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Religious Life Sunday - January 22nd

Do you know that we have nuns, monks, sisters, brothers, and friars in the Episcopal Church and throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion? This Sunday - the third Sunday after Epiphany - is observed as "Religious Life Sunday" in the Episcopal Church. On this particular Sunday each year, we celebrate and give thanks to God for our vowed religious communities and the faithful Episcopalians who serve the church and the world as members of these communities.

Religious communities in The Episcopal Church include monastic communities, whose members live together under a rule of life and under vows such as poverty, chastity, and obedience. “Religious life” also includes dispersed Christian communities whose members are from all walks of life, who have jobs, who live in their own homes, some with families, and who live under religious vows.

In our congregation at the Church of the Advent, we are blessed by the presence and ministry of two vowed members of religious communities. Sister Jackie Fossler is a member of the Anamchara Fellowship, and our rector (Rev. Tim) is a member of the Fellowship of St. John the Evangelist. This Sunday, during our 10:15 service, Sr. Jackie will share her own experience as a sister living and serving under religious vows.

Weekly News and Updates

2022 Year End Contribution Statements

available in the narthex

Please remember to pick yours up this Sunday!

We are still awaiting the delayed shipment of offering envelopes for 2023.

Thank you for your patience.

We are grateful for our volunteers!

You keep our services running smoothly week to week. Are you interested in joining in? We have lots of opportunities from greeters to lay readers to flower delivery. Email to learn more about how you can become involved at Advent!

*Volunteers who sign-up after Wednesday each week may miss the cutoff for printing bulletins, so although your name may not be printed, we are grateful for your time and talents.

All Service Volunteers Click Here for Sign-Up Genius

NEW! Altar Guild is seeking new members

Would you like to volunteer, but have a busy life schedule and limited time? Altar Guild is a great option. I am appealing and asking for your consideration. Please checkout what the Altar Guild does here, and contact Kym Dyer with any questions, concerns, or to add your name to our team! Thank you! Kym Dyer (610) 299-0027 

NEW! Eucharistic Minister and Subdeacons

On Sunday, January 29th, immediately following the 10:15 a.m. service, there will be a brief training in the church for Eucharistic Ministers and Subdeacons. For anyone who is interested in serving in one of these roles, this is an opportunity to learn more and be trained. For all of who are currently serving, this is an opportunity for a refresher following the pandemic-induced hiatus! If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Tim 610-444-4624 or

NEW! Music Ministry Invitation

THIS SUNDAY! Pastoral Care Team Meeting

Sunday, January 22nd at 11:15am in fellowship hall

This purpose of the meeting will be to revive our Pastoral Care Teams. Would encourage all past, present and those interested in learning more about the different ways we serve our Advent family through pastoral care. It will be an opportunity for Father Tim to get to know everyone as well as share his vision for what Pastoral Care looks like moving forward.

NEW! Walking the Camino de Santiago

Sunday, February 19th at 11:15am in the sanctuary

Learn more about the Camino de Santiago, a route that pilgrims have followed for a thousand years. Ellen Davies will tell us about her experience walking the Camino.

Welcome to a Life of Faith in the Episcopal Church

Do you have questions about the Episcopal Church? Do you wonder about some of Advent’s worship practices? Unsure about terms like laity, diocese, and unction? Answers to these questions and so much more are covered in the book Welcome to a Life of Faith in the Episcopal Church by Megan Castellan. Please borrow one of the six copies found in the back of the church, read it, and return it for another parishioner to enjoy.

Bhagavad Gita Book Study

Wednesdays (see dates below)

6:30pm-7:30pm via Zoom

The Bhagavad Gita is the most widely utilized spiritual text in the world. We will read the book together and discuss the story and philosophy. We will follow the edition by Eknath Easwaran (available on Amazon, etc.). Join us if you're curious. No worries if you haven't read the early chapters -- we'll help you out! 

