Sunday Mornings

Programs are offered for adults throughout the year at various times. Often short classes are offered that run for a few weeks to offers a special topics focus. Parlor Class  discusses a range of topics and typically requires no preparation to participate. They meet at 9:00 in the Parlor. All are warmly welcomed to this class.

Small Groups

We love to gather in smaller groups to form more intimate bonds with each other. Our small groups are based on shared interests and change their topics of study on a rotating basis. Some groups meet during the day while others get together in the evenings. Two groups that are always open to new members are:

Lunch and Learn – meets every other Monday from 12:00-1:00 via Zoom. We choose books to study and discuss together. The Zoom link is found on the Member Dashboard.

Wednesday Word – this class focuses on Biblical study. This class meets from 12:00-1:00 on Wednesdays via Zoom – link on Member Dashboard.

If you are interested in joining a one of these groups, contact Carol Schierlmann at

Via de Cristo

Many members of Advent are involved in Via de Cristo, a three-day retreat ministry which strengthens and renews the faith of Christians and helps them grow into leaders for Christ.  Focus is on spiritual growth, study and action to change our environments for Christ.

Visit Eastern North Carolina Lutheran Via de Cristo’ s website.

Spiritual Practices

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, a form of prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage, notably the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert, Lectio Divina (praying the Scriptures), The Cloud of Unknowing, and the writings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila.

We will be led in an introduction to this practice by Pastor Dick Little on August 28th at 11:15. He will then offer a more in-depth workshop on September 25th. See details for both on our EVENTS page. 

Lectio Divina

This practice, known as divine reading, is a means of focusing on a passage of scripture with time, prayer and attention. We will resume this practice during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Stay tuned for dates and times!

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