If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we can keep in touch.

All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are invited to the Altar to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you wish to receive a blessing, come to the Altar and cross your arms over your chest.

Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 AM and 11:15 AM Masses.

9:00 AM – Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office. The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

11:15 AM – Infant and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them. Contact Meg Nelson at 856-217-0847.
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Ellen Leighton. The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Louise Olney Baker.


TODAY


9:00 Coffee Hour.  Ray Porter and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Robb Scholten and Barbara Boles. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-625-1857, or email her if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Annlinnea Terranova hosts the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts are Stephen Eisele & Ian Mackey and Frederick Zartarian. We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. Please contact the Coffee Team to volunteer. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues or Frederick Ou.

Attention singers! The fall season is rapidly approaching, with the first rehearsal of the Advent’s famed Parish Choir taking place this week – Wednesday evening, September 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Choir Room. This ensemble provides music for the 9:00 Sung Mass on a regular basis and for several evening services throughout the year. The choir meets mostly on Sunday mornings an hour before the mass, but has one full choir rehearsal per month on a Wednesday evening. If you wish to join them to sing masterworks of the Renaissance and Anglican traditions, please contact Mark Dwyer or Ross Wood after Mass, or call Mark Dwyer at 523-2377 extension 141 or email him for more information.

Can You Help? Morning Prayer is prayed here at the Church of the Advent seven days a week: Sundays at 7:30 AM, Monday through Friday at 9:00 AM, Saturdays and holidays at 8:30 AM. This is a wonderful and appropriate way to begin the day, for the Clergy especially, but also for the others who attend the service.

Evening Prayer is scheduled to be prayed at 5:30 PM Monday through Friday. Because of evening programs and pastoral responsibilities, it is becoming more and more difficult for the Clergy alone to maintain these Monday through Friday services, and so we badly need volunteers to conduct Evening Prayer if the present schedule is to continue. Think about this, and if you are able to take on one of these evening services, please speak to Fr Warren or Fr Wood.
Acolytes for the 9 AM Mass. Several of our loyal and loved Servers and Acolytes graduated this past spring and have gone off to school. We are proud of them and we congratulate them. However, this means that we need volunteers, both young and old, to take their place if the 9 AM Mass is to continue as usual. And, for all who worship at 9 AM, that is a priority.

Serving at the Altar is a great joy and, for young people, it is a wonderful way to learn the liturgy and worship and prayer of the Church. If you think your child might be interested, find out and let us know. Training sessions will be held in the next several weeks. Not only that, please think about volunteering yourself. Serving at the Altar is, for adults as well, an important opportunity for learning and spiritual growth.

If you are interested or have questions, please speak to Peter Madsen or one of the clergy.


THIS WEEK


Community Groups at the Advent: Interested in being part of a small group? These are the groups currently, or soon to be, meeting on a regular basis:

• The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners. Please contact Robb Scholten for info.

• The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact Fr Wood or Ali White . All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome.

• A Cambridge/Somerville group gathers on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the home of Maye Chan and Kris Ferrario (81R Mt. Vernon Street, Apt. 2, Somerville). The group is open to everyone, and for more info contact Maye (917-385-3470), Kris (651-357-7476) or Andrew Reese (617-460-2979).

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together. Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!
COMING UP!
A second Church of the Advent Pilgrimage will take place next spring. This time we will be going to Turkey – known as the Second Holy Land – to cities and churches visited by St Paul and also described in the Acts of the Apostles. It will be a very different trip from the first pilgrimage, but will be equally astonishing, inspiring, and unforgettable.

We will leave on Sunday, April 10, 2016, flying on Turkish Airlines from Boston to Istanbul and on to Kayseri in Cappadocia and return on Saturday, April 23, 2016, flying from Istanbul to Boston.

Brochures for the Pilgrimage, giving a detailed itinerary, can be found at the rear of the church. The cost will be approximately $3,300, but is not quite set because of fluctuations in airline and fuel expenses. However, since almost everything is included, this, like the first pilgrimage, will certainly be a bargain. If you wish to be part of the pilgrimage, please speak to Fr Warren.


MISSION & OUTREACH


Welcome to the world, Baby Charlotte! Charlotte Child Seney was born to Jessica and Scott on August 31 at 1:44 AM. weighing 7 lbs 3 ounces. Mom and baby are at home and doing great, and now we want to show them some Advent love and care! If you can provide a meal to the Seney family, please click on the link below and select a date on the Advent Meal Rota website. Then contact Jessica (info on the website) to set up a delivery time. https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/625294.

Urgent Need – Assistance to Syrian Refugees – Missions & Outreach Campaign // In the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, more than 12 million people have been displaced, half of them children. Every day, new, heart-rending photos and statistics are published. The Advent Missions & Outreach team is about to launch an online fundraising campaign, designating an initial $1,000 gift to relief efforts. You can support this effort by joining the campaign (http://diy.rescue.org/support_syrian_refugees). Additionally, if you wish, you can sign a petition urging our government to assist with accepting and resettling refugees (https://www.change.org/p/your-government-officials-make-all-refugeeswelcome).

Service Opportunity – Ushers Needed: Will you volunteer to serve as an usher at the 9:00 or 11:15 Masses? Duties include: greeting arrivals, handing out bulletins, fielding questions and assisting at the Eucharist – the burden is light! For the 9:00, families are especially invited to volunteer to bring up the gifts (the congregation’s offering of tithes, bread and wine) during the offertory, as well as to serve together as ushers. For more information, or to get on the rota, email our Verger, Ray Porter.

Blessing of Animals & Donations to Angell Memorial – Feast of St Francis, Sunday, October 4 – Donations of pet food, old towels or blankets, kitty litter, peanut butter, cat and dog toys, hand sanitizer, and more will be presented and blessed at the 9 AM Mass on Sunday October 4. (For a complete “wish list,” please visit mspca.org.) There will be a Blessing of the Animals at 3 pm that afternoon in the chancel. Questions? See Deacon Daphne or Fr Wood.

BostonServe coming up in October: BostonServe is designed to bring people, businesses, churches, and campuses together to love, give, and reach our city. The Advent is recruiting volunteers to serve at a site right here in our neighborhood on Saturday October 24, 2015. To learn more, go to www.uniteboston.com or watch a short video at https://youtu.be/78NYns97hrI. To sign up to volunteer with the Advent, please email Fr Wood.


ODDS & ENDS


Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer. You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 PM weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? Email Nola.


This Week at the Advent
September 14-20, 2015

Monday, September 14

4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Beacon Hill Seminar Kickoff Reception
Girl Scout Leaders

Tuesday, September 15

5:30 p.m. Community Supper

Wednesday, September 16
Ninian of Galloway

6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Healing Mass
Parish Choir Rehearsal
Bell Ringing

Thursday, September 17
Hildegard of Bingen

5:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m.
Property Committee
Vestry

Friday, September 18
Edward Bouverie Pusey

6:00 p.m.  Library Concert

Saturday, September 19
Theodore of Tarsus

10:00 a.m.
8:00 p.m.
Advent Choir Rehearsal
AA Meeting

Sunday, September 20
The Solemnity of the
Feast of the Holy Cross

7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
 Morning Prayer
Low Mass
Sung Mass
Church School / Entr’acte
Solemn Mass
Beacon Hill Block Party

 

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