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15 September, 2021 – Advent Announcements

Photos wanted!

We’re looking for updated photos from everyone for our Advent Family Board. We ask that you find a recent or favorite picture of yourself or your families.


Submit these to Carolyn Jones, either in person or through her email. cmfpjones@yahoo.com

Updates!

Members of the Advent Coronavirus Team of Safety (ACTS) have been carefully monitoring the results of in-person worship since we started back up in May.

Worship Services

We will continue with two services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sign-Up are still being requested.

Masks and physical distancing will be required at the 9 a.m. service.

Masks are highly recommended to be worn at the 10:30 a.m. service.

We also ask that people continue physical distancing. Please recognized that many will feel more comfortable wearing masks, which is completely fine. We ask that we not make this about our positions on vaccines or masks or any of the ways that could threaten to divide us.

Sign-Up Genius is needed for tracking and to keep the numbers of people in the building at a manageable level.

Here is the link for September Sign-Ups:
Sign-Up Genius Link for Services in September!

An important note about the Sign-Ups: Checkmark which service you wish to attend, then click “Submit and Sign up.” After that, put the number of people attending, your name and email, and then click “Sign Up Now.”

Holy Communion

Communion will be provided at the end of the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Tables with the host and wine are set up in front of the altar. After communing, the blessing will be given and the communicants and family will be dismissed.

Musician/Piano Player

We have a new church musician who just began. Please welcome Lynn Miller as part of our Advent Family.

Christian Education

There will be no Sunday School or Bible Class at this time in-person. (See below for an Adult Zoom Bible Class opportunity. Youth Events continue to take place. Confirmation is beginning soon via Zoom also. Our Education Committee will continue to look at Christian Education opportunities for younger grades.)

Virtual Setting

In addition to live/in-person worship, services will be available under the “Worship” tab on the website or Click here for Advent’s YouTube Channel.

Contact Pastor Scott at Pastor’s Direct Email if you have other questions or concerns.

Men of Advent

The Men of Advent have scheduled their annual retreat at the Trinity Center from October 22-24, 2021 after missing the event last year due to COVID-19. The Trinity Center is located in Salter Path, NC near Morehead City. You should plan to arrive by 4 pm on Friday, October 22 and leave by 10 am Sunday, October 24 (car pools will be arranged). 

The rates per this event are $186 per person (two in room) or $226 per person (single). 2021 Rate includes 2 nights and all meals, dinner Friday through breakfast Sunday. The retreat not only gives us time for great fellowship, but also provides an opportunity to study God’s Word together. We have reserved 10 rooms, which hold up to 20 men double occupancy.

Please let John Stow, Dave Neely or Bill Ackerman know if you can attend. John’s Email We look forward to enjoying the fellowship and growing together in Christ.

Join us for Virtual Bible Class on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. We are consistently illuminated by the Light of the World found in Scripture, and we are now looking at our faith lives through the lens of the Book of Romans.

Join Zoom Meeting

Zoom – Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Meeting ID: 879 0248 4098

Password: Contact Pastor
Pastor’s Direct Email

3 September, 2021 – Advent Announcements



Photos Wanted!

Say Cheese!
We’re looking for updated photos from everyone for our Advent Family Board. We ask that you find a recent or favorite picture of yourself or your families.
Submit these to Carolyn Jones, either in person or through her email.
Carolyn’s email.

Updates!

Members of the Advent Coronavirus Team of Safety (ACTS) have been carefully monitoring the results of in-person worship since we started back up May 2.

The following decisions were made (And approved by Church Council as well):

Worship Services

We will continue with two services for at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sign-Up will still be requested.

Masks and physical distancing will be required at the 9 a.m. service.
Masks are currently asked to be worn at the 10:30 a.m. service. We also ask that people continue physical distancing. Please recognize that many will feel more comfortable wearing masks, which is completely fine. We ask that we not make this about our positions on vaccines or masks or any of the ways that could threaten to divide us.

Virtual Services will continue, and when possible, one of the live services recorded on a particular weekend will be added.

Holy Communion

Communion is being provided at the end of the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Tables with the host and wine will be set up in front of the altar. After communing, the blessing will be given and the communicants and family will be dismissed.

Musician/Piano Player

We have have now named a new church musician, and Lynn will begin in September. Should you have questions, please contact Pastor Scott Pastor’s Direct Email or Peggy Earnhardt Peggy’s Direct Email

SignUp Genius

Here is the link for September Sign-Ups:

Sign-Up Genius Link for Services in September!

Virtual Setting – In addition to live/in-person worship, services will be available under the “Worship” tab on this website or Click Here for Advent’s YouTube Channel.

Services on Sundays are at: 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Our ACTS (Advent Coronavirus Team of Safety) group, as well as the Church Council have agreed that we would resume worship services with some adjustments, which are noted below. We are continuing to meet to discuss how things are going with these services.

ADDITIONALLY, we did meet after the latest CDC guidelines have come out. We are assessing these, as well as considering North Carolina guidelines, NC trends and local trends.

***
Please read this Memo!

A Sign-Up Genius email (as well as some phone calls) has been sent out to Members and Friends, and Sign-Ups are needed for tracking, and so that we don’t have too many people in the building at the same service. Sign-ups will be needed for now, every week.

An important note about the Sign-Ups: Checkmark which service you wish to attend, then click “Submit and Sign up.” After that, put the number of attending people, your name and email, and then click “Sign Up Now.”

Other things to note due to CoVid protocols are the following:

-We ask that people remain in their vehicle until just a few moments prior to the service they attend. (In other words, unfortunately, we ask that you not come into the church 10-15 minutes early to pray/meditate or fellowship.)

-We will have limitations on the number of people attending, so there is space for physical distancing. This is why a second service has been added.

-Masks will be required at the 9:00 a.m. service and are asked to be work at this time for the 10:30 a.m. service.

-ALSO, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

We WANT things to return to some normalcy, however, to continue to love our neighbor, things will look and be different for a time:

*There will be no Sunday School or Bible Class at this time. (See below for an Adult Zoom Bible Class opportunity. Youth Events continue to take place. And our Education Committee will continue to look at Christian education opportunities for younger grades.)

*There will be no Fellowship Hour or Fellowship within the Church Building. However, people may gather in the parking lot or under the front patio at an appropriate physical distance.

*Virtual Services will continue.

*Any verbal responses should be spoken lightly, to not spread the disease.

*Singing will be done by a singer, and folks may only “whisper” sing, and with masks on. It has been determined that robust singing is dangerous from perspective of spreading the virus.

*There will not be handshakes, hugs or passing of the peace at this time.

*There will not be a processional/recessional at this time.

*There will be no bulletin or hymnals. Words will be up on screen.

*Much of the church is closed and we ask that you don’t go to or use those areas.

*Restrooms will be available, but we ask that you attempt to limit the usage if possible.

*Pastor will be available after service outdoors to bring pastoral concerns, however he will have limited time after the 9:00 a.m. service.

And, once again, Sign-ups are needed prior to the services.


Contact Pastor Scott at Pastor’s Direct Email if you have other questions or concerns.

We hope you understand the reasoning behind all these changes, and we certainly look forward to seeing you again in the Lord’s House!

***

Join us for Virtual Bible Class on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. We are consistently illuminated by the Light of the World found in Scripture, and we are now looking at the Old Testament Book of 2 Samuel to see God at work around 1000 BC, and comparing how He is at work now. Let His Light Shine!

Join Zoom Meeting

Zoom – Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Meeting ID: 879 0248 4098

Password: Contact Pastor
Pastor’s Direct Email

Continue to lift up our world, our nation, our leaders, our medical personnel, our church, our family, our friends, etc., in prayer during this time.



27 June, 2021 – Advent Announcements

Updates!

Members of the Advent Coronavirus Team of Safety (ACTS) have been carefully monitoring the results of in-person worship since we started back up May 2. At a recent meeting, the following subjects were discussed: written and telephone surveys; masks; social/physical distancing (6 feet); two worship services or one; Communion; and a musician.

The following decisions were made (And approved by Church Council as well):

Worship Services

We will continue with two services for July and August at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sign-Up will still be requested.

Masks and physical distancing will be required at the 9 a.m. service.
Masks will be OPTIONAL for those vaccinated at the 10:30 a.m. service, but we will continue physical distancing. Please recognize that many will feel more comfortable wearing masks, which is completely fine. We need to recognize that there are reasons why people will continue to wear masks – even if vaccinated – and it will take time for all of us to adjust to a world without masks. We ask that we not make this about our positions on vaccines or masks or any of the ways that could threaten to divide us.

Virtual Services will continue, and when possible, one of the live services recorded on a particular weekend will be added.
We are looking to see about returning the fabric chairs soon also.
We have a hopeful goal of returning to one service at 10:30 a.m. on September 12, 2021 along with Sunday School and Adult Bible Class.

Holy Communion

Beginning on July 11, communion will be provided at the end of the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Communion will be administered as we did during the Advent and Lenten seasons. Tables with the host and wine will be set up in front of the altar. After communing, the blessing will be given and the communicants and family will be dismissed.

Musician/Piano Player

We have begun the search for a church musician. In the interim, recorded music will continue to be provided. If you are aware of someone interested in serving as a church musician, please contact Pastor Scott Pastor’s Direct Email or Peggy Earnhardt Peggy’s Direct Email

SignUp Genius

Here is the link for July Sign-Ups:
Sign-Up Genius Link for Services in July!

God’s Continued Blessings!

12 June, 2021 – Advent Announcements

Our stained glass window.

Live/In-Person Worship has resumed!

Two Worship Services Continue for June, July and August.

We continue with Live/In-Person Services on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Our ACTS (Advent Coronavirus Team of Safety) group, as well as the Church Council have agreed that we would resume worship services with some adjustments, which are noted below. We are continuing to meet to discuss how things are going with these services, as well as considering the latest CDC, NC and Local guidelines and trends.


We are discussing Mask/Distancing Requirements, Communion Practices, and Searching for an Organist.

We understand that people are at different comfort levels, so we want to continue this process as caringly and lovingly as we can.
FOR NOW, we’ll continue with the following restrictions indicated below, and Sign-Ups, for everyone’s safety!

It is also important to note that Surveys are continuing during June to review our progress on our return to worship thus far, as we look to more normalcy in the future.
Blessings!

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Please read this Memo before Attending In-Person Worship!

A Sign-Up is needed for tracking and to keep the numbers of people in the building at a manageable level. FOR NOW, Sign-ups will be needed every week.

Here is the link for June Sign-ups:
SignUp Genius Link for Services in June!

An important note about the Sign-Ups: Checkmark which service you wish to attend, then click “Submit and Sign up.” After that, put the number of people attending, your name and email, and then click “Sign Up Now.”

Other things to note due to CoVid protocols are the following:
-We ask that people remain in their vehicle until just a few moments prior to the service they attend. (In other words, unfortunately, we ask that you not come into the church 10-15 minutes early to pray/meditate or fellowship.)
-We will have limitations on the number of people attending, so there is space for physical distancing. This is why a second service has been added.
-Masks will be required.

