Thanks for reading our weekly E-Herald. Please read to the bottom to stay up to date on everything happening here at AdventELC. It's an exciting time to be the church!

ALL ARE WELCOME
to our
Midweek Lenten Series & Soup Supper
Wednesday
Supper @ 6:30p | Service @ 7:15p


  • See Christ Clearly this week
  • Mid-Week Lenten Series
  • Go Getters
  • Birthdays This Week
  • Upper Arlington Community News
1st Sunday in Lent

Today's gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.

The scripture readings for this week include:


AdventELC's theme for the year is: See Christ Clearly in 2020. We look to direct our attention and energy in two ways: seeing Christ clearly personally and showing Christ clearly to the world.
Live Streaming of AdventELC's worship services have longed been dreamed about, but now they are a reality.
by Pastor Aaron Layne

It was a plan set in motion some time ago as we have systematically improved the technology around the worship space and Fellowship Hall. Due to the dedication of so many, the giving of time, talents, and treasures, the last part of the upgrade plan was completed this past week with the purchase and installation of Live Streaming equipment.

There are many to thank, from Joan Hinton and Chuck & Phylis Graver, who's generous memorial gifts have made a lasting impact on our mission and ministry, to the Church Councils of past and present as well as the Administration Team and Chair Ed Cooper for their vision to take care of the needs of those who are here at AdventELC, as well as spreading God's Word to the world.

Dale Bicker, Del Phillips, Mike Deeter, and so many others have literally saved this congregation thousands of dollars by donating their time and expertise to obtain and install equipment.

Some may ask, Why Live Streaming? A fair question.

The goal of any church is to reach people and touch lives. Our goal and our focus, especially in this year of 2020 is to SEE CHRIST CLEARLY and to MAKE CHRIST CLEARLY SEEN.

By streaming our services and other events, we are able to take this ministry beyond the walls of the church, connecting with more people than ever before in the name of Jesus.

Increased access to the internet has transformed the way people communicate. It is nearly impossible to be in a public place for more than a few minutes without seeing someone use a smartphone to check Facebook, read an article, or send a quick text.

Churches across the country have started to take advantage of this high-tech era by streaming their services. Observing that their community is spending more and more time on their various digital devices, savvy churches can stay relevant by meeting their members where they are: online. 

1. Reach Seekers
Live video streaming allows us to reach people we have never reached before. Take a moment to imagine someone who has never set foot in a church, whose parents never spoke about God, and whose friends don’t identify with religion. Still, that person might be curious about the Bible and wants to learn more. Though we’ve all driven by hundreds of churches, most people who fit this description will start their search on Google instead of walking through the doors of a church. Showing our services online shows them a glimpse of the community they could join.

2. Connect With People Who Are Home Sick
On an average Sunday morning, most churches in America could fill the rosters of several baseball teams with people who have stayed home - either because they’re sick or because they’re caring for someone one who is. One of the most practical and consistently relevant applications of streaming is that it allows the 34-year-old mother to stay at home with her coughing 6- year-old while still tuning into take part in her weekly worship.

3. Share Important Moments
Every year, we host important events - weddings, music from the Live Nativity, BEARS programs, funerals/memorial services, and more. Sometimes, however, the people who want to be there just can’t make it. Being able to watch the event streamed live lets these people share those important moments, despite their physical distance.

4. Bless those Faraway
Our community members aren’t confined to the walls of your church...our ministry shouldn’t be either. Individuals and families who have been apart of AdventELC have moved away for various reasons, yet still want to connect to this family of faith.
Live video streaming is a special tool that can bring them the comfort of home, even when as they adjust to their new surroundings and find a new church home. The ability to tune into your church online can bless them in a special way, even when they're hundreds or thousands of miles away.

5. Welcome New Families
Before believers move to a new area, they’ve often searched online for the new church they can join. After all, a church is a haven for anyone new to a community. Showcasing our sermons and services online makes them more comfortable with who you are, what you’re about, and what they should expect from your ministry; it lets new families see if your church is the right fit for them.

