March 25, 2015 - Advent Lutheran Church

3232 S. Cooper St.
Arlington, TX 76015
817.465.6793 / www.alctx.org
March 25, 2015
Thoughts for the Journey
Last Sunday, Church President Keith Kavanaugh talked to
the congregation in worship about our ministry and our
resources. Below is the text of that message.
“I need to speak to you this morning about our
church’s finances. I want to start by stating something
that should be obvious but is often not said – everything
that we as a congregation are able to do in ministry is a
direct result of your time, your talent, and your
resources that you share with us and with the work that
God has given us here at Advent.
As many of you are aware, we develop a budget for
the church based on the pledges that we receive and a
sense of what we can expect from those who don’t
pledge but still give. From that information we develop
a budget to pay for the various things that are required
for our church to operate – the mortgage, the utilities,
mundane but important things ranging from toilet paper,
paper towels, coffee, paper for the copier, and so forth,
the maintenance and improvement of our facilities, the
salary for our pastors and staff, the things that our
ministry teams want to do for our members and for the
community around us, and finally the giving that we
share with the national church, our synod, and other
activities that we are as a congregation help sponsor.
Then as you give to the church we are able to pay for
these things and to actually perform the ministry that we
are called to.
Right now our budget is approximately $2,240 a day,
and our giving is approximately $2,050 per day. Right
now the shortfall is approximately $190.00 a day which
doesn’t sound bad until you multiply it by 365. This
shortfall means that there are things that we would like
to be able to do that we cannot. We have carefully
watched our expenditures and have adjusted our
spending to what has come in, but there is not fat in the
budget to start with. Our ministry teams have been
running fundraisers to pay for things that should be in
the budget.
We have a number of people in the church who give
more than they have pledged. We also have a number
who have given less than they pledged. We have a
number of people who don’t pledge but give to the
church regularly. Finally we have a number of people
who do not give at all.
Let me share a personal instance that surprised me
at the first of the year when I received our giving
statement for last year. Helen and I give regularly
according to our pledge. I was very surprised when
looking at this statement to see that we had missed one
of the times that we normally give because I was behind
by exactly that amount. I didn’t remember missing one.
In fact if you asked me, I would told you that we were
right on target with our giving, but the report said that
we weren’t. I would love to blame this on Helen, but
she’s not the one who takes care of this; I am. We’ve
been catching back up since we noticed that.
What I am asking today is for you to look at what you
are able to do and to see where you are with your
giving. We are stewards of what God has given to us,
and our church is one of the primary ways that God
works in our lives and the lives of those who we
encounter.”
We have financial challenges, but wherever Jesus is
praised and his death remembered and resurrection
celebrated, there is new hope. Please decide how you can
help us continue to offer the vibrant ministries and worship
Advent has offered for many years. This is YOUR church.
Peace,
Pr. Joel
Week of March 25, 2015
Prayers of the Community
EXPECTING: Sarah & Travis Chrystie
PENDING SURGERY: Roger Mangum
HEALING: Abby Thigpen, Emily Cook, Lois
Paulsen, Ed Lesser, Cindy Westfall,
Gottfried Weber, Ellen Page, Ben
Hedrick, Tom Ness, Guy McWilliams,
Judy Bollman, John Staehle, Merrill
Nelson, Bruce Chrystie, Cambri Collins,
Dave Lindell, Myrtice Larson, Gloria
Cramer, Gil Ginn
LONG-TERM CARE: Joann Kelley, Lorris
Tengvall, Kris Herbranson, Anne
McWilliams
MILITARY: Jeff Horn, Ben Bailey, Casey
Durst, Landon Ludwick , Matt Dennis
Non-Member Friends, Relatives
EXPECTING: Michelle Felix, Karen Robertson,
Dianna Bryan, Holly Henry, Katy
HEALING: Cindy, Paige DeWitt, Carly
Tretham, Delores Hammond, Rebecca,
Randy Reynolds, Josie Holden, Deborah
Sullivan, Phyllis Sorem, Caleigh Walker,
Kathy Borochoff, Nona Owen, Angie
Oller Carr, wife of Dan Brietske, John
Clement. Emma DeAtley, Dana Scott,
Domingo Albiliz, Dave Cook, Issac Ivey,
Sharen Harris, Gizella Seuri, Shane
Eaton, Allison Hileck, Noran Nygaard, Rod
Eyster, Tracy LaHue, Wally Sundet, Dave
Roos, Sandy DeClassis, Stefany Boyett,
Kenneth Jones, Dorman Nelson, for our
world, especially Africa & Middle East
COMFORT/WISDOM/STRENGTH/GUIDANCE:
Laurel & Ryan, Troy Wilkins, Kathy
Crawford-Nelson, Vivian McCallum,
Jacque Essman, Christina Aungst, Brian
Wazac, Cindy, Donna Gaarder, Sue
Waggoner, Brandi Kitchens, Gaelynn
Brougham, Marta & family, the Fulbright
family, Mark Wesley & family, Amy &
family, the families of Lori & Walker Katch,
Willard Balk, Jerry Stephens, Allison
Hileck, Nik Patterson, Jonathan Boyd &
Thomas family
MILITARY: Mike Kelly, Joshua Nissen,
Andrew Musfeldt, Travis Guidry, Matt
Dennis
PRAYER PARTNER: Green Oaks School,
Darren Vercruysse, APD
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click here for online giving.
