RENEWAL OF MARRIAGE VOWS
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8 ~ In advance of Valentine's Day, all couples will have an opportunity to renew their marriage vows during both the 8 AM and 10:30 AM services.
TWO SERVICES FOR ASH WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 18 ~ We will be offering two services for Ash Wednesday. The first service will occur at 9:10 AM, making it especially convenient for preschool children dropping off their children for classes in the car line. Pastor Chris will offer ashes to the carline and invite parents to join us for worship. The second service will occur 7 PM. Holy Communion will be shared at both services. Additionally, Pastor Chris plans to be at the Malvern train station, early in the morning, offering ashes to commuters.
BEEF AND BEER
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 6 PM to 10 PM Advent is sponsoring our first ever beef and beer (wine will also be served along with non alcoholic beverages) to benefit Advent's youth who are participating in the 2015 ELCA
Youth Gathering in Detroit and the Appalachia Service Project this summer. The event will be held in the Goodwill Firehouse located in the borough of West Chester (533 Union Street, just off of South Bolmar) thanks to the work of Steve Crum. We expect to have a DJ and/or live entertainment, many items for a silent auction (including 2 great seats for a home Flyers game thanks to Sam Heinz.) We are looking for other such items for the silent auction, so if you have anything to donate, perhaps time in a vacation home or timeshare, please let us know. Tickets will soon be available in the Narthex at $25 each. A planning meeting for the event will be held on January 21, 7:00 PM at Advent. For more information or to volunteer your assistance, please e-mail, email@example.com.
HARVEY CEDARS NJ YOUTH RETREAT
3/6-8 Harvey Cedars Youth Retreat Registration Begins, Early January
"JESUS THE SUPERHERO" IS COMING ~ MARCH 6-9
This will be Advent's 4th year of participation. Every year, we have taken a few more youth as word has spread about what a wonderful retreat this is for 6th through 12th graders who enjoy gathering with about 300 other teenagers from congregations across our region for worship, learning and hanging out/having fun in a wonderful retreat center right on the bay on Long Beach Island. Please register online (by making a payment through the donate now key at www.e-advent.org under Event Payment, specifying Harvey Cedars) and you will receive registration materials in your box. Cost is as follows: Register by 1/11 and pay just $120. Register by 1/24 and pay $130. After 1/24, the cost will be $150 and must be first confirmed by calling the church office to see if we have room/transportation. No registrations can be accepted after Sunday, February 1. The cost includes 3 meals and a pizza party on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday, lodging (beds/pillows are provided). Please bring no more than $20 cash for dinner on the way down, the gift shop/ice cream parlor at Harvey Cedars and offering for the closing service.
HELP YOUTH GOING TO DETROIT, BUY FOOD FROM SCHWAN
Youth heading to Detroit would greatly benefit if you purchase food from Schwan's Cares. Until November of 2015, 5% will support the 24 youth and chaperones headed to Detroit as part of the 2015 ELCA Youth Assembly with more than 30,000 participants from across the USA. Schwan's offers over 350 delicious foods, flash frozen and delivered to your door. Click here to go to Schwan's Cares.com and enter campaign number 16203, if needed, to participate.. Invite your friends and neighbors to do the same!
DOUGH FOR DETROITBuy 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!
New Thursday Night Bible Study, Essential Texts of the Bible, 1/15
Starting Thursday night, January 15, at 7 PM, at the West Chester Diner on Route 3, we will begin our study of 100 of those texts, often two each week, one from the Old Testament and One from the New Testament, in chronological order. While the study begins at 7 PM, participants are invited to come as early as 6:30 PM if they wish to order a meal or you can just order a snack or beverage.
Youth Prepare for Soup Sale, 1/17
Congregational Meeting following 10:30 AM Service, Soup Supper, 1/18
Youth Basketball Night, 1/19
Beef and Beer Planning Meeting, 1/21
1/24 and 1/31 Scout Pine Wood Derby Events at Advent
Youth Basketball Night, 2/16
Beef and Beer 3/21 (Goodwill Fire Co., West Chester)
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! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
Watch for further announcements
PASTOR'S BIBLE STUDY AT W.C. Diner
weekly Thursday evening Bible study at 7 PM at the West Chester Diner, located on West
Chester Pike in West Chester, near the Shop Rite
shopping center with Panara Bread and Applebee's. We will continue to
work our way through the essential texts. We gather at 6:45 PM and end
by 8:05 PM. Come whenever you can, even if it is infrequently. No
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 Groupis 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lainie Harkins at email@example.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.)
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. 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.