Events


       PUMPKIN PATCH SALES
        Please remember to sign up to help sell pumpkins and assist with the flea market scheduled for Saturday, October 18,
         AM to 2 PM

ARASAPHA FARMS HAUNTED HOUSE/BATES MOTEL
Tickets can either be used any night desired or Advent is going as a group on Oct 29, meeting at the church at 6:30 PM. Combination Tickets - Advent’s ASP teams have tickets to this annual spooky event for $35. These are combo tickets and are good any night of the week. The ASP teams will receive $10 from each ticket sold. See Nichole Yakas or any member of the ASP teams for tickets. Checks should be made payable to Terri Yakas.
 
CONFIRMATION RETREAT
for present and past Confirmands will be held Friday, October 31-Sunday, Nov. 2nd. Cost is $110 to cover the cost of food and lodging. This traditional retreat is held at Bear Creek camp and offers all youth a weekend of fun and fellowship.
 
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
We invite you to remember family/friends who have died in the past year on Sunday, November 2nd by each family lighting a single candle in loving memory of them. Forms are on the table in the lobby for you to submit their names for the bulletin.

DOUGH FOR DETROIT
Buy our dough to help us raise dough to go to Detroit! On the 1st Sunday of each month, Advent youth will be selling Cinnamon Buns to help us raise money to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit in July 2015. We will be easy to find...just follow the aroma filling the halls of Advent!
 
PUMPKIN PATCH
In October, our property along Green Lane will be covered in orange as we receive thousands of Pumpkins in all sizes. The Pumpkins are set to arrive on Saturday, 10/11 at 4:00 pm. We need many people of all ages to help unload and then sell pumpkins from 9 AM to Noon and from 3 PM to 8 PM, Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are 9 AM to 9 PM and Sunday hours are Noon to 8 PM. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex. Selling Pumpkins will really put Advent on the Map. You can designate what ministry you would like your efforts to support with the profits. Ministries include, Youth and youth accounts, Capital Fund, Stephen Ministry, Evangelism, and the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY
Sunday, November 16 is stewardship Sunday. Members will be invited to try a tithe, giving 10% of their weekly income on that Sunday AND make a pledge for the 2015 mission of Advent to worship, invite, nurture and serve in the name of Jesus Christ. In place of a sermon, several Advent members and Pastor Chris will briefly share their thoughts of stewardship, what we give back to God in response to all that God has given us! Would you be one of those willing to do so? If so, please speak with PJ Baer McGrath or Pastor Chris.

PASTORAL CARE SUNDAY/PARENTING WORKSHOP
Pastor Chris looks forward to welcoming George Bustard as our guest preacher on Sunday, November 23 as we once again celebrate Pastoral Care Sunday. George Bustard is one of three counselors that are part of the Center for Pastoral Counseling in Springfield, PA. Pastor Chris serves on their board and Advent is a sponsoring congregation of the Center. Counselors Michael P. D'Angelo and Donna Liu will also be in attendance on November 23. They will offer a workshop in the youth room on parenting teens and pre-teens from 9:15 AM to 10:25 AM. The Center for Pastoral Counseling is a community-based, interfaith practice that operates from a solution-focused, spiritually-sensitive orientation, addressing a variety of concerns. For more information, check out www.centerforpastoralcounseling.com.

GAME NIGHT II
Participants at our September Game Night at Advent had so much fun, we decided to do it again! So, on Saturday, November 8 , we invite you to come to Advent with a covered dish or dessert. (Beverages provided.) Gathering and set-up will occur between 6:00 and 6:30 PM with dinner being served promptly at 6:30 PM. Then we will all enjoy a game of Bolderdash emceed by Pastor Chris. This game is fun for elementary age children through Senior High as in groups we attempt to make up definitions for generally unknown words, dates, people or abbreviations. The correct answer is added to the made up definitions and then groups try to select the right answer. You score points for getting groups to select your wrong answer or by selecting the correct answer. (Once in a great while, someone gets the correct answer right from the beginning and scores even more points!) We hope to have several Tanzanian dishes in recognition of our partnership with Tewe Lutheran Parish. The recipe's are quite simple and are available at the sign-up board in the Narthex. Free childcare will be available!

FALL CLOTHING DRIVE
will be November 9 & 16, 2014
Clothes must be CLEAN and in GOOD condition
Please label all bags:
• Men, women, boy or girl
• Size of clothing in the bag

We will begin accepting your kind donations in the Social Hall lobby November 9th.