-ALSO, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
We WANT things to return to some normalcy, however, to continue to love our neighbor, things will look and be different for a time:
*There will be no Communion during these services. (Contact Pastor for private communion. We’ll also be looking to add midweek Communion services again.)
*There will be no Sunday School or Bible Class at this time. (See below for an Adult Zoom Bible Class opportunity. Youth Events continue to take place. And our Education Committee will continue to look at Christian education opportunities for younger grades.)
*There will be no Fellowship Hour or Fellowship within the Church Building. However, people may gather in the parking lot at an appropriate physical distance.
* Services will be about 45 minutes in order for cleaning between worship services and to allow for the most amount of people.
*Virtual Services will continue.
*Any verbal responses should be spoken lightly, to not spread the disease.
*Singing will be done by a singer, and folks may only “whisper” sing, and with masks on. It has been determined that robust singing is dangerous from the perspective of spreading the virus.*There will not be handshakes, hugs, or passing of the peace at this time.
*There will not be a processional/recessional at this time.
*There will be no bulletin or hymnals. Words within the service will be up on screen.
*You will be ushered in, so that we keep airflow in order and so that we are distanced. That said, you likely won’t be in your normal, chosen seat. We also ask that people remain in their seats as much as possible.
*Vinyl padded chairs will be used so that we can clean these after services.
*Much of the church is closed and we ask that you don’t go to or use those areas.
*Restrooms will be available, but we ask that you attempt to limit the usage if possible.
*Pastor will be available after service outdoors to bring pastoral concerns, however he will have limited time after the 9:00 a.m. service.
*And, once again, Sign-ups are needed prior to the services.

Contact Pastor Scott at Pastor’s Direct Email if you have other questions or concerns.

We hope you understand all these changes, and we certainly look forward to seeing you again in the Lord’s House!

15 May, 2021 – Advent Announcements

We have resumed live/in-person worship!

Services on Sundays are at: 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Our ACTS (Advent Coronavirus Team of Safety) group, as well as the Church Council have agreed that we would resume worship services with some adjustments, which are noted below. We are continuing to meet to discuss how things are going with these services.

ADDITIONALLY, we did meet after the latest CDC guidelines have come out. We are assessing these, as well as considering North Carolina guidelines, NC trends and local trends.

***

Please read this Memo!

A Sign-Up is needed for tracking and to keep the numbers of people in the building at a manageable level. FOR NOW, Sign-ups will be needed every week.

Here is the link for May 23rd and 30th:
SignUp Genius Link for May 23 and May 30!

An important note about the Sign-Ups: Checkmark which service you wish to attend, then click “Submit and Sign up.” After that, put the number of people attending, your name and email, and then click “Sign Up Now.”

Other things to note due to CoVid protocols are the following:

-We ask that people remain in their vehicle until just a few moments prior to the service they attend. (In other words, unfortunately, we ask that you not come into the church 10-15 minutes early to pray/meditate or fellowship.)

-We will have limitations on the number of people attending, so there is space for physical distancing. This is why a second service has been added.

-Masks will be required.

-ALSO, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

We WANT things to return to some normalcy, however, to continue to love our neighbor, things will look and be different for a time:

*There will be no Communion during these services. (Contact Pastor for private communion. We’ll also be looking to add midweek Communion services again.)

*There will be no Sunday School or Bible Class at this time. (See below for an Adult Zoom Bible Class opportunity. Youth Events continue to take place. And our Education Committee will continue to look at Christian education opportunities for younger grades.)

*There will be no Fellowship Hour or Fellowship within the Church Building. However, people may gather in the parking lot at an appropriate physical distance.

* Services will be about 45 minutes in order for cleaning between worship services and to allow for the most amount of people.

*Virtual Services will continue.

*Any verbal responses should be spoken lightly, to not spread the disease.

*Singing will be done by a singer, and folks may only “whisper” sing, and with masks on. It has been determined that robust singing is dangerous from the perspective of spreading the virus.

*There will not be handshakes, hugs, or passing of the peace at this time.

*There will not be a processional/recessional at this time.

*There will be no bulletin or hymnals. Words within the service will be up on screen.

*You will be ushered in, so that we keep airflow in order and so that we are distanced. That said, you likely won’t be in your normal, chosen seat. We also ask that people remain in their seats as much as possible.


