ADVENTure eNews

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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.

Join us on Sunday between services in the Gathering Space for refreshments to celebrate and honor our Advent Dads!!!

Sundays to Gather...
Sundays Together!!

10am SUNDAYS!!

Make plans now for Advent's 2019 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
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 Link to VBS .   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.

Social Ministry Planning Session:
Have a great idea for an outreach ministry?  Want to get involved in Advocacy?  Do you know how we can better "serve neighbor"?  Join us for a Social Ministry Planning Workshop on Saturday, June 29, from 9 a.m. until 12:30, and share your ideas. 

Our Social Ministry Board has coordinated our outreach ministries for over 50 years, starting in 1968 with a tutoring program for local school children and in 1969 by collecting clothing for Lutheran World Relief.  We have a strong board, and this year are incorporating Advocacy into our ministries.  The board coordinates such activities as the Chili Dinner, Sandwich Making, the Crop Walk, Hot Dogs and Homework and Room in the Inn - and for our new church year, want to include other activities that interest our congregation.  See you June 29.  Workshop will be in the Gathering Space. 

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.

News you don't want to miss! 

Welcome to newly-elected council, Wubben Endowment Board, and Nominating Committee members elected at the June 9th congregational meeting:

Elected to Council:
Vice President, Chris Cochran
Social Ministry liaison, Toni Hagerman
Stewardship liaison, Anne Brown
Youth liaison, Alyssa Schrader
Witness liaison is still open
Treasurer, Pam Rhynes
Secretary, Jennifer Canipe

Those leaving council are:  Don Hagerman, Pam Isacks, Tanya DeGrace, Emily Hebert

Wubben Endowment Board welcomes Andrea Hankins as Adam Bostian's term ends.  

Nominating Committee will have 4 new members.  They are:  Peter Christ, Debra Efird, April Hibbeler, Diane Large.   Those rolling off are:  Eric Heberlig, Jennie Henderson, Russ McKittrick, and Jake Thrower.

Welcome to all those who were elected.   Many thanks to those whose terms are ending.

Wubben Education Award Requests Due
Attention Students:   It's time to submit your applications and grades for Wubben Education Awards/Scholarships for this Fall.  Our submission deadline for applications (including prior semester grades) is June 15.  Applications can be found on our website or by e-mailing   Completed applications and grades may also be submitted to the church office (hard copy) or by e-mail to .  Please use PDF or Word format when submitting attachments via e-mail.

Confirmation of Advent Youth
We welcome the following confirmands who celebrated their affirmation of baptism last Sunday: Aidan Basilice, Juliana Estrella, James Hebert, Colin Heberlig, Abigail Hibbeler, Andi Honeycutt, CJ Schrader, Carlene Smith, Emma Tunnell, and Ashley Watson.  Congratulations to each of these young people as they celebrate this milestone in their spiritual lives.

 Welcome to Advent New Members
On June 2 at the early service, we welcomed into the Advent family 3 new members.   Joining us are retired Lutheran Pastor Raymond Peters and his daughter Gloria Peters as well as Jeannie Sherrill.   Please join in giving them a big welcome.


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 .

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 June 16th:
Holy Trinity Sunday
Readings:  Psalm 8
and John 16:12-15
Lay Assistant
   8:30am   Joe Moeller
       11am     Angie Martin
Usher Captain
   8:30am   Peter & Alex Christ
   11am   Ed Efird
Reader -- Psalm 8
   8:30am   Freda Christ
   11am     Debra Efird
   8:30am   John Lewis & Michelle Hagle
   11am   Pat O'Rourke & Jon Eklund
   8:30am   Andi Honeycutt
   11am   James Hebert
Altar Guild
   Barb Blish & Connie Searing
   Don Hagerman & Andy Hagle
   Joyce Veit

Coming Up ....

Worship Schedule for June 23rd:
2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Lay Assistant
   8:30am   Lenore Watson
   11am     Teleah Amaker
Usher Captain
   8:30am   Mark Large
   11am    Jon Eklund
   8:30am  Jennifer Frisina
   11am     Susan Hartsell
   8:30am   Joyce Veit & Tim Caldwell
   11am   Keith & Diane Wassum
   8:30am   Abby & Brooke Hibbeler
   11am   James Hebert & Michael Goerke
Altar Guild
   Diane Large, Mary Carriker, Tanya DeGrace
   Dan & Betsy Brown
   Marylou Kuklentz

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

Quick Links

Advent's Website

UCF - Campus Ministry 


Flowers on the altar on June 16th are given by Sandy & Laura Torrence in honor of their anniversary.


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         


Summer Mission Trip to Wilmington NC  --  June 23-29
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   
Lemont Bell, Gene Reid's friend
Arlene Bostian, Phil Bostian's mother    
Ida & James Chisolm, members    
Carol DiRe, member
Kailyn Douglas, friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson
Mary Jane Falls, Friend of Betsy Dailey
Eileen Folkerth, Susan Goerke's mother
Michael Funke, nephew of Barb Blish
Sarah Gainey, friend of Lisa Robinson *
Jennifer Gazda, member   
Consvella Harge, friend of Marie Cochran
Phuong Huynh, niece of Ann Schado * 
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
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 
Carolyn Osborne, member *
Leo Peeler, member 
Blake Robinson, family of Lisa & Andy Robinson *
Grace Robinson, family of Lisa & Andy Robinson *
Pastor Frank Rufato, friend of Chris Rasmussen *
Richard Schulz, Dan & Jan Otolski's brother-in-law 
Reggie Short, friend of Gene Reid *
Pam Simyon, Mary Lou Kuklentz' daughter-in-law
Rob Simyon, grandson of Dick & Marylou Kuklentz
Pastor John Spencer
Debra Spencer *
Myra Steele, sister-in-law of Jennifer Frisina *
Bill Tomon, coworker of Andy Robinson
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 *
Carolyn & Rebecca, friends of Lisa & Andy Robinson *
Grace, Friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson *
Manohar *
Sarah, Friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson *



We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially ...
Elfrieta Brewer, Mother-in-law of Pastor John Spencer

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