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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.

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                                    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 -  January 12 - discussion of the Gospel Reading for the Day - Baptism of Jesus;   starting January 19 -   "Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer," using a DVD and discussion.  
Adults:  Campus Center -- starting January 12 through February 23 --  "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (see details in news section below)

Other Opportunities for Study
Wednesdays beginning January 15, 11:45am, through February 26, room 136 --   "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (see details in news section below)
Sunday, January 19th -- in Campus Cente r immediately after Worship -- Christian Contemplative Life



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A QUICK LISTING OF SCHEDULED EVENTS AT ADVENT
Details of most events are found in this newsletter (marked with *)

January 9 -  Movie night - "The Mission -- Parlor  6-8pm * - in Parlor
January 9 - YogaFaith resumes in Orinson - 7pm 
January 11 - Snowtubing for youth (rescheduled to February 16 *
January 11 - Council/Board Chair Retreat - Orinson Hall  10am
January 12 - Adult Sunday School in Campus Center - Bonhoeffer's "Life Together (through February 23) - 9-9:45am *
January 12 - Confirmation meets in Orinson -- 11:15am-1pm - Congregation invited to come and share tabernacle experience
January 15 - Lunch & Learn - Bonhoeffer's "Life Together (ongoing through February 19) - Room 136 11:45-12:45 *
January 15 - Deadline for Wubben Education Award Requests *
January 16 - Adventurers January Event - Gathering Space 12 noon *
January 17 - Advent Book Club - Panera University 6pm *
January 19 - Congregation/Confirmation in Orinson Hall for tabernacle experience -- following worship *
January 19 - Lunch & Learn --   video and discussion of the ELCA's  "Apology to people of African Descent" - 11:15-1 in the Gathering Space *
January 19 - Contemplative Practices - Campus Center immediately following Worship
January 21 - Lutheran Men monthly event - 6:30pm location tbd
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 11:45am
January 28 - Micah 6:8 (Social Justice) small group - Parlor 7pm (meeting date corrected from last week's notice)
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 - Kids for Christ and Route56 groups meet after worship 
February 6-9 - Storytelling Event at Advent and Cross and Crown *
February 29 - Snow tubing for youth - rescheduled from January 11 *
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NEWS FROM ADVENT 
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CONGREGATION / CONFIRMATION OPPORTUNITY 

On Sunday, January 19 immediately following worship, the congregation is invited to join the confirmation class in Orinson Hall to view and discuss the replica of the Jewish tabernacle which will be on display.
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ANNUAL CHILI DINNER 6PM ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH   Chili Supper

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. See announcement below and Keith Wassum for basketball tickets.

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."

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JANUARY 25TH IS AN ADVENT DOUBLEHEADER! 
BASKETBALL AND CHILI!

 Time is running out!  On Saturday, January 25th, Advent's Lutheran Men will sponsor  
their annual family basketball outing at 4pm at UNC Charlotte Halton Arena with the 49ers versus Florida Intern ational University.  Friends and family are welcome!   

Immediately following the game, around 6pm, the annual June and Mable Porter Chili Dinner will take place at the church.  Proceeds from the free-will offering at the meal will go to support our Room in the Inn program.  

Tickets for the game are $5 each.  Go directly to the UNC campus for the game.   Parking is free and convenient.   The Advent group will sit together.    Deadline to purchase tickets is January 19th but for planning purposes, it would be helpful to purchase them early!  Payment for tickets must be made at time of sign-up.

