a November date will be announced.
 
Thank you for your ongoing faithfulness and for the partnership we share in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.    
 
 
Blessings, Pastor Ward
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EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ADVENT'S ONLINE WORSHIP ...  AND A FEW THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WANTED TO KNOW!!!

Pam and Harriett have put together a handy tutorial that may be of benefit to you in accessing our online worship services and Zoom communions along with explanations of many of the features available for both.    To access and print this tutorial, click on this link.  If you have no printer and want a hardcopy of the tutorial, contact Pam at officeadm@adventlu.org and a copy will be mailed to your home address.    

We hope you will find this helpful.    If you still need help, please let Pam or Harriett know and we will arrange for someone to come work with you individually.   We want everyone to be able to easily get to our online worship services and communion opportunities.
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         THANK YOU!

VIRTUAL CROP WALK 2020
 
Thank you to everyone who has walked and donated so far for 2020.  Your support has been overwhelming! We had a goal of $7500 and have already raised $9270. Your continued support is heart-warming.  Donations can still be made through December 1. You can donate online: Advent Lutheran CROP Walk or mail a check/cash to Jennie Henderson (email jhendersonfit@gmail.com for the address).
 
As you know, we postponed the walk on October 11 due to rain. But, the wonderful thing about the virtual crop walk is that we can walk whenever or wherever we want. So it's not too late to join us. Just go for a walk (3-4 miles) and ask friends and family to sponsor you. 
 
A group of 7 met at Advent on October 17 and walked 3 miles around College Downs. Many more walkers have sent in pictures from their walks from all over (South Carolina to Indiana). Please send pictures to Jennie if you go for a CROP Walk. 
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NINER UNITED CAMPUS MINISTRY

 
How wonderful to see so many young people worshipping on Wednesday nights on our grass at the cross.   Niner United is sponsoring these services.   Our Regathering Task Force has given permission for these events with 50 or less participants who are masked.    
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REGATHERING TASK FORCE UPDATE -- October 14, 2020

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.
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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 can continue to meet using the church subscription to Zoom or to WebEx.  Contact officeadm@adventlu.org or churchadministrator@adventlu.org 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.
 

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:
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 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.

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
Sheryl Belk, friend of Betsy Brown
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Tim Caldwell, member
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Freda Christ, member 
Brenda Cicenia, 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
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 
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
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..
David Grace, uncle of Jennie Henderson on October 11
Tyrone Brunson, brother of Chris Jackson on October 12
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

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