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.


THIS WEEK!


Tomorrow, January 2, the Parish Office is closed.  Services will held on the regular schedule:  Morning Prayer at 9:00 am, Low Mass in the Lady Chapel at 12:30 pm, Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm.


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.


This Friday, January 6—The Feast of the Epiphany—6:30 pm:  Procession & Solemn Mass; Twelfth Night Reception follows.


COMING UP!


Advent 101—A Class for Newcomers—January 8 and 15 in the Frisby Room between the Masses:  New to the Advent?  On the next two Sundays (January 8 and 15), Advent 101 meets in the Frisby Room between the 9:00 and 11:15 masses.  The class is designed to orient you to life at the Advent, introduce you to other newcomers and parishioners, and teach some basics about our history, worship and ministries. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Fr Wood (cubswn@gmail.com).


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


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 flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sundays, January 15 and January 29.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (flowers.advent@gmail.com)


Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from 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.


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


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. If you asked for envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 ext 122, email: office@theadventboston.org.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
January 2-8, 2017

Monday, January 2
(Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, January 3
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 4
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:30 pm: Small Group Leaders Dinner

Thursday, January 5
10:00 am: Play Group

Friday, January 6
The Feast of the Epiphany
10:00 am: Play Group
11:00 am: Holy Hour
6:30 pm: Procession & Solemn Mass; Twelfth Night Reception

Saturday, January 7

Sunday, January 8
The First Sunday after the Epiphany

7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass; Blessing of Chalk
10:15 am: Church School / Advent 101
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
1:15 pm: Mission & Outreach Meeting
8:00 pm: Compline

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