Church of Advent is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Bhagavad Gita Book Study

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 880 6964 7149

Passcode: 173540

Bible Study

Exploring of our Christian Roots; Growing our Christian Lives


10am – 11:30am

via Zoom

The group continues to use “The Complete Gospels,” but has started exploring some of the non-Canonical writings in that book. We have read “The Gospel of Mary,” and are now beginning the “Infancy Gospel of James” and plan to read the “Infancy Gospel of Thomas” after that. Although not part of the Canon, these stories influenced the early Christian communities in their respect for Mary (James) and the path the child Jesus took to becoming the adult we meet in the Canonical Gospels (Thomas).

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Meeting ID: 875 3251 1236

Passcode: 726332

Sunday School ~ Contact Form

Kindergarten through 6th graders

We will meet every Sunday for the reminder of January from 9:45-10:15.

Each Sunday, we'll be offering programming for our K-6th graders. Some Sundays we'll have traditional Sunday School with a Bible Lesson or Godly Play, some we'll have the kids do a service project (Giving Back Sundays), and some we'll host a Stay & Play Sunday where we encourage our kids to worship together and stay for fellowship after.

All activities will run from 9:30 - 10:15 am unless otherwise noted. We know that families are very busy so we hope you will join us on the Sundays that fit your schedule. There is no homework or prep needed!

If you are joining us for the first time, please fill out the registration form below!

Confirmation Class ~ Registration Form

7th and 8th graders

We will meet for Confirmation Class this Sunday from 6:00-7:15 @ Advent. Please note the updated schedule for the spring semester found here.

Always visit our website for the most up to date events!

YOUTH GROUP ~ Registration Form

9th-12th graders

Always visit our website for the most up to date events!

Partnerships in Ministry (PIM-Outreach) has been busy these last few weeks and want to let you know how the CONGREGATION at Advent is responsible for our success!

  • Advent has already donated several baskets of greatly needed items for the inpatients and several baskets for the outpatients with the Veteran’s Administration. Thank you to Larry Hess for securing a $200 gift card donation from the Kennett Square Walmart to the Coatesville VA Medical Center and for continuing to support this ongoing ministry.

  • We will again be filling 50 first aid kits for children all over the world who need medical care, but for various circumstances are unable to seek medical help.  This is organized by ProjectCURE, and we will fill these bags in January.  Stay tuned for more details to come.

  • Advent’s own Dick Sanford began an organization several years ago to help children, whom had no articles of clothing to keep warm. He actually began organizing at Advent for donation coats, and then began a non-profit organization to make and donate NEW coats for children all over the country. Please visit the narthex to get a pre-addressed envelope to make a donation.

Advent will be hosting American Red Cross blood drives throughout 2023. See the dates below through March and use the link to schedule a donation should you desire.

Tuesday, January 24 1-6pm

Tuesday, February 7 1-6pm

Tuesday, February 14 1-6pm

Tuesday, March 7 1-6pm

Introduction to Systemic Racism (1/28/23)

Register to attend the Anti-Racism Commission training Introduction to Systemic Racism on Saturday 1/28 from 9 am to noon on Zoom. This webinar is a pre-requisite to a five-part series which explores the multi-layered manifestations of prejudice, privilege, race, and systemic racism. (These trainings are mandatory for clergy and open to all.)

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Pottstown Borough Tries to Stop Work of Church

For 200 years, Christ Episcopal Church in Pottstown has tried to carry out Jesus' message of loving their neighbor.

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2023: Celebrating the Life and Ministry of Blessed Absalom Jones

"Remember, celebrate, act." On 2/11/23 we will honor the life and ministry of the Blessed Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in The Episcopal Church, with a service at The Philadelphia Cathedral that includes music from across the diocese and beyond. Register for this event.

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KUSANYA: "The Gathering," A Racial Healing Circle

Facilitated by Lailah Dunbar-Keeys, Racial Healing Circles provide a safe space for a small group of participants to speak about, listen to, and subsequently heal from stories about race and racism. Presented by the Diocesan Anti-Racism Commission. Free and open to lay and clergy who identify as African American.

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Have you reserved your space or Zoom room?

Please contact Sarah OR use the online form available.