This Week’s Announcements, December 10-16, 2017

The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post. 


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.


Church School News:  

Next Saturday, December 16—Christmas Pageant Rehearsal–at 9 am.  We will gather in Moseley Hall to sort out costumes and we will rehearse in the Sanctuary.  (Please let Meg Nelson know ASAP if you are able to help with getting the costumes sorted and ready to go for Saturday morning—you may contact Meg at megwnelson@gmail.com.) 

If you are interested in having your child participate in the Pageant, please email Meg Nelson for more information. 

Sunday, December 17—Christmas Pageant—during the 9 am Mass.  This year, we will continue the tradition, started by the Woods, of making gingerbread houses following the Pageant (Please let Meg know if you are able to contribute extra candy supplies to this event.) 

Evening services (December 3, December 24 and December 31)—as a reminder, we always have childcare available for these evening services.  The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service.  


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. Betsy Ridge Madsen and John Boyd host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week will be Mary & Paul Roberts and Angie Corbet. 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 Kara Rodgers, Robb Scholten, Frederick Ou and Nick Westberg. 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).


The Last Gospel for Advent. Here at the Advent, at the end of the Midnight Mass at Christmas and on Christmas Day, we hear the Last Gospel (John 1:1-16) read after the Dismissal of the Mass. Its proclamation of the reality of the Incarnation seems particularly appropriate at Christmas when we celebrate that saving action of God. We borrowed this practice, though restricting it to one day of the year, from the mediaeval Church when the Last Gospel was read at the end of every Mass.

The text itself is powerful and familiar, which is doubtless why it got attached to the Mass. In the past it was read over the sick to promote healing. We learn from Chaucer that in his day it was read by itinerant friars upon entering a house to invoke God’s blessing upon the household. (Chaucer’s particular, unscrupulous friar was quite eloquent and also quite happy to charge for his incantation!)

Fr Jay Weldon, Rector of my former parish, Good Shepherd, Waban, called my attention to the custom of a Last Gospel for Advent. The Last Gospel is read, but it is not completed. Like Advent, itself, it looks forward to its joyful completion at Christmas. There is the usual salutation, but the response, “Thanks be to God” is not said until the Gospel finds its fulfillment at Christmas.

Father Warren


The New Advent Frontal & Vestments – For those who did not get one last Sunday or who may wish to have another, copies of the description and explanation of the new Advent Frontal and Vestments, together with updated memorials and thanksgivings, are available on the tables at the main entrance and the Mt Vernon Street entrance to the Church.


Entr’acte TodayElizabeth Grady-Harper from the Boston Faith and Justice Network will be giving an introduction to the Lazarus at the Gate adult bible study curriculum.  Our Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will lead the eight week Bible study starting in January.  Ms Grady-Harper will go through the four principles of the Bible study—how to live simply, how to live justly, how to live generously, and how to live gratefully.  This is sure to be a thought provoking presentation with great meaningful reflection.  


Compline at the Advent – This Evening, at 8 p.m. – Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 p.m. in the nave. There will be special music at the Compline service and a reception will follow.


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 WEEK!


Theology on Tap returns this Tuesday, December 12, with Yale historian and memoirist Carlos M. N. Eire.  Join us at Carrie Nation Cocktail Club’s Beacon Room at 7 pm to hear Prof. Eire’s remarks on “Reforming the Supernatural.”

One of the major changes brought about by the Protestant Reformation was a redefinition of the relation between the natural and supernatural realms, which amounted to a redefinition of religion itself.  How did this redefinition shape the various churches created in this era?  How did it affect the Church of England?  How does it affect us today?

Professor Eire is the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including the magisterial Reformations:  The Early Modern World, which won the R. R. Hawkins Prize for Best Book of the Year from the American Publishers Association, as well as the award for Best Book in the Humanities.  He is also the author of the best-selling memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana:  Confessions of a Cuban Boy, which won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Attendees wishing to eat dinner first are strongly encouraged to arrive early and please inform the club that you are part of the Church of the Advent party for the evening. 


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


This Wednesday, December 13, at 6:00 pm, the Choir of St Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, returns to the Advent to present a Service of Lessons and Carols.  Advent parishioners are cordially invited.  The regular services of Evening Prayer and the Healing Mass are cancelled. 


COMING UP!


The parish Flower Guild needs your help!   Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone.  We need volunteers on the following days; floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!  And if you can come for an hour but not for the entire block, that’s perfectly OK.

  • Sunday December 17, circa 1:00 pm. After the 11:15 coffee hour we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of storage and up into the church.  Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help, but if you can stay one hour to help put up all the candles and assemble the crèche enclosure that would be even better.
  • Friday December 22, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Saturday December 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  You don’t have to come for the entire day; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.    

Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.  This year these donations will be given to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy.  They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year. 


A schedule of Christmas services at the Advent can be found here.


The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 28, 2018. Contributions to the 2017 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 5, 2018. All heads of committees or groups are expect to submit a report.


A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Difficult Conversations, with Robert Bordone—Saturday, January 20—10 am to 2 pm—A renowned professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations in corporate, nonprofit, educational, governmental, and cultural institutions.  His clients have included Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the US Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

Bob is faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS LAMBDA and the Harvard Catholic Student Organization.  He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Service at Dartmouth College, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and on the Board of Advisors for The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  His writings and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN’s The Situation Room, WBUR’s Congnoscenti, and BBC Radio.

The four-hour seminar includes lunch; the fee is $10; space is limited so early registration is recommended.  For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org).


STEWARDSHIP 2018


Returns for the 2018 Canvass continue to arrive.  

