Events

ADVENT YOUTH GROUP 2014 FLOWER SALE
APRIL 13 - APRIL 30
Please support Advent’s Youth Group by purchasing beautiful flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Plants are from Wedgwood Gardens. All items will be available for pickup in the parking lot at Advent on Sunday, May 4th following the 8:00 & 10:30 AM services. Alternate pickup time is a possibility but must be pre-arranged by calling Denise Shearman at 610-429-3827. To download the order form go to the bottom of this web page and click on the Download Arrow on the right hand side of the Advent Flower(2014) form.
 
YOUTH RETREATS, EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DISCOUNT
As an advance notice, please be advised that there will be an early bird registration for the following retreats with a one time discount on Youth Sunday, May 18. Also note, that for the KidsKonnect Family Wildwood Retreat, you may wish to order your water park / boardwalk ride tickets now to take advantage of pre season discounts at Morey's Piers. (These costs will be included in the July 27-30 youth retreat fee.)
  • July 27-30 Wildwood Youth Retreat, youth entering 6th grade and older
  • August 10-13 KidsKonnect Family Wildwood Retreat, preschool children through elementary grades and older if accompanied by a parent
  • 2015 ELCA Youth Assembly in Detroit

 

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY BREAKFAST AT WEST CHESTER DINER
Our April Men's Breakfast will take place on Saturday, April 12th at the usual 7 AM time but at a different location this month. Won't you join us and invite a friend. Be sure to bring your Bibles! Pastor Chris will lead an examination of the Resurrection
 
Phillies Tickets
Lutheran night at the park will be on Friday, May 30th for a 7:05 PM game against the New York Mets. We will order tickets at $20 per ticket, with the Phillies donating a portion of the ticket price to youth ministry programs of the Southeastern PA synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Order deadline is Sunday, April 6th because we want to be sure to not face a sellout as we did last year! Contact Pastor Chris to place your order!

 

 Movie, Son of God Consider going to see "Son of God," showing at the Regal Cinema in Edgemont and other movie theatres beginning 2/28.  Pastor Chris recently saw the preview and thinks it will be well worth your attention.  Unlike many Jesus films that are produced by smaller studios, this film was produced by 21st Century Fox, a large American multi-media organization.
 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

 
HOLY THURSDAY
On the day Christians remember the Last Supper, Advent's sanctuary will be open from 7 PM to 8 PM for you to come and gather for prayer and to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. Pastor Chris will share the sacrament and will offer private prayer with those who wish to do so. Those who have never had a private celebration of Holy Communion may find this especially meaningful. 
 
GOOD FRIDAY
While we celebrate the Resurrection every Sunday, there is one day on the church calendar that focuses solely on the cross: Good Friday. This horrible death is remembered on a Friday called "Good" because it reminds us of God sharing human suffering, rejection and pain and offering us forgiveness that we might be forgiven. And, without the cross, there could be no resurrection. Our 12:00 pm service will focus on the Seven Last Words of Christ with members of Advent and Pastor Chris each offering meditations on one of the Words. Our 7 PM service will be a Tenebrae service including the reading of the Christ's Passion as candles are extinguished and we sing stanzas of the hymn, "Abide with Me." Our choir will offer special music. Each person will receive a nail at the start of the service which they will be asked to drop in a bucket before they depart in silence. 
 
EASTER SUNDAY ~ 8:00 & 10:30 am
Christ is Alive! Let Christians Sing! We plan an awesome celebration of the central promise of the Gospel. Our 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM worship services will be filled with joyful music and praise. The Sunday School is sponsoring an Egg Hunt beginning promptly at 9:15 AM. Our youth will be preparing and serving the Continental Breakfast on Easter Sunday between 9 AM and 10:15 AM so you can enjoy a meal with your family and/or your brothers and sisters in Christ. They are hoping you might make a generous donation for their service to support the upcoming Appalachian Service Project and 2015 Youth Assembly in Detroit. (Youth will gather Saturday, April 19, to set-up and prepare. Look for further details.)

 

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.
 
