Online Worship

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

October 25, 2020
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Deadline is October 31st

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Advent Children's Corner

S.A.L.T.Y. Sundays 6th-12th Grade September 20th 4:00pm via Zoom 

SALTY Sunday 2020 (click here)

September 26, 2020 Back to School Drive- Thru Blessing/ 3rd Grade Bible Milestone 

Back to school drive thru 2020 (click here)

August 2 - Godly Play
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

Godly Play August 2nd Video


Weekly Devotion

October 1st - 29th at 1:00 pm

Join us to read, study and discuss the ELCA Social Statement on Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice. Using the guide provided, we will read the statement one section at a time, read Bible verses, pray and think about how we care be better stewards for God’s Creation. We will be challenged to think of ways we can do better in our personal lives as well as corporately here at Advent.
Click here for the Social Statement and the Study Guide

For a link to the Weekly Devotion Zoom meeting please login at Member Login, and then go to the Members Dashboard webpage.     

Making Face Masks at Home

There has been a lot of publicity about people making face masks at home.   We received information produced by Atrium on how to go about making face masks designed to insert an additional filter such as a paper towel or tissue.
Click here to view the Atrium Health suggested pattern and instruction sheet. 

Beyond statements and prayers, we are called to also act and respond to injustices.
We invite you to sign the pledge,
"I commit to study, prayer and action to become an anti-racist individual in an anti-racist church,"
and share your participation on social media using #ELCA4justice.

Faith and Race Check-In

In the past few months, Advent, along with many other churches, has increased the amount of focus we are giving to issues and events tied to faith and race. We have partnered with a research firm that has designed a (free) survey to help us understand which areas the congregation would most like to see Advent concentrating on.  The survey is short and will take less than 10 minutes of your time. Please have each person 18 years of age and older in your household complete this survey. We look forward to hearing from each of you!



Have you been missing your adult Sunday school class? Or maybe you wanted more after the synod's summertime journey through Matthew? Join this first-ever synodwide study of the Gospel of Mark led by Bishop Smith every Wednesday in September and October (beginning Sept. 9) from 7-8 p.m. The online class will be taught via Zoom.

Register to receive Bishop Tim's Bible Study Zoom link.

Advent's Call For Social Justice

Find the new Advent's Call For Social Justice webpage
under the Outreach & Support menu.
click here to view page

From Advent's
Micah 6:8 Group:
What is our call as Lutherans
to engage in the political process and
exercise our responsibility to

New Book Study by acclaimed author
Ibram X Kendi

How to Be an AntiRacist
October 27th at 7:00 via Zoom

Join us for a conversation about the book How to Be an Antiracist. This book also has a companion journal that could be a helpful tool in your reading and meditations about the topics in this book.

Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. 

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Annual Fall Barbeque

Our Advent Lutheran Men will be hosting their Annual Fall Barbeque on Saturday, October 31st from 4 to 7 PM. We will be serving BBQ Chicken, our famous BBQ Beans, Slaw, Chips and a Pickle by the Plate, Family Pack or in Bulk. The BBQ will be Free Will Donations.
This year the BBQ will be TAKE-OUT ONLY, served by drive-thru servers.    A menu will be provided at the entrance from which to make your selection and servers will provide your completed order, Please enter from Mark Twain (beside the church) to form a line and cars will exit onto Sandburg (behind the church)
Preorders for Family Meals are being taken to help in the planning process.   A Family Meal consists of 4 chicken quarters, a quart of BBQ beans (hot or mild), a pint of white coleslaw, one whole pickle, and 4 bags of snack size potato chips.  To pre-order, send an email to Russ McKittrick at by October 28th with the number of Family Meals you desire.  All other orders will be taken when you arrive on the 31st.
Proceeds from the BBQ will be used to aid the APS staff members who have been impacted by loss of income as a result of the continued shutdown of our PreSchool.
Please invite all your friends, neighbors and family to join in on our delicious barbeque.
Halloween candy treat bags will be distributed to cars with children as they come through the line!


Thank you to everyone who has walked and donated so far for 2020.  Your support has been overwhelming! We had a goal of $7500 and have already raised $9270. Your continued support is heart-warming.  Donations can still be made through December 1. You can donate online: Advent Lutheran CROP Walk or mail a check/cash to Jennie Henderson (email for the address).
As you know, we postponed the walk on October 11 due to rain. But, the wonderful thing about the virtual crop walk is that we can walk whenever or wherever we want. So it's not too late to join us. Just go for a walk (3-4 miles) and ask friends and family to sponsor you. 
A group of 7 met at Advent on October 17 and walked 3 miles around College Downs. Many more walkers have sent in pictures from their walks from all over (South Carolina to Indiana). Please send pictures to Jennie if you go for a CROP Walk. 

Join Pastor Ward and Carol Schierlmann for an
in-depth study of the Book of Isaiah

Beginning Wednesday October 7 at 11:45 Sunday October 11 at 11:00

We will come together as a community to dig deep into the scriptures of Isaiah. This study will run from October through April with some breaks in between for holidays. Drawing from Old Testament Scholars like Walter Brueggemann and others, we are designing a course that combines an examination of the richness of the text as well as the contemporary message that God has for us today. Don’t be scared off by the time commitment! Each week, the reading will include a few pages from the Biblical text and 10-15 pages from the companion guide.

Why are we planning to spend so much time in Isaiah? A foundational text of the Bible, Isaiah is the first of the great prophetic books of the Old Testament. We have chosen the book Isaiah for Everyone for the student companion reading by John Goldingay. (Amazon $12.99) This book offers a thorough interpretation of the messages of the prophets’ writing to the people of Judah and Jerusalem which included a call for injustice to be recognized, a message of liberation and hope from the oppressors of the people, and a message of the coming day of judgment. These separate messages are held together by the promise of a new age of redemption and peace that lies beyond the crisis of judgment.

Our first class begins with an overview of the book and the context in which it was written. Please let Carol Schierlmann know which session you plan to attend so she can get you in the email list that will go out to all participants.

Summarizing our ELCA Social Statement on Race

As Lutherans pondering our role in attaining racial justice, we can find our mission in the ELCA social statement entitled “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture.” A full reading of the 8-page document reveals the word “time” repeatedly. We might conclude that it’s about time we address racial justice! A brief summary follows:

click here to continue reading

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 hears 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 joy using our voices and our resources in this area.  Check out our new 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.  A weekly devotion will be posted here each Tuesday and discussed in the community via Zoom on Thursday at 1 pm.  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 new 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 with the email subject "Suggestion for Content".

Meet Our Pastor


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.

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  • 8840 University City Blvd.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina  28213
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