As of this past Wednesday we have received 148 pledges, pledging a total of $397,789.  47 have increased their pledges by 21%, and there are TEN new pledges.  We have still to hear from 77 parishioners who pledged a total of $125,606 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


At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2018 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.


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.  


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
December 11-17, 2017

Monday, December 11
8:30 am: Advent School Community Share Event
10:00 am: Advent School Rehearsal
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, December 12
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 13
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: St Paul’s School Lessons & Carols
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, November 14
John of the Cross
6:00 pm: Beacon Hill Village Christmas Party
7:00 pm: Brimmer Street Garage Meeting
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 15
10:00 am: Advent School Concert

Saturday, December 16
9:00 am: Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, December 17
The Third Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Christmas Pageant & Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week’s Announcements, December 3-9, 2017

The Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post. 


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.


Church School News:  Today, there is no Church School; instead, there will be Advent Wreath making in the Library immediately after the 9 am Mass.

Saturday, December 16—Christmas Pageant Rehearsal–at 9 am.  We will gather in Moseley Hall to sort out costumes and we will rehearse in the Sanctuary.  (Please let Meg Nelson know ASAP if you are able to help with getting the costumes sorted and ready to go for Saturday morning—you may contact Meg at megwnelson@gmail.com.) 

If you are interested in having your child participate in the Pageant, please email Meg Nelson for more information. 

Sunday, December 17—Christmas Pageant—during the 9 am Mass.  This year, we will continue the tradition, started by the Woods, of making gingerbread houses following the Pageant (Please let Meg know if you are able to contribute extra candy supplies to this event.) 

Evening services (December 3, December 24 and December 31)—as a reminder, we always have childcare available for these evening services.  The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service.  


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. Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week will be Betsy Ridge Madsen and John Boyd. 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 Philip & Anh Vu Sawyer, Charles Dale, Frank Olney and Maggie Eggert. 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).


Today is the First Sunday of Advent, our Feast of Title & Dedication, the 173rd Birthday of the Church of the Advent. At the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Masses the new Advent frontal and vestments will be blessed. At both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Masses Stewardship pledge cards for the year 2018 will be presented and blessed. This will take place just before the Great Thanksgiving (Consecratory Prayer) of the Liturgy.


Our guest preacher this morning is the Rev’d Margery Kennelly, Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard University and an old friend of the Advent. A graduate of Harvard University, she served at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill from 2012 until her appointment to the Harvard chaplaincy earlier this year. 


Advent Lessons & Carols – Please join us this afternoon, when at 4:30 p.m. Simon Thomas Jacobs will play an Organ Recital, and at 5:00 p.m. the Advent Choir will sing the popular service of Lessons & Carols for Advent including music of Lehman, Esenwalds, Poston, Palmer, Byrd, Palestrina, Willcocks, and Filsell. Child care will be available. A gala reception hosted by the Vestry will follow the service.


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 WEEK!


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


COMING UP!


Entr’acte Next Sunday, December 10—Elizabeth Grady-Harper from the Boston Faith and Justice Network will be giving an introduction to the Lazarus at the Gate adult bible study curriculum.  Our Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will lead the eight week Bible study starting in January.  Ms Grady-Harper will go through the four principles of the Bible study—how to live simply, how to live justly, how to live generously, and how to live gratefully.  This is sure to be a thought provoking presentation with great meaningful reflection.  

Compline at the Advent – Next Sunday, December 10, at 8 p.m. – Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 p.m. in the nave. There will be special music at the Compline service and a reception will follow.


Theology on Tap returns December 12 with Yale historian and memoirist Carlos M. N. Eire.  Join us at Carrie Nation Cocktail Club’s Beacon Room at 7 pm to hear Prof. Eire’s remarks on “Reforming the Supernatural.”

One of the major changes brought about by the Protestant Reformation was a redefinition of the relation between the natural and supernatural realms, which amounted to a redefinition of religion itself.  How did this redefinition shape the various churches created in this era?  How did it affect the Church of England?  How does it affect us today?

Professor Eire is the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including the magisterial Reformations:  The Early Modern World, which won the R. R. Hawkins Prize for Best Book of the Year from the American Publishers Association, as well as the award for Best Book in the Humanities.  He is also the author of the best-selling memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana:  Confessions of a Cuban Boy, which won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Attendees wishing to eat dinner first are strongly encouraged to arrive early and please inform the club that you are part of the Church of the Advent party for the evening. 


Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.  This year these donations will be given to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy.  They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year. 


On Wednesday, December 13, at 6:00 pm, the Choir of St Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, returns to the Advent to present a Service of Lessons and Carols.  Advent parishioners are cordially invited.  The regular services of Evening Prayer and the Healing Mass are cancelled. 


A schedule of Christmas services at the Advent can be found here.


A Hopeful Path Forward:  A Christian Approach to Difficult Conversations, with Robert Bordone—Saturday, January 20—10 am to 2 pm—A renowned professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bordone specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations in corporate, nonprofit, educational, governmental, and cultural institutions.  His clients have included Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth College, the US Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.

Bob is faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS LAMBDA and the Harvard Catholic Student Organization.  He serves on the Board of Visitors for the Center for Service at Dartmouth College, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, and on the Board of Advisors for The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  His writings and commentary have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN’s The Situation Room, WBUR’s Congnoscenti, and BBC Radio.

The four-hour seminar includes lunch; the fee is $10; space is limited so early registration is recommended.  For more information or to register, please email Deacon Daphne (deaconnoyes@theadventboston.org).


