Old Time Hymns for Summer
On many Sundays, during July and August, we will be singing one "Old Time Hymn" not included in our current hymnals. Use of the screen makes that easy! If you have a favorite, please e-mail it to or mention it to Pastor Chris but please be sure it is not in our current hymnals.  Requests have already come in for "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "I Need Thee Every Hour" and they will be sung on 7/13 and 7/27. 
Add your musical talent to Worship
Summer music scheduling is well underway, and there's always room for people who would like to sing or play an instrument. If you would like to be included on a Sunday of your choice, please contact Anita Greenlee (610-692-3052), or leave a message for me in the church office.  Many thanks!
Outdoor Summer Worship
The first Sunday of August at 8 AM outdoor service (inside, if inclement weather) in our outdoor, shaded (at that hour) chapel, Sunday, August 3.  Service will include Holy Communion.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
This year’s Vacation Bible School, July 21-25, 9 AM to 11:30 AM, is sure to be filled with learning more about our awesome God.  In addition to daily Bible story/Science time with Pastor Chris, children from age 4, as of September 1 this year, through age 11, will enjoy recreation and crafts each day.  Each day there will be an opening video and a theme that will set the stage for each day.  The themes include: the story of Esther; Ezra and the rebuilding of the Lord’s house; Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed; Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the 5,000 and will conclude with the disciples meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  Special thanks to Janey Wolff, Judy Sheffler and Joan Tobin for attending the initial meeting with Pastor Chris to coordinate VBS.  We need your help to make this year’s VBS all it can be.  There are many opportunities for help.  Even if you can assist on only one day, we can use you.  To get involved, e-mail today.   Please register by June 8 at a cost of $10 per child, but no more than $30 per family!  Each child will be given a tee shirt.  A free will offering will be received each day to further defray costs.  Any proceeds beyond cost will support our Appalachian Service Project.
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.  
F.E.A.S.T Summer Group
We are offering a special summer session for those interested in being part of a FEAST Group as Dave Offutt has agreed to co-ordinate this over the summer months. What is F.E.A.S.T?  It stands for Friends Eating And Sharing Together.  This is a great way to better get to know your brothers and sister in Christ.  It is fun for the entire family to gather, or, if you are single or live alone, just come yourself.  For the summer session, we may do more of a picnic style set-up, possibly meeting at a park or restaurant.  Interested in giving it a try?  E-mail the church office at or call 610-436-0807 for more information and the dates.  In September we plan to relaunch the F.E.A.S.T. Groups with a special opening pot-luck dinner and game night.  A special invitation will go out to all the newcomers to Advent!
Pastor Chris' second Annual Garden Party at the Parish House will be held following worship on Sunday, August 17 and will continue until 3 PM.  Pizza, chips, pretzels and beverages will be provided.    Guests with last name initials A-M are asked to bring a salad and those with initials O-Z are asked to bring a dessert.  Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, conversation and games, and hopefully meeting Pastor Chris' new exchange student, Julian Komberg, who is scheduled to arrive from Germany earlier in the month.
Lutheran Golf Outing
Calling all golfers!  Monday, August 11, starting at 11:00 AM, you have an opportunity to enjoy a round of golf as you benefit the ministries of Lutheran Congregational Services at the Green Pond Country Club, Bethlehem, PA.  The cost is $95 and includes golf, prizes, a hot dog lunch and dinner buffet.  To register, contact Kathy at Lutheran Congregational Services, 610-770-9205/  Also, let Pastor Chris know if you are participating, so that we might organize a group from Advent!


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.)
  • 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
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.
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:
‘So if the Son Sets You Free, You Will Be Free Indeed.’  ~ John 8:36
Konnect with Kids
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

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!

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:

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


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
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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