You never know who will show up at our door looking for an invitation to enter, but sometimes we have to just send them on their way to seek new friends more compatible to their way of life. But as we move towards "National Back to Church Sunday," on September 21 we know each of you can think of someone that we could extend a warm welcome to!  Advent is joining the more than 20,000 churches across the USA that will participate.  People who hear about the event and then check the website ( will be able to connect with us.  Pastor Chris will be sending many post cards to people he has met in the community and a "Welcome Back to Church" banner will appear next to our sign.  Who could you/will you invite?

On Saturday, September 27, we are hosting a Potluck dinner followed by some exciting games.  The evening begins at 7 PM. We also hope to better get to know each other, including the many new members who have joined the past several years.  Those that are new to Advent are invited to be our guests without having to bring anything.  Several Advent lay leaders will also introduce the ministries they serve with 30-second snipits.  We also plan to have some special Tanzanian dishes.  If you are interested in making such a dish, please e-mail the church office at  Child care will be provided!

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.  Watch for all the information to appear in the Narthex starting Sunday, September 14.

Pastor's weekly Thursday evening Bible study resumes on September 18 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. 
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.  


As an advance notice, please be advised that there will be an early bird registration for the following retreats. 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.)
  • 2015 ELCA Youth Assembly in Detroit
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 or click on Advent Christian Preschool on the menu in the upper left of this page.
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 got a totally-new roof that 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 cost about $10,000, including required permits.  The work on both the sign roof and parish house roof were completed by Beiler brothers.  Please help.
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 or phone 610.701-0599.
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.
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,, for more information about fundraising.  Member services/businesses continue to be listed under the "Classified Tab."
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.
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.
For more information on up coming events, call the church office. For more information on the Fall craft show and flea market click here:

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
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.
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
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 or Lainie Harkins at
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. ( 610-399-0284)
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!”
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
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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