January 25, 2015
The Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
O God, who, by the preaching of thine apostle Paul, hast
caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world:
Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful
conversion in remembrance, may show forth our thankfulness
unto thee for the same by following the holy doctrine which
he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.
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 Emily Litman at 617-852-2661.
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Elspeth Gormley.
The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the ministry of the Right Rev’d Alan McIntosh Gates.
The flowers in the Lady Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the 40th anniversary of Father Paul Goranson’s ordination to the priesthood.
The flowers in the All Saints Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Barbara Stevenson Wheat.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Melissa & Eric Baldwin and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Rachael & Joe Ringenberg and Will Joyner & Linda Jones. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or
, if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour: Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues, Jason Grant, and others host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are still to be determined. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, go to http://theadventboston.org/parilife/11coffee.htm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marcos and Daniel German-Domingues, John Covert or Fred Ou.
We are very happy to welcome our Diocesan Bishop, the Right Rev’d Alan McIntosh Gates, to the Church of the Advent this morning for his first official visitation to the Parish. Bishop Gates will celebrate and preach at both the 9 AM and 11:15 AM Masses. He will also be on hand at Coffee Hour to meet members of the Parish.
You may notice that a seventh candle has been added to the six Office Lights on the High Altar. The Diocesan Bishop sums up in his person the fullness of the sacramental and ordained ministry in the Diocese committed to his care. Seven being a number associated with wholeness and completion, this candle signifies that with the Diocesan Bishop present, the fullness of the Church’s ministry is made manifest.
ENTR’ACTE // There is no Entr’acte this week or next. It will resume on February 8.
Today - Opportunity for Mission at Cambridge Rehab and Nursing Center. This afternoon Advent parishioners will participate in a service of Holy Eucharist for residents of the Cambridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Center near Central Square in Cambridge. All are welcome! We’ll depart from the Advent’s Brimmer Street entrance at 2:30 PM. If you prefer, you can take your own transportation to 8 Dana Street, Cambridge, which is a 10-minute walk from the Central Square T Station. The service begins at 3 PM. If you have any questions please contact Fr Wood or Drew Reese.
We wish Rees Roberts good luck and a fond farewell as he makes his way back to Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music this week. For the month of January, Rees has worked in our music department as a Sacred Music Intern, taking on all sorts of tasks both musical and administrative. We hope he’ll return and visit our parish again, in the future!
Election Results. At last Sunday’s Annual Meeting the following persons were elected to serve on the Parish Vestry: Nathan Cleveland, Maria Denslow, Brent Nelson and Paul Roberts were elected to three-year terms.
Christopher Laconi was elected to a one-year term as Clerk of the Vestry.
Adam Rutledge was elected to a one-year term as Treasurer.
Betsy Madsen and Sam Manka were elected Delegates to Diocesan Convention and the Deanery; Bette Boughton was elected Alternate Delegate.
Congratulations to the above persons and our gratitude, as well, for their willingness to serve the Parish.
Community Groups at the Advent - Wednesdays this Winter: Interested in being part of a small group? There are currently two Advent groups meeting regularly:
• The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. The group has finished Dante’s Divine Comedy, and has turned its attention to Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World, Fr Warren’s recommended reading for Entr’acte this year. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners. Please contact
• A new group has gathered and meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 7:30-9 at the Friends House (6 Chestnut Street). This group is studying the lectionary readings and the sermon from the Sunday preceding our meetings, and it’s also open to everyone. For info, contact
• Monday Night Bible Study: Zach Brooks will lead a bible study in the library on Mondays, 7 PM to 8:30, starting on February 6. The study will include in-class reading and short lessons on scriptural interpretation. The class will be open to all ages, and to beginners through seasoned scripture scholars.
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!
Feast of the Presentation, February 2 - Vincent Newborn Newborn Necessities campaign launch: This outreach program of The Vincent Club, in partnership with the Vincent Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital, provides essentials for mothers and infants of the MGH/Chelsea Health Care Center. We will accept donations for VNN through the month of February. List of items needed:
• All Clothing sized 0 - 24 months
• Swaddling blankets
• Diaper Bags
• Car seat covers
• Diapers - New (unopened) packages of size 1
• Baby Wipes - New (unopened) Travel Size packages
• Diaper Ointment = New (unopened)
Contact Deacon Daphne with questions or for more information.
Lundi Gras Talent Show - Monday, February 16, 6 PM. Mardi Gras is the traditional day of overindulgence and merriment before the fast of Lent. But, because of the Advent’s Community Supper, we must move the occasion one day back. So, Mardi (Tuesday) becomes Lundi (Monday). This year the Advent will celebrate Lundi Gras with a judge-free and non-judgmental Talent Show. We’d love to have wide participation from all three services: families, young ones, old ones, and individuals. Share your harmonica, guitar solo, whistling, recitation, tap dance, or favorite impersonations with us. This is a wonderful chance to enjoy the hidden talents of our Advent parish.
Dinner is potluck: Break out your favorite deviled eggs recipe, best hot dish, or store-bought loaf of sourdough! Please bring something to share: food or drink, or both.
Save the date! - Now and at the Hour of Our Death: Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century - Saturday, May 9. The popular interactive seminar for “all sorts and conditions” (and ages) of people returns to Moseley Hall this spring; mark your calendars. More information will be provided as date draws closer; see Deacon Daphne with questions, for more information, or to reserve a slot.
MISSION & OUTREACH
Advent Playgroups are Back! The sunny downstairs space of the Parish Hall is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 AM-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! After a long hiatus while construction was ongoing, the groups begin again on Thursday January 29. If you are interested in joining in on the fun, there is a contact form on the Family section of our website (http://theadventboston.org/chrisedu/families.htm), or simply show up to play! Also, if you’re able to help set up and attend Friday Playgroups, please contact .
ODDS & ENDS
The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for Sunday, February 8. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or
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? .
THERE ARE A VERY FEW PLEDGE ENVELOPES FOR 2015 WAITING TO BE PICKED UP AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH. If you requested envelopes and cannot find them, call the Parish Office at 617-523-2377 ext 122.
This Week at the Advent
January 26-February 1, 2015
Monday, January 26 SS Timothy & Titus
Tuesday, January 27 John Chrysostom
Wednesday, January 28 Thomas Aquinas
Thursday, January 29
Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, January 30 Phillips Brooks
Saturday, January 31
Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, February 1 The Anticipation of the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas)