ASP Fund Raiser
Advent Youth will be selling Wolfgang Candy during the months of February and March. Profits from this sale will go toward sending Advent Lutheran Church youth on a mission trip with Appalachia Service Project in West Virginia. Come see us in the Narthex to view a catalog and make your purchase! Candy will arrive in time for Easter!
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.
Scout Troup 222 will be present and will participate in our 10:30 AM worship service on Sunday, March 9. The service will be followed by a continental breakfast prepared for us by the troop! For more information on their work, check out our web page! We invite all Scouts to dress in uniform for this service. We are fortunate that God has blessed us with such a wonderful facility to share with scouts. 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.
Konnect with Kids, Pirate Hunt
Next Sunday, March 16, following worship
Please sign up by this Sunday if your kids plan to attend this fun time including a lunch by e-mailing Lisa Storniolo! (L.Storniolo@yahoo.com
Kids' Day of Fun Saturday, March 29 Advent Youth group will offer a…Kids’ Day of Fun!¬¬¬¬ at Advent Lutheran Church. This event will utilize the natural energy and enthusiasm of our Advent youth group members to provide fun and interactive activities for preschool and elementary age children.
Parents, drop the kids off to play games, make crafts, have a snack, and enjoy time with friends, while YOU can relax, run errands or enjoy a date night!
Help us spread the word by inviting neighbors and school classmates to join us! The more friends who come, the more fun for all!
We will offer an afternoon session between 1:00-4:00 pm, and an evening session between 6:00-9:00pm
Children in Preschool through grade 5 welcome!
The cost for each session is $12 per child ~ (2 siblings, $20, 3 siblings or more $25)
All activities planned with fun and safety measures in mind
-To sign up or ask questions contact Lainie Harkins: 610-399-9145 or Lhark27@gmail.com
ADVENT CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION
for next September is almost here! Advent members and children presently enrolled in our preschool may begin to register on January 30th. Registration opens to the public on January 31st. 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 email@example.com
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
***Please note: Early Registration discount if you register before March 1, 2014.
‘So if the Son Sets You Free, You Will Be Free Indeed.’ ~ John 8:36
CRAFT FAIR/FLEA MARKET
The dates have been set for our first-ever Spring Craft Fair and May Flea Market! They are as follows:
Indoor Craft Fair, Saturday, April 5, from 10 AM to 2 PM
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.
WE ARE MATCHED!
With great joy and anticipation, we have entered a companion relationship with the Tewe Lutheran Parish of the North Eastern Diocese of Tanzania. We hope for formally recognize this relationship on Sunday, March 30th. For more information, please check out our web page, under the synod tab. (www.elct-ned.org
). We are still looking for individuals to serve on the leadership board that will help facilitate this relationship. To do so, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Once again, Advent will host an Easter Breakfast. If you are interested in being the co-coordinator of the breakfast, please e-mail email@example.com
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
30 Hour Famine, April 11-12
Synod Helping Hands Day, April 26
International Pot Luck Luncheon, followed by mulch spreading, April 27
49ers Brunch and Concert, May 3
Spring Flea Market, May 17, 8 AM to 2 PM
Youth Sunday, May 18, Sunday School Closing Celebration
Nelson's Barbecue, June 1
Confirmation Sunday, June 8
One service resumes, 9 AM, Fathers Day, June 8
Vacation Bible School 7/21-25
Wildwood Youth Retreat 7/28-7/31
Rally Day, 9/7. Philadelphia Zoo Presentation of Animals part of God's Good Creation Celebration
First Holy Communion Class, 9/13
Fall Flea Market, Saturday, October 18, 8 AM to 2PM
Bishop Claire Burkat Preaches at Advent, Sunday, December 7
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.
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:
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.