This Week’s Announcements – December 13-19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them. Contact Sarah Connor at 617-480-3017 or by email.

 

 


TODAY

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

11:15 Coffee Hour. Charles Dale, Philip Le Quesne, and George McCormick host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Annlinnea Terranova and others.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. Please contact the Coffee Team to volunteer. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

 

Church School: The Advent’s Church School program is a busy and exciting environment for Christian formation for the youngest members of our parish family.  Nobody is too young—we even have a class for infants and their parents!—and class offerings run all the way through high school age.  Classes happen every week after the 9:00 Mass. After your child goes forward to receive communion or a blessing, all children aged 3 and up head up to class on the 3rd floor of the parish house.  Children meet at the doorway to the hall leading upstairs, and they go up to their classrooms as a group.  Infants and toddlers (up to age 3) go with their parents to “Beulah Land” in the All Purpose Room just off the Parish Office.  Children ages 3 – 6 go up to the 3rd floor and ages 6 – 9 go to the 4th floor for Godly Play, where they’re led in song, story and play as they learn to speak the vocabulary of our church’s rich heritage.  Junior High students meet in Moseley Hall to help set up coffee hour, then head up to the Frisby room for class, and High School students meet with Fr Wood.  For more information or to sign your child up, contact our Church School Coordinator Sarah Connor at sarahwconnor@gmail.com or 617-480-3017.

 

ENTR’ACTE continues this morning. Father Wood will talk about generally about “Churchmanship,” and particularly about his own journey to Anglo-Catholicism from Evangelicalism. Join us at 10:20 am in the Library immediately after the 9:00 am Mass.   Please try not be late.

 

Community Dinner. This year, instead of sweaters, 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.

 

Gift Opportunities:  Several weeks ago I preached a sermon on gifts—how everything we enjoy  at the Advent is a gift to us individually and corporately from someone else.  Often, from someone who lived some time ago, and yet their gift is a benefit to members of the Parish today.  Examples:  the Great Rood which rules over the interior of the church, our magnificent organ, the sacred vessels and vestments, the stunning renovation of gilding, of paintings in the Sanctuary, and of the Library.

At the Property Committee last month we discussed possible gifts to the Parish community.  Here are three which the Property Committee and I propose.  Vance Hosford, chairman of the committee and I will be happy to discuss these with anyone who is interested.

1)  The renovation of the West Doors.  These are formidable doors, indeed, and one might also well say that they are works of art.  Over the years the weather has treated them badly, and last winter was particularly hard on them.  The wonderful hinges on the exterior are badly rusted.  The wood very much needs treatment and restoration.  We do not yet have an up-to-date estimate for this work, but will publish it as soon as we do.

2)  Decorating the Frisby Room upstairs in the Parish House.  This room is used for quite a few meeting and classes.  It’s a bit of a catch-all right now, but with a few changes could become an attractive and much more comfortable space.  The sofa, which is an old piece and, I’m told, a good one, badly needs repair and upholstering.  Matching end tables for the sofa would provide balance, and lamps to go on them would provide much needed light.  Panel curtains on the windows would dress up the dark wood walls, which are a bit gloomy.

Some painting is needed, but we hope to enlist volunteers to do this.  This project should cost between five and six thousand dollars.

3)  A new High Mass Set and Frontal for Advent.   This is something we need badly.  A minor emergency, one might say.  Recently, our Sacristan showed me that the Advent frontal is deteriorating from the inside, and that the top panel is connected to the frontal itself by torn and rotting cloth.  It is quite beyond repairing.

The High Mass vestments, which in fact do not match the present frontal, have been repaired so many times that we are not going to be able to do this much longer.  Clearly, we need a new set of vestments to go with a new frontal.

And .  .  .  we are, after all, the Church OF the Advent.  We ought to have a High Mass Set and frontal which befits our title and our tradition.

This past Advent Sunday two donors made generous donations, and there has been the promise of other gifts to the project.  At present the cost is uncertain.  We will have a better idea when there have been enough donations to know that we have ample money to begin the project and have a specific design created for the set and frontal.               —Father Warren  

 

Votive Candle Stand & Prie-dieu. The icon of Our Lady of Yaroslavl in the All Saints’ Chapel was a gift to the Parish from our late bishop, the Right Rev’d M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE.  It was presented to the Advent, as he said, “for your faithful witness.” We now have a votive candle stand and a prie-dieu in front of the icon, so that, if you wish, you may pray there. The stand came to us from the Congregation of the former Church of St John the Evangelist on Bowdoin Street, and we are very grateful for the gift.   

 


THIS WEEK

This Wednesday, December 16, 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 CarolsAdvent parishioners are cordially invited.  The regular services of Evening Prayer and the Healing Mass are cancelled.

 


COMING UP!

Gingerbread House Building—Sunday December 20 after the Christmas Pageant—Moseley Hall!  All are welcome, and the event is free!  For info, contact Renee Wood at 617.763.5563 or reneecwood@gmail.com.

 

A Memorial Service for Richard Gurnon, long time resident of Beacon Hill and proprietor of Charles Street Supply, will take place on Monday, December 21 at 2:00 pm. Cassie and Jack Gurnon invite all to join them afterwards for a reception in Moseley Hall.

May his Soul and the Souls of all the Faithful Departed, by the mercy of God, rest in Peace. Amen.

 

Advent 20s & 30s–Caroling & Cocktails–Monday, December 21 at 6:30 pm. Meet at church at 6.30 pm, and walk together to sing beneath the tree at Mt Vernon & Brimmer Streets. Afterward, make your way to Maria’s (33 Hancock Street, Apartment 4, Boston) for cocktails and mulled cider! Contact Maria (617-671-9239) for information. Just bring your voice . . . and a friend!

 

Each 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.


MISSION & OUTREACH

Meals Needed for the VanderWeeles—4 to 20 December:  Baby Jonathan Thomas Robert VanderWeele was born to Lisa and Tyler on November 17 at 6:05 pm, entering the world at 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and 20 inches long!  The whole family is doing well, and our parish family is helping them out by providing meals from 4 to 20 December.  If you can provide the VanderWeeles a meal (they live on Ellery Square in Cambridge), go to https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/625294/ to sign up and select a date on the Advent Meal Rota website.  Then contact Lisa at 617.818.0813 or lc.vanderweele@yahoo.com to schedule a delivery.  If you find it difficult to deliver a meal yourself, consider leaving food for them at the church to be picked up/delivered.


