The Small Church with the Big Heart!

July 20, 2017, Vol. 125

Weekly Calendar
Upcoming Events
Sunday, July 23
Choir practice: 8:30a
Holy Eucharist:  10:00a

Wednesday, July 26
HE and Healing Service:  12:00p


Tuesday, August 8
Men's Group at noon

Wednesday, August 9 
BBQ & 
Blues Meeting, 5:00p

Friday, August 18
Women at the Well Concert , 6:00p

Advent's Calendar of Events
Financial Update through June 31. 

Ytd Actual Ytd Budget
Income $82,673 $17,821 $208,042 $106,924
Expenses $14,397 $18,476 $130,320 $100,858

Fund Balances on June 31, 2017
Operating Fund:                                          $52,366
Thrift Shop Fund:                                        $11,462
*Mortgage Fund:                                          $15,939
**Special Events Fund:                                 ($750)
Memorial Fund:                                             $8,535
Building Maintenance Fund:                      $35,657
ECW Fund:                                                   $12,983
Outreach Fund:                                              $3,285
Total Fund balance:                             $139,477

* Previously named Building Fund which was used exclusively to pay Advent's Mortgage. The Name was changed to Mortgage Fund in order to more accurately reflect its purpose. 
**The BBQ smoker was purchased for $2,200 and was taken out of the special events funds.  

Endowment Fund                          $15,000.00
   The Endowment Fund was seeded with a $15,000 gift from a parishioner.  It is currently invested in a CD.  It is the goal of the Vestry to Establish the Fund for the long term benefit of Advent. The Money in the Endowment Fund cannot be spent until its value reaches $200,000.  At that point, the vestry may choose to spend a certain percentage of the interest only thus allowing the fund to grow as per Episcopal Church Foundation Guidelines.   

If you are thinking of leaving a bequest to Advent, please consider giving it to the Endowment fund to insure your gift will be used for the long term benefit of the Church.

Click her for the approved Minutes of April's Vestry meeting:  We did not have a meMay. 
 It's time!   The second  meeting for this year's BBQ & Blues will be held in Hovde Hall on Wednesday, August 9,  Our chairperson for this year's event is Joe Dorsett and we welcome all COTA folks to give us your ideas for another successful event. 
Remember, this is a major funding event for the church and we need this year to be extra special! 
The date for BBQ & Blues is set for October 21, so let's get going!  Lots to do!!
Donation Report for Camp Happy Sands

 We are happy to report that we are able to send a donation to the camp in the amount of $265.  This is over and above the cost for providing the food and snacks for the day, which was also covered by your contributions.

Thanks to all for your generous support, and a SPECIAL THANKS to Carolyn Eiland for putting together all the food items needed to make this day special for so many children and for donating her time to represent us.

Women at the Well Musical Presentation performed by
      B & B on the Rock
Friday, August 18th at the Episcopal Church of the Advent. Please save the date!

About Women at the Well
Women at the Well is a musical meditation, a concert, and an experience: A collection of songs written from the points of view of some of Christ's women disciples.  Since the inception of the program in 2000, musicians/songwriters Brenda DeKeyzer Lowry and Joshua "Bubba" Murrell have presented their original music in churches, parish halls, private homes, retreats and beyond.  They perform as B & B on the Rock.
Who were the women who followed Christ? Mary sings her baby to sleep and sings of the Universal Miracle of Birth. The woman whose faith led her to touch Christ's cloak to receive healing shares her discovery of the power of love.  The adulterous woman who was to have been stoned recognizes what real love is.  The unnamed woman who baked the bread for the Last Supper shows us how all gifts are important, and we are all miracles. You will hear from the woman at the well in a blues song as well as from the women waiting at the cross.
These disciples, and many others, tell their story through song. Some are quietly contemplative; others elicit laughs and the urge to dance along. All encourage introspection, thought, and a realization that we have a lot in common with these women of 2,000 years ago.
Walk the path with us and enjoy the music of B & B on the Rock as they present Women at the Well at Advent Church, Friday August 18.
For more information on this musical presentation by B & B on the Rock please visit their website at:
Please keep in your prayers:
Our Congregation:  Jerry Fuller, Janet Gilmore, Carol & John Waller, Charlotte Befay, Jeanne and Charley Keenan, Hank Mudgett, Margaret Scott, Elaine Christansen  
Our friends: Nancy Dickerson, Bryan Rider, Rylee Hale, Bruce Teare, Daniel Rosson, Sara Jane Mitchell, Kimberly Morton, Eleanor, and the Cubbages.

(Note:  As a new month comes in, please review the Prayer List and advise the office of anyone who can now be removed, or of anyone you would like to add.)
Birthdays and Anniversaries
July Birthdays:
Linda Weaver-Melton (07-01)
Keith Moore (07-07)
Evelyn Long (07-11)
Charles McDonald (07-16)
Don Lewis (07-18)
Hazen Mudgett (07-23)
Lauren Moore (07-28)

July Anniversaries
Donna & Dennis Ellis (07-02)

If you have a birthday and/or anniversary that you would like us to recognize, please get the information to the office.  Just call 251-961-2505.
Ministry Schedule 

July 23 July 30
Greeter & Usher:   
Linda & Bill Alumbaugh
Cheryl & Warren Josephson
Eucharistic Minister
Cheryl Josephson Kenny Lomers
Warren Josephson
Buzz Lohmiller
Prayers of the People:
Jean Ray
Kay Lohmiller
Paul Condit
Amy Ewald

Please note:  If you are unable to make your scheduled day, please find a substitute.
A bit of humor from Rachael

  The Elevator
An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall.
They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again.
The boy asked, "What is this, father?"
The father, never having seen an elevator, responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don't know what it is."
While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, an old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.
Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous 24-year-old blonde woman stepped out. The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, said quietly to his son, "Go get your mother."



The Mission Statement of the Episcopal Church of the Advent is to provide opportunities for worship, fellowship, joy, spiritual growth and community service, all for the love of God.

Vestry, Church Staff and Diocese

Jean Ray - Sr. Warden
Kenny Lomers - Jr. Warden
Kathy Cunningham - Vestry Clerk
Don Lewis
Gloria Sims
Sandy Dorsett

Church Staff and Treasurer
Rachael Johnston - Parish Administrator
Cheryl Josephson, Treasurer
The Rev. Mark W. McDonald - Vicar

Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
The Rt. Rev. J. Russell Kendrick

Episcopal Church of the Advent | 12099 County Road 99, Lillian AL 36549  | 251-961-2505 | |
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