At last month's Church Council meeting a discussion was held about the ELCA’s declaration of being a Sanctuary church. Their were questions about the vagueness, the legalities and definition of “Sanctuary”.

The Advent Church Council desires to have time of thoughtful conversation, study, and prayer with the congregation. Therefore, the congregation is encouraged to read and ponder the materials already provided at, pray, and attend each week of this intentional time of study and open discussion lead by Pastor Layne on September 8, 15, and 22 in the Fellowship Hall from 9:45-10:45 a.m.


The topics each week will focus on...

  • How do we have a crucial conversation?

  • What do the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions have to say about the role of government and the church?

  • Where do we go from here? the ELCA, AMMPARO, and AdventELC

Week One Presentation


Ground Rule for our Crucial Conversation

Week Two Presentation


Biblical References to Immigrants and Refugees

Week Three Presentation


Luther's Two Kingdoms Handout

Week Four Presentation


ELCA Family Tree

and Other Handouts