The Small Church with the Big Heart!

February 15, 2018, Vol. 148

Weekly Calendar
Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 18
The First Sunday in Lent
Choir Practice, 8:30a
Holy Eucharist,10:00a
Good Book Club, 11:30a

Wednesday, February 21
Healing Service at noon
Lenten Soup and Salad with Program - How to pray the Stations of the Cross, 5:30p

Sunday, February 25
TheSecond Sunday in Lent
Choir Practice 8:30a
Holy Eucharist, 10:00a
Good Book Club, 11:30a

February, 22 -24
 Convention at St. Andrews by the Sea, Destin

Wednesdays, Feb 21 and 28, March 7, 14 and 21.
Lenten Soup and Salad with Program - 5:30p

Wednesday, February 28
Special Lenten Scripture and Music Liturgy - 5:30p

Wednesday March 21
Labyrinth  Presention by Dr. Marie-Therese Champagne - 5:30p, You may walk the labyrinth afterwards on Wednesday, evening and all day on Thursday.

Holy Week Services
Palm Sunday, March 25 - 10:00a
Healing Service Wednesday, March 28 -Noon
Maundy Thursday Liturgy,  March 29 at 5:30p.
Good Friday Liturgy, March 30th at Noon 
Easter Sunday Festival Eucharist, April 1st at 10:00a.

Beautiful Stations of the Cross are now hanging in Advent Church.

Lovely needle point Stations of the Cross, made by the Women of Advent who have the gift of needle point, are now hanging in our church sanctuary.  

On Wednesday, March 21 at 5:30 P.M. in Hovde Hall, Fr. Mark+ will give a presentation on praying the Stations of the Cross as a part of Advent's Lenten program. 

This project took over 3 years to complete.  I purposely did not show photo's of Advent's magnificent new "Stations of the Cross" in hopes that you will come to Church this Sunday and see them in person.  

Lifetouch Photography sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7.  
Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the pictorial directory of our church.  Sign up this Sunday, or call Rachael in Church office at 251-961-2505 during office hours

If anyone needs a late session, please let us know.  Late session would have to be on Tuesday.   Remember, you may invite family members, and even your pets for the photos.

The picture for the Directory is at no charge and additional photos will be available for you to purchase at a deeply discounted price.

What is a LABYRINTH?  
Why might I want to 'walk' a LABYRINTH?  
Mark your calendar for March 21, 2018 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Lillian.     As part of the 2018 Lenten program, a 30+ ft  floor model of the famous stone labyrinth built around 1200AD at Notre Dame de Chartres in Chartres, France  will be set up in the church.  This particular labyrinth design signified the pilgrimage to Jerusalem during this period. There is no charge for this event and we hope the community will enjoy it.
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Marie-Therese Champagne , Associate Professor of History at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.  On March 21st she will teach about the spiritual and secular history of these structures and how they were/are used as spiritual, meditative, or relaxation tools. 

You may choose to walk the labyrinth after the lecture or during the following two days of planned display..   

Dr. Champagne teaches European history in the areas of ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Vikings, Women in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation.  She is a native of New Orleans and completed her doctorate at LSU in 2005. 

Dr. Champagne has presented this same labyrinth event at UWF four times since joining faculty in 2008.

Advent now has the ability to send text message reminders of Church events directly to you.  
You can sign up clicking this link and follow directions -   Flocknote

Or you can use your Mobile Phone to join by texting   ECOTA to 84576.  

Enroll Today!
Please keep in your prayers:
Our Congregation:   Elaine Christensen,  Janet Gilmore, Carol & John Waller, Charlotte Befay, Jeanne and Charley Keenan, Hank Mudgett, Margaret Scott, Zeno Weir  
Our friends:  Nancy Dickerson, Bryan Rider, Rylee Hale, Jackie and Malcolm Tuthill, Bruce Teare,  Kimberly Morton, Eleanor,, Abbie Norman, Laura Abernethy
Birthdays and Anniversaries

February Birthdays:
Jerry Fuller  (02-01)
Marilyn McGuane (02-11)
Rachael Johnston (02-20)

No February  Anniversaries

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 

Feb. 18 Feb. 25
Greeter & Usher:   
Linda & Bill Alumbaugh Blanche & Paul Condit
Eucharistic Minister
John Corbett
Kenny Lomers
John Corbett
Billy Cunningham
Prayers of the People:
Jan Corbett
Kathy Cunningham
Priscilla Condon
Marilyn McGuane

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

I am a first-grade teacher and a new empty-nester. One night I was trying out an art project: making a person with simple materials.
I took a coat hanger, attached a paper-plate face, put a shirt on the hanger, and stuffed it. Then I set it on the couch to see how it looked.
Later that evening, my son walked through the door, home for a surprise visit. Taking one look at my coat-hanger friend sitting on the couch, he said, "Mom, it's not THAT bad, is it?"

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
Paul Condit - Jr. Warden
Betsey Sullivan - Vestry Clerk
Don Lewis
Gloria Sims
Sandy Dorsett

Church Staff and Treasurer
Charles Tucker, Minister of Music
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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