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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.

10am Sundays
                         Starts July 7th 

Coming up on Sunday, June 30th

Thank you reception for Kristin and Mars between services
Installation of newly-elected leadership
Very brief congregational meeting at each service to elect Charlene Bakke as Council Liaison for Welcome/Witness Board

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.

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
Brooke Summerour ( )

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.


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.

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

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.


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 30th:
3rd Sunday of Pentecost
Reading:  I Kings 19:15-16 & 19-21
   Gospel:  Luke 9:51-62

Lay Assistant
   8:30am   John Lewis
   11am     John Basilice
Usher Captain
   8:30am   Tim Taylor
   11am    Pam Rhynes
Reader -- I Kings 19:15-16 & 19-21
   8:30am   Jeff Hibbeler
   11am   Gerry Osborne
   8:30am   Barb Blish & Joyce Veit
   11am    Connie Searing & Dick Kuklentz
   8:30am    Abby & Brooke Hibbeler
   11am   James Hebert
Altar Guild
   Barb Blish & Mary Carriker
   Tim Caldwell & Dick Kuklentz
   Carol Wisner

Coming Up ....

Worship Schedule for July 7th 
4th Sunday of Pentecost

Lay Assistant
   Angie Martin
Usher Captain
    Mark Large
Reader -- Isaiah 66:10-14
   Jennifer Frisina
   Tim Caldwell & Pat O'Rourke
   Andi Honeycutt & Ashley Watson
Altar Guild
   Diane & Mark Large
   Adam Bostian & Pam Rhynes  
   Ruth Refsnider

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

Quick Links

Advent's Website

UCF - Campus Ministry 


No flowers requested for 6/30/19

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    
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
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 
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
Debra Spencer *
Pastor John Spencer
Myra Steele, sister-in-law of Jennifer Frisina *
Bill Tomon, coworker of Andy Robinson
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 *
Carolyn & Rebecca, friends of Lisa & Andy Robinson *
Grace, Friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson 
John & Alice, friends of Lisa & AndyRobinson
Kailynn, Friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson
Sarah, Friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson 



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
Elfrieta Brewer, Mother-in-law of Pastor John Spencer -- died 6/11/19

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