I was originally going to write this article about all the activities that occurred at Advent during 2016, but after thinking about it I decided to write about the groups of parishioners that made Advent a success during the year. I know I will miss some group or activity and I apologize for that in advance.
Thankfully we have a dedicated Altar guild that ensures the church is beautifully prepared for every service. The Formation committees gather to select appropriate and engaging topics for both adult and children’s spiritual growth. The lay readers, ushers, greeters and Eucharistic ministers are vital to having services that are meaningful and run smoothly. The choir fills the sanctuary with glorious music weekly. The lay “weeders” and others keep our grounds pristine. The stewardship committee works diligently to prepare for our Annual Giving Campaign that raises funds to keep the church financially viable. The outreach committee helps make Christ visible to the larger southern Chester County community. I can’t mention outreach without acknowledging the major effort of the Family Promise volunteers from our church and from St. Patrick’s that have made our building a sanctuary for families in need of transitional housing. The visitation committee works hard to remind parishioners who are homebound that we care about them. The efforts of our Communication Committee have broadened the scope of our message both internally and externally by expanding the use of Facebook and traditional communication avenues.
Buildings and Grounds has been busy keeping up with the maintenance of our aging buildings so future generations can enjoy the beauty of our campus.
We have been fortunate to have volunteers step up to coordinate fellowship activities such as coffee hour, Chefs of Advent and the Artisan Fair. The new member meet and greet, “Coffee with the Clergy” held every month have been a great success.
We are very fortunate to have two very dedicated clergy. Reverend Nancy has done an outstanding job in leading the parish during our transition. Reverend Gregg is working hard to retool our youth program and to bring some new ideas to Christian education.
We are also blessed to have a small and active staff that not only supports the clergy but also all the activities of the church.
Once again I am sure I missed some very important committees or activities and for this I apologize.
The purpose of this checking in was to remind everyone of how active our parish continues to be. It is not the building, the grounds, or the service times that define this congregation. It is the people and we are blessed with many good people offering their very good gifts.
On behalf of the entire Vestry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!