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.


The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving to God on the Anniversary of my Confirmation here, at Easter Vigil, April 9, 1966.


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


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

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

11:15 am—Infants and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

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


TODAY


9:00 Coffee Hour. Nola Sheffer and Mary Roberts host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Nancy Macmillan and Melissa Fox. 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. This morning, the Coffee Hour is hosted by Stephen Teichgraeber, Dustin Henderson and Nicholas Dials. Next Week the Coffee Hour is hosted by the Choir.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Turkey Pilgrimage.  This evening Fr Warren, Fr Wood and Renee, together with twenty-one parishioners and friends, will leave for a pilgrimage in Turkey.  Called the Second Holy Land, many of the churches founded during New Testament time are to be found there and will be visited by the group, as well as other sites established during the first millennium of Christianity.  Please keep them in your prayers.

During the two weeks that Frs Warren and Wood will be away, Deacon Daphne Noyes and Fr Hanson will be available for pastoral needs.  Frs Hanson, Adams, Butler, and Godderz will preside at weekday and Sunday services.  Note, however, that the Saturday services on April 16 and 23 will be cancelled.


THIS WEEK


The Advent Library will be a polling place for the special primary election this Tuesday, April 12. 


Bishop Gates at Theology on TapTheology on Tap returns this Tuesday, April 12, 2016, with an evening with the Right Reverend Alan Gates, the Bishop of Massachusetts.  Bishop Gates, a native of Massachusetts, came to the Diocese from Cleveland, Ohio, where he was the rector of St Paul’s Church.  He was consecrated in 2014, and this will be his first time as a speaker at ToT.  Those attending will have ample opportunity to engage him in conversation and ask questions.  He will be hosted that evening by Deacon Daphne Noyes and Father Jeff Hanson, who with his family has returned to the States after a time an Australia.  Come out to the Rattlesnake Bar and bring a friend (or 4) to welcome the Bishop on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm.


COMING UP


Next Sunday, April 17, the Choir of the Church of the Advent will present a service of Choral Evensong and Solemn Benediction at 5:00 pm.  At 4:30 pm an organ recital will be offered by John Robinson, Organist & Choirmaster at St Paul’s Church, Cambridge.


Mark your calendars for Sunday May 1—the Walk for Hunger to support Project Bread—After a fabulous 10 years of Walking for Hunger, Sarah & Emilie Gurnon and the Gurnon Family have passed on the Team Advent baton to Ellie & Emma and the Briggs/Kiernan Family.  We hope many Advent families and parishioners will join us and support this great annual event.  This year, Team Advent’s goal is $10,000.  Please help us reach our fundraising goal by joining our team as a walker and by donating to Team Advent.  See the links below.  Project Bread’s financial grant supports The Church of the Advent’s Tuesday Community Dinners, which is a vital part of the Advent’s community outreach program.

Please go to www.projectbread.org/register for more information and to join Team Advent.

More details to follow on Church of the Advent website and if you email Suzi Briggs: suzi.briggs@gmail.com.


First Communion Class—The next class to prepare young people in the parish to make their First Communion will be Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 am to noon in the Rectory.  At least one parent should plan to attend the class alongside the child.  First Communions will be on Pentecost, May 15, this year.

For parents considering whether their child is ready for this step in faith development, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:  Your child must wish on his/her own to begin receiving Communion.  You must agree that this is appropriate, and you should feel that on some level your child understands the meaning of Holy Communion.  We’re not talking Thomas Aquinas here; rather that your child, through emotion or intuition or what has been learned in the Church School, has a grasp of the meaning of the mystery of the Sacrament of the Altar.  If you or your child have any questions, please speak to the clergy, who will be very happy to explain.  To sign up for the class, RSVP to frwood@theadventboston.org.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Volunteers Needed to help serve dinner at The Epiphany School, May 4.  The Church of the Advent is one of many parishes who have offered to serve dinner at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, and our date is soon approaching.  Can you help?

The Epiphany School is a tuition-free Episcopal middle school for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods.  For more information visit the website:  epiphanyschool.com.  The dinner preparation process includes cooking, serving and cleaning up after roughly 110 students, graduates, and staff.  New dinner volunteers arrive by 3:15 pm (for an orientation) and finish up around 6:30 pm.  We typically have 4 to 7 volunteers—it just really depends on how handy people are in the kitchen.  Chef Sue will leave clear instructions and a recipe along with all of the ingredients.  Students will be available to help with the cleanup process.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Sammy Wood or Betsy Ridge Madsen (betsy.madsen@gmail.com).


Boston Print for Sale to Support the Advent in Mission—Our friends at Old Try (www.theoldtry.com) have created a limited edition vintage letterpress print now on sale in our bookstall to support the Advent in Mission.  The beautiful print reads “In Boston as it is in Heaven” (a prayer we pray implicitly every time we say the Our Father), and depicts the skyline as it appears in our city seal.  The limited edition prints are $39 and supplies are limited—so buy one (or three!) soon as a prayer for our city and to raise funds for missions at the Advent.

InBoston


Volunteers needed for Advent Week at B-SAFE in Dorchester—Our parish would like to host a field trip and provide lunch for the kids and staff at the B-SAFE  (Bishops’ Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment) Program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester on August 1 – 4.  We need someone to coordinate this project, as well as a big team of volunteers—Can you help?  To volunteer to work on this project or help coordinate it, please contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com or 617.697.8528).  Time is already short, so if you’re able to help out, please be in touch as soon as you can!


ODDS & ENDS


The Advent Flower Guild orders and purchases altar flowers from the Flower Market on Albany Street.  They must be picked up by car before 12 noon on either Thursday or Friday, brought back to the Church, and put in water.  At present we have two volunteers who do this.  It would be helpful if we had a few more volunteers with cars.  Are you able to do this once a month?  Are you able to serve as back-up in case a situation arises which prevents the regular volunteer from picking up the flowers?  Please speak to Father Warren about this.


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgiving for Sundays, April 17 and 24 and May 1, and for the Feast of the Ascension, Thursday, May 5 (which includes the following Sunday, May 8).  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email flowers.advent@gmail.com).


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.


Softball season starts in early May (!) and the Advent Swingers softball team is getting ready. We’re recruiting players — familiar teammates from previous seasons and New Talent! If you have played softball or are even interested in doing so, please contact Fr. Wood (cubswn@gmail.com) this week.

There is a team fee of $45 per player, which goes towards paying the league fee, T-shirts, and team expenses. Practices begin this month, and the season runs from May through early September.

Whether you are a returning member or would like to sign up for the first time, please fill out the form in the Sunday bulletin and return it to the “Swingers Softball” basket at the back of the church or near the church office. Email Fr Wood or call him at 617-697-8528 to inquire further or to sign up.

Hope to see you out on the diamond in 2016!


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT

April 11-17, 2016

Monday, April 11
George A. Selwyn of New Zealand & Lichfield

5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, April 12

5:30 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap

Wednesday, April 13

6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, April 14

10:00 am: Play Group
7:00 pm: Tramontana Rehearsal

Friday, April 15

8:00 am: Advent School Event
6:00 pm: Library Concert

Saturday, April 16

10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm: AA Meeting

Sunday, April 17
The Fourth Sunday of Easter

7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Choral Evensong & Solemn Benediction

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