This Week at the Advent, January 20-26, 2019

The flowers at the high altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Peter Ward Britton.

The flowers at the crossing are given in loving memory of Vincent Bohlen and Edgar Bohlen, and in thanksgiving for the baptism of Bea Egan.


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.


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.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Betsy Ridge Madsen, Will Joyner & Linda Jones host the Coffee Hour this morning! 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. Maria Denslow, Maggie Eggert, Gabriel Ellsworth, and Nick Westberg host the Coffee Hour this morning.  We will have a festive coffee hour hosted by members of the Parish today. We are always 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), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com). 


Evensong & Benediction & Organ Recital — Today at 4:30 organist Tate Addis, organist at First Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina, offers a half hour prelude recital of works by Georg Bohm, Anton Heiller and Ferruccio Busoni. At 5:00 pm, the Advent Choir will sing Evensong, featuring renaissance polyphony by Byrd, Tallis and Palestrina. Following the service, a light supper will be served, and Mark Dwyer will offer a brief talk entitled “The Tudors” discussing Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I with Thomas Tallis and William Byrd and the musical establishment of the time.  


FROM THE SEARCH COMMITTEE

PARISH-WIDE FORUMS Mark your calendars now!

The Search Committee will be hosting two Parish-wide forums in February. The purpose of these discussions will be to present an overview of the responses to the Parish Questionnaire, to update the Parish on the search process, and to allow members of the Parish to share their thoughts with members of the Search Committee as they work on preparing the Parish Profile. The forums will be moderated by Lynda Blair, chair of the Search Committee, together with other members of the committee. The forums will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 after the 9’oclock Mass (with Lynda Blair, Meg Nelson, and Jack Gurnon moderating) and on Sunday, February 17, 2019 after the 11:15 Mass (with Lynda Blair and John Boyd moderating).

We will hold the meetings in Moseley Hall, which will be set up with plenty of chairs and “coffee hour” goodies in the back. We expect that the February 10 forum after the 9 o’clock will continue past the start of the 11:15 Mass; so if you are usually an 11 o’clocker, and you can only come on February 10, we recommend that you attend the 9 o’clock Mass that week. Members of the Search Committee will be present in addition to the moderators at both forums.  The Wardens also plan to attend both sessions.


REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The nominating committee proposes the following persons for election to the indicated offices at the Annual Meeting to be held Sunday, January 27, 2019.

For Member of Vestry (4 to be elected):  Lynda Blair, Dustin Henderson, David Lapin, Fran Piscitelli, Philip Sawyer.

For Treasurer: Adam Rutledge.

For Clerk: Frederick Ou.

For Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (2 to be elected): Betsy Ridge Madsen, Julianne Ture.

For Alternate Delegate: Robb Scholten.

Informational statements from the candidates will be posted in advance of the Annual Meeting.

-By the Nominating Committee, consisting of C. Thomas Brown, Paul Roberts, John Boyd, Kara Rodgers, and John Higgins.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CLERK:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 27, 2019.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.  To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

Under the By-Laws of the Parish, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Electoral Roll.  The Electoral Roll for the upcoming Annual Meeting is now posted outside the Parish Office.  It consists of those who have pledged or made a similarly recorded qualifying contribution to the General Fund of the Parish during the past year.  Your name must be on the Roll in order to vote.  Any changes to the Roll must be made before the Parish Meeting commences.  Please inspect the list and let the Clerk know if you think there is an error.

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2019 so that you can vote in the Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall, The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 10:00 am.

                                                                      Faithfully yours,  

                                                                      Frederick Ou, Clerk


THIS WEEK


Please note that the parish office will be closed Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


The Wednesday morning Bible Study meets in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am,  and currently studying Hebrews.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know. 


COMING UP


Common Cathedral – This morning volunteers from our parish will partner with the Common Cathedral on the Boston Common to provide lunch, Holy Communion, and Christian fellowship with homeless people and their friends.  Lunch was prepared yesterday by volunteer parishioners and the lunch will be served today at the Common Cathedral service. Please visit http://commoncathedral.org/ for more information.  The next time Advent parishioners are volunteering for this vital ministry is Sunday, March 10th. 