VOICE RECITAL
Kirk Cremer is proud to feature three vocal students in their final voice recital here at Advent on Saturday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. Performers include Advent members Megan McGrath and Torri Seaman, as well as Angels of Broadway participant Carley Powers. We invite everyone at Advent, as well as any guests, to join us for a great night of music and support of these outstanding young women.

Since the students choose the music they perform, the recital will feature a very diverse collection of Christian, Broadway, Disney, pop, and country songs. There is no charge – however, a freewill offering will be collected to benefit Advent’s youth program. There will be an intermission and also a dessert reception following the performance. We hope you can join us!

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 14 following the 10:30 am service to attend the Congregational Meeting when our council will present the proposed budget for 2015. Your attendance is important as we begin a new year of ministry and we look for your input.

Check out the Updated Church Directory

Just click on Membership Directory here or on our menu to check out our newly updated directory (Password:  Advent2013) that even includes some soon-to-be members and those who worship with us regularly.  It is by far the most complete directory we have had in many years!  Special thanks to Jeff Eichhorn and Jim Teague for their many hours of labor editing/adding/correcting the information and to Dottie Foley and Pastor Chris for taking pictures.  Please take a moment to be sure all your information is correct or add missing information (or a picture) ASAP.  If you do not have on-line access and would like a hard copy, please call the church office at 610-436-0807 or leave a note in Peggy Schmied's box.  All requested hard copies will be made available in September.  
ADVENT CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION
If you or someone you know is looking for a preschool they can contact our directors to schedule a tour and/or gather information on our program at adventprek@yahool.com or click on Advent Christian Preschool on the menu in the upper left of this page.
 
INTERESTED IN SCOUTING
BOYS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 7 AND 17???
GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 20???
You may not fully understand what would be involved, if your boy or girl was introduced to the Scouting world. I would be happy to answer any and all questions / concerns.  If you would like to see how a Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop or a Venturing Group operate, I would be happy to take you to one of the Scouting programs for you to observe and ask questions. If interested, please contact Charlie MYERS, Unit Commissioner with the Chester County Boy Scouts – email cdm41755@aol.com or phone 610.701-0599.
 
DONATE NOW, ONLINE!
The "Donate Now" button the front page of our web site, upper right corner, enables members to use their credit card, debit card or bank account, for specified donations to needs such as the Capital Account.  Members can also use this convenient feature to pay for youth retreats or even to make contributions to our memorial funds in memory of, or in honor of, a loved one.
 
UP COMING EVENTS
For more information on up coming events, call the church office. For more information on the Fall craft show and flea market click here: www.pavendors.com

October 26th: First Holy Communion Sunday

December 7th: Bishop Claire Burkat preaches at Advent, 10:30 AM service followed by reception

December 13th: Craft Fair
 
ON-GOING EVENTS

PASTOR'S BIBLE STUDY AT YOGO
Pastor's weekly Thursday evening Bible study at 7 PM at YOGO, located on West Chester Pike in Edgemont, near the Beneficial Savings Bank and the shopping center with Staples, Giant, and Bonefish.  We will continue to work our way through Mark's Gospel.  Enjoy wonderful frozen yoghurt/water ice as you study God's word.  We gather at 6:45 PM and end by 8:05 PM.  Come whenever you can, even if it is infrequently. No experience necessary. 

Mid-Week Bible Study Group
Meets every Wednesday at 9:30 AM. The text for the following Sunday's readings are discussed.

Adult Sunday School

Ian James leads the group meetings on Sundays in Room 6, starting at 9:15 am.
Woman's Discussion Group
is reading an discussing Phillip Yancey's "What's So Amazing About Grace" on Sundays in Room 7 at 9:15 each week with the exception of the first Sunday of the month when the Woman's Gathering meets.
Womens' Gathering
will meet on the first Sunday of each month, at 9:15 am in Room 7. The October topic is "Hannah, A promise Keeper" based on 1 Samuel 1:27-28. All women are invited to bring their coffee and refreshments to the meeting which gathers on the first Sunday of each month.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Share with a friend or your family and sign up to prepare a meal for the residents/guests at the Salvation Army in West Chester on Walnut & Market streets. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside Pastor Chris’ office. We are in special need of volunteers beginning January, 2014. You can just drop off the prepared meal or you can stay and serve very grateful hungry people. Our coordinator, Erna Graham will be happy to answer any questions you may have [610-431-6229] or you can call the church office
WOMEN OF FAITH RETREAT 
Would you like a weekend away with no cooking or cleaning and close out winter and welcome spring with a relaxing and soul-nurturing weekend? If so, please sign up for our annual Women’s Retreat at Black Rock Lodge in Quarryville from Friday evening February 28 until mid-day Sunday March 2.  To save a spot, verbal commitment is needed by 11/28.  Registration forms are in the church lobbyx.  Contact Lauran Sabol at lauran.sabol@gmail.com or Lainie Harkins at lhark27@gmail.com
 