*Vinyl padded chairs will be used so that we can clean these after services.

*Much of the church is closed and we ask that you don’t go to or use those areas.

*Restrooms will be available, but we ask that you attempt to limit the usage if possible.

*Pastor will be available after service outdoors to bring pastoral concerns, however he will have limited time after the 9:00 a.m. service.

*And, once again, Sign-ups are needed prior to the services.

Contact Pastor Scott at Pastor’s Direct Email if you have other questions or concerns.

We hope you understand all these changes, and we certainly look forward to seeing you again in the Lord’s House!

18 April, 2021 – BIG ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING UPCOMING WORSHIP!

Sunday, May 2nd, we will return to live/in-person worship!

Services will be at: 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Our ACTS (Advent Coronavirus Team of Safety) group, as well as the Church Council have agreed that we are now ready to resume worship services for the time being, but there are many adjustments noted below. We will continue to meet to discuss how things are going with these services, and should numbers go back up in North Carolina, we’ll re-assess where we are at with worship.

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Please read this Memo!


A Sign-Up Genius email (as well as some phone calls) will be sent out to Members and Friends beginning this week, and these are needed for tracking, and so that we don’t have too many people in the building at the same service. Sign-ups will be needed for now, every week.

Other things to note due to CoVid protocols are the following:
-We ask that people remain in their vehicle until just a few moments prior to the service they attend. (In other words, unfortunately, we ask that you not come into the church 10-15 minutes early to pray/meditate or fellowship.)
-We will have limitations on the number of people attending, so there is space for physical distancing. This is why a second service has been added.
-Masks will be required.

-ALSO, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

We WANT things to return to some normalcy, however, to continue to love our neighbor, things will look and be different for a time:


*There will be no Communion during these services. (Contact Pastor for private communion. We’ll also be looking to add midweek Communion services again soon.)

*There will be no Sunday School or Bible Class at this time. (See below for an Adult Zoom Bible Class opportunity. Youth Events continue to take place. And our Education Committee will continue to look at Christian education opportunities for younger grades.)

*There will be no Fellowship Hour or Fellowship within the Church Building. However, people may gather in the parking lot at an appropriate physical distance.

* Services will be about 45 minutes in order for cleaning between worship services and to allow for the most amount of people.

*Virtual Services will continue.

*Any verbal responses should be spoken lightly, to not spread the disease.

*Singing will be done by a singer, and folks may only “whisper” sing, and with masks on. It has been determined that robust singing is dangerous from perspective of spreading the virus.

*There will not be handshakes, or passing of the peace at this time.

*There will not be a processional/recessional at this time.

*There will be no bulletin or hymnals. Words will be up on screen.

*You will be ushered in, so that we keep airflow in order and so that we are distanced. That said, you likely won’t be in your normal, chosen seat. We ask that people remain in their seats as much as possible.

*Vinyl padded chairs will be used so that we can clean these after services.

*Much of the church is closed and we ask that you don’t go to or use those areas.

*Restrooms will be available, but we ask that you attempt to limit the usage if possible.

*Pastor will be available after service outdoors to bring pastoral concerns, however he will have limited time after the 9:00 a.m. service.

-And, once again, Sign-ups are needed prior to the services.


Contact Pastor Scott at Pastor’s Direct Email if you have other questions or concerns.


We hope you understand the reasoning behind all these changes, and we certainly look forward to being back in the Lord’s House to worship Him!

6 March, 2021 – Advent Announcements

Roof Repairs are nearly completed! (Photos below.)

With clear weather most of this past week, the roof is nearly done!

With the exception of some fascia-type work, the roof repairs are nearly completed!

Again, if you are at church this week, please be careful of workers and materials.

THANK YOU TO PAUL, BILL, JENNIFER, DAVE AND JUDY for your work on this!

Should you wish to discuss the roof repair, please contact Paul Simis at Paul’s email or 919-621-2200.