STEWARDSHIP 2018


Returns for the 2018 Canvass continue to arrive.  

As of this past Wednesday we have received 118 pledges, pledging a total of $343,164.  33 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are six new pledges.  We have still to hear from 103 parishioners who pledged a total of $175,196 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


The parish Flower Guild needs your help!   Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone.  We need volunteers on the following days; floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!  And if you can come for an hour but not for the entire block, that’s perfectly OK.

  • Sunday December 17, circa 1:00 pm. After the 11:15 coffee hour we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of storage and up into the church.  Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help, but if you can stay one hour to help put up all the candles and assemble the crèche enclosure that would be even better.
  • Friday December 22, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Saturday December 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  You don’t have to come for the entire day; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.    

At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2018 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.


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.  


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
December 4-10, 2017

Monday, December 4
John of Damascus
6:00 pm: Boston Cecilia Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 5
Clement of Alexandria
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 6
Nicholas of Myra
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, November 7
Ambrose of Milan
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 8
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:00 pm: Boston Cecilia Concert

Saturday, December 9
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, December 10
The Second Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 pm: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week’s Announcements, November 26-December 2, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frances Lee and Barbara McCormick. 

The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Staff Sergeant Matthew Albert Pucino, US Army Special Forces. 


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. Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week will be Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Carolyn & Tom McDermott. 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 Mark Aparece, Kyriell Palaeologue, Steven Sayers and D. J. Henderson. Next week the host will be Philip Sawyer.  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 WEEK!


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


This Saturday, December 2, a Solemn Requiem for the Repose of the Soul of the Rev’d W. Douglas Bond will be celebrated at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow in Moseley Hall.  The 9:00 am Mass that Saturday is cancelled.


COMING UP!


Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, our Feast of Title & Dedication.  At the 9:00 am and 11:15 am Masses the new Advent frontal and vestments will be blessed.  It is also “Ingathering Sunday,” when we will gather in the pledges for the 2018 canvass. 

Also next Sunday, December 3, 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.


Entr’acte on December 10—Elizabeth Grady-Harper from the Boston Faith and Justice Network will be giving an introduction to the Lazarus at the Gate adult bible study curriculum.  Our Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will lead the eight week Bible study starting in January.  Ms Grady-Harper will go through the four principles of the Bible study—how to live simply, how to live justly, how to live generously, and how to live gratefully.  This is sure to be a thought provoking presentation with great meaningful reflection.  


A schedule of Christmas services at the Advent can be found here.


STEWARDSHIP 2018


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

As of this past Wednesday we have received 85 pledges, pledging a total of $251,234.  25 have increased their pledges by 19%, and there are two new pledges.  We have still to hear from 131 parishioners who pledged a total of $261,974 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


At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2018 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.


The Bach Project:  Tonight 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. 


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.  


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 27-December 3, 2017

Monday, November 27
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, November 28
Kamehamaha & Emma of Hawaii
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 29
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:30 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, November 30
St Andrew the Apostle
10:00 am: Beacon Hill Garden Club Event
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 1
Nicholas Ferrar

Saturday, December 2
Channing Moore Williams
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
2:00 pm: Requiem Mass

Sunday, December 3
The First Sunday of Advent – Feast of Title & Dedication
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 pm: Wreath Making
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Service of Advent Lessons & Carols; Reception

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

This Week’s Announcements, November 12-18, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Melvin Lipscomb.


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. Will Joyner & Linda Jones and Ray Porter host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week will be Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Melissa Fox.  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 Eric Aho and Michael Oliveri.  Next week the hosts will be 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).


This evening at 8 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting . We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.  There will be special music at the Compline service this evening and a reception will follow.  There is a particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org). 


Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent,

I would like to announce here on our web site something I announced at the Masses on All Saints’ Sunday. And that is, that I have called the Rev’d Jay Carleton James to come to the Advent and serve as Associate Rector. And . . . Deo gratias !! Father James has accepted my call. He is presently Rector of St. Timothy’s Church in Raleigh, North Carolina and has served there for twenty-three years. Both he and his wife Betsy have roots in New England, and many of you know them from summer Sundays when they worshipped at the Advent or from the St. Michael’s Conference with which Fr. James has been involved for any years. I noticed quite a few distinct smiles throughout the congregation when I made the announcement yesterday. He is an old friend of mine – I was at his wedding ! – and I look forward to the honor of serving side by side with him.

Father Warren

Fr. Jay and Betsy James and their children, Olivia and Sam.

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 coming Wednesday evening, November 15, there will be a service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:30 pm.  On Thursday evening, November 16, a Solemn Mass will be celebrated also at 6:30 pm.  The Very Rev’d Professor Andrew McGowan, Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale will preach at the Mass.  There services are offered in conjunction with the conference, Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots, to be held at the Advent this week.  All are invited to attend these services. 

The conference itself is completely subscribed, and so if you have not already registered we are sorry to say that there are no places left. 


COMING UP!


Next Sunday, November 19, 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. 


STEWARDSHIP 2018


The first returns for the 2018 Canvass are coming in.  Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly! 

As of this past Thursday we have received 37 pledges, pledging a total of $85,484.  12 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are two new pledges.  We have still to hear from 179 parishioners who pledged a total of $425,329 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 official Church of the Advent Staff Tee Shirt was inaugurated last Holy Week.  The design emphasizes the real, flesh and blood, and, if you will, space and time reality of the Incarnation.  Something which happened and is still happening.  It was borrowed from a Swedish journal of theology and is a human heart surrounded by the words of John 1:14—And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us—in the original Greek.  Since then, there have been requests for similar tee shirts from as far abroad as Christ Church, Hamilton!  We have, therefore, decided to abandon our unfair restriction to Staff members and offer these tee shirts to anyone who wishes one.  They come white and gray and in all sizes.  The price will be decided by the number of tee shirts ordered, but should be around $20.

