In This Email:
Celebration on June 27th
Worship at Advent
Returning to In-Person Sanctuary Worship
Wednesday Prayer Service
Lifting Up Military Service Members
Quilters Are Back
Summer Faith Learning
Gift of Love
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Serving with Us
Summer Worship Volunteer Opportunities
Worshiping with Us
Faith Formation & Bible Study Links
We Have a Big
Announcement to Make on
Sunday, June 27th
Come to worship on June 27th and hear the exciting news. And, after worship we're going celebrate in a BIG way!
We'll have a bouncy house, face painting, lunch, beverages, and bubbles as we celebrate together!
Hybrid Parking Lot / Outdoor Worship Sundays and Wednesdays Through July 7th
Thanks be to God for leading us in worship this summer! Let us worship the Lord with thankful and hopeful hearts!  Weekly Outdoor Services, with Holy Communion, are on Sundays, 9:30 AM and Wednesdays, 6:30 PM.  These services are live streamed. 

  1. You can sit in chairs on the lawn or listen to worship in your vehicle, on 103.3 FM 
  2. Start livestreaming worship by tapping Watch Online 
  3. Use the Most Recent Worship Services to share or watch a previous worship service. 
 
Download the worship bulletin here
Returning to Worship
in the Sanctuary!
Sunday, July 11th

We're delighted to begin in-person worship in the sanctuary
on July 11th at 9:30 AM!
If you prefer, you are also welcome to stay
in your car and tune into103.3 FM and Live Streaming will continue.
We look forward to being with you for worship and fellowship again.

AND, plan to stay after worship for lunch, petting zoo, music, and putting together a service project kit!

HERE is the link to our returning to worship letter!
Prayer Service
Wednesdays at Noon
(in the sanctuary)
Please join us on Wednesdays at noon for Liturgy in Daily Prayer, a contemplative worship.
Lifting up Active Military Service Members
Please let the Advent Office know if you know of Service Members in our congregation, your family, or friends that we can lift up in prayer.
Send information to Office@adventlutheran.com or call 763-425-4243.
"Behind the Scenes of Worship"
We welcome your assistance!
We welcome the involvement of anyone interested in setting up our AV equipment for outdoor worship this summer, and providing sound and video support throughout summer and in the coming year. This opportunity is especially good for youth. Good training will be provided. 

We want this to be a fun experience for everyone. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please contact Dennis Wallisch, Minister of Music:  denniswallisch@adventlutheran.com.
Quilters Are Back in the Building!
All are welcome to join the Quilters on Thursdays at 9:00 am with coffee & treats at 10:00 am.
As they say, "If you can tie a knot, you can quilt!"
Please contact Sandy Cutler with any questions you may have: sandracutler11@comcast.net
~ Summer Faith Learning and Reflection ~
Save the Dates!
Summer is a great time to learn and reflect! We have some opportunities for faith learning and reflection this summer! Check them out below:

June 27th and July 11th – Race and Housing Discrimination. Our summer Gift of Love is supporting Avenues for Youth and our committee is excited to welcome two Avenues staff members to discuss the documentary,
Jim Crow of the North, and the effect of racism on housing in our state. Join us on Zoom (time TBD) on these Sundays for learning discussion. If you planning on joining, please register HERE.

July 25th and August 1st – Reflecting on COVID and Building Coping Mechanisms for Moving Forward. It has been a year+ of stress, anxiety, and change during the COVID-19 pandemic. As our lives continue to change and we move towards a new normal, join Ruth Foster-Koth, LICW to spend some time reflecting on the past year and learning valuable coping and resilience skills for moving forward as our world opens up. Join us on Zoom from 11 am – 12pm on these Sundays for learning and discussion.

August 8th – September 5th – New Book Study! Have you enjoyed our previous book studies on Dear Church, Manna and Mercy, and Braving the Wilderness? Join Pastor Elizabeth and Pastor Peter for a new book study and check our future ADVENTure newsletters to learn what the book will be!
Gift of Love ~ Avenues for Youth
May – August

For 25 years, Avenues for Youth has partnered with young people experiencing homelessness to achieve their dreams. They support young people ages 16-24 in Hennepin County, whether they need a place to stay for one night or for up to a year-and-a-half. By providing a stable home, trusting relationships, and assistance in navigating education, career, health, wellness, and housing goals, Avenues empowers youth to find their way out of homelessness. Since 2013, Avenues has operated Brooklyn Avenues, a home for youth experiencing homelessness in Brooklyn Park.

During the summer, our Gift of Love project will support Avenues for Youth through giving, education, and relationship-building. Look for opportunities soon to learn more about Avenues for Youth and how you can support Avenues this summer! 

Avenues for Youth recognizes that youth who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) desire culturally responsive housing. Abule is a collective housing (host family) program for youth who identify as BIPOC where community members share their home and resources with youth experiencing homelessness. Abule (A-boo-lay) translates to “The Village” in the Yoruba language. Abule centers BIPOC wisdom by re-learning cultural approaches and utilizing youth leadership. It supports housing youth who are experiencing homelessness through community ownership and partnership. In the program, youth and community members create a shared experience and approach power collaboratively. This means that power is not held over youth, but shared. We recognize that youth in the program have much to teach us, and that community members have much to teach them.

Advent gave $547 to Avenues for Youth in May which was a matched gift! Thank you for your donations!

Join us June 27th and July 11th – Race and Housing Discrimination. Our summer Gift of Love is supporting Avenues for Youth and our committee is excited to welcome two Avenues staff members to discuss the documentary, Jim Crow of the North, and the effect of racism on housing in our state. Join us on Zoom from 1 (time TBD) on these Sundays for learning discussion. If you planning on joining, please register HERE.

Go to their website to learn more about Avenues for Youth https://avenuesforyouth.org/
Thrivent Choice Dollars - April

Advent received $186.00 for the Thrivent Choice Dollars for the month of April.
Thank you for giving through Thrivent Choice Dollars!
Pastoral Care - Easy to Schedule!

In the case of an emergency:

** Call the church office.

** In the event the church office is closed, please call the church office and you will be directed to a way to reach a pastor.

We have an easy way to request an appointment for a one-on-one conversation with a pastor. Simply go to www.adventlutheran.com/pastoralcare. You will see a request form. Fill in the requested information and select a time, and one of the pastors will reach out to confirm the appointment with you.
SERVING WITH US

We believe that the love God shows us through Jesus Christ moves us to show love to our neighbors in service to the world. This weekly e-mail will highlight ways you can serve with us each week.
Mask Program Ends Successful Run

What an outstanding effort Advent's sewing volunteers have put forth during this last year! We have donated over a thousand masks to Central Lutheran, and before that, hundreds of masks to Lutheran World Relief. Sewing volunteers, we thank you so much for your time and talent in this endeavor. 

With the lifting of the Minneapolis mask mandate, Advent is proposing an end to our coordinated mask efforts. If you would like to make one last round, please bring any masks you have ready to Advent by June 25 and we will ship them to Central Lutheran. If any volunteers would like to continue making masks and send them to Central Lutheran yourself, we would be happy to connect you with their program. Again, thank you to all who collaborated with this project. It has been a joy to share your work
Volunteers welcome to help lead
worship on site this summer
We are eager to welcome back our worship volunteers into the roles of reading scripture, leading prayers or reciting the creeds in person. 
Advent staff will reach out to you as your date nears and will provide support throughout this process as needed. Please review the signup link below for dates and opportunities and reach out with any questions to Volunteer Coordinator Betsy Cardinal or Minister of Music Dennis Wallisch.
Prayer
Prayer is our personal connection with God and guides us individually and as a church. It is a vital part of our faith life, and an important way we can continue to minister to one another in this time of social distancing. We know that God hears our prayers and will empower us to see God’s will in our lives! 
 
Pray for our church and our world this week: for the continued opportunities to both worship and serve together in this time; for the many ways that we are still formed by our faith in this time; for our Church Council members; for doctors and nurses who are treating people with COVID; for all people who are sick with COVID; for our leaders as they work to effectively distribute the vaccine; for all people making transitions in life and work during this time; for this time of readjustment, for families as many students end their school year and begin summer schedules; for all Advent volunteers; for those who worship online with us who we haven’t met in person yet; for an end to white supremacy in our country, institutions, and hearts; for all people on our weekly prayer list:
Jeff D., Jan N., Mary B., Mark P., Connie S., Sharon L., Barb, McKenzie, Cory, Julie, Jeni F., Deanna G., Dave C., Kim T., Marlene I., Charlotte G., Marliss E., Pat D., Benjamin T., Pat E., Gary W., the families of Leroy Derosier, Irene Skogmo and Charlie Johnson, for all to be blessed by the Holy Spirit's faith

(Due to privacy concerns and internet safety protocol, we cannot publish last names.) For confidential prayer requests, you may leave a private voice mail by calling 763-425-4243 and pressing “2” when the answering machine picks up. You can also e-mail our Prayer Chain leaders.

WORSHIPING WITH US
Call to Worship 
~ By Nancy Townley 
 
What mysteries there are in God’s world! 
We, so sophisticated, stand in awe at the wonders
of the natural world. 
We look at the tiniest of seeds and wonder what will happen 
From that small seed will grow a large shrub. 
Although we consider our gifts to be small and insignificant, 
God will use our gifts in miraculous ways. 
Praise the God of small seeds and mighty power. Amen. 

FAITH FORMATION
& BIBLE STUDY
Faith Formation 2021
First Communion students

Just as we gather around a table to share food with our family, our faith community gathers around an altar to receive communion. God welcomes everyone and calls us by our names. We are all part of God’s family. All people are welcome to receive communion at Advent.

The meal of Holy Communion is a gift of God, dependent not on how mature or perceptive we are, but on God’s grace. We are strengthened in faith by the meal so that we can, in turn, reach out to those who are in need throughout the local community and the world.

We will welcome 21 students in receiving their first Communion this Sunday.
Luke Anderson * Alyssa M. Babst * Thomas Joseph Beaudin
Madison Amy Nerby * Camren Kock * Evelyn Kock * Amelia Charlotte Kuecke Aaron Larson * Aiden Lawrence * Garrett Lawrence * Nolan Lawrence
Allison Rinkenberger * Austin Rinkenberger * Calista Josephine Selby
Avery Kathryn Sticha * Alaric Thompson * Gavin Thompson * Hayden Tiesma Laurel Tiesma * Drew Vreeman * Tyler Vreeman * Jonathon Abram Weitgenant
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SUMMER IS HERE! Take a look at the many Summer opportunities for Advent children, youth, and adults! HERE
We will have:
VBS – "I wonder"
Green Lake Bible Camp
Kindness Kits - 11:00 - 1:00, July 11 - NEW TIME
Petting Zoo - 11:00 to 1:00, July 11 - NEW TIME
Love One Another Sandwich Day - 1:00 - 3:00, August 11
Sacred Sites Tour - 9:00 - 2:30, August 21

Questions? Comments on any of the above?
Bible Study Opportunities

  • Pastor led Bible Study will run through June on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Here is the Zoom Link. This Bible Study will take July and August off and resume in September.