BEAR CREEK CAMP
The summer of 2014 is just around the corner….think warm!
Bear Creek Camp promises to be a Spirit-filled time of fun and reflection.
As you begin to plan your summer activities and camp plans, consider Bear Creek Camp! Discovery and adventure in a beautiful setting just off of the NE extension of the PA Turnpike.
Contact Jane Darmofal, Advent Bear Creek Ambassador, for more information about registration and camp discounts. Camp Scholarships are available!  Summer 2014 camp information is available on the Bear Creek Camp website:  www.bearcreekcamp.org
 
‘So if the Son Sets You Free, You Will Be Free Indeed.’  ~ John 8:36
 
FLEA MARKET
The date has been set for our May Flea Market!
  Flea Market, Saturday, MAY 17, from 8 AM to 2 PM
Complete information will be on PAVendors.com.  If you can assist, or would like to reserve a spot, please speak with Pastor Chris.
 
Konnect with Kids
Is planning regular outings throughout the year for parents, grandparents and family members of children preschool through the 5th grade.  It is a wonderful way to meet other parents and enable your children to get to know other children from Advent before they reach their teen years and begin participating in youth group!  Our Konnect with Kids April 19 outing will be a hike in Ridley Creek state park.  We will meet at 10 AM at Advent (or approximately 10:15 AM at the Mansion in the park if that is more convenient for you) and then head for a hike through the woods of the park, including some time along various creeks and streams, always interesting for the kids.  Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing/shoes and bring a bagged lunch.  On the way home, many participants will be stopping at YOGO for a yogurt treat.  Check out their website for coupons!  August 10-13, Kids Konnect is planning a Wildwood Retreat, making use of the Luther Inn, three blocks from the boardwalk and beach.  More information will follow, but save the date!  You won't be able to beat the price since we obtain lodging for only $15 per person per night and will share our meals together.  Pastor Chris will be participating as well and will lead daily devotions.  We plan lots of time to enjoy God's good creation and a trip to the Cape May County Zoo.  To reserve your spot for the August 10-13 retreat, or to be on the planning team, please e-mail Pastorchrisfranz@gmail.com.

EASTER SUNDAY

April 20th, 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM Worship. 9:15 AM EGG HUNT. We need your donations of SMALL WRAPPED candy and plastic eggs. Youth Ministry to do Easter Breakfast Fundraiser, 9 AM to 10:15 AM. Details to follow. 
 
Pot Luck with Chinese Church
April 27, Pot Luck International Lunch with Chinese Church, followed by mulch spreading. Pr. Chen will make short presentation at the luncheon on the church in China 

PUMPKIN PATCH
Thousands of Pumpkins are headed for Advent from an American Indian Reservation in the state of New Mexico for us to sell. No doubt they will attract loads of attention and really put Advent on the map. When? We are not sure yet, but likely between 10/10 and 10/13. They will be placed on our grounds along Green Lane by the parking lot. We will be selling them until they are gone and will likely raise at least $4,000 maybe much more. Help will be needed unloading them and selling them. Those involved will be able to specify which ministry or need they wish to support with funds raised!

NEW SIGN/ROOF FUNDED
PARISH HOUSE ROOF DONATIONS NEEDED ~ Following approval at our January congregational meeting, and thanks to donations from Tim and Louise Atkins, Joan Atkins and Pastor Chris' discretionary account, our main sign on 352 will get a totally-new roof that will no longer cast a shadow over the sign.  However, Advent's Capital Fund, already in a deficit position because of the fall 2013 heater replacement, needs your support to cover the cost of the parish house roof replacement, including new decking, sister joists and a lifetime shingle.  This job will cost about $10,000, including required permits.  The work on both the sign roof and parish house roof will be completed by Beiler brothers.  Please help.
 
Scout Troup 222
Last year, Scout Troup 222 made a $500 donation to Advent in thanksgiving for using our space most Monday evenings from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.  Advent is also pleased to host Scout Blue and Gold Events, Pine Derby Events, and Eagle Ceremonies.  Recently, a member of Troup 222 volunteered to do his Eagle Scout Project at Advent and we hope he will redo our outdoor chapel space which we plan to use again for 8 AM services this summer in July and August.
 
