Church of the Advent

SUNDAY SERVICE "via Facebook"
November 22, 2020 at ONLY 10am
Due to the increase of COVID cases, the Diocese has suspended all in-person, indoor services

NO 8:00 am Service - until further notice

10:00am Service - Live Streaming via Facebook:
Part of this service will have an Agape Blessing, an alternative to communion, is a communal meal shared among Christians. So have food and drink to the service and follow along with the attached bulletin.

on Sunday's New Testament Reading

This passage in Ephesians is personally one of the most feel-good passages that I can find in the non-Gospel parts of the New Testament. When I read the words "The immeasurable greatness of his [Christ's] power for us who believe," I can't help but feel on the one hand that I have some special super power because I put all of my devotion and trust in the one whom God has made, in effect, CEO of the universe.

But on the other hand, there's something about the analogous depiction of Jesus as a "king" or a "CEO" that I have some discomfort with. Maybe it has something to do with my experiences of seeing (flawed) men and women use the power that they were duly given not to humbly lead an outfit toward achieving its vision and mission; but rather to abuse the trust and privileges that inherently come with the office for their own personal benefit - often at the detriment of the organization. In other words, I have seen a lot of crappy leaders out there.

This Sunday, the final day of Ordinary Time (aka, the season after Pentecost), is often referred to as Christ the King Sunday (and undoubtedly it is the reason why we are reading this very royal passage from Ephesians this week). What is kind of fascinating, however, about this feast day is that we have been celebrating it for a relatively short amount of time in the liturgical calendar: it wasn't even officially recognized by liturgical churches until 1925. And I have it on a reliable source that the political and theological impetus for its institution was the aftermath of WWI, the failure of leadership, and the critical reminder of Christ's ultimate kingship.

I can't in a timely manner corroborate that last detail, but what it helps me as a Christian to remember is this: to not evaluate the concept of Jesus "as king" through my personal experiences and knowledge of flawed leadership but to always be evaluating my own leadership and impact on others through the leadership paradigm of Jesus and the example of his sacrificial life of love. And that gives me hope, and it makes me feel good; because it reminds me of the still ongoing "immeasurable greatness of his power" as Christ leads me, us, and his Church in the power of love.

ONLY Open Mon, Wed, Fri
9:30am - 11:30am
Due to the increase in COVID cases, ODM continues to follow the OH State guidelines and will only offer food pantry and the payee program services.

Unfortunately, the café remains closed until further notice.
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
Young Adult Virtual Retreat, December 17-18
Join us for 2020's Young Adult Virtual Retreat, Be Still and Know. Take a deep breath and escape the chaos of 2020 as we provide an array of opportunities to reconnect with yourself and God.

If you register at the link below by December 4, a care package to enhance the retreat will be shipped to you. Registrations received after Dec 4 will receive their care package after the retreat has ended.

The Way of Love Advent Series

12/02/20 7:00pm - 12/23/20 8:30pm

We'll gather each Wednesday in December (12/2; 12/9; 12/16; 12/23) from 7-8:30pm to reflect on and practice the Way of Love.

For more information, contact Amy Howton at 

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-.  

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:
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