ADVENTure eNews
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from Advent Lutheran Church
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Advent's Vision

We are Advent Lutheran Church.  As diverse children of God, we strive to be the embodiment of that which God wants all people on earth to be.  We love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  We love our neighbor as ourselves, and express this love in service to others. By accepting God's gift of grace through our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to God forever.


                                    Worshipping at 10am Sundays

                                                 Sunday School Offerings 9-9:45am
Children & Youth ages 4 through 4th grade:   Godly Play Room
Grades 5-12 and Confirmation:   Wubben-Smith House
  Adults:  Parlor -  DVD and lively, relevant discussion about "Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer" 
Adults:  Campus Center -- through February 23 --  "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

Other Opportunities for Study
Wednesdays 11:45am, through February 26, room 136 --   "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
Sunday, February 16 -- in Campus Cente r immediately after Worship -- Christian Contemplative Life

Notice is hereby offered of a Congregational meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 2nd,immediately after the service. Topics will include: 1. Update on the Congregational Vitality Survey, 2. Financial review - midyear, 3. Update on Jubilee Capital Appeal and status of projects.  We look forward to seeing everyone there. 

Details of most events are found in this newsletter (marked with *)

Thursday nights @ 7pm -- YogaFaith in Orinson Hall
Wednesdays through February 19 -- 11:45-12:45 Room 136 -  Lunch & Learn - Bonhoeffer's "Life Together 

January 25 -- UNCC basketball @ 4pm followed by chili supper at 6pm at church *
January 25 -- June & Mabel Porter Annual Chili Supper - Orinson Hall 6pm
January 26 -- Council, Staff, Board Chairs to review Vitality Survey results at 11:45am in Sanctuary
January 26 -- Women of the Bible study in Parlor after Worship
January 28 - Micah 6:8 (Social Justice) small group - Parlor 7pm *
January 28 -- Theology on Tap at Armored Cow Brewery, 7pm  *
February 1 -- Saturday morning YogaFaith starts in Orinson at 10am - ongoing *
February 2 -- Semi-annual Congregational Meeting following Worship
February 2 -- K-4 and 5-6 groups meeting in gym at 11:45
February 2 -- Kids for Christ and Route56 groups meet after worship 
February 6-9 - Storytelling Event at Advent and Cross and Crown *
February 13 -- Movie Night in Parlor -- "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"  -- 6pm
February 16 -- Christian Contemplative Life in Campus Center following worship
February 18 -- LMM at 6:30 -- location TBD
February 20 --  Adventurers 12 noon in Gathering Space
February 23 -- Women of the Bible study in Parlor after Worship
February 25 -- Theology on Tap at Armored Cow Brewery, 7pm *
February 25 -- Micah 6:8 (Social Justice) small group - Parlor 7pm *
February 26 -- Ash Wednesday service at 7pm in sanctuary
February 29 -- Snow tubing for youth - rescheduled from January 11 *



Giving statements for 2019 will be in church mailboxes by the 26th.  Please check your mailbox soon to pick it up.  


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One of Advent's oldest traditions continues on January  25 , as we host the Mabel and June Porter Chili Dinner starting at 6 p.m. in Orinson Hall.   If you are attending  the  UNCC basketball game, dinner will be ready - just drop by after the game for a bowl  (or two)  of hot delicious chili.  If you're not going to the game, join us at 6 p.m.

Pat Kelly is our cook, and all donations this year will go to our Room in the Inn ministry,  which provides a place for our homeless neighbors to sleep every Monday night December through March.  Caroline Grubb is coordinator of this ministry, a collaborative effort among Advent, St. Thomas Aquinas, Newell Presbyterian and Harrisburg Methodist churches.      Checks may be written to Advent Lutheran, memo "Chili Dinner."



You've heard about it and now it's almost here!   See the flyer below.   All congregational members are invited to participate in the Storytelling Event either by registering as a participant or attending the sharing of the stories on February 6th at Advent.  To register as a full participant, see Pastor Ward or Carol Schierlmann.



