AdventELC's Updated Response:
Connecting in Isolation
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AdventELC has closed its doors and will not reopen them for ANY and ALL in-person ministries and outside groups
until April 2, 2020.

This includes worship services,
Bible Studies, Ministries, Team Meetings, and choir rehearsals.

This is subject to change. We will update you as needed.

Staff will be mostly working from home, with the exception of assorted days.

As we work with the phone company to forward church phone calls, members please feel free to call Pastor Layne directly at 614-570-8807.

While we grieve the loss of our public gathering for worship it is imperative that we limit physical contact. Thanks be to God that we can still worship together via technology. And even as grateful as we are for all of the online options we have, the Body of Christ becomes incarnate for all of us when we gather together, when we taste the bread and wine and dip our fingers in the font. Yet, it is precisely those actions: gathering, touching, tasting, splashing, that endanger the very people we love, the very people we have been called to share and work alongside in and for the Kingdom of God. And we would rather mourn this short loss for this relatively short time, than mourn more loss of life. How sweet it will be when we can safely gather.

Until that day it's important to keep connecting with each other in this time of isolation. How do we do that? Remember that conversations will not be cancelled. Relationships will not be cancelled. Love will not be cancelled. Songs will not be cancelled. Reading will not be cancelled. Self-care will not be cancelled. Hope will not be cancelled. The good news that Christ is risen will not be cancelled!
Today Pastor Aaron Layne was on a conference call with 70+ pastors and the Bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod , Rev. Suzanne Dillahunt, and staff with a doctor and their recommendations for effective ministry in Jesus' name going forward.

It was STRONGLY recommended that we stay closed at least until April 2.

Our Synod (Greek for walking together) is part of Region 6 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ( ELCA ) and consists of:
  • 187 congregations
  • 59,471 baptized members
  • 353 rostered ministers (clergy and deacons)
  • Our territory covers 21,685 square miles

It was stressed to us that the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can and must go forward. Thanks be to God that we have every intention of doing just that.

Pastor Layne and Jean Pontious will lead us in live-streamed worship on Sundays at 10:30am and Wednesdays at 7:15pm.
You are strongly encouraged to worship with us online.
Please note that you are not watching worship, you are worshipping ! We have the words to both the hymns and the service displayed on the screen so that you can fully participate in the worship. The Holy Spirit connects us, even when we are apart.
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In this time when we cannot worship in person
we can (and will) still worship together!
Midweek Lenten Worship: Wednesday, March 18 at 7:15pm
Looking at Week 3 of our series By Faith: Moses
By faith, Moses chose the hard path to follow God’s call. How does our faith affect the choices we must make?

Sunday Morning Worship
March 22 at 10:30am
The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. “I was blind, now I see,” declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved children. As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.

Midweek Lenten Worship: Wednesday, March 25 at 7:15pm
Looking at Week 4 of our series By Faith: The Israelites
By faith, generations of Israelites wandered the wilderness, entered the promised land, heard the words of the prophets, and suffered persecution. Amid life’s joys and difficulties, how do we persevere in our faith?

Sunday Morning Worship
March 29 at 10:30am
In today’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, these stories proclaim God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life. At the Easter Vigil we will welcome the newly baptized as we remember God’s unfailing promise in our baptism.

Midweek Lenten Worship: Wednesday, April 1 at 7:15pm
Looking at Week 5 of our series By Faith: Jesus
Enduring the cross, Jesus became “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” How does the way of the cross define our faith?

Making the Best of the Situation
Service Spotlight
A woman on Facebook works at an assisted living facility that is on lockdown. While working she noticed something very touching.

A gentlemen's son comes to visit him every day and with this Coronavirus pandemic, he is not permitted in the building. What you see here is the creative way his son came up with so they can still visit each other.

This is what love does. This is what God does. When the world tries to block love and God you better believe God's love WILL find a way!

What creative ways is God's Spirit moving you to love your neighbor during this time?
Make Ministry Happen!

Please continue to be the active body of Christ and carriers of God's love and grace, especially during this tough time.

Two things you can do:
  1. Make the call. Reach out to a fellow faith family member at AdventELC. You can access our online directory by clicking here.
  2. Make an art project and send it to someone else to brighten their day! Children can do this, yes, as well as anyone! Send it to a shut in (email Pastor for details and ideas), someone in the hospital, or simply to your next door neighbor!
Bible Study with Pastor Aaron
Online Bible Study with PAL
Starting Thursdays at 10:30am Pastor Aaron will be live streaming a Bible Study based on the epistle (second) lesson for the upcoming Sunday.

This will be a way that we can dive into the Word of God before we worship together on Sunday!

Just go to YouTube.com/adventlutheranchurch and up to 10 minutes before 10:30am and you will see the live stream there!

Make sure to chat with PAL using the chat feature to post comments and questions!
Take Time in Prayer
#FreePrayerWithPAL Wednesdays
Join Pastor Aaron in his normal time of prayer and care called #FreePrayerwithPAL. 

Usually PAL goes to Panera Bread and prays with friends, church members, and strangers. However due to the Coronavirus, that can't happen for a bit. So rather than cancel it, he's changing things up!

Join PAL during this hour of prayer where he will read Scripture and lead us in prayer. In the chat column you can tell him your prayer requests and he'll pray for you in real time!