STEWARDSHIP 2016

 Pledges for the 2016 Canvass are coming in. Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly!

As of this past Thursday, we have 160 pledges, pledging a total of $400,457. 67 have increased their pledges by 13%, and there are 16 new pledges. Thanks be to God! We have still to hear from 70 parishioners who pledged a total of $133,071 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 the 2016 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.

Pledge Envelopes for 2016: If you made a pledge for 2016 and requested pledge envelopes, they can be found at the back of the Church on tables in alphabetical order (at least they were in alphabetical order on Friday!). If you requested envelopes and cannot find them, call the Parish Office at 617-523-2377 ext 122.


ODDS & ENDS

Parishioner Kyle Pilares has designed seriously good-looking neckties and bowties, which will be the official ties and bowties of the Church of the Advent. For the ladies he has designed really gorgeous scarves, which will bear the same imprimatur. These are on sale during Coffee Hour. Bowties – $30. Neckties – $40. Scarves – $50. Buy one for yourself. Buy others for gifts.
Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer. You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 PM weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? Email Nola.

The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 24, 2016.  Contributions to the 2015 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  All heads of committees or groups are expected to write a report.  Electronic submission is preferred. This is the second time of asking.

Vestry Nominations. Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 24, 2016. 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, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Kara Rodgers, 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 Nola Sheffer. You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.

At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2016 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.

 

A schedule of Christmas services can be found on the penultimate page of today’s bulletin.  You can also find a form for donations of Christmas flower memorials or thanksgivings. 

 

Fr Mead’s book available on Amazon.com—After last week’s sermon quoted Fr Mead’s newly published sermon compilation, several people inquired whether the book would be available in the bookstall. Copies aren’t currently available here, but Catechesis: A Collection of Sermons for the Christian Year by Andrew C. Mead is available on Amazon for around $14.

 

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; you don’t have to come for the entire session; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.  Floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!

  • Sunday December 20 After the 11:15 Coffee Hour (around 1:00) we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of the 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!
  • Tuesday, December 22 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 23 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), 10:00 am to 3:00 You don’t have to come for the entire day, any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.

THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT

December 14 – December 20

Monday, December 14
Juan de la Cruz

4:00 pm      Beacon Hill Village Reception
7:00 pm      Girl Scout Leaders

Tuesday, December 15
5:30 pm      Community Supper
Wednesday, December 16
6:00 pm      St Paul’s School Service of Lessons & Carols
7:30 pm      Bell Ringing
Thursday, December 17
10:00 am      Play Group
1:00 pm        Organ Practice
5:15 pm         Property Committee
6:15 pm         Vestry
7:00 pm        Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 18
10:00 am      Play Group
11:30 am       Rosary
Saturday, December 19
9:00 am        Pageant Rehearsal
11:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm       AA Meeting
Sunday, December 20
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
7:30 am      Morning Prayer
8:00 am      Low Mass
8:00 am      Pageant Rehearsal
9:00 am      Christmas Pageant & Sung Mass
10:15 am     Gingerbread House Building (No Entr’acte)
11:15 am      Solemn Mass

This Week’s Announcements, December 6-12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them. Contact Sarah Connor at 617-480-3017 or by email.

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


Healing services will be held after all Masses in the Lady Chapel.


TODAY

 9:00 Coffee Hour. Mary & Paul Roberts and Cassie & Jack Gurnon 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 phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. John Ross Campbell and others host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Charles Dale, Philip LeQuesne and George McCormick. We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. Please contact the Coffee Team to volunteer. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

 

Church School: The Advent’s Church School program is a busy and exciting environment for Christian formation for the youngest members of our parish family.  Nobody is too young—we even have a class for infants and their parents!—and class offerings run all the way through high school age.  Classes happen every week after the 9:00 Mass. After your child goes forward to receive communion or a blessing, all children aged 3 and up head up to class on the 3rd floor of the parish house.  Children meet at the doorway to the hall leading upstairs, and they go up to their classrooms as a group.  Infants and toddlers (up to age 3) go with their parents to “Beulah Land” in the All Purpose Room just off the Parish Office.  Children ages 3 – 6 go up to the 3rd floor and ages 6 – 9 go to the 4th floor for Godly Play, where they’re led in song, story and play as they learn to speak the vocabulary of our church’s rich heritage.  Junior High students meet in Moseley Hall to help set up coffee hour, then head up to the Frisby room for class, and High School students meet with Fr Wood.  For more information or to sign your child up, contact our Church School Coordinator Sarah Connor at sarahwconnor@gmail.com or 617-480-3017.

 

ENTR’ACTE resumes this morning.  Adam Rutledge will talk about John Henry Cardinal Newman, one of the most important, fascinating and puzzling of the persons involved in the Catholic revival.  That’s at 10:20 am in the Library immediately after the 9:00 am Mass.  Please try not be late.

 

Community Dinner. This year, instead of sweaters, 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.

 

Help Make Beacon Hill Beautiful—this afternoon from 2 to 5 pm—Hanging of the Greens:  Every December our neighbors on Beacon Hill volunteer to decorate over 1,000 gas lamps that adorn our streets.  Join other Advent parishioners this afternoon to hang garlands and bows on the lamps on our street from 2 to 5 pm.  No experience necessary—just dress warm and be ready to work outside!  For more info or to volunteer, contact cubswn@gmail.com.  Seek the good of the city where I have sent you . . . . (Jeremiah 29.7) 

 

Gift Opportunities:  Several weeks ago I preached a sermon on gifts—how everything we enjoy  at the Advent is a gift to us individually and corporately from someone else.  Often, from someone who lived some time ago, and yet their gift is a benefit to members of the Parish today.  Examples:  the Great Rood which rules over the interior of the church, our magnificent organ, the sacred vessels and vestments, the stunning renovation of gilding, of paintings in the Sanctuary, and of the Library.

At the Property Committee last month we discussed possible gifts to the Parish community.  Here are three which the Property Committee and I propose.  Vance Hosford, chairman of the committee and I will be happy to discuss these with anyone who is interested.

