8840 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28213
Weekly News and Prayers on April 15, 2021
(Submission Deadline: Noon Wednesdays to Pam at
Each Sunday through May 30 we will worship outdoors
See details below

OUTDOOR WORSHIP -- Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 10am
Service will be livestreamed at
(In case of rain, service available through online only)

3rd Sunday of Easter --- Readings are Acts 3:12-19 and Luke 24:36b-48

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.

NEW NEWS ADDED 4/15/2021 (shown in BLUE below)
For each of the Sundays in April and May, outdoor worship will be held at 10am weather permitting and will be livestreamed from our website. If weather necessitates the cancellation of the outdoor service, only an online worship service will be available. Additionally, if weather forces cancellation of the outdoor service, a notice will be placed on the Advent website by 8am on Sunday. 
For 4/18 we have made the decision to have the service on the asphalt to give more shade. Note that the direction of seating will change so that chairs face the building.  The worship team will face University City Blvd.  Please line up your chair with one of the burgundy chairs down the center of the area and be sure to space yourself away from the closest people.
In order to make this happen, we will close off that section of the parking lot at some point during the weekend (to prevent cars being left in the lot on Sunday morning from unauthorized parking overnight).  If you come to the church before Sunday and the lot is closed off, please park at the kitchen and come in that door or plan to park on the parking lot side near the woods.   The only entrance that will be open on Sunday morning will be in the rear of the church.
Here are some OTHER  important tips for our outdoor services. Please review so that you will have all necessary information.
·       Masks are required at all times except during the time we celebrate Holy Communion. NO EXCEPTIONS!  Please be sure to return your mask to the proper place as soon as you finish Communion.
·       Social distancing is also required. Families should spread out from other families. No hugging, please.
·       If the service is cancelled because of weather, a notice will be published on the website by 8am on the day of worship.
·       Please enter the church from the rear (across from the Wubben-Smith House) or if you wish, you may park on the grass behind the church. At any rate, you must pass by someone who can write down your name(s) and distribute bulletins and communion kits to you.
·       Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to service start time. This gives time to park and get situated with your chairs.
·       Bring your chairs; however, if you forget or don't have one, we will have some red ones available.
·       Those who wish to stay in their car for the service will be able to tune in to FM station 91.1 to hear the service better. Those cars will park facing the SEATING AREA.  There is room for only 7 vehicles so others will have to be further back. Please do not park in any of the spaces inside the cones unless you're planning to stay in your car.
·       Family names will be taken upon entrance. This is for the purpose of contact tracing.
·       Dress comfortably for warm weather.
·       There will be a table with an offering box for those who wish to bring offerings to the services.  There will also be some extra bulletins and communion kits on the table.
·       We will continue to have special musicians and vocalists who will maintain a safe distance from the gathering when they are singing.
·       With outdoor services, there are always more challenges to getting the livestreamed service started. Please be patient. If you are watching from home and there are delays, it may be necessary for you to close out your browser and go back into the church website to access the service. Please be sure to try this if you're having problems after 10am.
We look forward to seeing you during these upcoming weeks!


Study of the book of Mark - lead by Pastor Ward and Carol Schierlmann

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

12 noon via Zoom on these scheduled dates:  April 19; May 3
 Discussion of "LOVE IS THE WAY " by Bishop Michael Curry

To connect:
 Meeting ID: 863 8714 4586   Passcode: 484478

"Justice or Just Us?" -- discussion and videos
All are invited to participate!

To connect:
 Meeting ID: 853 1322 3733 Passcode: 405710

Study of the book of Mark - lead by Pastor Ward and Carol Schierlmann

To Connect:
Meeting ID: 828 0443 8239   Passcode: 043459


We offer Godly Play and other videos to our families with children. They are made with love and we hope you enjoy sharing a close time with God and your family through these offerings right in your own home. 
You can access these videos in several ways: 1) From the home screen of the website in the lower left side; 2) from the Advent Lutheran Church Charlotte ELCA YouTube channel; 3) or by clicking directly on this link:

Full details of these events elsewhere in this email

Wednesdays -- B3 Boomwackers, Bells, Beats 6:45-7:15pm
Thursday, April 15 -- 1pm Adventurers via Zoom
Sunday, April 18 -- Sunday worship 10am Outdoors
Sunday, April 18 -- 11:30am Adult Sunday School with Study of Mark
Sunday, April 18 -- Salty Sunday 4-5pm
Sunday, April 18 -- Deadline for LMM BBQ preorders
Monday, April 19 -- 7:30pm Parlor Class "Justice or Just Us" via Zoom
Tuesday, April 20 -- 6:30pm LMM via Zoom
Saturday, April 24 -- 4-6pm LMM BBQ pick-up
Sunday, April 25 -- 11:30am via Zoom Sharing the Joy, Power, & Freedom of Gospel Music
Saturday, May 1 -- 1-3pm Robinsdale May Day Celebration


