8840 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28213
Weekly News and Prayers on May 20, 2021
(Submission Deadline: Noon Wednesdays to Pam at
Pentecost Sunday -- Readings are Acts 2:1-21 and John 15:26-27 and 16:4b-15


OUTDOOR WORSHIP -- Sunday, May 23, 2021 - 10am
Service will be livestreamed at
(In case of rain, service available through online only -- Check website if in question)
If you are joining us from home, please have your communion elements ready to participate in Holy Communion with the congregation.

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 the tips and guidelines for outdoor worship CLICK HERE!

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 -- 1st & 3rd Mondays
Next session is June 7
"LOVE IS THE WAY " is complete; stay tuned for info on next study

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

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

Thursday, May 20 -- 11:30am Adventurers Picnic at Frank Liske Park
Thursday, May 20 -- 4-6pm 'Our Neighbor's Plate'
Sunday, May 23 -- 10am Outdoor Worship & Confirmation
Sunday, 5/23 -- 4:30pm REAP via Zoom
Monday, June 7 -- 12noon DEVO study


If you have not yet turned in your 2021-22 Statement of Intent, please do so asap so we may proceed with planning for the upcoming fiscal year. You may print the form available here , scan it and email it to You may also bring your completed form to church on Sunday and drop it in the basket that will be on the offering table. Forms may also be mailed completed to the church at 8840 University City Blvd, Charlotte 28213. Please mark it to the attention of Claude Ingolia.
May we continue to witness how the Holy Spirit’s power transforms our ordinary gifts into tangible signs of God’s extraordinary love.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and also when we confirm our youth who have come of age to officially join the church. We are so proud to confirm the following youth during our outdoor service:

Marvelous Ruth Leetor Dwanah
Amber Nicole Gazda
Michael Andrew Song Goerke
Brooke Caroline Hibbeler
Etta Grace Noel
Meredith Louise Tunnell
Lily Cameron Vincent

In recognition of Pentecost, the congregation is invited to wear something red.
As you may know, during this pandemic the demand for blood is as high as ever and there continues to be a shortage. Advent is teaming up with the Red Cross and UNC Charlotte to host a summer blood drive in Orinson Fellowship Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday June 17th. We had a great turnout from Advent last summer and hope for the same this summer. 

The Red Cross has established enhanced protocols to ensure the safety of donors, staff, and volunteers. All donated blood will be tested for coronavirus antibodies with results available in 7-10 days. Also, all donors will receive a digital $5 Amazon Gift Card to be emailed after your donation.  
Please click MAKE A RESERVATION now. You can also go to the Red Cross website and in the donate blood section type in UNCC, the sponsor code for this drive. Walk-in donations will be welcomed too, of course, but a reserved time shortens the wait and helps our host better plan for the number of donors.  Participants are encouraged to use Rapid Pass on the day event to shorten the on-site registration process. See for details.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.  For questions please contact Keith Wassum ( or 704-301-5629)
Help make a difference by helping someone who needs your blood donation!
"Our Neighbors' Plate" has now served their first two meals on May 6th and May 13th. As reported last week, there were 50 meals handed out/delivered on May 6 and on May 13 they served 60 meals by 6:45pm. This is all for which they had prepared. Some of those who picked up meals even insisted on donating money for the ministry. This pilot program will continue for another 4 weeks. Enjoy the photos below from the second week.

Our Advent family is invited to participate with this ministry. The hands of many folks are needed to make this a success as Advent continues to address food insecurity in our community. We hope you will join in.

Please click on the Sign-Up Genius link below to see how you might help. If there are questions, you may contact Carol Schierlmann at

Sign-up Genius:

The Advent Family is invited to join us on the 2nd Sunday of each month (unless announced otherwise) at 4:30 via Zoom for the REAP (Racial Equality Action Partners. Meeting dates are May 23 (rescheduled because of Mother's Day), June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10. Click this zoom link to join:

Meeting ID: 832 7471 0159 Passcode: 060475.

Little Free Pantry:   Add non-perishable food inside the Little Free Pantry in the side yard of the Wubben-Smith House or bring to church and place inside red doors. Food supplies can also be ordered from Amazon wish list Select Sharon Thrower Registry address.  Contact is Sharon Thrower

Grab and Go Bags for Roof Above: 
Financial support needed – add ‘sandwiches’ on the memo line of checks or select in Online-Giving.
Volunteers needed to drive bags to Roof Above every other week. Contact Debra Efird at
Purchase easy-open cans of viennas or cases of bottled water. Leave on marked table in Orinson Hall.
Have viennas and bottled water picked up at your home – contact Abby Bostian (
Our Neighbors’ Plate:  Needs volunteers on Wednesday/Thursdays or to provide desserts. Use Sign-Up Genius ( to volunteer.  Also needs financial support for supplies. Add “Our Neighbors’ Plate” on memo line of checks or add as fund in Online Giving.
 If you are interested in doing volunteer work at Second Harvest Food Bank 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 for more ways to serve!

  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:
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 through 5/21 and then will switch to morning classes that will begin in June. Let Jennie know your preference for day/time if you participate in these classes or are interested in participating.
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.

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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Remaining Schedule:
May 22 – Afternoon of Honor from 3:00 – 4:30
May 23 – Confirmation at Sunday Service (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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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
Augustin Aragon, father of Mercedes Aragon
Josh Baker, nephew of Abby Bostian
Lindsay Baker, niece of Abby Bostian
Trevor Basilice, member 
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Lee Chandler, friend of Dwight and Susan Hartsell
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
Dee Dunlap, member
Deborah DuBose, friend of Abby Bostian
Charliese Eichler, sister of Marylou Kuklentz 
Linda Foley, grandmother by marriage of Sarah Sue Hardinger's daughter
Eileen Folkerth, mother of Susan Goerke
Jan Frick, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
James Hall Family, cousin of Tim Caldwell
Richard Henderson, nephew of Sharon Thrower
Linda Hoffman, friend of Peg BuckstadDonn
Donnell Horton, former member of Advent and daughter of Leo Peeler
Houston family, friends of Sarah Sue Hardinger's daughter
Nylah Howard, member of Advent's brownie troop
Chris Jackson, friend of Teresa Ledford
Waylon Kuklentz, grandson of Dick & Marylou Kuklentz
Teresa Ledford, member
Amy Leonard, friend of Harriett Easley
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
Charlotte Nodine & Wanda Cook, mother-in-law and aunt of Sarah Beth Mortensen
Anita Ortiz, mother-in-law of Herbert & Lenore Watson's Son 
Leo Peeler, member
Pattie Quigley, mother of Jennie Henderson
Kalvin Roberson, member
Shannon Roberson, member
Richard Schulz, brother-in-law of Dan & Jan Otolski
Pam Simyon, daughter-in-law of Dick & Mary Lou Kuklentz
Spillars and Dunn families, friends of Jennifer Canipe
David Townsend, friend of Esther Abdel-Hameed
Laura Tucker, friend of Marylou Kuklentz
Herbert Watson, member
Velia Watson, member
Ralph Weis, father of Karen Taylor
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Renate Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace

DeathsWe remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially..
Dent Goodyear, friend of Jennie Henderson on May 4

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