Online Worship

Holy Communion will be offered on the
2nd and 4th Sunday of each month by Zoom.


The Third Sunday IN LENT 

March 7, 2021

READINGS (click)

1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Exodus 20:1-17

WORSHIP BULLETIN

WORSHIP SERVICE

The Worship Service link becomes active at 9:40 am
Preservice Music - 9:45 am
Worship Service - 10 am 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL via Zoom
(for information click here)


Wednesday Lenten Service

March 3, 2021 - 6:30pm (click here)


Advent Children's Corner

S.A.L.T.Y. Sundays 6th-12th Grade 1st and 3rd Sunday's 4:00pm via Zoom 

SALTY Sunday 2020 (click here)

Godly Play Video

 


Meditation Time!

We hear some themes repeated in scripture, like God calling to us from the text. As two of our groups have studied Isaiah, we have heard God speaking the following to us”

The meditation link below is a compilation of verses from Isaiah as well as other places in scripture that highlight these themes. Find a comfortable spot and five minutes to listen to these words from God – we hope it will bless your day and your heart.

Click here for Isaiah 48-52 Meditation



Click here to view and print a full copy of the Lenten Season Worship Schedule.

The theme for this Lenten Season is "Again & Again: A Lenten Refrain."  During Lent, we are reminded that although we often find ourselves turning from God and going our own way, God is always gracious, merciful, forgiving, loving, and faithful to us "Again & Again".  Beginning with Ash Wednesday and progressing through Easter Sunday, we will offer various opportunities to explore the theme, "Again and Again".  All services, including outdoor services,  will be available live-streamed from the adventlu.org website home page.  If you are unable to view the live-stream all videos will be posted to the Connections, YouTube Videos page of the adventlu.org website.

We are very pleased to partner with Newell Presbyterian Church, NuVision Church, and Torrence Grove AME Zion for worship opportunities during this season.  All Pastors will be sharing as worship leaders.

We look forward to sharing this Holy season with all our brothers and sisters in Christ for a wonderful time of reflection and renewal.

 


REAP

March 14, 2021 - 4:30 pm - Zoom

We invite you to join us at the next REAP meeting (Racial Equality Action Partners).  We meet every second Sunday of the month at 4:30 pm via zoom. Our next meeting will be on March 14, 2021, at 4:30.  REAP is a part of the racial justice team of Advent Lutheran Church and our mission is to advocate for policies, people, and programs that highlight racial justice for POC.  All are welcome.  Please contact Brooke Watson-Summerour or Caroline Grubb for more information.   

See the Members Dashboard  for Zoom Information 

 


THE ANESTHETIZING SECURITY
OF STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS: BLACK AND WHITE CHURCHES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Martin Luther King observed the tendency of white churches to “be more cautious than courageous,” remaining “silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows.”  In contrast, the black church has taken a much more prominent role not only in the civil rights movement but many other social justice causes as well. 

Why? We worship the same God and read the same Bible.  Is it different theology?  Is it different people sitting in the pews?  Is it different roles of the church in the black and white communities? How much has changed since Martin Luther King’s 1963 critique?

Join a discussion on Sunday, February 28 at 7:00 lead by Eric Heberlig of UNC Charlotte’s Department of Political Science.

See the MEMBERS DASHBOARD for Zoom information 


LITTLE FREE PANTRY

Our Little Free Pantry has become immensely popular for both our neighbors in the College Downs neighborhood and for our members.  Sharon Thrower has agreed to be the Social Ministry Board lead person for our pantry.  If you have questions or ideas about the pantry, including donations and how to become more involved, feel free to contact her at PreschoolDirector@adventlu.org.  Our Little Free Pantry is located on Bonnie Lane in the side yard of the Wubben-Smith House.

An Amazon Wish List has also been set up for those who would like to purchase items for the Little Free Pantry and our Advent Food Pantry.  Because of delivery issues at the church, it has been set up for the items to be shipped to Sharon Thrower's address; however you MUST select the shipping option that says "Sharon Thrower's Gift Registry Address".   Many items have been set up in the wish list and will be used to stock Advent's Pantry.  You may click here to go directly to the Amazon page to order.


LOVE IS THE WAY

by
Bishop Michael Curry

Mondays at Noon
Feb 15th  -  Mar 1st, 15th, 29th  -  Apr 19th  -   May 3rd

NEW book study! Join us for a discussion of “Love is the Way” from Bishop Michael Curry.  We will Zoom every first and third Monday at 12:00 and tackle 2 chapters a week until we complete the book.  If you would like to study this book, but this time does not work for your, please email Carol at spiritualdev@adventlu.org and let her know what days/times would work better.  If enough folks express interest for a second class, we will advertise the day and time.