Presented by Dr. Tiffany Little & Fernando Little
for Advent Lutheran Church
Sunday, April 25, at 11:30 am via Zoom

Meeting ID: 859 4677 0033 Passcode: 112344

This promises to be a very spirit-filled exploration of the meaningful and deep-rooted origins of gospel music. To read full details, click on this link.
L U T H E R A N  M E N  I N  M I S S I O N

Advent's Lutheran Men in Mission meet on Tuesday night, April 20, 6:30pm by Zoom. Preparations are being made for the annual Spring BBQ on April 24th. Please join us!

To connect via zoom:
Meeting ID: 841 9150 9272 Passcode: 764884

The youth of Advent would like to give a huge thank you to all who participated in their very first egg-my-yard fundraiser. A total of $530 was raised and a little over 700 eggs were stuffed!! The Easter bunny was very busy Easter Eve spreading the joy of Easter. Hop Hop! 

The Parlor Class will start a four-week video and discussion series on Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., called “Justice or Just Us.”  All are welcome to join us to view the series and discuss our Christian responsibility to oppose racism individually and as a congregation. Contact Abby Bostian at with questions or to get on the Parlor Class email list.  

To join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 853 1322 3733 Passcode: 405710
Saturday, April 24th, 2021
Pre-Orders Required by April 18
A Drive-Thru Pick-Up Event Only
Our Lutheran Men will sponsor their annual Spring BBQ as a drive through pick-up event.
All orders must be placed in advance no later than Sunday April 18, 2021.
All items will be ordered ala carte (individual versus combined). If you want to purchase a meal, as in the past, you should select: (1) Breast-Quarter or (1) Leg Quarter, (1) Regular Beans ½ Pint, and (1) Red Slaw ½ Pint or (1) White Slaw ½ Pint. 

To pre-order go to this sign-up genius page:

Log in to sign-up genius or create a sign-in if necessary.

Selection Quantities can be changed on the 2nd Screen.

Please print & bring a copy of your Confirmation Email with you to the pick-up.
The men will unveil their first offering of June’s Sauce. Available in pints, this finger lickin’ good barbeque sauce is named for June Porter who started our men’s barbeques. June never shared the specific sauce recipe, but we think this sauce is as close as possible to the version of the sauce he prepared and which we have used for many years. Rumor has it that his sauce recipe may be in the time capsule installed when the sanctuary was built in 1990. Only time will tell… but unless you want to wait until 2090 when the capsule may be opened, we suggest you try this sauce now and see what you think.

All proceeds for this BBQ event will be used for Lutheran Men Outreach which funds various outreach projects for the church community.

Pickup will be between 4PM & 6PM Saturday April 24th.
Enter at the Mark Twain Road entrance (front). 
If you encounter any problems placing an order, please don’t hesitate to contact Joe Palumbo, Keith Wassum or Russ McKittrick.

The Adventurers group will gather via Zoom on Thursday, April 15, at 1pm for our monthly meeting. All are invited to join us who find themselves available at that time. Our program for this month will be a presentation by Carolyn and Gerry Osborne about their trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, several years ago. We hope you will join us.

To connect to our Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 878 5005 2658 Passcode: 462757
Advent Social Ministry will sponsor a May Day Celebration at the Robinsdale Community from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, May 1. Buck’s Ice Cream Truck will be on site serving ice cream to participants, and all will join in games, give-aways and crafts. You can help:

Starting in May, Advent will venture into a new ministry, offering take-out dinners once a week to our College Downs and UNCC neighbors – more details on this to come! In an effort to recycle unused items, we are asking the Advent Community to check your kitchens for plastic utensils (Fork, Knife, Spoon and Napkin in a wrapper) that you are willing to donate so we can provide if requested with the meals. If you have one or 9 and won’t be using them, please drop them off the next time you are at Advent. Please leave them in a bag on the door of Carol & Brooke’s office. if easier, you may leave them by the mailboxes for Caroline Grubb.  

If you have questions, ask away. You may contact Caroline Grubb at  Thank you for your help.