PLEASE SHARE our new online presence with those you know online. Use one of these graphics we have designed to invite others from your social media platforms to come to church with you, digitally!
A suggested caption:

Can't come to church in person? I invite you to come to the church I go to, Advent Lutheran Church! We are now #LiveStreaming all of our worship services.
Our Sunday morning worship services will be broadcasted at 8:30am on YouTube.com/adventlutheranchurch, and at 11am on fb.me/adventelc.
Our Midweek Lenten services on Wednesdays at 7:15pm will also be on our YouTube page.
Noteworthy News
Donations are Needed
Our supplies are getting low!

We are ready to do the next batch of Blessing Bags and need donations to be put into them. Please click here
to see the list of donations needed. Contact Matt Pittman with any questions.

_____________________________


Go-Getter's Outing

On Thursday, March 5, (yes Thursday) at 6:00 p.m., we will be going to The Rail located at 5839 Frantz Rd, Dublin, OH 43016. (use the first entrance to Karric Square shopping center) Sign up in the Narthex or contact Marilyn or Mike Knilans at 614-457-6020 with an questions.
Midweek Lenten Series and Soup Supper
Wednesday
Supper @ 6:30p
Service @ 7:15p
What is faith? The text from Hebrews 11:1 defines it in this way:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  

This series focuses on the book of Hebrews, especially the eleventh chapter. The first four weeks provide a journey through the faith of the Old Testament figures, especially Noah, Abraham, Moses, and the Israelites. The fifth week brings us to Jesus, “the perfecter of our faith,” and his path to the cross.
Join us for this wonderful worship series as well as our FREE Soup Supper! Every Wednesday all are welcome to sit down for some food and fellowship. Fill your stomach and your heart as we get to know each other and worship with on another!

Willing to Help?
If you have First Aid Certification and would be willing to help out in case of an emergency until assistance arrives, please let Holly Cronau know.
Women's Bible Study
Every Picture Can Tell God's Story
The Women's Bible Study continues with "Snapshot 4" continues on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. The next six sessions of this study are designed to open your eyes to new ways you can be a witness of Jesus using your own photographs and experiences. As you work assembling your witness books, you'll see how photographs of a child's smiling face, a rugged hiking path, family portraits, sun on snow, storm clouds and other images captured in the past can help tell God's story of salvation.
If you have missed the first three sessions, please come to the last three. Bring ten of your favorite photographs with you and jot down some notes on why these are important to you. In addition to studying God's Word, we will be matching appropriate Bible verses to our pictures.
All women of the church are welcome. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the church.
Julie Page 614-519-1014
Jane Moore 734-735-1216
Community News
In Upper Arlington
The first round of community engagement has begun. Read on for a summary of how to get involved:

Community Pop Ups
  • Giant Eagle Market District (Kingsdale) – 6-8 pm, Fri, February 21
  • UA High School Production of Cinderella – 6:30 pm, Sat, February 22
  • UA Senior Center – 10 am-Noon, Thu, February 27, 1945 Ridgeview Road
  • Hastings Middle School Production of Frozen – 6:30 pm, Fri, March 6
  • Middle Schools Concourse Gallery Reception – 2-4 pm, Sun, March 8, 3600 Tremont Road

Community Meeting
6-8 pm, Thursday, February 27, UA Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road
Learn more about the feasibility study, and provide your feedback on the primary questions being addressed in this first phase.
 
Surveys – A statistically valid survey will be fielded late February through late March, mailed to 3,000 randomly selected households. As the statistically valid survey process nears its end, a second version will be available online for all residents to complete.
 
Youth Engagement – A series of youth specific surveys will be fielded late February, targeting students and providing an opportunity for them to have a voice in the process.

The holidays are a great time for college students to start thinking about summer job opportunities, and the City is already looking to fill lifeguard & other seasonal positions.

Did someone share this email with you? Sign up to receive more of our emails.