1)  The renovation of the West Doors.  These are formidable doors, indeed, and one might also well say that they are works of art.  Over the years the weather has treated them badly, and last winter was particularly hard on them.  The wonderful hinges on the exterior are badly rusted.  The wood very much needs treatment and restoration.  We do not yet have an up-to-date estimate for this work, but will publish it as soon as we do.

2)  Decorating the Frisby Room upstairs in the Parish House.  This room is used for quite a few meeting and classes.  It’s a bit of a catch-all right now, but with a few changes could become an attractive and much more comfortable space.  The sofa, which is an old piece and, I’m told, a good one, badly needs repair and upholstering.  Matching end tables for the sofa would provide balance, and lamps to go on them would provide much needed light.  Panel curtains on the windows would dress up the dark wood walls, which are a bit gloomy.

Some painting is needed, but we hope to enlist volunteers to do this.  This project should cost between five and six thousand dollars.

3)  A new High Mass Set and Frontal for Advent.   This is something we need badly.  A minor emergency, one might say.  The week before last, our Sacristan showed me that the Advent frontal is deteriorating from the inside, and that the top panel is connected to the frontal itself by torn and rotting cloth.  It is quite beyond repairing.

The High Mass vestments, which in fact do not match the present frontal, have been repaired so many times that we are not going to be able to do this much longer.  Clearly, we need a new set of vestments to go with a new frontal.

And .  .  .  we are, after all, the Church OF the Advent.  We ought to have a High Mass Set and frontal which befits our title and our tradition.

This past Advent Sunday two donors made generous donations, and there has been the promise of other gifts to the project.  At present the cost is uncertain.  We will have a better idea when there have been enough donations to know that we have ample money to begin the project and have a specific design created for the set and frontal.               —Father Warren    

 

The SSJE Retreat at Emery House isn’t until March 4 – 6, 2016 (see below), but the deadline for the non-refundable deposit of $135 is Today! 


THIS WEEK

 

Theology on TapJoin us for a special night this weekTuesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at the Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston.

ISIS rises.  Syria:  12 million displaced persons.  In America, Facebook pages erupt.  What is an appropriate response from the church?  In  today’s worldwide refugee crisis – in which 4.1 million Syrians are displaced by civil war and the rise of ISIS—Heather Salfrank Joseph joins us to provide some historical context and suggestions about  response strategies and durable solutions, including third country resettlement.  In the current political climate, and with efforts to restrict the resettlement of Syrians, Iraqis, and Muslims in the U.S., what is  our role in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called “the world’s worst refugee crisis since WWII”?

Heather Salfrank Joseph (BA, International Studies, University of Washington) has worked with refugees and immigrants since she first started teaching English to Mexican migrant workers’ children in Georgia in 1998.  Since then she’s worked with refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan), New York City and Europe.

Join us (and bring a friend!) at the Rattlesnake on Boylston to give Heather a huge Theology on Tap welcome on December 8 at 7 pm. 

Advent Quiet Day – This Saturday, December 12, 9 AM to 2 PM

Take half a day away from the business of the season to slow down, listen for God’s voice, and reflect on Advent. Fr Wood will offer some reflections throughout the day, but the main attraction is the silence. There’s no charge for the event (includes a light lunch), and you may register by contacting Fr Wood by email or at 617.697.8528.

 


COMING UP!

 

On Wednesday, December 16, 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.

 

Gingerbread House Building—Sunday December 20 after the Christmas Pageant—Moseley Hall!  All are welcome, and the event is free!  For info, contact Renee Wood at 617.763.5563 or reneecwood@gmail.com.

 

Each 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.

 

SSJE Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016: The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (http://ssje.org/emery.html), the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts. One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6. The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6 (that’s today!), to reserve a spot. For more information, contact Fr. Wood.


MISSION & OUTREACH

Meals Needed for the VanderWeeles—4 to 20 December:  Baby Jonathan Thomas Robert VanderWeele was born to Lisa and Tyler on November 17 at 6:05 pm, entering the world at 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and 20 inches long!  The whole family is doing well, and our parish family is helping them out by providing meals from 4 to 20 December.  If you can provide the VanderWeeles a meal (they live on Ellery Square in Cambridge), go to https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/625294/ to sign up and select a date on the Advent Meal Rota website.  Then contact Lisa at 617.818.0813 or lc.vanderweele@yahoo.com to schedule a delivery.  If you find it difficult to deliver a meal yourself, consider leaving food for them at the church to be picked up/delivered.


STEWARDSHIP 2016

 Pledges for the 2016 Canvass are coming in. Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly!

As of this past Thursday, we have 145 pledges, pledging a total of $370,797.  59 have increased their pledges by 13%, and there are 14 new pledges.  Thanks be to God!  We have still to hear from 83 parishioners who pledged a total of $157,841 last year.  Last year at this time we had received 152 pledges for a total of $403,605.

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 the 2016 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

Parishioner Kyle Pilares has designed seriously good-looking neckties and bowties, which will be the official ties and bowties of the Church of the Advent. For the ladies he has designed really gorgeous scarves, which will bear the same imprimatur. These are on sale during Coffee Hour. Bowties – $30. Neckties – $40. Scarves – $50. Buy one for yourself. Buy others for gifts.
Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer. You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 PM weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? Email Nola.

The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 24, 2016.  Contributions to the 2015 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  All heads of committees or groups are expected to write a report.  Electronic submission is preferred.

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 24, 2016. 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, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Kara Rodgers, 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.

At the Advent Book Store!  Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2016 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.

 

A schedule of Christmas services can be found on the antepenultimate page of today’s bulletin.  You can also find a form for donations of Christmas flower memorials or thanksgivings. 

 

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; you don’t have to come for the entire session; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.  Floral design skills are not required—if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!

  • Sunday December 20 After the 11:15 Coffee Hour (around 1:00) we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of the 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!
  • Tuesday, December 22 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 23 10:00 am to Noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), 10:00 am to 3:00 You don’t have to come for the entire day, any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.

THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT

December 7 – December 13

Monday, December 7
Ambrose of Milan

9:00 am      Organ Practice
5:15 pm       Girl Scouts
7:00 pm      Brimmer Street Garage Meeting

Tuesday, December 8
7:00 am      Organ Maintenance
5:30 pm      Community Supper
7:00 pm      Advent Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm      Theology on Tap
Wednesday, December 9
6:00 pm      Healing Mass
7:00 pm      Bell Ringing
Thursday, December 10
10:00 am      Play Group
1:00 pm        Organ Practice
Friday, December 11
10:00 am      Play Group
Saturday, December 12
9:00 am        Advent Quiet Day
10:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal
4:30 pm        Prayer & Care Group Meeting
8:00 pm       AA Meeting
Sunday, December 13
The Third Sunday of Advent (“Gaudete”)
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 at the Advent, November 29-December 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them. Contact Sarah Connor at 617-480-3017 or by email.

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


Today is the 171st birthday of the Church of the Advent!


TODAY

 9:00 Coffee Hour. Barbara Boles and Joseph Srednicki host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week will be Barbara Boles and Joseph Srednicki. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Alfred Duhamel and Ginnie Pierce host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be John Ross Campbell and others. We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. Please contact the Coffee Team to volunteer. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

There is no Church School today; instead, gather in the Library where you can make your own Advent wreath.

ENTR’ACTE // Entr’acte will not meet this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. It will resume next Sunday, December 6 when Adam Rutledge will talk about John Henry Cardinal Newman, one of the most important, fascinating and puzzling of the persons involved in the Catholic revival. We will begin following the 9 AM Sung Mass (around 10:25 AM) in the Library. Please try to be on time.

Community Dinner. This year, instead of sweaters, 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.

Advent Lessons & Carols this Afternoon! Please join us this afternoon at 5:00 PM when the Choir of the Church of the Advent presents the popular service of Lessons & Carols for Advent Sunday.  Music featured will include works by Palestrina, Cabena, Lister, Handl, Byrd, Twynham, Joubert and Bruckner. This Lessons & Carols will be preceded at 4:30 PM by an organ recital offered by Monica Czausz. A gala reception will follow the service in Moseley Hall.

This morning at both the 9 AM and 11:15 AM Masses, Stewardship pledge cards for the year 2016 will be presented and blessed. This will take place just before the Great Thanksgiving (Consecratory Prayer) of the Liturgy.


THIS WEEK

 

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

The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church. On October 14 we began exploration of a new book, God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, by John Haught. These discussions will be moderated by Michael Gnozzio. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners and guests. Please contact Robb Scholten for info.

The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact Fr Wood or Ali White . All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome. The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at the Woods’ house.

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together. Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!


COMING UP!

Advent Quiet Day – Saturday December 12, 9 AM to 2 PM – Take half a day away from the business of the season to slow down, listen for God’s voice, and reflect on Advent. Fr Wood will offer some reflections throughout the day, but the main attraction is the silence. There’s no charge for the event (includes a light lunch), and you may register by contacting Fr Wood by email or at 617.697.8528.

SSJE Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016: The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (http://ssje.org/emery.html), the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts. One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6. The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6, to reserve a spot. For more information, contact Fr. Wood.


MISSION & OUTREACH

Help Make Beacon Hill Beautiful—Next Sunday, December 6 from 2 to 5 pm—Hanging of the Greens: Every December our neighbors on Beacon Hill volunteer to decorate over 1,000 gas lamps that adorn our streets. On Sunday, December 6, join other Advent parishioners to hang garlands and bows on the lamps on our street from 2 to 5 pm. No experience necessary—just dress warm and be ready to work outside! For more info or to volunteer, contact cubswn@gmail.com. Seek the good of the city where I have sent you . . . . (Jeremiah 29.7)

We received the following message from Ryan and Erin Bennett, missionaries in Paris whose work is assisted by the Advent.
Many people have been asking how we are doing and also wanting to know how you can pray for Paris. . . . We really appreciate the care and concern so many of you have showed in reaching out and praying. Thank you so much. We were wrapping up a training in Italy on Friday so we were not in Paris at the time of the attacks, we didn’t even know what had happened until Saturday morning and we flew home later in the day. It felt strange to be away when this happened and it is good to be back home in Paris, our city, so we can grieve, pray and respond alongside our Parisian brothers and sisters. Of course, now that we are back it is not easy to know how to respond. So here are some ways you can pray.

• For God’s comfort for the family and friends of those who died so suddenly and needlessly.
• For the survivors and all who were directly affected. They will remember and for some relive this tragic day for the rest of their lives.
• For peace and justice to be restored as the Government searches for those involved.
• For a response of love and restoration to spread throughout the city and country.
• For wisdom for us and others in knowing how to respond and share the love of Christ with our neighbors and friends.
• For many to put their hope and trust in Christ, the only true light that exists in the darkness of our world.

As I prayed this morning for our city, God led me to this verse that brought me comfort . . “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27

Thank you again for your incredible prayer support during this time,
Ryan & Erin Bennett


STEWARDSHIP 2016

 Pledges for the 2016 Canvass are coming in. Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly!

As of this past Tuesday we have received 110 pledges, pledging a total of $292,947. 41 have increased their pledges by 9%, and there are 9 new pledges. Thanks be to God! We have still to hear from 113 parishioners who pledged a total of $220,182 last year. Last year at this time we had received 105 pledges for a total of $272,920.

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 the 2016 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

Parishioner Kyle Pilares has designed seriously good-looking neckties and bowties, which will be the official ties and bowties of the Church of the Advent. For the ladies he has designed really gorgeous scarves, which will bear the same imprimatur. These are on sale during Coffee Hour. Bowties – $30. Neckties – $40. Scarves – $50. Buy one for yourself. Buy others for gifts.

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

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 24, 2016. 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, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Kara Rodgers, 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.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT

November 30 – December 6

Monday, November 30
St Andrew the Apostle

6:00 pm      Boston Cecelia Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 1
Nicholas Ferrar
5:30 pm      Community Supper
6:00 pm      Community Meeting
Wednesday, December 2
Channing Moore Williams
7:00 am      Organ Maintenance
6:00 pm      Healing Mass
6:30 pm      Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm      Bell Ringing
Thursday, December 3
10:00 am      Beacon Hill Garden Club Workshop
7:00 pm        Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 4
John of Damascus
10:00 am      Play Group
11:00 am      Holy Hour
6:00 pm      Boston Cecelia Concert
Saturday, December 5
Nicholas of Myra
10:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm      AA Meeting
Sunday, December 6
The Second Sunday of Advent
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, November 22-28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them. Contact Sarah Connor at 617-480-3017 or by email.