DiscipleLife, Sundays, 9:45 AM
YOUTH CLASSES
CONFIRMATION (AC206)
Pr. Marc: for youth, six - ninth grade,
preparation to affirm the covenant God
makes at baptism.
ADULT CLASSES
CLASS BY THE KITCHEN (AC101)
Keith Kavanaugh: a book of the Bible or
topic of faith or church.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH (AC206)
Thane McCann: through the Bible using
video-based conversation.
LUTHERAN PERSPECTIVES (AC201-202)
Joan Martin & Allen Hatfield: faith and
religion with readings/videos.
CHILDREN’S CLASSES
Greta DeWitt: for all children, age two
through fifth grade in the CGC. Stories,
workshops: cooking, computers, fun `n
games, drama, science and more!
BOOKS OF FAITH (AC203)
Teresa Thigpen & Margaret Johnson:
scripture stories central to our faith in six
to eight session studies.
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY - THE GOSPEL OF MARK
The group will meets at 10:00 AM in the Gathering Room Thursday mornings
through May 28 as we continue to prepare for Easter.
LENTEN WORSHIP SERIES: “WHAT R U UP 2?”
This Lenten series is based on Mark 8:31-38, "If you want to become my
followers, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me."
Lent is often known as a time of giving something up in order to make room in
our lives for spiritual pursuits. Rather than just "giving up" for Lent, this season, the
scriptures ask us to consider all that Jesus is "up to" and all that he asks us to be up
to in his name. What pursuits are we up to in our lives that call us to be our best
selves, and our best selves as the church? The following topics/Bible verses will
guide Pr Joel and Pr Marc in leading the congregation in worship during Lent, 2015.
Palm Sunday
Easter Sunday
"SIT UP"
"LOOK UP"
John 12: 12-16
Mark 16: 1-8
.
Palm Sunday Worship, March 29: 8:30 and 11:00 AM
Breakfast Tacos / Fundraiser: 9:00 - 1:00 PM
Maundy Thursday Worship, April 2: 7:00 PM
Good Friday Worship, April 3: 7:00 PM
Easter Sunday, April 5: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM
Easter Breakfast Fundraiser: 9:45 - 10:45 AM
EGG-stravaganza: April 4, Noon - 2:00 PM
See page 3
Week of March 25, 2015
LADIES . . .
April 11
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Celebrate Spring!
Attend the
SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA
ADVENT COMMUNITY GARDEN WORK DAYS
FRIDAY, APRIL 3 AND SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 9:00 AM-NOON
Agenda: Weeding, cleaning gardens, moving mulch,
and planting a spring crop.
Bring your gloves! For more information,
contact Karen Riley ([email protected])
or Jeff Guidry ([email protected]
Tickets are only $12 and on sale NOW between Sunday services!
Want to help plan or have questions answered?
Contact [email protected] or 817-253-0228
NT-NL Synodical Women’s Organization
Keep up with news and events from the
NT-NL SWO by subscribing to
The Tapestry, their online newsletter
(ntnllutheranwomen.com). .
A Community Event the Day Before Easter.
Guests will enjoy lunch,
decorate Easter eggs, have their
picture taken with the Easter bunny, go on an egg
hunt, hear the Gospel through Resurrection eggs,
and take home tools to help share the
GOOD NEWS with others!
SENIOR CITIZEN RETREAT
With April right around the corner, Briarwood
is making preparations for a Senior Citizens’ Retreat!
All senior folks looking for a few days of fun, fellowship, and
spiritual renewal are invited to Briarwood, April 7 – 9.
There will be traditional Bible study, bird watching,
and nature walks, as well as some exciting new activities and
entertainment acts! Mark your calendars now so you won’t
miss it! Register at www.briarwoodretreat.org. If you have
questions call 940-241-2099.