For more information, see Keith Wassum in the Gathering Space after service on January12th or 19th or call him at 704-597-1174.
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ADVENTURERS MEETS ON JANUARY 16

Our Adventurers' gathering will be Thursday, January 16, at 12 noon in the Gathering Space.  All food will be provided so there is no need for anyone to bring anything.    In addition to fellowship, devotions, and Communion, Seth Horton, grandson of Leo Peeler, will talk with us about senior scams which are rampant.  We hope you will make plans to attend.  It promises to be an interesting program as there are so many scams out and they keep getting more sophisticated.  Come and bring friends!  
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WUBBEN EDUCATION AWARD REQUESTS DUE JANUARY 15

Attention Students:  It's time to submit your application and grades for Wubben Education Awards/Scholarships for this Spring.  Our submission deadline for applications (including your semester grades and proof of current enrollment) is January 15.  Applications can be found on our website (member dashboard) or by e-mailing 
wubbendistribution@gmail.com.  Completed applications and grades may also be submitted to the church office (hard copy) or by e-mail to  wubbendistribution@gmail.com .  Please use PDF or Word format when submitting attachments via e-mail.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!

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.


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        FILMING EXPERIENCE NEEDED
FOR STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

Do you have experience filming events?  Do you have a camera that takes high quality video?  If you can answer "Yes" to either or both of those questions, then we need your help with the Storytelling Event..  We need 2 evening events filmed at Advent on February 6th and 8th, and a sermon filmed at Cross & Crown Lutheran on February 9th.  Please reach out to Pastor Ward or Carol Schierlmann asap if you are able to help.  Thank you.
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FREE TICKETS TO BUILD, REMODEL, & LANDSCAPE EXPO

The church has received a quantity of tickets to the Build, Remodel, & Landscape Expo, January 10-12, at the Charlotte Convention Center.  If you are interested in attending, pick up a ticket from the small table beside main entrance door in narthex.  First-come, first serve while supply lasts!
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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:   
 

Need for January 13:  Need additional sleepover person to arrive by 7pm and leave at 6:15am
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LUNCH & LEARN IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Social Ministry board is hosting a Lunch and Learn on January 19 immediately after worship to view the video of the ELCA's recent "Apology to People of African Descent" which took place June 2019. We will view the video and allow time for reflection and group discussion, facilitated by Lenore Watson. RSVP not required but requested to dwassum@bellsouth.net to assure plenty of food!

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YOGA-FAITH NEW OFFERINGS



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RESCHEDULED SNOW TUBING EVENT 
FROM JANUARY 11 TO FEBRUARY 29


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NEW CONGREGATIONAL BOOK STUDY

Beginning January 12th there will be 2 offerings for a study of the book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer entitled "Life Together"

The first offering will be during the Sunday School hour, 9-9:45am in the Campus Study January 12-February 23.  (Start date is a revision from last week)
On Wednesdays, January 15-February 19, 11:45-1pm, Room 136, the same material will be covered.  Come to the one you prefer.

The book is available on Amazon.

To sign up or for questions, please see Carol Schierlmann,

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JANUARY MOVIE NIGHT AND DISCUSSION

The congregation is invited to join Pastor Ward in the Parlor on Thursday night, January 9th, at 6pm, to view the movie, "The Mission".   Discussion will follow.   Popcorn will be provided and attendees may feel free to bring their own dinner.

In this movie, a Jesuit priest enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives to Christianity. He soon builds a mission, where he is joined by a reformed slave trader seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the  land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. Mendoza and Gabriel resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task.                                          

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SUPER SOUP FOR JANUARY

           
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.

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SUNDAY MORNING PARKING
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.

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

CALENDAR REMINDER
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  ( churchadministrator@adventlu.org ) or Pam
( officeadmin@adventlu.org ).    Thanks, we appreciate your help.

CHURCH AND WUBBEN SMITH HOUSE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
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' PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP
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 12th
Baptism of our Lord - Sunday of Epiphany
Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-6    Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
      
We are entering the season of Epiphany.  January 12th is recognized as the Christian feast day celebrating the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.  The word "Epiphany" comes from Greek and means to show Jesus revealed to the world.

Lay Assistant
     Angie Martin
Usher Captain
   John Lewis
Reader  
   Peter Christ
Greeters
   Keith & Diane Wassum
Acolytes
   Brooke & Abby Hibbeler
Altar Guild
   Lynn McKittrick & Connie Searing
Counters
   Dick Kuklentz & LD Shockley
Bread
   Karla Jensen
 
January 19th -- 2nd Sunday of Epiphany
Lesson: Isaiah 49:1-7   Gospel: John 1:29-42
 
Lay Assistant
   Lenore Watson
Usher Captain
   Ed Efird
Reader 
     Debra Efird
Greeters
   Tim Caldwell & Barb Blish
Acolytes
   Donavan Hankins & Ashley Watson
Altar Guild
   Tanya DeGrace & Lynn McKittrick
Counters
   Keith & Diane Wassum
Bread
   Jennifer Frisina


Quick Links


Flowers are placed in the church this week in memory of Tripp Anthony by Pam Rhynes



Spiritual Development 

LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ?
Come and join the Advent Book Club.   Meeting at  6pm  at University Panera on dates specified.  All are welcome. Contact  Jennie Henderson ( jhendersonfit@gmail.com ). 

January 17 --  "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett
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

YOGAFAItH

YOGAFAItH  has a new instructor and a new offering!   Thursday  night classes will resume in the gym on January 9 at 7pm.  Beginning February 1st, a Saturday morning class will be held at 10am.   Our instructor will be Darlene Kendrick.  New people are invited to join at any time.  Just show up with a mat and $5!   
For questions, contact Brooke at  youthandmilestones@adventlu.org 

PRAYER AND MEDITATION OF THE DAY
If you are interested in receiving short daily prayer and devotions, please email  spiritualdev@adventlu.org  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 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 

ADVENT SMALL GROUPS
"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. 



 
COMMUNICATE AND CONNECT: 
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  churchadministrator@adventlu.org

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.

GIVING ENVELOPES IN THE PEWS
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.

Outreach

USING YOUR VOICE TO SHAPE LEGISLATION
Your US Representative is determined by which district you live in. To find yours, use this link and key in your zip code:   https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.
The same goes for your NC state Senator and Representative. To locate yours, go to this site and key in your full address:    https://www.ncleg.gov/RnR/Representation

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:   https://charlottechamber.com/public-policy/elected-officials-contact-information/


SOCIAL ADVOCACY
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  ShannonHomesley@gmail.com .


 
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:

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS
(reschedule from January 11th)
 





CONFIRMATION MEETS JANUARY 12TH in  Orinson Hall at 11:15 --  A mini replica of the Jewish tabernacle will be available for viewing and discussion.  The congregation is invited to participate.


OUR MILESTONE AND YOUTH GROUPS AT ADVENT
 
KIDS 4 CHRIST
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.  
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL/Route 56
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.
 
CONFIRMATION
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.
 
HIGH SCHOOL
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.

SALTY SUNDAYS
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 ( officeadm@adventlu.org or  churchadministrator@adventlu.org)

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 
Ida & James Chisolm, members
Freda Christ, member - recovering in NY from fall and pneumonia
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 
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 
Leo Peeler, member
Chip Priser, member
Ruth Refsnider, member
Barbara Reid, aunt of Susan Lewis
Pam Rhynes, 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
Stacy Thompson, cousin of Ed Efird
Daniel Veit, son of Don and Joyce Veit 
Herbert Watson, member
Olivia & Benjamin Whaley, infant twins, friends of Ruth & Denny Refsnider 
Beverly Williams, member
Lewis Williams, member
Lisa Williams, member
Renaté Wilson, mother of Tanya DeGrace

Our RITI guests on January 6th:  Lionel, Richard, Christopher, Hugh, Jasmine, James, Theresa, Deborah, Tarance, Shereese, Wailon, Tynasia, Jada, Makayla
 
Births

Celebrations

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

Gladys Willams, Aunt of Lisa Williams, on January 8
Joan Georg, Mother of Diane Wassum, on January 2     
Helen Webb, Mother of Kuklentz' daughter-in-law, on December 27  
       


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 ThePastor@adventlu.org, or 704-549-1555 ext. 102
or Harriett Easley at ChurchAdministrator@adventlu.org, or 704-549-1555 ext. 101 or Pam Rhynes at officeadm@adventlu.org ext 103