 

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.


TODAY

 9:00 Coffee Hour. Nancy Macmillan and Debbie Smith host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week will be Barbara Boles and Joseph Srednicki. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Karen Cheney, Carolyn Walden and Vance Hosford host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Alfred Duhamel and Ginnie Pierce. We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. Please contact the Coffee Team to volunteer. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

 ENTR’ACTE // This morning we continue our Entr’acte series on Anglo-Catholicism. Today Fr Warren will talk about the religious climate in England at the time of the Oxford movement. We will also look at a few of the Tracts for the Times which popularized the movement and some of their authors.

Entr’acte will not meet next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. It will resume on Sunday, December 6 when Adam Rutledge will talk about John Henry Cardinal Newman, one of the most important, fascinating and puzzling of the persons involved in the Catholic revival. We will begin following the 9 AM Sung Mass (around 10:25 AM) in the Library. Please try to be on time.

Community Dinner. This year, instead of sweaters, 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

 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 26, and Friday, November 27. On Friday, the holiday schedule will be observed – Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM; Low Mass at 9:00 AM; Evening Prayer is cancelled.

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

The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church. On October 14 we began exploration of a new book, God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, by John Haught. These discussions will be moderated by Michael Gnozzio. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners and guests. Please contact Robb Scholten for info.

The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact Fr Wood or Ali White . All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome. The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at the Woods’ house.

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together. Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!

There are no Playgroups this week.


COMING UP!

Advent Lessons & Carols – Please join us next Sunday, November 29, when at 4:30 PM Monica Czausz will offer an Organ Prelude Recital, and at 5:00 PM the Advent Choir will sing the popular service of Lessons & Carols for Advent Sunday. Music featured will include works by Palestrina, Cabena, Lister, Handl, Byrd, Twynham, Joubert and Bruckner. A gala reception will follow the service.

SSJE Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016: The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (http://ssje.org/emery.html), the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts. One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6. The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6, to reserve a spot. For more information, contact Fr. Wood.


MISSION & OUTREACH

 We received the following message from Ryan and Erin Bennett, missionaries in Parish whose work is assisted by the Advent.

Many people have been asking how we are doing and also wanting to know how you can pray for Paris. . . . We really appreciate the care and concern so many of you have showed in reaching out and praying. Thank you so much. We were wrapping up a training in Italy on Friday so we were not in Paris at the time of the attacks, we didn’t even know what had happened until Saturday morning and we flew home later in the day. It felt strange to be away when this happened and it is good to be back home in Paris, our city, so we can grieve, pray and respond alongside our Parisian brothers and sisters. Of course, now that we are back it is not easy to know how to respond. So here are some ways you can pray.

• For God’s comfort for the family and friends of those who died so suddenly and needlessly.
• For the survivors and all who were directly affected. They will remember and for some relive this tragic day for the rest of their lives.
• For peace and justice to be restored as the Government searches for those involved.
• For a response of love and restoration to spread throughout the city and country.
• For wisdom for us and others in knowing how to respond and share the love of Christ with our neighbors and friends.
• For many to put their hope and trust in Christ, the only true light that exists in the darkness of our world.

As I prayed this morning for our city, God led me to this verse that brought me comfort . . “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27

Thank you again for your incredible prayer support during this time,
Ryan & Erin Bennett


STEWARDSHIP 2016

 Pledges for the 2016 Canvass are coming in. Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly!

As of this past Friday we have received 84 pledges, pledging a total of $241,996. 30 have increased their pledges by 7%, and there are 8 new pledges. Thanks be to God! We have still to hear from 138 parishioners who pledged a total of $268,324 last year. Last year at this time we had received 75 pledges for a total of $210,013.

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 the 2016 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

 Parishioner Kyle Pilares has designed seriously good-looking neckties and bowties, which will be the official ties and bowties of the Church of the Advent. For the ladies he has designed really gorgeous scarves, which will bear the same imprimatur. These are on sale during Coffee Hour. Bowties – $30. Neckties – $40. Scarves – $50. Buy one for yourself. Buy others for gifts.

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

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 24, 2016. 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, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Kara Rodgers, 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.

At the Advent Book Store! Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2016 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store beginning this Sunday.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT

November 23 – November 29

Monday, November 23
Clement of Rome
Tuesday, November 24
5:30 pm      Community Supper
Wednesday, November 25
James Otis Sargent Huntington
6:00 pm      Healing Mass
7:00 pm      Bell Ringing
Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving Day   (Parish Office Closed)
10:00 am      Sung Mass
Friday, November 27
Parish Office Closed
8:30 am      Morning Prayer
9:00 am      Low Mass
Saturday, November 28
Kamehameha & Emma of Hawaii
12:00 pm      Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm      AA Meeting
Sunday, November 29
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 am      Wreath Making
11:15 am      Procession & Solemn Mass
4:30 pm      Organ Recital
5:00 pm      Advent Lessons & Carols

This Week’s Announcements – November 15, 2015

Today!        Today!        Today!

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

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—Infant and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.

9:00 Coffee Hour.  Carolyn & Tom McDermott and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Nancy Macmillan and Debbie Smith.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Marcos & Daniel German-Domingues host the Coffee Hour hour this morning.  Next week the hosts are Karen Cheney, Carolyn Walden and Vance Hosford..  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  Please phone or send email to the Coffee Team to volunteer.  To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

Entr’acte.  This morning we continue our Entr’acte series on Anglo-Catholicism.  Fr. Warren will talk about the Catholic theology of the Caroline divines and the Assize Sermon which got the Oxford Movement going.

If you would like to more about the Reformation under Henry VIII, you could no better than watch (or read) Wolf Hall of Hilary Mantel, which can be found on the Internet.  We will begin following the 9 am Sung Mass (around 10:25 am) in the Library.  Please try to be on time.

Choral Evensong & Organ Recital this afternoon—In the afternoon the Evensong at 5:00 pm will feature the works of Howell and Holst and Harris, preceded by an all-Scandinavian organ recital by Carson Cooman at 4:30 pm.  Please join us for a full day of worship through fine music.

