WORSHIP AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Please join us ONLINE thru the Advent website
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP 10am -- October 11, 2020
Communion October 11, 2020 at 10:45am via Zoom
This is the 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Readings: Isaiah 25:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14
Zoom link for communion on 10/11/20 at 10:45 is:
Meeting ID: 844 5059 5049 Passcode: 274189
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.
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.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL - SUNDAY 11am via ZOOM
Isaiah for Everyone by John Goldingay starting October 11th
(see full information info in Repeating News below)
To connect: Go to adventlu.org --- click on About Us --- Member Dashboard -- zoom links -- look for Sunday School and click there
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
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.
THURSDAY WEEKLY PRAYER AND DEVOTION at 1pm
ELCA Social Statement on Caring for Creation
(each Thursday except the 3rd Thursday)
(Full details in New News below)
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.
FOR THE CHILDREN -- "Advent Children's Corner"
Found on the HOME screen of the adventlu.org
website -- Left side under weekly devotion info
YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!
Full details elsewhere in this email
Sunday, October 11 -- Communion at 10:45 by Zoom
Sunday, October 11 -- Crop Walk -- 1:45 in Advent parking lot
Sunday, October 11 -- Turn in your plarn balls or mats at Crop Walk
Thursday, October 15 -- Early voting begins
RESCHEDULED to Sunday, October 18 -- Blessing of the Animals -- 3pm
Sunday, October 18 -- Salty Sunday 5pm Zoom grades 6-12
Tuesday, October 27 -- "How to be an Antiracist" - 7pm by Zoom
October 31 -- last day to do the Census!
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!!
OCTOBER 11, 2020
Last Minute Details!
We'd love to have you walk with the Advent group around the College Downs neighborhood at 2:00 pm on October 11. We will meet in the Advent parking lot at 1:45 pm to kick off the walk. At this time there's a possibility of rain on Sunday. The situation will be evaluated on Saturday afternoon and if there's a need to postpone the event, all walkers will be notified by email by Jennie so watch your mail on Saturday afternoon/evening. 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 11 to walk, you can dedicate a time for you/your family to walk.) For questions, contact Jennie Henderson (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
GOD'S WORK , OUR HANDS 2020
MAKING PLARN, CROCHETING BEDS
October 11 is due date!!!!!
For GWOH this year, some of our Advent members are making as much "Plarn" as we can before October 11, rolling it into giant balls and crocheting plarn into mats to give to people who are unhoused and sleeping on the streets.
Please deliver all plastic bags, plarn, and crocheted mats to Advent by the Crop Walk start at 2pm on Sunday, October 11th. Thank you!!!
RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 18, 3PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 3PM
FOR THE ADVENT COMMUNITY ONLY
NEW BOOK STUDY BY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR IBRAM X KENDI
"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.
SUPPORTING ADVENT'S LITTLE FREE PANTRY
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 (email@example.com) so she can get the food inside asap.
Thank you for your support of this ministry!
KICK-OFF OF RADICAL LOVE ENDEAVOR CREATION CARE AND GOD'S WORK OUR HANDS
On Saturday, October 3, a small but mighty Advent group helped with the Catawba Riversweep, kicking off our Radical Love Endeavor Creation Care and Gods Work Our Hands week. Thank you to these caring folks ... Pam Isack, Don and Toni Hagerman, Caroline and Steve Grubb, Carol, Jack, and Haley Schierlmann.
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
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
ATRIUM HEALTH MOBILE CORONAVIRUS SCREENING CENTERS
FROM ADVENT'S HEALTH MINISTRY FOR YOUR INFORMATION
If you are interested in see dates and locations for mobile Covid-19 testing for October 8 and 9th,
NEW STUDY FOR
THURSDAY WEEKLY PRAYER AND DEVOTION
1PM BY ZOOM
Join us to read, study and discuss the
ELCA Social Statement on Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice.
Using the guide provided, we will read the statement one section at a time, read Bible verses, pray and think about how we care be better stewards for God's Creation. We will be challenged to think of ways we can do better in our personal lives as well as corporately here at Advent. Both the Social Statement and the Study Guide will be on the home page at www.adventlu.org.
BOOK OF ISAIAH BIBLE STUDY
You are invited and encouraged to join Pastor Ward and Carol Schierlmann for an in-depth study of the Book of Isaiah beginning 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) know which session you plan to attend so she can get you in the email list that will go out to all participants.