The design and a specimen are posted downstairs.  If you would like one, email rector@theadventboston.org giving the size and color. This is the last week that orders can be taken for shirts.


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 13-19, 2017

Monday, November 13
8:30 am: Advent School Community Share Event
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, November 14
Bestowal of the American Episcopate
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 15
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:30 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, November 16
Margaret of Scotland
6:30 pm: Solemn Mass

Friday, November 17
Hugh of Lincoln

Saturday, November 18
Hilda of Whitby
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)

Sunday, October 19
The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Lecture

This Week’s Announcements, November 5-11, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of George and Frances Lee McCormick.

The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for Sammy, Renee, Ellie, Patrick and Flannery Wood.   


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. Rachel Johnson & Rob Braman and Megan & Mike Zadig. host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week will be Will Joyner & Linda Jones and Ray Porter. 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 grateful members of the Advent in celebration of Fr Wood’s eight blessed years of service here.  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).

Because of the celebration there will be no Entr’acte today. 


A Message from Father Wood

By now many if not most of the parish have heard that I have accepted a call to become the rector at St Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville, Tennessee.  The excitement of this new call is certainly tempered by the profound sadness we have at leaving Boston and the Advent, both of which are deeply engraved on my heart.  But Renee and I feel God leading us into this next step, and we hope to have a chance to share that vision with each of you before we have to go.  I do ask for your prayers for us, for Ellie, Patrick and Flannery, and for St B’s, and you may rest assured that you and the Advent will never be far from our thoughts and prayers wherever God leads us.  Thank you for a blessed eight (!) years with you, and may God continue to bless you richly.

                                                            Affectionately and faithfully,
                                                                   Fr Sammy +


A Rogues’ Gallery of all the Rectors of the Church of the Advent since its inception in 1844 has just come to fruition in the Parish House Lobby.  This project has—believe it or not—taken five years to complete.  Fr Warren did the research and gathered the pictures and photographs.  Cassie Gurnon supervised the framing, which was done by Dave Poutré on Charles Street.  She and Jack hung the pictures.  Many, many thanks to all of those involved. 

So, come over to the Parish House and take a look at the Rogues.  There are sixteen.  They come in all shapes and sizes and, if they could speak, would have many interesting tales to tell.


THIS WEEK!


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


Veterans’ Day will be observed this Friday, November 10.  The Parish Office will be closed.  The regular schedule will be in effect—Morning Prayer at 9:00 am; Low Mass at 12:15 pm; Evening Prayer is cancelled.


COMING UP!


Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, November 12, at 8 pm—join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.  There will be special music at the Compline service this evening and a reception will follow


Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org), or to register, go to https://www.theadventboston.org/anglo-catholicism-uncovering-roots/.  Please register by this Wednesday, November 8

Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots—Conference Banquet—Parishioners interested in the upcoming conference should know that a banquet is planned to conclude the event at the historic Club of Odd Volumes.  The banquet is to be held at 8 pm on Thursday, November 16, immediately following Solemn Mass at the parish.  The Club of Odd Volumes is located at 77 Mount Vernon Street. 

Given the unique nature of the venue, which is a private club dating from 1887, certain inflexible rules must be observed:

  • First, dress is coat and tie for gentlemen and equivalent apparel for ladies. No jeans or sneakers. 
  • Second, cell phones and photography are strictly prohibited. No cell phones will be allowed in the club for any reason.

The cost is $75 and must be paid in advance, before November 8.  Please sign up for the banquet at the same website for conference registration at:  www.theadventboston.org/anglo-catholicism-uncovering-roots.  Even if you are unable to attend the conference itself, please come along to the Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm on November 16  (The Very Rev’d Professor Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, will be our preacher) and join the conference speakers, the parish clergy, and conference participants afterward for a sumptuous dinner at 8 pm at the Club of Odd Volumes.  Please speak to Fr. Hanson if you have any questions.   


On Sunday, November 19 at 5 pm, there will be a special Evensong and Benediction.  At a light supper to follow, long-time friend of the Advent the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will speak to us 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.   


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 official Church of the Advent Staff Tee Shirt was inaugurated last Holy Week.  The design emphasizes the real, flesh and blood, and, if you will, space and time reality of the Incarnation.  Something which happened and is still happening.  It was borrowed from a Swedish journal of theology and is a human heart surrounded by the words of John 1:14—And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us—in the original Greek.  Since then, there have been requests for similar tee shirts from as far abroad as Christ Church, Hamilton!  We have, therefore, decided to abandon our unfair restriction to Staff members and offer these tee shirts to anyone who wishes one.  They come white and gray and in all sizes.  The price will be decided by the number of tee shirts ordered, but should be around $20.

The design and a specimen are posted downstairs.  If you would like one, email rector@theadventboston.org giving the size and color.


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 6-12, 2017

Monday, November 6
William Temple of Canterbury
5:00 pm: Beacon Hill Village Meeting 

Tuesday, November 7
Willibrord of Utrecht
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 8
10:00 am: Beacon Hill Garden Club
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 9

Friday, November 10
Leo the Great (Veterans’ Day Observed – Parish Office Closed)

Saturday, November 11
Martin of Tours
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)

Sunday, October 12
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline

This Week’s Announcements, October 29-November 4, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the birthday of Father Philip Pfatteicher and the 25th birthday of Thomas Joseph McDermott IV.

