Mark Van Koevering, the Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Lexington (our diocese), with the support of the Standing Committee, Executive Council and several surveys, laid out his vision for our diocesan community at its annual convention in Georgetown on March 2, 2019. He received a standing ovation. The visioning part of the presentation begins at 16:55, with a call for a special convention at 20:18. The summary begins at 21:20.
Tuesday’s Lenten program speaker (March 19) is from the Bluegrass Community Foundation. Please try to attend. Click on https://www.bgcf.org/ for more information.
This Sunday, March 24, is Lent 3, Year C. The lector is Hope and the altar guild is Darlene. See the vestment and altar colors, and readings, by clicking HERE and selecting the date.
Recently, church member Darlene rolled out the first of her monthly birthday and anniversary parties that she will be throwing for anyone who has a birthday or anniversary in a given month. The next party is... TBA. Don’t be shy about revealing when your birthday or anniversary is. Thanks Darlene!
Clean-up day is April 6 at 10 a.m. All help appreciated.
The next Vestry meeting is April 28.
During Lent (March 12 to April 9), which is the season of repentance, giving and renewal, we will have a speaker program every Tuesday at 7 p.m. The programs will be in the church’s meeting hall behind the main building. Extra parking is along the railroad tracks in the rear.
Lenten Program Speakers:
Maundy Thursday is April 18, with a service at 6:30 p.m. Good Friday is April 19, with two services — noon and 6:30 p.m. Holy Saturday is April 20, with a service at 7:30 p.m. Easter Day is April 21, with church service at 11 a.m. For the calendar and readings, click HERE. Special music is planned for Easter Sunday by Chris Mashburn, Julie Lucky and Will Lucky. They will be performing with a trombone and two trumpets.
The United Methodist Church’s recent decision to reinforce its opposition to same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy has not sidetracked pending consideration of a full-communion agreement between The Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church. Rather, the controversial decision has put dialogue between the two churches in a kind of prayerful pause while both denominations discern the vote’s impact and the Methodist church awaits a denominational ruling on the constitutionality of some parts of the decision. Read the full story by clicking HERE. In the photo The Rev. Bill Mudge (right) comforts fellow delegate Jeffrey “J.J” Warren of the Upper New York Conference after Warren spoke in favor of full inclusion for LGBTQ persons in the United Methodist Church during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference on Feb. 25, 2019, in St. Louis.
The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops said March 15 that it is “aggrieved and distressed” by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s decision to exclude the same-sex spouses of bishops invited to the 2020 Lambeth Conference.
The bishops said they “are concerned by the use of exclusion as a means of building communion.”
The majority of the house plans to go to Lambeth. The bishops said they want to continue to build relationships across the communion, “further the conversation around the various cultural expressions of marriage” and “reflect our understandings of marriage, as well as our commitment to the dignity of all human beings, including the human rights of LGBTQ+ persons.”
The statement passed on a voice vote. At least one bishop, Dan Martins of Springfield, could be heard voting no. Read the full story by clicking HERE. Photo: Archbishop Welby.
Two bishops from other churches, the Church of England and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, helped The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops expand its view of the Way of Love on March 13, 2019. During their four-day meeting, the bishops centered each day’s work on a theme about the Way of Love, including Engaging the Way of Love, Resourcing for the Way of Love and Integrating the Way of Love. The March 13 theme was Deep in the Way of Love. African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the denomination’s first woman bishop, and Church of England Bishop Ric Thorpe, a church planter who is now the bishop of Islington, both spoke to the House of Bishops. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry set up the meeting’s theme on March 12, saying the Way of Love is a return to Christianity’s roots. “We didn’t make anything new,” he said. “We went back to the treasure chest.” Read the full story by clicking HERE. In the photo is Barbara Harris, the first woman bishop in the Christian church, honored for her years of service.
The Episcopal Church is the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We comprise 109 dioceses and regional areas in 17 nations. In 2015 we had 1.9 million members, being a part of the Anglican Communion of 85 million followers. The Church of the Advent is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. To receive the Diocese’s newsletter, click HERE and stay on the left side of the page.
Our church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ, yet also those who are exploring their faith or who are asking serious questions about faith in general. You will be welcomed at The Church of the Advent regardless of any religious or personal status. For more information on what we believe, visit episcopalchurch.org. For a video tour (with annotated explanations) of a sample weekly Sunday service, click HERE.
Our mission is to: 1) Restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ; 2) Have a liberating and life-giving relationship with God, each other and the Earth; 3) Love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and love our neighbors as ourselves; and 4) Focus on the three priorities of evangelism, reconciliation and creation.
We have leased space to Community Action Council to provide a daycare. Contact Melissa at (859) 233-4600 x 1208, or see their website by clicking HERE.
Our hymnal is online, too. The 1982 version can be found by clicking HERE. It's a beautifully organized site.
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