Check this out!!!  A "Sign-up Genius" page has been set up for slots for upcoming Room In The Inn nights.  Please bookmark this page so you can regularly check for what isn't covered for upcoming weeks and sign up if you are available.  Here is the link:   

Upcoming Needs:  2/3 driver, 2/11 morning clean up; 2/17 & 2/24 sleepover; 2/25 morning cleanup


  Before we get too far past the season of Advent, let's take a  moment to more deeply appreciate our Chrismon Tree. A little history: The first ever Chrismon Tree was developed in 1957 by Frances Kipps Spencer of  Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA. The word Chrismon is a combination of the words "Christ" and Monogram." All ornaments are of a religious nature and must be handmade in gold, pearl, or clear crystal colors. It didn't take long for Lutheran churches everywhere to create their own Chrismon Trees, which led to their eventual spread to other denominations all over the world.

 Though the date of Advent's first Chrismon Tree remains undiscovered, studying Jubilee information yielded this tidbit: "New Chrismons were made in 1975." Through the years various people, including ever-cra
fty Lynn McKittrick, have participated in the making of Chrismons for Advent, but the most prolific worker has been Carol DiRe. She keeps files of the patterns of Chrismons she's completed, saying there are 100's of them. Carol knows everything there is to know about these beautiful Christian symbols which are sold only in kit form and copyrighted; no one can sell them except Rufty's Chrismon Shop in Salisbury, which worked with the above-mentioned Mrs. Spencer to supply the original Chrismon patterns. In spite of health concerns, Carol continues to make both tree ornaments and figures to display on a table, such as a Nativity scene and Jonah in the whale. She keeps her own Chrismon Tree up year-round to quietly reflect in its message of peace. Next year let's really gaze at our tree and think of the loving hands that contributed to its beauty!  Thank you, Carol!  


Several women from Advent are attending Wild Women's Weekend at Lutheridge in Arden, NC on Feb. 7-9, and - very unusual- there are still openings!

Programming starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and ends with brunch on Sunday . This year's Bible study focuses on the "I AM" statements of Jesus from a feminine perspective. Saturday afternoon is free to just relax, walk trails at Lutheridge or explore the Asheville area.  Full weekend cost is $229.   Contact Wild Woman Abby Bostian ( or Wild Woman Sarah Sue Hardinger if you are interested in becoming a Wild Woman!



Winter chills have us heading to the soup bowl for warmth and hearty nourishment. When you're stocking up on your favorite canned soups, please remember to bring a few for the Food Pantry. The pop-top types are especially welcomed by those who might have access to a microwave but no can opener.




Members are encouraged to utilize the grassy area behind the church on Sunday morning, if possible, in order to free up spaces in the parking lot for visitors.   Please park straight in on the grass in a single row and ensure your car is completely out of the roadway.

T he church office will be open 10 hours a day, Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays.

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, 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.

Please be sure to return thermostats to the proper setting when leaving the building. This is especially important when using one of the classrooms heated or cooled by the remote-controlled wall units.  

Electronic givers can find special cards in the pews that can be used when the offering plate is passed if desired.  .


Worship Schedule for January 26th
3rd Sunday of Epiphany
Lesson: Isaiah 9:1-4   Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
Lay Assistant
   John Lewis
Usher Captain
   Abby Bostian
    Susan Hartsell
   Jon Eklund & Connie Searing
   Michael Goerke & James Hebert
Altar Guild
   Velia Watson & Susan Hartsell
   Pam Rhynes & Tanya DeGrace
   Diane Jowers

Worship Schedule for February 2nd
4th Sunday of Epiphany
Lesson: Micah 6:1-8   Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

Lay Assistant
   Andy Hagle
Usher Captain
   Jon Eklund
   Peter Christ
   Charlene Bakke & Don Hagerman
   Ashley Watson & Andi Honeycutt
Altar Guild
   Lisa Droste & Diane Large
   Marc Jensen & Don Veit
   Cathy Bolen

Quick Links

Spiritual Development 

Come and join the Advent Book Club.   Meeting at  6pm  at University Panera on dates specified.  All are welcome. Contact  Jennie Henderson ( ). 

February 14 -- "Educated:  A Memoir" by Tara Westover
March 13 -- "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman
April 17 -- "The Soul of an American President:  The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Faith" by Alan Sears.
May 15 -- TBD (a classic ... suggestions are welcome)
June 12 -- "endurance:  A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery" by Scott Kelly


meets Thursday nights  at 7pm in the gym and beginning February 1st, a Saturday morning class will be held at 10am.   Our instructor is Darlene Kendrick.  New people are invited to join at any time.  Just show up with a mat and $5!    For questions, contact Brooke at 

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 3 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"

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.  Meeting January 21 in Wubben-Smith House, 6:30-8pm.   Led by Pastor Ward.

World Wisdom:  This group feels called to explore what it means to be part of the whole human race.  For this fall they plan to work together to bring comfort and welcome to immigrants who are passing through Charlotte.  They will do this with the assembling of snack and hygiene bags.   Contacts are Toni Hagerman and Esther Abdel-Hameed.

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.  Upcoming schedule is as follows:  January 28, February 25, March 24, April 28, May 26.  Please see Pastor Ward or Carol Schierlmann with questions.

Micah 6:8 Ministry (new name for Social Justice group):  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. 

Join the closed "Advent Friends" Facebook group to stay abreast of events and see photos.
If you would like to receive occasional important Advent news via text message on your phone, please text 'Advent' to 96362 or scan the QR code on the notices posted around the building. 
(Please note:  you must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the program.  You may receive up to five (5) text messages per month for which you may be charged by your mobile phone carrier.  You may opt out of this service at any time by texting 'stop' to 96362 or by emailing

Don't forget - when shopping on Amazon, access the site through , 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.

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

Advent appreciates all gifts, but we also want to give credit where credit is due! If you give cash using the blank envelopes in the pews, please put your name on the envelope so we can properly record your donation. If you want part or all of your gift to go to any special fund other than the General Fund, please note that on the envelope also.


Your US Representative is determined by which district you live in. To find yours, use this link and key in your zip code:
The same goes for your NC state Senator and Representative. To locate yours, go to this site and key in your full address:

Some may prefer contacting local level leaders such as city council, county commissioners, and school board members. Here are sites at which to find such information. Mecklenburg County:

In our world of constant turmoil, we as Lutherans may be assisted in our mission to follow Christ by studying the ELCA's guidance on "Addressing Social Concerns".

As Scripture teaches, faith is active in love, and love calls for justice in the relationships and structures of society. Our grateful response to God's love and grace motivates us to live lives that demonstrate our responsibility for the well-being of society, communities and the environment.

In response to the ELCA call for working for social justice our Advent Social Ministry Board is expanding our mission to more intentionally support our congregation and our community in addressing social justice issues.  We now have a small group dedicated to that initiative called Micah 6:8.   If you are interested in getting regular updates on what's going on with social ministry/social justice initiatives in our church and in our community please join our AAA Google Group (Advent Advocacy Activities). You can join the Google Group by contacting Shannon Homesley at .

If you wish to financially aid those devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, or other natural disasters, Lutheran Disaster Response will directly reach the victims.  To donate, make your donation payable to Advent with disaster relief in the memo line, and we will send your contribution in with any others received.   

