Outreach


To participate in any of these ministries, learn more or speak to with the coordinator, call the church office at 610 436 0807 or e-mail Adventlutheranwc@gmail.com.



 
Food Donatons
We collect non-perishable foods every week at Advent in support of the West Chester Food Cupboard, because as they say "No one should go hungry!" Every year, Advent members donate over 3,000 pounds to this organization, which serves 500 households, or about 1,600 individuals every month. Furthermore, Advent members are encouraged to donate gift cards, or perishable items, directly to the Food Cupboard and they may also donate their time. Advent also has a "Community Garden" which it maintains to grow fresh vegetables for donation..
For additional information click:
West Chester Food Cupboard
 
 
 
 
Domestic Violence
 
This ministry helps to support the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) in its mission to help victims of domestic violence become survivors. Volunteers set up and decorate a Christmas tree (in July) with envelopes for donations to DVCCC. The ministry coordinators publicize the events, seek donations from the quilting group to raffle, coordinate a breakfast that takes place on the last Sunday of July during the 9 AM worship service, and request bakers to donate baked goods and crafts to sell at the breakfast and tally the results of the fund raising events.  At the service, a speaker from DVCCC makes a short presentation and shares ways people can become involved to support this mission. Fund-raising experience is always welcome. In each of the past two years, Advent has raised over $4,000, including matching funds from Thrivent Financial, to support the work of DVCCC.
For additional information click on:  DVCCC
 
 

Salvation Army
 
The Salvation Army in West Chester provides dinner for 30 or so people every night. Advent does one meal per month on the third Monday of every month. This ministry needs people willing to provide and cook food. Inexperienced volunteers can be paired with people who have experience in preparing meals for large numbers of people. In December, Advent members spend a day serving as "Bell Ringers."
For additional information click on:  Salvation Army



Appalachia Service Project

WEEK LONG APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT 
ASP provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation — bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. Every year, Advent sends 2 to 4 van loads of Senior High students and leader/advisers for a week long service project rebuilding and winterizing homes in the Appalachia Region of our country.  Groups have served in West Virginia and Kentucky.  This event is led by Pat Polilli, our former youth ministry leader.
 For more information about ASP click here:  ASP





Rise Against Hunger

Each year Advent partners with Rise Against Hunger to Assemble over 10,000 meals for some of the world's most vulnerable people. In addition to paying for the cost of the meal ingredients, Advent's social hall is transformed into a meal assembly and packaging operation.
For more information about Rise Against Hunger click here:  http://www.riseagainsthunger.org/




Broad Street Ministries
Annually, usually  in September, Advent youth and adults help serve over 100 meals to food insecure individuals.








Clothing Drive
Advent collects clothing twice a year, Spring and Fall, to support the Purple Heart organization. .








Connecting with Senior Citizens
Advent youth and adults go to Fair Acres Home at least once each year to play bingo and go caroling on the 2nd Wednesday night of December as part of Confirmation Class.






Ministry in Daily Life
Prosper the work of our hands, 0 God, Which we do for the common good. Everything you do, everywhere you are, you are engaged in ministry.  Advent members engage in a wide array of service in their daily lives including such work as tutoring in a local prison.

  • Chester County Food Cupboard Farm
  • English as a Second Language Tutoring
  • GED Tutoring
  • Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Rotary, Reading at Pennwood elementary School
  • Thresholds Prison Ministry
  • Various Walks



Freedom Village Worship
Join pastor Chris as he leads two services the third Sunday of every month at Freedom Village. service times are 3 PM and 4 PM. All welcome including guest musicians and children.
We also occasionally lead worship services at "The Hickman" Senior Housing Center.

 





Volunteering @ Luther Inn. Each spring, Advent youth and adults head to the Luther Inn in Wildwood to help prepare the facility to host summer retreats.







24 Hours of Service/Famine Advent youth engage in a day long service event, with multiple outreach activities, during which they do not eat, raising awareness regarding hunger.
Canned goods are collected as part of the event.






Stuffing Stockings for Shelter Residents. Advent youth and adults collect stocking stuffers and assemble them each year in November. The Junior High/Senior High Sunday School class and college students assemble them on Thanksgiving weekend during the Sunday School Hour.



