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Quote of the Day

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

IN THE NEWS

Episcopal Campus Ministers Respond to Hungry, Homeless College Students

With a $72,000 annual cost for college at USC in California, financial aid dollars don’t always stretch, making free meals a necessity for many students. At San Jose State, nearly 15% of the student population has been homeless at some point, creating the demand for a shelter. Read the story by clicking HERE.

Fatal Accident Forces Diocese to Reckon with Healing, Addiction

After a fatal cyclist accident caused by an inebriated bishop triggered intense scrutiny from the public, the Diocese of Maryland's road toward recovery has been marked by soul-searching conversations and policy changes, as well as a willingness to name and confront the challenges of addiction. At least two parishes host a Recovery Eucharist, support for AA has grown five-fold, and one congregation hosts 14 different recovery groups. Our local church at Advent has been ahead of the curve with its support of AA for several years now. Read the story by clicking HERE.

The Granite Goblin

Is Advent's lovely building made entirely of limestone? No! While painting windowsills a few weeks ago, your senior warden noticed a walnut-sized white granite stone embedded in the mortar. It is at eye level. The stone is on the south side of the building in a buttress. Did the stone mason(s) of 1855 have a sense of humor? Was this some sort of custom? Where did they get that little rock? Why did they do that? We may never know, but we are left with an anomalous non-Kentucky rock that has a left-looking "face" with gargoyle-like charm. Was that on purpose, too.?

Here is one stonemason tradition: https://www.europeanstonemasonry.com/blog/two-coins-in-the-stonework. Maybe there are others.

UPCOMING: Christ the King, Advent, Annual Celebration

Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 25

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, commonly referred to as the Feast of Christ the King, is a relatively recent addition to the Western liturgical calendar, having been instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI for the Roman Catholic Church. In 1970 its Roman Catholic observance was moved to the final Sunday of Ordinary Time. Therefore, the earliest date on which it can occur is November 20 and the latest is November 26. Traditional Catholics observe it on its original date, the last Sunday of October. The Anglican, Lutheran, and many other Protestant churches adopted it along with the Revised Common Lectionary, occasionally referring to it as Christ the King Sunday.

— Wikipedia

1st Sunday in Advent, Dec. 2

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming." For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from three different perspectives. "Since the time of Bernard of Clairvaux (d.1153) Christians have spoken of the three comings of Christ: 1) In the flesh in Bethlehem; 2) In our hearts daily; and 3) In glory at the end of time." The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his second coming.

Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, sometimes known as Advent Sunday.

— Wikipedia

Annual Celebration, Dec. 9

Advent's annual meeting will be Dec. 9. Be sure to attend to enjoy great food, great folks and to hear about the great year Advent has had and its plans for the next one. Details to come.

This Sunday, Nov. 18: The lector is Amy and the altar guild is B.T. November 18 is Pentecost 26, Proper 28, Year B. Year C begins on the first Sunday in Advent. To see this Sunday's readings and the vestment colors, click HERE and select the date.

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

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

Bishop Curry infuses interest in the Episcopal Church at the Royal Wedding. See story HERE. See Bishop Michael 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

Yes, it's online... The BCP (our prayer book) can be found by clicking HERE. Its 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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