NEW PRAYER LIST
The prayer list will be separate from the bulletin and will be made available in the Narthex for those who enjoy praying for others.  It will also be forwarded to Jane Wolff to be sent out via our e-mail prayer chain each week. To add people to the prayer list, please e-mail or call Marge Jones, who has agreed to take over the prayer list. (Joneshdjet@verizon.net/ 610-399-0284)
 
CHILDREN TO SING IN CHURCH!
Each week, all Sunday School children will gather in the sanctuary at 9:10 AM, before heading to their classes, for a 10 to 12 minute opening led by Pastor Chris with older youth serving as helpers. During this time, participants will engage in a brief prayer, hear an introduction to the Bible lesson for the day, and enjoy some rousing worship with motions led my new multi-media resources that older youth will help run. An offering will also be received. Then at the 10:30 AM service on the last Sunday of every month and at the 4PM Christmas Eve service our children will share their voices in a special musical offering in advance of the children's sermon. (If you would like to help with the opening in any way, please speak with Pastor Chris.) 
 
MUSIC@ADVENT
It’s time to tune up those vocal cords, dust off your various instruments, put a nice shine on the handbells, and process down the aisle to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Choir rehearsals will be starting up soon, and we’d love each returning choir member to welcome at least one NEW member – that could be YOU! Read on:

HANDBELL CHOIR: Rehearsals Wed., 6:30-7:20; welcomes all who know they are NEEDED to make the song complete; without the “E” J sus lov s m lacks a certain gusto – that’s why we need YOU! The Handbell Choir rings generally once a month in different parts of the service, often combining with a hymn or an anthem, adding a special luster to our service music. If you can flick your wrist and count to four, you’re IN! Parts need to be marked before rehearsals, so just let me know you’re coming.

CHANCEL CHOIR
: Rehearsal Wed., 7:30-9:00:
• Some people like to stand front and center;
• Others like to hide behind a pillar;
• Some people like to sing out lustily;
• Others open their mouths while they breathe;
• Some people choose to go away on an occasional week-end;
• Others wouldn’t dream of missing church, no matter what;
• Some people have a need to skip an occasional rehearsal;
• Others come to EVERY rehearsal;
And we take ALL of you! We are the body of Christ, and each one of us is a part of it. Our offer of time and talent is according to what we are able to do – and that is all we need!
So join us, and sing with us on most Sundays and for special services. Let your voice blend with others who “declare with their mouths and respond in their hearts that Jesus Christ is Lord!”

COME JOIN THE PRAISE TEAM

Do you find yourself at home playing an instrument or singing? Does it bring joy to your heart? Maybe it is time to come join the praise team. We practice every Sunday right after the first service. We would love to have you come join us in fun and fellowship.
There are many verses in the Bible that relate to praising our Lord with songs. Here is one of my favorites.
Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him! ~ Psalm 68:4
If you are interested or want to find out more information, please contact Jim Connor at Jconnor118@comcast.net.
 
Prayer List Requests
Starting on June 2, we are doing the prayer list a new way.  Instead of having it in the bulletin, it will be a separate sheet available to those who make use of it on Sunday mornings.  The list will be started over every month.  In addition to being available in the Narthex each week, we hope to sent this list to all members on the e-mail prayer chain.
 
Men's Breakfast will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Advent from 7:00-8:30 AM. All men are invited to this time of bible study, food, fellowship and discussion.
 
Pastor's Bible Study, Pastor Chris will be offering a Bible study, every 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month, at 7 PM, except in July and August.  The hour long Bible study will continue the 3rd and 4th Thursday of every month.  We will be studying the Book of Acts.  Come and join us for this opportunity to learn what happened after Jesus death and Resurrection, as God sends the Holy Spirit and a small group of Jewish followers rapidly grow to become the Christian Church.  Learn how a man once known for persecuting Christians, Paul, became a great missionary.  See the church struggle to define what it meant to be a follower of Jesus.  No advance Biblical knowledge is necessary.  The format Pastor Chris uses will engage participants and enable them to offer their thoughts or simply listen.  Bring your favorite Bible or use one of ours.

     

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