Youth at Advent         

Sunday School -- Sundays 9am-9:45am 

To stay "in the know" about our Youth, please join our new Remind App by signing up here:

(reschedule from January 11th)  

The Kids 4 Christ youth group is for children Kindergarten through 4th grade.  This group celebrates several milestones, including First Communion and Blessing of the Backpacks.  We meet once a month on the first Sunday immediately after worship for lunch, fellowship, and Bible study.  Sunday School for this group meets in the Godly Play Room from 9-9:45 each Sunday.  
The Middle School youth group is for youth 5th and 6th grade and prepares students for entering confirmation. We celebrate our Mission and Service Milestone.  This group also meets once a month on the first Sunday immediately after worship for lunch, fellowship, and Bible study. Mission work and BYG-er camp is included with this group.  Sunday School for this group meets in the Wubben Smith House from 9-9:45 each Sunday.
This group meets throughout the year for two consecutive years as they learn about what it means to be a Christian and a Lutheran.  They explore the Bible, Christian history and faith development. Sunday School for this group meets in the Wubben Smith House from 9-9:45 each Sunday.
This group ranges from fellowship to mission trips.  We have a dynamic schedule to accommodate busy high school students grades 9 th -12 th .  Sunday School for this group meets in the Wubben Smith House from 9-9:45 each Sunday.

For 6th grades through 12th grade --  This group meets at the church 2 Sundays each month following worship for fellowship, fun, and study.

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 the church office with updates ( or

Illness or Other Needs

Bill Aldred, friend Marylou & Dick Kuklentz 
Josh Baker, nephew of Abby Bostian 
Lemont Bell, friend of Gene Reid
Laurie Berger, friend of Harriett Easley
Lauren Bradshaw, friend of Sarah Sue Hardinger 
Freddie Bridges, mother of Michelle Hagle 
Peg Buckstad, member
Edie Bush, former member
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Freda Christ, member - has now returned to Charlotte to continue recovery
Marie Cochran, member 
Carol DiRe, member
Angel Duggins, sister to Laurie Stimac's daughter-in-law 
Charliese Eichler, sister of Marylou Kuklentz
Mike Eleazer, father-in-law of the McKittrick's daughter 
Eileen Folkerth, mother of Susan Goerke
Vinnie Frisina, member
Jennifer Gazda, member  
MaryJo Gouge, friend of Janet Rasmussen
Consuella Harge, friend of Marie Cochran 
Chris Jackson,frequent visitor
Christian Jones, grandson of co-worker (no member name provided)
Jeannie Jones, former Preschool teacher & friend of Marie Cochran 
Bill Kirkpatrick, friend of Gene Reid
Dick Kuklentz, member
Waylon Kuklentz, grandson of Dick & Marylou Kuklentz
Richard & Phyllis Lester, parents of Sharon Thrower 
Nancy Lowndes, daughter-in-law of Dawn Schaeffer
Ray Matthews, father of Jesse Priser
Justin Mertz, nephew of Diane Jowers
Mertz Family, family of Diane Jowers
Rick Messina, member
Stephen Moeller, son of Joe and Joan Moeller 
Dick Moser, the uncle of Sharon Thrower 
Charlotte Nodine, Mother-in-law of Sarah Beth Mortensen Nodine
Deb Park, member
Leo Peeler, member
Chip Priser, member
Barbara Reid, aunt of Susan Lewis
Shannon Roberson, member
Donald Roth, nephew of Kalvin Roberson
Eric Sanburg, former member 
John Sawin, cousin of Carolyn Osborne
Richard Schulz, brother-in-law of Dan & Jan Otolski
Pam Simyon, daughter-in-law of Dick & Mary Lou Kuklentz
Myra Steele, sister-in-law of Jennifer Frisina
Daniel Veit, son of Don and Joyce Veit 
Herbert Watson, member
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Lisa Williams, member
Renaté Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace

Our RITI guests on January 20th:     Trina, Lindsay, Sarah, Melea, Kiara, Tyiesha, Alisha, Hope, Jasmine, Shereese, Wailon, Tynasia, Jada, Makayla



Deaths  -- We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially ....

Gladys Willams, Aunt of Lisa Williams, on January 8
George Sachno, Vice President of North Carolina Lutheran Men in Mission, on January 17
Michael Stevens on January 20

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 Harriett Easley at, or 704-549-1555 ext. 101 or Pam Rhynes at ext 103