Here are some pictures!

28 February, 2021 – Advent Announcements

Lenten Communion Services have begun!

During Lent we will have live/in-person communion services on each of these dates:

3/3/2021 – 3pm, 7pm
3/17/2021 – 3pm, 7pm
4/1/2021 – 10am, 3pm, 7pm(Maundy Thursday)

Check out the Video Walk-thru for more information!

PLEASE READ>>In addition, due to CoVid-19 challenges, the following are important to note:

-We ask that people remain in their vehicle until just a couple of moments prior to the service they attend. (In other words, unfortunately, we ask that you not come into the church 10-15 minutes early to pray/meditate.)

-We will have limitations on the number of people attending, so there is space for physical distancing.-Masks will be required until you receive the Lord’s Supper.

-Sign-ups are needed prior to the services.

Contact Pastor Scott for the Sign-up information or any other questions: scott_lohman@sbcglobal.net

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Roof repairs should begin this coming week. Please be mindful if you plan to be at church this week.
 
In case you were not aware, we have been blessed that this roof has lasted as long as it has. However, the time has come for us to replace shingles and have some boards/plywood, and other areas replaced and repaired.
 
 
Thankfully, in our budget, we have been allocating money to our Capital Fund for just such a purpose and we currently have $28,000 to dedicate to a new roof. The bids we have received have been in the $31,000-$33,000 range with probably a bit more needed to cover any repairs necessary once the old roof is removed. We do have savings outside of the Capital Fund that would cover the extra needed.
 
With the Congregational vote, you have approved using extra savings (above what is presently in the Capital Fund) so that we are able to take care of the roof.
 
Should you wish to discuss the roof, please contact Paul Simis at Paul’s email or 919-621-2200.
 
Or if you would like to discuss the financing of this project further, please contact our treasurer, Jennifer Simis at Jennifer’s email or 919-621-8777.



13 February, 2021 – Advent Announcements

Lenten Communion Services Beginning on Ash Wednesday!

During Lent we will have live/in-person communion services on each of these dates:

2/17/2021 – 10am, 3pm, 7pm(Ash Wednesday)
3/3/2021 – 3pm, 7pm
3/17/2021 – 3pm, 7pm
4/1/2021 – 10am, 3pm, 7pm(Maundy Thursday)

Unfortunately due to CoVid, we won’t be able to have the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday.

Check out the Video Walk-thru for more information!

PLEASE READ>>In addition, due to CoVid-19 challenges, the following are important to note:

-We ask that people remain in their vehicle until just a couple of moments prior to the service they attend. (In other words, unfortunately, we ask that you not come into the church 10-15 minutes early to pray/meditate.)

-We will have limitations on the number of people attending, so there is space for physical distancing.-Masks will be required until you receive the Lord’s Supper.

-Sign-ups are needed prior to the services.

Contact Pastor Scott for the Sign-up information or any other questions: scott_lohman@sbcglobal.net

7 February, 2021 – Advent Announcements

Lenten Communion Services Beginning on Ash Wednesday!

During Lent we will have live/in-person communion services on each of these dates:

2/17/2021 – 10am, 3pm, 7pm(Ash Wednesday)
3/3/2021 – 3pm, 7pm
3/17/2021 – 3pm, 7pm
4/1/2021 – 10am, 3pm, 7pm(Maundy Thursday)

Unfortunately due to CoVid, we won’t be able to have the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday.

Check out the Video Walk-thru for more information!

PLEASE READ>>In addition, due to CoVid-19 challenges, the following are important to note:

-We ask that people remain in their vehicle until just a couple of moments prior to the service they attend. (In other words, unfortunately, we ask that you not come into the church 10-15 minutes early to pray/meditate.)

-We will have limitations on the number of people attending, so there is space for physical distancing.-Masks will be required until you receive the Lord’s Supper.

-Sign-ups are needed prior to the services.

Sign-up Genius email will be forthcoming.