The Small Church with the Big Heart!

August 3, 2017, Vol. 127

Weekly Calendar
Upcoming Events
Friday, August 4
Comtemplative Prayer: 9:00a

Sunday, August 6
Choir practice: 8:30a
Holy Eucharist:  10:00a

Tuesday, August 8
Executive Committee: 8:30a
Men's Group at noon

Wednesday, August 9
HE and Healing Service:  12:00p

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

Tuesday, August 15
Vestry Meeting 8:30a

Wednesday, August 16
DOK Meeting:  11:00a

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

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:
 Please notice the merchant letters which are ready for you to pick up this Sunday in the Narthex.  As in years past, we depend on YOU to contact your favorite restaurants and/or stores to secure donations for our big silent auction.

We ask that you not only present the merchant letter, flyer, and donation form, but that you talk to the people and tell them a little about this great event.  INVITE them to come!  We would also love for them to post the flyer in their place of business. 

Be sure to follow up not less than a week later to remind them- or, hopefully, to pick up the donations.

The success of the event depends on YOU! 

The next planning meeting is Wednesday, August 9, at 5:00p
The date for BBQ & Blues is set for October 21, so let's get going!  Lots to do!!
Baylights 2017
September 29 - October 1

A Diocesan Homecoming Weekend and Beckwith Event Fundraiser 
Information on this event is posted on the bulletin board in Hovde Hall

For more information  visit

or contact

Eleanor Reeves

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:  Dan Olsen, Nancy Dickerson, Bryan Rider, Rylee Hale, Jackie and Malcolm Tuthill, Bruce Teare, Daniel Rosson,, 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 

August 6
August 13
Greeter & Usher:   
Pamela & Paul  LaBrosse
Paul Condit
Eucharistic Minister
David Long
Cheryl Josephson
Evelyn Long
Billy Cunningham
Prayers of the People:
Donna Ellis
Kathy Cunningham
Sharon Paine
Amy Ewald

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

 Week 2 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:

The next important person was Noah.  He was a really good guy but one of his kids was a HAM.  Noah build a big boat in his back yard and put his family and a lot of animals in it.  He asked his neighbors to join them, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph
Next were Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob.  Esau was Jacob's brother, but Jacob was more famous because Esau sold him his birthmark for some pot roast.  Jacob had a son, Joseph.  Joseph wore a really loud sports coat.
You know its August in Alabama when:

Hot water comes out of both taps.
You find out that a seatbelt buckle makes a pretty nice branding iron.
You find out that you can get sunburned through your car window.
The birds need to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
You burn your hand opening the car door.
You realize it only takes two fingers to steer your car.
Shade determines the best parking space, not distance.
The temperature drops below 95 and you put on a sweater.
You discover that asphalt has a liquid state.
When you step outside at 7:30am you break into a sweat.

BUT - we wouldn't trade it for anything!


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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