The flowers in the Lady Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Evelyn Brown. 


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. Francesco Piscitelli & Judy Bell and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Rachel Johnson & Rob Braman and Megan & Mike Zadig. 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. Ellie Dixon, Gabriel Ellsworth, David Fisher, and Xander Mojarrab host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week’s Coffee Hour will be hosted by grateful members of the Advent in celebration of Fr Wood’s eight blessed years of service here.   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).

Coffee Hours following the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses next Sunday, November 5, will celebrate the Woods before they leave us for Nashville, Tennessee.  Everyone in the Advent family loves then dearly, grieves to see them go and wishes them every blessing and joy in their new life.  Please make a special effort to be here then to say good bye and god speed. 

Because of the celebration there will be no Entr’acte next Sunday. 


A Rogues’ Gallery of all the Rectors of the Church of the Advent since its inception in 1844 has just come to fruition in the Parish House Lobby.  This project has—believe it or not—taken five years to complete.  Fr Warren did the research and gathered the pictures and photographs.  Cassie Gurnon supervised the framing, which was done by Dave Poutré on Charles Street.  She and Jack hung the pictures.  Many, many thanks to all of those involved. 

So, come over to the Parish House and take a look at the Rogues.  There are sixteen.  They come in all shapes and sizes and, if they could speak, would have many interesting tales to tell.


Entr’acte—The Wisdom of Work—Parish Library at 10:20 am today: Work holds an important place in our lives and seems to only become more and more absorbing.  What does our philosophical and theological heritage have to say about work and its meaning?  Beginning with the ancient Greeks, moving through the middle ages, and ending with contemporary perspectives from philosophers and theologians, we will consider how work has been reflected upon, what sorts of work have been considered valuable (or not), and how we as Christians might consider our work in relationship to our faith.  This last question is especially important when we recognize that in the Judeo-Christian tradition rest from work seems just as prized as work itself, if not more so.  As our lives get busier and busier and more occupied with work, why and how should we make space for rest from labor?  The series will be followed in November with a look at Sabbath, rest and its value for Christian life.    


Advent 101—A Class for Newcomers—Today in Fr Wood’s office between the Masses—New to the Advent?  This morning Advent 101 meets in Fr Wood’s office between the 9:00 and 11:15 masses (around 10:15).  The class is designed to orient you to life at the Advent, introduce you to other newcomers and parishioners, and teach some basics about  our history, worship and ministries. 


THIS WEEK!


Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday at 2:00 am; don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night!


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


All Souls Day will be observed this Thursday, November 2, with a Requiem Mass at 12:15 pm and a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.  They must be in the Parish Office no later than noon Wednesday, November 1.


Neighborhood Groups: Old and new small groups have started in neighborhoods across Greater Boston.  

  • Green Line Group—Home of Jeff and Roxy Hanson—311 Tappan Street in Brookline—every other Thursday
  • Beacon Hill Group—Home of Sally & David Fisher—33 Branch Street (davidabbottfisher@comcast.net
  • Metro-West Group—Forming in November—contact Liz Hunter if you are interested (artytarts@aol.com).  
  • North Shore Group—at the home of Robb Scholten—41 Washington Square, Salem (robb.scholten@gmail.com)
  • The Advent Book Group—The Advent Book Group invites you to join us this fall in reading The Sacramental Church: The Story of Anglo-Catholicism by John F. Nash, founder of the Esoteric Quarterly.  We meet Wednesdays just after the healing Mass, alternating with Fr Wood’s Beacon Hill Group.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 25.  To learn where we are in the book, please see Alfred Duhamel or email Robb Scholten (robb.scholten@gmail.com).
  • Red Line Group—at the home of Dustin Henderson & Nick Dials—223 Concord Turnpike, Apt 348 (dustin.e.henderson@gmail.com)
  • Luther Reading Group—Parish Office 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Which of these fits your schedule and lifestyle?  If none does, why not consider hosting or facilitating a group in your own neighborhood?  For more information, speak to one of the hosts listed above. 


COMING UP!


Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org), or to register, go to https://www.theadventboston.org/anglo-catholicism-uncovering-roots/.  Please register by November 8

Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots—Conference Banquet—Parishioners interested in the upcoming conference should know that a banquet is planned to conclude the event at the historic Club of Odd Volumes.  The banquet is to be held at 8 pm on Thursday, November 16, immediately following Solemn Mass at the parish.  The Club of Odd Volumes is located at 77 Mount Vernon Street. 

Given the unique nature of the venue, which is a private club dating from 1887, certain inflexible rules must be observed:

  • First, dress is coat and tie for gentlemen and equivalent apparel for ladies. No jeans or sneakers. 
  • Second, cell phones and photography are strictly prohibited. No cell phones will be allowed in the club for any reason.

The cost is $75 and must be paid in advance, before November 8.   Please sign up for the banquet at the same website for conference registration at:  www.theadventboston.org/anglo-catholicism-uncovering-roots.  Even if you are unable to attend the conference itself, please come along to the Solemn Mass at 6:30 pm on November 16  (The Very Rev’d Professor Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, will be our preacher) and join the conference speakers, the parish clergy, and conference participants afterward for a sumptuous dinner at 8 pm at the Club of Odd Volumes.  Please speak to Fr. Hanson if you have any questions.   


On Sunday, November 19, at 5 pm, there will be a special Evensong and Benediction.  At a light supper to follow, long-time friend of the Advent Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will speak to us about his experiences and perceptions regarding Muslim/Christian Relations in the Middle East, as well as his perceptions of the same in the West.  Don’t miss this timely and important discussion.  


