forms to place in honor/memory of loved ones are available in the church lobby. Deadline to order is Sunday, December 15th.
to present the 2014 budget will be held Sunday, December 15th following the 10:30 am service [newsletter date is incorrect]. All members are encouraged to attend to learn and support our ministries for next year.
Acclaimed Celtic Christian Band to Enrich Worship at Advent!
One Service, Sunday, December 22, 9 AM followed by Continental Breakfast!
Since the release of their debut Christmas album "Eventide Lullabye" in 2006, the Progressive Celtic Christian Folk group "Seasons" has built up a Christmas presentation quite unlike anything else around. On Sunday, December 22, for our single worship service at 9 AM, followed by a Continental Breakfast, 3 members of this group will share sounds of the season on their staple instruments of Celtic Harp and Hammered Dulcimer. "Seasons" has appeared on ETWN and the FOX television network so it is indeed a great honor to have them come to Advent to share their unique eclectic approach to familiar Christmas music.
Christmas Eve Services, all with Holy Communion, Traditional Carols!
Christmas Eve Music
On Christmas Eve at 6:45 our Christmas music will begin - we hope you will come to a quiet, candle-lit sanctuary to hear several carols played by our Handbell Choir, and the much-beloved "O Holy Night" by Adolphe Adam, sung by Claire Yarrison. During the service the Chancel Choir will sing a setting of Martin Luther's Hymn "From Heaven High I Come To You". Martin Luther wrote this hymn to teach his 5 year old son, Hans, about Christmas. The family tradition came to be that an adult family member would dress up as an angel and sing the first 5 verses, the children would then respond by singing another verse, and then every child, in turn, would sing an additional verse. That covers about 16 verses - it was a large family! Our Chancel Choir will sing only 2 verses! And all of us will sing many carols on this wondrous Eve.
Children & Youth
4 PM Service for all God's Children ~ Especially geared to our children and youth, this service will also include music offered by our praise team, Sunday School children and youth choir. An interactive Children's message, presenting the Christmas story along with a skit performed by our youth will share the true spirit of Christmas in a new way. During part of the service, younger children will be invited to attend a story time outside of worship before returning to help collect mittens, scarves and hats. All are invited to bring new mittens, scarves and hats that will be sent to Lutheran Children & Family Service for distribution to children.
MITTENS, HATS, SOCKS
Children and youth attending our Christmas Eve Services are encouraged to bring an offering gift of mittens, hats, gloves or socks. These gifts will be delivered to Lutheran Children & Family Services to be distributed to those in special need. To help offer a variety of sizes we ask when you are shopping to select the size your child would presently wear. Children will enjoy selecting an item or two they would like to share with another child their age! Thank you for your generosity and support of this Lutheran Organization!
7 PM Celebratory Service
featuring Advent's adult choirs and a Sermon. This service is preceded by a time of Christmas music beginning at 6:45 PM.
11 PM Formal Festival Service
ncluding a Sermon.
Christmas Day ~ 9:30 AM
A short, informal service including Holy communion
Sunday, December 29
ONE SERVICE ~ 9 AM service of Lessons and Carols. Keep Christ in Christmas!
Adult Sunday School
Ian James will present a four session series “The Bright Star of Bethlehem”. The group will meet 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.
HELP WITH YARD WORK?
Are your leaves piling up? Lawn need to be cut? Advent’s 2014 ASP teams are here to help. We will come any Saturday in October or November (except November 2) in the mornings between 9 A.M. and noon to do the work for you. Donations happily accepted. Please contact Pat Polilli to schedule your work: firstname.lastname@example.org or 610/399-9384.
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
CHRISTMAS CRAFT/GIFT FAIR
On Saturday, December 14, from 9:30 AM to 1 PM, Advent is hosting our first ever Christmas Craft Fair, benefiting Advent's Stephen Ministry. Tables are available for $20 in advance, $30 day of event. Food will be available for purchase. Vendors may speak with Pastor Chris or e-mail him at email@example.com. If you are available to help set-up, clean-up or staff the kitchen, please speak with Sue Peck or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Erwin at email@example.com. All are invited to attend and/or share lunch. Please help us pass the word.
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)
TRIP TO ISRAEL
Pastor Dave Mueller, interim pastor at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville is a veteran of a dozen trips to Israel/Palestine. He plans to go again February 15-26, 2014. If you are interested in having more information about the trip please contact Pastor Mueller at Demeam63@verizon.net for a trip brochure.
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:
YOUTH CHOIR: Rehearsals Wed., 5:00 – 6:00:
*welcomes all students (all ages, just need to know how to read!) to weekly rehearsals;
*sings several times a month, sometimes alone, sometimes with the Chancel Choir;
* plays choir chimes (occasionally handbells);
* plays rhythm instruments;
* sings in several languages (Swahili, anyone?);
* sings all styles of music, from gospel to Renaissance;
* serves the Lord with effervescence and JOY!
Come join us!
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.