The Small Church with the Big Heart!

July 27, 2017, Vol. 126

Weekly Calendar
Upcoming Events
Friday, July 28
Comtemplative Prayer: 9:00a

Sunday, July 30
Choir practice: 8:30a
Holy Eucharist:  10:00a
Wednesday, August 2
HE and Healing Service:  12:00p


Tuesday, August 8
Men's Group at noon

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

Wednesday, August 16
DOK Meeting:  11:00a

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

Advent's Calendar of Events
Women at the Well Musical Presentation performed by
      B & B on the Rock
Friday, August 18th, 6:00 P.M. 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:
 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!!
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

August  Birthdays:
Charles Keenan 08-06
Charlotte Befay (08-20)
Donna Ellis (08-27)

August  Anniversaries
Evelyn & David Long (08-10)
Marilyn McGuane & Bob Schwartz (08-15)

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 30 August 6
Greeter & Usher:   
Cheryl & Warren Josephson
Pamela & Paul  LaBrosse
Eucharistic Minister
Kenny Lomers
David Long
Buzz Lohmiller
Evelyn Long
Prayers of the People:
Kay Lohmiller
Donna Ellis
Amy Ewald
Sharon Paine

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

 Week 1 of a series:  The Bible: Through the eyes of a child
Here's our version of the stories of the Bible if they were to be told by a child:
In the beginning, which was close to the start, there wasn't anything except God, darkness and some gas.  The Bible says, "The Lord, that God, is one," but I think He has to be much older than that.
Anyway, God made the world and then He said, "Give me some light," and somebody gave it to Him.  He split an atom and made Eve.  Adam and Eve didn't wear any clothes, but they weren't embarrassed because He hadn't invented mirrors yet.
Adam and Eve sinned by eating one bad apple and they were driven out of the Garden of Eden.  I'm not sure what God drove them in because he hadn't invented cars either.
Adam and Eve's son, Cain, hated his brother, as long as he was Abel.  After a while, all of the first people died, except Methuselah, who lived to be, like, a million years old.
(Author Unknown)
There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.
A hug's a way to share the joy
As sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.
Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbor,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.
A hug is an amazing thing-
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say.
It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It's always understood.
And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or special parts -
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts! 



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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