Fr. Paul Wanter, Priest: (859) 707-1643

Sundays at 11 - Faith and Joy; Wednesdays at 6 - Evening Prayer

Quote of the Day

Seated convention attendee, Convention 2018, as Bishop Bruce Caldwell passed by, his hands about eye level of the attendee: “Good morning, Bishop, I was going to kiss your ring, but you are not wearing a ring.” Bishop Caldwell, with no hesitation: “I keep it in my back pocket.”

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UPCOMING: Epiphany, MLK, Lent and Easter

Epiphany: Jan. 6-March 3

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'Epiphany, also Theophany, Denha, Little Christmas, or Three Kings’ Day, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles. —Wikipedia

This Sunday, Jan. 13, the lector is Amy and the alter guild is B.T. See the vestment and altar colors, and readings, by clicking HERE and selecting the date.

Diocesan Convention is March 2, 2019, in Georgetown. Click HERE for complete information.

MLK Celebration, Jan. 21

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St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church and Victory Baptist Church extend an invitation to the community to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 21, 2019. The times and places are as follows:


  • 10 a.m.: Morning devotions at Ebenezer at 205 N. Locust St.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Community-wide march originating at Ebenezer.
  • 11 a.m.: Celebration, appreciation and observance program in remembrance of Dr. King at St. James AME Church at 312 W. Pleasant St., featuring City Commissioner Jada Walker Griggs as speaker.
  • Noon: Fellowship lunch with everyone welcome.
  • Call (859) 221-7101 or (859) 235-0621 for more information, or email Rev. Antonio Stuckey at preacherstuckey@aol.com.

Evening Prayer is every Wednesday at 6: If you wish to plan ahead, the service begins on Page 61 of the Book of Common Prayer. You can see the online version of the BCP by clicking HERE and looking under “The Daily Office” and then “Daily Evening Prayer: Rite One.”

Lent and Easter, March 6-April 21

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Lent begins on March 6 (Ash Wednesday)[service at 6:30 p.m.], with Fat Tuesday (mardi gras) on March 5 [dinner at 6 p.m.]. Palm Sunday is April 14, Maundy Thursday is April 18, Good Friday is April 19 and Easter is April 21. For the calendar and readings, click HERE. During Lent we will have a speaker program every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Lenten Program Speakers:

(in the church’s meeting hall behind the main building, extra parking along RR tracks)

  • March 12: Tom Ware of Ware Funeral Home and Harrison County Coroner. Tom will speak about funeral costs and options, embalming, cremation, mummification, cemetery rules, graves, and the laws and practicalities associated with burial.
  • March 19: Jane Higgins, Director of Regional Initiatives, Blue Grass Community Foundation, (859) 721-2349, jhiggins@bgcf.org. Jane will discuss the BGCF and its role as a responsible fiduciary (trustee) for money entrusted to it to be used according a donor’s designated intentions. See the website by clicking HERE.
  • March 26: Melissa Crump, an Elder Law attorney who practices in Paris. Melissa will talk about wills, living wills, POAs, nursing home planning and trusts to qualify the settlor (you) for Medicaid. Melissa can be reached at melissa@crumpspurlock.com.
  • April 2: Amy Cox, (859) 234-6462, from Bluegrass Care Navigators, and possibly members of her team. Amy will represent Hospice and educate attendees about what Hospice does, hospital admissions, discharges, do-not-resuscitate orders and other medical issues related to aging and dying. Our own Dr. Amy Mashburn will be present.
  • April 9: The Reverend Father Paul Wanter, our Priest-in-Charge, hpwant@gmail.com. Fr. Paul will discuss funerals, planning for them and the benefits of planning ahead, the liturgical options, the history of funerals and their relevance and impact to our society, humanity and theology.

In the News

Western Kansas Bishop Wears Many Hats, Clerical and Secular

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Bishop Mark Cowell is not only a bishop, but also a parish priest at St. Mary & St. Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church in Larned, Kansas. In the sparsely populated western half of the state, unique things can happen. Cowell’s multitasking doesn’t end there. He also leads a second congregation, Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Kinsley, and his list of additional part-time jobs includes municipal prosecutor in Dodge City and county attorney for Hodgeman County. Read the full story HERE.

Episcopal Relief & Development Chair Signs Off 8-Year Term

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Outgoing Board Chair Neel Lane (Province VII) wrapped up his eight-year term with a message for the New Year. The San Antonio-based attorney imparted final reflections on his journey with Episcopal Relief & Development, which took him from relief work in the U.S. to a pilgrimage to Ghana. The church thanks him for his dedicated service to the organization and wishes him all the best in his continuing work in 2019 and beyond. Read the story HERE. Read more about Lane’s position on marriage equality HERE.

Churches Assist Those Affected by the Government Shutdown

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The Episcopal Church is responding to the Federal Government shutdown, both with grass roots help and advocacy in Washington. The church’s Office of Government Relations (OGR) has called for an end to the shutdown, saying that “shutting down our government is a failure of leadership and recognition of the responsibility that comes with being an elected official.” Basing its comments on church policy as set by General Convention, OGR has said Congress and the Administration need to work together to address legitimate security needs, to ensure the government’s legal responsibility to process asylum seekers, treat all migrants with humanity and respect, and enact policies to address and alleviate the root causes and conditions that drive forced migration from Central and South America. Read the full story HERE.

What does “Episcopal” mean?

The Episcopal Church is “Protestant, yet Catholic.” Episcopal means “of bishops.” The Episcopal Church traces its bishops (its ministers and clergy) and its origins back to the Apostles (the early followers of Jesus) via holy orders, which are a direct line of succession back to the time of Jesus.

wikipedia.com, dictionary.com

For more of our rich history, click HERE.

About Us

Our Background

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 Faith

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 welcome at The Church of the Advent regardless of any religious or personal status. For more information on what we believe, visit episcopalchurch.org or click HERE.

Our Purpose

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.

Our Partners and Affiliates

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HANDY LINKS

Day Care

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.

News and Views

Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, infused interest in the Episcopal Church at the Royal Wedding. See the story HERE. See Bishop Curry's sermon HERE. See the “Saturday Night Live” spoof of Curry by clicking HERE.

Advent's Building, Bell and Organ

Read more about our Gothic revival building and history by clicking HERE and HERE. Curious about the bell in the tower? Click HERE. Read about our Jaeckel tracker organ HERE. Why red doors? Click HERE.

The Book of Common Prayer

The BCP (our prayer book) can be found by clicking HERE for the PDF version or HERE for the text version (faster to load). The book’s history can be found HERE.

Our Hymnal

Our hymnal is online, too. The 1982 version can be found by clicking HERE. It's a beautifully organized site.

Which Color? Reading? Saint?

Scripture readings and vestment colors (the clergy clothes) for any day of the week, and the Saint of the Day, can be found HERE or HERE. On the altar guild? Check out floral designs HERE.

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