Online Worship

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

September 20, 2020
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

READINGS (click)

Jonah 3:10--4:11
Matthew 20:1-16



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

(for information click here)



by  Walter Brueggemann

Adult Sunday School via Zoom
July 26th - September 20th

Silence  is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices.  It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice.

Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it.  Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, Brueggemann motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to either interrupt silence or be part of the problem, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice.

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

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

September 24th - 1:00

We conclude a 4-week study from the ELCA on Resiliency and Lament 9/24. This study was designed for this time of pandemic. We will do the last part of the study this Thursday, a personalized lament. If writing your own feels frustrating rather than renewing, choose to practice lectio divina with Psalm 22, 57 or 61.
Click here for the devotion materials.  

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.

Advent's Call For Social Justice

God's Work Our Hands/Radical Love Endeavor

What's "Plarn"?

Over the past few years, you donated more than 100,000 plastic bags which were turned into 250 beds for unhoused people in Charlotte.  The steps between bag and bed are (1) cutting the bags into plastic yarn (Plarn) and (2) crocheting the Plarn into mats.

One of our 2020 GWOH projects is to have our Advent families take those plastic bags, make as much Plarn as possible by October 11 and roll it into GIANT balls.  We will teach you to make Plarn balls on Sunday, September 20.  A Zoom or video will be available if you can't be there in person.    Reserve your minute space now on this sign-up genius:

We will wear masks, socially distance, be outside if possible, and will clean between sessions.   You should bring with you:

  • a pair of scissors for your family, testing first that the scissors can easily cut the bags 
  • all the plastic bags you can collect
  • a 10-mm crochet hook if you also want to learn to crochet the beds

We need thousands of bags!!!   Each mat requires 300-500 bags.   Bring them on the 20th or leave them at the church anytime.   If you need someone to pick the bags up, contact Jennie Henderson (

Don't forget to collect all the bags you can!

What's the River Sweep?

Our second GWOH project is with the Catawba River Sweep.    This is a one-day initiative of pulling trash out of the rivers, lakes, and tributaries that feed into the Catawba River.  We are confirming a date so watch for information in future eNEWS.   For more information, you may visit their website at

Both projects are also part of Advent's Radical Love Endeavor - Creation Care week.   Stay tuned for more information on that endeavor.

Virtual Walk is on Sunday, October 11, 2020.

You can sign up now to walk and start fundraising. 
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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!


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


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.

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 an 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 be connected with one another right now.

You will note a newly invigorated focus on racial and social justice work inspired by our shared to desire to do a better job 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 plug in to make a difference.

Links to Sunday worship will be posted here to our new Youtube channel each week at 10:00. Adult Education continues via Zoom Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at 11:45 am. We begin a new study, Interrupting Silence by Walter Brueggeman, Sunday, July 26th at 11 am. Order your book on Amazon or contact if you need financial assistance obtaining the materials. This study will take a biblical look at God's expectation of us in speaking up for those who are oppressed. 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.

  • Advent Lutheran Church
  • 8840 University City Blvd.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina  28213
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