The Church Office is Closed until further notice. 
No meetings or building use will be allowed during
this time of quarantine.  
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The Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 17
10:30 a.m. Streaming Live Online
Jesus does not abandon his followers. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. As Pentecost draws near, we are reminded that the risen Christ dwells in us as the Spirit of truth. We receive this Spirit in baptism and pray that in our gathering around the Lord's table the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world.

We want to help parents and grandparents by providing resources for teaching about God's love to youth at home.

Click the link below to download a fun and faithful activity page based on this Sunday's lessons to print out at home!

Drive-In Worship Announced
Like we did on Easter to celebrate Jesus' resurrection, AdventELC announces that we will once again host a Drive-In Worship Service for the festival of Pentecost!

Worship will be broadcasted over a short range FM frequency.
We hope to see you face to face (through a windshield) on May 31 at 9:30am. We will also live stream our 11am worship inside.
A Message from the
Presiding Bishop of the ELCA
A thriving church is one so convinced of the resurrection that we’re free to give our lives in service to others. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares how the ELCA continues to thrive in country churches, cityscapes and places with no walls in this message for 2020 Synod Assemblies.

*Note: our 2020 Synod Assembly was cancelled due to health concerns
A Note from Pastor Aaron Layne
Dear Partners in Ministry to the Gospel of Christ Jesus, 

AdventELC will not be reopening...

...because we never closed!

Did I get your attention? Good. Because while AdventELC's building is closed, the ministry of AdventELC never stops. Thanks be to God!

As I sit at my desk thinking about all that has gone on since the middle of March many emotions come to my mind: confusion, fear, faith, love, panic, and frustration. But as I thoroughly ponder which of my emotions I have experienced the most the answer is quite clear: gratitude.

I am grateful for your flexibility, adaptability, generosity, creativity, and faithfulness. I am thankful for the support you’ve shown to me, the staff, and our volunteers who count offerings, plan our responsible reopening, run our live streams, offer devotions, clean the sanctuary, provide special music, and so much more.

I am grateful for our government. Their job is not easy. How and when to do things or not to do things has the potential to create tension, heartache, headache, and sleepless nights. 

In Martin Luther’s 1523 essay On Temporal Authority Luther argues that God rules the world in a twofold way, at least insofar as his rule is visible to the eyes of faith. The secular or temporal government is necessary alongside the kingdom of Christ. " For without it [secular government] this life could not endure. " He goes on saying, " God is in preaching, in baptism, and in government; that is where you can find him. "

To finish this thought, I also think on Luther’s explanation of the 5th petition of the Lord’s Prayer (give us this day our daily bread) where he writes, “[Daily bread includes] Everything required to satisfy our bodily needs, such as food and clothing, house and home, fields and flocks, money and property; a pious spouse and good children, trustworthy servants, godly and faithful rulers, good government; seasonable weather, peace and health, order and honor; true friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

I am thankful to God for all that God has done, is doing, and will do for me and my family, friends, and neighbor… as well as all that God is doing for you, your family, friends, and neighbor. The living of these days are not easy. But as the faithful and popular Psalm 23 reminds us, “ Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Friends, we have been a faithful witness these past weeks; let’s continue to shine the light of Christ in this increasingly dark world. What we do as church speaks volumes to the world, especially in times like these. 

I know and understand that we want to gather again for in-person worship.  We long to hear the word preached and read in person. We want to partake in the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism. We want to sing the hymns and pray together as a worshiping community. I do too.  And I also want us all to be safe. 

I am currently working on a plan for responsible building reopening in consultation with our staff and the AdventELC Council, as well as heeding the advise of the Southern Ohio Synod Bishop’s Office and public health officials as to timing, considerations, and procedures. I hope to have something to share with you in the coming weeks. Please remain flexible and prayerful, as these plans are being developed in a constant state of change.

As we live into this new world there will be adjustments as to how we come together, how we work, and how we connect. While some things will be similar, there will be some things that will be changed forever. The good news is, God’s grace and love do not. Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

For now, stay focused on the Gospel, stay healthy, stay connected, build relationships, look for hope and healing, share joy and stories, pray, wear facial coverings, and social distance as you continue to worship God, follow Jesus, serve others, and make disciples.

