In This Email:
THIS WEEKEND AT ADVENT
Worship at Advent
We Are Called Advent
TOGETHER AT ADVENT
Guest Preacher, Norma Malfatti
Michael Chan Returns October 31st
A Reminder About Wearing Masks
RENEW Advent Project Update
Quilters are Back
Advent Refugee Giving Garden
Endowment Grants
Time to Order Giving Envelopes
Fifth Sunday Volunteers
Thrivent Choice Dollars
Pianos Available
CHOIRS
Handbell Choir
Community Choir
Wednesday Chapel Service
FAITH FORMATION
Fall Faith Formation 2021
Family Sunday School
Confirmation Registration
National ELCA Youth Gathering 2022
SERVING WITH US
Gift of Love
Serving with Us
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Men's Bible Study
Pastor Led Bible Study
Women's Bible Study
THIS WEEKEND AT ADVENT
Worship at Advent

Sundays, 9:30 am:
Our Sunday Worship Services are continuing indoors. Live stream services are available through the following link, Watch Online.

If interested, please download the current Sunday worship bulletin here

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm:
Midweek worship will be inside and livestreamed through the following link Watch Online. You may listen to worship in your vehicle, on 103.3 FM, in the church parking lot.

Other details:
Once on the website for livestreaming worship, you can click Worship Recordings to see or share a worship service again.
The Give link provides a place for you to make a monetary donation to Advent’s mission. 
This is the final week of our Stewardship campaign and we are focusing on how We Are Called to Be Generous in our giving. Thanks to your generosity 75 households have pledged a total of $187,505. We encourage the rest of you to turn in your pledge this Sunday by bringing your pledge cards to worship.

We hope you have been inspired over the past few weeks to support the work of Advent in our church, in our community, and around the world.

We understand that financial situations may change throughout the year and your giving might stray from your pledge, but we appreciate the pledges as they help us estimate our church’s budget.

Please have your pledge in by this Sunday, October 10th. We will worship together and then celebrate after worship with treats from LuAnn!

Please click on this link to make a pledge to Advent for 2022: 2022 General Fund Pledge Form

Sincerely,

Your Advent Stewardship Committee
TOGETHER AT ADVENT
Preaching on Sunday, October 17
The Reverend Norma Malfatti,
Director for Evangelical Mission
Minneapolis Area Synod 

Norma attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg where she focused on Theology and Public Life. Her studies were inspired by her ten-year career in low-income housing for senior citizens and persons with mobility impairments. It was in this work that she developed a passion for supporting and advocating for people living in situations of poverty. During seminary she interned with Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania, the ELCA Washington Office, and Bread for the World.

Norma loves to dream with congregations about what the Holy Spirit is up to in their community and how they can be a part of the Spirit’s movement. She also has a deep love for stewardship and generosity and currently serves as the Vice President of the Stewardship of Life Institute’s (stewardshipoflife.org) Board of Directors.

Outside of her passions for ministry, Norma is an avid baseball fan, lover of superheroes and crime dramas, and a reader of all genre of books.
Michael Chan is returning to Advent

You won’t want to miss this Adult Forum! 
October 31st at 10:45 am
 
His bio and recent photo can be found here:
A Gentle Reminder
We are so pleased to be back in church together again. With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus on the rise we're especially concerned about those in our church who cannot get a vaccine because of their age or personal circumstance. As an intergenerational church we need to consider all ages in our decision making. One way we can honor God's desire for us to love our neighbor and care for those around us is by wearing a mask when indoors at Advent.
RENEW Advent Capital Campaign Update

We have exciting news to share!
Advent has fulfilled our $50,000 commitment to Lutheran World Relief!
Lutheran World Relieve is working on our behalf in India and Nepal. They are using our financial gifts to teach sustainable agricultural methods.

We've done so much in year one of our 3 year campaign!
Thank you for supporting the Capital Campaign!
Quilters Are Back!
All are welcome to join the Quilters!
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
Advent Refugee Giving Garden
Clean-up help needed

Want to get your hands dirty?!?!

On Saturday October 16 at 9 am we could use your help getting the Giving Gardens cleared and ready for fall tilling.

We need help taking down the plot markers and with clean-up. All you will need is a pair of gloves and your grubbies – we will supply everything else – including coffee and cookies! We appreciate your help for whatever time you can be there.

Contacts: Sue Barry-Hagen, 763-424-2687 sbarryh@comcast.net or Bonnie Laumb, bkbl36@gmail.com
Endowment Committee
accepting grant applications

The Endowment Committee is accepting grant applications and encourages anyone seeking funds to apply to the Advent Lutheran Church Endowment.

We receive applications from ministries within our congregation, community ministries, or ministries of the larger church and community. We look forward to reviewing applications and continuing the incredible impact of this gift we have as a congregation.

Applications can be found by clicking HERE. The deadline for applications is October 26, 2021.
Time to order Giving Envelopes!

Do you have giving envelopes and never use them?
Or, perhaps you miss having envelopes?
In order for us to order correctly, we need to know if you'd like to discontinue receiving envelopes, or start getting them again!
Please let Lisa Fish know your envelope needs by October 15, 2021. You can contact her at lisafish@adventlutheran.com or call 763-425-4243, ext. 104

Thank you!
Sign up to help for this month's Fifth Sunday

October has a fifth Sunday, for which we will need worship support volunteers. We are so thankful for our four standing Worship Support teams, who do a great job covering the other four Sundays of the month. All of those team members are certainly welcome to sign up for this Fifth Sunday service, but we also want to make the opportunity available to everyone who might be ready to help or even be curious about what Worship Support volunteers do. 

Please review the SignUp for any tasks you may be willing and able to do, and contact Volunteer Coordinator Betsy Cardinal with any questions. Thank you! 

Thrivent Choice Dollars
We received $773 in August and September from Advent members who directed their Thrivent Choice dollars to Advent.
Pianos Available to a Good Home
We have 2 pianos available. If you'd like one they are free for you
to pick up and haul to your home, business, a friend's home, any place
that has a need for a piano.
Call the church office by 10/29/2021 if you are interested. 763-425-4243
CHOIRS
Handbell Choir Rehearsal
Handbell rehearsal is Tuesdays 6:15 pm in the sanctuary.
If you are interested in joining the Bell Choir, please come! 
Contact Cog Anderson, 763-670-4412 or email coggie13@comcast.net with questions.
(We will follow the CDC guidelines and rehearse with masks and will be socially distanced.)
Community Choir Rehearsal
Meets every Wednesday at 7:15 pm in the sanctuary.
Please join us while noting we will be socially distanced and wearing masks.
FAITH FORMATION
Family Sunday School & Adult Forum
 NO Family Sunday school or Adult Forum this week so we can celebrate! Join us for Celebration Sunday pie in Fellowship Hall!

Questions? Contact CindyPaulson@adventlutheran.com 
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR CONFIRMATION! 
Register HERE
In response to safe COVID-19 practices, we will have two options for participation in Confirmation classes, in-person and on Zoom Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. 

Online link to Wednesday Confirmation classes HERE
National ELCA Youth Gathering
Boundless – God Beyond Measure
WHEN: July 24-28, 2022 ~ MINNEAPOLIS, MN
WHO: Grades 9-12 (2021-22 School year)
Approximate Cost at Early Bird Pricing = $700 (Our goal is to fundraise for the gathering and bring our cost down to $500/person)

REGISTRATION – Opens September 22, 2021
Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

While in the city, Gathering participants will stay in area hotels and spend time at the Minneapolis Convention Center, U.S. Bank Stadium, and local congregations in addition to the many restaurants, parks and cultural centers the city has to offer.

For more information go to the YOUTH GATHERING WEBSITE!

And, if you’re are interested in joining Advent’s group for the trip,
contact Cindy Paulson at cindypaulson@adventlutheran.com
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.
Gift of Love
September - December
Osseo Area Schools Homeless Student Program

The past school year brought many new challenges due to distance learning. Here is an example from the school district’s Liaison for Homeless and Foster Students of how your Gift of Love helped last year: “Last year a woman took in her nieces because their mom passed away. She was working 3 jobs and feeding 5 kids. She never wanted to be someone who took help because she felt she could do it on her own. However, she broke down when we helped with food and supplies because she realized she needed to put her pride aside because the children needed help at this time that she was unable to provide. Families and children are dealing with so much. If we can offer just this little bit of support to help families feel hopeful, every effort is worth it”.

Despite the challenges identifying homeless students with distance learning, 405 homeless students were identified in the Osseo Areas Schools District the last school year. This school year they are already identifying families that became homeless last year but not identified due to continued distance learning. It is expected that transportation and other services provided will resume and be in need this year.

Our Gift of Love for September through December will help bring supplemental support to this program.  Please prayerfully consider your monetary donation to the Gift of Love and the Osseo Area Schools Homeless Student Program during these months. 

Thank you for all the wonderful Giving Tree donations received so far!  We will continue to collect the Giving Tree donations through Sunday October 10, so there is still time if you were not able to get it here last Sunday. Also, please watch for future date information of the rescheduled Adult Forum with Krissy Solyst, the Osseo Area Schools District Liaison for Homeless and Foster Students. 
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 our community as we celebrate worship back in the sanctuary; for doctors and nurses as they work to control the Delta variant; for all of us as we work to continue to stay safe during this time in the pandemic; thanks for our ability to gather, learn, and serve together in person again; for our community as we seek ways to live justly and safely together, 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., Charlotte G., Pat D., Benjamin T., Pat E., Gary W., Ed M., Linda G., Kathy J., Melvin B., Mary Lou M., the family of Marliss E., and 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.
Pastoral Care - Easy to Schedule!

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.

In the case of an emergency:

** Call the church office.

** In the event the church office is closed, please call the church office, 763-425-4243, and you will be directed to a way to reach a pastor.
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Men's Bible Study
Looking for Members

Come join a group of men as we learn about scripture and discuss how it impacts our lives. We meet every Monday at 6PM for 30 minutes over Zoom. If you have any questions or would like an invite please contact Derick Larson (dericklarson@gmail.com) or Don Douglas (douglas0826@gmail.com).
Bible Study Opportunities

  • Pastor led Bible Study is back on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. This meeting will be in-person and online, so you are welcome to come to church. If you prefer to stay home, here is the Zoom LINK to join the Bible Study.

  • Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study is taking place Thursdays at 9:30 am. We will be studying, "Women of the New Testament". More information will follow. This meeting will be in-person and online. Here is the Zoom Link. For more information, please contact Jan Christofferson, dickjan9161@centurylink.net