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 official Church of the Advent Staff Tee Shirt was inaugurated last Holy Week.  The design emphasizes the real, flesh and blood, and, if you will, space and time reality of the Incarnation.  Something which happened and is still happening.  It was borrowed from a Swedish journal of theology and is a human heart surrounded by the words of John 1:14—And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us—in the original Greek.  Since then, there have been requests for similar tee shirts from as far abroad as Christ Church, Hamilton!  We have, therefore, decided to abandon our unfair restriction to Staff members and offer these tee shirts to anyone who wishes one.  They come white and gray and in all sizes.  The price will be decided by the number of tee shirts ordered, but should be around $20.

The design and a specimen are posted downstairs.  If you would like one, email rector@theadventboston.org giving the size and color.


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
October 30 – November 5, 2017

Monday, October 30
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts 

Tuesday, October 31
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, November 1
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 2
All Souls Day
12:15 pm: Requiem Mass
6:30 pm: Solemn Requiem Mass

Friday, November 3
Richard Hooker
11:00 am: Holy Hour

Saturday, November 4
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)
1:00 pm: Barbara Pym Tea

Sunday, October 5
Sunday in the Octave of All Saints
2:00 am: Daylight Saving Time Ends
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week’s Announcements, October 22-28, 2017

The flowers around the Church are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Charles Muller DeFerrier.


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. Barbara Boles and Melissa Fox host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Francesco Piscitelli & Judy Bell and Cassie & Jack Gurnon. 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. The host next week is Gabriel Ellsworth. 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).


Entr’acte—The Wisdom of Work—Parish Library at 10:20 am today:  Work holds an important place in our lives and seems to only become more and more absorbing.  What does our philosophical and theological heritage have to say about work and its meaning?  Beginning with the ancient Greeks, moving through the middle ages, and ending with contemporary perspectives from philosophers and theologians, we will consider how work has been reflected upon, what sorts of work have been considered valuable (or not), and how we as Christians might consider our work in relationship to our faith.  This last question is especially important when we recognize that in the Judeo-Christian tradition rest from work seems just as prized as work itself, if not more so.  As our lives get busier and busier and more occupied with work, why and how should we make space for rest from labor?  The series will be followed in November with a look at Sabbath, rest and its value for Christian life.  


Newcomers Dessert—Sunday October 22 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm—Cassie & Jack Gurnon’s Home—New to the Advent?  Haven’t attended a Welcome event yet?  Join us at Cassie & Jack Gurnon’s home (54 Charles Street.) for dessert and coffee and get to know some folks. 


Advent 101—A Class for Newcomers—Today and next Sunday in the Frisby Room between the Masses—New to the Advent?  This morning and next Sunday, Advent 101 meets in the Frisby Room between the 9:00 and 11:15 masses (around 10:15).  The class is designed to orient you to life at the Advent, introduce you to other newcomers and parishioners, and teach some basics about  our history, worship and ministries.  For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com), Alister Lewis-Bowen (alister@different.com) or Abigail Lewis-Bowen (abigail@different.com). 


Concert this Evening: There will be a concert at 7:30 pm in Moseley Hall by the consort Long&Away, which includes several members of the Advent Choir. They will present a musical romp through the streets and markets of 17th-century London: rounds by Ravenscroft, viol consorts by Byrd and Tye, and two musical takes on hawker’s cries. The suggested donation is $15. Refreshments will follow.


THIS WEEK!


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


Neighborhood Groups: Old and new small groups have started in neighborhoods across Greater Boston.  

  • Green Line Group—Home of Jeff and Roxy Hanson—311 Tappan Street in Brookline—every other Thursday
  • Beacon Hill Group—Home of Sally & David Fisher—33 Branch Street (davidabbottfisher@comcast.net
  • Metro-West Group—Forming in November—contact Liz Hunter if you are interested (artytarts@aol.com).  
  • North Shore Group—at the home of Robb Scholten—41 Washington Square, Salem (robb.scholten@gmail.com)
  • The Advent Book Group—The Advent Book Group invites you to join us this fall in reading The Sacramental Church: The Story of Anglo-Catholicism by John F. Nash, founder of the Esoteric Quarterly.  We meet Wednesdays just after the healing Mass, alternating with Fr Wood’s Beacon Hill Group.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 25.  To learn where we are in the book, please see Alfred Duhamel or email Robb Scholten (robb.scholten@gmail.com).
  • Red Line Group—at the home of Dustin Henderson & Nick Dials—223 Concord Turnpike, Apt 348 (dustin.e.henderson@gmail.com)
  • Luther Reading Group—Parish Office 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Which of these fits your schedule and lifestyle?  If none does, why not consider hosting or facilitating a group in your own neighborhood?  For more information, speak to one of the hosts listed above. 


COMING UP!


All Souls Day will be observed on Thursday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.


Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org), or to register, go to https://www.theadventboston.org/anglo-catholicism-uncovering-roots/.  Please register by November 8


On Sunday, November 19, at 5 pm, there will be a special Evensong & Benediction. At a light supper to follow, long-time friend of the Advent Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will speak to us about his experiences and perceptions regarding Muslim/Christian Relations in the Middle East, as well as his perceptions of the same in the West. Don’t miss this timely and important discussion. 

