Church of the Advent

November 15, 2020 at 8am & 10am
The Diocese is allowing for in-person services per their guidelines - see earlier email.

8:00 am Service - In Person

10:00am Service - In Person with Live Streaming via Facebook:
Coffee hour will follow the service, with our Expresso Priest, Jason.

on Sunday's New Testament Reading

I remember a few weeks before the election seeing political ads about not believing the polls and not getting lulled into a false sense of irrelevance because you think that one vote, your vote, will make a difference. No doubt, I can't say that I've never felt that way, that sense that what I do doesn't matter or won't ever make a significant difference in the grand scheme of things.

But one of the lessons that I think a general election can reinforce is the fact that when individuals united and galvanized by a common cause come together, they can achieve something greater than the sum of their parts. We saw it in the 2016 election, and we see it now in 2020.

St. Paul's earnest encouragement to the Thessalonians in this week's New Testament reading is predicated on what I think is his belief that a community of motivated individuals held together by their shared belief in the mercy and love of God and by the encouragement they give one another can have relevance and significance in whatever context they are in. And thus he reminds them to not quit; to not let up in their commitment to individual righteousness and holiness; and not to forget how important it is to care for and love others.

Below, you will find that stewardship letter that I've talked so much about over the last few weeks. It's not too late to print it out, fill it out, (both sides! - because this stewardship letter isn't just about pledging money) and turn it in. Because your time, your talent, your treasure, but most importantly you matter to this community, to this neighborhood, and to God (no exceptions).

A prayer for the day:

Holy One, you planted us by living water, that we might be rooted in righteousness. You call us to be holy as you are holy. Assured of your love, help us cast aside all fear, so that we may love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen. 
You can still send your 2021 Pledge
It's not too late to pledge for 2021 and support the Church of the Advent and it's ministries to the community.

Check the Stewardship Letter for details. Or click on the yellow button to submit your pledge online:
If you need the church to mail you a copy of the Stewardship Letter, please email Maaike at

Thank you for supporting
Church of the Advent
'NOW' Open 5 Days per week!
ODM is following the OH State guidelines during the pandemic, thus only the services offered are the food pantry and the payee program. 

Unfortunately, the café remains closed until further notice.
Buy Your Wreath Today!

Even though the chill may not yet be in the air, it’s that time of year again –Time to think about decorating doors for the holiday season while raising money for Open Door Ministries. It’s so easy and every wreath sold raises money to help Open Door. 

Offered by Vermont Center Wreaths
  • Click the wreath you want, then enter 'wreath' when prompted
  • Change the quantity and click 'purchase', a pop-up box will appear.
  • Check the box for 'advent' (9th one down), then at the bottom, enter 'Open Door' in the text box as the person being supported, and leave a message if you'd like.
  • Don't forget to select a delivery time.
** Wreaths are delivered directly to the address on the order.

Call by Phone: 1-800-542-1443
Give them our group name “Advent”. Tell them what you want and give them a delivery time-frame. 

Want a catalog: call or email Jocelyn Cunningham at 513-325-4039 or

Invite your friends and family to help support Open Door Ministries. 

For more information about Open Door Ministries:
Stained Glass Calendar Sale
ODM is selling 2021 calendars containing the gorgeous Church of the Advent Stain Glassed Windows. There are 5 Tiffany windows that will be featured in the calendar. 

More information will be posted on ODM's Website and Facebook. If you have questions about the calendar, please call 513-.  

On November 7, 2020
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