Advent has property! Advent Lutheran Church of Kings Mountain, NC, bought 12.98 acres of land in December 2013. Advent is a mission congregation of the NALC, the first NALC mission in North Carolina. Membership is 130, with average worship attendance of 70 to 75 each Sunday. The congregation currently meets in the Lawrence Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain. Weekly activities are graciously hosted by local congregations who have supported Advent in its mission. The Wednesday Bible study meets at Boyce Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mission Team meetings are held at Boyce and at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church, which has also provided an office for the pastor.
With the faithful giving of the congregation, Advent moved to from part-time to full-time support of its called pastor, the Reverend Marty Ramey, in July of 2012. Pastor Ramey has been with the congregation for most of its existence, starting as the regular supply pastor in December 2010 shortly after the congregation formed in November 2010.
Over the past three years, the Advent Growth Fund grew to the point where the congregation was able to purchase land for its future home. The church is now in a new growth phase to begin the process of setting aside the financial resources needed to fund its initial building. Advent has received generous support from several congregations in the Carolinas Mission District, financial assistance but even more importantly in the prayers and interactions with these congregations. The spiritual support of others remind the congregation that it is not alone, that it is part of a greater network of good Christians who work together to serve Christ and carry out his Great Commission.
Advent will celebrate the acquisition of this property with a service of dedication on May 18th, 2014, at the property. Pastor Carl Haynes, Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, will lead the dedication, and the congregation and its mission partners will enjoy the fellowship and good food of a Carolina barbecue following the service.