This Week’s Announcements, November 19-25, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the greater Glory of God from a family thankful for many blessings.

The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a long time member of the Parish, Esther B. Folts (June 28, 1933 – October 22, 2017).


If you are visiting or new  to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home.  Please fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your visit here and 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—Infants 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 856-217-0847 or megwnelson@gmail.com.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour. Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Melissa Fox host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week will be Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email bbolesster@gmail.com, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. This week’s Coffee Hour is hosted by Brian Sirman and Thiago Rêgo.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


It’s that time again!  As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent.  This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter.  If you wish to make a donation—and we hope you do—send it in marked “Donuts.”


This afternoon, the Advent will have a Solemn Evensong and Benediction at 5:00 pm.  It will be preceded by an organ recital by John Wessler at 4:30 pm. 

At a light supper to follow, long-time friend of the Advent the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will speak about his experiences and perceptions regarding Muslim/Christian Relations in the Middle East, as well as his perceptions of the same in the West, entitled “For Better or Worse:  Just what do we want in the Middle East?”  It was supposedly said of John Foster Dulles as Secretary of State, that there was no situation which a few words from him could not make worse.  This is not only a caution to those so rash as to speak upon the subject, but also reminds of the long history of missteps and travail in the region.  There is now also a sense of fatigue affecting many who feel that Western efforts to intervene in the Middle East have all too often ended badly.  But probably everyone can at least agree that things are not as they should be.  While the remedies advanced are myriad and fragmented in consequence of a deep diversity of goals among the key actors, it is interesting to ask what a good outcome in the Middle East would be.  What is the place of Christians within that future and of the current religious diversity in the region?  What can we learn by reflecting upon where it all went wrong in the past?

The talk will reflect on or two key turning points and the impact of personal experience in the region upon these large questions.  It is hoped that these reflections will provoke a lively debate given the difficulty of arriving at definitive answers.

Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff is Director General of the World Dialogue Council, which promotes better relations between the many worlds of Islam and the West.  He was formerly Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral in Cairo where he has also advised the Anglican Bishop of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, the Most Rev’d Dr Mounir Anis, currently Primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.   


THIS WEEK!


Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans. 


This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day.  There will be a celebration of the Mass with hymns at 10:00 am. 

The Parish Office will be closed this Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26.  On Friday, Morning Prayer is at 9:00 am; Low Mass is at 12:15 pm; Evening Prayer is cancelled. 


COMING UP!


Sunday, December 3, is Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication.  Simon Thomas Jacobs will play an Organ Recital at 4:30 pm, followed by a Service of Advent Lessons & Carols at 5:00 pm including music of Lehman, Ešenwalds, Poston, Palmer, Byrd, Palestrina, Willcocks and Filsell.  The evening concludes with a gala reception in Moseley Hall.


STEWARDSHIP 2018


Returns for the 2018 Canvass continue to come in.  Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly! 

As of this past Thursday we have received 68 pledges, pledging a total of $196,314.  21 have increased their pledges by 19%, and there are two new pledges.  We have still to hear from 148 parishioners who pledged a total of $321,494 last year.

The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far.  If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.  

If you did not receive a 2018 stewardship packet in the mail, there are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church.  And you can pledge on line by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.


ODDS & ENDS


Vestry Nominations.  Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018.  It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry.  A Nominating Committee consisting of John Higgins, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Kara Rodgers, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  


The Bach Project:  On Sunday, November 26 at 4 pm, a new ensemble consisting of instrumentalists and singers called The Bach Project will give its debut concert at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont (209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester).  The Ashmont choir boys will be singing, as will several current and former members of the Advent Choir.  On the program will be the motet Lobet den Herrn, Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, and Cantata 47.  All are warmly invited.  More information can be found at:  www.ahchambermusic.org.  Tickets:  $25.  


Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne or Nola Sheffer. You can find them 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: nsheffer@newview.org.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
November 20-26, 2017

Monday, November 20
Edmund of East Anglia

Tuesday, November 21
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:00 pm: Community Supper
6:15 pm: Vestry

Wednesday, November 22
Clive Staples Lewis
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving Day (Parish Office Closed)
10:00 am: Mass

Friday, November 24
(Parish Office Closed)
12:15 pm: Mass

Saturday, November 25
James Otis Sargent Huntington
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)
4:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, November 26
The Feast of Christ the King
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 pm: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass