The Council of ALC has approved a tiered plan for re-opening. The health and safety of our members and visitors continues to be our main concern. ALC is moving into Tier 3 or re-opening.
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JOEL
CHRIST IS RISEN!!! HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!!!
The age-old refrain sounds fresh this year as we are able to experience worship together with at least part of our community. I'm also grateful for technology so that those who can't be here can be a part of our community.
I'm also grateful to the Advent staff, volunteers, musicians and all those who have helped to keep us online and still ministering in our various service ministries over this 13 months of COVID.
Please join us in April on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm for in-person (and online) worship each week. We will continue to livestream-only our Sunday morning worship at 8:30 and 11am till Sunday, 2 May when both our Wednesday night and Sunday worship will be in-person, as well as livestreamed for our online congregation.
In the meantime, I, on behalf of Advent church, wish you a blessed Easter and health and peace as we continue to recover from the pandemic.
A NEW DAY AND A NEW CHALLENGE . . .
On Monday night this week, Bishop Gronberg met with our Church Council to discuss the information that we now know is a reality – Pastor Edy and Ingrid will be leaving to go back to Colombia for 13-15 months on Friday morning this week.
We, with the ELCA and NTNL Synod, have been working for a year to try and change his visa status but the waiver of residence has not been received, due to an immigration lawyer error and a very slowly-moving State Department. What that means is that Pastor Edy and Ingrid will need to go back and reside in Colombia till they receive the waiver, or until they satisfy their residency requirements and re-apply for religious worker visas again.
During that time, Pastor Edy will continue his ministry to Adviento/Advent online, as we are all doing at this point. He has also developed a theological program for potential Hispanic leaders that is being considered by some and used by other seminaries across the country. He will continue teaching those classes online. In the meantime, the NTNL Synod will designate an interim leader to be the “point person” for Adviento, to do any ministry that is needed “hands-on” in Pastor Edy’s absence. I will announce that leader when he/she is chosen.
I hope you will take this time that Pastor Edy and Ingrid are away to celebrate what he has done as the mission developer of Adviento, and to pray for his continued ministry with us and in whatever way he is utilized by local Lutheran churches in Colombia.
You can contact Pastor Edy during this time by using his firstname.lastname@example.org address. Contact the church office for mailing address and phone number.
Also, we will be collecting a love offering to help them with their expenses beyond the budgeted expenses for their time in Colombia. If you choose to do that, you can write a check to Advent and put Pastor Edy on the memo line or you can also designate funds from your online account for Pastor Edy through Advent church. He has not asked we do that, but it is a wonderful way to continue to support him, and I know some Church Council leaders have already made a contribution to his support.
Above all, put Pastor Edy and Ingrid in your regular prayers for patience, encouragement and hopefulness over this “enforced” period of separation from his ministry and our community.
Advent Lutheran Church is in the Northern Texas-
Northern Louisiana Synod of the ELCA.