Canon Macdonald-Radcliff is Director General of the World Dialogue Council, which promotes better relations between the many worlds of Islam and the West. He has undertaken extensive international and development work for the church. He is also currently developing the Global Values Initiative aiming to enhance Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable and ethical competitiveness. 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.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Advent’s Mission Sunday was a great success.  Thanks to all who gave for the special mission offering.  So far we have raised over $2,600!  Mission offering envelopes are still available if you weren’t able to give yet.  So many vital ministries here at the Advent can and will be supported as a result of your generosity. – Eric Fialho, Pastoral Assistant 


ODDS & ENDS


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
October 23-29, 2017

Monday, October 23
St James of Jerusalem  

Tuesday, October 24
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 25
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, October 26
Alfred the Great
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 27

Saturday, October 28
SS Simon & Jude
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)

Sunday, October 29
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte / Newcomers’ Classy
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week’s Announcements, October 15-21, 2017

The flowers around the Church are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving to God for his healing power and in loving memory of Svend & Helga Norregaard.


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. Betsy Ridge Madsen and Carolyn and Tom McDermott host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Will Joyner & Linda Jones and Melissa Fox. 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. 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).


Entr’acte—The Wisdom of Work—Parish Library at 10:20 am today and next Sunday:  Work holds an important place in our lives and seems to only become more and more absorbing.  What does our philosophical and theological heritage have to say about work and its meaning?  Beginning with the ancient Greeks, moving through the middle ages, and ending with contemporary perspectives from philosophers and theologians, we will consider how work has been reflected upon, what sorts of work have been considered valuable (or not), and how we as Christians might consider our work in relationship to our faith.  This last question is especially important when we recognize that in the Judeo-Christian tradition rest from work seems just as prized as work itself, if not more so.  As our lives get busier and busier and more occupied with work, why and how should we make space for rest from labor?  The series will be followed in November with a look at Sabbath, rest and its value for Christian life.  


Advent Tour:  This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building.  Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building.  Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets.  Meet him in the Baptistry.  The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude. 


This evening, our monthly series of Choral Evensong and Organ Recitals begins.  At 4:30 pm, renowned organist Colin Lynch will play a program of Lefébure-Wely, Whitlock and Mulet.  At 5:00 pm, the Choir of the Church of the Advent will sing Evensong, featuring Sir William Walton’s Chichester Service, and his beautiful setting of “Drop, drop, slow tears.”  Following the one-hour service, our series of Evensong & Benediction Talks begins immediately in Moseley Hall.  Organist and Choirmaster Mark Dwyer will present a brief lecture about the life and times of Sir William Walton.  A light soup supper will be served and all are invited.  E&B Talks are open to everyone, especially younger parishioners and guests who may not be as familiar with our rich musical and liturgical life here at the Advent.  Each evening will comprise a short talk followed by a period for Q&A.  


Neighborhood Groups Start in October!  Old and new small groups are starting in October in neighborhoods across Greater Boston.  

  • Green Line Group—Home of Jeff and Roxy Hanson—311 Tappan Street in Brookline—every other Thursday, beginning this week on October 19.
  • Beacon Hill Group—Home of Sammy and Renee Wood—43 South Russell Street in Boston—this Wednesday, October 18
  • Metro-West Group—Forming in November—contact Liz Liz Hunter if you are interested.  
  • North Shore Group—Location and time in Salem—TBA
  • The Advent Book Group—The Advent Book Group invites you to join us this fall in reading The Sacramental Church: The Story of Anglo-Catholicism by John F. Nash, founder of the Esoteric Quarterly.  We meet Wednesdays just after the healing Mass, alternating with Fr Wood’s Beacon Hill Group.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 25.  To learn where we are in the book, please see Alfred Duhammel or email Robb Scholten (scholten@gmail.com).
  • Luther Reading Group—Parish Office 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Which of these fits your schedule and lifestyle?  If none does, why not consider hosting or facilitating a group in your own neighborhood?  For more information, speak to one of the hosts listed above or contact Fr Sammy  (frwood@theadventboston.org). 


THIS WEEK!


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


COMING UP!


Newcomers Dessert—Sunday October 22 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm—Cassie & Jack Gurnon’s Home—New to the Advent?  Haven’t attended a Welcome event yet?  Join us at Cassie & Jack Gurnon’s home (54 Charles Street.) for dessert and coffee and get to know some folks.  Please RSVP to frwood@theadventboston.org or 617.697.8528 by Thursday, October 19.


Advent 101—A Class for Newcomers—October 22 and 29 in the Frisby Room between the Masses—New to the Advent?  On Sundays October 22 and 29, Advent 101 meets in the Frisby Room between the 9:00 and 11:15 masses (around 10:15).  The class is designed to orient you to life at the Advent, introduce you to other newcomers and parishioners, and teach some basics about  our history, worship and ministries.  For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com), Alister Lewis-Bowen (alister@different.com) or Abigail Lewis-Bowen (abigail@different.com). 


All Souls Day will be observed on Thursday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.


Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org), or to register, go to https://www.theadventboston.org/anglo-catholicism-uncovering-roots/.  Please register by November 8


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Advent’s Mission Sunday was a great success.  Thanks to all who gave for the special mission offering.  So far we have raised over $2,600!  Mission offering envelopes are still available if you weren’t able to give yet.  So many vital ministries here at the Advent can and will be supported as a result of your generosity. – Eric Fialho, Pastoral Assistant 


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sundays, October 29 and November 19.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com)


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
October 16-22, 2017

Monday, October 16
Latimer, Ridley & Cranmer   
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, October 17
Ignatius of Antioch
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 18
St Luke the Evangelist
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, October 19
Henry Martyn
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, October 22
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week’s Announcements, October 8-14, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Edna Delores Hosford.  The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God in and loving memory of Paul Van Ocken.