Stewardship:  Spiritual Gifts:  November is “Stewardship Season” at the Advent, and you should have received a mailing in the past few days about the important place stewardship holds in our life together.  But remember—stewardship is most certainly about the pocketbook, but it’s not just about the pocketbook!  God gives Christians “spiritual gifts” to steward, as well.  Do you know what your spiritual gifts are?  During this stewardship season, please take a few moments to complete an online gifts assessment to help explore your gifts.  The test at http://tinyurl.com/qysqjvm is just an example, and there are many such inventories available online.  Once you’ve completed the assessment, schedule a coffee with Fr Warren, Fr Wood, or Deacon Daphne to talk about the result together.  Let God show you how you are uniquely gifted to be part of the Advent’s ministry to our parish family, our neighborhood, our city, and the world!

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  (1 Cor. 12.4-7)

If you did not receive a 2016 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.

Community Dinner.  This year, instead of sweaters, 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!        This Week!        This Week!

A Requiem Mass will be sung for the repose of the soul of Bruce Webb next Saturday, November 21, at 2:30 pm in the afternoon.  A reception will follow in Moseley Hall during which everyone will have an opportunity to remember Bruce and greet his family.  Please include them in your prayers.

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

  • The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church.  On October 14 we began exploration of a new book, God and the New Atheism:  A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, by John Haught.  These discussions will be moderated by Michael Gnozzio.  Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners and guests.  Please contact Robb Scholten  (Scholten@gmail.com) for info.
  • The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact Sammy (cubswn@gmail.com) or Ali White (alinebwhite@gmail.com).  All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome.  The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at the Woods’ house.    

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together.  Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!

Coming Up!        Coming Up!        Coming Up!

SSJE Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016:  The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (http://ssje.org/emery.html), the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts.  One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.  The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6, to reserve a spot.  For more information, contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com).

Stewardship 2016

The “Early Bird” returns for the 2016 Canvass are coming in.  Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly!

As of this past Friday we have received 47 pledges, pledging a total of $121,338.  18 have increased their pledges by 9%, and there are 5 new pledges.  Thanks be to God!  We have still to hear from 172 parishioners who pledged a total of $389,248 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 packet of stewardship information, please let the Parish Office know (617-523-2377 x122), or, pick up the information and card at the rear of the Church.

Odds & Ends

Parishioner Kyle Pilares has designed seriously good looking neckties and bowties, which will be the official ties and bowties of the Church of the Advent.  For the ladies he has designed really gorgeous scarves, which will bear the same imprimatur.  These are on sale during Coffee Hour.  Bowties – $30.  Neckties – $40.  Scarves – $50.  Buy one for yourself.  Buy others for gifts.

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 24, 2016.  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, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Kara Rodgers, 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 Nola Sheffer.  You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte.  The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday.  Questions?  email:  nsheffer@newview.org.  

Advent Playgroups are Back!  The sunny downstairs space of Moseley Hall is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to Noon for local families.  We haul out toys and lay out rugs for babies, toddlers and their parents to enjoy, and it’s a great space to meet other families and keep warm through the winter months!  The groups begin again on Thursday November 12.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun, there is a contact form on our website http://theadventboston.org/playgroups.htm, or simply show up to play!  Also, if you’re able to help set up and attend the Playgroups, please contact frwood@theadventboston.org.

This Week at the Advent

November 16 – November 22

Monday, November 16      Margaret, Queen of Scotland

       5:15 pm      Girl Scouts

Tuesday, November 17      Hugh of Lincoln

       5:30 pm      Community Supper

Wednesday, November 18      Hilda of Whitby

       1:00 pm      Organ Practice

1:00 pm      Beacon Hill Garden Club Lecture

6:00 pm      Healing Mass

6:30 pm      Parish Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm      Bell Ringing

Thursday, November 19      Elisabeth of Hungary

     10:00 am      Play Group

1:00 pm      Organ Practice

5:15 pm      Property Committee

6:15 pm      Vestry

7:00 pm      Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 20      Edmund the Martyr

     10:00 am      Play Group

10:00 am      Organ Tuning

6:00 pm      AGO Organ Recital

Saturday, November 21

     10:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal

2:30 pm      Requiem Mass:  Bruce Webb

7:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, November 22
The Feast of Christ the King

      7:30 am      Morning Prayer

8:00 am      Low Mass

10:15 am      Church School

10:15 am      Entr’acte

11:15 am      Solemn Mass

2:30 pm      Bell ringing

 


This Week’s Announcements – November 8, 2015

Today!        Today!        Today!

Healing services will be held after all Masses in the Lady Chapel.

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

The flowers in the Lady Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dorothis Friedell and Gerald Humel.

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—Infant and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.

 

9:00 Coffee Hour.  Melissa Fox and Betsy & Peter Madsen host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Carolyn & Tom McDermott and Nola Sheffer.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email bbolesster@gmail.com if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. David Fisher, Maria Olmos & Julius Krein and Stephen Teichgraeber host the coffee hour this morning.  Next week the hosts are Marcos & Daniel German-Domingues.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  Please phone or send email to the Coffee Team to volunteer.  To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

Entr’acte.  This morning we begin our Entr’acte series on Anglo-Catholicism.  Fr. Warren will set the stage by taking a hop, skip, and a jump through the English Reformation.  This was a very complicated and ambiguous period which created a kind of “hybrid” Church and made possible and, perhaps, necessary the Anglo-Catholic movement of two centuries later.  We’ll take a look at the how and the why.  We will begin following the 9 am Sung Mass ( around 10:25 am ) in the Library.  Please try to be on time.

Stewardship:  Spiritual Gifts:  November is “Stewardship Season” at the Advent, and you should have received a mailing in the past few days about the important place stewardship holds in our life together.  But remember—stewardship is most certainly about the pocketbook, but it’s not just about the pocketbook!  God gives Christians “spiritual gifts” to steward, as well.  Do you know what your spiritual gifts are?  During this stewardship season, please take a few moments to complete an online gifts assessment to help explore your gifts.  The test at http://tinyurl.com/qysqjvm is just an example, and there are many such inventories available online.  Once you’ve completed the assessment, schedule a coffee with Fr Warren, Fr Wood, or Deacon Daphne to talk about the result together.  Let God show you how you are uniquely gifted to be part of the Advent’s ministry to our parish family, our neighborhood, our city, and the world!