North Shore House Group Saturday, February 2nd.  A North Shore House Group is starting up in Salem, MA beginning on Saturday, February 2nd at 10AM. The group will meet monthly on Saturday mornings. This is a great opportunity for North Shore members of the Advent to have fellowship time together. At each session a theological idea will be discussed. The first session will meet at Brothers Taverna at 283 Derby St. in Salem. At the first session we will have brunch and come up with a running-list of Theological points to ponder in the coming months. For any information please contact Robb Scholten at robb.scholten@gmail.com.


The Feast of Presentation of Our Lord, also known as The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin, will be celebrated Sunday, February 3rd.  A distinctive part of those celebrations will be a candlelight procession.  For us, this will signify Christ, who has come into the world and is indeed the Light of the World.  We will recall from the Gospel lessons that day, when Jesus is presented in the Temple, the Prophet Simeon taking the Baby Jesus in his arms and proclaiming Him as “a light to lighten the Gentiles and the Glory of Thy people Israel.”

To continue the celebration, our entire parish is invited to The Parish of All Saints, Ashmont for Solemn Evensong, a Solemn Procession, and Solemn Benediction at 4:00 pm. The Men and Boy Choir of All Saints’, Ashmont and the Choir of All Saints’ Church in Worcester, Massachusetts will sing the service. 


Our Entr’acte series of adult education presentations resumes on Sunday, February 3rd. These Entr’acte presentations happen between the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses in the library adjacent to the nave.  Father Welch, our Interim Rector, will present a three-part series called Bare Ruined Choirs: A Personal Reflection on the State of the Church in America.  These presentations are the result of Father Welch’s experience over the last four years as he has visited churches of all types in his region of mid-coast Maine.  These churches are large and small, rural and town, and range from Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Congregational, to Independent Bible, Pentecostal, and Conservative Baptist.  The visits included worshiping with the congregation, and when it was possible, talking with pastors and parishioners.  In these three talks, Fr. Welch will report what he heard, saw, and felt, and also offer a theological reflection on what it may mean to live as a faithful person in a post-Christian society.  While the news is most often grim, there are moments of illumination and even exaltation, with valuable lessons for us all.


LET’S RISE AGAINST HUNGER!  Saturday, February 16th from 10:00 am to noon we will host a Rise Against Hunger event in Moseley Hall.  We will be  hosting parishioners and clergy from the other parishes in the Boston Harbor Deanery and attempt to pack 10,000 meals in less than two hours!  It sounds impossible, but it can be done, and we can have fun while packing.  These nutritious meals will be shipped to other parts of the world where many are going to bed hungry.  We need five or six volunteers from the parish and we are also taking donations to help offset the $3,500.00 it takes to buy the materials for the event.  Volunteers are asked to arrive no later the 9:45 and it would be really helpful if there are two or three volunteers to help unload the truck at 8:30 that morning.  


ARE YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE?  Please come with your parents to a presentation on Saint Michael’s Conference on Sunday, February 10th at 10:15 in Father James’s office.  Saint Michael’s Conference is an educational week-long conference for young people between and ages of 14 and 21.  They come together from all over the country to learn about their Faith and to strengthen their Faith.  Come and find out why young people return to this conference year after year. 


STEWARDSHIP 2019


As of this past Friday we have received 192 pledges, pledging a total of $538,995.  86 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 26 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 42 parishioners who pledged last year.


ODDS & ENDS


Palms for Ashes:  There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday.  They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 6 this year.


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.


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for  flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar on Sundays, February 10, and February 17.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com).


We give praise and thanksgiving this day for the Baptism of Beatrice Wallis Egan who received the Sacrament of New Birth yesterday afternoon.  We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.  


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 21-27, 2019

Monday, January 21
Agnes of Rome — Martin Luther King Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, January 22
Vincent of Saragossa
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 23
Phillips Brooks
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, January 24
Antony of Egypt
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 25
The Conversion of St Paul

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, January 26
Timothy & Titus
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, January 27
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Annual Parish Meeting
11:15 am: Solemn Mass