Church of the Advent


 This Week at the Advent

  January 13-19, 2019


In This Issue
From the Wardens
Compline this Sunday
Common Cathedral
Coming Up: The Annual Parish Meeting
Rise Against Hunger
From the Wardens
Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Church of the Advent,

We would like to thank the many people whose efforts made Fr Warren's last Sunday with us such a memorable day. It was a moving day of thanks and tribute for our pastor of two decades. Let us keep him in our prayers as he moves to Marblehead and begins this new stage in his life. While the sadness of his departure is immediate and acute, our lasting memory should be of the joy with which he led us, and the vitality of the Parish family he leaves behind.

As the Advent has now entered this transition period, we wanted to provide a brief update on a few items.

Fr. Welch
First, our interim, the Rev'd Truman Welch, will take up his duties on Monday, January 28, and will preach on his first Sunday, February 3, when we will observe Candlemas. We are excited to welcome Fr. Welch among us. Don't be surprised to see him around the Hill and at the Advent on occasion toward the end of the month as he gets settled in back in Boston. We are also pleased that the Rev'd Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will serve as Interim Assisting Priest through Candlemas. Fr. Macdonald-Radcliff is well-known to the Parish, having often assisted here during times of vacation and pilgrimage by other priests. We are thankful that he has a few weeks to spend with us as we await the arrival of Fr. Welch.

Second, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting, which will commence at 10:15am on Sunday, January 27 between the two Masses. The list of nominees for Vestry and other Parish offices will be available in this Sunday's bulletin. The Vestry will next meet this coming Thursday, January 17. The agenda includes consideration and approval of the budget for 2019, which will then be presented to the Parish in the Annual Report and at the Annual Meeting.

Third, our transition committees continue their work. The Search Committee is in the process of reviewing the substantial number of responses to the Parish Questionnaire and planning the content of the Parish Profile. The Administration Committee is planning a series of reports and recommendations to the Vestry. There will be more detailed reports from both of these Committees in the Annual Report and at the Annual Meeting.

Fourth, we would like to introduce and welcome our new Parish Administrator, Jim Singletary. Jim previously served as administrator of churches in Salem and in Seattle. We are very lucky to have found an experienced pair of hands to take over from Jim Wood. Congratulations to Jim Wood on his retirement and thanks to him for more than two decades of service to our Parish! And welcome Jim Singletary! You will all have the chance to meet "new Jim" in person around the office, or at the Annual Meeting.

May God continue to bless the Church of the Advent.

Very truly yours,
Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.

Compline this Sunday
This Sunday evening at 8:00 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by  Lucernarium , an evening service of lamp-lighting. Members of the Advent Choir will sing chant and contemplative music.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. 

Common Cathedral
Upcoming Volunteer Oppportunities:   Four times a year the Advent partners with Common Cathedral, an outdoor worship service on the Common that provides lunch, communion, and fellowship with homeless people and their friends. Members of the Parish will be on the Common Sunday,  January 20 helping with this vital ministry Volunteers are welcome for the next time Advent partners on March 10 th . Please visit  for more information. To be a volunteer please contact Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, at .   
Coming Up: The Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 27, 2019. Contributions to the 2018 Annual Report were due in the Parish Office by January 4. If you owe a report (as head of a committee or group) please send it in ASAP.


The nominating committee proposes the following persons for election to the indicated offices at the Annual Meeting to be held Sunday, January 27, 2019.

For Member of Vestry (4 to be elected):  Lynda Blair, Dustin Henderson, David Lapin, Fran Piscitelli, Philip Sawyer.

For Treasurer: Adam Rutledge.

For Clerk: Frederick Ou.

For Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (2 to be elected): Betsy Ridge Madsen, Julianne Ture.

For Alternate Delegate: Robb Scholten.
Informational statements from the candidates will be posted in advance of the Annual Meeting.

-By the Nominating Committee, consisting of C. Thomas Brown, Paul Roberts, John Boyd, Kara Rodgers, and John Higgins.

The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 27, 2019.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.   To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

Under the By-Laws of the Parish, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Electoral Roll.  The Electoral Roll for the upcoming Annual Meeting is now posted outside the Parish Office.  It consists of those who have pledged or made a similarly recorded qualifying contribution to the General Fund of the Parish during the past year.  Your name must be on the Roll in order to vote.  Any changes to the Roll must be made before the Parish Meeting commences.  Please inspect the list and let the Clerk know if you think there is an error.

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2019 so that you can vote in the Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall, The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 27, 2016, at 10:00 am.
                                                                      Faithfully yours,  
                                                                      Frederick Ou, Clerk
Coming in February: Rise Against Hunger
Are you someone who will RISE AGAINST HUNGER? If you are, then we can use you at the event we're hosting on Saturday, February 16th from 10:00 am to noon in Moseley Hall. Again this year The Advent is hosting a Rise Against Hunger event for the members of our Diocese who are in the Boston Harbor Deanery. We are looking for five or six volunteers from our parish to join volunteers from other parishes around the Deanery to prepare 10,000 meals. That's right. We will prepare dry food packages, one complete meal in each package with the necessary vitamins and nutrients, that will be sent somewhere around the world where people are hungry. The goal of Rise Against Hunger is to see an end to hunger in our lifetime. A very lofty goal, and we can do our part by stepping up and helping on February 16th. If you have helped with events like this you will know that this is really a lot of fun. There's music, some dancing, bells ringing to announce how many meals have been created, and just a good sense of satisfaction knowing that we are reaching out to others in need. We ask those who volunteer to arrive at 9:45 on that day. We are also looking for donations to offset the $3,500.00 it takes to put on the event and meet the cost of the food and materials. Within hours of announcing the event, we received a $500 donation from Emmanuel Church and a pledge of having some volunteers attending from that parish. What will the people of The Advent do? If you're interested in helping or making a donation, please contact Father James. (go to the website and then click "get involved" and then click "host a meal packaging event").

This email highlights just a few of the items in this week's announcements. For much more, go to

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Sunday's Collect
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim him thy beloved Son and anoint him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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