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Cor. 12.4-7)

If you did not receive the 2016 stewardship packet in the mail this past week, 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

This Week!        This Week!        This Week!

Theology on Tap—7 pm this Tuesday, November 10—Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston—Fr Phillip Ellsworth on “God vs God:  Is the Old Testament God Really Cranky & Mean and the New Testament God Warm & Fuzzy?”

We’re excited to welcome Fr Phillip Channing Ellsworth, Jr to our next Theology on Tap this Tuesday, 10 November!  Fr Ellsworth is Associate Rector of St Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and the former Associate Rector of St Bartholomew’s Church in New York—as well as actual father to the Advent’s own Gabriel Ellsworth.  The parish will host Fr Ellsworth for part of his sabbatical in 2016, and he graciously agreed to join us at Theology on Tap to take up an age old question:  “Is the God of the OT the God of the NT?”  When Jesus on the cross takes upon himself the curse of the covenant so that blessing might come to us, is he being a kinder, gentler version of the God whom those poor souls in the Old Testament were made to suffer?  Join us at 7 pm on November 10 for “God vs God” to find out the answer—and bring a friend! 

Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day.  The Parish Office will be closed.  The regular schedule will be in effect—Morning Prayer at 9:00 am; Evening Prayer at 5:30; Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.

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

  • The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church.  On October 14 we began exploration of a new book, God and the New Atheism:  A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, by John Haught.  These discussions will be moderated by Michael Gnozzio.  Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners and guests.  Please contact Robb Scholten  (Scholten@gmail.com) for info.
  • The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact Sammy (cubswn@gmail.com) or Ali White (alinebwhite@gmail.com).  All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome.  The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at the Woods’ house.    

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together.  Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!

Coming Up!        Coming Up!        Coming Up!

Choral Evensong & Organ Recital—Next Sunday, November 15.  In the afternoon the Evensong at 5:00 pm will feature the works of Howell and Holst and Harris, preceded by an all-Scandinavian organ recital by Carson Cooman at 4:30 pm.  Please join us for a full day of worship through fine music.

SSJE Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016:  The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (http://ssje.org/emery.html), the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts.  One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.  The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6, to reserve a spot.  For more information, contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com).

Odds & Ends

Concert this afternoon at 3:30 pm in Moseley HallTramontana will present Songs of the Oracle, featuring the Propheti Sibyllarum of Orlando di Lasso and motets by William Byrd.  Songs of the Oracle is a creatively woven exploration of secular, mystical, and sacred beliefs about the coming of Christ through the works of two of the most gifted Renaissance composers.  Tramontana is a five-person ensemble, including several members of the Advent choir, dedicated to performing and finding the joy in early music.  All are invited to this hour of sacred mysteries, secular prophecies, and glorious singing.  There is a suggested $15 donation at the door.

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 24, 2015.  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, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Kara Rodgers, 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 Nola Sheffer.  You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte.  The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday.  Questions?  email:  nsheffer@newview.org.

Advent Playgroups are Back!  The sunny downstairs space of Moseley Hall is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to Noon for local families.  We haul out toys and lay out rugs for babies, toddlers and their parents to enjoy, and it’s a great space to meet other families and keep warm through the winter months!  The groups begin again on Thursday November 12.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun, there is a contact form on our website http://theadventboston.org/playgroups.htm, or simply show up to play!  Also, if you’re able to help set up and attend the Playgroups, please contact frwood@theadventboston.org.

 

This Week at the Advent

November 9 – November 15

Monday, November 9

     10:00 am      Organ Practice

1:00 pm      Organ Practice

5:15 pm      Girl Scouts

Tuesday, November 10
Leo the Great

       5:30 pm      Community Supper

7:00 pm      Theology on Tap

Wednesday, November 11
Martin of Tours    Veterans’ Day  (Parish Office Closed)

       6:00 pm      Healing Mass

7:00 pm      Bell Ringing

Thursday, November 12
Charles Simeon

     10:00 am      Play Group

7:00 pm      Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 13

     10:00 am      Play Group

6:00 pm      Library Concert

Saturday, November 14
Bestowal of the American Episcopate

     10:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, November 15
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

      7:30 am      Morning Prayer

8:00 am      Low Mass

10:15 am      Church School

10:15 am      Entr’acte

11:15 am      Solemn Mass

4:30 pm      Organ Recital

5:00 pm      Evensong & Solemn Benediction

This Week’s Announcements – November 1, 2015

Today!        Today!        Today!

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 in the All Saints Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in honor of all the saints, and in memory of Jonathan Myrick Daniels.

Due to the celebration of All Saints, Healing Services are postponed until next week.

*  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—Infant and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.  *

*  9:00 Coffee Hour.  Maye Chan & Kris Ferrario and Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Melissa Fox and Betsy & Peter Madsen.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-625-1857, or email bboles@fas.harvard.edu if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.  *

*  11:15 Coffee Hour.  Today, Adam & Lea Rutledge and Frederick Ou host the Coffee Hour.  We have no hosts for next week’s coffee hour.  If you can assist, please phone or email the Coffee Team; otherwise there will be no snacks next week.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  Please phone or send email to the Coffee Team to volunteer.  To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).  *

This Week!        This Week!        This Week!

All Souls Day will be observed tomorrow, Monday, November 2 with a Requiem Mass at 12:15 and a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  The music of the Mass will be the Missa pro defunctis à 8 of Duarte Lôbo.  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.  Names must be in the Parish Office no later than 11:00 am tomorrow.

Holy Hour, Friday, November 6 at 11 am—“Could you not watch with me one hour?”  (Matthew 26.40)  Spending a “Holy Hour” with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is a centuries-old devotion that we have renewed at the Advent.  On the first Friday of every month, we gather in the Lady Chapel for Eucharistic adoration, prayer, worship, readings, and other acts of devotion.  Sort of a “mini-retreat,” Holy Hour is time to be still and be with God, escape the pressure of hectic daily life, and offer our love and devotion to God and receive his peace in return.  No experience necessary—come join us this Friday, November 6.  *

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

  • The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church.  On October 14 we began exploration of a new book, God and the New Atheism:  A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, by John Haught.  These discussions will be moderated by Michael Gnozzio.  Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners and guests.  Please contact Robb Scholten  (Scholten@gmail.com) for info.
  • The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact Sammy (cubswn@gmail.com) or Ali White (alinebwhite@gmail.com).  All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome.  The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at the Woods’ house.    