Social Ministry, along with the support of our Advent family, has always been involved in feeding operations, from our relatively recent ongoing Little Free Pantry project to our longstanding Sandwich-Making mission. You may have been wondering how Sandwich-Making is being accomplished in these days of Covid.

Instead of gathering in the church kitchen to assemble 400 egg salad sandwiches, we have been coordinating with a very special group of teens who assemble individual “Grab & Go” bags for Roof Above. (This is a separate ministry from Caroline Grubb’s recent sign-ups which covered the months we’d have usually participated in Room In The Inn.) These zip-lock bags are filled with only non-perishable items: Vienna sausages, fruit cups, chips, sweets, water bottles, and napkins. The “Grab & Go” bags cost approximately $1.30 each, which makes this ministry more expensive than our egg salad sandwiches were.

How can the entire congregation help with this ministry? There are several ways at this time:

One: We always welcome financial contributions toward these items. On your check or through Online Giving, be sure to put ‘sandwiches’ on the memo line.

Two: You can purchase some of the needed items yourself. We especially need cans of easy-open meat items such as Vienna sausage and cases of bottled water. Leave them on the marked table in Orinson Hall. Please contact Abby Bostian ( for pick up at your home or at Advent.

Three:  Volunteers are needed to drive the bags to Roof Above every other week. Please contact Debra Efird at if you are willing to join her crew of deliverers, who enjoy the flexibility of delivery days/times since all is nonperishable.

Thanks for always helping the hungry, whose numbers and needs are greater than ever.


Just a reminder, Advent Family ....  Our Little Free Pantry is always in need of items to be able to keep it fully stocked.  There are several ways you can help:
  • Bring non-perishable food items and place them directly into the Little Pantry which sits in the side yard of the Wubben-Smith House.
  • Bring non-perishable items to the church and place them inside the red doors.
  • Go to Amazon and access the Wish List that has been established for supplying items.  The link is . Remember to select the shipping option that says "Sharon Thrower's Gift Registry Address". This is to facilitate delivery since the church is still closed.
Sharon is the contact from the Social Ministry Board for the Little Free Pantry.   If you have questions or ideas about the pantry, including donations and how to become more involved, feel free to contact her at Our Little Free Pantry is located on Bonnie Lane in the side yard of the Wubben-Smith House.


If you are interested in participating in the Living Saviour trip to Germany, September 1-12, 2022 to visit significant places on the "Luther Road" as well as other sightseeing and fellowship experiences and to attend the Passion Play in Oberammergau, please contact Barbara Avard of Living Saviour Lutheran Church ( with questions and to start the registration process.

Detailed information and the itinerary can be found at Go to "current tours" and scroll to the tour "Renewed in Faith: Luther, Oberammergau, and You". Barb Blish (,
1-703-431-0585 is Advent's contact for this trip.
 If you are interested in doing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank, at Med Assist or at Classroom Central, please contact Jim Hintz (  Jim coordinates groups of Advent folks interested in serving. We have lots of ways you can serve.  Click this link to access the document with additional listings

  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:  Click here to access Online Giving now

(Remember to give to sandwiches and World Hunger -- Just add to your regular offering and mark appropriately on the memo line.)      
All church office staff continue to work remotely.  Contact staff by email or phone as both are being monitored by staff from home.
Making plans for an event at Advent, are you the leader of a small group or ministry leader with monthly meetings? Whatever the event or gathering (even zoom meetings) be sure to let the church office know the date, time, and room or space. Doing so is a big help in keeping the church online calendar current while communicating Advent activities and avoiding the possible mishap of overbooking a particular area.  Call us at 704-549-1555 or email Harriett ( or Pam (  Thanks, we appreciate your help.
Spiritual Development 

Come and join the Advent Book Club.  WE WILL BE ZOOMING AS LONG AS NECESSARY.  See connection info below. All are welcome. Contact Jennie Henderson (  Group will be meeting twice a month on Fridays, 6pm, per the schedule below.

Upcoming dates and suggested books:
April 23 -- Check in
May 7 -- "If You Ask Me (and, Of Course You Won't)" by Betty White
May 21 -- Check in
June 4 -- "Tortilla Flat & Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck
June 18 -- Check in
July 9 -- "The Last Year of the War" by Susan Meissner
July 23 -- Check in
August 6 -- "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson
August 20 -- Check in
September 3 -- "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes
September 17 -- Check in
October 8 -- "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
October 22 -- Check in
November 5 -- Check in
November 19 -- "The Chocolatier" by Jan Moran (currently on sale on Kindle for $5.99)
December 3 -- "The Light Between Oceans: A Novel" by M. LO. Stedman
December 17 -- Check in

Meeting ID: 854 3805 8321    Password: 388838        

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

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

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

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

For Men:  If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Ward for more info.  

