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.

Semi-annual Congregational Meeting -- June 9th -- 9:45am

We will hold our semi-annual congregational  meeting on Sunday, June 9th, between services, at 9:45 am.   At this meeting, we will review and approve the final recommended financial Plan of Ministry for the church based on adjustments made to income leading up to June 3rd.   We will also elect new council and auxiliary members.    Please plan to be present for this very important meeting.

This Sunday, June 9th, is Pentecost Sunday 

You may have heard about a special Pentecost at Advent that included balloons and a surprise for Pastor Dick. Here is the back story! Read about it at

Please make plans to attend the 11am service this Sunday for the confirmation of the following Advent youth:  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.

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.


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

News you don't want to miss! 

Staff emails have changed!!
Please change your contacts for Advent staff effective immediately.  The new emails are listed below and are not case sensitive.  Emails sent to old addresses will cease being forwarded some time during this month.

Pastor Ward
Harriett Easley
Carol Schierlmann
Brooke Summerhour
Annette Nolan
Mars Licciardi
Sharon Thrower
Abby Bostian
Pam Rhynes (for eNEWS and announcement communications only)

New email for Claude Ingolia, Church Financial Secretary
Claude has a new email for business pertaining to his role as Financial Secretary.   It is    Please begin using that email for such correspondence.  Thank you.

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.

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 Kicks Off June 2  
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 9th:
Pentecost Sunday
Readings:  Acts 2:1-21
and John 14:8-17 [25-27]

Lay Assistant
   8:30am   Mona Ingolia
   11am     John Basilice
Usher Captain
   8:30am   Tim Taylor
   11am   Abby Bostian
Reader -- Acts 2:1-21 - See Below
   8:30am   Lenore Watson
   11am     Pam Rhynes
   8:30am   Barb Blish & Tim Caldwell
   11am   Dick Kuklentz & Don Hagerman
   8:30am   Donavan Hankins & Ashley Watson
   11am   James Hebert & Michael Goerke
Altar Guild
   Velia Watson & Susan Hartsell
   Mary Carriker & Esther Abdel-Hameed
   Joan Moeller

Coming Up ....

Worship Schedule for June 16th:
Holy Trinity Sunday
Readings:  Proverbs 8:1-4 & 22-31
    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 -- Proverbs 8:1-4 & 22-31
   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

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

Quick Links

Advent's Website

UCF - Campus Ministry 


Flowers on the altar on June 9th are given by Joe and Joan Moeller in honor of their 68th 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:  

June 7 -- 6pm - The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places on Earth by Eric Weiner
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.

Illness or Other Needs   
Barbara Altman, friend of Joan Moeller *
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 
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
Zane Thiemann, member *
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
Sarah, Friend of Lisa & Andy Robinson



We celebrate the marriage of Taylor Ingolia and Merissa McKenzie on May 25th.


We remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, especially ....

Patsy Jane Thrower, Friend of Dot Furr
Michael Beyersforf, Brother of Rob Beyersdorf
The families of the two students who were killed at the tragic shooting at UNCC and the families of the 12 employees killed in Virginia Beach.

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