OCTOBER FOOD ITEM: PASTA TIME CONTINUES!
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 email@example.com your donation. Thanks!
OPPORTUNITY FROM MECKLENBURG MINISTRIES
Advent is a member of Mecklenburg Ministries, a local organization comprised of many different faiths. Diane Wassum is our representative. They have sent to us an opportunity for members to sign up for a discussion entitled "Important Life Conversations: Are you having Them?" Families should be proactively having important life conversations throughout the birth-death continuum, especially critical to the safe, dignified and joyful aging of parents. Does your faith tradition impact your decisions. Lorrie Klemons of Klemons Health Care Consulting will be leading this seminar on October 15 at 12:30pm. Register by clicking on this link
VOTING 2020: LAST-MINUTE DETAILS!!
With just a few weeks until the 2020 election here is some information you may need to know:
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE
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'"
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
- 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.
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 or at Med Assist, please contact Jim Hintz (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Jim coordinates groups of Advent folks interested in serving.
Heart Math has continued to tutor virtually and they are looking for volunteers. If interested please contact Emily Gaffney at email@example.com
International House needs volunteers to work with ESL students in K-3rd grade at Briarwood Elementary in a Rising Readers program. Weekly visits provide the students with food, educational materials, community resources, and technical support. If interested, please contact Alma Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Augustine Literacy Project offers an opportunity to learn more about becoming a tutor for this school year. You may register at www.alpcharlotte.org/register.
Christian Responders, a ministry of St. Matthew Catholic Church and Matthews Methodist Church have joined forces to collect furniture and supplies for Hurricane Sally survivors who lost everything in the storm. They need used furniture, appliances, and kitchen and bath items. To donate, email Joe George at email@example.com
or call 704-906-0784.
We have lots more listings for opportunities to serve.
GIVING DURING THIS TIME OF LIMITED CHURCH OPERATIONS
Any ongoing help and support will be greatly appreciated during these times
- You may mail a check to the church at 8840 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28213. All offerings received will go to General Fund unless otherwise designated on the memo line.
- You may use bill pay through your personal bank or credit union.
- You may use Online Giving. See the info below for details on using this tool.
- If you have a FOB and want to bring your offering by the church, please place it on the counter near the door to Pastor Ward's office.
Using Online Giving:
You may make a one-time gift through Online Giving or you may set up recurring donations which you can modify or cancel at any time.
- This tool allows you to use a credit card, debit card, or bank checking or savings account payment.
- The church does pay a small fee for payments made through cards and American Express is not permitted because their fee is too costly. The tool asks if you'd like to add a small amount to offset our cost.
- You can also designate where you want your gift to go.... General Fund for operating expenses or other special fund. A number of special funds are built into the tool already but if your choice is not listed, you can choose OTHER and type the name of the fund you want to get credit. You can do multiple donations in one entry.
- To use this tool you can go to the Advent website (adventlu.org) and click on GIVE in the upper right-hand corner of the main screen, OR you can click on the icon here in this note, or you can click on the GIVE symbol that is in each weekly eNEWS. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Pam (email@example.com). Thanks, we appreciate your help.
Come and join the Advent Book Club. WE WILL BE ZOOMING AS LONG AS NECESSARY. See connection info below. All are welcome. Contact Jennie Henderson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Group will be meeting every 2 weeks through October, on Fridays, 6pm.
Upcoming suggested books:
October 26 - Check-in gathering
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
PRAYER AND MEDITATION OF THE DAY
If you are interested in receiving short daily prayer and devotions, please email email@example.com 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"
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.
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.
USING YOUR VOICE TO SHAPE LEGISLATION
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"
Left side under weekly devotion info
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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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EVERY 1st AND 3rd SUNDAY
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 the first week of October on Wednesdays from 6:45-7:15 for grades 4 through 7. Masks and social distancing is 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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
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
Antonio Estrella, former member of Advent
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
Elaine Slattum, member
Mark Steele, brother of Jennifer Frisina
Kirby Strickland & family, members
Mary Faith Strickland, former member
Jake Thrower, member
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
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Lisa Williams, member
Renaté Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace
Jeff Woods, uncle of Carol Schierlmann
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
Always keep ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith in your prayers.
For additions or updates to this listing: