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Charlotte, North Carolina

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Advent's Vision  
We are Advent Lutheran Church.  As diverse children of God, we strive to be the embodiment of that which God wants all people on earth to be.  We love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  We love our neighbor as ourselves, and express this love in service to others.  By accepting God's gift of grace through our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to God forever.


Starts 10am this Sunday
                         July 7, 2019


New eNEWS format:   
Beginning with this mailing, all new items will appear for one week under this new heading of NEW CHURCH NEWS.  After the first week they will move to the heading NEWS THAT IS REPEATING BUT RELEVANT.   The item will remain there until it is no longer relevant to us.   We hope this will help our readers instantly spot what is new news but at the same time, we want to encourage you to look at the older news in case you missed it the first week.   Thank you!

Church office closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5th.
Have a wonderful holiday!

It's Time ... a reminder for you
On July 1, Advent began a new fiscal year.   Many of you have made commitments to the Advent for Life (Plan of Ministry) and the Jubilee Capital campaign.

It is time to begin to fulfill those commitments to support our ministries and the many repairs and improvements needed for our facilities.

If you have thought about automating your gifts to the church but have not done so, this is a good time to make your giving effortless.  Please contact Claude Ingolia, Financial Secretary, at to review your options and get started.

We say 'thank you' once again for your generosity which makes it possible for Advent to make Christ known through worship, spiritual development and ministry in our community.

Adventurer's July Lunch Outing
The Adventurer's July lunch outing will be at Macado's, just down the road from the church at 8650 University City Blvd.   Anyone can join us who is free on Thursday, July 18, 12 noon.   Contact Barb Blish ( or 1-703-431-0585) if you can come so she can get a headcount for seating.   

Hope to see you there!

Summer Snack Time
The Food Pantry is asking for individual packs of chips and cheese cracker snacks for the month of July. We know this isn't the healthiest request, but sometimes a small snack other than fruit or veggies is what people crave. When there is a whole bag of chips, many have trouble limiting how much they consume. With a small pack, we are more likely to be satisfied with less. The convenience of these items is also much appreciated by those participating in Hit the Streets.
Thanks for thinking of all the hungry out there!

Church-owned cemetery plots available for purchase --- below market cost!!
For a number of years Advent has owned 2 cemetery plots at Sharon Memorial Park and 2 at Forest Lawn West.   These plots are available for purchase by any member or any contact through a member.   Details are listed below.   If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please contact Pam Rhynes at, 704-532-0823 or the church office.

Two side-by-side plots at Sharon Memorial Park at Monroe and Sharon Amity Roads, located in the Gethsemane section which is closer to Monroe Road.   Value if purchased today would be over $2495 each or $4990 for both.   We are willing to sell them through the church for $795 each if sold individually or $1295 if sold together.   There is a $295 transfer fee that is built into these stated costs.

One double-deck lawn crypt at Forest Lawn West on Freedom Drive.   This is a single lot but holds the remains of two persons in individual coffins and vaults in double-deck fashion.  They are in the Court of Honor section.  Current cost if purchased today would be $5495 to $6995.  Advent's selling price is $1045.   There is also a $295 transfer fee built into this cost.


Summer Office Hours
Beginning the week of June 17th and continuing throughout the summer, the church office will be open 10 hours a day, Monday through Thursday.  The office will be closed on Fridays.

Church Air Conditioning
With the summer hot temperatures arriving early this year, so will the higher utility costs for the church.   Please be sure to return thermostats to the proper setting when leaving the building. This is especially important when using one of the classrooms heated or cooled by the remote-controlled wall units.   Leaving the air running is costly to us all!!

The 2019 VBS will be held from July 29th through August 2nd.   This year the sessions will be in the evenings from 6-8pm.   Additionally, dinner will be available for the attendees from 5:30-6pm.    Children ages 4 and up to 5th grade are invited and encouraged to attend. Our theme will be "Who is my Neighbor".   Cost is $20 for the first child in a family and $15 for each additional child.  You may register for the event by clicking this link 

Registration fees may be paid by check to Advent with VBS in the memo line or through Online Giving available on the Advent website. If using OLG, be sure to click on the drop-down arrow that will allow you to add VBS as the fund to be credited.

We hope to see your children, grandchildren, neighbor kids, and any other who wish to attend.

We need your help for VBS
Can you volunteer your time or supplies?   Please see needs below.

Volunteers needed:
Cooking teams - 2 people Monday-Thursday and 3 people Friday Times: 3:30-5:45
Cleaning teams - 2 people Monday-Thursday and 3 people Friday Times: 5:45-7:00
Group leaders - 10 people Times: 5:30-8:00
Craft leaders - 2 people Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Times: 5:30-8:00
Game leaders - 2 people Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Times: 5:30-8:00

Supplies needed:
50 Wood planks 4"x4"                         Assorted colors of thick yarn
200 bobby pins                                   50 quart-size Ziploc bags
50 craft sticks                                      Duct tape in various colors/patterns
50 foam bowls                                     Clear packing tape

Please contact       Carol Schierlmann (   OR


Watch out for school supplies on sale!  Once again, Lutheran Services of the Carolinas has provided Advent with a list of 52 foster children needing school supplies this fall.  The tree will be up and the list of kids posted on July 7-28.  

Supplies will need to be collected and turned in by Sunday Aug 4.

Come join us for Yoga and Faith with Tawnie every Monday in the GYM from 7-8pm.  Just a $5 donation.  Please bring your own mat.  Open to members and non-members so bring friends.  If you have any questions please contact Brooke at .

Services: Free Health screenings and health education including nutrition and chronic disease prevention.

When: Second Thursday of every month: July 11 & August 8; 10am-1pm. NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED.

Where: St. Luke's Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave., Charlotte NC

For additional information: Connect @WOWCLT on Twitter or Facebook.
                         "Live Abundantly"     Advent's Health Ministry Team

Prayer of the Day - Available on your Phone 
If you are anything like me, your phone or email buzzes all day long. And if your messages are like mine, most of them are additions to a long to-do list with the occasional joke or funny meme. We are offering the opportunity to join together in daily prayer. If you would like to receive daily prayers on your phone, go to  Advent website under Worship & Music/Prayer of the Day OR
write/curate these prayers specifically for Advent with the intent of experiencing the joy of praying as a community. 

Summer Reading Program 
We have launched the summer reading program and thanks to many generous donors, we have lots of books to check out! You will find crates of books in the gathering space. We are using the honor system, so please just take one or two at a time and return them when you are finished.
MaryLou Kuklentz still has plenty of slots left to read with her dog McTavish. Hop on over to to find days/times. Remember to mark your calendar for the celebration at the end of the summer on August 2nd at 5:30 at our summer cookout.

Contact Carol Schierlmann at for questions or donations.

Advent Podcast Update  
The 3rd Radical Love podcast is now available.   This latest one includes Pastor Dick.   Please take some quiet time to listen to these messages that have been created as a labor of love from your SD and Worship Team.  You can find a link to the podcast on the website or you can access via ITunes or your podcast app on android phones. Feedback is welcome.  

June: Quenching Thirst
In the hot summertime we all need to keep drinking lots of fluids to keep from dehydrating, and we don't want any of our neighbors to go thirsty. We'd like to stock our food pantry with Gatorade and flavored drink packets (to add to water bottles), as these items are also high on the list for the Charlotte Hit the Streets ministry supported by some of our members. Please add these items to your cart when you're loading up on cooling beverages!

Electronic 'Givers' Participate in Worship
So that all who give by an automated means can participate in worship, we are providing a special card in the pews that you can use when the offering plate is passed. Members are encouraged to take a moment to give thanks before placing the electronic giving card into the offering plate.
"Because we are designed in God's image, we are happiest and most fulfilled when serving and giving." - Dave Ramsey


Worship Schedule for July 7th 
4th Sunday of Pentecost
Readings:  Isaiah 66:10-14
  and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Lay Assistant
   Angie Martin
Usher Captain
    Mark Large
   Jennifer Frisina
   Tim Caldwell & Pat O'Rourke
   Andi Honeycutt & Ashley Watson
Altar Guild
   Diane & Mark Large
   Adam Bostian & Pam Rhynes  
   Ruth Refsnider

Worship Schedule for July 14th 
5th Sunday of Pentecost
Readings: Genesis 18:1-10a
  and Luke 10:38-42

Lay Assistant
   Lenore Watson
Usher Captain
   Abby Bostian
Reader -- Genesis 18:1-10a
   Eric Heberlig
   Keith & Diane Wassum
   Meredith & Emma Tunnell
Altar Guild
   Dale & Barb Blish
   Don Veit & Marc Jensen  
   Karla Jensen

In This Issue....... (Click Links Below)

Quick Links

Advent's Website

UCF - Campus Ministry 


Flowers on the altar for 7/7/19 are given in honor of:

The 32nd wedding anniversary for Karen & Tim Taylor


The 41st wedding anniversary for Joyce & Don Veit

Spiritual Development 

Looking for a good read?
2019  Advent Book Club - all welcome 
*We meet at the University Panera at 6pm on dates below:  

July 12 -- 6pm - The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A.J. Finn
August 2 -- 6pm- The Library by Susan Orlean or The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of A Terrorist, A Train, and Three American Heroes
September 13 -- 6pm - The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre
October 11 -- 6pm - The Perfect Nanny: A Novel by Leila Slimani
Email Jennie Henderson with any questions (

Nurture, Support & Fellowship 
Communicate and Connect: 
Join the closed "Advent Friends" Facebook group to stay abreast of events and see photos.
If you would like to receive occasional important Advent news via text message on your phone, please text 'Advent' to 96362 or scan the QR code on the notices posted around the building. 
(Please note:  you must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the program.  You may receive up to five (5) text messages per month for which you may be charged by your mobile phone carrier.  You may opt out of this service at any time by texting 'stop' to 96362 or by emailing

When shopping on, use "SMILE" 
Don't forget - when shopping on Amazon, access the site through , and simply do all of your Amazon on-line ordering through Smile.Amazon.   Amazon will donate 0.5% of what you buy to Advent - not much, but if you're shopping anyway with Amazon, why not use Smile.  Every penny will be used in service to God and His people.

Benefit Adventure Preschool - re-link your Harris Teeter VIC cards - #5494

Giving envelopes in the pews
Advent appreciates all gifts, but we also want to give credit where credit is due! If you give cash using the blank envelopes in the pews, please put your name on the envelope so we can properly record your donation. If you want part or all of your gift to go to any special fund other than the General Fund, please note that on the envelope also.

If you wish to financially aid those devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, or other natural disasters, Lutheran Disaster Response will directly reach the victims.  To donate, go to   .....     
or if you prefer, make your donation payable to Advent with disaster relief in the memo line, and we will send your contribution in with any others received.   
You can donate to provide aid in the area of greatest need or to a need you specify.  

Youth at Advent         


The Kids 4 Christ youth group is for children Kindergarten through 2nd grade.  This group celebrates several milestones, including First Communion and Blessing of the Backpacks.  We meet once a month to learn and enjoy the fellowship of others in our group.  
The Mustard Seeds youth group is for children 3rd grade through 5th grade and also meets once a month.  We celebrate our 3rd grade Bibles milestone.  In addition to monthly meetings, there are other opportunities throughout the year including BYG camp and Youth Quake. 
The Middle School youth group is for youth 6th grade through 7th grade and prepares students for entering confirmation. We celebrate our Mission and Service Milestone.  This group includes fellowship, study, mission and BYG-er camp.  
This group meets throughout the year for two consecutive years as they learn about what it means to be a Christian and a Lutheran.  They explore the Bible, Christian history and faith development. 
This group ranges from fellowship to mission trips.  We have a dynamic schedule to accommodate busy high school students grades 9 th -12 th .

Prayers Requested 
Before adding someone to our prayers, please be sure you have the person's permission. Please let us know when prayers may no longer be needed.   Names will be removed from the list after two months unless updates are received.   An asterisk (*) after a name means an update is needed  Please contact the church office with updates.

Illness or Other Needs   
Bill Aldred, friend Marylou & Dick Kuklentz
Lemont Bell, Gene Reid's friend
Arlene Bostian, Phil Bostian's mother  
Lauren Bradshaw, friend of Sarah Sue Hardinger  
Ida & James Chisolm, members    
Tanya DeGrace, member
Carol DiRe, member
Kailyn Douglas, friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson
Elizabeth Evans, friend of Scott Evans
Mary Jane Falls, Friend of Betsy Dailey
Eileen Folkerth, Susan Goerke's mother
Michael Funke, nephew of Barb Blish
Jennifer Gazda, member   
Consvella Harge, friend of Marie Cochran
Dean Jarrett, Carol Schierlmann's uncle 
Mother, Sister, Brother and Family of Jimmy C Johnson *
Jeannie Jones, former Preschool teacher and friend of Marie Cochran
Dick Kuklentz, member
Jeff Larson, son of Bobbi Larson
Teresa Ledford, member 
Susan Ledford, Mother of slain police officer, Jordan Sheldon *
Richard & Phyllis Lester, Sharon Thrower's parents 
Ray Matthews, Jesse Priser's father 
Vicki McCombs, Friend of VDC community *
Justin Mertz, Diane Jowers' nephew
Mertz Family, Diane Jowers' family    
Rick Messina, member
John & Alice Olenchuk, friend of Lisa Robinson 
Leo Peeler, member *
Blake Robinson, family of Lisa & Andy Robinson 
Lisa Robinson, frequent visitor
Richard Schulz, Dan & Jan Otolski's brother-in-law 
Pam Simyon, Mary Lou Kuklentz' daughter-in-law
Rob Simyon, grandson of Dick & Marylou Kuklentz
Pastor John Spencer
Bill Tomon, coworker of Andy Robinson
Debbie Trumpf, friend of Bobbi Larson
Ware Washam, friend of Sarah Sue Hardinger
Herbert Watson, Member
Helen Webb, Kuklentz' daughter-in-law * 
Beverly Williams,member  
Lewis Williams, member
Renaté Wilson, Tanya DeGrace's mother
Bethany, friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson *
Robert, Friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson

Jack Arthur Trabilsy, born on June 20, 2019, Great-Grandson of Peggy Buckstad!


We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially ...
Pat Durazo, Mother of JR Durazo -- died 6/19/19
Peggy Loftis, friend of Carol DiRe -- died 6/20/19

Always keep ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith in your prayers.   

For additions or updates to this listing:
Please contact Pastor Ward at   or 704-549-1555 ext. 101  
or Harriett Easley at 
or 704-549-1555, ext. 100