With you in serving the Savior,
A New, Quick, Midweek Pick-Me-Up
At the direction of Church Council and with an enthusiastic thumbs up from Pastor Aaron we are going to have a new, quick, spiritual, casual, pick-me-up, 15-20 minute Wednesday worship time entitled, HANGOUT 4 HOPE.

Each week will PAL will host while a variety of special guests offer devotions, special-sing-a-long music, and one key verse from Scripture.

We hope to start this and hope you'll join us weekly, starting this Wednesday at 7:00pm.

Invite others to come!
THANK YOU for your GENEROSITY!
THANK YOU for your AMAZING generosity to help others in this difficult time in addition to your regular giving. THANK YOU!!!

This week Pastor Aaron personally handed out $3,000 of aid and looks to do even more next week. This money is a gift. It is a gift to give, to distribute, and to accept. It is a tangible sign of God's love, compassion, and care. Thank you to everyone who has and is contributing to doing God's work with your hands in this special way.

Pastor Aaron now needs YOUR HELP. If you know of someone in our congregation or community who may be in need of assistance, PLEASE contact Pastor Aaron at pastor@adventelc.org.
Interactive Zoom Bible Study
Bible Study with Pastor
Join us for an interactive Bible Study on Zoom (video chat), Thursdays from 7-8pm.

We will be using the Daily Discipleship Bible studies from the ELCA which are based on the assigned Gospel reading to used at Sunday worship!

*Please note the password is the church phone number.
We are seeking candidates for the upcoming council election in June. 

We invite you consider lending your time and talents alongside eight other members of Advent once a month to help guide the business and affairs of our congregation. We have been and continue to be blessed to have many different experiences and perspectives represented in our congregation – please consider adding yours to our Church Council. Each of us something to add!  

Council meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (these days via Zoom.)  Contact Katrina Väänänen at  katrina.vaananen@gmail.com  or at 203-645-2420.
High School Connecting
As we were not able to attend the High School Connect in person in March, the college ministries, spearheaded by Dan Jacob from Wittenberg and Gary Pecuch from the Southern Ohio Synod, have developed a virtual High School Connect for Sr. High Youth. On May 11-17th Advent's Sr. High Youth will be participating in this 5 session retreat.  "Adopted" is the theme from Ephesians 1:5. Matt, Angie, and the Sr. Youth will be meeting at various times to watch videos of the different campus ministry leaders, play games, and learn more about each other and our relationship with Christ! Please pray for us that the retreat will be a meaningful experience.
The Buckeye Bandit!!!
Abby Counts joined us this past weekend playing our special music. She was accompanied by Jean and The Buckeye Bandit! Luckily the Bandit didn't hit any wrong notes. Thanks Abby and Jean for providing us with special music during our time together while we are apart!

Keep an eye out during our live stream services and see if you can find him. He is clever and doesn't like to be caught!
Farewell...
Dear friends at Advent,
    As most of you know Jim has taken a job with the Florida-Bahamas Synod ELCA as the Director of Disaster Response. We will be leaving for Jacksonville, FL on May 22.
   Unfortunately, we will not be able to say proper goodbyes to our Advent family. Advent has been a special and meaningful home for us. Please know that we will miss all of you and will hold you in our hearts and prayers.

Christy and Jim Habermehl
Our High School youth group members have been making phone calls to members of the congregation to check in on them, as we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

How can we pray for you?
Is there something going on that we can pray with you about?

Please feel free to submit your prayer requests to:
While we can't meet as a church, we can be the church. If you are a regular giver to AdventELC through electronic means, your offerings and tithes will not be interrupted. If you someone who usually writes a check or puts cash into the offering plate, would you please consider continuing your offering by mailing in your offering?

Send checks made to:

Advent Lutheran Church
3660 Kenny Road
Columbus, Ohio 43220

Or go online to AdventELC.org/donate and the website will walk you through the simple process.
The staff at AdventELC are in and out of the office at unusual times these days. If you need anything, please try the church office first (614-451-3639). If somebody cannot be reached, please leave a message as we will be directly and remotely checking messages. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call Pastor Aaron directly at 614-570-8807.

If you are in need of any assistance during this time, please let us know. We would like to connect with you and assist you if possible.

We are praying for you. We will be calling to check in on you. We love you and hope to worship with you - either online or in person - soon!

In Christ's service,
Pastor Aaron Layne
pastor@adventelc.org
Feeling Isolated?
If you are in need of any help, physical, spiritual, mental, please contact Pastor Aaron and he will walk with you.

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