There is a lot of information in this E-Herald edition. 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!

  • See Christ Clearly: Social Media Posting
  • Israel Trip Update
  • Souper Bowl of Caring 2020 Score Update
  • LOMO Camp Song Sunday
  • AdventELC Window Clings
2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the one anointed by the Spirit. In the liturgy we come and see Christ revealed among us in word and meal. We go forth to invite others to come and worship the Holy One and to receive the gifts of grace and peace made known among us.

The scripture readings for this week include:

AdventELC will be focusing on a theme: Seeing 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.
Help for the Exhausted Parent read the article here

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God!" We are told that in order to see Christ clearly it helps to be still and quiet. Yet, with so many demands on our lives, especially parents, making room for silence and stillness usually just means just going to bed.

However, now may be a good time to get a handle on the noise in your life. What does it tell you if you always: turn on a TV when entering a room, walk or run with iPod plugs, always have your cell on? Is your quiet time accompanied by something programmed by someone else? For some people, music or other ambient noise can help mood and motivation, but for all of us there are times when even good ambient noise just masks what we’re really feeling.

Ask yourself: when is the moment during the day that you hear your heart, your breathing, your own pulse? Those sounds are the music of your life that only you can orchestrate. Do you hear it?

Letting go is probably the best thing we can do to restore health and wholeness to our well-being. It is also one of the most difficult things to do. So give it a shot and remember the gift of grace.

Due to a high volume of Confirmation Students and High Schoolers going on the Ski Retreat, Youth Night for Sunday, January 19 is cancelled.
Last Week's Sermon
For those going to Israel
Pastor Layne sent an important email out on Tuesday containing our flight schedule, details of an upcoming special meeting, and an addition to our itinerary.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Advent's teaming up with
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
to help put a tackle on hunger!
The Need
In any given week, 207,700 different Ohioans receive emergency food assistance just to get by. All donations of items and monies collected from this outreach go directly to Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio Food Pantries.

How to Participate
During the entire month of January and February 2 (Super/Souper Bowl Sunday) whatever side of the sanctuary you sit on determines which team you are on.

​You'll either be a Lightning Lutheran or a Pugnacious Preacher!
(please sit on the same side all month because if you switch that would be cheating and we might not notice but God will :-)

The Points
For every food item you donate, your team will get one point.
For every dollar you donate your team will get four (4) points.
This is because the LSS can stretch your $1 donation to $4 of buying power!
Each week Pastor Aaron will give you updates on the score via our weekly E-Herald.

The History
For the past three years the Pugnacious Preachers have given much and tried hard, but the Lightning Lutheran's tradition of winning has just been too much. the Preachers made it tough in 2017, but the Lightning Lutherans were quick and right when it came to the half-time game.
Souper Bowl Sunday
On February 2, all are welcome to join in some Souper Bowl fun at 9:45 a.m. as we enjoy food and a Family Feud style game with answers the congregation provided. The survey will be sent out next week for you to fill out.

All of this is to have some fun while gaining those last minute points for your team!
Souper Bowl
First Sunday Fellowship
On February 2, the Parish Life team is asking you to bring "tailgate foods" for the First Sunday Fellowship between the services. More information to come. See Susan Phillips for more information.
Noteworthy News
Share Your Skills
Attention medically
trained members?

We are putting together a list of members who are willing to administer first aid when the need arises. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity minister. Please contact Holly Cronau or Jean Pontious with questions. You can also give your name to Mary Garland. Thanks for considering this opportunity!!
Altar Flowers
The 2020 Flower Chart is posted above the Usher Stand in the Narthex. This year, the flower price has been raised to $22.00 from the florist. We thank you for your past purchases and ask that you please continue to purchase these flowers that decorate the Altar.
LOMO Camp Sunday
Plan to join us on January 26 at both services for CAMP SUNDAY . Jenny Franz from LOMO will be here as our worship leader and to lead us in a contemporary service with a "camp theme." You're invited to wear your flannel to church!
Women's Bible Study
Every Picture Can Tell God's Story
What use do you make of the photographs you've taken or received? Have you ever thought of using them as a way to witness to Jesus' saving love and God's power and provision in our lives? The images you've captured through the lens of your camera can tell God's story in a unique, creative, and compelling way.  
Join us as we create "Witness Books" in keeping with the church's theme of seeing God clearly in 2020. We will be using photographs, Bible verses, hymns, prayers and poems. The second of our six week session is January 28, at 10:00 in the church Narthex. Bring your Bible and four of your favorite photos with you. For more information, call Julie Page 614-519-1014 or Jane Moore 734-735-1216.
Confirmation Winter Retreat
6-8th graders DON'T MISS OUT!

Step out of the church and into the woods for a weekend of hiking, games, crafts, campfires, discovery Bible study and worship!

February 14-16, 2020 for an all inclusive $113.
Student Achievers
The Columbus Blue Jackets are proud to offer Student Achievers, powered by AEP, as a program that recognizes high performing and improved students for their academic accomplishments!
Through Student Achievers students that receive straight A's, or improve a full letter grade in one subject, over the course of a grading period are eligible to receive up to two FREE Blue Jackets tickets.

How it works:

  1. Register using the button below. Fill out the information and be sure to upload a copy of the student's report card (upload two if showing improvement).
  2. Students being deemed eligible for tickets will receive an email with instructions.
  3. The offer can be used to redeem up to two tickets for select 2019-2020 Blue Jackets home games.
Get Them While They Are HOT!
For the next two Sundays or as supplies last, we will have available the free and new window clings to be used for your cars to "advertise" Advent.
Simply look for the AdventELC 2020 Calendar pens in the Narthex baskets and you will also find these window clings.
Feel free to take one for each car and take pride in your church!
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