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. Mary & Paul Roberts and John Boyd host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Betsy Ridge Madsen and Carolyn and Tom McDermott. 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. 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).


A Message from Fr. Wood

By now many if not most of the parish have heard that I have accepted a call to become the rector at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The excitement of this new call is certainly tempered by the profound sadness we have at leaving Boston and the Advent, both of which are deeply engraved on my heart. But Renee and I feel God leading us into this next step, and we hope to have a chance to share that vision with each of you before we have to go, which should be sometime in November. I do ask for your prayers for us, for Ellie, Patrick and Flannery, and for St. B’s, and you may rest assured that you and the Advent will never be far from our thoughts and prayers wherever God leads us. Thank you for a blessed eight (!) years with you, and may God continue to bless you richly.

Affectionately and faithfully,
~ Fr. Sammy


Entr’acte // The Wisdom of Work // Parish Library @ 10:20 a.m. today and the next three Sundays:  Work holds an important place in our lives and seems to only become more and more absorbing. What does our philosophical and theological heritage have to say about work and its meaning? Beginning with the ancient Greeks, moving through the middle ages, and ending with contemporary perspectives from philosophers and theologians, we will consider how work has been reflected upon, what sorts of work have been considered valuable (or not), and how we as Christians might consider our work in relationship to our faith. This last question is especially important when we recognize that in the Judeo-Christian tradition rest from work seems just as prized as work itself, if not more so. As our lives get busier and busier and more occupied with work, why and how should we make space for rest from labor? The series will be followed in November with a look at Sabbath, rest and its value for Christian life.


This evening at 8 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave.

There will be special music at the Compline service this evening and a reception will follow.

There is a particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr. Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org).


Mission Offering:  Last Sunday was a Sunday dedicated to Mission and mission opportunities at the Advent. If you were not here, you may even so contribute towards our efforts. Envelopes for donation may be found in the pews.


Neighborhood Groups Start in October!  Old and new small groups are starting in October in neighborhoods across Greater Boston.  

  • Green Line Group—Home of Jeff and Roxy Hanson—311 Tappan Street in Brookline—Date TBA
  • Beacon Hill Group—Home of Sammy and Renee Wood—43 South Russell Street in Boston—Wednesday, October 4
  • Metro-West Group—Home of Liz Hunter—492 Lincoln Road in Walpole—Sunday, October 8
  • North Shore Group—Location and time in Salem—TBA
  • The Advent Book Group and a new Luther Reading Group also start in October.

Which of these fits your schedule and lifestyle?  If none does, why not consider hosting or facilitating a group in your own neighborhood?  For more information, speak to one of the hosts listed above or contact Fr Sammy  (frwood@theadventboston.org). 


THIS WEEK!


Monday, October 9, is Columbus DayThe Parish Office will be closed.  Morning Prayer will be at 9:00 am and the Low Mass at its regular time of 12:15 pm.   Evening Prayer is cancelled.


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


Wednesday Evening Book Group: In anticipation of the conference and meeting being held in November focusing on Anglo-Catholicism, the Advent Book Group invites you to join us this fall in reading The Sacramental Church: The Story of Anglo-Catholicism, by John F. Nash, founder of The Esoteric Quarterly. We began discussions of this book on Wednesday, September 13. For more information, please see Alfred Duhamel or email Robb Scholten (robb.scholten@gmail.com).


COMING UP!


Reformation at 500—Luther Reading Group Begins in October—Five hundred years ago this Halloween, an intense, scholarly Augustinian friar named Martin Luther posted a series of theses about the sale of indulgences on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  Within a few years, the world in which he had come of age was utterly transformed. Ever wanted to know what was going on in his mind, one of the great minds of the universal Church?  For several years before this momentous event, Dr Luther diligently walked into his classroom at six o’clock in the morning to lecture on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and we can now read along with him as he grappled with the foundations of the Catholic faith.  To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a group gathers every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7 pm in Fr. Wood’s office (second floor of the Parish House) to learn about Luther’s world and to study the Bible as he and his students did by reading and discussing his Lectures on Romans, one of the treasures of Christian thought.  For information, contact Ben Crowe (bcrowe@bu.edu) or Fr Wood (frwood@theadventboston.org).


Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org), or to register, go to https://www.theadventboston.org/anglo-catholicism-uncovering-roots/.  Please register by November 8


Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 – 24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers throughout the church today are the work of the parish Flower Guild, a group of devoted volunteers who create the floral arrangements for Sundays, feast days, weddings, and funerals throughout the year.  None of them is a professional florist—they all learned here on-the-job, taught by Tom Sopko, who is a brilliant teacher as well as designer of flower arrangements.  They are always happy to welcome and teach new members. 

The members of the Guild are Barbara Boles, Maria Denslow, Cassie Gurnon, Susan Hockfield, Betsy Ridge Madsen, Lydia McClure, Ginnie Pierce, Thiago Rêgo, Carolyn Walden, and Director Tom Sopko.  If you would like to find out more about flower arranging at the Advent and how much fun it is, speak to one of the members, or email Tom at jtsopko@gmail.com.


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sundays, October 29 and November 19.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com)


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
October 9-15, 2017

Monday, October 9
Robert Grosseteste   
Columbus Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, October 10
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 11
Philip, Deacon & Evangelist
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, October 12
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 13
11:00 am: Holy Hour

Saturday, October 14
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild (to 1:00 pm)

Sunday, October 15
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction