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


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


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


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

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

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

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them. Contact Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or megwnelson@gmail.com.


TODAY


Flower Guild Help—today!  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!


9:00 Coffee Hour. Mary & Paul Roberts and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning.  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. Jeff & Roxy Hanson host the Coffee Hour this morning.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  Next week there is a single coffee hour after the 11:00 am Mass hosted by the kitchen.  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).


Gingerbread House Building—today, after the Christmas Pageant in Moseley Hall!  All are welcome, and the event is free!


Community Dinner. As we did last year, 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!


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

  • Thursday, December 22, 1:30-4:00 pm.
  • Friday, December 23, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Christmas Eve, Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. You don’t have to come for the entire day; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.

Saturday, January 7, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Epiphany is on a Friday this year, so we only have one day to take down all the Christmas decorations and clean the church.  The sextons and the Flower Guild need urgently need reinforcements to get it all done.


Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish?  Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am.  We are currently studying the first Epistle of John.


COMING UP!


A Reminder:  There is only one Mass at 11:00 am next Sunday, Christmas Day, and the following Sunday, January 1.

The schedule of Christmas services is below.


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


The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 29, 2017.  Contributions to the 2016 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 6, 2017.  All heads of committees or groups are expected to submit a report.  Electronic submission is preferred.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Volunteers Needed—Help the Advent serve dinner at Epiphany School on Thursday, January 12.  One way the Advent loves our city is by volunteering to serve dinner at the Epiphany School, an independent, tuition-free middle school in Dorchester for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods.  The Advent will serve dinner to the kids at Epiphany on Thursday January 12, and we need 4-7 volunteers to be there from 3:45–6:00 pm.  Dinnertime at Epiphany is a wonderful opportunity for students, families, and volunteers to work together to create a nutritious meal.  Please contact Kara Rodgers (kara.rodgers@gmail.com) if you can serve.


The Boston Harbor Deanery will be holding a Stop Hunger Now event hosted by the Church of the Advent on Saturday, January 28, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

What is Stop Hunger Now?  Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.  To that end packages of dry food, enough for one meal, are assembled by volunteers and are then sent to places where there is a shortage of food and people are hungry.

Between 2 and 3 volunteers will be needed from our church to participate in the event which will be run by a team from Stop Hunger Now.  Those who have done this before say that it is quite a lot of fun.  There will be music and perhaps even dancing !  Please volunteer to help package meals and be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event.  To signup please contact Advent’s seminarian Eric Fialho at efialho@eds.edu.


ODDS & ENDS


The Vestry has designated offerings at the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund for Ministry of the Parish.  If you use pledge envelopes, be aware that gifts in the special “Christmas Day” envelope will not be applied to your annual pledge unless you indicate “2016 Pledge” on the check.


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; 2017 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store. Also available are the limited edition prints “In Boston as it is in Heaven” which support the Advent in Mission.

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.


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 29, 2017.  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 Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Kara Rodgers, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate.  Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.  Copies of qualifications and a job description for a member of the Vestry may be found at the rear of the Church and on a poster in the lobby.


STEWARDSHIP 2017


The returns for the 2017 Canvass continue to arrive.  Thanks to everyone who pledged so far!

As of this past Thursday we have received 158 pledges, pledging a total of $411,903.  55 have increased their pledges by 17%, and there are 10 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 74 parishioners who pledged a total of $118,592 last year.

If you did not receive a 2017 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.

If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. 


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 19-25, 2016

Monday, December 19

Tuesday, December 20
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, December 21
Saint Thomas the Apostle

7:00 am: Organ Tuning
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, December 22
1:30 pm: Flower Preparation (to 4:00 pm)

Friday, December 23
10:00 am: Flower Preparation
1:30 pm: Flower Preparation (to 3:30 pm)

Saturday, December 24
The Vigil of Christmas
10:00 am: Flower Preparation (to 3:00 pm)
4:30 pm: Family Mass & Procession to the Crèche
10:15 pm: Musical Prelude
11:00 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day
11:00 am: Solemn Mass



The Schedule of Services for Christmas

Saturday, December 24—The Vigil of Christmas

4:30 pm: Family Mass & Procession to the Crèche
10:15 pm: Musical Prelude
11:00 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass

Sunday, December 25—Christmas Day
11:00 am: Solemn Mass (only service this Sunday)

The Parish Clergy are available for Confession as a preparation for the Feast.  You may call and make an appointment.

Saturday, December 31
5:00 pm:  Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight

Sunday, January 1—The Holy Name
11:00 am:  Mass (only service this Sunday)

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