NEED DONATIONS! - Check the board in the
narthex to see how you can help!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! - Contact Greta,
or sign-up on the Connection Card.
Week of March 25, 2015
Children study the same story for three weeks, rotating through different workshops to explore the story in a new way
each week. Workshops include Science, Movies, Drama, Crafts, Cooking & Games.
DiscipleLife (Sunday school) 9:45 – 10:45 AM every Sunday
JAM (preschool): 2nd grade on most first and third Sundays, 12:15 - 2:30 PM during the school year.
Music classes are for 3rd - 5th grade, 12:15 - 2:30 PM. Both include lunch.
NO JAM or Music Easter Sunday - April 5
NO JAM or Music Sunday, April 19 - See Communion Field Trip information below.
Next regular JAM & Music - May 3
LAST JAM & Music - May 17
FLASH (Following, Loving and Serving Him!), for all children in 3rd - 5th grade, will meet in the CGC building,
6:30 - 8:00 PM for fun, fellowship & a snack.
FLASH resumes April 15 - 6:30-8:00 PM
Last FLASH of the season May 20, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
A COMMUNITY EVENT THE DAY BEFORE EASTER.
Guests will enjoy lunch, decorate Easter eggs, have their picture taken with the Easter bunny,
go on an egg hunt, hear the Gospel through Resurrection eggs, and take home tools
to help share the GOOD NEWS with others!
Communion Training Field Trip - April 19, 12:30 - 3:00 PM
To go along with Communion Training during DiscipleLife, all children preschool - 5th grade, and a parent, will meet in
the gym at 12:30 - 1:45 PM for lunch and activities. Then we will caravan to Creative Hands (2225G West Park Row,
76013) where each child will pick a ceramic Christian symbol to paint. Children in 5th grade will paint a chalice. Many
will be able to take their creation home. However, those that need to be fired (chalices) will not be available until
Sunday, April 26 when they may be picked up during DiscipleLife.
BRAILLE SERVICE PROJECT Wednesday, April 22 and May 27, 6:30 - 8:00 PM.
(3rd grade & up eligible for youth service project)
We need 7-9 youth and/or parents to make Bible Braille books. It’s fun and easy, and offers the blind
a chance to read the Bible. Sign-up on the YOUTH bulletin board in the gym.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: June 22 - 26
Summer Camp @ Briarwood: August 2 - 7
If you have any questions about these or other activities for children, please give me a call or send an email.
Greta DeWitt @ church 817-465-6793 ext. 239, or 817-996-7381 ©, or email [email protected]
Week of March 25, 2015
COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
The following are hi-lights from the Council Meeting held on March 16, 2014:
Treasurer’s Report: We have a deficit of $35,000. Giving is less than budget. We are controlling expenses as much as
possible.
Advent received a Senior Ministries Grant of $2,500 from the ELCA. A birthday party for older members is being planned
to kick-off this new ministry.
Pastor Marc is planning his sabbatical along with his support team for this summer.
Hispanic Ministry: Candidates are being interviewed but the “right” candidate has not been identified. Several other
possibilities maybe available for this ministry including Advent being a mission start (for a Hispanic/[email protected]
congregation or one from Sierra Leone). Finding leaders may be difficult and require patience.
Annex: There is water leak at the Annex and we have received an estimate of $35,000 to repair it and replace the
plumbing. The water and gas will be turned off in April but the electricity will remain on.
Youth from San Gabriel will sell tacos and taquitos at Advent to raise funds to attend the National Youth gathering.
The date has not been determined.
Respectfully Submitted,
Sonja Kraus, Secretary
COUNCIL MEMBERS
PRESIDENT: Keith Kavanaugh
TREASURER: Janet Wheeler
VICE PRESIDENT: Tim McCann
SECRETARY: Sonja Kraus
BENEVOLENCE: Jane Owens
CONGREGATIONAL CARE: Nancy Kuper
EDUCATION: Margaret Johnson
ENDOWMENT FUND: Tim McCann
FINANCE: Jason Brown
OUTREACH: unfilled
PARISH LIFE: Melina Shaffer
PR. JOEL’S MUTUAL MINISTRY: Al Peet
PR. MARC’S MUTUAL MINISTRY: Karen Riley
PERSONNEL: Keith Hutchins
PROPERTY: unfilled
SERVANT MINISTRY: Gail Schwebke
STEWARDSHIP: John Staehle
WORSHIP & MUSIC: Gail Srednicki
YOUTH: Teresa Thigpen
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