Red Cross Blood Drives. Advent members support the Red Cross Blood Drive held at Willistown UMC.







Advent has a garden to support the Food Bank with fresh vegetables.






College Care Packages Advent youth assemble college care packages, mailed to students in January.







Quilts
Quilts are prayerfully produced for children to be baptized, for members with serious illnesses and for those moving to assisted living, hospices, or the Veterans Hospital. Items used in church service are repaired. Banners, baptismal napkins, communion linens, Christmas bags, pot holders and pillowcases are also prepared. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon, but quilters can also donate time worked at home. Members of Advent also crochet prayer shawls. Non-quilters are welcome to attend.  For more information about the quilting activities at Advent,. led by Mary Alice James, please contact the church office at 610-436-0807.

Quilters also make quilts in support of Lutheran World Relief to reach people in some of the worst situations of war, disaster and extreme poverty, providing warmth and comfort.

Why we give a gift of a Baptismal blanket to each child being baptized at Advent.
In December, 1999, Advent member Kelly Leigh Wylie was diagnosed with cancer. She refused treatment because she was pregnant, and did not want to risk any harm to her unborn child. Noah Kelland States was born prematurely on February 12, 2000, weighing little more than 3 lbs. Kelly then immediately began her treatment. God called Kelly home on March 5, 2002. As her family maintained a vigil of several weeks at her hospital bedside, many family members, church members, and unknown prayer partners, lifted this entire family in prayer every day. And, although the family knew they were being lifted in prayer, the thought came to us that it would be nice to have a “visual” sign of that loving support - a “Blanket of God’s Love” for Kelly, to keep her warm in body and spirit.

At Kelly’s Memorial Service, we used blue-checked gingham to decorate the Fellowship area – it was Kelly’s favorite pattern. We now sew onto each quilt a piece of the gingham used in March, 2002.

It is in loving memory of Kelly Leigh Wylie that we share a “Blanket of God’s Love”, praying that it will always be a reminder that you are never alone. May you always feel God’s love and presence in your life!


Other Ministries
 
 
Advent collects new full size (not hotel sample) bars of soap, liquid soap and shampoo to support Act in Faith.  Place donated items in the basket in the Narthex (Lobby) area of the church. 

 
ACT in Faith of Greater West Chester
212 S. High St. (basement of the Church of the Holy Trinity)
484 FAITH WC (324-8492)
 


Note that if you have an Outreach idea involving the congregation, submit information at least 60 days in advance so that it can be properly announced and to assure it does not conflict with other church sponsored activities. (Unless it is a natural disaster or responding to a specific unexpected need, such as a fire, etc.) Such requests can be given to our administrator, Jenn Miller at AdventofficeJM@gmail.com.

OUTREACH CALENDAR

WEEKLY AT ADVENT

Food Collection for W.C. Food Cupboard

MONTHLY AT ADVENT

Meals for Salvation Army

SPECIAL EVENTS USUALLY OCCUR ON THE FOLLOWING MONTHS

January, Rise Against Hunger, Assembling 10,000 meals,, College Care Packages

February, Soup Collection for Foodbank on Superbowl Sunday

March/April 24 Hours of Service, Volunteer at Luther Inn

May, Clothing Drive for Purple Heart, Bingo at Fair Acres

June, Appalachia Service Project Mission Trip

July, Christmas in July Fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

August,

September, Feeding 100+ Food Insecure individuals with Broad Street Ministries

October, Clothing Drive for Purple Heart

November, Collection and Stocking Stuffing for Shelter Residents

December, Christmas Caroling at Fair Acres, Serving as Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Gifts for Foster children


Community Groups/Organizations meeting at Advent

Boy Scout Troop 222   click here:  Scouts 

West Chester Community Evangelical Church  click here:  Community Church  

Karate Champion Martial Arts Center  click here:  Karate School

Soccer Shots (Soccer programs, ages 3-8) Click here: Soccer Shots

A.A.  click here:  A.A.

Advent shares our parking lot with the West Chester Area School District for multiple school bus student transfers, involving as many as 10 school buses.  These transfers occur during all school days, early in AM and again in the mid afternoon.
 www.wcasd.edu                http://www.edline.net/pages/West_Chester_Area_SD