This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C. The gospel lesson focuses on the passage in John that says “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” The lector is Dan and the altar guild is Darlene. See the vestment and altar colors, and readings, by clicking HERE and selecting the date. For the calendar and readings, click HERE.
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 May 19. So, don’t be shy about revealing when your birthday or anniversary is. Reach Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Darlene!
Agenda items include the Diocesan Investment Trust, front window repairs, kick plate update and new doors for the parish hall. Remember that we need a quorum!
The Cynthiana Battlefields Foundation will be hosting a Civil War-era program at Advent on June 8. More information will follow. Read about the Second Battle of Cynthiana by clicking HERE.
Juana Luz Tobar Ortega spends her days at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro, N.C., sewing pillow covers, sculpting clay cups and bowls and cooking papusas and tamales. But Ortega’s many homemaking skills belie the harsh reality of her life: She cannot go home. Later this month, Ortega will mark her two-year anniversary in sanctuary. The 47-year-old Guatemalan native took refuge at St. Barnabas on May 31, 2017, after receiving an ankle bracelet and an order of deportation. Read the full story HERE. PHOTO: Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, center front, poses with her family for a photo released in 2017 by American Friends Service Committee, which was helping her resist a deportation order.
If you haven’t thought much about the Syrian refugee crisis lately and want an update, consider asking an Episcopalian from Arkansas. You might learn that the Syrian province of Idlib is the last stronghold of rebels fighting the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad, and humanitarian activists warn a final showdown in Idlib could create an “apocalyptic scenario” for civilians, many of them refugees displaced from their homes by Syria’s eight-year civil war. Idlib also is home to the Wisdom House Project, a school for kindergarteners that recently graduated its third class. Those students are the ones with a connection to Arkansas, through an ecumenical partnership with roots at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Arkansas. Read the full story HERE. PHOTO: The Wisdom House Project is a partnership between the Syrian Emergency Task Force and an ecumenical group that originated at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway, Arkansas, to support a makeshift school for kindergarteners in Syria’s Idlib province. The school teaches about 130 students a year.
An Episcopal delegation wrapped up its participation in the annual two-week meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, where for the first time an Episcopal delegate was able to speak on the floor of the main gathering. Ron Braman from the Diocese of Idaho, one of four Episcopalians representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at U.N. headquarters in New York, read a statement on May 1 that he had drafted with the Rev. Bradley Hauff, Episcopal Church missioner for indigenous ministries, and the rest of the delegation. Read the full story HERE. PHOTO: Shown is the four-member Episcopal delegation to the 18th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: from left, Melissa Skinner, Ron Braman, the Rev. Cornelia Eaton and the Rev. Bradley Hauff, Episcopal Church missioner for indigenous ministries.
After Hurricane Katrina disrupted people’s lives across the Gulf Coast, inland cities welcomed the displaced and offered shelter and services. For some evacuees to Birmingham, the hospitality became permanent, and the influx led to a hugely successful Episcopal fundraising event celebrating gumbo. At least 3,000 partiers are expected on May 4 for the Gumbo Gala, now in its 14th year as the largest Episcopal event in Alabama. The Gumbo Gala annually raises $100,000 for Episcopal Place, which provides 141 units of affordable housing and independent living in Birmingham for seniors and adults with disabilities. Read the full story by clicking HERE. PHOTO: Toni North and the Birmingham Soul Sisters won the 2018 Chef’s Choice Seafood Award at the 2018 Gumbo Gala.
Episcopalians from the Diocese of Los Angeles were among thousands who journeyed on April 27 to Manzanar National Historic Site, one of the 10 internment camps where nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were held during World War II, an injustice that speakers said must “never happen again.” In blistering desert heat and in the shadow of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, the event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first pilgrimage to the former war relocation center in 1969. During an interfaith service, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Shinto worshippers laid flowers at the iconic Manzanar cemetery monument, where some detainees are buried. Read the full story HERE. PHOTO: Episcopalians joined worshippers at an April 27 interfaith service, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first pilgrimage to Manzanar internment camp, one of 10 where 120,000 Japanese Americans were held during World War II.
Allison Duvall, a parishioner at Christ Church Cathedral, and the Manager for Church Relations and Engagement at Episcopal Migration Ministries, is featured in Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Annual Appeal. Curry has extended an invitation to the whole Church to participate in the Way of Love. More than a program or curriculum, the Way of Love is being intentional about following a set of practices — a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go and Rest. Read more about it, and Allison, by clicking HERE.
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.
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