"Do not say 'I am only youth.'" - Jeremiah 1:6


NO BASKETBALL MONDAY NIGHT July 28 due to the Wildwood Youth retreat and a Karate Camp being held in the social hall this week.  Basketball resumes next Monday, August 4th at 7:00 pm.
Starting Monday, 7/7, our air conditioned fellowship hall will again be open for basketball!  Middle school age trough adult are welcome!  Come out for a great time.  Pizza will be available for $1.50 a slice and beverages for 50 cents!   We are set for every Monday Night, through August 25, with the exception of 7/28. 

Earn Youth Account $$
Youth and parents of youth interested in earning money for their youth accounts will have two opportunities to do and see a good portion of a Wilmington Blue Rocks game.  On Friday night, July 25, we will be overseeing the Ice Cream stand and on August 1 it will be the Popcorn stand.  Both stands sell additional concessions.  Interested in participating?  E-mail Pastor Chris for the details.  Space is limited. The first youth to reply to this and committing to participate will be the ones making money for their accounts!
All are welcome to join us for Faith and Family Night at PPL Park, August 9th at 7 PM, in Chester as we enjoy a game between the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team and the Montreal Impact.  As long as we gather a group of at least 10 people, tickets are only $20 which is a savings of $7 compared to their face value and you won't have any additional service charges to order.  (Parking will be an extra cost.)  To place your ticket order, simply give Pastor Chris a check, payable to Advent Lutheran Church, with "Union Tickets" written in the memo section.  Deadline to order is Sunday, June 15!  Pastor Chris has room in his car for up to 3 youth who might wish to attend without a parent.
Rite of Confirmation
God Bless our Confirmands who received the Rite of Confirmation, Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014
Kate Stewart Cremer            Seth Anatole Michel
Hannah Louise Darmofal      Josh Myers
Rachel Cecelia Elia               Amelia Audrey SanFilippo
Amanda Mae Harkins            Natalie Jane Sauselein
Ethan Bradley Harkins          Jacob Andrew Schnerr
Graham Edward Harkins      John Jae Tobin
Hayley Elizabeth Malesich    Nichole Alexandra Yakas
James Rollin McGrath
Congratulate our Graduates
JC Connor graduated from West Chester East High School on June 10th and will be attending Delaware County Community College in the fall. He will be going in undeclared at this time.
Ryder Harkins, grandson of Joan & Dick Harkins graduated June 5th from Malvern Prep and will attend Loyola U. in Baltimore.  He will take engineering or pre-med and expects  to play lacrosse.
Alex Schmied graduated from East High School on June 10th and will be attending Temple University majoring in kinesiology , minor in Spanish.  She hopes to move on to their physical therapy school in the future.
Matthew Shearman  graduated from the University of Virginia on May 18, 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, and a minor in Bioethics. In the Fall, Matthew will continue his studies at Thomas Jefferson University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia.
Josh Worrell graduated from East High School and will be going to Temple in the fall.
Robby Worrell graduated from Arcadia University, with a degree in Corporate Communication.
Samantha Yakas graduated from George Washington University Phi Beta Kappa.  Sam will be attending Graduate School for Law.
Congratulations in Order for
Megan McGrath, Carley Powers  and Kyra Harkins who were inducted into the National Honor Society at a ceremony at Bayard Rustin High School.
Alex Schmied who received the Youth of the Year Award for East High School from the Exchange Club of West Chester for excellence in scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership.
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.
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
There are two main avenues for scholarships through Rotary.  The first can be accessed through the club website -  There's a tab for scholarships on the right hand side of the page.  I clicked it today, but it didn't come up so check it out at your leisure.  These scholarships are $2,500 each and are geared toward high school seniors active in service, in tune with the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.  It may be limited to WCASD kids.
The other is through the Gundaker Foundation, which is our District's own Foundation.  They are $1k to 9k and are for high achieving kids with some financial need.  I was President of this Foundation a few years back, and the kids that received money were all rock stars. This is for students entering their Junior or Senior year.  There is a pot of money for Grad students too.  Here's the link for this -
New Youth Minister
We are pleased to announce that Nathan Offutt has accepted the position of youth minister at Advent.  Nathan has been a member of Advent Lutheran Church all his life. While being a member of Advent Youth Group, Nathan enjoyed the great opportunities to grow in faith with friends both in the church, on retreats, confirmation, and many other gatherings both local and national. Nathan is excited to lead the Advent Youth Group and hopes to continue the excellent opportunities and great experiences to today's youth. It has been wonderful having between 16 and 20 Jr. and Sr. High Youth attend our Sunday PM youth gatherings.  Pat Polilli has graciously agreed to lead a Sr. High Sunday School at 9 AM the third Sunday of every month as well as a 3rd Sunday evening 6 PM Bible study for Sr. High Youth (1/19 and 2/16)  Furthermore she will be leading and organizing this year's Appalachian Service Project Trip.
Youth Schedule for the Coming Months, Mark Your Calendars! Details will follow
August 10-13 Konnect with Kids is planning a Wildwood Retreat
Watch for information about a Ski Retreat!
2015 ELCA Youth Gathering 
The 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, a time of worship, study and service, where about 30,000 Lutherans from across the country will gather, will be held July 15-19. 2015.  We sent a large group to this Gathering in 2012 and hope to repeat the experience next year.  For information, please go to  To reserve your spot, a $100 non-refundable deposit needs to be made by June 15 this year.  After June 15, the deposit increases to $150.  We hope to secure transportation before the end of the summer and will have fund raising opportunities that should allow youth to cover most if not all of the remaining cost of the retreat.  This deposit may be made online (see “Donate Now”), or by check.
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!   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

On the Way to Wildwood July 27-29. 
The retreat is for all youth entering the 6th grade through 12th grade.  In addition to lots of time enjoying God's good creation and the boardwalk/rides, we will have time for daily worship, study and conversation..  If you are interested in attending, especially if you would like to help chaperone, please share dates that would work for you by e-mailing
Our monthly 2nd Sunday, 6 PM youth gathering for Jr. and Sr. High students, with recreation, pizza and study.  It has been great having our youth regularly bring their friends to these outings.  Nathan Offutt has been doing a great job.   Our youth council meets the second Sunday most months, following 10:30 AM worship, as we plan for the future. 
Senior High Sunday School
with every third Sunday of the month, in the youth room.  Don’t miss these!!
Konnect with Kids
Konnect with Kids is led by Lisa Storniolo. Every month, Konnect with Kids offers a gathering for children preschool age through elementary school. Children come with their parents, grandparents or other family member. Recent events included a brunch with Santa complete with arts and crafts, a hike through Ridley Creek State park followed by time in the playground for a bagged lunch and then a quick trip to Yogo for frozen yoghurt on the way home. Planned events include movie/game nights and a Pirate Day. For more information about future events or to get more involved, contact Lisa Stornio at 610-565-3482,


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!
Thank you from Advent’s ASP teams!
With your generous support and supplemental funding from the Chester County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, we were able to serve two families in Jackson, KY, making their homes warmer, safer, and drier. We could not have done it without you.
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