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together.  Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!  *

Coming Up!        Coming Up!        Coming Up!

*  Theology on Tap—7 pm on Tuesday, No*ember 10—Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston—Fr Philip Ellsworth on “God vs God:  Is the Old Testament God Really Cranky & Mean and the New Testament God Warm & Fuzzy?”

We’re excited to welcome Fr Philip Ellsworth to our next Theology on Tap on Tuesday 10 November!  Fr Ellsworth is Curate of St Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and the former Associate Rector of St Bartholomew’s Church in New York—as well as actual father to the Advent’s own Gabriel Ellsworth.  The parish will host Fr Ellsworth for part of his sabbatical in 2016, and he graciously agreed to join us at Theology on Tap to take up an age old question:  “Is the God of the OT the God of the NT?”  When Jesus on the cross takes upon himself the curse of the covenant so that blessing might come to us, is he being a kinder, gentler version of the God whom those poor souls in the Old Testament were made to suffer?  Join us at 7 pm on November 10 for “God vs God” to find out the answer—and bring a friend!  *

*  Choral Evensong & Organ Recital—Sunday, November 18.  In the afternoon the Evensong at 5:00 pm will feature the works of Howell and Holst and Harris, preceded by an all-Scandinavian organ recital by Carson Cooman at 4:30 pm.  Please join us for a full day of worship through fine music. *

*  SSJE Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016:  The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (http://ssje.org/emery.html), the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts.  One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.  The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6, to reserve a spot.  For more information, contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com).  *

Odds & Ends

*  Concert Sunday, November 8 at 3:30 pm in Moseley HallTramontana will present Songs of the Oracle, featuring the Propheti Sibyllarum of Orlando di Lasso and motets by William Byrd.  Songs of the Oracle is a creatively woven exploration of secular, mystical, and sacred beliefs about the coming of Christ through the works of two of the most gifted Renaissance composers.  Tramontana is a five-person ensemble, including several members of the Advent choir, dedicated to performing and finding the joy in early music.  All are invited to this hour of sacred mysteries, secular prophecies, and glorious singing.  There is a suggested $15 donation at the door.  *

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

 

This Week at the Advent

November 2 – November 8

Monday, November 2
All Souls

     12:15 pm      Requiem Mass

6:30 pm      Solemn Requiem Mass

Tuesday, November 3
Richard Hooker

       5:30 pm      Community Supper

7:00 pm      Rehearsal (Tramontana)

Wednesday, November 4

       6:00 pm      Healing Mass

7:00 pm      Bell Ringing

Thursday, November 5

Friday, November 6
William Temple of Canterbury

     11:00 am      Holy Hour & Rosary

Saturday, November 7
Willibrord of Utrecht

     10:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, November 8
The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

      7:30 am      Morning Prayer

8:00 am      Low Mass

10:15 am      Church School

10:15 am      Entr’acte

11:15 am      Solemn Mass

3:00 pm      Concert:  Tramontana


 

This Week’s Announcements – October 25, 2015

Today!        Today!        Today!

The flowers at the High Altar 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—Infant and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Sarah Connor 617-480-3017 or sarahwconnor@gmail.com.

9:00 Coffee Hour.  Maggie Dunbar and Angie Corbet host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Maye Chan & Kris Ferrario and Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis.  New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-625-1857, or email bboles@fas.harvard.edu, if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour.  Today, Jeanine Brown and others host the Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Adam & Lea Rutledge.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  Please phone or send email to the Coffee Team to volunteer.  To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com, or Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com).

This Week!        This Week!        This Week!

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

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

  • The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church.  On October 14 we began exploration of a new book, God and the New Atheism:  A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, by John Haught.  These discussions will be moderated by Michael Gnozzio.  Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners and guests.  Please contact Robb Scholten  (Scholten@gmail.com) for info.
  • The Cambridge/Somerville group is taking a break for the fall. If anyone in the Somerville area is interested in forming/hosting a different group this fall, they should contact Father Wood.
  • The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact Sammy (cubswn@gmail.com) or Ali White (alinebwhite@gmail.com).  All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome.  The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at the Woods’ house.    

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together.  Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!

Coming Up!        Coming Up!        Coming Up!

All Souls Day will be observed on Monday, November 2 with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  The music of the Mass will be the Missa pro defunctis à 8 of Duarte Lôbo.  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.

SSJE  Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016:  The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (http://ssje.org/emery,.html), the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts.  One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.  The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6, to reserve a spot.  For more information, contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com).

Odds & Ends

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


 

This Week at the Advent

October 26 – October 31

Monday, October 26
Alfred the Great

5:15 pm      Girl Scouts

5:45 pm      Cub Scouts Cookout

Tuesday, October 27

5:30 pm      Community Supper

Wednesday, October 28
SS Simon & Jude

6:00 pm      Healing Mass

7:00 pm      Bell Ringing

Thursday, October 29
James Hannington & Companions

7:00 pm      Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 30

Saturday, October 31

10:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal

8:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, November 1
All Saints

    2:00 am     Daylight Saving Time Ends

7:30 am      Morning Prayer

8:00 am      Low Mass

10:15 am      Church School

10:15 am      Entr’acte

11:15 am      Solemn Mass

2:30 pm      Bells

This Week’s Announcements — The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

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

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

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

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

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


TODAY


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


THIS WEEK


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MISSION & OUTREACH


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

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

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

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

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


ODDS & ENDS


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


This Week at the Advent
September 14-20, 2015

Monday, September 14

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

Tuesday, September 15

5:30 p.m. Community Supper

Wednesday, September 16
Ninian of Galloway

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

Thursday, September 17
Hildegard of Bingen

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

Friday, September 18
Edward Bouverie Pusey

6:00 p.m.  Library Concert

Saturday, September 19
Theodore of Tarsus

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

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

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