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This Sunday, This Week
September Sermon Series Continues
Unfortunately, there are erroneous beliefs about God and Christianity that have snuck their way into modern church culture. These popular phrases or ways of thinking are in direct conflict with what scripture actually teaches. Join us each September Sunday, as this 5-week sermon series looks at different phrases the Bible doesn’t actually say, comparing them to what the Bible actually does say.
This Week's Topic and Readings:

What the Bible Doesn’t Say:
“If God closes one door, He’ll open another (or a giant window).” 

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-11; Psalm 32; Romans 8:26-28; John 18:1-11

Big Idea of the Message:
Yes, this may have the a potential for stock image inspiration in your social media feed, and it does have some truth to it. The Bible does promise that God will keep us headed in the right direction: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8)

But the “way you should go” doesn’t necessarily mean God will make an escape hatch for us when times get tough or when we don’t seem to be making progress. In fact, God often does some of His best work in our waiting, as He teaches us to trust Him more.

This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

You work every day to make your community a better place in the name of Jesus. As a part of a larger church, let us proclaim the love of Christ by the love we show our neighbors by taking part in this special weekend of service... as a church.

How can you serve?
Service has many faces and there are many ways that you can utilize the gifts God has given you to be a blessing to others in Jesus' name. AdventELC has a few intentional ways to help you serve the Lord. Help us to assemble Blessing Bags for the homeless on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Thanks to everyone who brought in items to donate for the Blessing Bags.
These will be assembled on Saturday morning, (9/8) at 10:00 a.m.
The bags will be free and available for you to pick up, one per car, starting Sunday.
The Bed Brigade
The Bed Brigade – a shared ministry with St. John Lutheran Church in Grove City – provides beds to families in need while at the same time sharing the love of Jesus Christ. There are two ways to help: one group builds the bed frames and one group delivers the beds, new sheets and blankets with a pillow, a toy, and a Bible that is age appropriate. Advent delivers beds one Saturday a month. It takes 2-3 hours. We need volunteers as well as drivers with a pick-up truck. The joy of walking into a house and seeing kids excited to get their own bed is priceless!  
For God’s Work, Our Hands weekend, we will be delivering beds on Saturday, Sept. 8th. Meet at the church at 9:30 AM. Please sign up in the Narthex and indicate if you have a pick-up truck. Any questions, contact Bob Swinehart.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes is a shared ministry with the Salvation Army in Worthington, Ohio. This is an outreach to serve hot meals and pray with the homeless. We meet at the Salvation Army at 2:00 to cook the food. At 4:00, we leave the Salvation Army in a canteen truck and handout the food at three different stops. We are usually done around 7:00 pm.  We need volunteers to cook the food and/or deliver. It is a wonderful outreach and sharing Jesus’ love is a blessing, for both the person receiving the food and the people preparing/delivering it. 
For God’s Work, Our Hands weekend, we will be cooking and delivering on Sunday, September 9. Meet at the Salvation Army, 760 Worthington Woods Blvd in Worthington, OH. Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex. 
My Family and Me
for God's Work. Our Hands.
My Family and Me is a ministry at Advent geared for our young children aged 18 months-4 years old. We have been asked to plan an event on God's Work Our Hands day on September 8th. Last year we put together a small treat to put into the Blessing Bags and so we will plan on the same thing this year.
Please try to join us on Saturday, September 8th at 10AM at Advent as we put together a small treat for the blessing bags and then have some time for the kids to play together. All needed materials and a snack will be provided.

Please let me know if you plan to attend. Older/younger siblings are welcome as well. 

I hope to see you all there!
Karrie Clark
Looking for some "God's Work. Our Hands" Gear?
If you are looking to make your faith obvious and to literally SHOW people why you are out in the world doing acts of service, then perhaps you might want to click on over to Old Lutheran is your one-stop-shop for all things fun and Lutheran. From God's Work. Our Hands. apparel, to limited edition Martin Luther bobblehead dolls, to Here I Stand socks, this sight is worth exploring!
Isabel's Quilters
Information Meeting
We are hoping to continue the ministry to provide quilts to the Lutheran World Relief project that Isabel Leonard started and Jeni Lahman continued leadership for the group. There will be two information meetings. One was held on Tuesday, September 4. The next one will be on Saturday, September 8 in the Music office at Advent. Won’t you join us to learn how you can participate? There are lots of ways to be involved from cutting squares, piecing quilts, helping to assembling to prepare for final stitching, and knotting quilts. Men, women, teens, could be involved. For information, contact Norma Pitts, 614-457-8965 or Barb Murphy at 614-457-9920.
Sign up in the Narthex if interested in participating in quilting!
Free Prayer with PAL Wednesdays
Each Wednesday from about noon - 2:00pm Pastor Aaron goes just down the road from AdventELC to Panera Bread on Tremont Road with an appetite for lunch and for sharing God's presence through prayer.

Anyone is welcome to share a prayer with Pastor through sitting down and praying on the spot or through written prayer requests on his tablet of paper or things directly messaged to him via social media.

If you get a chance, feel free to stop by!
Prayer Requests
We have a network of people at Advent who are committed to praying to God on behalf of others in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns, and emergency situations. 
If you have such a request, please feel free to Email a prayer request to:
RALLY DAY - Sunday School Kickoff
This means that Sunday School for all will be in full force.

This year the children in Pre-K - 5th grade will be learning all about the life of Jesus. Each week we will hear a different story, watch a video, do a craft and play a game.

Confirmation class - 6th - 8th grade will be using the Better Bible curriculum where they study different people of the Bible.
Registration Form
Sunday School for children age 3 through high school will begin again on Rally Day, Sunday, Sept. 9th at 9:45. We will gather in the sanctuary and then go to classes as indicated below.

Middle School and High School students-basement

2nd -4th grade-Classroom across from nursery

Kindergarten and 1st grade-Classroom across from Pastor’s office

Ages 3 and 4-Nursery

Contact person- Anne Pforsich
Confirmation & High School Youth
6-12 grader Youth Nights are back in full swing THIS SUNDAY from 5:30p - 7:30p!
(this was a picture of our youth at the Back 2 School Bash last Sunday)
y 2 Cookout!
The Y 2 Campfire/Cookout will be on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m.

We will provide hotdogs, but we need your help bringing other food for our fellowship!
Angel and Youth Choirs Kickoff
The Angels and the Youth choir will kick off the season with pizza next Thursday, Sept. 13th at 6:30. We will eat and sing some.
Schedules will be given out at our first rehearsal. Contact Jean Pontious with any questions.
Coming Soon
Tell Someone: Evangelism for Normal People
We hope you'll join Pastor Aaron and the Advent Adult Sunday School Class on Sundays for an hour starting at 9:45am for a refreshing look at evangelism that is designed to share the good news of Jesus Christ with people in places already in your daily routines.

See more, including videos, at
Bridges Out of Poverty
September 16, 5:30p - 7:30p
Bridges Out of Poverty explores poverty and the hidden rules of class. The hidden rules of class effect many aspects of life for all of us but especially for those who live at or below the poverty line. If you want to work with people in poverty or if you simply want a deeper understanding of the issues of poverty this information is eye opening. We will also explore Toxic Charity and what churches and individuals can do to not only gain a deeper understanding of the challenges of poverty but also ways to create opportunities for change. 

The class will be held on Sunday, September 16 from 5:30-7:30 here at Advent Lutheran Church, 3660 Kenny Road, Columbus. 
The class will be led by Pastor Sally Padgett, of First English Lutheran Church in Columbus.
There is no registration for this workshop...just show up with a willingness to learn!
Bridges Out of Poverty is sponsored by the SOS Congregational Vitality Team.
Church News
Bring in your Coffee Cans
Altar Guild is in need of your clean coffee cans. They use these for the Altar flowers. If you have any to donate please bring them to the Sacristy. Thank you!
Thanks to the staff and volunteers who helped with the memorial service for Andrew Klinksick this past Thursday. There was a large amount of people who attended which meant that a team effort was needed to allow those in attendance to focus on their grief and God's comforting presence. Thank you to our staff who performed gracefully and smoothly. Thank you to our volunteers from the sound booth to the kitchen, making sure that all were cared for.

With deep gratitude, Pastor Aaron Layne
Dear friends in Christ,
Thank you so very much for your prayers, cards, gifts and visits.  Judy and I feel so very blessed to have you all as parts in our lives. It was an honor and privilege to serve you for so many years. It is even more so to be served by you during this time of healing.  We thank our Lord every day for your love and support.
PAL, special thanks for going beyond the call.... Every time Pastor came to see me I was just starting a physical therapy session.  
Blessings,  Pastor and Judy Saunders
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