 
FUNDRAISING UPDATE
You can raise funds for Advent when you shop on line, and get extra discounts as well through I give.   Save on your electric bill or support Advent at no cost to you by buying gift cards through Scrip.  We also raise funds through recycling and reducing waste.  In addition to collecting cell phones, we collect used ink/laser cartridges, old lap tops and other small electronics.  Drop them off in the box located in the Narthex or in the social hall lobby.   A dumpster will be in our parking lot to collect paper for recycling. We get paid for every dumpster we fill.  This fall, we may host our first ever Community Pumpkin Patch, selling 1,000's of pumpkins from an American Indian Reservation in the state of New Mexico.  We would receive up to 33% of our total sales and are not responsible for spoilage/theft.  Volunteers will be able to designate which ministry or need at Advent they wish to support.  Check out the new "Fundraising Tab" on our home page, www.e-advent.org, for more information about fundraising.  Member services/businesses continue to be listed under the "Classified Tab."
 
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.
 
CONNECTIONS WITH WCASD
Pastor Chris will be leading "The Son Risers" Club at Rustin High School, following an invitation to parents to help with the leading of clubs. This new club will offer students opportunities for service, Bible study and fellowship.  Pastor Chris is also hoping to offer a Baccalaureate Service for graduating seniors of our school district at Advent.  Such services were common years ago and are still offered in many districts, but not ours.  If you are interested in planning this service, please speak with Pastor Chris.
 
In Loving Memory
J. Neal Atkins passed away while vacationing in Palm Beach Shores, FL on January 25, 2014.  Friends and relatives are invited to his Memorial Service at Advent Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 26th at 1:00 pm.  We extend prayers of comfort to his wife, Joan and their sons Jay, Tim and their families.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Neal’s memory to Advent Lutheran Church or to the Chester County Hospital Foundation, 701 E. Marshall St.; West Chester, PA 19380 would be appreciated.
 
UP COMING EVENTS
For more information on up coming events, call the church office. For more information on all the craft shows and flea markets click here: www.pavendors.com

April 5, Craft Fair, 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Go to PAVendors.com for more information
Pasta Dinner Fundraiser, April 5

30 Hour Famine, April 11-12
 
Men's Bible Study at West Chester Diner, April 12
 
Kids Konnect at Ridley Creek State Park, April 19

Synod Helping Hands Day, April 26

International Pot Luck Luncheon, followed by mulch spreading, April 27

April 26th : Youth Helping Hands Day ~ details to be announced

April 27th: Potluck Luncheon with Chinese Church followed by Mulch Spreading. During Luncheon Pastor Chen will give a ten minute presentation on the Underground Church in China following his mission trip.

May 3rd: AM Youth Car Wash, Brunch & 49ers Concert

May 4th: Nursery School Sunday! Prayer Partners meet the kids they have been praying for and form a circle around them to pray for them at 10:30 AM service. A reception will follow.

May 11th: Women's Sunday. All women receive a special gift!

May 17th: Flea Market, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

May 18th: Youth Lead Sunday Worship & Lead Skit in place of Sermon/Sunday School End of Year Recognition/Celebration

June 1st: Nelson's Barbecue Following Worship/Congregational Midyear Update

June 8th: Confirmation Sunday, More than a dozen youth to be Confirmed at our 10:30 AM service

June 15th: Men's Day, All men receive a special gift, FIRST WEEK OF ONE 9 AM SUNDAY SERVICE

July 6th: 8:00 AM Informal Outdoor Services of Holy Communion in our Chapel (Indoors if Inclement weather)

July 21st-25th: Vacation Bible School

July 25th: Youth Ice Cream Fundraiser at the Wilmington Blue Rocks

July 27-30th: YOUTH WILDWOOD YOUTH RETREAT 

August 1st: Youth Popcorn Fundraiser at the Wilmington Blue Rocks

September 7th: RALLY DAY "CELEBRATING GOD'S GOOD CREATION" Philadelphia Zoo Presentation

September 13th: First Holy Communion Class

October 18th: Fall Flea Market

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
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:
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.

 

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