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.
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. via Zoom. 
Meeting ID: 847 4089 4973   Passcode: 382321 

Join the closed "Advent Friends" Facebook group to stay abreast of events and see photos.

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

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

   Your US Representative is determined by which district you live in. To find yours, use this link and key in your zip code:
   For your NC state Senator and Representative. To locate yours, go to this site and key in your full address:
   For local level leaders such as city council, county commissioners, and school board members. Here are sites at which to find such information. Mecklenburg County:    Cabarrus County:
It seems there is always a natural disaster somewhere in the world that is very tragic. The ELCA is well known for assisting victims of hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, or other natural disasters. The team and the funds contributed directly reach victims. To donate at any time, make your donation payable to Advent with "ELCA disaster relief" in the memo line, and we will send your contribution in with others received.  We also typically ask the Wubben Distribution Board to match any offerings made by the congregation.
Youth at Advent    

We offer Godly Play and other videos to our families with children. They are made with love and we hope you enjoy sharing a close time with God and your family through these offerings right in your own home. 
  You can access these videos in several ways: 1) From the home screen of the website in the lower left side; 2) from the Advent Lutheran Church Charlotte ELCA YouTube channel; 3) or by clicking directly on this link:

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Confirmation Zoom meetings:
Meeting ID: 815 6245 3705    Passcode: 765488
April -- Focus on baptism and hopefully an outdoor event near water at the end of the month. There will be a Zoom meeting as well.
May -- Completion of Faith Projects.   Evening of Honor on May 22nd and Confirmation on May 23rd Pentecost Sunday.  
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EVERY 1st AND 3rd SUNDAY 4-5pm
6th - 12th graders

Zoom link to join:
Meeting ID: 843 9148 4685     Passcode: 866800
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For children 4th-7th grade who want to learn a new instrument and have some fun.
Wednesday nights 6:45-7:15pm -- Social distancing and masks required
Contact Natalie Eklund ( OR Laura Torrence (

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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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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
Lizzie Akins, former Spiritual Development intern for Advent
Charlie Anderson, friend of Pastor Ward
Josh Baker, nephew of Abby Bostian
Lindsay Baker, niece of Abby Bostian
Kathleen Basilice, mother of John Basilice
Trevor Basilice, member 
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Dallas Collins, family member of co-worker of Gloria Peters
Carol DiRe, member
Jordan Doctor, son-in-law of Abby and Phil Bostian
Charliese Eichler, sister of Marylou Kuklentz 
Eileen Folkerth, mother of Susan Goerke
Jan Frick, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Jennifer Gazda, member
MaryJo Gouge, friend of Janet Rasmussen 
James Hall Family, cousin of Tim Caldwell
Marla Hamilton, cousin of Janet Rasmussen
Richard Henderson, nephew of Sharon Thrower
Linda Hoffman, friend of Peg Buckstad
Nylah Howard, member of Advent's brownie troop
Chris Jackson, friend of Teresa Ledford
Waylon Kuklentz, grandson of Dick & Marylou Kuklentz
Ray Matthews, father of Jesse Priser
Billy Mercer family, cousin of Vanessa Caldwell
Hilda Mertz, mother of Diane Jowers
Justin Mertz, nephew of Diane Jowers
Robert & Kathryn Mertz, nephew and grand-niece of Diane Jowers
Rick Messina, member
Lucy Mullis, sister of Dwight Hartsell
Anita Ortiz, mother-in-law of Herbert & Lenore Watson's Son 
Leo Peeler, member
Pattie Quigley, mother of Jennie Henderson
Joan Readling, step-mother of Carol Schierlmann
Kalvin Roberson, member
Richard Schulz, brother-in-law of Dan & Jan Otolski
Pam Simyon, daughter-in-law of Dick & Mary Lou Kuklentz
Spillars and Dunn families, friends of Jennifer Canipe
Mary Faith Strickland, former member
David Townsend, friend of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Laura Tucker, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Herbert Watson, member
Velia Watson, member
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Renate Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace

Celebrations - We celebrate with these people and their families ...
For the marriage of Rachel Hagerman and Thomas Moran on April 10.

DeathsWe remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially..
Mike Spillars, brother-in-law of friend of Jennifer Canipe on April 2
Frank Tirro, friend of Pastor Ward

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 Pam Rhynes at or 704-549-1555 ext 105