Click here for additional information about LOVE IS THE WAY


2021 DEVO LUNCH 2.0

Join us the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 12 noon for a 30 minute devotion time. A Zoom link is posted on the member dashboard.

Food for thought will be updated on the website but drop ins are welcome! Drop in for one week or become one of the regulars - whatever works for your schedule.


MONDAY NIGHT PARLOR CLASS
Sermon on the Mount

The Parlor Class will start a video and discussion study of the "Sermon on the Mount" on Monday, January 11, at 7 p.m., via Zoom.  Called "Jesus's Greatest Hits" by New Testament professor and video leader Amy-Jill Levine, she also says these passages from Matthew 5 - 7 are "inspirational teaching, amazing imagery, and provocative information."  This discussion study will continue every Monday into February.   Prior preparation is not required; however, the name of the book is Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, written by Professor Levine, and is available on Amazon.

 


Advent's Call For Social Justice


RACIAL JUSTICE TEAMS

Our Racial Justice Teams have been busy! Classes & book studies are underway. Civic Action has changed its name to Racial Equity Action Partners (REAP) and Pastor Ward is reaching out to churches in our area to form partnerships. See our Racial Justice Page for more details. If you would like to join a team, contact Carol Schierlmann at spiritualdev@adventlu.org. There will be links on the member dashboard for upcoming meetings which are open to all. 

 


Being in Community - Together While Apart

Welcome to the Advent Lutheran Church online community.  In response to the temporary reality of social distancing, we will continue to reach out with our hearts instead of our hands for a little while longer.  We are embodied people and miss the ability to gather together.  While we look forward to a wonderful reunion sometime in the future, we also recognize that each new day is a gift from God.  Using creativity and care, we are finding new ways to grow in God's love where we are planted.  We encourage you to take advantage of all the ways you can to be connected with on another right now.

You will note a newly invigorated focus on racial and social justice work inspired by our shared desire to do a better job using our voices and our resources in this area.  Check out our page under the Outreach & Support tab to learn all the ways you can get informed and pug in to make a difference.

Links to Sunday worship will be posted here to our new YouTube channel each week at 9:40.  Adult Education continues via Zoom, Sundays at 11 am, and Wednesdays at 11:45 am.  We have a Devotion Zoom at noon on the first and third Mondays of each month. Links to all the Zoom sessions are posted on the Member Dashboard website page.

If you have not listened to our podcast, The Radical Love Endeavor, you will find episodes on the stress of separation and loss, how to help children and youth during the quarantine as well as a guided meditation series.  

Keep checking back for new content and let us know if there is something you would like to see or hear from us by sending suggestions to info@adventlu.org with the email subject "Suggestion for Content".

Meet Our Pastor

WARD MISENHEIMER

I never imagined being ordained (I’m sure it was a shock to many others, too!), much less serving as a pastor at Advent for almost 13 years!  But, now I can’t imagine being anywhere. This congregation has watched me grow as a pastor and extended much grace to me when I’ve completely dropped the ball. We have celebrated together when goals have been attained. They have loved me in the midst of the ups and downs of life. And I hope that I’ve shared as much grace and love with them as I have experienced.

Read More About Our Pastor

Advent is blessed to have the liturgical art of Ernst Schwidder in our sanctuary. These three pieces, the reredos, altar and pulpit, are beautiful pieces that add to our worship each week. His mahogany wood sculpting is easily recognizable for its long, lean, flowing lines, as well as for its idiosyncratic uppercase lettering of Scripture passages. In the craft of an artist, Schwidder did not intend to produce lifelike images, but to design through wood carving and other media visual theological truth apropos to the church setting and ministry in which his work had been commissioned.

The body of Jesus on this cross is not dying - it is the risen Christ. His hands indicate a servant posture as he returns to serve the world, which is reflected in the circle behind the cross. The clouds at the top of the circle show Jesus "coming on the clouds" - this proclaims Jesus as the bridge between heaven and earth. There are 8 stars. The center star is the "morning star" from Revelation 2:28 heralding the dawn and representing resurrection. The other seven stars represent the Christian churches in Asian Minor from Revelation. As John was instructed to write to these churches, we ponder what John would have to write about Advent today as we strive to live into the light and love of the resurrected Christ.

www.schwidderart.org

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